SHARED RIDE TAXI TEMPORARILY OUT OF SERVICE

The safety of our taxi drivers and our riders is our top priority.  Therefore, due to inclement weather, Black River Falls Public Transit is currently NOT RUNNING.  Service will resume at 6:00 am tomorrow, February 5, 2021.

 

We apologize for any inconvenience.


CAREER OPPORTUNITY – PARKS & RECREATION DIRECTOR

The City of Black River Falls, Wisconsin, is accepting applications to fill the position of Parks & Recreation Director.  The Parks & Recreation Director is responsible for the administration, direction and coordination of the Black River Falls Parks & Recreation Department which includes an aquatic center.  The City of Black River Falls has a population of 3,622.

The Department

The Parks & Recreation Department has one full-time employee (the Director), 6 part-time parks & recreation employees, and a minimum of 30 part-time, seasonal aquatic center employees.

The Parks & Recreation Department’s portion of the 2021 City Operating Budget is set at $216,465.00.  The 2021 Capital Budget for the department is set at $39,000.00 which includes $20,000 allocated to replenish the capital reserve fund.

The Position

The Parks & Recreation Director has administrative responsibility for effectively and efficiently planning, organizing, coordinating, directing, and managing operations, vehicle maintenance, equipment maintenance, facility maintenance, and all other activities of the Parks & Recreation Department.

The Parks & Recreation Director is under the immediate supervision of the City Administrator, and subject to general direction from the Mayor and the Common Council.

The Parks & Recreation Director is an exempt, non-represented employee. The normal work week is Monday through Friday 7:00am – 3:30pm.  The Parks & Recreation Director is also expected to attend the Committee of the Whole meeting held the third Wednesday of each month and other meetings as needed.  The position requires working varying hours as needed for Parks & Recreation Department related business and activities which will include some evenings and weekends.

The position’s annual salary is initially established by the City of Black River Falls Hiring Committee and then annually established by the Common Council.  The starting annual salary for the position will be $50,000 – $57,500 depending on qualifications.

An excellent benefit package including health insurance coverage and retirement benefits under the Wisconsin Retirement System accompanies this position. Additional benefits and optional insurances are available.

A detailed job description is available on our website at: https://blackriverfalls.us/forms/

Required Education and Certifications

The Parks & Recreation Director must have a high school diploma or equivalent, possess a valid Wisconsin driver’s license, Commercial Driver License (CDL) endorsement preferred, hold current certification as an Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) or be able to obtain certification within 6 months of hire, certification in playground safety preferred, and have extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of Parks & Recreation Department administration.  Preference will be given to an individual with an Associate’s Degree or higher in Parks & Recreation Management or related field, and/or additional training or certifications in parks & recreation services and management/supervisory skills.

The ideal candidate for this position should also have a track record focused on strong public service, human relations, leadership, managerial, and supervisory skills. This professional, supervisory position must be able to lead the department to full performance capability and achieve high morale. Qualified candidates should possess the skills for writing grant application submissions & organizing people, projects and schedules on an ongoing basis.

The Recruitment Process

Interested applicants MUST submit the following items to the address noted below:

  • A cover letter
  • A current resume, detailing qualifications for this position
  • Copies of all relevant certifications
  • At least 3 professional references

The application deadline is 4:30 P.M. on Friday, March 5, 2021.    The application review process will begin on March 9, 2021 and will remain open until the position is filled.

Application materials should be placed in a sealed envelope, addressed as follows, and either mailed or hand-delivered by the deadline noted above to:

City of Black River Falls
Attention: Hiring Committee
101 South SecoNd Street
Black River Falls, WI 54615

Electronic submissions are acceptable and may be forwarded to city.admin@blackriverfalls.us.

Applicant names are subject to release pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes, unless confidentiality is requested in writing. Confidentiality cannot be guaranteed for finalists.

The selected candidate will be subject to a background investigation, a physical examination, and drug screen.

Additional questions on this position or on application procedures may be directed to City Administrator via email at city.admin@blackriverfalls.us or by phone at (715) 284-2315.


BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU FLUSH DOWN THE TOILET!

We are once again experiencing sewer line backups in the City of Black River Falls related to residents flushing items that plug and/or damage sanitary sewer lines so this is another reminder to ONLY flush toilet paper down the toilet.

If products other than toilet paper make their way in to the main sewer lines it may spell trouble for your entire neighborhood so please flush responsibly!

Just because something seems similar to toilet paper does NOT mean it will break down properly in your sewer pipes.

Just because a product states it is “flushable” does NOT mean it is.

Save yourself the money and the headache of home plumbing repairs by ONLY flushing toilet paper down the toilet!


GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS TO REOPEN

Effective Monday, January 18, 2021, government buildings in the City of Black River Falls will be open and service schedules will be as follows:

City Hall:  Open 8:00am to 4:00pm beginning Monday, January 18, 2021.  We will close at 4:00pm to allow time for daily disinfecting of all hard surfaces.

Police Department Lobby Window:  Open 8:00am to 4:00pm beginning Monday, January 18, 2021 for vehicle registrations and other police department business.

Fire Department: Offices Open 8:00am to 4:00pm beginning Monday, January 18, 2021.

Public Library: Open to the public. Mon-Weds. 10am-7pm and Thurs.-Fri. 10am-5pm. Closed 12:30pm-1:30pm each day for cleaning.

Municipal Utilities:  Office will remain closed to the public until further notice.  Customers can continue to pay their bills by check using the US mail or the drop box located by our lobby door at 119 N. Water Street.  Offices will be staffed so we will be available by phone at 715-284-9463 or by email.  Emails and phone numbers for specific departments are available at the bottom of the home page on our website at www.blackriverfalls.us or on the Utility’s website at www.brfmu.org.

Public Safety Services: Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Services will continue to be staffed and respond to service calls.

Garbage & Recycling:  The City will continue to collect garbage and recycling as regularly scheduled. While staff members will be taking extra precautions on these routes, residents are asked to put all garbage in a garbage receptacle to reduce the exposure to our employees. Receptacles must be standard type garbage containers, must be made of metal or plastic, must be watertight, must have a tight-fitting cover, must be equipped with handles or bail, and must have a capacity of not more than 32 gallons and weigh no more than 50 pounds. Receptacles must be kept clean and in a sanitary condition at all times. Paper bags, 5-gallon pails or 55-gallon steel or cardboard barrels or drums are not allowed for garbage containers.

Shared Ride Taxi:  Running 6am-10pm daily.

masks will continue to be required to enter government buildings and we ask everyone to continue to practice good social distancing by maintaining at least 6 feet between you and others.

We realize COVID continues to be present and communicable so we ask all City residents, businesses, and guests to continue practicing good disease prevention strategies.

Updates will be provided on our Facebook page and on our website at: www.blackriverfalls.us.


CHRISTMAS WEEK GARBAGE PICK UP

For the week of Christmas – December 21-25, 2020 – garbage normally picked up on Thursdays will be picked up on Wednesday, December 23rd.

Please have your garbage out by 7:30am on Wednesday to ensure pick up.

Merry Christmas !!!


HOLIDAY GARBAGE PICK UP

For the week of Thanksgiving – November 22-28, 2020 – garbage normally picked up on Thursdays will be picked up on Wednesday, November 25th.

Please have your garbage out by 7:30am on Wednesday to ensure pick up.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING !!!


Government Building Closures & Modified Service Schedules

With the surge in Coronavirus cases in our area, the City of Black River Falls, like other individuals and businesses, wants to ensure we are doing our due diligence to take precautions and do everything possible to minimize the impact on the public and our employees.

At this time, it is our intention to maintain all essential city functions with our employees continuing in their normal capacity while working remotely or within the facilities closed to the public.

Effective Wednesday, November 18, 2020, City government buildings will be closed and service schedules modified as follows:

City Hall:  Closed to the public until further notice except for meetings of the governing body and/or its boards and committees.  The city administrative offices will be staffed with one employee Monday through Friday from 8:00am – Noon and 1:00pm – 4:00pm.  We will be available by phone at 715-284-2315 / 715-284-5514 or by email.  Emails and phone numbers for specific departments are available at the bottom of the home page on our website at www.blackriverfalls.us.

Police Department Lobby Window:  Closed to the public until further notice.  No vehicle registration services until further notice.  Administrative offices will be staffed from 8:00am – Noon Monday through Friday.  Administrative staff will be available by phone at 715-284-9155 or by email.  Emails and phone numbers for specific departments are available at the bottom of the home page on our website at www.blackriverfalls.us.  Non-emergency issues can be reported on-line at https://blackriverfalls.us/department-information/.

Fire Department:  Closed to the public until further notice.  Fire Extinguisher service still available – call ahead to schedule a drop off time.  Administrative offices will be staffed so we will be available by phone at 715-284-2656 or by email.  Emails and phone numbers for specific departments are available at the bottom of the home page on our website at www.blackriverfalls.us.

Public Library: Open Monday-Wednesday 10:00am – 7:00pm / Open Thursday & Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm / CLOSED Saturday & Sunday / CLOSED daily 12:30pm-1:30pm for cleaning and sanitizing.

Municipal Utilities:  Closed to the public until further notice.  Customers can continue to pay their bills by check or cash using the US mail or the drop box located by the lobby door at 119 N. Water Street. Please include account number with your payment. For customers who have registered with My Account, you may continue to use this platform to make payments online. Offices will be staffed from 8:00am-Noon and 1:00pm-4:30pm. We will be available by phone at 715-284-9463 or by email.  Emails and phone numbers for specific departments are available on our website under “Key Contacts” at www.brfmu.org.

Public Safety Services: While some responses may be modified, Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Services will continue to be staffed and respond to service calls.

 Garbage & Recycling:  The City will continue to collect garbage and recycling as regularly scheduled. While staff members will be taking extra precautions on these routes, residents are asked to put all garbage in a garbage receptacle to reduce the exposure to our employees. Receptacles must be standard type garbage containers, must be made of metal or plastic, must be watertight, must have a tight-fitting cover, must be equipped with handles or bail, and must have a capacity of not more than 32 gallons and weigh no more than 50 pounds. Receptacles must be kept clean and in a sanitary condition at all times. Paper bags, 5-gallon pails or 55-gallon steel or cardboard barrels or drums are not allowed for garbage containers.

Shared Ride Taxi:  Running 6:00am – 10:00pm daily

Building Permits:  No in person visits are being conducted at this time.  Building permit applications can be submitted by mail to: City Hall, 101 S. 2nd Street, Black River Falls, WI 54615 Attention: Building Inspector or to GEC, P.O. Box 759, Black River Falls, WI 54615. The building inspector can be reached by phone at 608-697-7774 or by email at apillard@generalengineering.net .

We recognize that these are unprecedented times and appreciate the public’s flexibility and support.  We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed to ensure the safety of our employees and the public.

Updates will be provided on our Facebook page and on our website at: www.blackriverfalls.us.


MUNICIPAL UTILITIES TO FLUSH WATER MAINS