TOWN OF RIVER FALLS REGULAR BOARD MEETING
Monday, December 1, 2014; River Falls Town Hall
Elected officials and staff present: Diana G. Smith, Chair; LeRoy Kusilek, Siri Smith, Joe Mahoney, Supervisors; Ruth Stern, Clerk; Rita Kozak, Treasurer; Jerome Rodewald, Zoning Administrator
The meeting was called to order by Chair, Diana G. Smith. Joe moved to approve the regular board meeting minutes of November 17th. LeRoy seconded. Motion carried.
Joe moved to approve the December 1st treasurer’s report. There is a money market balance of $318,413.66. Siri seconded. Motion carried. Joe moved to renew the Happy Valley Bike Path and Recycling Center CD’s for six months. Siri seconded. Motion carried.
Communications: Jerome reported on zoning and Farmland Preservation Plan activities. Siri moved that Ruth send a letter of response to the Pierce County ATV Association stating that the Town will not provide maintenance on the ATV/UTV trail signs. This is in accordance with the original agreement with the Association. Joe seconded. Motion carried. Discussion followed on possible maintenance and surveying work at the Mount Zion Cemetery.
Plan Commission Recommendations: The Plan Commission recommended approval of proposed Resolution #2014-C, Support for Establishing an Agriculture Enterprise Area in the Town of River Falls.
Salvage Yard License Renewal: Joe moved to renew the salvage yard license for Raymond Reiter at N7421 Cty. Rd. O. It was noted that since there are no business activities currently taking place at the site, an inspection would not be required. Siri seconded. Motion carried.
Road Work Update: Diana reported that the committee’s goal will be to establish one, three and five year plans for road maintenance work. Two days of tree removal services are being contracted with JCE Tree Services for work tentatively scheduled to take place during the week of December 15th.
Fence Review Update: A letter will be mailed to the owner of livestock at W7502 740th Ave. stating that livestock need to be contained by fixing any sections of fence that are not containing the livestock or moving them to an area of the farm with fences that will contain the animals. The letter will also state that all fences need to be up to standards by May 1, 2015 or the town will take steps to hire an outside contractor to install the fences and place the cost as a special charge on the property owner’s taxes.
Implements of Animal Husbandry: Attorney Loberg will be asked to format proposed Ordinance #2014-4 in the proper code book format. This ordinance will come to public hearing at the December 15th Plan Commission and Board meetings. The ordinance states the town’s desire to Opt-in for category B-IoH’s according to state standards. Jerome reported that he had attended a Farm Bureau meeting on the subject and that fines are expensive for those that do not follow the state prescribed weight limits. He also reported that the Town would have 60 days to react to a permit application requesting approval to move farm equipment that is over the statutory weight limits.
Agriculture Enterprise Area Resolution: Joe moved that the board approve Resolution #2014-C, A Resolution in Support of Establishing an Agriculture Enterprise Area within the Town of River Falls. LeRoy seconded. Motion carried.
Farmland Preservation Program Update: Jerome has forwarded the Town map to Pierce County for inclusion in the Pierce County Plan.
Discussion on Abandoned Vehicles: Further discussion on this will take place in 2015.
Employee Christmas Gifts: Siri moved that River Falls Chamber gift certificates be purchased for department heads ($40.00) and employees ($20.00). Joe seconded. Motion carried.
Town Caucus Date: Siri moved that the 2015 Town Caucus be set for Monday, January 19th at 7:30 P.M. at the Town Hall. Joe seconded. Motion carried. LeRoy Kusilek announced that he will not be running for the Supervisor I position.
Siri moved approval of the December 1st listing of bills. Joe seconded. Motion carried.
LeRoy moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:07 P.M. Joe seconded. Motion carried.
Ruth Stern, Clerk