Regular Board Meeting         Monday, May 10, 2021


*Village President Cheryl Purvis called the regular meeting of the La Farge Village Board to order at 6:31 p.m. at the Emergency Services building.    


Roll Call - Present at the meeting:

All Board Members: Terry Jensen, Barbara Melvin, Aaron Nemec, Karen Leis, Aaron Appleman, Frank Quinn, and Cheryl Purvis.

Also present: News reporters Lonnie Muller and Bonnie Sherman (zoom), Public Works Manger Wayne Haugrud, Police Chief Jonathon Brown, Utility Clerk Greg Lawton, and Clerk Kimberly Walker.   


*Verification of meeting publishing in the La Farge Episcope and posting at the Bank, Post Office, and Village Office on May 7, 2021 was given. (Meeting was posted for using Zoom or attending in person).             


*Quinn moved, Jensen seconded to approve the previous meetings minutes: (4-12-21/Regular Village board meeting; 4-21-21/Special Village board meeting; 4-21-21/Streets and Utilities committee meeting; and 5-6-21/Finance & Personnel committee meeting). (Carried). 


*Correspondence: None.   


*Public Comment: None.


*Utility business:  

**As a requirement of the CDBG-DR grant, the village needs to open a new, non-interest-bearing checking account for the funds to be deposited into. The Farmers State Bank also needs official board action on record. Jensen moved, Appleman seconded to approve opening a CDBG-DR checking account. (Carried).    

**Need to hire an administrator for the CDBG-DR grant. CDA has done very well for us in past CDBG grants, and they wrote this one for us. There is a lot of work involved. They presented a bid of $15,000 for all administrative services. Jensen moved, Melvin seconded to hire Community Development Alternatives, Inc. (CDA), to administer the CDBG-DR grant. (Carried).   

**In conjunction with the million-dollar CDBG-DR (substation relocation) grant, we are applying for an EDA grant that will be a 50-50 match if awarded. The total project is $1.7-$1.9 million. We have our share allocated from the TIF funds, but the more grant funds we can acquire, the less we need to take from the TIF. Vierbichers will be applying for this for us. Melvin moved, Leis seconded to approve the “Resolution authorizing the Village of La Farge to apply for an Economic Development Administration (EDA) Grant”. (Carried).    

**Now that we’re applying for the EDA grant, we need to go out for RFQ’s for engineers. Vierbichers will handle this for us for a small fee (not covered under the grant). The RFQ’s will come back to the utility committee for review and recommendation for an engineer for the relocation project. Nemec moved, Appleman seconded to approve Vierbichers to do RFQ’s. (Carried).   

**Gehrke has started the Main Street project. They had 3-4 good days laying sanitary sewer, then came across an old storm sewer that didn’t connect to anything that had some product in it they were concerned with. They contacted the engineer, who called a company called TRC that does environmental work. They took a sample to have tested, with the results due back this Wednesday. If contaminated, will haul it out. So not sure what it is, or the cost involved. Plans are to start back up Thursday. We have a 15% contingency to help cover this.


*Old business: Tabled request on the portable toilet for the Farmers Market. Cheryl talked with Mary Shird, and Mary was going to talk with the school if the vendors could use the portable toilets a block away at the softball field this year. Mary has a group that may be getting started doing fundraising for building a park shelter with bathrooms at Bean Park. She’ll be coming forward with this later.



*Cheryl Purvis, Frank Quinn, Terry Jensen, Barbara Melvin, and Clerk Walker were appointed to the Board of Review committee, which meets May 27th, 5 p.m. at the village office. Aaron Appleman is the alternate.   


*Received a letter from Jenkins, Stittleburg, and Menn, on a request to raise the annual retainer fee, from $2,800 to $2,900. Quinn moved, Appleman seconded to approve the increase request. (Carried). 


*Police report/update: Chief Jonathon Brown received a call and left the meeting. Cheryl said she has talked with him on a couple properties that were not improving. He is working with them and something should be done by the end of next week. If not, we need to follow our ordinances with citations.   


*Committee Reports:    

**Library: Barb said the library has opened allowing one person at a time to browse. It’s a step forward.  

**Finance/Personnel: Frank reported they have met and reviewed the applicants for the Street Supervisor, and the interview process will be starting. A special board meeting was scheduled for Thursday, May 27th, at 7:15 p.m. to approve the new hire.   


*Quinn moved, Melvin seconded to approve payment of the bills. (Carried).  


*Jensen moved, Appleman seconded to adjourn. (Carried). Adjourned at 6:51 p.m.



  Kimberly Walker, Village Clerk/Treasurer