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By LeAnn R. Ralph
BOYCEVILLE — The Boyceville Village Board approved canceling the contract with Community Code Services at Monday night’s meeting.
Community Code Services sent an ordinance alert about commercial electrical permitting for winery installations, said Darlene Lee, village clerk-treasurer, at the October 14 board meeting.
The company charged Boyceville $300 for writing the ordinance, she said.
“I wish (Community Code Services) would finish the other ordinances,” Lee said.
Village board members will have to decide if they want to pursue the ordinance, and then the ordinance would have to be put on the agenda for the next meeting, she said.
The Boyceville Village Board met at 5 p.m. Monday evening at the village hall on Charlotte Street instead of the regular meeting time of 7 p.m.
Regarding the ordinance update, electrical wiring would be part of a commercial building, and when the state approves plans for a commercial building, then the state inspects that building, said Don Rose, director of public works.
If Boyceville does nothing, then the state will do the inspections, said Jonathan Ferrell, village trustee.
Gilbert Krueger, Boyceville village president, said he was “not happy” with the services of Alan J. Harvey of Community Code Services and was not happy with the ordinances Harvey has sent.
“I think we should get out of this,” he said.
Harvey has not upheld his part of the contract. He said Community Code Services would give the village an update on the rewriting of the village’s ordinance by August of 2018, but Harvey did not provide any updates until June of 2019, Krueger said.
According to the contract, the first draft of the village’s updated ordinance would be prepared in the first six months and then printed within 30 days of approval by the village board.
The village board received the proposal from Community Code Services in March of 2018.
The Community Code Services contract stipulates payment of one-third after the village board accepts the proposal, one third when the first draft has been delivered and one-third when the final edition is presented to the village board.
The Community Code Services contract with the village was for approximately $11,000.
Several board members noted Community Code Services has breached the contract with the village.
Farrell and Boyceville Police Chief Greg Lamkin suggested Lee obtain a quote for updating ordinances from Sterling Codifiers.
Sterling has done the City of Menomonie’s ordinances, and the ordinances are searchable on the website, Lee said.
The Boyceville Village Board unanimously approved terminating the contract with Community Code Services and authorized Lee to find more options for code services that the village board could consider at next month’s meeting.
Village Trustee Brad Stevens was absent from the meeting.
The village board spent a certain portion of Monday night’s meeting talking about the demolition of the feed mill at 910 Main Street.
Village employees have been working on the demolition of the village-owned building.
Farrell wondered about the disposal of certain parts of the building painted with lead-based paint and about the abatement of asbestos.
Wood painted with lead-based paint will be disposed of at the Dunn County collection site, Rose said.
Police Chief Lamkin asked if the village needed a demolition permit from the village’s building inspector.
The village should follow the ordinances and obtain a permit, Farrell said, noting the permit would help communicate to the public who is tearing down the building.
Asbestos is reportedly located on pipes underneath the floor of the building.
The Boyceville Village Board approved a motion to research asbestos abatement options and for the village board to consider recommendations.
After a discussion on bow hunting in the village, the Boyceville Village Board concluded the village has no interest in issuing permits for hunting on village-owned land by the water tower.
Police Chief Lamkin said he issues several bow-hunting permits each year, and if people are not hunting on their own land within the village limits, they need the permission of the land owner before he will issue the permit.
Most of the bow hunting in Boyceville occurs on property owned by the school district or on private land, he said.
Village Trustee Lukas Montgomery suggested the village adopt the state requirement of putting a name and telephone number on a deer stand if it stays up overnight on public land.
Rose said he thought the village had already adopted all of the state Department of Natural Resources regulations.
The state adopted the new rule within the last year. Before that, hunting stands could not stay up overnight on public land, Montgomery said.
Deer stands were still up in the spring on village-owned property, noted Bud Gilbertson, village trustee.
Village board members said they would also like to know at least the approximate location of deer stands, and Police Chief Lamkin said the information on location could easily be added to the permit.
Regarding public land by the water tower, Rose pointed out no one but authorized personnel is allowed in that area.
In other business, the Boyceville Village Board:
• Received another complaint about the new LED lighting on Main Street and that it does not light the street very well. Krueger noted this was not the first complaint the village board had received about the lighting and that the village would have to check into how the lighting could be improved.
• Approved under the consent agenda building permits for 910 Tiffany Street for garage repairs and a new driveway; for 1010 Center Street for a remodel; for 1002 Main Street for a remodel; and for 914 Center Street to shingle a garage.
• Approved bartender operator’s licenses on separate motions that will expire June 30, 2020, for Shawna Gove, Montana Marlett and Sarah Stainer.
• Renamed the street from the transfer station to the lagoons “Dump Road.” Dunn County has new GIS software and is reviewing address locations county-wide, Police Chief Lamkin said. The lagoons and the wastewater treatment plant have been listed as addresses on County Road N but they do not face N, and the surrounding area is the 2600 block, he said. Using a Dump Road address will simplify mapping and improve the ability of emergency services to respond to the lagoons and wastewater treatment plant, the police chief said. Dump Road is not a public road, so it will not be listed on the village’s mileage for transportation aid, Rose noted.
• Approved a request from Eloise Knutson to place a memorial flag pole and flag at Friendship Garden in memory of her husband. Farrell and Montgomery voted “no” on the motion. Farrell wondered about the height of the flag pole and who would be responsible for putting up the flag and taking it down and setting it at half mast and also wondered about the proper lighting for the flag and flag pole.
• Approved appointing Nick Kaiser to the Boyceville Public Library Board to replace Holly Sweeney, who was serving on the library board to replace Kevin Sipple. Kaiser is the new Boyceville school district administrator. Sipple retired as school district administrator last year.
• Reviewed budget proposals in preparation for the 2020 budget workshop meeting October 22.
Following a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. for SAC Wireless (on behalf of AT&T) to request a variance regarding tower height, the Boyceville Village Board approved a building permit for 806 Nordveien Drive for SAC Wireless.