RETAIL MARKET STRATEGY PRESENTATION

January 23rd 6:00pm City Hall

The objective of this project is to develop a commercial/retail strategy that the City can use to maintain a vibrant commercial market. This document recommends strategies that will require support and action by various stakeholders from the City of Black River Falls to local organizations to private land and business owners. Come listen to what is being suggested!


SEARCH WARRANTS RESULT IN DRUG BUST

On Sunday, November 18, 2018 the Black River Falls Police Department executed a search warrant at 119 South 3rd Street, City of Black River Falls, Jackson County Wisconsin. The Black River Falls Police Department received a report regarding a substantial battery that occurred at the residence. Through the investigation, Officers were able to obtain a search warrant to look for evidence related to the battery case.

While searching for evidence of the battery, officers located 2.3 grams of Cocaine. Officers drafted a second warrant for the residence to include drugs. Officers located additional drug paraphernalia along with 12.73 grams of marijuana.

As a result, Domineak M. Stenulson (23 years old) of Black River Falls was arrested/referred and booked into the Jackson County jail for Substantial Battery, False Imprisonment, Intimidate a Victim, Recklessly Endangering Safety, Disorderly Conduct, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, and multiple counts of bail jumping.

Nicholas J. Janowski (25 years old) of Black River Falls was arrested and booked into the Jackson County jail for Substantial Battery, False Imprisonment, Intimidate a Victim, and Obstructing an Officer.

This investigation is on-going and could result in other involved parties being charged.


PUBLIC HEARING DECEMBER 4TH TO VACATE UNPAVED ALLEY

Please take notice that a public hearing will be held before the Common Council of the City of Black River Falls on December 4th, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the City Hall for the City of Black River Falls to consider City of Black River Falls Resolution 2018-10A, a resolution to discontinue an unpaved alley originally laid out in the Plat of Rozmenoski’s Subdivision in the City of Black River Falls, Jackson County, Wisconsin.

The public ways sought to be discontinued are described as follows:

The entire 16 foot wide alley marked as “ALLEY” and which runs north and south and lies between “ROSE STREET” and “FRANKLIN STREET” on the Plat of Rozmenoski’s Subdivision which is attached hereto.

A scale map of affected properties is available at the City Hall and is incorporated by reference.  Resolution 2018-10A has been introduced to discontinue the public way described above and shall be acted on at 6:00p.m. on December 4th, 2018, or as soon thereafter as the Public Hearing is adjourned, during the Common Council meeting at the City Hall for the City of Black River Falls located at 101 S. 2nd St, Black River Falls, WI 54615.

Maps:

Plat Vacate Alley

Aerial Vacate Alley

Parcel Vacate Alley


COMPENSATION SET FOR ELECTED OFFICIALS

At the October 2, 2018 Common Council meeting, Ordinance #844 was approved setting new compensation rates for the Mayor and City Council members. The change represents an increase of $75 per month ($900/year) for the Mayor and each Alderperson. These figures are based on attendance at 12 Common Council meetings which are held on the first Tuesday of the month and 12 Committee of the Whole meetings which are held on the third Wednesday of the month. Individuals currently in these positions will not see an increase in their monthly compensation unless they are re-elected. The Mayor’s compensation will be implemented after the upcoming Mayorial election on November 6, 2018, The new compensation for Council members will take affect following the April 2019 election for the four open seats available, and following the April 2020 election for the four open seats available. Anyone interested in serving as Mayor or as an Alderperson are encouraged to file nomination papers as these seats come up for election. For more information on this ordinance or elections, feel free to contact City Hall by calling 715-284-5514.
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CITY OF BLACK RIVER FALLS, JACKSON COUNTY, WISCONSIN
ORDINANCE NO.844
 
AN ORDINANCE CREATING SECTION 2.06 TO SET THE COMPENSATION FOR MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS.
 
 
THE COMMON COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BLACK RIVER FALLS, JACKSON COUNTY, WISCONSIN, DOES ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:
 
 
SECTION I. Creation of Section 2.06 of the Code of Ordinances. Section 2.06 of the Ordinances of the City of Black River Falls, Jackson County, Wisconsin, is hereby created to read as follows:
 
 
2.06 Salaries of Mayor and City Council.
 
A. The salary of the mayor shall be seven hundred dollars ($700.00) per month commencing with the mayor whose term begins on or after the November 6, 2018 election, upon his or her taking and filing the oath required by Wis. Stat. 62.09(4).
 
 
B. The salaries of the members of the city council shall be as follows:
 
1. A council member shall be paid one hundred dollars ($100.00) for each common council meeting held each year. A council member will not be so compensated for such meetings that they do not attend in excess of one (1) per calendar year.
 
2. A council member shall be paid one hundred dollars ($100.00) for each committee of the whole meeting held each year. A council member will not be so compensated for such meetings that they do not attend in excess of one (1) per calendar year.
 
3. A council member shall be paid one hundred dollars ($100.00) for each special meeting held to which they attend.
 
The above-referenced salaries for city council members shall commence with those council members whose terms begin on or after the third Tuesday in April, 2019, and with those council members whose terms begin on or after the third Tuesday in April, 2020, upon his or her taking and filing the oath required by Wis. Stat. 62.09(4).
 
C. Conflicting Ordinances: Ordinances or parts of ordinances in direct conflict with this ordinance are hereby repealed.
 
D. Effective Date: This ordinance shall take effect and be enforced upon passage and publication as provided by law.

BRF PARKS & RECREATION DIRECTOR HONORED BY WPRA

Black River Falls Parks & Recreation Director Steve “Petey” Peterson was named Wisconsin Parks & Recreation Association’s (WPRA) “2018 Outstanding Professional of the Year”!

Steve Peterson’s Story:

I got started in the business of Parks & Recreation in 1987. I needed a resume for the Parks & Recreation Director position being offered by the City of Black River Falls. Never having done a resume before, my wife created one for me. She made me look pretty good. The advertisement stated that it was going to be just a part time job. The small amount of income I would receive would provide us the extra revenue needed to purchase seed and fertilizer for my farming career. I was lucky enough to receive an invite to interview. I was lucky enough to be offered the position. But they created a hitch for me. The job was going to become a full-time job and I would need to move to the City. Long story short, we decided to do just that. Little did I know that it was to be one of the best decisions of my life.

I joined the WPRA right away looking for information that they could provide to help me in my new career. They sent me information as to where and when Region 1 meetings were being held. I went to some of the early meetings like a mouse in the corner watching and learning. Region 1 members convinced me to come to the Annual WPRA conference. Again, this was a great decision, as it opened my eyes to the benefits of membership in the WPRA. At the conference I met many vendors that would assist me in making decisions to benefit my new career.

It took a couple of years to feel ready to be involved with the WPRA. To help me get involved, I was asked to assist with the socials at the WPRA Conference when it was held in La Crosse. Next up, I was at a President’s Reception in Lake Geneva and I was volunteered/nominated to be the Region 1 Rep. Once that happened, the rest is history as they say. I attended all of our Region 1 meetings and all of the WPRA Board meetings. I attended the Spring Workshops and got involved with the Aquatics section. I went to quite a few Summer Park Tours. The socializing at this type of event is unbelievable. Along with serving on the WPRA Board I have served as an Aquatics Section Rep and currently as a Parks Section Rep. I have also attended the Leadership Academy, levels I and II. What an unbelievable experience that was. It was another step in my professional growth. I have served on several conference committees. I have assisted wherever I was asked by the WPRA. I have utilized my membership to generate information to assist in making my community better. I owe so many of you a heartful thanks for helping me grow in this business. Because of this growth, I am either chairperson or a member of 10 different community groups that benefit our community. Our community has really grown over the years and I look forward to its continued growth.

Get involved, don’t be afraid, this profession is a fantastic way to live. The people you meet along your path in the WPRA will assist and mentor you into great things. All of the socials, meetings, conferences and events you attend will give you little crumbs. These little crumbs will feed the little mouse in the corner to become a potential 30 plus year member. Wow, who knew that would happen?

Thanks to all of you for recognizing me with this award. There are a lot of great deserving people out there. This is really awesome and it is truly an honor to be selected.


TRANSITIONAL JOBS PROGRAM NOW IN BRF

The Transitional Jobs (TJ) program is an employment program that offers unemployed residents immediate work.  TJ is a program of Wisconsin’s Department of Children and Families.  the purpose of TJ is to enhance employment opportunities for people who have difficulty entering and succeeding in the workforce.  The TJ employment strategy helps individuals overcome employment barriers and transition into work by using wage-paid, short-term employment that combines real work, skills training, education and supportive services.  TJ also offers job coaching, employability planning, life skills development, and limited vocational training, as well as job search assistance.

TJ promotes self-sufficiency by providing time-limited, public funded, wage-based jobs in public, non-profit, or for profit settings.  The goal is to help eligible residents gain a foothold in the labor market with jobs that are available in the public and private sectors.  TJ’s combination of training, work experience, case management, and supportive services will produce positive results for Central Wisconsin’s job seekers and the employers who “hire” program participants.

Transitional Jobs Program Information Packet


NOTICE OF ANNUAL JOINT REVIEW BOARD MEETING

Notice is Hereby Given that the City of Black River Falls will hold a Joint Review Board meeting on November 13, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at the Black River Falls City Hall, located at 101 S. 2nd Street. The purpose of the meeting is to review the annual reports and the performance and status of each Tax Incremental District governed by the Joint Review Board as required by Wis. Stat. § 66.1105(4m)(f).

The meeting is open to the public.  Copies of the annual reports will be available for viewing in the offices of the City Clerk at the Black River Falls City Hall, located at 101 S. 2nd Street, during normal business hours and will be provided upon request.


CITY TO DISCUSS MOVING PUBLIC FIRE PROTECTION FEES FROM TAX ROLL TO UTILITY BILL

At the next Committee of the Whole meeting on October 17, 2018, committee members will discuss the possibility of changing the way Public Fire Protection Fees are being collected. Past practice has been that this charge is recovered by placing it on the property tax levy every year. The City is currently using property tax dollars to subsidize Black River Falls Municipal Utilities at a rate of $286,931 per year for facilities in the City of Black River Falls. This means that everyone that gets a property tax bill is paying a portion of this charge. Due to budget constraints and State levy limits, the City can no longer afford to subsidize the utility for Public Fire Protection Fees through the use of general property taxes and still maintain services and address the City’s impending capital improvement needs. If the fees are moved to a direct charge on the water bill, utility customers would pay for a service that was previously subsidized by only the City’s property taxpayers. At the Committee of the Whole meeting, committee members will discuss the option to move this charge from property tax bills to utility bills as of January 1, 2020. The added charge on the utility bills would be based on water meter size, and preliminary estimates indicate residential water customers with a 5/8’ or 3/4” water meter could expect to see an approximate $10.10 increase on their monthly utility bill for public fire protection. Provisions in the last state budget bill allow municipalities to move this fee from the tax levy to the utility bill without having to lower the municipalities tax levy. Moving the Public Fire Protection Fees to utility bills and not lowering property taxes would allow the City to use these tax levy dollars to maintain vital services and fund capital improvements. There are several municipalities in the state that have already made this change or are considering it as they struggle to comply with the State’s expenditure restraint program and mandated levy limits.

The Public Fire Protection Fee is regulated by the State of Wisconsin’s Public Service Commission (PSC). Public Fire Protection Fees enable the public water utility to recover the costs for the water used for fighting fires, costs associated with constructing and maintaining extra water system capacity to allow delivery of large amounts of water, and a portion of the costs associated with wells, pumps, storage facilities, water mains, and hydrants. This cost has nothing to do with the Black River Falls Fire Department. The Public Fire Protection Fee covers the costs of Black River Falls Municipal Utilities to be able to deliver water for fighting fires and is completely independent of any expenses that the fire department may incur in order to use the water to fight a fire. If the City decides to move forward with this proposal, Black River Falls Municipal Utilities would submit an application to the Public Service Commission (PSC), the application would be reviewed by the PSC, a public hearing would be scheduled, and the PSC would issue a decision to approve or deny the request. The entire process would take 3-6 months to complete.

All interested parties are urged to attend the Committee of the Whole meeting on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 beginning at 6:00pm at City Hall located at 101 S. Second Street in Black River Falls, WI. For more information, contact the City Administrator at 715-284-2315 or send an email to city.admin@blackriverfalls.us.


BLACK RIVER AREA FOUNDATION DONATES TO CSO PROGRAM

The City of Black River Falls Police Department is thankful for a generous donation from the Black River Falls Area Foundation! The funds that the Foundation provided allowed the Police Department to purchase a neighborhood electric vehicle for their Community Service Officers (CSO) to use to patrol the Foundation Trail  and be available to lend a helping hand if needed.