NOTICE OF BOARD OF REVIEW

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Review for the City of Black River Falls will meet on June 1, 2021 at 5:45 P.M. at City Hall, 101 S. 2nd Street, Black River Falls, WI to adjourn to Board of Review Meeting 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.
  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 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 10th day of May 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 FOR MICRO-SURFACING

Sealed bids will be received by the City of Black River Falls Public Works Department, 101 S. Second Street, Black River Falls, WI 54615 until 10:00 am Thursday, May 13, 2021 at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud.  The project to be bid is Micro-Surfacing Harrison Street from N. 8th Street to N. 11th Street.

Bid specifications and bid requirements for this project are available at City Hall, 101 S. Second Street, Black River Falls, WI 54615, or emailed upon request.

Sealed bids shall be labeled “2021 Micro-Surfacing”.


DOWNLOAD NEW APP TO REPORT ISSUES, VOTE IN STRAW POLL

Citizens in Black River Falls can download a free app, HeyGov, on iOS and Android to report issues in the city, sign up for updates, get news and notices, and vote in straw polls about issues in the community.

City residents can now vote in a straw poll and share their opinions on proposals to authorize ATV/UTV traffic in the City of Black River Falls.  The Black River Falls Downtown Association has submitted a written proposal to allow ATV/UTV traffic to access downtown Black River Falls.  Several city residents have also submitted written requests to allow ATV/UTV traffic on all city streets.  This topic has been discussed at recent Common Council meetings and will be discussed again at upcoming Council meetings until a decision can be made.  Other local municipalities such as the Town of Brockway, the City of Sparta, the City of Tomah, and the City of Neillsville allow ATVs/UTVs to operate on all streets/roads in their municipalities.  The Black River Falls Common Council would like to hear from city residents!  The straw poll is intended for city residents only and can be completed by downloading the “HeyGov” app, accessing it on-line at https://app.heygov.com/blackriverfalls.us, or completing it in person at City Hall located at 101 S Second Street in Black River Falls.  Be sure to cast your vote by midnight, May 15th in the app.

City Administrator Brad Chown collaborated on the app with HeyGov, a government technology firm in Madison, Wis., with a goal to make citizens happier. The HeyGov widget was added to the municipal website in March. Now, the HeyGov app is available for free download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

You can download the app to:

  • Report Issues in the city and sign up for status updates on your issues.
  • Participate in Straw Polls, including this week’s ATV/UTV poll.
  • View the latest News and Notices within the app whenever they are posted on the city website.

The newly added Straw Poll feature perfectly represents the goals set by the city of Black River Falls in its collaboration with HeyGov. It’s a way for citizens to interact and communicate easily with city leaders and departments. The Straw Poll on ATV/UTV use in the city ends at midnight on Monday, April 19th.

To download the free app:


TOMAH VA MEDICAL CENTER OFFERS COVID-19 VACCINATION OUTREACH IN BRF

The Tomah VA Medical Center announced today it will be providing COVID-19 vaccinations to Veterans, their spouses, and their caregivers through a special one-time outreach event in Black River Falls. The event will take place Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm within the Jackson County Fairgrounds at the Milt Lunda Memorial Arena at 388 Melrose Street in Black River Falls, Wisconsin.

This special outreach event supplements continuing COVID-19 vaccination clinics at the Tomah Medical Center as well as at four community-based clinics in Clark County (Owen), La Crosse, Wausau, and Wisconsin Rapids. The Black River Falls outreach event provides greater accessibility for Veterans in Jackson County and the surrounding area.

With respect to the SAVE LIVES Act, the VA defines caregivers to include any family member or friend who provides care to the Veteran. Caregivers may help the Veteran with personal needs like feeding, bathing, or dressing. They may also help the Veteran with tasks like shopping or transportation.

Anyone who served in the military, their spouses, and their caregivers should visit https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/stay-informed or call 800-872-8662 extension 66274 to register for vaccination and receive vaccine updates. Eligible individuals unable to attend the Black River Falls clinic may schedule to receive a vaccination at any of the Tomah VAMC clinics.


BRF MUNICIPAL UTILITES RECEIVES NATIONAL SAFETY AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

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.”


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.


SEASONAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – HOFFMAN AQUATIC CENTER

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 brf.rec@blackriverfalls.us.

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.


REQUEST FOR PAVING BIDS

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 https://blackriverfalls.us/forms/, 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


MUNICIPAL UTILITIES OFFICE TO RE-OPEN MARCH 8TH

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.