Village Board Meeting Minutes
August 18, 2021

Notice is hereby given that a Village Meeting for the Village of Ferryville in the County of Crawford, State of Wisconsin, for transaction of business as is by law required or permitted to be transacted at such meeting will be held at the Village Hall in said Village on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 7:00PM.

1. CALL TO ORDER - The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Steve Werner.
2. CERTIFICATION OF "OPEN MEETING" POSTING REQUIRMEMENT - The Agenda was posted on August 14, 2021 in the four usual places throughout the Village per Bridget.
3. APPROVE AGENDA - Gloria motioned that the Agenda be approved. Anna seconded. The motion carried.
4. APPROVE MEETING MINUTES - July 21, 2021 - Gloria motioned that the Minutes of July 21, 2021 be approved. Anna seconded the motion. The motion carried.
5. PRESENTATION BY MSA, SARAH FOSBINDER, REAGRDING SEWER IMPROVEMENTS - Sarah gave handouts to the Board and explained what her company, MSA could do for the Village in terms of design, financial assistance and grant planning when renewing the sanitary sewer. MSA feels the Village's sewer should be videoed to assess the needed work. The hope is to do trenchless repairs utilizing liners, rather than digging up the area. This method would save time and money. The liner life expectancy is approx. 50 years. The cost is approx. $25/foot vs $50/foot with full replacement. MSA would help in finding opportunities for financial assistance in the form of grants, and low interest clean water loans. She will send Steve a Procurement Policy for the Board to review.
6. PRESENTATION BY CAROL ROTH, DRIFTLESS DEVELOPEMTN - Carol gave handouts to meeting attendees. Her group is working to create progress in Crawford County by helping new businesses get started, assisting with school to work, improving broadband, and revitalizing downtown areas. She explained that the State got $50 million to get businesses to open in vacated buildings. Businesses can apply for $10,000 grants. Ideas mentioned included the park bathrooms and signs.
7. PUBLIC COMMENTS - A resident inquired if the Village is zoned. The reply is no. There are floodplain rules though.
Village Clerk - Bridget reports continued work with the ARPA Committee to help organize a list of possible uses of the funds. Letters have been sent to "downtown" residents telling them of the plans for chip sealing the roads. Met with the MSA reps with Dan. Met with our insurance agency Baer Insurance and Steve to get our annual update. I received notice that the Village's population after the census is 195. This will be used when redistricting is done.
Treasurer- Kent reported that the Workman's Comp audit is underway. Nothing has been drawn on the line of credit from the sewer project. Transportation aid came in.
Public Works - Dan's report was read by Steve. The lagoon project is progressing well. Replacing the manholes has been found to be very costly and alternatives are being sought. Cold patching is done and awaiting seal coating. The boat launch has been busy. New concrete pads have been poured at Sugar Creek Park for picnic tables and benches. The brush pile is open for residents.
Fire/EMR - Alex reports that the Jaws have been serviced. The FD will hold a brat fry at Fall Fest from 10:30 - 1:00. A control burn is planned for a shed at the south end of Pine Street. Brenda reports as COVID is continuing to rise again, N-95s are being worn on all calls. Jen Elliott has joined Fire and Rescue. Fund raising has gone very well. The Lucas Automatic Compression Protocol has been sent to the State. Bridget will inform the insurance company of the equipment.
Tourism, Farmers Market, V & P - Joanne White reported for Vision & Promotion. The group thanks Dan for his help with the concrete pads placed at Sugar Creek Park. The playground dedication will be held on Thursday, September 9 at 10 AM. Thanks also for all the help given for River Bluff Daze. Soup and Salad suppers are on hold for now. Sherry Quamme reported for Tourism. River Bluff Daze was a big success. Farmers Market reported 370 shoppers. The fireworks were a hit. Chautauqua programs were completed. Fall Fest will be held 9/18/2021. 3 Podcast interviews focusing on Ferryville stories and history will be posted to the website. Fall Bird Migration Day is 11/13/2021 from 9 - 11 AM at River View Park. The Christmas Tree Lighting will be 11/29/2021. The 2022 Budget is in process.
President and Trustees' Reports - Steve thanks all for covering for his absence at the last meeting. Thanks to all the River Bluff Daze volunteers. There have been some issues with many residents on Eagle Mountain and CenturyLink. Senator Brad Pfaff's office has offered assistance. New picnic tables will soon be installed at Sugar Creek Park. No word on lowering the Hwy. 35 speed limit from Cty. C to the Village to 35 mph. The Lagoon project is underway. Many good comments about Michael's work. Thanks to Michael and good luck. The DOR has notified the Village that they will be conducting an Equalized Value Review in 2022. Gloria reports that the USDA grant is being put together and is almost ready to send off. She is also looking into the CenturyLink issue with very slow speeds.
9. APPROVE REVENUES/DISBURSEMENTS- July, 2021 - Anna motioned that expenditures in the amount of $14,226.01 and revenues and interest in the amount of $20,456.87 be approved in the Village General Fund accounts for the month of July 2021. Gloria seconded the motion. Motion carried. Anna motioned that expenditures in the amount of $0 and revenues and interest in the amount of $0 be approved in the Village general fund accounts for ARPA for the month of July 2021 be approved. Gloria seconded. The motion carried. Steve moved that $5,830.51 and revenue and interest in the amount of $1,943.16 be approved in the Village Sewer Utility account for the month of July 2021. Anna seconded the motion. Motion carried.
a. ARPA Committee Report - Bridget read the report from the group's meeting held August 4, 2021. The Committee voted on the ideas they had come up with for spending the ARPA funds. These items are presented tonight to the Board. The highest priority items were: Sugar Creek bathrooms, 3 votes, Alcohol license fee recapture, 1 vote, and replace Village Hall sink, floor and counter tops, 1 vote. The second highest rating was: Premium pay, 1 vote, Sugar Creek bathrooms, 1 vote, Improve campsites/electricity, 1 vote, Refresh Hall bathrooms, 1 vote, Purchase additional fire gear sets, 1 vote. The third group consisted of: Purchase additional fire gear sets, 1 vote, First Responder vehicle, 1 vote, Refresh Village Hall bathrooms, 1 vote, and Water and Sewer improvements and repairs, 2 votes.
b. Additional Signs and Landscaping in the Village Park - More ideas and estimates are needed at this time. This will be made an action item for September. Tourism will get quotes.
a. Consider/Approve - Tourism Council Seeks Approval for Bench Location at the Boat Launch - Steve motioned that the location for the donated bench at the Ferryville Boat Launch be approved. Gloria seconded the motion. The motion carried.
b. Consider/Approve - Resident's Request for Sidewalk Removal - This request has been brought to the Board before. The Village Attorney recommended against this in 2018 and 2019. Steve motioned that the request be denied. Anna seconded the motion. The motion carried.
c. Consider/Approve - Operator's Licenses - None
d. Consider/Approve - New Fire/EMR Members - an application has been received and will be acted on next month
e. Consider/Approve - Building Permits - None
f. Consider/Approve -Remove and Replace Electric Hut/Shed at the Lagoons Utilizing ARPA Funds - The Lagoon electrical shed is functionally obsolete. The FEMA grant will not cover its replacement cost in the current project as it was not damaged by the flood. Discussion followed on using ARPA funds to replace the shed or sewer funds. The costs is about $7,000 - $10,000. Steve motioned that the electrical shed be removed and replaced at the Lagoons with money from the sewer budget or ARPA funds. Anna seconded the motion. The motion carried.
g. Discussion on Raising Chickens in the Village - Steve presented our current Ordinance Chapter 8, which references fowl. Steve motioned that the Village begin the process to amend the Ordinance that affects the keeping of fowl and animals in the Village of Ferryville. Anna seconded the motion. Motion carried.

12. ADJOURN - All business was concluded. Steve motioned the meeting adjourn. Anna
seconded the motion. The meeting adjourned at 10:00 PM.

Bridget Schill Posted: 08/25/2021 Village Hall (Outside - Inside)
Village Clerk River Bank / Post Office