Tuesday, January 23rd

City Hall

The Common Council met at City Hall in the City of Black River Falls on January 2, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. Alderpersons Redbird, Colloton Chrest, Jeriah Rave Sr., Michael Rave (appointed during meeting), Olson, Busse, Gearing-Lancaster, and Ross were present. Mayor J. Eddy presided.
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It was moved by Alderperson Olson seconded by Alderperson Redbird to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the December 20, 2017 Special Common Council meeting and approve as presented. Motion carried.
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CITIZENS IN ATTENDANCE
There were 2 citizens in attendance.
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COMMITTEE REPORTS
It was moved by Alderperson Olson, seconded by Alderperson Ross to place on file the minutes of the December 18, 2017 Utility Commission meeting. Motion Carried.
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One letter of interest was received for the vacant Ward 1 Alderperson position. Michael J. Rave was in attendance, addressed the Council, and answered questions.
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It was moved by Alderperson Jeriah Rave, seconded by Alderperson Redbird to appoint Michael Rave as Ward 1 Alderperson to serve out the remaining term for Eric Erickson. Motion Carried.
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Michael Rave took the oath of office and participated for the remainder of the meeting.

The Common Council met at City Hall in the City of Black River Falls on December 20, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. Alderpersons Redbird, Colloton Chrest, Rave, Olson, Busse, Gearing-Lancaster, and Ross were present. Mayor Jay Eddy presided.
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It was moved by Alderperson Olson seconded by Alderperson Ross to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the December 5, 2017 Common Council meeting and approve as presented. Motion carried.
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CITIZENS IN ATTENDANCE
There were 3 citizen in attendance. Two were here for an agenda item, and Brady Palmer asked for the opportunity to address the process associated with the recent inspection at the E&F Motel. Mayor Eddy requested Brady submit his request in writing so we can accurately list the topic on an upcoming agenda.
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DEPARTMENT REPORTS
The Department Head monthly reports were reviewed. Department heads present were Todd Gomer, Kelly Bakken, Steve Peterson, Tammy Peasley, Steve Schreiber, Jody Stoker, and Brad Chown.
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The City Administrator informed the Council that Patrol Officer Jeremy James is on paid administrative leave. This is not disciplinary action, rather an opportunity for the city to investigate the situation further and to afford Officer James the time to look in to the situation further without the distraction of having to come to work every day. Further details cannot be provided due to the matter being under investigation. Officer James is the department’s K9 Handler so the department’s canine, Mattis, is being cared for by a professional. The intent is to preserve the K9 program, and the hope is to have the K9 unit available to the community again as soon as possible.

The Common Council met at City Hall in the City of Black River Falls on December 5, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. Alderpersons Colloton Chrest, Rave, Olson, Busse, Gearing-Lancaster, and Ross were present. Alderperson Redbird was absent. Mayor Jay Eddy presided.
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It was moved by Alderperson Olson seconded by Alderperson Gearing-Lancaster to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the November 15, 2017 Special Common Council meeting and approve as presented. Motion carried.
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CITIZENS IN ATTENDANCE
There was one citizen in attendance.
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COMMITTEE REPORTS
It was moved by Alderperson Busse, seconded by Alderperson Gearing-Lancaster to place on file the minutes of the November 27, 2017 Utility Commission meeting. Motion carried.

The Common Council met at City Hall in the City of Black River Falls on November 15, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. Alderpersons Redbird, Colloton Chrest, Erickson, Olson, Busse, Gearing-Lancaster, and Ross were present. Alderperson Rave was excused. Mayor Jay Eddy presided.
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It was moved by Alderperson Olson seconded by Alderperson Redbird to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the November 7, 2017 Common Council meeting and approve as presented. Motion carried.
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CITIZENS IN ATTENDANCE
There was 1 citizen in attendance for an agenda item.
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Mayor Eddy opened the public hearing on the proposed 2018 City budget. The City Administrator explained there were changes to some library budget line items but they do not change the total annual budget for the library.
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It was moved by Alderperson Ross, seconded by Alderperson Redbird to close the public hearing on the proposed 2018 City budget. Motion carried.
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It was moved by Alderperson Erickson, seconded by Alderperson Olson to approve the 2018 City budget and set the tax levy at $2,024,395. Motion carried.
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DEPARTMENT REPORTS
The Department Head monthly reports were reviewed. Department heads present were Todd Gomer, Kelly Bakken, Steve Peterson, Tammy Peasley, Steve Schreiber, Jody Stoker, and Brad Chown.

A special meeting of the Common Council was held at City Hall in the City of Black River Falls on October 18, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. Alderpersons Colloton Chrest, Rave, Erickson, Olson, Busse, Gearing-Lancaster, and Ross were present. Alderperson Redbird was absent. Mayor J. Eddy presided.
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CITIZENS IN ATTENDANCE
There were no citizen in attendance.
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It was moved by Alderperson Olson, seconded by Alderperson Gearing-Lancaster to dispense with the readingof the minutes of the October 3, 2017 Common Council meeting and approve as presented. Motion carried.
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It was moved by Alderperson Colloton Chrest, seconded by Alderperson Rave to place on file the minutes ofthe October 12, 2017 Business Improvement District (BID) Board. Motion carried.
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It was moved by Alderperson Olson, seconded by Alderperson Rave to place on file the minutes of the October 12, 2017 Joint Review Board. Motion carried.
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Airport Manager Dale Klevgard gave a presentation on the history of the Black River Falls Area Airport.
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