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Ellsworth Village Board, July 14, 2008



Board Proceedings July 14, 2008

Pres. DeWolfe called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room located in Village Hall.

Members Present: Trustees Dick Hines; Neil Gulbranson; David Deiss; Rick Sweig; Kenny Manfred and Curt Wandmacher.

Staff Present: Clerk; Peggy Nelson, Police Chief; Greg Place and Public Works Director; Greg Engeset

Others Present: Pierce County Herald; Sean Scallon, Village Attorney; Robert Loberg, Ben Kerber, Roger Humphrey, Larry Murphy, John Jones, Kris Jones, Collette Larson, Darren Place, Jason Marks, Steve Andrews, Karen Meyer, Shane Lardahl, Randy Lust, Jerry Punches


MSC Manfred/Sweig to accept minutes of regular meeting 6/2/08 as submitted. Unanimous.


MSC Gulbranson/Manfred to approve payment of vouchers submitted for audit to date. Unanimous.

#15816 - 15820, 15823-15824, 15848-15924, 15958-16016

General fund- $256,093.14

Water fund - 19,656.94

Sewer fund - 39,703.04

CDBG fund - 137.50

Public comment on non-agenda items:


2% Fire Dues:

MSC Gulbranson/Wandmacher to transfer 2% state fire dues to the Ellsworth Fire Services Association in the amount of $5915.05. Unanimous.

Travis & Emily Lecheler - 1232 N. Debra St., Conditional Use Permit renewal for a second garage:

MSC Sweig/Hines to renew indefinitely to go with the property. Unanimous.

Ordinance #587 amendment to Municipal Code Section 10.03 (6), 11.07 (4) (b) (e), 11.18 (4), 11.19 (1) (2) and 11.19 (1) (f):

MSC Sweig/Manfred to adopt. Unanimous.

Ordinance #588 - create Section 7.085 All-Terrain Vehicles and All-Terrain Routes:

MSC Hines/Deiss to adopt. Unanimous. Village President DeWolfe reported that he had spoke with Ellsworth Chairperson Barry Foy who informed him that Ellsworth Township Board approved Crosstown Rd contingent upon Village approval. Trustee Sweig questioned police enforcement due to Crosstown being split Village and Township with Chief Place informing him that the Village has enforcement authority on both sides per State Stats. Darren Place told the board that the ATV Association had no comments and that they are happy with the Village adopting the ordinance.



Plan Commission:

6/23/08 Trustee Rick Sweig

-MSC Manfred/Wandmacher to approve CSM of Handley C. & Emma Lou Hovde Family Trust, S. Maple St. Unanimous.

-MSC Wandmacher/Gulbranson to adopt Ordinance #586 Zoning Ordinance amendments. Unanimous.

-MSC Gulbranson/Manfred to approve CSM of Dairyland Power, East Business Way. Unanimous.

-MSC Sweig/Deiss to approve CSM of Eleanor Peterson, 710th St. Town of Ellsworth. Unanimous.

-MSC Gulbranson/Manfred to approve site plan and architectural design of exhibit building and bleacher bathroom facility at the Pierce County Fairgrounds. Unanimous.

Salary & Labor:

6/5/08 Trustee Neil Gulbranson - MSC Gulbranson/Wandmacher to deny police union grievance #08-21 due to the contract not stating grandmother in-law. Unanimous.

Library Board:

6/30/08 Board Rep. Curt Wandmacher - June circulation 9,108, 38 new cards issued, carpet and painting done, MP3 Player is prize for Teen Reading Program, new digital camera purchased to be used with programs, 73 in attendance at the first Wednesday Summer Reading Program, Jessamyn Lee gave her 2 week notice, next meeting date 7/28/08.

Parks, Recreation, Development:

6/5/08 Trustee Rick Sweig - MSC Deiss/Manfred to allow the Master Gardeners Association to construct a "Community Garden" within the Village at the triangle between Hwy 10 and Old West Main Street, to work with PWD Greg Engeset on the project. Unanimous.

Finance, Purchasing, Buildings:

6/9/08 Trustee Curt Wandmacher - MSC Wandmacher/Gulbranson to approve the Developer's Agreement Amendment clarification between Gerrard Corp. and the Village of Ellsworth for Crossing Meadows Addition East Residential Phase I, the minimum tax payment due the Village is $18,801 a year over the life of TID 7 for the multi-family units on Lot 5, if taxes are less the developer shall make up the difference via a payment in lieu of taxes on or before July 31 of the year the tax is due and interest on special assessments to be 4.125% with interest to start 11/1/07 on the principal amount of $230,000 with the first payment due on 11/1/08, extending the 7 year assessment period to 11/1/2014. Unanimous. MSC Wandmacher/Deiss to adopt the Preliminary and Final Resolutions levying special assessments against benefited property Crossing Meadows Addition East Residential Phase I. Unanimous.

6/17/08 - MSC Manfred/Sweig to approve pay off of loans to Associated Bank (TID 5 and swimming pool) and Pierce Pepin (Swimming pool). Unanimous. MSC Gulbranson/Wandmacher to adopt Budget Resolution #2008-2 transferring $75,227 from Unreserved Retained Earnings to fund balance applied to 2008 Budget to pay-off outstanding debt. Unanimous.

6/26/08 - reviewed 2007 and 2008 Public Safety budget figures. Chief Place explained his 2007 overage to the committee's satisfaction, 2009 Budget to breakdown between department's health, dental and life insurance, discussed how to collect overdue utility bills with the committee agreeing that they need to meet semi-annually to review total budget. Pres. DeWolfe informed the board that the committee discussed overdue water bills; ways of collecting, disconnections, noting that over $4500 is currently outstanding.


Chief of Police Greg Place:

-MSC Deiss/Hines to accept letter of resignation dated 6/30/08 from Aaron Hansen, part-time officer. Unanimous.

-National Night Out to be held on August 5, 2008 in the East End Park, letters sent out to board members soliciting help

-Safe Route to School Grant - citizens inquiring on status, still waiting for release of funds from the state. No word on 2008 grant application.

Jason Marks informed the board that he is still waiting for a release of a statement from Chief Place as to why officers are/were patrolling outside the village limits with Pres. DeWolfe informing Jason that he would be addressing the issue.

PWD Engeset:

-Set a Street & Sidewalk Committee meeting date for 7/23/08, 6:00 p.m. to address 2008 sidewalk improvements looking at new sidewalk on the east side of the fairgrounds.

-Set a Street & Sidewalk Committee meeting date for 7/31/08, 5:30 p.m. to open bids for Crosstown Rd/Hwy 65 intersection improvements.

-Village employees are doing the mowing at Maple Grove Cemetery using part-time help, looking to continue doing the mowing in the future versus contracting out.

-State D.O.T. is proposing to lower the speed limit to 50 MPH on Hwy 65 from Crosstown Rd to the existing 40 MPH zone with the area to be looked at as growth continues.


Chief Place presented a written report to the board addressing why village squad car(s) were outside the village limits on May 19th referring to inquires made by Jason Marks at the board on June 2nd, showing a request was made by Pierce County to assist them which is documented in the Village Police Dept. complaints. Trustee Deiss questioned if the work schedule is posted in the department with Chief Place advising him that it is posted each month.



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, the board will go back into open session and take action on the closed session item, if required.

Roger Humphrey/Preferred Builders (Ben Kerber) - East End Industrial Park land purchase/TID improvements

MSC Wandmacher/Manfred, roll call vote taken, unanimous. 7:40 p.m.

MSC Sweig/Manfred to go back into open session, roll call vote taken, unanimous. 8:15 p.m.

MSC Gulbranson/Manfred to adjourn the meeting at 8:16 p.m. Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted:

Peggy A. Nelson-Clerk

published August 13, 2008 33C