Friday, November 24th

The Common Council met at City Hall in the City of Black River Falls on November 7, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. Alderpersons Colloton Chrest, Rave, Erickson, Olson, Busse, Gearing-Lancaster, and Ross were present. Alderperson Redbird was excused. Mayor Jay Eddy presided.
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It was moved by Alderperson Ross seconded by Alderperson Olson to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the October 18, 2017 Common Council meeting and approve as presented. Motion carried.
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It was moved by Alderperson Olson, seconded by Alderperson Busse to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the October 26, 2017 Special Common Council meeting and approve as presented. Motion carried.
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CITIZENS IN ATTENDANCE
There were 9 citizens in attendance. 5 for Resolution 2017-15, 3 for the Federation Cooperative request agenda item, and 1 to observe meeting.
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COMMITTEE REPORTS
It was moved by Alderperson Erickson, seconded by Alderperson Gearing-Lancaster to place on file the minutes of the October 30, 2017 Utility Commission meeting. Motion carried.
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It was moved by Alderperson Ross, seconded by Alderperson Erickson to approve the 2018 Business Improvement District (BID) Operating Plan and Budget as presented. Motion carried.
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It was moved by Alderperson Busse, seconded by Alderperson Gearing-Lancaster to approve Federation Cooperative’s request to install a new sign on City property along North Water Street. Motion carried.


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There was discussion on using a bid form for all bid openings for consistency and to insure all the information for the bid is being captured.
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It was moved by Alderperson Ross, seconded by Alderperson Olson to award the bid for crushing the excavation pile to Gerke Excavating, Inc. at $4.25 per ton. Motion carried.
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There was discussion regarding the removal of two buildings at 426 North Water Street. Jim Leffingwell was in attendance and informed the Council that Building #5 should be down tomorrow, but the electrical service for the entire property is located on the end wall of Building#4 which they will need more time to address.
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It was moved by Alderperson Ross, seconded by Alderperson Rave to set the deadline dates for razing the buildings in Resolution 2017-15 at June 1, 2018 for Building #4 and at December 15, 2017 for Building #5. Motion carried.
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It was moved by Alderperson Ross, seconded by Alderperson Gearing-Lancaster to approve Resolution 2017- 15 with deadline dates set in previous motion. Motion carried.
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CITY OF BLACK RIVER FALLS RESOLUTION NO. 2017-15
A RESOLUTION ORDERING BUILDINGS TO BE RAZED AT 426 NORTH WATER STREET,BLACK RIVER FALLS, WISCONSIN, JACKSON COUNTY
WHEREAS, the E&F Motel is located at 426 North Water Street, City of Black River Falls, Wisconsin; and
WHEREAS, General Engineering Company conducted a property condition assessment on the buildings located at 426 North Water Street at the request of the City of Black River Falls; and
WHEREAS, the wood framed, multi-unit motel structure referred to as Building #4 in the property condition assessment report dated October 2017 (hereinafter Building #4) is found to be old, dilapidated, or out of repair and consequently, dangerous, unsafe, unsanitary, or otherwise unfit for human habitation; and
WHEREAS, the small wooden framed, single-unit motel structure referred to as Building #5 in the property condition assessment report dated October 2017 (hereinafter Building #5) is found to be old, dilapidated, or out of repair and consequently, dangerous, unsafe, unsanitary, or otherwise unfit for human habitation; and
WHEREAS, repair of Building #4 is unreasonable and the building inspector has determined that the cost of repairs would exceed 520% of the assessed value of the building divided by the ratio of the assessed value to the recommended value as last published by the Department of Revenue for the City; and
WHEREAS, repair of Building #5 is unreasonable and the building inspector has determined that the cost of repairs would exceed 100% of the assessed value of the building divided by the ratio of the assessed value to the recommended value as last published by the Department of Revenue for the City; and
WHEREAS, State Statute Sections 66.0413(1)(b)1 and (1)(c) state that a building is a candidate for razing if the cost of repairs exceeds 50% of the assessed value;
THEREFORE, IT IS RESOLVED that LORRAINE LEFFINGWELL, the owner of the aforementioned described real property, is ordered to:
1. Raze Building #4 by June 1, 2018.
2. Raze Building #5 by December 15, 2017.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:
1. If the owner fails or refuses to comply within the time prescribed above, the City Administrator shall, subject to §66.0413 (1) (i) and (j), Wisconsin Statutes, relating to salvage and personal property, proceed to raze the buildings through any available public agency or by contract or arrangement with private persons, or to secure the buildings and, if necessary, the property on which the buildings are located if unfit for human habitation. The cost of razing or securing the buildings may be charged in full or in part against the real estate upon which the buildings are located, and if that cost is so charged, it is a lien upon the real estate and may be assessed and collected as a special tax.
2. The City Administrator shall file or have filed by the City Attorney a Notice of Lis Pendens in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Jackson County, Wisconsin, on the tract of the above-described real property to notice this resolution and raze order of the City. The building inspector or Chief of Police shall place a placard on the premises containing the following notice: “This Building May Not Be Used For Human Habitation, Occupancy, or Use” The building inspector shall prohibit use of the building for human habitation, occupancy or use. Such prohibition may be enforced by issuance of a fine in the amount of $50 or imprisonment for up to 30 days for
each week of such violation.
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2It was moved by Alderperson Busse, seconded by Alderperson Colloton Chrest to approve Resolution 2017-16 to refinance the HVAC loan for Skyline Golf Course. Motion carried (5-2) with Alderpersons Ross and Olson voting no.
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CITY OF BLACK RIVER FALLS RESOLUTION 2017-16 A RESOLUTION TO REFINANCE THE HVAC LOAN FOR THE SKYLINE GOLF COURSE
WHEREAS, The City of Black River Falls, Jackson County, Wisconsin (“City”), is presently in need of funds aggregating $50,461.29 for the public purpose of HVAC Equipment at Skyline Golf Course; and
WHEREAS, The city previously secured a loan with the Jackson County Bank (“Loan #68664”) on behalf of the Skyline Golf Course for this project; and
WHEREAS, Loan #68664 has a balloon payment of $52,144.21 due on November 1, 2017; and
WHEREAS, the Council deems it necessary and in the best interest of the City that, pursuant to the provisions of Section 67.12(12), Wisconsin Statutes, the sum of Fifty Thousand Four Hundred Sixty-One and Twenty-Nine Cents ($50,461.29) be borrowed for such purpose upon the terms and conditions hereinafter set
forth:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that for the purpose hereinabove set forth, the City, by its Mayor, and City Administrator, pursuant to section 67.12(12), Wisconsin Statutes, borrow from the Jackson County Bank, Black River Falls, WI (“Lender”), the sum of $50,461.29, and, to evidence such indebtedness, said Mayor and City Administrator shall make, execute and deliver to the Lender for and on behalf of the City the promissory note of the City, in the said principal amount with interest at the rate of Four and Thirty-Nine Hundredths percent (4.39%) per annum with seasonal monthly payments of one thousand six hundred eighty-two dollars and ninety-two cents ($1,682.92) due May through October.
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It was moved by Alderperson Erickson, seconded by Alderperson Gearing-Lancaster to approve Police Department Policy 2.006 Use of Conducted Electrical Weapon. Motion carried.
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It was moved by Alderperson Olson, seconded by Alderperson Ross to adjourn. Motion carried.
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A. Brad Chown
City Administrator