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May 26, 2019

4/25/2019 9:49:00 AM
Plans, proposals, and projects discussed
At the beginning of Tuesday's Dodgeville City Council meeting, four alderpersons took their oaths of office. Alderpersons that swore their oath to serve the city of Dodgeville were Shaun Sersch, Dan Meuer, Michael Borne and Tom DeVoss.
City of Dodgeville Chief of Police Dave Bauer made a request to use the department's carryover funds for radio encryptions. A few years ago, when the radial tower changeovers took place, there was discussion about creating a channel for encryption purposes. This channel would be designated for conversations not picked up on the scanner and situations to protect the privacy or safety of officers on a call.
"It's not going to be a city of Dodgeville thing, it's also going to be an Iowa County thing," Bauer said.
Mayor Todd Novak informed council members that the police department has $300,000 in reserve funds that can be used for things such as carryover funds. Council members approved the police department's request.
Council member Tom DeVoss said that Novak and himself met with the library board and there are two sites in consideration for the new library. The sites of discussion were the Piggly Wiggly Parking Lot, and a piece of property down by Fountain Street. Other than referring to the building committee, no action was taken.
Public Works Director Greg Lee informed council members that while there isn't much update pertaining to the Highway 151 project, the 191 culvert project may affect the Dodgeville traffic that is leaving eastbound to 191. There are steps being taken to ensure that dates will soon be determined.
Novak said that he received information from the Farmer's Appreciation Day committee that there may be an alternative route for the parade that day. If it doesn't end well with the routes in mind, or with the timeline (Farmer's Appreciation takes place in July) the parade potentially may not happen. It is yet to be determined if that's the case.
As far as other road projects go, Rule Construction has a bid for $1,485,437.10 to handle the curbs and gutters as well as widening Bennett Road. If all goes well with planning, the project could start as early as May. The City of Dodgeville so far has received $561,000 in state funding, which counts for one third of the road construction cost. Council members approved a motion to accept Rule Construction's bid.
Evan Chambers of Town and Engineering, presented a proposal that addresses infiltration and inflow in the collection of systems. The collection system for the city has an extensive amount of infiltration and inflow. Infiltration and inflow is the clearwater that is entering the sanitary sewer system, instead of going to the store monitor system that prevents from going to the treatment plant. Infiltration is caused by aging infrastructure, whether it be leaky manholes, crack pipes and other things. Realtime monitoring was added to six lift stations. The data shown was that after a rain event, the city sees two to three times the output of each lift station, caused by infiltration.
Chambers said Town and Engineering would like to develop a plan with the city by finding concerning areas and identify manholes throughout Dodgeville. Then it will be a matter of ensuring that the manholes are connected where they are supposed to be. Monitoring would take place five times during the night starting around 11 p.m. Data found from the nighttime monitoring would then allow Town and Engineering to make recommendations on prioritizing problem areas. Council members approved Town and Engineering to conduct the infiltration and inflow scope service not exceeding $30,500.
In other city council business:
-Council members approved a citizen participation plan for the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), and Resolution 985 to adopt a citizen participation plan.
-Council members approved Resolution 986 that adopts a policy to prohibit the use of excessive force and the barring of entrances/exits for non-violent civil rights demonstrations.
-Council members approved to commit matching funds.
-Council members approved to submit a CDBG application.
-Council members approved a capital improvement plan.
-Council members approved the Arbor Day and Fair Housing proclamations as read by Mayor Novak.
-Council members approved to purchase a park mower from Ritchie Implement, with a cost of $10,250
-Council members approved to purchase a cemetery mower from Ritchie Implement, with a cost of $5,125.
-Council members approved to enter a five year contract with Certified Recovery, Inc. for EMS collections.
-Council members approved to give election machines to other municipalities that request them.
-Council members approved a two year operator license for Serena Phan (Ends June 30, 2020).
-Council members approved a memorandum of understanding between ADRC of SW WI-Iowa County and the City of Dodgeville. The city has budgeted $50,000 for this purpose which can carry the city for two to three years.
-Council members approved the approval of claims as read by Michael Borne.
-Spring Clean up week is May 8-11
-First Brush pick up is April 22
-Council members then moved into closed session. Next regularly scheduled city council meeting is on the calendar for May 7 at 5:30 p.m.

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