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Ellworth Board Proceedings, Jan. 7, 2008



Pres. DeWolfe called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. in the Board Room located in Village Hall.

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

Staff Present: Clerk; Peggy Nelson and Police Chief; Greg Place

Others Present: P.C. Herald; Jason Schulte and Village Attorney; Bob Loberg


MSC Sweig/Gulbranson to accept minutes of regular meeting on 12/3/07 as submitted. Unanimous.


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

#14815-14818, 14841-14874, 14905-14974, 14999-15045

General fund- $2,739,779.90

Water fund - 76,654.34

Sewer fund - 28,672.81

CDBG fund - 109.50

Citizen Comment:

Jason Marks, Broz Bar addressed the board with a request that they put together an application which he could then complete for the February Board Meeting for an outdoor concert tentatively planned for May 10th behind his bar on his property with the same format as the Street Dance which would be to waive the open container law, allow 18-20 yr. old on the premise, same hours, to be held on an annual basis. His plan is to have 3 bands under a tent which has local kids in that could go national in a year or two, with a donation to be made to the Ellsworth High School Band Program. His request for an application was referred to the Police Chief and Village Clerk.

Wipfli LLP 2007 Audit Engagement Letter:

MSC Gulbranson/Manfred to authorize Pres. DeWolfe to sign. Unanimous.

Award bid for Crossing Meadows Stormwater Holding Pond:

Phil Newman, SEH Engineering Firm presented a handout showing a list of 10 bids recd ranging from $28,950.50 to $48,425.53, recommending the board award low bid of $28,950.50 to R.M. Schlosser Excavating of Pepin, WI with project to be completed by May 31, 2008. MSC Hines/Deiss to accept recommendation and award low bid of $28,950.50 to R.M. Schlosser Excavating. Unanimous.


Joint ETZ & Plan Commission recommendation:

12/18/07 Trustee Rick Sweig - read changes made by the committees to proposed Ordinance #581 Small Wind Energy. MSC Sweig/Wandmacher to adopt Ordinance #581. Unanimous. Claudia Mahon from Hudson Energy Concepts, Inc. present at the meeting asked that the record show that herself along with Craig Tarr of Hudson Energy Concepts, Inc. and Mick Sagrillo of Sagrillo Power & Light Focus on Energy are against deviating from the Small Wind Model Zoning Ordinance developed by Focus on Energy for Wisconsin municipalities, changing the setback regulation from a setback equal to its total height to a setback of total height plus 50 ft. and adding a noise level not to exceed 3(d)BS, noting that the model ordinance has no noise regulation.

Salary & Labor:

12/12/07 Trustee Neil Gulbranson- MSC Gulbranson/ Manfred to accept the committee recommendation to accept a resignation from Roger Bjork due to retirement effective 2/12/08. Unanimous. MSC Gulbranson/Deiss to accept a resignation from Part-Time Police Officer Jerry Smith effective 12/31/07. Unanimous.


Chief of Police:

-A help wanted ad for part-time officers will be run and brought back to the board

-Request to let out bid specs for a new squad car, his plan is to replace the Chevrolet with a Chevrolet, 2008 model which will still have front wheel drive as the 2009 vehicles will be going to a rear wheel drive. MSC Deiss/Manfred to approve request to advertise and get quotes to be brought back to the board. Unanimous.

Trustee Dick Hines questioned if it would make more beneficial to hire another full-time officer versus part-time which seems to be on-going and may eliminate some over-time and part-time pay. Chief Greg Place informed Dick that the benefits are a big issue; a meeting will be scheduled in the near future to address labor, wage and funding issues.

Crosstown Rd/Hwy 65 intersection update:

Phil from SEH Engineering Firm addressed the board informing them that Greg has recd 2 sets of plans and that they would like to set up a meeting with the D.O.T. to recommend that the village do the west side and let the state do the east side when they do Hwy 65 improvements in 2009 which would eliminate tearing the highway up both years. The village will need to acquire additional right-a-way on all 4 corners, SEH will do colored drawings to show what is needed and put markings in the corners so all parties know what the village is looking at. Board agreed that PWD Greg Engeset and someone from SEH meet with all property owners as soon as possible to negotiate village purchase of right-a-way needed for this project.

Public Works Director:

Absent. Submitted a written report:

Well #4 - Archaeologist found nothing on the site, drilling is complete but hole is off 6 inches from AWWA Standards, village may have to look at a submersible pump versus a turbine pump as it would then meet specs per a discussion with the well driller, SEH and the DNR. Greg is asking the well driller to buy a stand by generator for $34,000 instead of the right angle drive used on the turbine pump, updates to follow.



New Business:


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: Crossing Meadows Business Park and East End Industrial Park - Dairyland Power. MSC Sweig/Deiss, roll call vote taken, unanimous. 8:12 p.m.

MSC Hines/Deiss to go back into open session, roll call vote taken, unanimous. 8:40 p.m.

MSC Wandmacher/Deiss to adjourn the meeting at 8:43 p.m. Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted:

Peggy A. Nelson-Clerk