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City approves paint bid, adds sidewalk
Marsha Einsweiler (left) administers the official oath to newly elected Duane Wedige (middle) and Emmett Reilly (right) at heir meeting Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

SHULLSBURG — At the Shullsburg City Council meeting Wednesday, April 19, 2017, Mayor Gloria Swenson called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.
    A painting project for the interior of the Townsend Center, Shullsburg’s Municipal Building was discussed. Two bids were received: All-Star Power Wash of Shullsburg - $6,364 and Raisbeck Painting of Stockton, Ill. - $4,440. A motion was made to accept the low bid by Raisbeck. Approved.
    Moving the counter in the Police Department room was bid at $240 by Dave Turpin Construction, LLC. A motion was made to accept Dave Turpin’s bid. Approved.
    The current street project on the corner of Water Street and Iowa Street was discussed. The sidewalk in that area is in bad shape according to Alder Duane Wedige. Wedige said, “It’s not scheduled for repair with the current project and it needs to be replaced in line with the project.” Delta 3 was on hand and said the sidewalk in question could be covered in the current project and still be under the estimated $1.3 million. The additional costs would amount to $9,000 on the high side. A motion was made to approve the change. Approved.
    A donation was proposed by the 4th of July Committee. The committee wanted to donate $1,500 to set up a disc golf course in Badger Park. Alder Jim Paquette spoke for the Public Parks committee and said no one on the committee was in favor of having a disc golf course. Stating there is enough things in the park and they didn’t want it cluttered and wanted to update the things we have now.
    The 4th of July Committee also earmarked another $1,000 donation for repairs of current playground equipment. The council wanted the committee to shift the $1,500 to repairs. The committee will take the suggestion back to their meeting. No action was taken.
    The Fifth Anniversary of Pet Fest in Shullsburg is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017. A party is planned and they wanted to close a portion of Water Street. The council approved the request.
    Committee reports: - Library – Alder Cory Ritterbusch reported they are looking for an assistant director. Ambulance – Alder Emmett Rielly reported the ambulance did a evaluation on the wind tower project and the logistics of how ambulance and fire departments would respond in case of an ambulance call.
    In other business:
    •Approved the renewal of the DNR license for the wood burning site from Oct. 1, 2017 until Sept. 30, 2018.
    • Swearing in of Rielly and Wedige.
    •Wedige elected president of the city council.
    •Approved the Republican Journal as the official newspaper of the city.
    •Approved Nathan Russell as the primary attorney and Johnson, Kranz & McDaniel as the secondary attorney.
    •Approved the Financial Depositories for the city as Clare Bank, Shullsburg Community Bank and Wisconsin Local Government Investment Pool.
    •Regarding the appointment of the Standing Committees Mayor Swenson read her appointments as follows:  Utility Committee- Jim Paquette- Chair, Emmett Reilly and Cory Ritterbusch;  Street Committee- Duane Wedige- Chair, Jim Paquette, and Emmett Reilly; Park Committee- Duane Wedige- Chair, Jim Paquette and Cory Ritterbusch;  Police Committee- Cory Ritterbusch- Chair, Jim Paquette and Emmett Reilly;  Building & Grounds Committee – Emmett Reilly -Chair, Marsha Einsweiler, Don Dickinson, Paul Ranum and Tom Reilly;  Revolving Loan – Jeff Russell - Reappointed for a 3 year term.  Motion by Ritterbusch second by Paquette to approve the standing committees as stated by the mayor.  All aye, motion carried.
    •Regarding the appointments of the Board and Commission Mayor Swenson read her appointments as follows:  Plan Commission- Alder Cory Ritterbusch -Appointed for a 1 year term;   Ellie Landau- Reappointed for a 3 year term; Historic Preservation Commission- Adler Cory Ritterbusch- Chair – 1 year term, Karla Jerry -Reappointed for a 3 year term, Jay Berendes- Reappointed for a 3 year term ; Board of Appeals- Tom Pedley- Reappointed for a 3 year term,  Jill Reilly – Reappointed as Alternate for a 3 year term; Fire Board- Adler Duane Weidge and Adler Cory Ritterbusch; Ambulance Board- Adler Jim Paquette and Adler Emmett Reilly; Library Board – Adler Emmett Reilly; and the Housing Grant Board remains the same as the previous year- Ellie Landau, Diane Cherrey, Julie Thompson, Jay Berendes, and Pam Paquette.  Motion by Paquette second by Ritterbusch to approve the committees, boards and commissions as stated by the by mayor.  All aye, motion carried.
    • Approved bills- $47,774.41