Brownsville’s City Council met Wednesday, March 1 at Brownsville Community Center from 7-9:33 p.m. Council members present included mayor Jean Meyer, Tim Klug, Barb Hurley, and Pam Walhovd. Council member Jacob Danielson was absent. Also in attendance include City Clerk Steve Schuldt, City Treasurer Jenna Knight, and Dean Twite, City Maintenance.
The Council approved the minutes from Wednesday, February 1 regular monthly council meeting after a brief discussion and one amendment made.
Brownsville’s Bluffview Manor Apartments located 104 N 7th St. was the spotlight of attention for this council meeting. For those who are unfamiliar with Bluffview Manor, the Manor serves as an affordable means for senior living.
A proposed updated lease agreement for Bluffview Manor Apartments was shared, discussed, and tabled to April’s regular council meeting. A recommendation to reword the current lease agreement had been brought to attention. Rewording would offer better clarity. A new security deposit amount of $500 had been suggested. The topic of pets gave rise to discussion. A pet deposit of $200 per pet coming onto the premises had been discussed along with the inclusion of a specified weight limit of 40 pounds for a given domesticated animal. A specified weight limit offers more clarity on what justifies as a small animal. The implementation of a $10 late fee had been shared, this late fee would apply towards tenants who fail to pay their rent on time or within the five day grace period. Brownsville’s Council plans to continue the process of updating Bluffview Manor’s lease agreement and will revisit such at April’s regular city council meeting.
Bluffview Manor Apartments unit #9 was singled out at it is in need of remodeling. Mayor Meyer visited unit #9 herself and stated the unit is in need of more than a paint job. Meyer feels the unit is in dire need of new carpeting as well. Council member Klug also took a trip to unit #9 himself and stated “up in the corners there are brown areas. The air conditioning needs cleaning.” Areas of drywall within the bathroom near the bathtub were found to be missing. Twite discussed financial figures in terms of amendment to the unit’s bathroom in need of attention.
Twite discussed the replacement of Bluffview Manor’s North door. The door is in need of closures and handles. Brownsville’s City Council agreed to go through Badger Corrugating Company through La Crosse, Wis., to obtain this new door. Brownsville’s maintenance department will be responsible for the door’s maintenance.
Council members reviewed Bluffview Manor’s Suggestion Box-repair slips. Twite brought to attention the manor’s water softener had been eating a lot of salt in turn Twite adjusted the hardness level. Twite stated the water softener currently operates fine.
With more on Bluffview Manor Apartments to be addressed at a later date, the council diverted their attention to other Brownsville related matters.
Approval of the Debor Pest Control contract took place this evening. The contract entails specified pest control for both Brownsville Community Center and Bluffview Manor Apartments.
The Council approved, with one member abstaining, for Brownsville’s Lions Club to display signage in front of the community center. The specific placement of signage will need to be preapproved by the Council beforehand.
The Council approved the renewal of the following establishment’s liquor licenses: Wildcat Saloon, The River Station off-sale, and Lawrence Lake Marina. Saxon Hall’s liquor license had been renewed at an earlier date.
The council accepted and approved bills as presented.
Treasurer Knight shared updates regarding staffing for Brownsville’s upcoming summer recreation program. The city is seeking applicants for the fpositions of summer recreation lead and assistant summer recreation. Both positions entail working with children, planning/carrying out various activities, crafts, and more. The position runs from Monday, June 12 until Thursday, July 20. Additional information can be found on Brownsville’s city web page. The council will review the summer recreation application updates at April’s regular council meeting.
The next regular Brownsville City Council meeting will take place at Brownsville Community Center on Wednesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.