SHARED RIDE TAXI UPDATE

The City has released an intent to award the shared-ride taxi service contract to Abby Vans, Inc. which is based in Neillsville, WI.  The other two vendors that submitted a proposal have the right to protest and must submit that protest in writing by February 10th .  IF no protests are received within the allotted time, then the city plans to proceed with entering into a contract with Abby Vans for shared-ride taxi services.  The proposed contract would be presented to the Common Council for consideration on February 15th, and Abby Vans would begin operations as soon as March 1, 2023.  If the contract is awarded on the 15th of February, as we anticipate it will be, then Abby Vans will begin allowing and encouraging clients to set up accounts and make reservations beginning February 20th.     


WARD 1 ALDERPERSON VACANCY

City of Black River Falls First Ward Alderperson Cynthia Mathews has moved out of the First Ward and has therefore resigned her position on the Common Council effective January 13, 2023. 

The City of Black River Falls will be accepting letters from First 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 February 24, 2023.  All eligible applicants will be invited to address the Common Council on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 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


CAREER OPPORTUNITY – LUNDA PARK MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN

The City of Black River Falls, Wisconsin, is accepting applications to fill the position of Lunda Park Maintenance Technician.  The Lunda Park Maintenance Technician is responsible for the maintenance operations of the 43-acre Lunda Community Park 8 months of the year.  The 4 winter months will consist of equipment maintenance and maintenance of city-wide winter recreation functions. The City of Black River Falls and the immediate surrounding area has a population of approximately 5,000.

Responsibilities include managing landscape beds, ornamental shrubs and plants, tree care, retaining wall maintenance, turf management, basic equipment repair and maintenance.  The incumbent will also be responsible for maintaining winter recreation functions such as outdoor ice rinks, plowing of the foundation trail and grooming cross country ski trails.

The Lunda Park Maintenance Technician must have a high school diploma or equivalent, possess a valid Wisconsin driver’s license, Commercial Driver License (CDL) endorsement preferred, certification in playground safety preferred, and have extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of park maintenance and/or landscape management.  Preference will be given to an individual with an Associate’s Degree or higher in RPLS (recreation, park and leisure studies), Forestry, Horticulture, Landscape Management or related field.  The ideal candidate for this position should also have at least 1-2 years of experience in one or more of the aforementioned areas.

          A job description and detailed recruitment notice are available on our website at https://blackriverfalls.us/forms/

          The City of Black River Falls offers a competitive wage and an excellent benefit package.  All inquiries related to the recruitment and selection process should be directed to Chad Duerkop, Parks and Recreation Director / 715-299-4790 / brf.rec@blackriverfalls.us. 

To apply, send a cover letter, a resume, copies of all relevant certifications, and at least three (3) professional references to:  City of Black River Falls, c/o Parks and Recreation Director, 101 S. Second Street, Black River Falls, WI 54615. 

Deadline to apply is February 10, 2023.

The City of Black River Falls is an equal opportunity employer.


NOTICE OF CHRISTMAS TREE PICKUP

The Black River Falls FFA Chapter will again pick up Christmas trees in the city of Black River Falls as a community service project.  The Christmas trees will be recycled into environment-friendly mulch. The FFA asks that trees be at the curbside before Thursday, January 5. If a plastic tree bag was used, please remove it prior to placing the tree at the curb. Also remove any lights, ornaments, and garland from the trees as it cannot be mulched. Wreaths and roping can not be accepted due to the wire in them.


TAXI SERVICE CLOSED UNTIL MID-FEBRUARY 2023

The City of Black River Falls’ shared-ride taxi service will remain closed until mid-February 2023.  The service was shut down on December 1, 2022 when the vendor contracted to operate the service, Mobility Transformation, Inc., ceased all operations in Black River Falls. 

The City of Black River Falls released a Request for Proposals (RFP) this morning, December 16, 2022, for the shared-ride taxi service.  The deadline for submissions is January 6, 2023.  The city’s Source Selection Committee will begin evaluating the offers on January 10, 2023, and the estimated contract start date is February 17, 2023. 

As previously noticed, a public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, December 21, 2022 to consider increasing all fares and mileage fees for the shared-ride taxi service.  The public hearing will begin at 6:00pm at City Hall located at 101 S. Second Street.  All interested parties are urged to attend.    

Updates will be provided on the city’s website (www.blackriverfalls.us) and Facebook page (Facebook.com/blackriverfallswi)   


MILLS PARK PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT REMOVAL

The large play structure at Mills Park will be fenced off December 16 and the equipment removed as soon as weather allows.  A recent inspection indicated that the structure is no longer safe for play.  Black River Falls Parks and Recreation Department and the Mills family are currently working on plans to have new equipment installed at this park in spring of 2023. 

Mills Park will be open for ice skating and sledding during the winter months.  Safety of our community is our number one concern, so we ask that you stay clear of the fenced off area.  Please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 715-299-4790 or brf.rec@blackriverfalls.us if you have any questions.


CAREER OPPORTUNITY – STREET DEPARTMENT GENERAL LABORER

The City of Black River Falls is seeking a qualified individual for the position of Full-Time Street Department General Laborer.  Employment will be subject to background check and a pre-employment physical. 

The ideal candidate will be a collaborative team member, be passionate about providing public services and have a strong work ethic.  Position qualifications include a high school diploma, a valid Wisconsin Driver’s License with clean driving record, and a Wisconsin Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with air brake endorsement.   

A complete job description and employment application are available on our website at blackriverfalls.us/forms. Or can be picked up at City Hall.

The City of Black River Falls offers a competitive wage and an excellent benefit package. 

Drop off or mail to:  City of Black River Falls, Attention: Street Superintendent, 101 South Second Street, Black River Falls, WI 54615. 

The deadline for submissions is 3:30pm on January 6, 2023.

The City of Black River Falls is an Equal Opportunity Employer


SCAM ALERT

SCAM – Requests for Utility Bill Payments Over the Phone

The Black River Falls Municipal Utilities (BRFMU) has received information that a BRFMU customer received a phone call threatening disconnection of services unless the customer agreed to pay the balance due over the phone.

THIS IS A SCAM!! BRFMU does not phone customers and ask for payment over the phone. If you receive a similar call asking you to make a payment over the phone, DO NOT provide any information and hang up immediately.

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


TAXI SERVICE CLOSING

Effective Thursday, December 1, 2022, the city’s shared-ride taxi service will be shut down indefinitely

Today will be the last day Black River Falls Public transit operates until further notice.  The shared ride taxi service will not be available beginning Thursday, December 1, 2022. 

The City of Black River Falls had been verbally notified by the company that operates the Black River Falls Public Transit share-ride taxi service, Mobility Transformation, Inc. (MTI), that they would be ceasing all operations and the company would be completely dissolved as of December 31, 2022.  While the City of Black River Falls has not received any communications or official notifications that would indicate plans to stop operations before the end of the year, MTI has notified their Black River Falls staff that they will be ceasing operations in Black River Falls effective December 1, 2022.    

Following the verbal notification from MTI on November 15, 2022, City officials immediately reached out to the company that operated the taxi service previously, FDS Enterprises, to solicit their assistance in operating Black River Falls Public Transit at least until the City could navigate through the federal procurement process to secure a new vendor.  FDS Enterprises agreed to negotiate with MTI to purchase the company in an effort to continue uninterrupted taxi service to the community.  FDS Enterprises advised the city that a tentative agreement had been reached, but unfortunately they have not received a written agreement from MTI. 

In light of this situation, the Black River Falls Common Council will be discussing the sustainability of a shared ride taxi service going forward.  The next Common Council meeting will be on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at 6:00pm at City Hall located at 101 S. Second Street.  All interested parties are urged to attend. 

In addition, a public hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday, December 21, 2022 to consider increasing all fares and mileage fees for the shared-ride taxi service.  The public hearing will begin at 6:00pm at City Hall located at 101 S. Second Street.  All interested parties are urged to attend.    

The closing of the city’s shared-ride taxi service will undoubtedly cause inconveniences for many residents and create additional pressure on others that provide transportation services.  The city appreciates county and local organizations that will bear this burden and for their tireless efforts to meet the transportation needs in our community.   


SEALED BIDS – DUMP BOX & SANDER

The City of Black River Falls will be accepting sealed bids for the purchase of a new 11ft. dump box and V- Box sander. All equipment to be installed on a new 2024 Freightliner 108 SD. Please submit bids for purchase to City Hall 101 S. 2nd Street, Black River Falls, WI. 54615. Specifications are available online at  www.blackriverfalls.us 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 and Sander”. Bids will be accepted until 10:00 A.M. on January 10th 2023.

 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