1/13/2020 Board minutes

A regular meeting of the Birnamwood Village Board was held on Monday evening, January 13, 2020
at the Matsche Center.
All members were present.
Also present: Tom Gatz, Chris Jensen, Diane Haas, Karen Dickman & Ed Resch
President Sprague called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. 
Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Ed Resch informed the Board that the front door has been fixed and is now working the way it way designed 
to work.
Norm Matsche has been in contact with Ed Resch and would like to see the old Backes Store torn down.
Norm has sent a check for $50,000.00 to start the process, it was mentioned by Ed that Norm would probably
cover the entire cost. Ed has received bids for the tear down and also been in contact with the Realtor about the
price the bank wants for the building. The realtor said the price is $49,000.00. We also have to find out if
there is asbestos in the building before anything can be done. That is at a cost of $2,451.00. Ed also mentioned
that if we have the building torn down, Chet & Emil’s would be willing to purchase the lot and make it a
parking lot. He also said that if in the future someone wanted to purchase the lot for a business, he would
then be willing to sell it back for that purpose. This will be discussed further at our next meeting.
Reading of the minutes of last meeting suspended until next meeting.
Review of bills will be done at our next meeting. 
Continued repairs for the ballpark will be accomplished in spring. Ed Resch mentioned that there will probably be monies
donated from the Dave Resch memorial and that we should consider those monies for the bleacher area that needs work. 
The new windmill is working just fine but the old pump probably is not, Chris Jensen will check on the pump.
Nothing new on the cell phone tower. 
Chris Jensen received an email from the lawyer stating that we need a Resolution to discontinue the alley. 
Behm/Schmidt m/s/c to create a resolution to discontinue the alley. Roll call vote – all yes. 
Corazalla subdivision water issues need to wait until closer to spring. It was also brought up that there is a very large
sink hole between the new clinic and the library which will be looked into. 
Trustee Schmidt informed the Board that the committee met and suggested a Title change for Chris Jensen to Director
of Public Works, an additional week vacation and a 2% raise. After much discussion, Dombrowski/Schmidt m/s/c to
change the title, add the one week of vacation and a 2% raise. Roll call vote passed with C. Resch voting no. 
Additional discussion surrounding benefits and a needed clarification of the benefits was held. Mike and Chris
will present that information at the next meeting. 
Letter was received asking for the placement of a Geo Cache. This will be addressed at our next meeting.
Trustee Ecker inquired about the snow removal on Main St. and that it should be done in a timelier manner for all of 
the businesses. Chris asked for advance notice of funerals whenever possible and he will then be able to plan better
for removal.
Trustee Behm informed the board that we need new running boards on the pickup truck with the plow, we will 
vote on it at the next meeting once we have costs. 
R. Resch/Behm m/s/c to purchase the trailer to house the speed sign that was presented at the last meeting. 
Roll call vote – all yes. 
Next meeting January 27, 2020.
Ecker/Dombrowski m/s/c to adjourn at 8:30 p.m.
Minutes provided by Jody Dombrowski in the clerks absence. 
Note: minutes and bills were left available by clerk for review but not acted on. Checks were signed and
Lauri Klumpyan, clerk/treasurer
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