TAXI DRIVERS WANTED

Drivers Wanted!
 
Black River Falls Public Transit is looking for dependable drivers. Successful candidates for the shared-ride taxi service must pass a background check and drug screen.
 
Apply today by calling 715-284-4511 and talking to Randi
Or applying in person at 325 Woodlawn Avenue.

NEW HOMES COMING TO BRF!

S.C. Swiderski Homes officially closed on 5 resdiential lots in Lalapalooza Estates and are excited to bring 5 new construction homes to the Lallapalooza Subdivision in Black River Falls this year!

S.C. Swiderski Homes is a residential home builder that operates throughout the state of Wisconsin bringing single family housing options to communities. Each of their homes is specially designed and built by SCS Construction.

Stay tuned for more updates on this project!

Follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/scshomes

#scshomes #newconstruction #blackriverfalls #lallapalooza #homesweethome

 

 


HOFFMAN AQUATIC CENTER IS OPEN!

Come cool off at the Hoffman Aquatic Center all summer long!!

Due to the nationwide lifeguard shortage, Hoffman Aquatic Center will use a slightly modified schedule, and on occasion, may close off certain sections of the pool.  These steps are necessary to create the safest possible swimming environment for the community.

Schedule

Monday & Tuesdays               12pm-6pm

Wednesdays                             12pm-4pm

Thursday – Sunday                 12pm-6pm

Daily Admission

Youth                                      $4

Adult                                       $5

Season Pass

Family                                     Resident $150             Non-Resident $200

Adult                                       Resident $60               Non-Resident $90

Youth                                      Resident $40               Non-Resident $60

 

Black River Falls Parks and Recreation will continue to recruit and train lifeguards to minimize inconveniences and maximize safety.  If there are questions, patrons should contact the Black River Falls Parks and Recreation Department at (715) 284-9246.


CAREER OPPORTUNITY – POLICE OFFICER

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

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.  Part-time starts at $18.14 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 July 23rd 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.


BRF MUNICIPAL UTILITES RECEIVES NATIONAL SAFETY AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

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.”


REQUEST FOR BIDS – CURB & SIDEWALK

Sealed bids for sidewalk repair projects in the City of Black River Falls will be received by the City of Black River Falls Public Works Department, 101 Second Street,  Black River Falls, WI 54615 (Telephone: 715-284-2315) until 10:00 am Tuesday June 15, 2021 at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud.

Bid specifications and bid requirements for this project will be available on our website at https://blackriverfalls.us/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Sidewalk-Specs-2021.pdf , at City Hall located at 101 South Second Street, Black River Falls WI, or emailed upon request. Sealed bids shall be labeled “2021 Sidewalk 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 guaranty 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.


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.


HOLIDAY GARBAGE COLLECTION

Garbage collection for the Memorial Day holiday will be as follows:

Monday, May 31st will be collected on Tuesday, June 1st.

All other routes will remain the same.

The City appreciates your cooperation during these holiday weeks.

Reminder to all residents, please blow your grass into your lawn and not in the streets as it plugs our storm basins.


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

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: