The City of Black River Falls is now accepting bids for the following project:

Project:  Update / Remodel 40’ x 60’ cold storage building

Project Location:  W9875 Airport Road, Black River Falls, WI 54615

Project Elements:

  1. New Steel Roof – 29 Gauge / Color: Green.
  1. New Steel Walls – 29 Gauge / Color: Tan.
  1. New steel trim / Color: Green
  1. New 5” seamless rain gutters installed on both eaves / Color: Green.
  1. One (1) new 36” W steel service door with dead bolt lock.
  1. New electrical service to the building.
  1. Interior electrical work:
    • Install new interior light switches to south service door entrance
    • Install double-gang outlets per minimum electrical code spacing
  1. Exterior electrical work:
    • Install three (3) wall mounted, box, LED, security lights with light sensors – 2 on East side of building (between OH doors), and 1 on south side (in peak)
    • Install one (1) in-use electrical outlet on south side of building
  1. Remove existing 16’ overhead door.
  1. Frame and install three (3) new 14’W x 10’H insulated overhead doors on east side of building.
  1. Concrete and foundation repairs around entire exterior of building for rodent prevention.
  1. Concrete apron along east side of building (60’) and in front of service door on south side of building (approximately 15’). Total concrete to be installed: 5’ Wide x 75’ Long x 6” Thick.
  1. Install chain link fence eight (8) feet tall on south side of building to enclose a 40’ x 60’ area with double wide, lockable, swing gates providing a 24’ opening allowing gates to swing 180 degrees and with wheels installed on ends of each gate. Also include one (1) lockable service gate located next to the building for access to service door.
  • Fence option to bid separately: Privacy panels / Color: Green
  1. Properly dispose of all old material removed from the project building and grounds.
  1. Any and all license and permit submissions and fees will be the responsibility of the contractor.
  1. Project to be completed by October 31, 2020.

All bids to include:

  1. Detailed itemized list for all elements listed above.
  2. Bidder’s Qualifications.
  3. Certificate of liability insurance with City of Black River Falls named as additional insured.

For inspection of project site prior to submitting a bid please contact the
City Administrator at 715-284-2315 or

Deadline for submitting bids is 4:00pm, Tuesday, June 30, 2020.  Bids may be delivered in person, via email (, or by mailing to:

City of Black River Falls
Attention: City Administrator
101 S. Second Street
Black River Falls, WI 54615



In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Public Service Commission (PSC) issued an order prohibiting utilities from disconnecting electric, water, and gas service to customers due to non-payment. The Order also included provisions regarding deposits, Deferred Payment Arrangements (DPA), late fees, and customer identification for new services.

At its open meeting on June 11, 2020, the PSC established a timeline to rollback many of the temporary utility service provisions in response to the public health emergency that has been in place since March.

In accordance with the PSC’s action, BRFMU will implement the following provisions and timeline:

  • BRFMU will begin issuing disconnect notices beginning July 15, 2020. BRFMU will begin disconnections on July 27, 2020.


  • BRFMU may begin assessing late fees as of July 15, 2020


  • BRFMU will continue to offer a DPA to any customer who is unable to pay their bill in-full, through August 15, 2020. After August 15, BRFMU may decline to offer a DPA to customers who do not meet the DPA qualification provisions within our tariff, the PSC code, and/or state statutes; and may initiate the disconnection process.


  • BRFMU highly encourages customers with past-due balances to contact the utility immediately to discuss a DPA.


  • BRFMU may begin requiring deposits from new customers as of July 31, 2020


  • Customers who requested and received a new service, but did not provide documentation of residency and identity, will be subject to the disconnection process as of July 25, 2020.


  • Any household who has had a member test positive for COVID-19 will be eligible for a 21-day medical extension. To apply for this extension, the customer must provide BRFMU with documentation of a positive COVID-19 test through a licensed Wisconsin physician’s statement or notice from a public health, social services, or law enforcement official. The statement or notice should specify the period of time during which disconnection will aggravate the circumstances [PSC 113.0301(13)(a)].


If you have any questions, please contact BRFMU at (715) 284-9463.



On June 10, 2020, the Hiring Committee for the city of Black River Falls named Jody Stoker as the new Fire Chief for the Black River Falls Fire Department.  Stoker has served with Black River Falls Fire & EMS for over 20 years holding the ranks of firefighter, Captain, and Assistant Chief, and he has been employed full-time with the Black River Falls Fire Department since June 2013 as the EMS Division Chief.  Stoker earned his Associate Degree in Police Science Technology from Western Technical College and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Viterbo University.  In addition, Jody holds a wide range of fire and emergency medical services certifications and has completed over a dozen trainings through the National Fire Academy.  The City’s Hiring Committee received 10 applications and after thoroughly screening and analyzing all the candidates, elected to forego interviews in light of Stoker’s education, experience, and stellar qualifications.  Jody Stoker’s tenure as Fire Chief for the Black River Falls Fire Department will begin June 11, 2020.


The City of Black River Falls is assisting the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to make the new We’re All In grant initiative a success.  The program will provide $2,500 grants to 30,000 small businesses.  It is designed to help small businesses get back on their feet amid the COVID-19 pandemic while also encouraging them to adopt best practices to keep employees, customers and communities safe.  Funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and announced by Governor Evers on May 18 We’re All In Announcement , the grants will help small businesses with the costs of business interruption or for health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages and inventory.

The application period for this grant will open in mid-June – see details below!

The website with the program details is now live – see details below!

The WEDC has asked for the City’s help to make this program a success for our struggling small businesses.  One of the criteria for businesses to apply is to attach a short email or letter of acknowledgement from a community organization indicating the business was in operation in February 2020.  Acknowledgements can come from any of the following organizations listed below.

  • Chamber of commerce
  • Main Street director or Connect Communities coordinator
  • Local business improvement district
  • Neighborhood economic development association
  • Local economic development organization
  • County economic development organization
  • Municipality
  • County
  • Local bank, credit union or Community Development Financial Institution
  • Regional UW Small Business Development Center
  • US Export Assistance Center – Wisconsin
  • Regional Economic Development Organization
  • Regional Planning Commission

The We’re All In Small Business Grant program is designed to help small businesses get back on their feet as they re-emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and Safer at Home, while also encouraging adoption of best practices to keep employees, customers and communities safe.

Funded by the federal CARES Act, the We’re All In Small Business Grant will provide $2,500 to 30,000 Wisconsin small businesses to assist with the costs of business interruption or for health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages and inventory.

To be eligible, businesses must:

  • Be a Wisconsin-based, for-profit business
  • Employ 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees, including the owner
  • Earn greater than $0 but less than $1 million in annual revenues, and
  • Been in business in February 2020

The online grant application will be accessible for ONE WEEK ONLY from 8 a.m. Monday, June 15, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, June 21.

 More detailed information can be found at:


The U.S. Census is still hiring for temporary positions for the 2020 Census in Jackson County!

The largest number of positions available are for census takers.

Must be at least 18 years of age.

Pay rates vary from $17 to $22/hour.

By working for the Census, you can help achieve the goal to ensure that everyone is counted. Those counts have a huge impact on our communities. The data influences decisions made about which roads are fixed, which schools are built and businesses opened, what medical services are offered, and more.

All interested parties are invited to visit the Census Bureau job site at to apply. There are also descriptions and frequently asked questions on the website!