NOTICE OF BOARD OF REVIEW AND OPEN BOOK

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Review for the City of Black River Falls will meet on

June 7, 2017 from 9:00 A.M. to at least 11:00 A.M. at City Hall, 101 S. 2nd Street, Black River Falls, WI.

Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the Board of Review:

No person shall be allowed to appear before the Board of Review, to testify to the Board by telephone or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable written request by certified mail of the assessor to view such property.

After the first meeting of the Board of Review and before the Board’s final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the Board of Review may contact, or provide information to, a member of the Board about the person’s objection except at a session of the Board.

No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or contest the amount of any assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the Board or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard if the objection is allowed under sub. (3) (a), that person provides to the clerk of the Board of Review notice as to whether the person will ask for removal under sub. (6m) and if so which member will be removed and the person’s reasonable estimate of the length of time that the hearing will take.

When appearing before the Board, the person shall specify, in writing, the person’s estimate of the value of the land and of the improvements that are subject of the person’s objection and specify the information that the person used to arrive at that estimate.

No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or object to a valuation if that valuation was made by the assessor or the objector using the income method, unless the person supplies to the assessor all of the information about income and expenses, as specified in the Assessor’s manual under s. 73.03 (2a) of Wis. Statutes, that the assessor requests.  The City of Black River Falls has an ordinance for the confidentiality of information about income and expenses that is provided to the assessor under this paragraph and shall provide exceptions for persons using the information in the discharge of duties imposed by law or of the duties of their office or by order of a court.  The information that is provided under this paragraph, unless a court determines that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and copying under s. 19.35 (1).

Please also be advised that the Open Book session for informal talk with the City Assessor and to file written objections has been scheduled for June 2, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 11 AM.

Alex B. Chown, City Clerk – City of Black River Falls


City Announces Launch of New Website

The City of Black River Falls is pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website! After eight months of hard work and dedication, we are delighted to officially announce the launch of the official website for the City of Black River Falls at www.blackriverfalls.us.

Our goal with this new website is to provide residents and visitors an easier way to learn about the City of Black River Falls.   The website offers a convenient search bar to assist visitors in easily navigating the entire site and quickly finding what they are looking for as well as the latest news and notices related to the city.

Features of the new website include access to useful information about our services on the homepage as well as links to our Facebook and Twitter accounts.  Those visiting the new website will also find information on our government officials, meetings, city departments, city parks, local ordinances, maps, on-line payment options, and general information for new residents

We hope local residents and visitors to our area find the new website helpful and easy to access information about the city and benefit from the links to other community groups and organizations that make Black River Falls a fine place to raise a family and a dynamic location for businesses

Please visit the new website at www.blackriverfalls.us and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Website Launch Press Release


BRF POLICE CHIEF ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

In a sudden announcement on Facebook, BRF police chief Scot Eisenhauer said he would be resigning from the position.

Eisenhauer will be moving on to be the Director of Criminal Justice Training with Wisconsin Technical College after his final day as chief on April 17.

The chief started his police career back in 1995 in the town of Burlington, Wis. In 2009, he would move on from Burlington to take over as the police chief in Iron River.

“I worked my way up the ranks to become Chief of Police, not because it was a goal of mine, but because I knew I could lead officers to feel they were important to the community they policed and the profession of law enforcement,” he said in his statement on Facebook.

While in Iron River, Eisenhauer would obtain his master’s degree in criminal justice.

In 2015, Eisenhauer would find his way to Black River Falls where he stepped in as chief in a department that had just survived a referendum.

It was a new venture, full of new challenges for Eisenhauer that he enjoyed taking on with the dedicated staff of the BRF PD.

“Every idea that I had, and the department had, was put into place and worked. Black River Falls Police continues to build partnerships and teamwork,” Eisenhauer said. “I work with the finest officers and staff I have worked with in my whole career.”

His new position will bring him a whole new set of challenges though, as he is tasked with the development of new police officers in Wisconsin.

Eisenhauer has said that he will help the city find his replacement to ensure the police department can continue to foster relationships within the community.

“Thank you for allowing me to be your police chief. I have enjoyed my time with our community and the people who live, work and visit here,” Eisenhauer said.

Stephen Knoll / April 4, 2017 / Jackson County Chronicle

 


Fourth Annual Pace and Pedal

Black River Memorial Hospital has scheduled the Pace and Pedal Duathlon at Wazee Lake Recreation Area. The date for this year’s event is Saturday, May 20, 2017, and the day features three separate events. The chip-timed duathlon begins at 8:00 a.m. and includes a 5.7-mile run and a 10.3-mile bike ride. Participants can enter individually or register as a team. The cost is $20 per person or $30 for a two-person team.

The second event, beginning at 8:30 a.m. is the 5k Wazee Color Fun Run/Walk. There will not be chip timing for this event but there will be a timing unit at the finish line for those who want to know their results. The cost for this event is $12 per person. Families are welcome to bring strollers.

The last event beginning at 10:00 a.m. is the 1-mile Youth Color Race. This event is free for youth 12 and under and registrants will receive a Jackson in Action race headband and a participant medal.

*Shirts are not included in the registration price but available to purchase until May 7, 2017 when registering.

Jackson in Action is a community coalition promoting healthy lifestyles for children, their families and the greater Jackson County area. All proceeds from the event will go toward Jackson in Action programs and services. For more details on the event, or to register, please visitwww.brmh.net/paceandpedal.


BLACK RIVER FALLS APPOINTS NEW CITY ATTORNEY

The City of Black River Falls welcomed an old face back to his former position. Dan Diehn was appointed as the new city attorney at the Common Council meeting, a position he held for 16 years previously.

Diehn is a BRF native and has been working as an attorney in the area since 1996.

“It’s nice to be able to serve your community in such a way where you really know the people,” Diehn said.

In 1999, he first became city attorney when it was an elected position, stepping down from the position in 2015 when he ran for a judgeship.

After his unfortunately unsuccessful run for judge, Diehn was ready for a chance to come back and serve the city again.

“It’s a really neat experience getting to be city attorney,” Diehn said. “You get to work with the decision-makers in the city.”

Diehn is also excited just to be able to serve his community and build those strong relationships again.

“I’ve always enjoyed working with the city council and the people of Black River Falls, so it just seemed like a natural fit to come back,” said Diehn.

Stephen Knoll / stephen.knoll@lee.net / Jackson County Chronicle


SPRING CLEAN-UP

Notice to City of Black River Falls Residents

Spring Clean-up Days 2017

The City of Black River Falls will hold Spring clean-up days the week of Apr 10, 2017. Large items will be picked up on the day of your regular garbage collection that week.  Please have these items at the curb in such a manner that they can be picked up by the City’s loader.  Wood, metal and other material to be disposed of must be separated and stacked neatly or it will not be picked up.  Disposal of contractor materials is the responsibility of the property owner; the City will not pick them up.  Brush pickup will begin the week of Apr 24 and the week of the month thereafter.

Disposal of appliances and tires will be handled in the following manner: Appliances will be collected only during spring and fall clean-up days.  A $10.00 per appliance fee must be paid at City Hall prior to the appliance being collected.  The receipt must then be attached to the appliance placed at the curb.  These appliances include dishwashers, washers, dryers, water heaters, humidifiers and the like. Stuffed furniture including chairs, sofas, mattresses and box springs will also be subject to a $10.00 per item charge. ALL FEES MUST BE PAID AT CITY HALL PRIOR TO COLLECTION.  RECEIPT MUST BE ATTACHED TO ITEM TO BE PICKED UP.  Apartments with dumpsters are not included; these residents must pay the fee at City Hall and take the item to the dump.  Tires must be taken to the Transfer Station next to the City Shop at the Fairgrounds between 7:00 AM and 3:00 PM.  A $5.00 per tire fee must be paid at City Hall prior to disposal.  Waste oil can be taken to the City Shop and disposed of at no cost, at the location indicated by the sign on the building.

Due to waste disposal laws – the City cannot accept refrigerators, freezers, microwaves, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, TV’s, computer monitors or towers, DVD players & other video players, printers, fax machines or antifreeze.

Leaves will only be collected in the fall starting the 3rd week in October.

The last brush pickup will be the week of Oct 30, 2017 until April 2018.

Yard waste/grass clippings, garden waste & pumpkins may be taken to the City Shop.  Please remove the waste material from plastic bags.  There is a sign where the material should be placed.

ALL ITEMS MUST BE SEPARATED AND PLACED BY CURB AS FOLLOWS AND WILL BE PICKED UP ON THE SAME DAY AS YOUR NORMAL GARBAGE COLLECTION:

WOOD           IRON                        GARBAGE                   GLASS              APPLIANCES

Boards            Metal Doors             Bags                             Doors                  Stoves

Cabinets         Swing Sets                Stuffed furniture      Jars                     Washers

Chairs             Engine Parts            Garbage Cans            Plates                  Dryers

Doors              Springs                      Toilets                        Windows

Bed Boards    Bicycles                     Sinks

Please remember to separate your recycling from garbage.  PLEASE REMEMBER TO KEEP YOUR ITEMS SEPARATE AT THE CURB.

Get the recycling calendar here.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Todd Gomer
Street Superintendent
City of Black River Falls


AREA BUSINESSES RECOGNIZED AT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AWARDS CEREMONY

Two area businesses and a community organization were honored with awards at the Black River Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner Monday at Max’s Club 95 in Hixton.

Wood Sales & Service was named 2016 Business of the Year, K-9 Country Lodge received the Customer Service of the Year Award and Karner Blue Garden Club received the Service Organization Award. The winners were chosen by the Chamber Ambassadors group and by Chamber board members after a review of the nominations.

“We had an outstanding selection of nominees,” said Chris Hardie, Chamber executive director. “It’s always a difficult job choosing, but each of the recipients are certainly deserving of the award.”

Wood Sales & Service was started in 1968 by Victor Wood in his garage on Hwy. C. Victor sold and serviced Stihl chainsaws. Brothers Harvey and Jeff Wood grew up around the business that was just outside their back door. In 1975 — having outgrown the garage — the business relocated to its present location at the corner of Hwy. 54 and Hwy. C. Harvey and Jeff have been involved with the operation of the business since 1981, along with Harvey’s wife Diane.

Other nominees for the business of the year were Al Muth Harley Davidson, Black River Memorial Hospital, Cell.Plus/US Cellular Agent, Krohn Clinic, Northern Family Farms and Pine View Care Center.

K-9 receives this award for service that goes above and beyond for our four-legged friends. “It’s nice when you leave your pet and don’t have to worry one bit and can enjoy getting away,” one nomination said. “All the staff is courteous and I never doubt each and every one of their love for animals. I know my pet loves it there as well as he will run right through the door when we arrive and doesn’t even hesitate.”

Other nominees for Customer Service of the Year Award were Cell.Plus/US Cellular Agent, Ho-Chunk Gaming Black River Falls, JC Financial Partners, Kwik Trip and Scholze Ace Home Center.

The Karner Blue Garden Club was formed in 1995 with a strong desire to enhance the beauty of the Black River Falls area. Today the club – which has more than 40 members – contributes hundreds of hours each year to maintain some 50 flower beds and dozens of hanging baskets placed throughout the city. The club creates a display at the foot of Main and Water that changes seasonally.

Other nominees for the 2016 Service Organization Award are American Red Cross, Greater Black River Area Safety Council, Jackson in Action and the Republican Party of Jackson County.

 

Story from Jackson County Chronicle


FRIENDS SHARING FOOD FINDS NEW SPACE FOR OPERATIONS

March 1, 2017 ~  With kids now going to the Red Creek Elementary school, the Black River Falls school board found itself with some extra space at Gebhardt Elementary.

Friends Sharing Food, a local group that helps distribute food to those that need it, has found themselves in need of space and a centralized location.

It was this confluence of needs and haves that led to the school board allowing some empty space to be utilized by Friends Sharing Food.

“They’ve really done so much to help the school before and have been incredibly generous,” school superintendent Shelly Severson said.

Right now, there are some alternative education classes housed in Gebhardt, but a large portion of the building goes unused.

Severson said the space they will be using wouldn’t affect any of the current programs running at Gebhardt, the only issue would come up if the district suddenly saw a massive spike in enrollment and needed the space, but that is unlikely.

The building would need some updating to be able to accommodate the Friends Sharing Food operation, most notably an upgrade to the electrical system since most elementary schools don’t have large freezers and refrigerators for food storage that they would need.

Other than that upgrade, Friends Sharing Food would then only be responsible to pay for the utilities and the school board would allow them to use the space rent free.

“We were definitely willing to do whatever we could to help them, so long as it was a cost-neutral agreement for us,” Severson said.

The building itself will remain within the district’s ownership, the current agreement is just essentially a two-year lease for the organization.

 


Spring Election Tuesday, April 4, 2017

 

The Spring Election will be on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, and polls will be open at City Hall from 7:00am – 8:00pm.  Local offices on the ballot include: Eric Erickson for Ward 1 Alderperson, Desiree Gearing-Lancaster for Ward 3 Alderperson, and Pete Olson for Ward 4 Alderperson.  All three candidates are running unopposed.  Current City Alders not seeking re-election include Randy Eddy in Ward 1 and Curtis Redbird in Ward 2.  There will be no candidates on the ballot for the Second Ward Alderperson position so all write in votes will be counted.  Be sure to come out and vote April 4th !!