VILLAGE OF ELLSWORTH: 1/7/2013 Board MinutesVILLAGE OF ELLSWORTH, WISCONSIN
VILLAGE OF ELLSWORTH, WISCONSIN
Pres. Pro-tem Kenny Manfred called the meeting to order in the absence of Pres. DeWolfe at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room located in Village Hall.
Members Present: Trustee Dick Hines; Rick Sweig; Curt Wandmacher; Neil Gulbranson; Michael J. Steele (7:34 p.m.) and Pres. DeWolfe (7:34 p.m.)
Staff Present: Clerk/Treas.; Peggy Nelson, PWD/Zoning Adm.; Greg Engeset (7:35 p.m.)
Others Present: P.C. Herald; Sean Scallon, Attorney; Robert Loberg, ATV Association Darren Place and Larry Johnson, Denny Langer, Cole Langer, Foth Engineering; Tim Stockman, SEH; Jeremiah Wendt
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
MSC Gulbranson/Wandmacher to accept minutes of 12/3/12 and 12/13/12 as submitted. Unanimous.
APPROVAL OF BILLS:
MSC Wandmacher/Sweig to approve payment of vouchers submitted for audit to date. Unanimous.
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General fund- $1,136,442.07
Water fund - 22,222.39
Sewer fund - 36,160.39
Public Comment on non-agenda items: None
Senior Grad Nite 2013 donation request: MSC Gulbranson/Hines to donate $200.00, same as past years. Unanimous.
Water & Sewer: 1/2/13 - Trustee Curt Wandmacher
-Met with Foth Engineering and Rice Lake Construction to finalize Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade project; final change orders and pay requests. Tabled until board meeting 1/7/13, closed session to meet with legal counsel and have all open change orders and dollar amounts involved available to look at final items.
-John Marko addressed the committee asking how to go about getting permission to dump at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Tim Stockman from Foth to set up a meeting to determine further dumping. Tim Stockman, present, informed the board that he is waiting to hear back from Pete at the DNR after which time he will set up a meeting date.
Street & Sidewalk: 12/10/12 Trustee Kenny Manfred
MSC Hines/Wandmacher to adopt Ordinance #630 extending ATV route Ordinance to 12/31/13. Unanimous.
Salary & Labor: 12/11/12 Trustee Neil Gulbranson
Per Board authorization on 12/3/12, the committee negotiated with non-union employees, giving non-union, part-time and seasonal employees a 2% wage increase effective 1/1/13.
MSC Gulbranson/Sweig to adopt the revised Employee Personnel Handbook, employees required to return a signed employee acknowledgement form to the Village Clerk acknowledging receipt of the handbook. Unanimous.
Library Board: Village Rep. Curt Wandmacher - minutes on file in Village Clerk’s Office
Meeting scheduled for 12/19/12 was canceled due to Librarian Anderson not available. Met on 1/3/13 at which time the board approved a 2% wage increase for Library employees effective 1/1/13. 12/10/12 Building/Space - discussed grant writing, funds available and sub-committees. Next meeting 1/14/13, 6:30 p.m.
Health, License, Welfare: 1/7/2013 - Trustee Rick Sweig
MSC Sweig/Wandmacher to approve Amanda Brenner, "Class A" Retailer's License agent change to SSG Corporation, Holiday, 456 W. Main St.. Unanimous.
Chief of Police: Absent, no report.
PWD/Zoning Administrator: no report
Trustee Kenny Manfred commented that he feels that the street department is doing a great job on removing snow, acknowledging a couple of complaints rec'd on truck traffic on N. Grant St. during the night and noise from trucks dumping in the fairgrounds, noting that it is hard to clean streets during the day when vehicles are parked on them, reason for off-street parking at night.
Clerk/Treas. Report: Submitted a written report:
-No 2013 fee increase for Building Inspector Galen Seipel
-Names drew for April ballot placement on 1/4/13.
Village Trustee Village President
Curtis A. Betthauser Gerald L. DeWolfeNeil Gulbranson
The Board intends to go into closed session under Section 19.85(1) (e) for the purpose of deliberating or negotiating the purchasing of public properties, the investing of public funds, or conducting other specified public business, whenever competitive or bargaining reasons require a closed session and pursuant to Wis. Stat. § 19.85(1)(g) for the purpose of conferring with legal counsel for the governmental body who is rendering oral or written advice concerning strategy to be adopted by the body with respect to litigation in which it is or is likely to become involved.
-East End Industrial Park land interest
-Wastewater Treatment Plant construction issues
Board will return to open session and take action on the closed session item(s), if required.
7:15 p.m. MSC Hines/Gulbranson to go into closed session, roll call vote taken, unanimous.
8:42 p.m. MSC Steele/Gulbranson to go back into open session, roll call vote taken, unanimous.
MSC Hines/Steele, 8:43 p.m. Unanimous.
Peggy A. Nelson-Clerk
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