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Neillsville City Council Approves Funding for Public Works Vehicles and More

Thursday, May 25th, 2023 -- 12:01 PM

The Neillsville City Council approved the funding for the Public Works vehicles at their Tuesday meeting.

The Council accepted the recommendation to accept the Associated Bank proposal for financing the $510,000 Public Works vehicles and equipment loan at 4.95% for five years, with no prepayment penalty.

Mayor Dewey Poeschel presented a request from Randy Fitzmaurice, President of the Motorhead Mafia Car Club, for closing W. Seventh Street, W. Sixth Street, West Street and the lower City parking lot on Saturday, July 15, from 7:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M for their car and bike show, which was approved.

City Clerk Rex Roehl reported on receiving a grant from Cummins, Inc. in the amount of $6,000 for the Library Story Book Trail project in Schuster Park, which the Council approved and accepted gratefully.

Also, Chief of Police Jim Mankowski requested that the Grand Avenue and W. Fourth Street intersection be made a four-way stop. Over the last year, it has been a dangerous intersection with one person transferred to the hospital and the vehicle totaled.

There have been many complaints about safety and speed, close calls, and large trees blocking vision. Chief of Police Mankowski stated flashing signs are very expensive. Public Works could arrange flags on the posts when the stop signs are installed to draw attention.

He said he would do a Facebook blast and let Council Members know when the installation is done. Director of Public Works Luke Friemoth stated it will take a few weeks to get the stop signs.

Mayor Poeschel as part of National EMS Week, May 21st to 27th, recognized the Neillsville Municipal Ambulance Service EMTs for their dedication and service to the whole community-wide area. Mayor Poeschel as part of National Police Officer Week, May 15th to 21st, recognized the Neillsville Police Department Chief, Officers and Staff for their dedication and service to the City of Neillsville.

Council Member Barb Petkovsek reported on the May 9th meeting of the Personnel Committee regarding:

  • Discussion on and approval of the Recreation Director job description.

Mayor Poeschel reported on the May 15th meeting of the Board of Review regarding:

  • Examination of the City’s 2023 Assessment Roll for errors and omissions and to hear any assessment objections;
  • And no property owners appeared in objection to their assessments.

Council Member Joe Neville reported on the May 18th meeting of the Heritage Days Committee regarding:

  • Financial report;
  • Discussion on movie night license and possible movies with Library Director Janay Ziebell;
  • Discussion on advertising signs and posters;
  • Discussion on the glow run;
  • Discussion on sponsorships and finalizing the poster;
  • And discussion on closing roads for events.

Council Member Clough reported on the May 23rd meeting of the Commission on Public Works/Utilities regarding:

  • Current activities;
  • Opening, discussion on and recommendation to accept the Associated Bank proposal for financing the $510,000 Public Works vehicles and equipment loan at 4.95% for five years, with no prepayment penalty;
  • And payment of bills.

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