Roll Call: Chairman George Peterson called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.
Members Present: Bill Schremp, Arlene Paulson, Mutch Owen, Don Bartz, Craig McEwen, Dan Mortensen and Village President George
Peterson. Quorum Present. Also present: Clerk/Treasurer Debbie Espeland and the Administrator of Public Works Tim Vergara.
The “Pledge of Allegiance” was recited.
Motion by Mortensen/Owen to approve the Meeting Minutes of April 28, 2014. Questioned and carried 7:0.
Requests and Statements from the Audience:
Village resident Carla Aldrich addressed her concern about the smell and noise coming from the Domtar Plant. Carla has addressed
this issue in the past; she feels no one is listening to her. Village President George Peterson said he has spoken with Domtar
regarding her concern and will be following up on the problem again with the Administrator of Public Works Tim Vergara to try to
get a resolve to the situation.
Village resident Edward Stark presented some photos of the sign at Gaska Park with a flower bed that was done around the base of
the sign. He said he and his wife put the flower bed together for the Village. The Board thanked them for their work.
Licenses and Permits
- Motion by Bartz/Owen to grant the licenses and permits. Questioned and carried 7:0.
Planning and Zoning Minutes :
Motioned by Mortensen/Paulson to approve the February 19, and April 14, 2014
Planning and Zoning meeting minutes. Questioned and Carried 7:0.
6. Redevelopment Resources Contract Extension -
Kristen Fish a managing partner of Redevelopment Resources presented an overview of the work she has undertaken on behalf of the
Village over the last two months that was an extension of her report from March 2014.
Redevelopment Resources has been contracted with the Village for the last 6 months for development and redevelopment services
and their contract has expired. Village President George Peterson recommended the Village renew their contract for another year.
Village Trustees felt they would renew for another 6 months to see the progress that is made.
Motioned by Owen/Schremp to renew the Redevelopment Resources Contract for another 6 months from May 2014 through
Roll Call Vote: Craig McEwen – Aye; Dan Mortensen – Aye; Don Bartz – Aye; Mutch Owen – Aye;
Arlene Paulson – Aye; Bill Schremp – Aye.
Aye; 7, Ney: 0. Motion carried by unanimous vote.
Police Chief Jeremy Hunt gave an update on the activities of the Police Department.
- Police calls that generated case reports for the month of April, 2014 was presented.
- He reported the Weston Ave. Weather Siren is up and running.
- Jeremy stated there is a joint effort between the Village of Rothschild, City of Wausau and the Village of Kronenwetter from
May through October 2014 to attain a High Visibility Enforcement Grant.
- Jeremy reported Alcohol Compliance checks were conducted on 4-23-14. A total of 12 businesses were checked and all 12 were in
compliance. The businesses that were checked were: Next Stop Lounge, PJ’s Log Jam, The Bar of Wausau, 21 Pub, Green Mill,
Master Buffet, Papillion’s, Fast Break Shell, 3 R-Store Gas Stations and Pick ‘n Save.
EMS/Fire Report –Fire Chief Marc Hill gave an update on the activities of the department.
Since our last Village Meeting on April 25th:
Run Volume is accurate from April 25th through May 9th
19 EMS runs, YTD: 165 3 Paramedic Intercepts, YTD: 26
8 Fire/Rescue runs, YTD: 38
Total runs to date 203 calls for service since January 1st.
Health Assessments and Physical Agility Exams are nearing completion. All should be done by the end of May or beginning of June.
We just completed CPR/First Aid & AED training for Wausau Tile. We had over 38 people come to our station over two days to
complete this training for their company. A special thank you to Lt. Christine Vesely for handling the instruction and
coordination of the training for the group. We will be doing more of this as part of my overall community outreach program and
working with local businesses.
During our apparatus inspections multiple rust spots have been noted on the new ’09 ambulance. The ambulance is a Medtec,
which went out of business 2 years ago, but Pierce and Oshkosh Truck are fulfilling the warrantee. I made contact with the sales
agent that was used in ’09 and a trouble ticket for the paint was submitted and an estimate to fix the issues was done by
BRB Autobody. Right now there are 6 spots visible, but the entire paint job most likely is bad considering the age of the
vehicle and the hard work to keep it clean. The entire box should be redone to eliminate future problems popping out as time
I did meet with Rob Bowen, Fire Chief of Schofield, and discussed some possibilities of working together. He did say that he
would do whatever the City of Schofield had asked him to do. I think there is merit in finding out whether Schofield is
interested in sharing resources and working together to share costs of equipment. Whether we merge/consolidate or stay
independent; I need to know what direction we are going so I can make the appropriate planning for this department. The sooner a
resolution or plan of action is made the better. Many changes have been made already and many more need to be made and continued
Our EMS recertification’s are coming up in June, Dr. Curtis, our Medical Director, will be at the station to check
member’s skills and competencies.
As always I thank you for your support of the department and in the continued efforts that I have undertaken to keep us moving
progressively for the entire Village.
Respectfully submitted by Chief of Fire & EMS, Marc Hill
Joint Municipal Court Agreement
Due to the financial burden the Joint Municipal Court has been to the Village it was decided to not renew the Joint Court
Agreement between the Village of Kronenwetter and the Village of Rothschild. There was discussion of placement of the Clerk of
Court in the Village Hall and possible options for back up for the clerk.
Motioned by Paulson/Bartz to terminate the Mutual Joint Court Agreement between the Village of Rothschild and the
Village of Kronenwetter. Notification is to be made to the Circuit Court and the Village of Kronenwetter. Questioned and carried
2014-2015 Committee/Commission Appointments –
Trustee Craig McEwen questioned the need for the Public Facilities and Public Health Committee. He stated there has not been any
activity with that committee. Village President George Peterson said that the Village Attorney is in the process of developing a
committee narrative for all committee members outlining their responsibilities for each committee. There will be a Legislative
meeting to review the need for each committee when the narratives are complete.
Motioned by Bartz/Owen to approve the 2014-2015 Committee/Commission Appointments. Questioned and carried 7:0.
Treasurers Report - Motioned by Mortensen/Bartz to approve the April 2014 Treasurers report. Questioned and carried. 7:0.
Payment of the Vouchers – Motioned by Paulson/Owen to approve payment of the vouchers. Questioned and carried 7:0.
REI – Phase II Environmental Site Assessment Proposal –
Village President George Peterson presented a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment Proposal from REI regarding the Domtar
Property on the corner of Grand Ave. and Alexander Ave. The Village has intent to purchase the property. Prior to the purchase
the Village Attorney requested the Village contract an environmental site assessment for the potential environmental liabilities
that may be associated with the property from historical land use. REI’s proposal consists of a series of hydraulic push
soil borings with the collection of soil and groundwater samples for laboratory analysis.
Village President George Peterson felt that the complete required services would not exceed $5,000.00 although the proposal is
estimated at $6,500.00.
Motioned by McEwen/Owen to enter into a contract with REI Engineering, Inc. for an amount not to exceed $5,000.00 for
the Phase II Environmental Site Assessment on the 80’ x 120’ corner lot of Grand Ave. and Alexander Ave. (Domtar
Property). Questioned and carried 7:0.
Zenith Tech Land Use Proposal
As part of the WisDOT STH 29 project, the contractor, Zenith Tech has requested use of Village land to access the work site. In
the area needed to access the site there is an old railroad bed with grown up trees along side and in between the tracks. Zenith
Tech is willing to take down the small trees along and in the railroad area, replace the old RR with base course for temporary
storage and access for the duration of the project. In return they would restore the area including seed and mulch.
The board asked Tim to bargain with them for a donation to the Aquatic Center, etc. as well as restore the site.
Motioned by Schremp/Bartz to give the Administrator of Public Works Tim Vergara the authority to negotiate the terms and
conditions of the temporary land use. Questioned and carried 7:0.
CSM: Cedar Creek Mall Parcel
An application for the parcel at 1730 CTH XX was submitted by Stoney Rivers, LLC in which the parcel would be split into two
lots and both lots would retain the same owner. Ned Brickman of Midland Management, LLC stated in an e-mail the sole reason for
separating the two parcels is to maximize the financing of the acquisition of the Cedar Creek Mall.
Motioned by Mortensen/Owen to approve the CSM: Cedar Creek Mall Parcel per the recommendation
and conditions of the Planning and Zoning Commission as follows:
the CSM parcel split of 184.108.40.206 (10101 Market Street) creating Lot 1 and Lot 2 with Notes 1
– 4 on the CSM to remain in place when filed with Marathon County. Notes 1 – 4 read as follows: 1. FIELD SURVEY WAS
COMPLETED ON 04-14-2014. 2. BEARINGS ARE BASED ON THE MARATHON COUNTY COORDINATE SYSTEM NAD 83(2011) DATUM AND REFERENCED TO THE
EAST LINE OF THE SOUTHEAST ¼ OF SECTION 35, TOWNSHIP 28 NORTH, RANGE 7 EAST MEASURED TO BEAR SOUTH
00°23’06” EAST. 3. LOTS 1 AND 2 ARE INTENDED TO REMAIN IN COMMON OWNERSHIP. IF THE INTEREST IN LOTS 1 & 2
ARE NO LONGER IN COMMON OWNERSHIP A FIREWALL MEETING RECOGNIZED BUILDING CODE STANDARDS MAY NEED TO BE CONSTRUCTED. REVIEW AND
APPROVAL OF THE CHANGE THIS CONDITION BY THE VILLAGE OF ROTHSCHILD IS REQUIRED. 4. LOT 1 AND 2 WILL BE SUBJECT TO A CROSS-USE
AGREEMENT BY SEPARATE DOCUMENT PREPARED BY OTHERS. Questioned and carried 7:0.
Coral Lanes Partial Site Plan
An application for the parcel at 1025 E. Grand Avenue was submitted by Cywinski Properties in which
outside sitting area would be created. Motioned by Mortensen/McEwen to approve the Coral Lanes Partial
Site Plan per the recommendation and conditions of the Planning and Zoning Commission as follows:
approve the partial
site plan to allow the creation of a patio on the southeast side of Coral Lanes as submitted. Questioned and Carried
Lignotech Site Plan
An application for the parcel at 100 Grand Avenue was submitted to construct a 9,000 square foot
Motioned by Mortensen/Owen to approve the Lignotech Site Plan per the recommendation and conditions of
Planning and Zoning Commission as follows;
the Lignotech Site Plan as submitted with the requirement of a minimum
facade of 50% masonry on the north, south, and east walls. The drainage/erosion control, lighting, and landscaping plan will be
subject to approval by the Administrator of Public Works. Questioned and carried7:0.
Kalfka Site Plan
An application was submitted by Creske Corporation to allow Kafka Biomass, LLC to utilize a portion of
the 8.35 acre industrial site located at 1706 Morrison Avenue for stockpile and storage of woody biomass for We Energies.
Approximately six acres of the available space will be utilized for storage and operations with the remaining acreage left
unimproved. The storage and access aisle space will consist of a gravel surface and slope to the north to manage runoff.
Stockpiled biomass material will be confined to a 250; long, 100’ wide, with a maximum height of 25’. Stockpiles
will be rotated at least once every four months.
Motioned by Mortensen/McEwen to approve the Kalfka Site Plan per the recommendation and
conditions of the Planning and Zoning Commission as follows: the Kafka Site Plan as submitted subject to addressing conditions
for odor control should such a problem arise and hours of operator be restricted to the same hours of operation as allowed for
the truck traffic at We Energies which is 6 AM to 6 PM on a general basis. Questioned and carried 7:0.
Administrator of Public Works Report:
Tim stated the Eagle Scouts Project at Gaska Park is complete and looks very nice with the new
woodchips and culverts.
Trustee Craig McEwen is concerned with the parking at Gaska Park. Due to the large rocks taking up most
of the parking lot the back of the vehicles hang over into the road when they park. He said the rocks need to be removed.
Committee Reports -
- Trust Craig McEwen said the pool now has WIFI
- Trustee Arlene Paulson scheduled a special board meeting May 27, 2014 for an employee
- Trustee Dan Mortensen reviewed the timeline for the next borrow if the Village wants to receive the
funding in July 2014.
- Trustee Don Bartz scheduled a legislative meeting at noon on Thursday May 15, 2014 for a new proposed
President’s Report : Village President George Peterson gave an update on his activities,
meetings and Village business.
Old Business/New Business : None
Adjourn : Motion by McEwen/Owen to adjourn. Questioned and carried 7:0. The
meeting adjourned at 8:56PM.
The entire proceedings are on audio file in the Clerk’s Office.