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Neillsville City Council Approves Ordinance Regarding the City's Block Grant Committee

Friday, March 17th, 2023 -- 10:00 AM

The Neillsville City Council approved a new ordinance regarding the City’s Block Grant Committee.

The new ordinance reads, “The Mayor, subject to Council confirmation, shall appoint five (5) persons to the Grants Committee for three (3) year terms of office. Two (2) members shall be appointed one year, and one (1) member in each of the following two (2) years."

"In addition, a Council member shall also be a member of the Committee. In cooperation with the Mayor and Common Council, the Committee shall seek any and all grants for which the City may be eligible, apply for, or assist in the application of such grants, and as determined appropriate help in the administering of grants received by the City of Neillsville."

To simplify, Council Member Dan Clough stated this ordinance drops the Director of Public Works as a member and adds a Council Member as a member, which could be reappointed every year.

City Clerk Rex Roehl presented the State of Wisconsin American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) SAFER Law Enforcement Agency (LEA) Grant in the amount of $7,000 for Police Department equipment, which the Council accepted.

Neillsville Police Officer Hunter Imm reported on training, squad car maintenance, February parking enforcement, citations, warnings, incidents, office activity, calls, officer activities, business patrols and citizen interactions.

Mayor Dewey Poeschel reported on representing the City of Neillsville at The Highground recognition banquet-the City received a recognition plaque for support of The Highground.

Council Member Barb Petkovsek reported on the March 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th meetings of the Personnel Committee regarding four League of Wisconsin Municipalities Human Resources for Small Community Webinar presentations on:

  • Local Government and ADA Title II Responsibilities;
  • Employee Engagement Equals Employee Retention;
  • Human Resources Update;
  • And UW Certified Public Manager (CPM) Group Projects: Raise Awareness of Careers within Public Sector, WI Employee Trust Fund (ETF) and a round table discussion on the week’s presented topics.

Council Member Clough reported on the March 14th meeting of the Commission on Public Works/Utilities regarding current activities.

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