VILLAGE OF ELLSWORTH: 2/4/13 Board MinutesVILLAGE OF ELLSWORTH, WISCONSIN
VILLAGE OF ELLSWORTH, WISCONSIN
Village Pres. Gerald DeWolfe called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room located in Village Hall.
Members present: Trustees Curt Wandmacher; Rick Sweig; Dick Hines; Kenny Manfred; Michael J. Steele, absent Neil Gulbranson
Staff present: Clerk/Treas.; Peggy Nelson, Chief of Police; Greg Place, Public Works Director/Zoning Administrator; Greg Engeset
Others present: Attorney; Robert Loberg, Cedar Corp.; Russ Kiviniemi, Foth; Tim Stockman, Jeff Farris, Denny Langer, Cole Langer
Approval of minutes:
MSC Sweig/Steele to accept minutes of regular meeting 1/7/13 as submitted. Unanimous.
Approval of bills:
MSC Manfred/Wandmacher to approve payment of vouchers submitted for audit to date. Unanimous.
General fund- $202,636.77
Water fund - 14,926.44
Sewer fund - 11,198.55
Public comment on non-agenda items:
Adopt Ordinance #631 amending Section 11.10 - Solid Waste and Recycling:
MSC Steele/Manfred to adopt. Unanimous.
Library Board: 1/29/13 Village Board Rep. Curt Wandmacher
Minutes on file in Village Clerk’s Office. Wandmacher reported that 64 people attended Author Tasha Schuh visit/book signing. Next meeting 2/26, 6 p.m. 1/14/13 Building/Space - Information on the River Falls Public Library's Capital Campaign was given by Kirby Symes. Next meeting 2/11, 6:30 p.m.
1/21/13 Ellsworth Fire Services Assoc. (Minutes not available)
1/17/12 Ellsworth Area Ambulance Service Operating Committee (Minutes on file in Village Clerk’s Office)
Sweig reported that Prescott Ambulance Service signed on with River Falls Ambulance Service for their intercepts, Ellsworth will lose approx. $42,000 in revenue, contacting area hospitals for inter-facility transfers which will make up the revenue if 1 transfer could be made per week. Other sources of income are being investigated. 2013 Budget was approved. Discussed options for a fundraiser for special equipment needs. Next. meeting 2/19, 7 p.m.
Chief of Police:
-Met with River Falls Municipal Court along with other communities looking to form a regional Municipal Court. Another meeting will be held in the near future to see if it would benefit communities after which time he will look to meet with the Village Finance, Purchasing, Buildings Committee.
-Busy 2013 with criminal investigations in January, record over past years.
Public Works Director/Zoning Administrator: submitted a written report
-Atrazine Class Action Law Suit settlement, Village rec'd $74,413.90.
-River Falls did not reduce Impact Fees, new home construction went up 88% in 2012 compared to 2011.
-Water leak on Susan St. will be repaired this week.
-Busy plowing snow, clean street is a happy street.
Pres. DeWolfe commented that the streets in Ellsworth compared to other communities are super. Complimenting street department employees for the great job they do keeping them clean in the winter.
-Attended the PCEDC annual meeting on 1/17/13 at JC's Red Barn. Speaker was Michael Grover, PhD from the Federal Reserve Bank of Mpls., speaking on the housing market, foreclosures, etc.
-Attending the Ehlers Public Finance Seminar Feb. 14-15 in the Dells.
-Village Hall will be open Good Friday, March 29th due to the requirement to be open until 5 p.m. for absentee voting for the April 2nd Spring Election.
-Attending the Chamber Awards Banquet at JC's Red Barn on 2/7/13.
-Final draw requests sent in for TID 8 Tea Grant, Safe Routes to School Grant and TID 8 CDBG.
-Moratorium on Impact Fees in New Richmond ended 12/31/12, approx. 19 new home permits issued, if they do not build within 18 months they pay the Impact Fees when they do build, per New Richmond City Clerk.
-Discovered that $14,000 LRIP State Road Aids was budgeted in the 2013 Budget in both General Fund Revenues and in Capital Equipment and Repair Fund Revenues, PWD Engeset has been made aware of.
Board will convene into closed session pursuant to: Wis. Stat. § 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:
-Wastewater Treatment Plant construction project, Agreement for Professional Services, final invoices
-East End Industrial Park land sale
-TID 10 update
-Assisted Living Facility Hwy 65 (Addendum to Developer's Agreement)
Board will return to open session and take action on the closed session item(s), if required.
7:15 p.m. MSC Hines/Sweig to go into closed session, roll call vote taken, unanimous.
8:10 p.m. MSC Hines/Manfred to go back into open session, roll call vote taken, unanimous.
MSC Steele/Wandmacher to authorize Attorney Bob Loberg to send a letter to attorney for Rice Lake Construction to address contract, claim issues for Wastewater Treatment Plant construction. Unanimous.
MSC Wandmacher/Hines to authorize Pres. DeWolfe to sign final Developer's Agreements with Pierce County Meats, Inc. and Langer's Lawn Care for land purchase in the East End Industrial park. Unanimous.
MSC Steele/Manfred to authorize Pres. DeWolfe to sign addendum to Senior Properties LLC TID 9 Developer's Agreement after review by Attorney Bob Loberg. Unanimous.
MSC Sweig/Steele, 8:13 p.m. Unanimous.
Peggy A. Nelson-Clerk
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