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Ellsworth Village Board, March 9, 2009




Pres. Pro-tem Kenny Manfred called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room located in Village Hall, in the absence of Pres. DeWolfe who was in attendance at the Economic Stimulus Funding meeting being held at the Seyforth Building at the Pierce County Fairgrounds.

Members Present: Trustees Dick Hines; Curt Wandmacher; Rick Sweig; Neil Gulbranson; David Deiss   

Staff Present: Clerk; Peggy Nelson, PWD; Greg Engeset and Chief of Police; Greg Place

Others Present: Village Attorney; Bob Loberg, Cheese Curd Festival Committee members; Scott and Joanne Gulbranson, Scott and Joanne Hines and Raynee Farrell  

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: MSC Wandmacher/Hines to accept minutes of 2/2/09 as submitted. Unanimous. 

APPROVAL OF BILLS: MSC Gulbranson/Sweig to approve payment of vouchers submitted for audit to date.  Unanimous. 

17172-17174, 17180-17183, 17206-17306                   

General fund-     $1,290,915.02                          

Water fund  -         71,363.55                          

Sewer fund  -        13,665.24

CDBG fund   -         261.00

Public comment on non-agenda items: None

Chamber Cheese Curd Festival Committee - festival update and request to increase $500 donation to $1000 to help off-set increase in insurance costs:

Raynee Farrell addressed the board along with handing out a copy of her talking points regarding funding, Hwy 65 North Ellsworth Sign and sidewalk planters, requesting that the village increase their funding from $500, which was approved in 2003, to $1000 to help off-set the increase in insurance due to festival growth, noting that it is a community event which brings many people to Ellsworth, with the addition of national acts, the hope is that 2009 will be even bigger putting Ellsworth on the map as a premier music festival location, adding that they are always looking for volunteers to work and requesting help from Village Board members.  Maintenance of the  Hwy 65 Ellsworth sign is assigned to the Chamber, with the location of the sign it is difficult to maintain with minimum maintenance done in 2008 which they know has been an issue, after discussion at the Chamber level and talking with Village Clerk Peggy Nelson, Pam Pazdernik of the Pierce County Master Gardner's Association has been contacted to see if their group would be willing to take on the task of landscaping around this sign, along with the planting and maintenance of the planters around town and the round planter in the East End Park, with a yes recd back as they are required to perform a set number of hours of community service to maintain their status with the association.  The Chamber is looking at the group to design and maintain the Hwy 65 sign which would be the Chamber's expense, Chamber will look to Chamber businesses and nurseries for donation of shrubs/flowers and they could put a sign stating donated by, only cost to the Village could be for the East End Park planter.  Raynee also told the board that the Chamber is looking to the board for impute in regard to a suggestion from a visitor to Ellsworth that came into the Chamber Office that they look to put on the back of the 4 large Ellsworth signs a "Thank you For Visiting Ellsworth" message, when presented to the Chamber Board all agreed it was a good idea. Discussion held with the board in agreement that we should use uniform landscaping around 3 of the signs, eliminating the Hwy 10 west sign due to the cattle in the field and Trustee David Deiss agreed that anything would be better than the unfinished backs of the Cheese Curd Signs on the bottom of the signs informing Raynee that if the Chamber would get the information to him he will donate the signs to place on the back of the Cheese Curd signs, as he has friends in that business.  Trustee Curt Wandmacher told the board that he felt with the budget cuts, the extra $500 could be used elsewhere stating he felt that there is a difference between business sponsorship versus a government unit.  Trustee Neil Gulbranson informed the board that he feels that $1000 is a pretty cheap investment in the community for a community sponsored event, noting that we are fortunate to have the fairgrounds in Ellsworth, with Trustee David Deiss in agreement, noting that other communities sponsor their community event.   MS Gulbranson/Sweig that we increase our donation for the Cheese Curd Festival from $500 to $1000.  Motion carried with Wandmacher opposed.     

Cable TV hook-up to ETZ area: MSC Deiss/Wandmacher that we approve hook-up to the ETZ area.  Unanimous.

Zoning Administrator 2008 Annual Report: Zoning Administrator; Greg Engeset, presented the 2008 Annual Report which showed 2 new home permits, total Building Permit value $2,339,706.00 and Remodeling Permit value $488,184.14.

Resolution No. 2009-1 Dissolving/Terminating TID District 3 & Authorizing Village Treasurer to Distribute Excess Increment to Overlying Taxing Districts: MSC Gulbranson/Sweig to adopt Resolution No. 2009-1.  Unanimous.


Plan Commission: 2/16/09 Trustee Rick Sweig - renewed a Conditional Use Permit issued to Shayne George, 625 S. Maple St., to allow for home occupation continuance of a small auto repair business for 2 more years with no further renewal at that time.  Members met with Cedar Corp. representatives to start the process for developing a Comprehensive Plan for the Village of Ellsworth which will be adopted by 12/31/09.

Street & Sidewalk: 2/16/09 Trustee Neil Gulbranson - met with Department of Transportation to discuss

West Hill Street.  D.O.T. explained the project from STH 65 to US 63 on US 10. West Hill Street will remain open.  D.O.T. and PWD Engeset will work on culvert at Midway St. and Hwy 65 at the Fairgrounds entrance.  More discussion will be held at the Highway Safety Meeting scheduled for March 11th, 10:00 a.m.

Library Board: 2/24/09 Village Representative Curt Wandmacher - circulation 9178 with 25 new cards issued.  Bankruptcy Discharge - patrons can use Library but not be allowed to check out materials, if it becomes a problem their Library privileges will be revoked.  Approved the state report.  Wireless connection is up and running.  Library is in need of new computers, Director will check with IFLS to find out their recommendation for updating computers and self check-out station.  Upcoming activities: Teen Tech. Week, Youth Art Month, 100 Books Program, and Summer Reading Program.  Wisconsin Farm Technology Days 2010 has contacted the Library about having a booth.  Library will be applying for the Pamida Grant again this year.  Mary Lewien has contacted the Library about placing a mosaic bench in front of the Library, Shelley to contact Greg Engeset about the planning for such a bench.  Next meeting date March 31, 6:30 p.m.


Chief of Police: Department recd a $4000 Hwy Safety Grant for special equipment needs. Contracts have been signed for the Safe Routes to School Grant with summer construction

Public Works Director: East End Industrial Park land; map recd from Cedar Corp. shows an estimated 3 1/2 acres usable between Co Rd C and the creek.  Cedar Corp. would charge $3500 to do an accurate survey of usable land.  Suggested meeting with interested party and if it would work go from there and have a survey done, negotiating the cost.  Greg informed the board that the County previously approved 1 road access off Co. Rd C where there is currently a field road going into the property.

OLD BUSINESS: Trustee Dick Hines questioned if any members of the board happened to be in East End in the evening over the weekend and noticed the odor coming from the Creamery, noting it could become a problem if it doesn't improve.  Trustee Rick Sweig told the board he agreed as he also smelled the odor.

NEW BUSINESS: Trustee Neil Gulbranson brought up discussion on the old Jr. High School Bldg. located on S. Chestnut St. questioning what was taking place with the property due to the semi trailers parked on the property along with the semis in and out. Zoning Administrator Engeset and Clerk Nelson informed the board that the property has been sold to an individual from the cities who has an internet mail order type business. Board directed Zoning Administrator Greg Engeset to make contact and handle.

Trustee Curt Wandmacher questioned the balance sheet in regard to the sewer account negative balance 12/31/08 versus the increase in the negative balance 2/28/09, questioning what expenditures have taken place in the 2 months to cause the increase.

Trustee David Deiss questioned if the board could assist the Legion in any way with the Reserve Center property, help with clean-up, grants, and any monies that would be available to develop the property after the reserve unit moves out.  Kenny Manfred to bring it up at the next Legion meeting.      

ADJOURNMENT: MSC Sweig/Gulbranson to adjourn the meeting at 7:59 p.m.  Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Peggy A. Nelson-Clerk

Published April 15, 2009 15 1C