VILLAGE OF BRUCE
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
May 7, 2018
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a scheduled monthly meeting of the Village Board was held on Monday, May 7, 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 Gayanne Skogen, Bobbi Jo Fillion, John Hoiby and Galen Brainerd. Terry Hegeholz attended also.
Motion by Fillion, seconded by Brainerd to approve the Agenda, carried.
Motion by Brainerd, seconded by Fillion to dispense of the reading and approve the minutes of the April 2, 2018 Regular Board Meeting, carried.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Motion by Fillion, seconded by Skogen to approve the Treasurer’s report as given, carried.
EMPLOYEE’S REPORT: Darlene Wundrow did not attend the meeting due to illness so Newman discussed the following issues with the Board. There is little or no water pressure at four homes on North Main Street and Wundrow would like permission to rod some of the water lines affected. Motion by Fillion, seconded by Skogen to allow the Public Works Director Darlene Wundrow to pursue rodding water lines to affected properties on North Main Street that have little or no water pressure and to blacktop the area, carried. Newman discussed the issue of sewer lines on Blackburn Street that need to be replaced. Motion by Brainerd, seconded by Fillion to approve authorizing Public Works Director Darlene Wundrow to replace a sewer line and install a clean out valve at a property on Blackburn Street, carried.
PETITIONERS-CITIZEN COMPLAINTS AND REQUESTS:
Bruce School Earth Day, May 18, 2018–Student Projects & Annual Donation Request: The Bruce School will be doing projects around the area for Earth Day on May 18th. Motion by Skogen, seconded by Fillion to approve a donation of $200.00 to the Bruce School for Earth Day projects, carried.
Bruce Youth Ball-Annual Donation Request: Motion by Fillion, seconded by Skogen to approve the annual donation of $500.00 to the Bruce Youth Ball organization, carried.
Bruce Blue Hills Festival-July 13th, 14th & 15th, 2018–Bruce Blue Hills Lions Club Annual Donation Request: Motion by Fillion, seconded by Brainerd to approve donating $1,500.00 to the Bruce Blue Hills Lions Club for the 2018 Blue Hills Festival, carried. The festival will be held on July 13th, 14th & 15th with numerous events scheduled for each day.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: Dave Williams and Rick Cote of the Rusk Rider ATV Club attended the meeting and asked the Board for cooperation to gain access to an ATV trail on the east side of the Village at the Highway 8 bridge. Williams will be in contact with the Rusk County Highway Department and the Wisconsin DOT to get more information on how to proceed. They will attend the June meeting with more details.
Building Permits: Motion by Fillion, seconded by Skogen to approve a building permit for Bruce Housing Authority to re-roof sixteen buildings at 503 S. Coleman Street and waive the permit fee, carried. Motion by Brainerd, seconded by Fillion to approve a building permit for Mark Bader to build an addition onto his house at 133 S. Coleman Street, carried. Motion by Fillion, seconded by Skogen to approve a building permit for Michael Newman to replace windows on his house at 620 N. 2nd Street, carried. Motion by Brainerd, seconded by Fillion to approve a building permit for Avery Newman to replace windows on his house at 616 N. 3rd Street, carried. Motion by Brainerd, seconded by Fillion to approve a building permit for Karen Hanson to remodel the interior of her house at 620 N. 1st Street, carried.
Demolition Permit: Motion by Fillion, seconded by Hoiby to approve a demolition permit for the Bruce Telephone Company to demolish a house at 607 N. Alvey Street, carried.
Temporary Class “B” (Picnic) License: Motion by Fillion, seconded by Brainerd to approve a Temporary Class “B” (Picnic) License for the Bruce Blue Hills Lions Club for July 13th, 14th & 15th, 2018, using it at the Village Park, for the Blue Hills Festival and charging them $5.00, carried.
Direct Seller’s Permit: Motion by Fillion, seconded by Skogen to approve a Direct Seller’s Permit for Mary Lavaliere of the Bruce Community Farmers Market for $10.00 for the season, carried. The Farmers Market will be located at the greenspace by the Bruce Telephone Company beginning June 1st through October 26th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Site Plan Proposal-Dollar General: Todd Platt, a representative from Dollar General and Civil Engineer Jim Lundberg of Point of Beginning, Inc. attended the meeting and presented a site plan proposal to build a commercial building on the property on West Arthur Avenue (formerly The Recipe Box Café). They explained that a 7,500 square foot store and thirty parking stalls are part of the plans proposed for the site by Dollar General. They will be working with the DNR for a storm water management system and the DOT for driveway access to Arthur Avenue/Highway 8. They gave an estimated date of March of 2019 for the opening of the store. Motion by Fillion, seconded by Skogen to approve the site plan proposal from Dollar General to develop the property on West Arthur Avenue/Highway 8, carried.
COMMITTEE MEMBER DESIGNATIONS: Newman made recommendations for designation of committee members for 2018 & 2019. Motion by Fillion, seconded by Hoiby to approve the following committee members for 2018-2019: Public Safety, Bobbi Jo Fillion and Mark Zimmer; Utility, John Hoiby and Mark Zimmer; Public Works, Shane Trott and Mark Zimmer; Public Welfare, Bobbi Jo Fillion and Galen Brainerd; Administration, Gayanne Skogen and Shane Trott; Finance, John Hoiby and Gayanne Skogen; Industrial Site, Galen Brainerd and Shane Trott; John Hoiby as the Village Board representative on the Library Board; representatives for the Bruce Fire Protection District, Mike Newman and Galen Brainerd; Mark Zimmer serving as Interim President and Mark Zimmer and Gayanne Skogen signing vouchers, carried. The Village President is a member of all Committees.
PSC Application Submittal for Water Meter Replacement: Wundrow reported that we are waiting for approval from the PSC to purchase and install new electronic water meters. Motion by Fillion, seconded by Brainerd to approve tabling the “PSC Application Submittal for Water Meter Replacement” issue until the June, 2018 Regular Board Meeting, carried.
Potential New Village Shop: There was no new information regarding the “Potential New Village Shop” issue. Motion by Fillion, seconded by Brainerd to table the “Potential New Village Shop” issue until the June, 2018 Regular Board Meeting, carried.
LRIP Projects-Move From Other Projects Awarded: The applications to move funds from other awarded projects has been submitted to the DOT and approval has been given.
North 3rd Street Repaving Project-Bid Opening: One bid was received for the North 3rd Street repaving project. Newman read the bid submitted from Monarch Paving Company for; Project #1; approximate length 622 feet in length by 22 feet wide for $21,206.00 and Project #2; approximate length 668 feet in length by 18 feet wide for $18,478.00. The proposals included pulverizing the existing asphalt, placing a three inch gravel layer, fine grade and pave 2.5 inches of Type 4LT-58-28S hot mix asphalt and shouldering road with 2 foot shoulders. Motion by Fillion seconded by Skogen to accept the bid from Monarch Paving Company to repave a portion of North 3rd Street from Washington Avenue to the north end; for project #1 approximately 622 feet for $21,206.00 and project #2 approximately 668 feet for $18,478.00, carried. Thomas Gangnon from Monarch attended the meeting and conveyed to the Board that the work would get started in mid-May.
Park Playground Equipment-Purchase Approval: The new playground equipment has been ordered. Motion by Fillion, seconded by Skogen to table the “New Playground Equipment at the Village Park” issue until the June, 2018 Regular Board Meeting, carried.
Continue to Pursue Legal Action of Clean Up on E. Washington Avenue Property: Newman reported that the dogs on the property are an issue and in violation of the ordinances. A letter has been sent to the owner. Efforts will continue to get the property cleaned up this Spring. Motion by Fillion, seconded by Skogen to table the “Continue to Pursue Legal Action of Clean Up on E. Washington Avenue Property” issue until the June, 2018 Regular Board Meeting, carried.
Continue to Pursue Legal Action to Raze Building on W. Railroad Avenue: Motion by Hoiby, seconded by Fillion to adopt Resolution #18-03 “To Pursue Razing Property”, publish a legal notice in the newspaper and send a certified letter to the property owner notifying them of the legal action being taken, carried. Motion by Hoiby, seconded by Fillion to table the “Continue to Pursue Legal Action to Raze Building on W. Railroad Avenue” issue until the June, 2018 Regular Board Meeting, carried.
Committee Meeting April 26, 2018 Report: Newman reported a committee meeting was held on April 26, 2018 to inspect properties for possible ordinance violations. Letters have been sent out to affected property owners.
Update Ordinances: A Committee meeting will be scheduled to review Section #13 & #14 of the Ordinances. Motion by Fillion, seconded by Skogen to table the “Update Ordinances” issue, carried.
Karen Hanson-Green Tier Organization-Resolution Approval: Karen Hanson attended the meeting and reported on the Village’s participation in the Green Tier Legacy Program. It will put the Village in a priority category for funding through the DNR. A liaison will be assigned to help with the process. The Village will participate in the program at no cost. Motion by Fillion, seconded by Hoiby to approve Resolution #18-04; Resolution Approving Participation in the Green Tier Legacy Community Program, carried.
Flower Baskets on Main Street: John Hoiby spoke to the Board about possibly getting flowers baskets placed on Main Street. They would be a great asset to the downtown area. Discussion was held regarding hanging baskets on the light poles. Motion by Fillion, seconded by Hoiby to refer the issue of flower baskets on Main Street to Committee do discuss further, carried.
APPROVAL OF BILLS: Motion by Fillion, seconded by Skogen to pay vouchers and electronic tax payments totaling $83,798.78, carried.
April 3, 2018 Spring Election Results: Village Board Trustees; Shane Trott 110, Gayanne Skogen 89, Mark Zimmer 81 & Alice Folgate 54.
Spring Clean Up-May 11th & 12th, 2018. The Village collection site will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Curbside Pick-Up will be on Monday May 14th, 2018. For those who can’t haul their own refuse please call the Village Hall at 868-2185 by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 11th, 2018, to arrange for pick-up.
Earth Day- May 18, 2018. The Bruce School Students will be doing projects around the Village.
Cruise Night-Classic Auto Collision Center has set the calendar for Cruise Night in the parking lot at 705 N. Main Street in Bruce. The third Tuesday of each month, May through September from 6 pm to 9 pm (May 15th, June 19th, July 17th, August 21st & September 18th) Main Street will be a display of all things on wheels. Contact Classic Auto Collision Center at 715-868-CARS for more details.
Board of Review-May 23, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Village Hall. Open Book will be held on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Bruce Community Farmer’s Market-Friday’s from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., June 1st through October 26th. The market will be located at the Bruce Telephone garden area at the corner of Highway 8 & North Alvey Street.
Village Wide Garage Sales-June 9, 2018. Maps will be available at the Village Hall and businesses in Bruce. Please contact the Village Hall for more details.
ADJOURNMENT: Motion by Fillion, seconded by Hoiby to adjourn, carried. Adjournment was at 8:02 p.m.