VILLAGE OF BRUCE
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
December 3, 2018
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a scheduled monthly meeting of the Village Board was held on Monday, December 3, 2018.
Village President Mike Newman presided and called to order the meeting at the Village Hall facility at 7:00 p.m. Board members present were John Hoiby, Shane Trott, Gayanne Skogen, Galen Brainerd and Mark Zimmer. Terry Hegeholz attended also.
Motion by Trott, seconded by Brainerd to approve the Agenda, carried.
Recommendation & Appointment for Village Trustee Position: Newman recommended Karen Hanson for the vacant position for Village Trustee since Bobbi Jo Fillion resigned from the position effective November 1, 2018. Motion by Trott, seconded by Hoiby to approve the appointment of Karen Hanson as Village Board Trustee to fill the position until the term ends in April, 2019.
Motion by Brainerd, seconded by Trott to dispense of the reading and approve the minutes of the November 5, 2018 Public Budget Hearing and the November 5, 2018 Regular Board Meeting, carried.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Motion by Zimmer, seconded by Trott to approve the Treasurer’s report as given, carried.
EMPLOYEE’S REPORT: Darlene Wundrow attended the meeting and requested approval to purchase thirty new water meters in 2019. Cost of the meters will be $184.66 each and $290.00 for a one inch meter. Motion by Trott, seconded by Zimmer to approve purchasing thirty new water meters and a one inch meter in 2019, carried. She also asked permission to purchase a new broom sweeper at a cost of $3,582.51. The current broom is not working properly and repairs are being made to it. Tractor Central will give $2,000.00 for a trade in value on it. Motion by Zimmer, seconded by Trott to approve purchasing a new broom sweeper from Tractor Central for $3,582.51, carried. Wundrow gave a list of equipment that should be replaced in the future and the Board agreed a Committee meeting should be held to discuss the issue. Motion by Zimmer, seconded by Trott to refer the replacement of equipment to committee to discuss further, carried.
PETITIONERS-CITIZEN COMPLAINTS AND REQUESTS:
Rusk Rider ATV Club-Dave Williams: Newman reported there was nothing new to report. Motion by Zimmer, seconded by Trott to remove the “Rusk Rider ATV Club-Dave Williams” issue from the Agenda, carried.
Lance Rothenbach and his mother Lona Rothenbach attended the meeting and told the Board they are looking for a project for Lance to do to earn his Eagle Scout status. Discussion was held on possible trail improvements by Round Lake. They will check with Darlene Wundrow for ideas.
Matt Fecteau from Chippewa Valley Bank attended the meeting and presented a schedule for interest rates for checking and savings accounts along with certificate of deposits rates.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: None.
Potential New Village Shop Update: Larry Gotham attended the meeting and outlined the timetable for moving forward with the Village Shop Project. At the September meeting the Board authorized to continue with the process to build a new Village Shop building. He supplied the Board with the funding list from the DNR showing what was awarded for grant money and what loan rates are for the remaining balance. The Village will receive a 60% grant for the eligible portion of the project. The interest rate will be 1¼% on the remaining funds borrowed. He asked the Board to approve advertising for bids in January of 2019. Motion by Trott, seconded by Hanson to approve advertising for bids for the New Village Shop project in January, 2019, carried. Motion by Trott, seconded by Hanson to table the “Potential New Village Shop” issue until the January, 2019 Regular Board Meeting, carried.
North Main Street Reconstruction Project-USDA Rural Development Funding: Discussion was held and no decisions were made on moving forward with the North Main Street Reconstruction Project. Motion by Zimmer, seconded by Trott to table the “North Main Street Reconstruction Project-USDA Rural Development Funding” issue until the January, 2019 Regular Board Meeting, carried.
Committee Meeting November 26, 2018 Report: The Public Works Committee held a meeting on November 26, 2018 to discuss options to raze the building at 202 W. Railroad Avenue, options concerning the rightful location of Wester Street and damaged windows at the Library.
The Committee recommended hiring Scott Gudis to raze the property at 202 W. Railroad Avenue. They also recommended replacing two damaged windows at the library.
Approval to Raze Building at 202 W. Railroad Avenue: Motion by Trott, seconded by Brainerd to approve hiring Scott Gudis to raze the building at 202 W. Railroad Avenue at an estimated cost of $5,000.00, carried.
2019 General Transportation Aids: The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has issued the final figures for the 2019 General Transportation Aids. The amount for 2019 is $20,555.52. The Village will receive quarterly payments of approximately $5,138.88.
Flower Baskets on Main Street: No new information to report. Motion by Brainerd, seconded by Zimmer to table the “Flower Baskets on Main Street” issue until the January, 2019 Regular Board Meeting, carried.
Committee Meeting November 13, 2018 Report: An Administration Committee Meeting was held on November 13, 2018 to finalize recommendations for changes on several Ordinances.
Update Ordinances: Suggested Ordinance changes are as follows;
Add: “Wisconsin Department of Justice Quick Guide To Wisconsin Fireworks Law 2007” to our Ordinance Title 7-6-1 “Regulation of Fireworks”.
Ordinance 8-3-5 (a) & (b):
Update wording to reflect information concerning a contracted garbage collector.
(a) eliminate the phrase “property owner or tenant” with “contracted refuse company”
Also, eliminate the phrase “in order to be approved”
(b) eliminate the phrase “thirty-three (33) gallon bag per week”. In its place as the phrase “ Contracted container”.
Also, eliminate the phrase “and several Village businesses”.
Ordinance 8-4-8 (a) (8):
Eliminate this entire section: “One (1) burial per grave space will be allowed except that two (2) burials per grave space will be allowed if the remains are cremated or are of infants.”
Ordinance 8-4-9 (a):
Eliminate the following sentences: “Monuments shall be no higher than thirty-six (36) inches in height. Except as herein otherwise provided, under no conditions will the Village construct monument or marker bases or erect monument or markers on bases.”
Title 9 Chapter 2:
Eliminate the listing of specific “rate” charges in 9-2. Have the Clerk Treasurer develop at “Public Utility Rate Sheet” which addresses up to date rate tables. References to these rates in the Statutes should be rewritten to reflect that the said “Rate Sheet” is available with the Village Clerk.
Ordinance 9-2-3 (a):
Add this to 9-2-3 (a): “No person shall make connection of roof downspouts, exterior foundation drains, drain tile (connected to sump pump) or other sources of runoff or groundwater to a building sewer or building drain, which in turn is connected directly or indirectly to a public sanitary sewer.”
Motion by Zimmer, seconded by Trott to approve adopting the Ordinance changes as recommended and to table the “Update Ordinances” issue until the January, 2019 Regular Monthly Board Meeting, carried.
Village Hall/Library Replacement of Access Doors Quotes: Motion by Zimmer, seconded by Hoiby to remove the “Village Hall/Library Replacement of Access Doors Quotes” issue from the Agenda until the Spring of 2019, carried. A Committee meeting will be held to review options to replace the three access doors that are deteriorating.
Emergency Approval for CDBG Loan #VOB 2018-1: Carolyn Martin attended the meeting and explained the process of CDBG loans for the Village. She presented one loan application for approval of funds. Motion by Hanson, seconded by Trott to approve CDBG Loan #VOB 2018-1 for funding, carried.
Revise Ordinance #10-4-2 All-Terrain Vehicles Routes: Motion by Trott, seconded by Zimmer to approve changes in wording to Ordinance #10-4-2 All-Terrain Vehicles Routes from shoulder to pavement, carried.
Set 2019 Caucus Date: Motion by Trott, seconded by Hanson to approve setting the date for the 2019 Caucus on January 7, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Village Hall, carried.
APPROVAL OF BILLS: Motion by Zimmer, seconded by Brainerd to pay vouchers and electronic tax payments totaling $37,091.15, carried.
Christmas in Bruce-Saturday, December 8, 2018. The annual Christmas in Bruce celebration will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2018. Free soup and beverages will be served at the Village Hall and horse drawn wagon rides will be given. The Bruce Area Library will have children’s games & entertainment and a visit from Santa. The Bruce American Legion Auxiliary will hold a Pie & Ice Cream Social at the Legion Hall. “Blue Hills Chorale” and the “Rusk County Community Singers” will perform. The Bruce Blue Hills Lions Club is planning a Craft Show at the Bruce Fire Hall.
ADJOURNMENT: Motion by Zimmer, seconded by Trott to adjourn, carried. Adjournment was at 8:03 p.m.