The City of Black River Falls, Wisconsin, is accepting applications to fill the position of Street Superintendent. The current Street Superintendent is retiring after 29 years of public service with the City. The Superintendent is responsible for the administration, direction and coordination of the Street Department including maintenance of streets, sanitary sewer lines, and the storm water system as well as the collection of garbage and recycling. The City maintains over 29 miles of local streets and several municipal parking lots.

The Department

The Street Department has 8 full-time and 4 part-time employees. Full-time staff includes the Superintendent, a Foreman, a Mechanic, and 5 maintenance workers. Two part-time employees are responsible for garbage collection and two part-time employees are responsible for recycling collection.

The 2019 Operating Budget for the department is set at $838,902. The 2019 Capital Budget for the department is set at $256,000.

The Position

The Street Superintendent has administrative responsibility for effectively and efficiently planning, organizing, coordinating, directing, and managing operations and maintenance for streets, storm sewers, sanitary sewers and certain designated municipally owned facilities; fleet maintenance, as well as all other activities of the Street Department.

The Superintendent is under the immediate supervision of the City Administrator, and subject to general direction from the Mayor, and Common Council. A detailed position description is available at City Hall and on-line at https://blackriverfalls.us/forms/.

The Superintendent is an exempt, non-represented employee. The normal work week is Monday through Friday 7:00am – 3:30pm. The Street Superintendent 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 snow removal, emergencies, and other department business.

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. Based on the current Superintendent’s salary, the minimum starting annual salary for the position will be $59,196.80.

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.

Required Education, Experience and Certifications

The Superintendent should possess extensive responsible Public Works experience, preferably in a municipal setting including three years of experience in a management / supervisory position. This experience should include administrative and supervisory duties. The City may consider other public works administrative experience in lieu of these desired qualifications.

A high school diploma is required. Preference will be given to an individual with a post high school education and/or additional training or certifications in managing operations and maintenance for streets, storm sewers, sanitary sewers; facilities and fleet maintenance, as well as all other activities of the public works department.

The ideal candidate for this position should also have a track record focused on strong customer service, human relations, leadership, managerial, and supervisory skills. This professional, supervisory position must be able to lead the department to full performance capability, achieving high morale and placing “safety first”. 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 completed City of Black River Falls employment application
• A cover letter
• A current resume, detailing qualifications for this position
• A list of three (3) professional, work related references

A printable PDF version of the application can be found on the City’s website at https://blackriverfalls.us/forms/.

The application form may also be obtained at City Hall located at 101 South Second Street or by contacting the City Administrator via email at city.admin@blackriverfalls.us.

The application deadline is 3:30 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019. The application review process will begin on February 19, 2019 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. However, applicants must still provide an original signature on the “Authorization / Consent to Release” statement on page 4 of the City of Black River Falls’ Employment Application. This page with original signature should either be mailed or hand delivered in a sealed envelope to the address above.

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 and a physical examination to determine fitness for duty.

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.


The City of Black River Falls / Black River Falls Fire Department/ EMS Division is seeking a Full-Time Emergency Medical Technician. The service area consists of over 1,000 square miles with a population over 20,000. The Basic Life Support (BLS) service responds to 2,200+ calls annually. Successful candidates will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to provide Emergency Medical Care to patients in a wide variety of environments. Responsibilities will include respond to 911 calls and provide emergency medical care within the Scope of Practice for an EMT as outlined by the State of Wisconsin. Additional roles include participate in public relations events, standby at special events, assist with department training, and maintaining department vehicles, equipment, and property. Required Qualifications: High School Diploma or equivalent, Wisconsin licensed EMT or higher, Healthcare Provider CPR Certification, and a valid Wisconsin Driver’s License. A minimum of 6 months field experience as an EMT or higher, firefighter certification, and CPR Instructor is preferred. Normal hours of work are Monday – Friday 2pm-10pm. Additional hours may be required dependent upon department needs.

A full job description with a list of qualifications is available by clicking on the link below. Resumes may be mailed or dropped off: Black River Falls Fire Department/ EMS Division, 30 South Water Street, P.O. Box 455, Black River Falls, WI 54615, Attention: EMS Division Chief Stoker. Resumes must be received by February 8, 2019. NOTE: Candidates will be required to submit to an oral interview, background investigation, psychological evaluation, medical exam, physical abilities test and serve a twelve-month probationary period. The city offers a competitive salary and benefits package and is AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.



January 23rd 6:00pm City Hall

The objective of this project is to develop a commercial/retail strategy that the City can use to maintain a vibrant commercial market. This document recommends strategies that will require support and action by various stakeholders from the City of Black River Falls to local organizations to private land and business owners. Come listen to what is being suggested!


Black River Falls Parks & Recreation Director Steve “Petey” Peterson was named Wisconsin Parks & Recreation Association’s (WPRA) “2018 Outstanding Professional of the Year”!

Steve Peterson’s Story:

I got started in the business of Parks & Recreation in 1987. I needed a resume for the Parks & Recreation Director position being offered by the City of Black River Falls. Never having done a resume before, my wife created one for me. She made me look pretty good. The advertisement stated that it was going to be just a part time job. The small amount of income I would receive would provide us the extra revenue needed to purchase seed and fertilizer for my farming career. I was lucky enough to receive an invite to interview. I was lucky enough to be offered the position. But they created a hitch for me. The job was going to become a full-time job and I would need to move to the City. Long story short, we decided to do just that. Little did I know that it was to be one of the best decisions of my life.

I joined the WPRA right away looking for information that they could provide to help me in my new career. They sent me information as to where and when Region 1 meetings were being held. I went to some of the early meetings like a mouse in the corner watching and learning. Region 1 members convinced me to come to the Annual WPRA conference. Again, this was a great decision, as it opened my eyes to the benefits of membership in the WPRA. At the conference I met many vendors that would assist me in making decisions to benefit my new career.

It took a couple of years to feel ready to be involved with the WPRA. To help me get involved, I was asked to assist with the socials at the WPRA Conference when it was held in La Crosse. Next up, I was at a President’s Reception in Lake Geneva and I was volunteered/nominated to be the Region 1 Rep. Once that happened, the rest is history as they say. I attended all of our Region 1 meetings and all of the WPRA Board meetings. I attended the Spring Workshops and got involved with the Aquatics section. I went to quite a few Summer Park Tours. The socializing at this type of event is unbelievable. Along with serving on the WPRA Board I have served as an Aquatics Section Rep and currently as a Parks Section Rep. I have also attended the Leadership Academy, levels I and II. What an unbelievable experience that was. It was another step in my professional growth. I have served on several conference committees. I have assisted wherever I was asked by the WPRA. I have utilized my membership to generate information to assist in making my community better. I owe so many of you a heartful thanks for helping me grow in this business. Because of this growth, I am either chairperson or a member of 10 different community groups that benefit our community. Our community has really grown over the years and I look forward to its continued growth.

Get involved, don’t be afraid, this profession is a fantastic way to live. The people you meet along your path in the WPRA will assist and mentor you into great things. All of the socials, meetings, conferences and events you attend will give you little crumbs. These little crumbs will feed the little mouse in the corner to become a potential 30 plus year member. Wow, who knew that would happen?

Thanks to all of you for recognizing me with this award. There are a lot of great deserving people out there. This is really awesome and it is truly an honor to be selected.


The Transitional Jobs (TJ) program is an employment program that offers unemployed residents immediate work.  TJ is a program of Wisconsin’s Department of Children and Families.  the purpose of TJ is to enhance employment opportunities for people who have difficulty entering and succeeding in the workforce.  The TJ employment strategy helps individuals overcome employment barriers and transition into work by using wage-paid, short-term employment that combines real work, skills training, education and supportive services.  TJ also offers job coaching, employability planning, life skills development, and limited vocational training, as well as job search assistance.

TJ promotes self-sufficiency by providing time-limited, public funded, wage-based jobs in public, non-profit, or for profit settings.  The goal is to help eligible residents gain a foothold in the labor market with jobs that are available in the public and private sectors.  TJ’s combination of training, work experience, case management, and supportive services will produce positive results for Central Wisconsin’s job seekers and the employers who “hire” program participants.

Transitional Jobs Program Information Packet


OCTOBER 17,th 5:30PM


The objective of this project is to develop a commercial/retail strategy that the City can use to maintain a vibrant commercial market. RESIDENT and BUSINESS input can provide important guidance that can impact business retention, expansion, and recruitment including suggest prospective retail tenants based on community needs.



School has officially started, so we wanted to share some reminders when approaching a school bus displaying flashing lights.

AMBER Warning Lights * This is a cautionary message that the bus is coming to a stop and will soon be activating its RED warning lights. Traffic is allowed to bypass the school bus with CARE.

RED Warning Lights * Stop at least 20 feet from the bus and remain stopped until the bus resumes motion or the driver extinguishes the flashing red warning lights.

A vehicle that approaches a stopped school bus that is displaying flashing red warning lights must stop, regardless if the stop arm is out or not.




           Attention City of Black River Falls residents!  The City has CDBG funds available to assist low to moderate income persons with housing rehabilitation.   These funds are distributed as interest-free deferred loans.  There are no monthly payments!  The homeowner pays the loan back when the property is sold or no longer their primary residence.

The Community Development Block Grant funds can be used for housing rehabilitation, including but not limited to:  re-siding, fixing or replacing a roof, replacing inefficient windows and doors, correcting plumbing and electrical issues.  Funds can also be used to correct any lead hazards in the house. In some cases, funds may be used to make homes or apartments more accessible for disabled individuals.

Are you looking for help with down payment assistance?  Income eligible persons may apply for a loan to help pay eligible closing costs and provide up to 50% of the required down payment.  Assistance is not to exceed 10% of the purchase price of the home.

Landlords who rent to LMI tenants can also receive assistance through the City’s CDBG Housing program.  The CDBG funds will be offered to Landlords as a 0% interest installment loan.  Monthly payments are made to the City of Black River Falls housing program and the repaid funds will be used to finance other housing rehabilitation projects within the City of Black River Falls.

Eligibility requirements state that all occupants of housing units to be rehabilitated under this program must meet the County Median Income limits as defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development for Jackson County.

Persons: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Income Limits: $35,100 $40,100 $45,100 $50,100 $54,150 $58,150 $62,150 $66,150

The City of Black River Falls Housing Coordinator will provide housing rehabilitation applications to eligible persons.  To receive an application or for more information, please contact Renee Swenson at (715) 235-9081 or-1-800-472-7372 or in person at the City of Black River Falls Office at 101 S. 2nd Street Black River Falls.  The City of Black River Falls wants to help those in unsafe or unhealthy conditions first; therefore, loans will be prioritized by need.

Discounted Attraction Tickets

We are selling discounted attraction tickets for the Milwaukee Zoo, Six Flags Great America and several places in Wisconsin Dells.  Stop in to City Hall Monday-Friday between 8 and 430 to buy your tickets today!