REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS TO RAZE BUILDING

THE CITY OF BLACK RIVER FALLS, WISCONSIN REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL TO REMOVE AND DISPOSE OF ASBESTOS CONTAINING MATERIAL AND UNIVERSAL WASTE, RAZE STRUCTURE, AND RESTORE LOT WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO PROPOSERS

PROPOSAL NO. 01-2020

ISSUED: Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The City of Black River Falls, Wisconsin, will receive proposals for the removal and disposal of Asbestos Containing Material and Universal Waste, the razing of the structure, and the restoration of the lot at 26 South First Street in the City of Black River Falls in accordance with this Request for Proposals with Instructions to Proposers and the Detailed Description of Work to be Performed, the General Specifications and Conditions, and the Contract available at City Hall or on our website at https://blackriverfalls.us/forms/.

DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF PROPOSAL. Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.

PROPOSAL OPENING. Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

CITY OFFICE WHERE FILED. City Hall located at 101 S. Second Street, Black River Falls,
Wisconsin 54615.

 FORM OF PROPOSAL. Proposals must be submitted sealed, on City forms, legible and fully complete in all respects, showing the date and time of the proposal opening on the outside of the sealed proposal. The City reserves the right to reject any proposal which the City deems incomplete.

MANDATORY INSPECTION AND REVIEW OF SITE AND CITY DATA. Each Proposer has an obligation to examine the site upon which the Work will be performed to assess conditions and to review any City furnished data.

The City will open the structure and lot on September 17, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to give Proposers an opportunity to inspect the structure and to ask staff questions.  Each Proposer will be required to provide their own lighting and ladders for the  inspections.  Attendees are encouraged to wear a cloth face covering during the inspection.

 The City will not accept a Proposal from any Proposer who has not signed in indicating that the Proposer has inspected the structure and lot, or has not made other inspection arrangements with City staff.

 FOR MORE INFORMATION. Contact A Brad Chown, City Administrator, 101 S. Second Street, Black River Falls, Wisconsin 54615, (715) 284-2315, city.admin@blackriverfalls.us


BRUSH REGULATIONS UPDATED

The City recently approved an ordinance that clarifies the size of brush the city will accept. Any brush put by the curb for curbside pickup on scheduled days cannot exceed 6 inches in diameter and cannot exceed 6 feet in length. This also applies to brush that is dropped off at the brush pile by the City Shop / fairgrounds.

Brush pick up and brush drop off options are for CITY RESIDENTS ONLY. This site is NOT a county drop site. You must be a city resident to drop brush off at the City Shop / fairgrounds. Violators are subject to a citation and a fine.

Dealing with brush is a time consuming, labor intensive, expensive service the city provides for residents, but it is being jeopardized by non-residents using it as a drop site. If you see something then say something – you can report violators at the time of the offense so we can attempt to curb the abuse of our brush drop off site for city residents. You can call the Black River Falls Police Department during regular business hours at 715-284-9155. If there is no answer or it is after hours then call Jackson County dispatch at 715-284-5357 Ext 180 to request a city officer.


ANNUAL JOINT REVIEW BOARD MEETING SET

Notice is Hereby Given that the City of Black River Falls will hold a Joint Review Board meeting on September 15, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. at the Black River Falls City Hall, located at 101 S. 2nd Street.

The purpose is to review the City’s annual tax incremental financing reports and review the performance and status of each district governed by the Board as required by Wis. Stat. § 66.1105(4m)(f).  Discussion will also include the possibility of closing an existing district and the possibility of creating two new districts. The meeting is informational and no action will be taken by the Board other than to appoint a chair and public member as necessary, and to acknowledge filing of the annual report and compliance with the annual meeting requirement.

The meeting is open to the public.  Interested parties may participate in person or remotely by following these instructions: Join Zoom Meeting at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81850372087 or Dial: 1-312-626-6799 – Meeting ID: 818 5037 2087.  Copies of the annual reports will be available for viewing in the offices of the City Clerk at the Black River Falls City Hall, located at 101 S. 2nd Street, during normal business hours and will be provided upon request.  The annual reports are also included in the meeting packet which is available on-line at https://blackriverfalls.us/agenda-minutes/ .


PUBLIC HEARING SEPTEMBER 1ST TO CONSIDER WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS ON NORTH 8TH STREET

Please take notice that a public hearing will be held before the Common Council of the City of Black River Falls on September 1, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall located at 101 S. Second Street in the City of Black River Falls to consider vehicle weight restrictions on North Eighth Street.

The Common Council will be considering whether or not to designate North 8th Street between Main Street and County Hwy A as a heavy traffic route, a Class A Highway, or a Class B Highway.

All interested parties are urged to attend in person or join the meeting remotely using the following instructions:

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82753297846
Or Dial: 1-312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 827 5329 7846
Passcode: cityhall

 

A Brad Chown
City Administrator

Posted: August 6, 2020


PLAN COMMISSION TO MEET AUGUST 26, 2020

Please take notice that a public hearing will be held before the Plan Commission of the City of Black River Falls on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 5:30 P.M. at City Hall located at 101 S. Second Street in the City of Black River Falls to hear the petition of Elm Estates, LLC to rezone properties listed below from R-2 Single-Family Residential District to R-4 Mobile Home Park District:

Jackson County Tax Parcel No. 206-2228.0000 / 650 Elm Street

A map is available at City Hall.

All interested persons are urged to attend.

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Please take notice that the Plan Commission of the City of Black River Falls will meet on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 5:30 P.M. at City Hall in the City of Black River Falls to review a proposed Certified Survey Map (CSM) submitted by Norman Hurlburt on behalf of Michael E. Millis for the following described land:

Land located at and south of 852 Golf Road and described as follows:

LOT 7 & 8 OF CSM 3731, LYING IN THE SW1/4-NW1/4 SEC. 15, T21N, R4W, CITY OF Black River Falls, JACKSON COUNTY, WISCONSIN.

The proposed Certified Survey Map is available at City Hall.

All interested persons are urged to attend.

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Please take notice that the Plan Commission of the City of Black River Falls will meet on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 5:30 P.M. at City Hall in the City of Black River Falls to review a proposed Certified Survey Map (CSM) submitted by Cody Brommerich on behalf of Jackson County for the following described land:

Parking lot located north of 108 N Water Street and described as follows:

LOT 1 OF CSM 915, BEING PART OF LOTS 4, 5, 6, and 9 OF BLOCK 11 OF D.J. SPAULDING’S PLAT OF THE VILLAGE (CITY) OF Black River Falls, JACKSON COUNTY, WISCONSIN.

The proposed Certified Survey Map is available at City Hall.

All interested persons are urged to attend.

To participate remotely, join Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83111700013

or Dial: 1-312-626-6799

Meeting ID: 831 1170 0013

Passcode: 082620

<Click Here> to download the complete meeting packet


N 8TH STREET CLOSED JULY 13

North 8th Street will be closed between Golf Road and West Adams Street on Monday, July 13, 2020 to allow crews to replace a culvert.


REQUEST FOR BIDS – COLD STORAGE BUILDING

The City of Black River Falls is now accepting bids for the following project:

Project:  Update / Remodel 40’ x 60’ cold storage building

Project Location:  W9875 Airport Road, Black River Falls, WI 54615

Project Elements:

  1. New Steel Roof – 29 Gauge / Color: Green.
  1. New Steel Walls – 29 Gauge / Color: Tan.
  1. New steel trim / Color: Green
  1. New 5” seamless rain gutters installed on both eaves / Color: Green.
  1. One (1) new 36” W steel service door with dead bolt lock.
  1. New electrical service to the building.
  1. Interior electrical work:
    • Install new interior light switches to south service door entrance
    • Install double-gang outlets per minimum electrical code spacing
  1. Exterior electrical work:
    • Install three (3) wall mounted, box, LED, security lights with light sensors – 2 on East side of building (between OH doors), and 1 on south side (in peak)
    • Install one (1) in-use electrical outlet on south side of building
  1. Remove existing 16’ overhead door.
  1. Frame and install three (3) new 14’W x 10’H insulated overhead doors on east side of building.
  1. Concrete and foundation repairs around entire exterior of building for rodent prevention.
  1. Concrete apron along east side of building (60’) and in front of service door on south side of building (approximately 15’). Total concrete to be installed: 5’ Wide x 75’ Long x 6” Thick.
  1. Install chain link fence eight (8) feet tall on south side of building to enclose a 40’ x 60’ area with double wide, lockable, swing gates providing a 24’ opening allowing gates to swing 180 degrees and with wheels installed on ends of each gate. Also include one (1) lockable service gate located next to the building for access to service door.
  • Fence option to bid separately: Privacy panels / Color: Green
  1. Properly dispose of all old material removed from the project building and grounds.
  1. Any and all license and permit submissions and fees will be the responsibility of the contractor.
  1. Project to be completed by October 31, 2020.

All bids to include:

  1. Detailed itemized list for all elements listed above.
  2. Bidder’s Qualifications.
  3. Certificate of liability insurance with City of Black River Falls named as additional insured.

For inspection of project site prior to submitting a bid please contact the
City Administrator at 715-284-2315 or city.admin@blackriverfalls.us

Deadline for submitting bids is 4:00pm, Tuesday, June 30, 2020.  Bids may be delivered in person, via email (city.admin@blackriverfalls.us), or by mailing to:

City of Black River Falls
Attention: City Administrator
101 S. Second Street
Black River Falls, WI 54615

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD BID REQUEST IN PDF FORMAT


STATE MORATORIUM ON UTILITY DISCONNECTIONS TO END JULY 25TH

In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Public Service Commission (PSC) issued an order prohibiting utilities from disconnecting electric, water, and gas service to customers due to non-payment. The Order also included provisions regarding deposits, Deferred Payment Arrangements (DPA), late fees, and customer identification for new services.

At its open meeting on June 11, 2020, the PSC established a timeline to rollback many of the temporary utility service provisions in response to the public health emergency that has been in place since March.

In accordance with the PSC’s action, BRFMU will implement the following provisions and timeline:

  • BRFMU will begin issuing disconnect notices beginning July 15, 2020. BRFMU will begin disconnections on July 27, 2020.

 

  • BRFMU may begin assessing late fees as of July 15, 2020

 

  • BRFMU will continue to offer a DPA to any customer who is unable to pay their bill in-full, through August 15, 2020. After August 15, BRFMU may decline to offer a DPA to customers who do not meet the DPA qualification provisions within our tariff, the PSC code, and/or state statutes; and may initiate the disconnection process.

 

  • BRFMU highly encourages customers with past-due balances to contact the utility immediately to discuss a DPA.

 

  • BRFMU may begin requiring deposits from new customers as of July 31, 2020

 

  • Customers who requested and received a new service, but did not provide documentation of residency and identity, will be subject to the disconnection process as of July 25, 2020.

 

  • Any household who has had a member test positive for COVID-19 will be eligible for a 21-day medical extension. To apply for this extension, the customer must provide BRFMU with documentation of a positive COVID-19 test through a licensed Wisconsin physician’s statement or notice from a public health, social services, or law enforcement official. The statement or notice should specify the period of time during which disconnection will aggravate the circumstances [PSC 113.0301(13)(a)].

 

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

 


“WE’RE ALL IN” SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS – COVID19

The City of Black River Falls is assisting the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to make the new We’re All In grant initiative a success.  The program will provide $2,500 grants to 30,000 small businesses.  It is designed to help small businesses get back on their feet amid the COVID-19 pandemic while also encouraging them to adopt best practices to keep employees, customers and communities safe.  Funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and announced by Governor Evers on May 18 We’re All In Announcement , the grants will help small businesses with the costs of business interruption or for health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages and inventory.

The application period for this grant will open in mid-June – see details below!

The website with the program details is now live – see details below!

The WEDC has asked for the City’s help to make this program a success for our struggling small businesses.  One of the criteria for businesses to apply is to attach a short email or letter of acknowledgement from a community organization indicating the business was in operation in February 2020.  Acknowledgements can come from any of the following organizations listed below.

  • Chamber of commerce
  • Main Street director or Connect Communities coordinator
  • Local business improvement district
  • Neighborhood economic development association
  • Local economic development organization
  • County economic development organization
  • Municipality
  • County
  • Local bank, credit union or Community Development Financial Institution
  • Regional UW Small Business Development Center
  • US Export Assistance Center – Wisconsin
  • Regional Economic Development Organization
  • Regional Planning Commission

The We’re All In Small Business Grant program is designed to help small businesses get back on their feet as they re-emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and Safer at Home, while also encouraging adoption of best practices to keep employees, customers and communities safe.

Funded by the federal CARES Act, the We’re All In Small Business Grant will provide $2,500 to 30,000 Wisconsin small businesses to assist with the costs of business interruption or for health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages and inventory.

To be eligible, businesses must:

  • Be a Wisconsin-based, for-profit business
  • Employ 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees, including the owner
  • Earn greater than $0 but less than $1 million in annual revenues, and
  • Been in business in February 2020

The online grant application will be accessible for ONE WEEK ONLY from 8 a.m. Monday, June 15, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, June 21.

 More detailed information can be found at:

 https://wedc.org/programs-and-resources/wai-small-business-grant/

 https://wedc.org/wai-small-business-grant-frequently-asked-questions/


CENSUS WORKERS NEEDED

The U.S. Census is still hiring for temporary positions for the 2020 Census in Jackson County!

The largest number of positions available are for census takers.

Must be at least 18 years of age.

Pay rates vary from $17 to $22/hour.

By working for the Census, you can help achieve the goal to ensure that everyone is counted. Those counts have a huge impact on our communities. The data influences decisions made about which roads are fixed, which schools are built and businesses opened, what medical services are offered, and more.

All interested parties are invited to visit the Census Bureau job site at 2020census.gov/jobs to apply. There are also descriptions and frequently asked questions on the website!