VILLAGE OF BRUCE
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
July 7, 2014
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a scheduled monthly meeting of the Village Board was held on Monday, July 7, 2014.
Village President Michael 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 Trott to dispense of the reading and approve the minutes of the June 2, 2014 Regular Board Meeting and the June 9, 2014 Board of Review, carried.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Motion by Waite, seconded by Fillion to approve the Treasurer’s report as given, carried.
EMPLOYEE’S REPORT: Darlene Wundrow reported the water leak has been found and repaired. The water system is back to pumping normal amounts. The treatment plant is still receiving almost 300,000 gallons of water a day. Normal flow is 50,000 gallons or less per day and the ground water saturation from the wet season is the cause of the additional gallons. She received the CMAR response from Lonn Franson of the DNR receiving all A’s and one C for the ponds. He indicated there may be a leakage in the ponds and Darlene responded to him that she didn’t think there was, explaining there is a plus or minus 7% margin of error in the meters. Franson responded back that he is in agreement with Darlene’s explanation and that it is not a leakage issue from the treatment system. The final response from him on the report was the overall GPA was a 3.63%, a very solid grade and reflects the quality of the operation, management and administration of the Waste Water Utility. Franson added that the ground water section of the report was filled out by Wundrow very accurately and correctly to reflect current results in determinations made during the last permit issuance. An area of concern although, not identified in 2013, but realized this past spring was the issue of excessive inflow and infiltration that resulted in several bypass events. She has addressed this issue and took necessary action with it.
Darlene reported the drainage ditch at the park is flowing fine now after a blockage that was allowing water to back up let loose. The culvert that is there was installed in the 1970’s. It is in poor shape and should be replaced.
PETITIONERS-CITIZEN COMPLAINTS AND REQUESTS:
North Main Street Reconstruction Project-Status Report:
Newman reported there were two committee meetings held in June to discuss the North Main Street Project with Bob Parmley and Zach Gotham of Morgan & Parmley, and the Bruce School representatives. Motion by Zimmer, seconded by Fillion to table the “North Main Street Reconstruction Project” issue until the August, 2014 Regular Monthly Board Meeting, carried.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: There were none.
Building Permits: Motion by Manosky, seconded by Zimmer to approve a building permit for Shane Trott to build a deck onto his house at 520 E. Trails End Avenue, carried.
Motion by Waite, seconded by Trott to approve a building permit for Jeff Wallace to install a wall and steel roof at The Recipe Box Café at 710 W. Arthur Avenue, carried.
Motion by Zimmer, seconded by Trott to approve a building permit for James Doke to install new windows in his home at 420 E. Trails End Avenue, carried.
Motion by Zimmer, seconded by Waite to approve a building permit for Helen Siverling to re-roof her house at 617 N. 3rd Street, carried.
Motion by Trott, seconded by Doke to approve a building permit for Everett McGaughey to remodel part of his commercial building into an apartment at 106 W. Railroad Avenue, carried.
Motion by Zimmer, seconded by Fillion to approve a building permit for James M. Kane, Jr. to re-roof Jon Hamel’s house at 1132 N. 3rd Street, carried.
Motion by Zimmer, seconded by Fillion to approve a building permit for Jim Kahl to install a metal roof on his house at 607 N. Johnson Street, carried.
Street Use Permit: Motion by Waite, seconded by Trott to approve a Street Use Permit for Lenette Kendzior at Glory B Corner Saloon, 832 N. Main Street, to close Railroad Avenue from Main Street east to the alley to hold the annual anniversary party, street dance and picnic dinner on Saturday, August 2, 2014, carried.
New Liquor License:
Class “B” Combo Liquor & Beer: Motion by Waite, seconded by Doke to approve a Class “B” Combo Liquor & Beer License for Jeffrey & Kimberly Grasley for the Pour House Tavern Inc. d/b/a 626 N. Main Street, effective August 1, 2014, carried.
Coin Machine License: Motion by Zimmer, seconded by Fillion to approve a Coin Machine License for The Pour House Tavern Inc., effective August 1, 2014, carried.
New Operators License: Motion by Fillion, seconded by Doke to approve regular operator’s license for Tammy S. Chisnell and Steven M. Gest, carried, carried.
2014-2015 Operator’s License Renewals: Motion by Fillion, seconded by Doke to approve the renewal of the 2014-2015 operator licenses for Tammy S. Chisnell and Teresa L. Gavin, carried.
Notification from State Commissioner of Railroads of Wisconsin Central Ltd. Petition for Closure of 1st Street and Blackburn Street Crossings: Newman reported the initial report from Doug Wood, the examiner to the Commissioner of Railroads. He suggested that they leave the Blackburn Street crossing and close the First Street crossing. The Village had fifteen days to reply to the notice and the Village’s attorney did send a letter requesting that both crossings stay open. If one of the crossings is closed, the Village should not have to bare the expense of having barricades and signs installed. Our attorney addressed the issue in the letter to the Commissioner. The determination may go into effect September 1, 2014 and we are waiting to hear the final determination. CN Railroad responded to the decision and are still asking that both crossings be closed.
Motion by Fillion, seconded by Doke to approve tabling the “Notification from State Commissioner of Railroads on the Closure of 1st Street and Blackburn Street Crossings” issue until the August, 2014 Regular Monthly Board Meeting, carried.
Coleman Street Lift Station: Wundrow reported a new pump and motor was installed this spring at the Coleman Street Lift Station and it is still not working properly. The two companies that supplied and installed the equipment are working to resolve the problem. Motion by Manosky, seconded by Fillion to table the “Coleman Street Lift Station” issue until the
August, 2014 Regular Monthly Board Meeting, carried.
2013 Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) submitted to DNR: The annual (CCR) Consumer Confidence Report, a water quality report, has been submitted to the Department of Natural Resources. Publication and posting requirements have been met. A copy of the annual report is available at the Village Hall.
Sign at Highway 8 & Highway 40 North: Discussion was held regarding the installation of a new sign at Highway 8 & Highway 40 and the Board agreed that they will hold off on installing a new one this year. Motion by Zimmer, seconded by Fillion to remove the “Sign at Highway 8 & Highway 40 North” issue from the Agenda with the possibility of revisiting it later, carried.
Committee Meeting June 26th & 30th, 2014 Report: A Committee meeting was held on June 26th to discuss signs and repair of signs in the Village. A Committee meeting was held on June 30th to discuss the plans for the North Main Street Project. Bob Parmley & Zach Gotham from Morgan & Parmley and representatives from the Bruce School attended the meeting.
Abatement Issue: Motion by Fillion, seconded by Zimmer to table the “Abatement Issue” until the August, 2014 Regular Board Meeting, carried.
ATV Routes in Village: Rick Cote, Vice President of the Rusk Riders ATV Club, attended the meeting and gave an update on the progress of getting permission from the state to cross the bridge on the east side of the Village to allow ATV’s access to the Village. No progress has been made on getting permission to cross private property west or north of the Village. Discussion was held and many suggestions for the route were considered. The Board thanked Cote for all the work he is doing on the issue.
Motion by Waite, seconded by Zimmer to table the “ATV Route in Village” issue until the August, 2014 Regular Board Meeting, carried.
Committee Meeting, June 12, 2014 Report: A Committee meeting was held on June 12, 2014, to inspect properties for unsightly issues and letters were sent out to property owners. A meeting is scheduled for July 14, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. to review the progress.
USDA-Rural Development Sewer & Water Loan Payments: Semi Annual payments were made on June 5, 2014 for the sewer loan in the amount of $2,005.00 and the water loan in the amount of $13,081.00 to USDA Rural Development.
Rusk County Comprehensive Plan: Motion by Zimmer, seconded by Doke to table the “Rusk County Comprehensive Plan” issue until the August, 2014 Regular Board Meeting, carried.
Bruce Area Girl Scout Day Camp-Donation Request: Motion by Waite, seconded by Fillion to approve donating $100.00 to the Bruce Area Girl Scout Day Camp, carried.
Bruce American Legion Post 268-Request for Donation: Motion by Waite, seconded by Manosky, with Zimmer abstaining from voting, to approve donating $100.00 to theAmerican Legion towards the motorcycle ride fundraising for scholarships for children of soldiers that lost their lives serving our country, carried.
APPROVAL OF BILLS: Motion by Waite, seconded by Fillion to pay vouchers and electronic tax payments totaling $62,280.36, carried.
Donations have been received from the Bruce School for $750.00, Dairyland State Bank for $100.00, from donation jar money for $24.00, and Rockwell Automation for $250.00 towards the Softball Field Dugout Project.
The Village has received $500.00 from the American Transmission Company for a tree planting grant that Darlene Wundrow applied for on behalf of the Village. The trees will be purchased in the Spring of 2015 and planted in the Village Park.
Blue Hills Festival-July 11th, 12th, & 13th, 2014. Sponsored by the Bruce Blue Hills Lions Club. Bruce Belter’sCity League Baseball,American Legion Baseball, Little League Baseball, horseshoe & Texas Hold’em Tournaments, ATV pulls, lawnmower races and remote control car & truck racing will be held during the festival. Water fights and a volleyball tournament are also scheduled. There will be music and fireworks Friday and Saturday night and a parade on Sunday. There will be a Knight’s of Columbus Pancake Feed, Kiwanis Chicken Dinner and Nathaniel Lutheran Church Pie Social. There will also be a 5K Run/Walk and a kids race on July 12th at 9:00 a.m., registration begins at 8:00 a.m.
ADJOURNMENT: Motion by Waite, seconded by Trott to adjourn, carried. Adjournment
was at 7:40 p.m.