Wednesday, May 23rd

The regular meeting of the Common Council was held at City Hall in the City of Black River Falls on September 1, 2015 at 6:00 P.M.  Alderpersons Olson, J. Eddy, Gearing-Lancaster, Ross, Erickson, Redbird, R. Eddy and Rahmlow were present.  Mayor Danielson presided.
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It was moved by Alderperson R. Eddy, seconded by Alderperson Redbird to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the August 4, 2015 Common Council meeting and approve as presented.  Motion carried.
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CITIZENS IN ATTENDANCE
6 citizens were in attendance.  
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COMMITTEE REPORTS
It was moved by Alderperson Olson, seconded by Alderperson Ross to approve the Committee of the Whole minutes of August 19, 2015 meeting.  Motion Carried.  
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The Committee of the Whole met at City Hall in the City of Black River Falls on August 19, 2015 at 6:00 P.M. Alderpersons Olson, J. Eddy, Gearing-Lancaster, Ross, Erickson, Redbird, R. Eddy and Rahmlow were present.  Mayor Danielson presided.

1. There were 9 citizens in attendance.  

2. Chris Iverson was present requesting to have “Children at Play” signs placed in the area of N. Roosevelt Rd. and Oak Street in hopes to slow vehicles down.  

 

3. Motion was made by Alderperson Ross, Seconded by Alderperson Gearing-Lancaster to place “Children at Play” signs in the area of N. Roosevelt Rd and Oak Street.  Motion carried (7-1) with Alderperson R. Eddy voting No.

4. Nick Goeman and Kimberly Shult from Baker Tilly presented the City’s 2014 Audit Summary to the Committee.  

5. The Department Head monthly reports were reviewed.  Department heads present were Steve Peterson, Brad Chown, Steve Schreiber, Jody Stoker, Todd Gomer, Tammy Peasley and Scot Eisenhauer.

6. City Administrator Brad Chown is working with S.E.H. and Todd Gomer to get the required information together for FEMA to complete our application for levee accreditation.  

7. It was moved by Alderperson J. Eddy, seconded by Alderperson Redbird to approve the proposal from S.E.H. to respond to FEMA’s June 9, 2015 comments regarding the July 15, 2013 Provisionally Accredited Levee (PAL) submission for the Black River Falls Flood Protection System at a cost of up to $33,800 and finance the expenditure at a later date if needed.  Motion carried.

8. It was moved by Alderperson Ross, Seconded by Alderperson Redbird to allow Fire Chief Schreiber to put out for bids to replace the 2005 Tahoe.  Motion carried.

9. Street Superintendent Todd Gomer reported that he started work on the North 1st Street Parking Lot.  Excavation began on Monday, August 17th and should have gravel back in by Thursday, August 20th.  Mathy will be doing the paving around mid-September.  The Street Department will do the line painting.  The City has 1 parking lot left to pave which is the lot by the Fire Station mainly utilized by Fire, EMS and Jackson County Bank employees. Gomer recommended this work be completed soon.

10.  Street Superintendent Todd Gomer spoke with Jim Hoffman about the Meander Stone storm sewer issue.  Jim will do the extension if the City supplies the fill material, which the Street Department has from excavating Adams Street.

11. It was moved by Alderperson Ross, seconded by Alderperson Olson to place a “Dead End – No Turn Around” sign on River Street at the intersection of E. Jefferson Street.  Motion carried.

12. Police Chief, Scot Eisenhauer was sworn in on Monday, August 11, 2015.  Scot thanked Administrator Brad Chown, Mayor Ron Danielson and the Council for this new job opportunity, and commended the Police Department staff.  

13. Parks & Recreation Director Steve Peterson stated there has been a request for a portable toilet to be placed at the boat landing.  Cost would run between $75 and $85 a month.  

14. Alderperson J. Eddy commended Steve Peterson on the Little League program and the great job the umpires did this year.

15. It was moved by Alderperson Rahmlow, seconded by Alderperson Erickson to approve the vouchers for July 2015.  Motion carried.

16. It was moved by Alderperson J. Eddy, Seconded by Alderperson Gearing-Lancaster to approve the City Treasurers report for July 2015.  Motion carried.

17. It was moved by Alderperson R. Eddy, seconded by Alderperson Redbird to approve the Revenue & Expense Reports for July 2015.  Motion carried.
 
18. It was moved by Alderperson R. Eddy, seconded by Alderperson Ross to adjourn at 8:05 P.M.  Motion carried.
An audio recording of this meeting is available at City Hall.

Rhonda J. Ammann
Deputy City Clerk
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It was moved by Alderperson Ross, seconded by Alderperson Erickson to approve a Temporary Class B Retailers License Application for the Jackson County Little League Pumpkin Ball Tournament to be held September 12, 2015 at 700 N 10th St (Marks Field).  Motion carried.
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It was moved by Alderperson R. Eddy, seconded by Alderperson J. Eddy to approve the revised Inspection, Operation and Maintenance Manual for the City’s Flood Control System.  Motion carried.
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It was moved by Alderperson Gearing-Lancaster, seconded by Alderperson Ross to approve the revised Emergency Action Plan for the City’s Flood Control System.  Motion carried.
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There was a lengthy discussion on Ordinance 826 that included citizens Scott Bluedorn and Don Delebo.
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It was moved by Alderperson Ross to amend the on street parking restriction in Ordinance 826 Section 6(b) from 24 hours to overnight.  Motion failed due to the lack of a second.
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It was moved by Alderperson J. Eddy, seconded by Alderperson Redbird to remove the improved surface language (2c and 6a) in Ordinance 826.  Motion carried (4-3-1) with Alderpersons Gearing-Lancaster, Ross and R. Eddy voting no and Alderperson Erickson abstaining.  
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It was moved by Alderperson J. Eddy to approve Ordinance 826 with the changes.  Motion failed due to the lack of a second.  
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There was further discussion on Ordinance 826
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It was moved by Alderperson J. Eddy, seconded by Alderperson Redbird to approve Ordinance 826 with the changes previously approved by the Council (above).  Motion carried with Alderperson Olson, Erickson and Rahmlow voting no.
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CITY OF BLACK RIVER FALLS ORDINANCE NO. 826

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF THE CITY OF BLACK RIVER FALLS, JACKSON COUNTY, WISCONSIN BY REPEALING AND RECREATING SECTION 10.06(2) AND SECTION 10.06(6)

    The Common Council of the City of Black River Falls, Jackson County, Wisconsin, do ordain as follows:

SECTION 1.  Section 10.06(2) of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Black River Falls is repealed and created as follows:

(2) DEFINITIONS. The words, phrases and terms used in this section shall be interpreted as follows:
(a) Disassembled, Inoperable, Junked or Wrecked Motor Vehicles, Truck Bodies, Tractors, Trailers. Motor vehicles, truck bodies, tractors or trailers in such state of physical or mechani­cal ruin as to be incapable of propulsion or being operated upon the public streets or highways.
(b) Front setback. For Section 10.06 only, this shall be defined as the first three (3) feet from the front property line.
(c) In the Open. Land which may be viewed from public streets or adjoining property.
(d) Junk. Worn out or discarded material of little or no value including, but not limited to, household appliances or parts thereof, machinery and equipment or parts thereof, vehicles or parts thereof, tools, discarded building materials or any other unsightly debris, the accumulation of which has an adverse effect upon the neighborhood or City property values, health, safety or general welfare.
(e) Motor Vehicle. As defined in §340.01(35), Wis. Stats.
(f) Public Hazard.  Any circumstance, condition, or situation that tends to:
1. Substantially injure or endanger the comfort, health, repose, or safety of the public.
2. In any way render the public insecure in life or in the use of property.
3. Unlawfully and substantially interfere with, obstruct, or tend to obstruct or render dangerous for passage any street, alley, highway, navigable body of water or other public way or the use of public property.
(g) Recreation Equipment. Boats, canoes, boat and utility trailers, mobile homes, campers, off-highway vehicles and snowmobiles.
(h) Seasonal Recreational Vehicle.  A recreational vehicle which is normally used during the current season.  During the summer season this may include boats, campers, or trailers with jet skis.  During the winter season, this may include snowmobiles or ice fishing gear.  These are examples and not meant to be all-inclusive.
(i) Store/Storage. The leaving of any vehicles or equipment defined under this section on any street, highway, municipal parking lot for storage purposes.
(j) Unlicensed Motor Vehicles, Truck Bodies, Tractors or Trailers. Motor vehicles, truck bodies, tractors or trailers which do not bear lawful current license plates.
(k) Unseasonal Recreational Vehicle.  A recreational vehicle which does not fit the description of a seasonal recreational vehicle.

SECTION 2.  Section 10.06(6) of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Black River Falls is repealed and created as follows:

(6) STORAGE OF RECREATIONAL EQUIPMENT REGULATED.
(a) No person shall store recreational equipment, seasonal or unseasonal, on any street right of way for a period of more than 24 hours.
(b) No person shall store any unseasonal recreational equipment within the front setback, excluding the driveway, for a period of more than 48 hours.
(c) No person shall store any seasonal recreational equipment within the front setback, excluding the driveway, for a period of more than 96 hours.
(d) Notwithstanding (a), (b), and (c) no person shall store recreational equipment, seasonal or unseasonal, in the front setback, including the driveway, in such a way as to cause a public safety hazard.
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It was moved by Alderperson Ross, seconded by Alderperson Gearing-Lancaster to approve Ordinance 827.  Motion carried.
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CITY OF BLACK RIVER FALLS ORDINANCE NO.  827

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF THE CITY OF BLACK RIVER FALLS, JACKSON COUNTY, WISCONSIN BY REPEALING AND RECREATING SECTION 7.06(10)

    The Common Council of the City of Black River Falls, Jackson County, Wisconsin, do ordain as follows:

    SECTION 1.  Section 7.06(10) of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Black River Falls is repealed and created as follows:

7.06(10) STREET MAINTENANCE.  (a) Whenever it is necessary to repair a City street or any part thereof, the Street Department shall request the Police Department to post such street or parts thereof with appropriate signs prohibiting parking during said construction. Such signs shall be erected by the Police Department at least 72 hours prior to the time that such street maintenance work is to be commenced. No person shall park a motor vehicle in violation of such signs.
(b) In the event emergency maintenance or repairs are necessary and a vehicle(s) needs to be removed from the street to allow for the work to be completed, the Street Department shall make attempts to contact the owner(s) of the vehicle(s) that needs to be moved.  If the vehicle owner is unavailable, the Street Department may have the vehicle(s) removed and the City will be responsible for any charges incurred with the removal and/or storage of the vehicle(s).  
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It was moved by Alderperson J. Eddy, seconded by Alderperson Ross to approve the Mayor’s appointment of Kevin Babcock to the Industrial Park Commission.  Motion carried.
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There was discussion on noise ordinance signage.  No action was taken.
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It was moved by Alderperson Olson, seconded by Alderperson J. Eddy to adjourn at 7:01.  Motion Carried.
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An audio recording of this meeting is available at City Hall.

Kelly R. Hurst
Deputy Clerk/Treasurer