VILLAGE OF LA FARGE
Regular Board Meeting Monday, June 14, 2021
*Village President Cheryl Purvis called the regular meeting of the La Farge Village Board to order at 6:30 p.m. at the Emergency Services building.
Roll Call - Present at the meeting:
All Board Members: Frank Quinn, Terry Jensen, Aaron Nemec, Karen Leis, Aaron Appleman, Barbara Melvin, 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, Mark Digman with Delta 3, and Clerk Kimberly Walker.
*Verification of meeting publishing in the La Farge Episcope and posting at the Bank, Post Office, and Village Office on June 10, 2021, was given. (Meeting was posted for using Zoom or attending in person).
*Quinn moved, Melvin seconded to approve the previous meetings minutes: (5-10-21/Regular Village board meeting; 5-19-21/Finance & Personnel committee meeting; 5-25-21/Regular Library Board meeting; 5-27-21/Board of Review meeting; and 5-27-21/Special Village board meeting). (Carried).
*Correspondence: The League of Municipalities gave us a 2020 Dividend check for $3,357.00 on the workers compensation policy, which is divided up between the Village, Utilities, and Fire Department.
*Public Comment: Barb mentioned, thru LAPA, a history walk project thru town is being worked on. Patsy Alderson is doing artwork, and Brad Steinmetz is putting together pictures and write-ups, on historical info on the buildings. Looking at posters for now in the Main Street business windows.
**Last weekend, communication between the reservoir and the wells stopped. It was found the data line of Vernon Communications failed. On Monday, VC did some repairs, but we were able to manually perform the work. Some fiber optic does needs updating, so Wayne’s been in contact with LW Allen to get a price.
**Last Thursday, Dairyland Power called for generating, from 2-6 p.m., due to the heat. Everything worked great, after putting $24,000 into the radiator.
*Main Street Project: Mark Digman, with Delta 3, was present. The Village wants to apply for a DNR Safe Drinking Water Loan/grant. A packet of material was handed out detailing this. The first resolution authorizes the Village President to sign documents on behalf of the village for the grant. Jensen moved, Leis seconded to approve Resolution #6-141-2021, “Authorized Representative Resolution Environmental Improvement Fund” for the WDNR Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP). (Carried).
*The second resolution for the SDWLP authorizes the village to pay the contractor out of our funds, then pay ourselves back when we receive the funds. Melvin moved, Quinn seconded to approve “A Resolution Declaring Official Intent to Reimburse Expenditures”, #6-142-2021. (Carried).
*Reviewed an Asset Management Plan of the La Farge Public Water System. This is a list of the water system components, with dates of the hydrants, water mains, reservoir, wells, valves, etc., along with a map showing the locations. Jensen moved, Nemec seconded to approve the Asset Management Plan. (Carried).
*Reviewed the budget for the SDWLP application. Applying for around 1.7 million. Also in the application, wrote in the last 3 years of invoices used on this project. The application deadline is June 30th. Should find out in September or October if we received the money. There is also a chance to receive grant money or principal forgiveness. If this is received, we must take the loan. Otherwise, we don’t have to.
Quinn moved, Melvin seconded to approve authorizing Delta 3 to apply for the Safe Drinking Water Loan application. (Carried).
*Mark reviewed Pay request #1 for Gerke Excavating, Inc. in the amount of $72,035.00. This is for value of work installed and materials presently stored. Jensen moved, Quinn seconded to approve paying Gerke for pay request #1. (Carried).
*Mark gave an update on the project. They’ve been working with a certain department of the DOT for about a year now. The plans were sent to them, but something happened, and it didn’t get forwarded on to the correct place. So permits were not completed, the lighting wasn’t taken care of, and they’re saying we need permits for every driveway opening. They also don’t like traffic traveling on the gravel, so they gave us 2 options. One was to pave the area each night, and the other was to detour traffic. Not cost effective to pave. So will detour traffic to Viola and around. Mark sent them the plans and will be 3 days to put up the signs. Hopefully will start June 21st. We are $400,000 below budget, but the detour will add some costs. And we had an unexpected $7,500 bill for the contamination cleanup by the car wash area.
*Update on Grants: Haven’t heard anything on the EDA substation grant yet, maybe by the next meeting.
*Old business: None
*Cheryl talked about the Dollar General. Last week, she received a call from the Developer. The site (by the VMH clinic) had a second geothermal soil testing, and it was just as bad as the first. They would have to dig out 14’, put in pylons, fill the 14’ back, along with another 4’. Cost is $250-$300,000, and they can’t do it. They’re asking the board and public for other possible sites along Hwy 82 or Hwy 131. Need 1 ½ acres.
*Jensen moved, Leis seconded to approve a picnic license for the La Farge Volunteers for July 4th (4th of July celebration). (Carried).
*Jensen moved, Nemec seconded to approve the 5 business alcohol license renewals: Phil & Deb’s Town Tap, Bergum’s Food Mart, Zzip Stop, Twisted Raven Lounge, LLC, and Organic Valley/Cropp Cooperative. (Carried).
*A list was reviewed of 36 renewal operator licenses and 1 new license, for Malissabeth Roe (schooling completed 5-7-21). Quinn moved, Jensen seconded to approve them all. (Carried 6-1, with Leis abstaining).
*Discussed Zoom meetings going forward. Places are open now, and not requiring masks, so the board didn’t feel it necessary to continue the Zoom link, as there’s enough space in the ESB meeting area. In the future, if something happens, we can revisit it.
*Police report/update: Chief Jonathon Brown reported he had 82 calls for service in May. Municipal court was June 3rd, with 2 issues for La Farge. Ordinance complaints have been coming in, with notices being sent to violators.
**Finance/Personnel: Frank said a meeting will be needed possibly next week.
**Library: Barb reported the library board met, and they’re still requesting mask wearing, due to the number of kids that come in. And the summer reading program is going on.
**Streets: Dustin Nemec started his job today, as Street Supervisor.
*Quinn moved, Jensen seconded to approve payment of the bills. (Carried).
*Jensen moved, Appleman seconded to adjourn. (Carried). Adjourned at 7:22 p.m.
Kimberly Walker, Village Clerk/Treasurer