VILLAGE OF BRUCE
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
December 1, 2014
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a scheduled monthly meeting of the Village Board was held on Monday, December 1, 2014.
Village President Mike Newman presided and called to order the meeting at the Village Hall facility at 7:00 p.m. Board members present were Lloyd Waite, Shane Trott, Mark Zimmer,Jim Doke, Bobbi Jo Fillion and John Manosky. Both Clerks attended also.
Motion by Fillion, seconded by Doke to approve the Agenda, carried.
Motion by Waite, seconded by Fillion to dispense of the reading and approve the minutes of the November 3, 2014 Public Budget Hearing and the November 3, 2014 Regular Board Meeting, carried.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Motion by Waite, seconded by Zimmer to approve the Treasurer’s report as given, carried.
EMPLOYEE’S REPORT: Darlene Wundrow reported Casey Gudis has been plowing snow and doing a good job. She asked the Board for approval to have him come into work if he’s needed to do other maintenance work this winter. Motion by Zimmer, seconded by Fillion to approve having Casey Gudis work, when needed, to do other maintenance work in the Village this winter, carried.
Wundrow reported Shane Trott, Kostick and Will inspected the plow truck that will be for sale this month at Barron County and all agreed it is in very good condition. Discussion was held regarding where the truck would be stored if we purchased it. It should not be left outside. The building would have to have a twelve foot door to accommodate the truck.
PETITIONERS-CITIZEN COMPLAINTS AND REQUESTS:
North Main Street Reconstruction Project-Status Report: Motion by Zimmer, seconded by Fillion to table the “North Main Street Reconstruction Project” issue until the January, 2015 Regular Monthly Board Meeting, carried.
Arien Knops-County Board Representative for the Village of Bruce: Arien Knops attended the meeting asking the Board for recommendations for someone to fill the vacant position when Dave Hulback resigned on the Rusk County Board representing District 15 (Village of Bruce). The County Board would like to have the position filled before the end of the year. Anyone interested may submit an application to the County Clerk.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: There were none.
APPLICATIONS: Motion by Zimmer, seconded by Trott to approve a building permit for Robert Lorkowski to repair the roof and install overhead doors on a commercial building at 705 N. Main Street, carried.
Bow Hunting Permit: Motion by Waite, seconded by Fillion to approve bow hunting permits for Phillip Arts and Larry Harris to hunt deer with a bow on Village owned property, carried.
Notification from State Commissioner of Railroads of Wisconsin Central Ltd. Petition for Closure of 1st Street and Blackburn Street Crossings: Nothing new to report.
Motion by Zimmer, seconded by Fillion to approve tabling the “Notification from State Commissioner of Railroads of Wisconsin Central Ltd. Petition for Closure of 1st Street and Blackburn Street Crossings” issue until the January, 2015 Regular Board Meeting, carried.
Fire/Security Monitoring System Proposal: NEI did not submit a bid for replacing the obsolete fire/security monitoring system for the Village Hall. Motion by Zimmer, seconded by Doke to accept the proposal from Polk Burnett Security Systems to replace the fire/security system at the Village Hall and to table the “Fire/Security Monitoring System Proposal” issue until the January, 2015 Regular Board Meeting, carried.
Set Date for Committee Meeting with Bob Parmley: A Public Works Committee Meeting is scheduled for December 9, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. at the Village Hall with Bob Parmley to discuss the North Main Street Reconstruction Project.
Abatement Issue: The property at 202 W. Railroad Avenue has been taken by Rusk County for Tax Deed. Mike Newman talked to the Rusk County Treasurer regarding the possibility of the Village purchasing the property and discussion was held on the issue. There are Special Assessments attached to the property from the 2011 Street Reconstruction Project. Motion by Zimmer, seconded by Trott to table the “Abatement Issue” until the January, 2015 Regular Board Meeting, carried.
ATV Routes in the Village:
Adopt Ordinance: The proposed ATV Ordinance was reviewed. All Village streets would be open to ATV travel except US Highway 8, otherwise known as Arthur Avenue, and all of Main Street from the south Village limits to its intersection with Washington Avenue. Motion by Waite, seconded by Doke to approve adopting the proposed ATV Routes Ordinance, carried. Signs will have to be installed before the routes are open. Motion by Doke, seconded by Fillion to remove the “ATV Routes in the Village” issue, carried. A copy of the Ordinance is attached.
Drainage Ditch at Village Park: Discussion was held on the drainage ditch at the Village Park and how to correct the drainage problem there. Motion by Zimmer, seconded by Fillion to approve seeking an estimate from Vern Chandler to excavate the drainage ditch at the Village Park and tabling the “Drainage Ditch at Village Park” issue until the January, 2015 Regular Board Meeting, carried.
Set Date for Committee Meeting: An administration committee meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, December 8, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.to discuss employee issues.
Bank Designation for checking Account: Newman reported proposals were sought from Dairyland State Bank and Chippewa Valley Bank for interest rates for the general checking account. Chippewa Valley Bank submitted a bid of .25% and Dairyland State Bank submitted a bid of .35% per month. Motion by Waite, seconded by Doke to approve having the general checking account stay at Dairyland State Bank and to remove the issue from the Agenda, carried.
Plow Truck Purchase: Motion by Zimmer, seconded by Fillion to approve tabling the “Plow Truck Purchase” issue until the January, 2015 Regular Board Meeting, carried.
Rusk County Comprehensive Plan: Motion by Zimmer, seconded by Doke to remove the “Rusk County Comprehensive Plan” issue from the Agenda, carried.
Bruce Area Library Teen Program: Fillion reported the Library Board has not approved the use of the facility for a proposed teen program yet. Motion by Waite, seconded by Fillion to table the “Bruce Area Library Teen Program” issue until the January, 2015 Regular Board Meeting, carried.
Ambulance Garage Roof Replacement: The roof will be replaced in the spring. Motion by Doke, seconded by Trott to remove the “Ambulance Garage Roof Replacement” issue from the Agenda, carried.
Consider Purchase of Tax Deed Properties-Building Inspection: The issue was tabled.
Set 2015 Caucus Date: Motion by Zimmer, seconded by Fillion to approve setting the date for the 2015 Caucus for Thursday, January 8, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. at the Village Hall. The terms expiring in April, 2015 are Newman, Waite, Doke and Fillion.
Resignation of Board Member John Manosky: John Manosky is moving out of the Village and is resigning from the Board effective December 31, 2014. Motion by Fillion, seconded by Trott to accept the resignation of Board member John Manosky, carried.
Waste Management Community Fund Donation: Motion by Zimmer, seconded by Fillion to refer to the Finance Committee to discuss ideas to use the $2,000.00 per year donation from Waste Management, carried.
APPROVAL OF BILLS: Motion by Fillion, seconded by Zimmer to pay vouchers and electronic tax payments totaling $33,881.10, carried.
Christmas in Bruce-Saturday, December 13, 2014. The annual Christmas in Bruce celebration will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014. Free soup and beverages will be served at the Village Hall and horse drawn wagon rides will be given. The Bruce Area Library will have children’s games & entertainment and a visit from Santa. The Bruce American Legion Auxiliary will hold a Pie & Ice Cream Social at the Legion Hall. “Blue Hills Chorale” and the “Rusk County Community Singers” will perform. The Bruce Blue Hills Lions Club is planning a Craft Show at the Bruce Fire Hall. Any other businesses that would like to participate can contact the Village Hall.
ADJOURNMENT: Motion by Waite, seconded by Zimmer to adjourn, carried. Adjournment was at 8:00 p.m.