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Ellsworth Board, Feb. 2, 2009




Pres. 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 and Kenny Manfred.  Absent Trustee Neil Gulbranson and David Deiss

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

Others present:  Pierce County Herald; Sean Scallon, Village Attorney; Robert Loberg and Scott Freier

Approval of minutes: MSC Hines/Manfred to accept minutes of regular meeting 1/5/09 as submitted. Unanimous. 

Approval of bills: MSC Sweig/Wandmacher to approve payment of vouchers submitted for audit to date.  Unanimous. 

#16976-16979, 17004-17043, 17067-17135                         

General fund - $745,417.08                           

Water fund - 317,472.12                          

Sewer fund - 12,200.43

CDBG fund - 220.00

Public comment on non-agenda items: None

Scott Freier; update on EPA guidelines on outdoor boilers:

Scott presented handouts to board members outlining the EPA guidelines for indoor and outdoor wood burning appliances.  Orange tags mean that heaters meet the EPA guidelines and are 70% cleaner than unqualified models, white tags mean that they meet EPA's Phase 2 emissions level, tested by an EPA-accredited laboratory and is 90% cleaner than unqualified models noting that only one brand has passed the Phase 2 guidelines at this time.  The board can adopt rules to follow the EPA guidelines which require outdoor heaters to be inspected by the local Building Inspector.  Trustee Curt Wandmacher questioned the chimney height requirement on outdoor burners with Scott informing him that it needs to be 2 ft. higher than the highest structure on the property.


Library Board:

1/27/09 Representative Trustee Curt Wandmacher - January circulation 9811, 32 new cards issued.  Tech person from IFLS will be at the Library Jan. 30th for More training and wireless connection.  Rec'd a letter from the executor of the Mary R. Ames estate, stating that it should be settled this summer. HSA contribution for the Library Director will be $3300 for 2009, pro-rated and paid quarterly.

Public Safety:

1/20/09 Ellsworth Area Ambulance Service quarterly meeting - Representative Trustee Rick Sweig.  Minutes and treasurer's report approved.  Homeland Security Grant application denied.  Meeting was held between Director Brookshaw and the new Director of the River Falls Hospital in regard to dividing up non-emergency transfers between EAAS and RFAS, with a map given to each service showing coverage. Approved Shannon Schommer for treasurer.  2008 call volume shows emergency runs at 557 and paramedic intercepts at 45.  A new ambulance is planned for 2010, estimated cost of $135,000.  The need for additional space for the EAAS was discussed, need for sleeping space for on-call members from out of the village limits, suggestion made to look for available land or possibly work with the Fire Dept.  Approved a 3.5% salary increase for 2009 for Director Brookshaw and Asst. Director Kenall which amounts to $3000.  Approved the 2009 Budget.  Next meeting date 4/21/09, 7:30 p.m.

Health, License, Welfare:

1/20/09 Trustee Dick Hines - MS Hines/Wandmacher to accept the committee recommendation to grant a Street Dance License to Broz Bar, Jason Marks, for July 11-12, 2009, event to start at 5:00 p.m., music to end at 12:30 a.m. and clean-up by 1:30 a.m. then street to open up, 18 years of age and up allowed, 4 ft. fence and advertising to say what organization he will donate to.  Motion carried with Manfred opposed.


Chief of Police:

-MSC Hines/Sweig to accept resignation from part-time Officer Kyle Knotz effective 1/17/09.  Unanimous.  Chief Place to search out applicants.

-Reminded board members of the Police Union arbitration hearing outcome, monies were budgeted in 2008, due to not receiving a ruling in 2008; retro pay will be paid out in 2009 with a budget amendment to be done per auditors.

-Rec'd notice from Cedar Corp. that the Safe Routes to School Grant is again moving forward, hold-up was due to a historical landmark issue which had to go to a Historical Consultant.

Public Works Director:

-MSC Wandmacher/Hines to approve a quote submitted from Telemetry and Process Controls, Inc. in the amount of $31,686.01 for Well House #4 tower panel.  Unanimous.

-East End Industrial Park; current information recd from Cedar Corp. shows approx. 100 ft. of usable land running along County Rd C.  Map did not show the largest portion of the field which they are putting together and will submit to us.

-Well #4; testing will take place the week of February 9th.

Old business: Trustee Rick Sweig questioned the status of the generator at Well house #4 in regard to installation of off-peak electric; PWD Engeset informed him that it is not needed until it controls more zones and more housing.

New business: Plan Commission meeting scheduled for 2/16/09, 7:00 p.m.

Adjournment: MSC Manfred/Sweig, 7:38 p.m.  Unanimous.


  Published March 25, 2009 12 1C