REQUEST FOR BIDS DUMP BOX-PLOW-WING

The City of Black River Falls will be accepting sealed bids for the purchase of a new 11 ft. dump box, 11ft. snow plow and 9ft. snow wing. All equipment to be installed on a new truck chassis with 96” cab to axle. Please submit bids for purchase to City Hall 101 S 2nd Street, Black River Falls, WI. 54615. Specifications are available online at: blackriverfalls.us/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/2022-Dumpbox-Plow-Wing-specs.pdf or request through City Hall at 715-284-2315 or the Street Department Shop at 715-284 -5612. Bids should be marked“Sealed Bid Dump Box, Plow and Wing”. Bids will be accepted until 10:00 A.M. on July 14, 2021 at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud. To take delivery and make payment after January 1, 2022.

The City reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids, to waive any technicality and to accept any bid in the best interest of the City of Black River Falls.

 

Greg Rush
Street Superintendent
City of Black River Falls


REQUEST FOR BIDS – PLOW TRUCK

The City of Black River Falls will be accepting sealed bids for the purchase of a new 2 ½ ton truck chassis. Please submit bids for purchase of 2022, 2 ½ ton truck chassis with trade. Specifications are available online at: blackriverfalls.us/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/2022-Plow-truck-specs.pdf or request through City Hall at 715-284-2315 or Street Department shop at 715-284-5612. Sealed bids should be marked “Sealed Bid Truck Chassis” and sent to City Hall, 101 S. 2nd Street, Black River Falls, WI. 54615. Bids will be accepted until 10:00 A.M. on July 14, 2021 at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud. To take delivery and make payment after January 1, 2022.

Truck to be traded can be inspected at the Street Department shop at 401 Pine View Rd. Black River Falls, WI. 54615. Truck is a 2001 Sterling L7500 with plow and wing.

The City reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids, to waive any technicality and to accept any bid in the best interest of the City of Black River Falls.

 

Greg Rush
Street Superintendent


HOFFMAN AQUATIC CENTER IS OPEN!

Come cool off at the Hoffman Aquatic Center all summer long!!

Due to the nationwide lifeguard shortage, Hoffman Aquatic Center will use a slightly modified schedule, and on occasion, may close off certain sections of the pool.  These steps are necessary to create the safest possible swimming environment for the community.

Schedule

Monday & Tuesdays               12pm-6pm

Wednesdays                             12pm-4pm

Thursday – Sunday                 12pm-6pm

Daily Admission

Youth                                      $4

Adult                                       $5

Season Pass

Family                                     Resident $150             Non-Resident $200

Adult                                       Resident $60               Non-Resident $90

Youth                                      Resident $40               Non-Resident $60

 

Black River Falls Parks and Recreation will continue to recruit and train lifeguards to minimize inconveniences and maximize safety.  If there are questions, patrons should contact the Black River Falls Parks and Recreation Department at (715) 284-9246.


BRF MUNICIPAL UTILITES RECEIVES NATIONAL SAFETY AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

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.”


ALDERPERSON NEEDED – THIRD WARD

City of Black River Falls Third Ward Alderperson John Ross will be moving out of the Third Ward and has therefore resigned his position on the Common Council effective June 18, 2021.

The City of Black River Falls will be accepting letters from Third Ward residents interested in serving as an Alderperson on the Common Council.  Letters of interest need to be submitted to the City Administrator no later than July 16, 2021.  All eligible applicants will be invited to address the Common Council on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at which meeting the Common Council may vote on appointing an applicant to fill the vacant position.

 

Letters of interest should be delivered in person or mailed to:

City of Black River Falls
101 South Second Street
Black River Falls, WI 54615
Attention: A. Brad Chown, City Administrator

 


ROAD CONSTRUCTION – HARRISON STREET

Crews will be working on Harrison Street between N 8th Street and N 11th Street beginning tomorrow, June 11th. Weather permitting, work should be complete by the middle of next week. Please avoid this area while this micro-surfacing work is being done.


NOTICE OF ADJOURNED MEETING OF THE BOARD OF REVIEW

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Review for the City of Black River Falls will meet on June 30, 2021 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:

  1. 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.

2. 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.

3.  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.

4.  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.

5.  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).

 NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that pursuant to s. 70.45, Wis. Stats., the assessment roll for the 2021 assessment year will be open for examination starting June 23, 2021. Due to COVID-19, OPEN BOOK sessions for informal talks with the City Assessor and to file written objections will be conducted by phone. If you would like to set up a phone appointment, please contact Bowmar Appraisal, Inc. at (715) 835-1141 during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30-4:30) no later than 3 days prior to the Board of Review. The 2021 assessment roll, instructional information, and objection forms will be made available. These documents will assist with scheduling a hearing before the Board of Review. Keep in mind that objection forms must be filed with the clerk of the Board of Review at least 48 hours before the Board of Review is conducted unless the Board of Review chooses to waive this requirement.

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

This Notice is hereby posted at the following locations in the City on the 2nd day of June 2021:

  1. Front Door – City Hall
  2. Black River Falls Public Library
  3. Jackson County Court House
  4. S. Post Office
  5. City of Black River Falls website: blackriverfalls.us

REQUEST FOR BIDS – CURB & SIDEWALK

Sealed bids for sidewalk repair projects in the City of Black River Falls will be received by the City of Black River Falls Public Works Department, 101 Second Street,  Black River Falls, WI 54615 (Telephone: 715-284-2315) until 10:00 am Tuesday June 15, 2021 at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud.

Bid specifications and bid requirements for this project will be available on our website at https://blackriverfalls.us/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Sidewalk-Specs-2021.pdf , at City Hall located at 101 South Second Street, Black River Falls WI, or emailed upon request. Sealed bids shall be labeled “2021 Sidewalk 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 guaranty 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.


CHAD DUERKOP NAMED PARKS & RECREATION DIRECTOR

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.


HOLIDAY GARBAGE COLLECTION

Garbage collection for the Memorial Day holiday will be as follows:

Monday, May 31st will be collected on Tuesday, June 1st.

All other routes will remain the same.

The City appreciates your cooperation during these holiday weeks.

Reminder to all residents, please blow your grass into your lawn and not in the streets as it plugs our storm basins.