VILLAGE OF BRUCE
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
November 4, 2019
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a scheduled monthly meeting of the Village Board was held on Monday, November 4th, 2019.
Interim President Mark Zimmer presided and called to order the meeting at the Village Hall facility at 7:00 p.m. Board members present were Gayanne Skogen, Galen Brainerd, Avery Newman & Larry Cabak. Jessica Hegeholz & Joan Leer attended also.
Motion by Brainerd, seconded by Cabak to approve the Agenda, carried.
Motion by Skogen, seconded by Newman to approve the October 7th, 2019 Regular Monthly Board Meeting Minutes, carried.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Motion by Brainerd, seconded by Cabak to approve the Treasurer’s report as given, carried.
EMPLOYEE’S REPORT: Darlene Wundrow attended to meeting to report that the maintenance workers are trying to get everything finished up before winter. They have completed all of their digs and patches that needed to be done and are currently working on sewer rodding and will begin hydrant pumping soon. Hydrant flushing will not be completed this year due to the main Well being offline because of construction on the New Village Shop.
PETITIONERS-CITIZEN COMPLAINTS AND REQUESTS: Bruce Area Library Director Kathy Stempf attended the meeting requesting to use the Village Hall facilities after hours for a new movie night program they are starting. The full Board was in approval.
Building Permits: Motion by Brainerd, seconded by Cabak to deny a building permit to Mike Moser to install a barrier wall on his property at 519 S. Alvey Street and to refer the issue to committee to discuss further, carried.
Motion by Skogen, seconded by Brainerd to approve a building permit for Superior Choice Credit Union at 719 N. Main Street to install drain tile on the north side of the building, carried.
Garbage Service Contract Proposals: A rep from Republic Services attended the meeting to give a final overview of the proposal they were presenting to the Board. Waste Management was not present. After some discussion between the two contracts, a motion by Newman, seconded by Brainerd was made to start a five year refuse/recycling contract with Republic Services beginning January 1, 2020, carried. The current contract the Village has with Waste Management expires December 31, 2019.
New Village Shop Update: Larry Gotham of Morgan & Parmley, Ltd. attended the meeting to give an update on the New Village Shop Project. A punch list was presented to the Board of several items that still need to be completed. The original construction completion date was October 3rd. The Board expressed their concerns and frustrations with the delay in completion. Gotham presented the Board with a pay request from A-1 Excavating, LLC for contracted for on the Project. Motion by Cabak, seconded by Brainerd to approve paying the invoice in the amount of $54,482.50 to A-1 Excavating, LLC, but holding payment until the construction is completed, and looking at liquidated damages after November 15, 2019 if it is not, with Newman opposing, carried.
Morgan & Parmley, Ltd.-Invoice Payment Approval: Motion by Cabak, seconded by Brainerd to approve an invoice in the amount of $3,870.00 for engineering work done on the Village Shop Project #15-157, carried.
Committee Meeting October 15, 2019 Report: A committee meeting was held on October 15, 2019 to review and make recommendations concerning LRIP funding. The committee recommends submitting an application for LRIP funding for Feller Avenue. These funds would be available in 2020.
Rusk County Highway Department LRIP Funding Award Meeting-November 19th, 2019, 10:00 a.m.: Zimmer reported that there will be a LRIP Funding Award Meeting on November 19th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. All Board members are welcome to attend.
North Main Street Reconstruction Project: Larry Gotham gave an update on the North Main Street Reconstruction Project. Everything is on track. The intent to apply pre applications have been submitted to the DNR Clean Water Fund & Safe Drinking Water Fund. Motion by Cabak, seconded by Brainerd to table the “North Main Street Reconstruction Project” issue until the December, 2019 Regular Monthly Board Meeting, carried.
Morgan & Parmley, Ltd.-Invoice Payment Approval: Motion by Brainerd, seconded by Cabak to approve an invoice in the amount of $13,342.17 for engineering services on the North Main Street Reconstruction Project #18-133, carried.
Potential Skate Park in Village: Nothing new to report this month. Motion by Newman, seconded by Brainerd to table the “Potential Skate Park in Village” issue until the December, 2019 Regular Monthly Board Meeting, carried.
Update Ordinances: Nothing new to report this month. Motion by Brainerd, seconded by Newman to table the “Update Ordinances” issued until the December, 2019 Regular Monthly Board Meeting, carried.
Public Hearing November 4, 2019, 6:30 p.m.-Proposed 2020 Budget: Zimmer reported the Public Budget Hearing for the proposed 2020 Budget was held prior to the November 4th Board Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Review, Discussion & Approval of 2020 Budget: Motion by Brainerd, seconded by Newman to approve the Village of Bruce 2020 Budget of $437,954.00, carried.
Set Levy, Including Approval of All Internal & Unresolved Matters: Motion by Newman, seconded by Skogen to approve setting the Levy at $102,454.00 and approve all internal & unresolved matters, carried.
Shop with a Cop/Christmas for Kids Donation Request: Motion by Skogen, seconded by Cabak to approve a $50.00 donation to the Shop with a Cop/Christmas for Kids program, carried.
APPROVAL OF BILLS: Motion by Newman, seconded by Brainerd to pay vouchers and electronic payments totaling $55,337.38, carried.
A Bruce Walkability Survey was mailed recently to Village Residents. This is a survey for a research study that is being done by UW Madison Students. Please, if you receive one of these surveys, fill them out and send them back.Your participation in this research study is greatly appreciated.
Christmas in Bruce-Saturday, December 14, 2019. The annual Christmas in Bruce celebration will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2019. Free soup and beverages will be served at the Village Hall. 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 Brainerd, seconded by Cabak to adjourn, carried. Adjournment was at 8:28 p.m.