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City Council: short, sweet, easy meeting

The City Council wrapped up 2013 by tying some loose ends Tuesday, Dec. 10. The council amended an ordinance regulating water wells to make it comply with new Wisconsin water well-regulation laws.

The newly-amended ordinance now states the specific Wisconsin laws that govern private wells connected to plumbing systems that are also connected to municipal systems, SPS 382 and NR  811 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code.

The ordinance allows such wells to operate if the owners have a permit and meet state requirements. To obtain and keep a permit, the amendment now requires wells to be evaluated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at least every 10 years.

The council also:

  • Approved adjustments to the 2013 budget. Council member Jim Nordgren, who presided in Mayor Dan Toland’s absence, said like a personal budget, the city’s budget doesn’t always work out exactly as planned. The city had some unplanned expenses, savings, and earnings this year. The adjustment does increase the General fund budget by $8,557. Some other funds were also affected.
  • Voted, after a closed-session discussion to allow City Administrator Scot Simpson to continue negotiating contracts with the Communication Workers of America. Diane Odeen and Christopher Gagne dissented. Simpson said this will affect 24 public works and utility employees. He said these contracts are negotiated annually.
Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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