Village Board Meeting Minutes
MAY 19, 2021 7 PM
Present - Steve Werner, Kent Salmon, Dan Mattson, Gloria Moore, Anna Ebner, Alex Novak,
Brenda Torger-Vassar and Bridget Schill.
1. Call to Order - The meeting was called to order at 7:02 PM by the Village Clerk.
2. Certification of Open Meeting Posting Notice - The Clerk states that she posted the meeting agenda in the usual places throughout the Village on 5/12/2021 and amended the posting 5/14/2021.
3. Approve Agenda - Steve motioned that the Agenda be approved as posted. Anna seconded the motion. The motion carried.
4. Approve Minutes - Steve moved that the Minutes of April 22, 2021 be approved as written. Gloria seconded. The motion carried.
5. Public Comments - Joanne White, representing Ferryville Vison and Promotion reported on the Spring Migration Day, which was held May 8. 36 people participated in the hike. V & P is working on getting signs on Hwy. 35 to point out the birding area location. Alan and Lola Kopan were in attendance to inquire about a piece of abandoned property and roadway that abuts their property. They are hoping to purchase it in the future. Sherry Quamme, representing, the Tourism Council and Farmers Market reported on the great success of Rummage Along the River. The event was well attended and responsible for a great economic impact in the area. Other events coming up are: Chautauqua night, June 9 in the Village Hall at 6:30 PM, River Bluff Daze on July 24 with the Tractor Pull, Farmers Market and Fireworks at dusk. There will also be a Nature Hike at Sugar Creek Bluff at 8:30 AM. Fall Fest will be held September 18 with food, music and fun. Also discussed was Tourism's idea that some of the ARP money be used to improve Village facilities. Hopes for hall improvements - flooring, remodeled bathrooms, new sink, counter tops, etc. Also, new signage at Sugar Creek Park. Thanks to Dan for getting the Park all fixed up and to Alex for use of the Fire Dept. for the sale. Also, Adopt a Highway Clean Up was done with a large amount of trash picked up along the road.
6. Presentation by Carol Roth, Executive Director, Driftless Development Inc. - Absent
7. Department Items -
Clerk - Bridget reported that the Village will be rewarded $307.49 from the DNR towards our recycling program. Liquor, beer and cigarette license renewals have been sent out. Residents are reminded that the grass is growing and must be attended to. Also, properties must be kept picked up. Crawford County will hold a tire collection event June 12 from 9 AM - Noon at the County Highway Shop in Seneca. The fee is $5.00 per tire. Board of Review will be held Monday, May 24, from 5 - 7 PM. Sewer bills are due in June.
Treasurer - Kent reports that the new sewer invoicing program is working well. All financials are with the CPA firm for audit.
Public Works - Dan reports Michael Mattson is back working for the Village for the summer and mowing is going well. Spring Clean Up was held and residents got rid of a lot. He has installed a new hitching post for the horses in Sugar Creek Park. The concrete wall behind the Hall was done this past week and looks great. He is doing some electrical work at the Park.
Fire/EMR - Brenda reports that fund raising has been going very well. They hosted a brat fry during RAR. Raffle tickets are out at the Sportsman's and the raffle will be held July 24 at the Tractor Pull. They will be on standby for the fireworks demo June 5 at Sugar Creek Park. Alex will work with Dan to get the brush pile burned. Vehicle pump inspection is upcoming.
Village President and Trustees' - Steve reports that Century Link says they will be starting "any day" on the internet upgrades. The paving on Pine Street was completed by Iverson Paving the end of April. This was a LRIP project. The State will cover 50% of the cost, the Village the other 50%. Friends of Pool 9 held a successful clean up, as did the Village. RAR was very well attended. He reminds residents that street storage of vehicles and other objects is prohibited per ordinance. Letters will be going out. Gloria inquired about renewing "Go To Meeting" subscription. It will not be renewed. Anna will contact Don Yaeger about some corrections needed on the website. The USDA grant that Gloria has been working on for the FD/EMR has been approved.
8. Approve Disbursement & Revenues (April 2021) - Steve motioned that expenditures in the amount of $14,168.81 and revenues and interest in the amount of $11,631.31 be approved in the Village General Fund for the month of April 2021. Gloria seconded. The motion carried. Steve motioned that expenditures in the amount of $15,972.53 and revenue and interest in the amount of $3,232.04 be approved in the Village Sewer Utility for the month of April 2021. Anna seconded the motion. The motion carried.
9. Old Business
a. Consider/Approve Crawford County Sheriff Contract - Steve explained the difficulty in enforcing ordinances without a police presence to issue citations. Area safety is a big concern. Funding sources were discussed, such as using some of the ARP dollars or revising the budget. The contract could be done on a short term basis for 5 - 6 months with 4 hours a week. The Board felt that things still needed looking into. Gloria motioned to table the Sheriff Contract discussion until June to allow for further research. Anna seconded the motion. The motion crried.
b. Lagoon Update - Steve reports that bids have been opened. Jewell has been advising. Work is to start soon.
c. Open Book and Board of Review - Open book was held May 17. Board of Review will be held May 24 from 5 - 7 PM.
d. American Rescue Plan Update and Ideas - Various ideas were discussed. Among the ideas - work on improving and updating the Village Hall, recovering money lost on liquor licenses last year, buying out the skid steer contract, replacing the block building at the lagoons, repairing the electrical system at the park, improving campsites. Steve motioned the Board President form a 5 person committee of citizens and members of Tourism, and Vision & Promotions to gather ideas. Gloria seconded the motion. The motion carried.
10. New Business
a. Consider/Approve - Alcohol Licenses (if any) - None
b. Consider/Approve - Operator's License (if any) - None
c. Consider/Approve - New Fire/EMR Members (if any) - None
d. Consider/Approve - Building Permits (if any) - None
e. Consider/Approve Lagoon Project Bids - Two bids were received for the project. One bid was received from TJ's Trucking, the other from MZ Construction. Steve motioned that the Village follow Jewell Engineering's advice and accept the low bid from MZ Construction of $301,608.00. Anna seconded the motion. The motion carried.
f. Consider/Approve - Appointments to Committees - Steve motioned that the following people be approved by the Board - Village Clerk, Bridget Schill, Village Treasurer, Kent Salmon, Civil Defense Director, Fire Chief Alexander Novak, Health Officer, Village President. Gloria seconded the motion. The motion carried. Other appointees include: BOR, Steve Werner, Gloria Moore, and Bridget Schill with alternates Chris Hendrickson and Tom Chernouski. Board of Adjustment/Appeals Todd Lensing and one unfilled position. Building Committee Steve Werner and Anna Ebner. Cemetery Committee, Brenda Torger Vassar, Bridget Schill and Dave Sandy.
g. Consider/Approve - Insurance Renewal - Steve motioned that the Village renew the insurance with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities through Baer Insurance. Gloria seconded the motion. The motion carried.
h. Consider/Approve - Approval for Treasurer to Pay Invoice from Iverson Paving for the Work Done on Pine Street - Steve motioned that the Board authorize the Treasurer to pay Iverson Paving for the Pine Street LRIP Project. Gloria seconded the motion. Motion carried.
i. Consider/Approve - USDA Grant for Fire/EMR Equipment - Gloria has been working with the USDA to get a grant with the plan to replace the 1999 Suburban and purchase PPE for the Fire Department and EMR. The grant has been approved. The Village needs to indicate our intention to go forward with the grant. USDA pays 35%, the Village 65%. Gloria moved the Village go forward with applying for a USDA grant for EMR vehicle and Volunteer FD gear. Steve seconded the motion. The motion carried.
j. Consider/Approve - Moving the June meeting date to June 23, 2021 at 6 PM - Steve made the motion to move the meeting to June 23, 2021 at 6 PM. Anna seconded the motion. Motion carried.
11. Adjourn- Gloria motioned that the meeting adjourn. Steve seconded the motion. The motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 9:04 PM.

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