March 26, 2021

Outstanding Safety Practices Earn Local Utilities National Recognition

Local utilities are being recognized for earning a Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices. Presented by the American Public Power Association (APPA), 19 of WPPI Energy’s member-owners received the award for their 2020 safety performance.

“This award demonstrates the strong commitment these utilities have to keeping their lineworkers safe,” said Chris Chartier, director of distribution services for WPPI Energy. “This work can be dangerous, and the number one goal for utilities is making sure staff get home safely to their family at the end of the day.”

Congratulations to the following utilities:

  • Black River Falls Municipal Electric & Water Utilities
  • Brodhead Water & Light
  • Columbus Water & Light
  • Evansville Water & Light Dept.
  • Independence Light & Power
  • Lodi Municipal Light & Water Utility
  • Menasha Utilities
  • Muscoda Utilities
  • New Richmond City Utilities
  • Oconomowoc Utilities
  • Plymouth Utilities
  • Prairie du Sac Electric Department
  • Reedsburg Utility Commission
  • City Utilities of Richland Center
  • Sturgeon Bay Utilities
  • Sun Prairie Utilities
  • Waunakee Utilities
  • Waupun Utilities
  • Whitehall Municipal Electric Utility

Across the nation, there were 329 utilities who entered the Safety Awards, which have been held annually for 65 years. Entrants were judged by their incidence rate, which is based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses and the number of worker-hours during 2020, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“Utilities that receive an APPA Safety Award have demonstrated that they have made the health and safety of their employees a core value,” said Brandon Wylie, Chair of APPA’s Safety Committee and Director of Training & Safety at Electric Cities of Georgia. “Designing and maintaining a top-notch utility safety program takes a lot of hard work and commitment. These utilities and their communities should be very proud.”


On March 20, 2021, the Hiring Committee for the City of Black River Falls selected Chad Duerkop as the new Parks & Recreation Director for the City of Black River Falls.  Duerkop has been employed with Eau Claire Parks, Recreation, & Forestry since 2005 as the Program and Facility Supervisor.  He has 22 years of parks & recreation experience previously serving 5 years as Recreation Supervisor for the City of Bloomington, MN and 2 years as Parks & Recreation Director for the City of Waukon, IA.  Duerkop earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration – Parks & Recreation Emphasis from Winona State University.  The City’s Hiring Committee received 52 applications and interviewed eight (8) candidates for the position.  Duerkop is expected to begin his tenure as Parks & Recreation Director for the City of Black River Falls on April 19, 2021 pending standard pre-employment screenings and exams.


The City of Black River Falls Parks & Recreation Department is looking for Lifeguards and a
Pool Manager for the Hoffman Aquatic Park for the 2021 season.

Please contact Parks & Recreation Director Steve Peterson at 715-284-9246 or by email at

The Hoffman Aquatic Park will need at least 20 lifeguards, a pool manager, and 6 non-lifeguard staff persons for this season.

The Hoffman Aquatic Park is open daily from 11:30am to 7pm.


The Carnegie Museum  will be opening for the 2021 season!   The museum will be open beginning Friday April 30, 2021 through October 23, 2021. Regular hours will be Fridays & Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.


Sealed bids for paving projects in the City of Black River Falls will be received by the City of Black River Falls Public Works Dept. 101 S 2nd St. Black River Falls, WI 54615 (Telephone: 715-284-2315) until 10:00 am on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud.

Bid specifications and bid requirements for this project are available on our website at, at City Hall, 101 S 2nd St, Black River Falls WI 54615, or emailed upon request. Sealed bids shall be labeled “2021 Street Projects”.

In accordance with Wis. Stat. 62.15(3) all bids must be accompanied by a certified check or a bid bond equal to 10 percent of the bid payable to the City of Black River Falls (the “City”) as a guarantee that if the bid is accepted the bidder will execute and file the proper contract and bond within the time limited by the City. If the successful bidder so files the contract and bond, upon the execution of the contract by the City the check shall be returned. In case the successful bidder fails to file such contract and bond the amount of the check or bid bond shall be forfeited to the City as liquidated damages.

The City reserves the right to reject any or all bids, to waive irregularities and informalities therein and to award the Contract in the best interests of the City of Black River Falls.


Greg Rush

Street Superintendent


The Black River Falls Municipal Utilities office will be opening to the public on Monday, March 8th. The office will be back to normal operating hours 8:00am – 4:30 pm, but they continue to encourage customers to use the drop box to drop off payments unless you need to meet with utility staff concerning your bill.