MUNICIPAL UTILITIES OFFICE TO RE-OPEN JUNE 1ST

The Black River Falls Municipal Utilities Office will be re-opening on Monday,  June 1, 2020.  Office Hours will be 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

We appreciate the patience and cooperation our customers have shown with our office being closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we are reopening our office to customers, we all must continue to be aware of the need to continue social distancing. With that in mind, we will be limiting office access to two (2) customers at a time. We ask that you wear a mask if you have one and adhere to the instructions posted on the front door of the utility office.

NOTE: If you do not need to meet with a utility representative directly, we ask that you continue using the drop box at the utility office or one of the other payment options available to you. If you need to speak with a utility representative, feel free to contact us at (715) 284-9463.


CITY BUILDINGS REOPENING

On May 13, 2020, the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down most of Governor Tony Evers’ Safer At Home Order.  As the state and counties work to understand the impact of the ruling, the City of Black River Falls announces the following updates regarding public access to government facilities in the city.

Effective Monday, May 18, 2020, government buildings in the City of Black River Falls will be open and service schedules will be as follows:

City Hall:  Open 8:00am to 4:00pm beginning Monday, May 18, 2020.  We will close at 4:00pm to allow time for daily disinfecting of all hard surfaces.

Police Department Lobby Window:  Open 8:00am to 4:00pm beginning Monday, May 18, 2020 for vehicle registrations and other police department business.

Fire Department:  Open beginning Monday, May 18, 2020.

Public Library: Closed to the public.  Curbside pick-up and drop-off available Mondays 10a-2p, Wednesdays 3p-7p, and Fridays 10a-2p.

 Municipal Utilities:  Closed to the public until at least June 1, 2020.  Customers can continue to pay their bills by check using the US mail or the drop box located by our lobby door at 119 N. Water Street.  Offices will be staffed so we will be available by phone at 715-284-9463 or by email.  Emails and phone numbers for specific departments are available at the bottom of the home page on our website at www.blackriverfalls.us.  Offices may open at an earlier date if work load warrants the need for public access before June 1st.

 Public Safety Services: Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Services will continue to be staffed and respond to service calls.

 Garbage & Recycling:  The City will continue to collect garbage and recycling as regularly scheduled. While staff members will be taking extra precautions on these routes, residents are asked to put all garbage in a garbage receptacle to reduce the exposure to our employees. Receptacles must be standard type garbage containers, must be made of metal or plastic, must be watertight, must have a tight-fitting cover, must be equipped with handles or bail, and must have a capacity of not more than 32 gallons and weigh no more than 50 pounds. Receptacles must be kept clean and in a sanitary condition at all times. Paper bags, 5-gallon pails or 55-gallon steel or cardboard barrels or drums are not allowed for garbage containers.

 Shared Ride Taxi:  Running 6am-10pm daily.

The efforts directed at infection control that our community has been practicing the last couple of months protected the health of our families, neighbors, and friends.  We realize the virus continues to be present and communicable so we ask all City residents, businesses, and guests to continue practicing good disease prevention strategies.

Updates will be provided on our Facebook page and on our website at: www.blackriverfalls.us.


CAREER OPPORTUNITY – FIRE CHIEF

The City of Black River Falls, Wisconsin, is accepting applications to fill the position of Fire Chief.  The Fire Chief is responsible for the administration, direction and coordination of the Black River Falls Fire Department which includes an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division.  The City of Black River Falls has a population of 3,622 and has signed a Rural Fire Agreement to provide fire services to the Rural Fire District consisting of eight (8) surrounding Townships.

The Department

The Fire Department has 6 full-time employees, 30-50 part-time emergency medical services employees, and 31 volunteer firefighters. Full-time staff includes the Fire Chief, the EMS Division Chief, and 4 Emergency Medical Technicians.  The volunteer firefighter staff includes 3 Assistant Chiefs, 3 Captains, a Secretary, and a Treasurer.

The city portion of the 2020 Operating Budget for the department is set at $115,693.00.  The 2020 Capital Budget for the department is set at $250,000.00 which includes $242,600 allocated for facility replacement.

The Position

The Fire Chief has administrative responsibility for effectively and efficiently planning, organizing, coordinating, directing, and managing operations, fleet maintenance, and all other activities of the Fire Department.

The Fire Chief is under the immediate supervision of the City Administrator, and subject to general direction from the Mayor, and Common Council.  A detailed position description is available at City Hall and on-line at blackriverfalls.us/forms.

The Chief is an exempt, non-represented employee. The normal work week is Monday through Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm.  The Fire Chief is also expected to attend the Committee of the Whole meeting held the third Wednesday of each month and other meetings as needed.  The position requires working varying hours as needed for fire department related business and activities.

The position’s annual salary is initially established by the City of Black River Falls Hiring Committee and then annually established by the Common Council.  The starting annual salary for the position will be $52,000 – $60,000 depending on qualifications.

An excellent benefit package including health insurance coverage and retirement benefits under the Wisconsin Retirement System accompanies this position. Additional benefits and optional insurances are available.

Required Education, Certifications, and Experience

The Fire Chief must have a high school diploma or equivalent, possess a valid Wisconsin driver’s license, hold current certification of Certified Firefighter I & II in the State of Wisconsin, be a certified fire inspector in the State of Wisconsin, be a certified Wisconsin Emergency Medical Technician or higher or be able to obtain EMT certification within one year of hire, and have extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of fire suppression, fire department administration, fire inspections and fire investigations.  Preference will be given to an individual with an Associate’s Degree or higher in fire science or related field, and/or additional training or certifications in fire services and management/supervisory skills.

The successful candidate should have at least 10 years of fire service experience with multiple years serving in a supervisory/department officer position.

The ideal candidate for this position should also have a track record focused on strong public service, human relations, leadership, managerial, and supervisory skills. This professional, supervisory position must be able to lead the department to full performance capability and achieve high morale. Qualified candidates should possess the skills for writing grant application submissions & organizing people, projects and schedules on an ongoing basis.

The Recruitment Process

Interested applicants MUST submit the following items to the address noted below:

  • A cover letter
  • A current resume, detailing qualifications for this position
  • At least 3 professional references

The application deadline is 4:30 P.M. on Friday, June 5, 2020.    The application review process will begin on June 9, 2020 and will remain open until the position is filled.

Application materials should be placed in a sealed envelope, addressed as follows, and either mailed or hand-delivered by the deadline noted above to:

City of Black River Falls
Attention: Hiring Committee
101 South Second Street
Black River Falls, WI 54615

Electronic submissions are acceptable and may be forwarded to city.admin@blackriverfalls.us.

Applicant names are subject to release pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes, unless confidentiality is requested in writing. Confidentiality cannot be guaranteed for finalists.

The selected candidate will be subject to a background investigation, a physical examination, drug screen, and a psychological evaluation to determine fitness for duty.

Additional questions on this position or on application procedures may be directed to City Administrator via email at city.admin@blackriverfalls.us or by phone at (715) 284-2315.