Pres. DeWolfe called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. in the Board Room located in Village Hall.
Members Present: Trustees Dick Hines; Curt Wandmacher; Rick Sweig; Neil Gulbranson; Kenny Manfred and Mike Steele
Staff Present: Clerk; Peggy Nelson
Others Present: P.C. Herald; Jason Schulte, Attorney; Bob Loberg, Ellsworth Co-op Creamery; Paul Bauer and Joe Hines, Cedar Corp.; Wendy Sander, Pierce County Historical Association; Kathy Deiss, Pat Mory, Dan Geister and John Norquist
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: MSC Steele/Manfred to accept minutes of 12/6/10 as submitted. Unanimous.
APPROVAL OF BILLS: MSC Wandmacher/Gulbranson to approve payment of vouchers submitted for audit to date. Unanimous.
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General fund- $2,697,773.43
Water fund- 455,103.90
Sewer fund- 13,737.91
Public Comment on non-agenda items: None
Matchey Marketing LLC Community Marketing Proposal 2011: MSC Gulbranson/Manfred to accept, investment $4000. Unanimous.
Lawrence property update -423 W. Main St.: Pres. DeWolfe informed the board that on 12/15/10, he along with Building Inspector Galen Seipel and Chief of Police Greg Place made a physical review of the property with Dr. Walter Lawrence M.D. to determine the physical condition and state of disrepair to the building. Due to it being winter Dr. Lawrence has talked to a local contractor to get a price for immediate repairs necessary that need to be done to the building. Dr. Lawrence agreed to have the building renovated or removed by 8/1/11. If the building is to be renovated he will need to comply with all village and state codes, obtain the necessary permits. Dan Geister from the P.C. Historical Society addressed the board informing them that they also met with Dr. Lawrence and obtained history information and lots of pictures from the property, the building has been offered to them. He stated that they were curious about the time frame given Dr. Lawrence on the building.
Plan Commission: 11/15/10 - Rick Sweig
MSC Manfred/Sweig to adopt Ordinance #608 - amending Section 46.03 & 46.07 of the Village of Ellsworth Zoning Ordinance. Unanimous. 12/20/10 - MSC Sweig/Manfred to approve the Ryan Kelly Certified Survey Map, N5645 610th St., Town of Ellsworth which falls into the Extraterritorial Subdivision and Platting Boundary of the Village of Ellsworth. Unanimous.
Board of Appeals: 12/15/10 - approved an off-street parking variance and the off-street parking agreement presented by the VFW, 154 S. Plum St., with the Kinne-Englehart American Legion Post 204, 139 S. Oak St., to use their parking lot as long as the American Legion owns the property.
Street & Sidewalk: 12/20/10 Trustee Kenny Manfred
MSC Manfred/Gulbranson to approve the Developer's Agreement between the Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery and Village of Ellsworth (TID 8 Project). Unanimous.
Library Board: 12/28/10 -minutes on file in Village Clerk's Office
Finance, Purchasing, Buildings: 12/14/10 Trustee Curt Wandmacher - closed session with American Legion Executive Committee and interested developer to discuss midway area. 1/3/11 - MSC Wandmacher/Gulbranson to approve TID 7 reimbursement to Pierce County Power (Tony Hood) in the amount of $12,239.56. Unanimous.
Public Safety: 12/16/10 - Trustee Rick Sweig
Closed session under State Stats. Section 19.85 (1) (c) & (f) to discuss job position, contract terms and other labor negotiation matters.
Chief of Police: Absent
-Trustee Mike Steele questioned the marking of the new Ford Explorer squad, the need to get it marked as he has rec'd complaints, and the board instructed Clerk Nelson to relay this information to Chief Place
PWD/Zoning Administrator: Submitted a written report:
-Filling in on the grader for snow plowing and hauling due to an employee off on work comp
-Major snow storm; 2 problems - gear box on snow blower went out ($2300 plus labor) and under body plow on truck broke off and damaged the fuel tank
Employees averaged 16 hrs. a day for 3 days, majority of budget used with the cost of hauling snow over $12,000, all overtime labor during the holidays
-Rec'd a great number of compliments, only 1-2 complaints. Greg thanked the guys for working over the Xmas holiday, working around their schedules to keep the streets open and clean for everyone else.
Pres. DeWolfe along with board members praised the crew for a job well done.
Clerk/Treas. Report: Jan. 17th, 5 p.m. Special Board meeting to accept Wastewater Treatment Plant equipment bid(s) for upgrade, award Foth Construction Contract and Clean Water Fund Loan application review
-Jan. 20th deadline for liability & work comp insurance quotes, Finance Committee meeting date and time will be set for review and recommendation to board
-Auditors coming week of January 17th
-Village of Ellsworth is now the owner of the Langer property at 339 W. Main St.
Closed session under Section 19.85(1) (c) & (F) for the purpose of update/discussion of the Ellsworth Area Ambulance Operating Committee special meeting closed session 12/16/10, business that has come before the Operating Committee, the board will go back into open session and take action on the closed session item(s), if required.
7:55 p.m. MSC Manfred/Gulbranson to go into closed session, roll call vote taken, unanimous.
8:40 p.m. MSC Gulbranson/Hines to go back into open session, roll call vote taken, unanimous.
Adjournment: MSC Steele/Wandmacher 8:41 p.m. Unanimous.
Respectfully submitted: Peggy A. Nelson-Clerk
Published February 16, 2011 7 1C