Village Board Meeting Minutes
VILLAGE OF FERRYVILLE
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
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
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
7. PUBLIC COMMENTS - A resident inquired if the Village is zoned. The reply is no.
There are floodplain rules though.
8. DEPARTMENT ITEMS -
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
visitferryville.com 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
10. OLD BUSINESS
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
11. NEW BUSINESS
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.
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
NEXT MEETING - SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 at 7 PM