Sunday, November 17th

The Common Council met at City Hall in the City of Black River Falls on January 2, 2019 at 6:03 P.M. Alderpersons J. Rave Sr., M. Rave, Olson, Busse, Gearing-Lancaster, and Ross were present. Alderperson Brown and Mayor J. Eddy were excused. Alderperson Redbird was absent. Council President Gearing-Lancaster Presided.
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The City Administrator advised members the minutes of the December 4, 2018 Common Council meeting that were provided electronically in the meeting packets were incorrect. The minutes that were published and accurately reflect the decisions made were provided in print copy.
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It was moved by Alderperson Olson, seconded by Alderperson J. Rave to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the December 4, 2018 Common Council meeting and approve the print copy as presented. Motion carried.
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It was moved by Alderperson Ross, seconded by Alderperson Busse to amend the minutes of the December 4, 2018 Common Council meeting to correct the outcome of the motion by Alderperson Busse, seconded by Alderperson Olson to approve First National Bank of Bangor’s request to extend North-South Street in TIF#4 as motion carried (4-3) with
Alderpersons M. Rave, Gearing-Lancaster, and Redbird voting no. Motion carried.


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CITIZENS IN ATTENDANCE
There were 2 citizens in attendance.
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COMMITTEE REPORTS
It was moved by Alderperson Olson, seconded by Alderperson J. Rave to approve the minutes of the December 6, 2018 Plan Commission. Motion carried.
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It was moved by Alderperson Ross, seconded by Alderperson Busse to place on file the minutes of the December 17, 2018 Utility Commission meeting. Motion Carried.
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It was moved by Alderperson M. Rave, seconded by Alderperson Olson to approve the minutes of the December 19, 2018 Committee of the Whole meeting. Motion carried.
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The Committee of the Whole met at City Hall in the City of Black River Falls on December 19, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. Alderpersons M. Rave, Olson, Busse, Gearing-Lancaster, Ross, and Brown were present. Alderpersons J. Rave and Redbird were absent. Mayor Jay Eddy presided.

  1. There were no citizens in attendance.
  2. The Department Head monthly reports were reviewed. Department heads present were Todd Gomer, Tammy Peasley, Jody Stoker, Steve Schreiber and Brad Chown.
  3. EMS Division Chief Jody Stoker advised a budget modification will be needed after contract negotiations were completed. The budget modification will be on the January Council meeting agenda. Stoker advised the Committee full-time EMT Steve Collins has announced his intention to retire February 1, 2019. The department’s rate increase
    proposal was discussed. There is a need to look at different ways to accomplish sustainable staffing and increase revenues to add additional full-time staff. There is an opportunity coming up for flexible staffing. Stoker also advised the purchase of 35 new pagers was in the approved 2019 EMS budget and he needs to order in December to get a
    $40/pager discount.
  4. It was moved by Alderperson Olson, seconded by Alderperson M. Rave to recommend the Council approve the proposed EMS rate increase as presented. Motion carried.
  5. It was moved by Alderperson M. Rave, seconded by Alderperson Gearing-Lancaster to recommend the Council approve the purchase of 35 new EMS pagers from Frank’s Radio Service for a total cost of $14,175.00. Motion carried.
  6. Street Superintendent Todd Gomer announced his retirement effective January 18, 2019. Gomer also advised an old clay storm sewer line by the UW-Extension office has collapsed and will need to be dug up. There will be no cost to the city as this is the County’s responsibility.
  7. Library Director Tammy Peasley advised the Committee that 179 books were purchased by the community for Project Christmas.
  8. Fire Chief Steve Schreiber explained the need for Resolution 2018-15. Some insurance companies will not pay unless the City has passed an ordinance or resolution. The resolution will be on the January Council meeting agenda. Schreiber also advised the Committee that 1 red light has been placed on the green light wreath after a pole shed fire in Melrose.
  9. It was moved by Alderperson Ross, seconded by Alderperson M. Rave to recommend the Council approve vouchers for November 2018 check #64870 to #64980 totaling $1,374,555.62. Motion carried.
  10. It was moved by Alderperson Gearing-Lancaster, seconded by Alderperson Olson to recommend the Council approve the City Treasurer’s Report for November 2018. Motion carried.
  11. It was moved by Alderperson M. Rave, seconded by Alderperson Ross to recommend the Council approve the Revenue & Expense Reports for November 2018. Motion carried.
  12. It was moved by Alderperson Olson, seconded by Alderperson Busse to adjourn. Motion carried.

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It was moved by Alderperson Busse, seconded by Alderperson M. Rave to approve filling the full-time Emergency Medical Technician position which will be vacant February 1, 2019. Motion carried.
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It was moved by Alderperson Ross, seconded by Alderperson J. Rave to approve filling the full-time Director of Public Works/Street Superintendent position which will be vacant January 19, 2019. Motion carried.
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It was moved by Alderperson Busse, seconded by Alderperson M. Rave to approve the Police Department union contract for 2019-2021. Motion carried.
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It was moved by Alderperson Ross, seconded by Alderperson Olson to approve the EMS union contract for 2019-2021. Motion carried.
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It was moved by Alderperson J. Rave, seconded by Alderperson M. Rave to approve the Street Department union contract for 2019. Motion carried.
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It was moved by Alderperson Busse, seconded by Alderperson Ross to approve RESOLUTION 2019-01 – a resolution adopting a schedule of fees and charges for the City and Rural Fire Department. Motion Carried.
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CITY OF BLACK RIVER FALLS RESOLUTION 2019-01
RESOLUTION ADOPTING A SCHEDULE OF FEES AND CHARGES FOR THE CITY OF BLACK RIVER FALLS AND BLACK RIVER FALLS RURAL FIRE DEPARTMENT, BLACK RIVER FALLS, JACKSON COUNTY, WISCONSIN.
WHEREAS, the City of Black River Falls and Black River Falls Rural Fire Department, Wisconsin operates a Fire Department which provides fire, accident, and other incident service to the City of Black River Falls, and the Towns of Millston, Manchester, Brockway, Irving, Albion, Adams, Komensky, Alma and other municipalities where aid or mutual
aid for fire, accident, and other incident service is needed; and WHEREAS, in the event of fire, accident, or incident services are needed; and
WHEREAS, in order to assist in financing of these services, the City of Black River Falls and Black River Falls Rural Fire Department must impose various fees and charges as allowed by Wis. Stat.’s 62.11(5), 66.0627, and 60.55(2)(b); and WHEREAS, said schedule of fees and charge rates are recommended by the Fire Chief and set at an applicable rate by the Mayor, City Council and Black River Falls Rural Fire Department Board; and WHEREAS, said schedule of fees shall be reviewed periodically upon the recommendation of the Fire Chief; and WHEREAS, the Fire Chief shall be granted the authority to make the final determination on no-charge/write-off decisions.
NOW THEREFORE, THE CITY OF BLACK RIVER FALLS COMMON COUNCIL DOES HEREBY RESOLVE AS FOLLOWS:

  1. That the document entitled “SCHEDULE OF FEES AND CHARGES FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT OF THE CITY OF BLACK RIVER FALLS, WISCONSIN” attached hereto and incorporated into this Resolution by reference, is hereby adopted and approved as the fees and charges authorized to be charged by the Fire
    Department.
  2. That any provision of any ordinance or resolution, or administrative policy in conflict with this Resolution and/or Fee Schedule for the Fire Department is hereby repealed to the extent of any such conflict, and the provisions of this Resolution shall take precedence in determining the fees and charges to which they apply.
  3. That this Resolution shall be and remain effective from and after its date of adoption.
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    It was moved by Alderperson Busse, seconded by Alderperson Olson to authorize an additional $11,500 for the street lighting upgrade project. Motion carried.
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    Alderperson M. Rave shared concerns he had received from residents in the West Adams Street, Crestwood Street, and Van Buren Street areas regarding the intensity and direction of lighting associated with installing LED lights in these neighborhoods. The City Administrator will contact Municipal Utilities and make them aware of the concerns.
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    It was moved by Alderperson M. Rave, seconded by Alderperson Ross to approve the application for a Pawn Broker License for Nick’s Pawn located at 26 North Water Street. Motion carried.
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    Federal law suit case no. 18 CV 288, Thomas Cooper vs. City of Black River Falls, Alex Brad Chown, and Ronald E. Danielson was presented to the Council.
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    It was moved by Alderperson Olson, seconded by Alderperson J. Rave to convene in to closed session for the purpose of considering compensation for an employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility which is authorized under Section 19.85(1)(c) of the Wisconsin Statutes. Motion carried at 6:31pm.
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    Council President Gearing-Lancaster announced to those present that the Common Council was back in open session at
    7:14pm.
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    It was moved by Alderperson Ross, seconded by Alderperson J. Rave to offer Adam Engebretson the temporary assignment of Acting Street Superintendent at the current Street Superintendent’s salary effective January 19, 2019 with the understanding that if he chooses not to apply or is not awarded the position permanently then he can return to his former position. Motion carried.
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    It was moved by Alderperson Olson, seconded by Alderperson J. Rave to adjourn. Motion Carried.
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    A. Brad Chown
    City Administrator