2022 BOARD OF REVIEW / OPEN BOOK

Notice of the Board of Review
City of Black River Falls

 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Review for the City of Black River Falls will meet on May 11, 2022 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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 2022 assessment year will be open for examination starting May 4, 2022. Due to COVID, 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 12th day of April 2022:

  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

COMMUNITY BANNER SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY

The promotional street-scape banner campaign is now underway!
 
This program will reinforce our Black River Falls brand, brighten and invigorate our downtown. These banners, designed exclusively for the city of Black River Falls, will showcase our community’s economic vitality and the support of our local businesses.
 
A representative from Community Showcase Banners is now reaching out to local businesses to discuss the street-scape banner campaign. We encourage business owners to consider participating in this program as it provides an exciting new opportunity to showcase community pride and gives business owners the opportunity to market themselves unlike ever before.
 
To learn more about sponsorship opportunities visit the website below, reach out to the community’s program manager directly, or contact the City Administrator.
 
 
Program Manager:
Robert Barto
(585) 645-5986
City Administrator:
A Brad Chown
(715) 284-2315
Here’s a sneak peak at this year’s banners:

HELP US CLEAN UP DOWNTOWN STREETS!

The City Street Department will be sweeping the streets in the downtown area tomorrow morning, March 25th, beginning around 4:00am. They will be concentrating their efforts between Pierce Street and Harrison Street and between Water Street and Third Street.
 
Please DO NOT park on the streets in the downtown area past 2:00 AM this evening.
 
THANK YOU !!!

2022 ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE AWARD – STATE FINALIST

Short Elliott and Hendrickson (SEH) submitted the extension of Andrews Road for the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Wisconsin’s 2022 Engineering Excellence Award, and the project earned recognition as a state finalist!  

The extension of Andrews Road was an important goal for the City of Black River Falls to provide a vital connection to US Hwy12, increasing access for businesses and tourism. The project was continually delayed by funding and environmental concerns and its completion began to look like a pipe dream.

Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH) designed a solution that moved the project back to reality. The team worked with the city to develop a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District. This is a common funding mechanism that helped pay for the project. SEH also created a flexible construction schedule that would complete the project over a full year. This flexibility reduced costs and still met the city’s goals.

The next challenge was minimizing environmental impacts. The extended Andrews Road crossed wetlands and the locally important Coffee Creek. The design team reviewed a wide range of options to preserve the environment.

In addition to standard stormwater and runoff mitigation techniques, the team hit upon a unique alignment for the roadway. This alignment avoided most wetlands and created the shortest span possible over Coffee Creek.

This project was one of the biggest in the City of Black River Falls’ history. SEH worked with the city throughout the process to overcome all barriers and turn a dream into reality.

Posted By: David Schofield

The awards will be presented in Kohler, WI on April 22, 2022.  ACEC serves as the voice of the engineering industry, continually promoting the profession to a variety of audiences.  The organization serves as a source of ideas, a sounding board and a professional resource for state and city leaders, as well as a fervent promoter of the profession.  Their work involves advocating, education, providing networking opportunities, and enhancing the image of professional engineers.  They keep an eye on the big picture in the engineering industry, allowing their member firms to concentrate on keeping Wisconsin safe, healthy, and moving forward.  

 https://www.acecwi.org/2022-awards-gallery


COMMUNITY BANNER PROGRAM

The City of Black River Falls is dedicated to making our community a great place to live, work, shop, and conduct business. Because of that, we have agreed to participate in a promotional street-scape banner campaign conducted by Community Showcase Banners.
 
This program will reinforce our Black River Falls brand, brighten and invigorate our downtown. These banners, designed exclusively for the city of Black River Falls, will showcase our community’s economic vitality and the support of our local businesses.
 
A representative from Community Showcase Banners will be contacting local businesses to discuss the street-scape banner campaign. We encourage business owners to consider participating in this program as it provides an exciting new opportunity to showcase community pride and gives business owners the opportunity to market themselves unlike ever before.
 
To learn more about sponsorship opportunities visit the website below or reach out to the community’s program manager directly or contact the City Administrator.
 
 
Program Manager:
Robert Barto
(585) 645-5986
City Administrator:
A Brad Chown
(715) 284-2315

REVISED TAXI SCHEDULE

Due to decreased staffing levels, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, Black River Falls Public Transit, the City’s shared ride taxi service will operate as follows:

Monday – Friday                     7:00am – 10:00pm

Saturday & Sunday                9:00 am – 5:00pm

Service to and from locations outside of the city will continue to be limited in order to provide the highest level of service possible to city residents and businesses.

The provider will continue to work diligently to fill vacant positions so we can resume our regular schedule for shared ride taxi service as soon as possible.


NEW HOMES AVAILABLE!

S.C. Swiderski Homes is excited to bring 5 new construction homes to the Lallapalooza Subdivision in Black River Falls this year!

Take a look at the virtual tour of their Madeline Design home – this new construction home is ready for its first owner!!

Contact SCS Real Estate for a showing: 715-846-2000

View the full virtual tour: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=qHow9AqveQm

View more about this home: https://www.scsrealestate.com/property/CWBR-22106170

PLUS ……

1019 Spruce Street | Black River Falls
3 Bedrooms | 3 Baths | 1,782 Total Sq. Ft.

Get to know this new construction home! The spacious main floor features a large living room, adjacent kitchen and dining space with walk-in pantry, a full Primary Suite, and a main floor laundry and powder room. The second floor offers two additional bedrooms and a full bathroom!  Don’t wait! Schedule your private showing today! 715-846-2000

Follow them on Facbook: https://www.facebook.com/scshomes/

 


STARTING A SMALL BUSINESS

Serving Your Community With a Small Business

While “big box” stores offer convenience, many people prefer homegrown goods and services. This sentiment works to your advantage if you open a local business that supports your community. From deciding what to offer to maximize engagement, here’s how to get your local operation successfully off the ground in the City of Black River Falls.

Choosing Your Endeavor

Generating business ideas is as easy as identifying what’s lacking in your area. When you fill a niche, you’ll face minimal competition and will develop customer loyalty quicker than you would by starting an enterprise that casts a wide net and gets lost in a sea of similar companies.

Maybe the local population is aging, yet there’s no daycare center nearby. Situations like these all represent opportunities to start a successful enterprise. By avoiding concepts that have already saturated your community, you’ll profitably tap into a unique and dedicated customer base that’s being overlooked.

Setting Up Shop

Once you know what establishment you’re opening, you’ll need to deal with the nuts and bolts of a startup. Follow a checklist so you don’t overlook any critical steps. You’ll have to address everything from getting tax ID numbers to hiring staff to set up an accounting system, and the process can be overwhelming if you’re not organized. Check out these resources.

One decision that requires crucial consideration is your business structure. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, this has an impact on everything from how much taxes you will owe to how much you’re personally at risk. Depending on what you find after checking your state’s regulations, establishing a limited liability company could be your best option. Because this structure limits individual liability and safeguards personal assets, it’s favored by many entrepreneurs.

With an LLC, profits and losses are passed to your personal income, which may lower your tax rate. There’s also less paperwork and more flexibility with this structure. If you’re wondering how to start an LLC in Wisconsin, use a formation service, so you needn’t fret about hefty legal fees eating into your startup funds.

Engaging With the Community

To be successful, your venture must feel like part of the community. Engagement goes beyond providing needed goods and services; it requires outreach and involvement that demonstrate you’re a good corporate citizen. When you back organizations that are important in your neighborhood, you’ll be promoting both your company and your values. Supporting local causes creates unique marketing partnerships that raise your profile, so it should play a big role in your public relations strategy.

Set the tone at your grand opening by contributing a portion of your proceeds to a worthy group. Help a charity fundraise by hosting an after-hours shopping event where a donation buys attendees a discount on their purchases. Sponsor a sports team, offer space for an organization to promote itself, or give your own time to local causes. Well-planned giving has a positive social impact while expanding your exposure.

Starting a local venture can enrich both you and your community. By filling a neglected need, structuring your enterprise properly, and getting involved with good causes from the outset, you’ll be setting yourself up to make money and create a positive impact in your community.


CAREER OPPORTUNITY – POLICE OFFICER- FULL AND PART TIME

The City of Black River Falls is now accepting applications to fill current full-time and part-time police officer vacancies. The department will also be building a 12-month eligibility list.

The City of Black River Falls Police Department offers competitive wages and an excellent benefit package.

Responsibilities include working in partnership with the community to prevent crime, solve problems, and enhance the quality of life for the citizens. Duties include patrol, enforcing laws, maintaining public peace, and protection of life and property.

Job Requirements: Must be a U.S. citizen; minimum age – 18; hold a valid driver’s license with a good driving record; be in good physical condition; be eligible for Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board Certification; possess a high school diploma or equivalent; possess 60 college credits in a related field; be able to possess a firearm; have no felony convictions or domestic abuse convictions; vision correctable to 20/20; possess good verbal and written communication skills; ability to react quickly and effectively to stressful situations; able to work evenings, weekends, and holidays; ability to handle several tasks simultaneously; ability to perform essential functions of this position; ability to use all standard law enforcement equipment.

Wage is dependent on qualifications.  Full-time wages are $42,566.00 to $53,202.00 annually. Part-time starts at $18.59 per hour.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and a completed copy of the DJ-LE-330 form.

Applications will be accepted until March 4th, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. Applications can be submitted to Chief Jeremy Isensee, Black River Falls Police Department, 101 S. 2nd Street, Black River Falls, WI 54615.

The City of Black River Falls is an Equal Opportunity Employer.