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By LeAnn R. Ralph
BOYCEVILLE — The Boyceville Village Board has accepted the low bid of $50,750 from R.M. Schlosser Excavating out of Durand to demolish the old feed mill at 910 Main Street.
The village received several bids to demolish the feed mill with a difference of about $75,000 between the low bid and the high bid, said Gilbert Krueger, village president, at the Boyceville Village Board’s Monday night meeting (December 9).
Village Trustee Bud Gilbertson asked if Erik Evenson, a senior engineer with MSA Professional Services out of Rice Lake, had worked with R.M. Schlosser Excavating before.
R.M. Schlosser has been around for years, Evenson said, adding that he has worked with the company many times in the past and that R.M. Schlosser is qualified to do the work of demolishing the feed mill.
R.M. Schlosser excavating will have to provide proof of bonding and insurance before the contract is signed, he said.
The Boyceville Village Board unanimously approved a motion to award the bid for demolishing the old feed mill at 910 Main Street in the amount of $50,750 to R.M. Schlosser Excavating as long as proof of proper bonding and insurance is provided.
Voting in favor of the motion, in addition to Krueger and Gilbertson, were village trustees Trudie Chernak, Lukas Montgomery and Keith Sorensen.
Village trustees Jonathan Farrell and Brad Stevens were absent from the meeting.
R.M. Schlosser Excavating plans on starting to demolish the feed mill the first week of January, Evenson said.
The village board did not discuss the other bids that had been received or the amounts of those bids.
Following additional complaints from village residents about the illumination provided by the LED street lights in downtown Boyceville, Evenson has conducted some research.
One evening after dark, Evenson said he and his wife went downtown, and with the headlights off on his parked car, he could see his wife walking, wearing a black jacket, about a block away.
Evenson then used a light meter, which showed the street lights in the downtown area illuminate from 3 to 3.5 foot-candles (a unit of illumination), while the Xcel Energy lights in Boyceville are between 1.0 and 2.8 foot-candles, and the Dunn Energy lights are all around 1.0 foot-candle.
The downtown street lights are much brighter than the rest of the street lights in Boyceville, but it depends on what level of illumination village residents are expecting, Evenson said.
After speaking with an electrician, Evenson said he learned the lights could be upgraded, at a cost, to be 30 percent brighter than they are currently.
Two light poles will need to be added for the feed mill parking lot, and those lights will have to be focused straight down and directional into the lot, he said.
Krueger wondered if the downtown street lights could be changed directionally.
Evenson said if the lights downtown were angled, the concern would be not to point them in a direction that would cause glare for traffic.
It might be a possibility to add directional lights on the backside of the poles to shine lights on the sidewalk, Evenson said.
Village board members asked if Evenson would obtain some prices for directional lights on the light poles downtown, and Evenson said he would work on it.
In other business, the Boyceville Village Board:
• Learned from Boyceville Police Chief Greg Lamkin that the Boyceville Police Department had responded to 90 calls for service in November. So far this year, the police department has responded to 1,200 calls for service. The Boyceville Police Department will end the year with a budget surplus, the police chief said.
• Agreed that the Boyceville Community Center should be available as a winter weather shelter. Police Chief Lamkin said he would be meeting with Dunn County Emergency Management, and with the approval of the village board, would be able to suggest the community center as a winter weather shelter.
• Approved a Christmas bonus for Officer Todd Kurtzhals, who resigned last week. The issue came up under the village board’s consideration of paying the bills. Gilbertson said he was of the opinion that if Kurtzhals had resigned, he should not be eligible for a bonus. Gilbertson made the motion not to pay the bonus, which was seconded by Chernak. Montgomery, Sorensen and Krueger voted in favor of the bonus, while Gilbertson and Chernak voted against the motion.
• Approved a bartender operator’s license for Alesha Wruck, ending June 30, 2020.
• Approved a list of election inspectors through 2021.
• Approved the starting time of the January 2020 village board meeting at 5 p.m.
• Approved a proclamation recognizing National School Choice Week January 26, 2020, to February 1, 2020.
• Approved a zoning ordinance variance to use 811 Main Street for either commercial or residential purposes. The village board held a public hearing at 6:30 p.m., but no members of the public wished to speak during the public hearing. After asking three times if anyone wished to speak during the public hearing, Krueger closed the hearing, and the village board voted to grant the zoning variance.
• Agreed to put the agenda item about the fire suppression system at 1233 Charlotte Street (the Boyceville Community Center/Village Hall) for the range/oven on the agenda for the January meeting.
• Directed Darlene Lee, clerk-treasurer, to contact the Loberg Law Office out of Ellsworth about an update for the village’s code of ordinances.
• Approved contracting with the Ellefson Group to sell the commercial lots on Charlotte Street that are owned by the village.
• Agreed not to take any action on the fire inspection re-inspection fees recommended by the fire inspector, Tim Fasbender, until the townships in the fire district have had a chance to consider and approve the fees. Fasbender said he was asking the village board to table the agenda item because he would like all of the municipalities in the fire district to be on the same fee schedule.
• Approved having village employees clear snow from the “Safe Routes to School” sidewalks from the Friendship Garden to Steve Bird’s residence.
• Approved the Certified Survey Map (CSM) for the relocation or discontinuance of an alley. It was not clear from the discussion where the alley is located on which the village board was taking action.
Following a closed session under Wisconsin Statute 19.85(1)(b), considering discipline of any public employee — discuss job performance of a police employee, Police Chief Lamkin announced the village board had adopted his recommendation for employee discipline to keep a verbal warning in an employee’s file for six months, to keep a written warning in the file for one year, and that a suspension or termination of the employee would remain in the file as a permanent record.