Amery Schools Bomb Threat
Yesterday a threat was phoned into Amery
Schools, saying there was a bomb at the school.
The schools were evacuated, with some students bussed to the library and
some to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. There was some initial confusion because an announcement spoke of this
as a “drill,” though a bomb threat was received. The buildings were searched but no bomb was
found. Students were returned to the
Dec 30, 2015
Vehicle In Apple River
On December 23, the Polk County Sheriff’s
Department responded to a call to a vehicle in the Apple River on CTH H near
Apple River Lane.
An investigation revealed that Nycole Stream,
19, of Amery was northbound on CTH H and lost control near the Apple River in
the Town of Apple River. The vehicle left the roadway at a steep embankment and
entered the water, breaking through a thin layer of ice.Also in the vehicle
were five-month old Syidden Stream and 16-year old Krystyna Walenczak.
Terry and Pamela Blegen of Balsam Lake were
southbound on CTH H, saw the splash and found the picku, floating upside down.
As Pamela called 9-1-1, Terry entered the water and tried to gain access to the
occupants. As the vehicle began to sink, it settled on the drivers side,
exposing the passenger side window that had broken out during the initial
Other passersby, Thomas Cole, 40, of St. Croix
Falls, and Shawn Spafford, 46, of Amery, joined Blegen in the water and managed
to rescue the driver and 16-year old passenger, who were struggling to stay
above the water.
The three men determined the small child was
still submerged in the vehicle, and all three continued to search until the
baby boy was located and removed from the vehicle. The child, initially
unresponsive, was revived by the rescuers.
The three occupants were transported to Amery
Hospital; the baby boy was later transferred to Children’s Hospital in St. Paul,
Nycole Stream now reports her son is O.K. and is
now at home. No serious injury was sustained by anyone in the vehicle.
Assisting the Polk County Sheriff’s Department
at the scene was the Apple River Fire Department, Apple River First Responders
and Amery Ambulance Service.
Dec 3, 2015
Amery City Council Dec. 2 Meeting
The Amery City Council met last night after a
Public Hearing on the 2016 City budget and Capital Improvement Plan. City Administrator Darcy Long presented the
budget, which is a lengthy document that you can read on the city website, or
see a print copy at the Amery Public Library or at City Hall.
The approved budget is for a total of
$4,983,081.00. The budget includes a rate increase for water and
garbage in the city. Garbage rates have
been the same for nearly 20 years, and will increase by $3.50 per quarter per
container, and there will be a charge for additional items placed at the curb.
Water rates will increase three percent in the
second quarter of 2016.
The budget also provides for council wages to
rise by $400.00 per year; they currently earn $3,500.00 per year.
You can read the entire budget to get an idea of
where the money goes and why, and also to read the detailed Capital Improvement
In other action, the council approved ordinance
2-2015 to amend and replace the City’s Capital Improvement ordinance; The
Council also approved ordinance 3-2015, changing some fees.
The council authorized borrowing $250,000.00
from Bremer Bank to cover the cost of industrial park land purchase, which is
20 acres just southwest of Slumberland, behind Whispering Waters.
Approval was given to the same election
inspectors as last year for the 2016-17 term.
Employee job descriptions were approved for the Clerk/Treasurer and to
remove the term ‘interim’ from the title Management Analyst.
The Council voted to ratify the tentative labor
agreements between the City and the Wisconsin Policemen’s Protective
At the close of the meeting, the council also
gave approval for Alan (Bones) McCarty to move a house from Church Street to Sunflower
Way, on December 10th, starting at about 9:00am. It was also announced that Dave Myers will be
appointed to fill the seat being vacated by the resignation of Jack Rogers.
Dec 2, 2015
Amery City Council Meets Tonight
The Amery City Council is scheduled to meet this
Wednesday evening, December 2nd, at 5pm in the City Council Chambers at City
Hall. In addition to officer and
committee reports, the 2016 budget is expected to be adopted, along with the
replacement of The City’s capital improvement ordinance, the authorization to
borrow $250-thousand from Bremer Bank to cover the cost of the purchase of
Industrial Park land, the appointment of election inspectors, the amendment of
employee job descriptions, and operator’s licenses.
Nov 18, 2015
Amery Finance Committee meeting
Finance Committee of the City of Amery will meet at 5pm tonight, Wednesday,
November 18th, at City Hall for a 2016 budget workshop and Finance Committee
meeting. A quorum of City Council
members will be present at this meeting.
to Darcy Long, Amery City Administrator, the 2016 budget workshop will include
transfers from 2015 to 2016, an airboat and other capital expenses, fees and
revenues, the tax rate, and 2016 employee wages.
Nov 3, 2015
Amery Finance Committee Meets
Finance Committee of the City of Amery will meet this Tuesday, November third,
at 5pm in Conference Room One at City Hall for a closed session regarding
employment matters and for the contract negotiations with the Amery Police
Oct 8, 2015
City Council meets
The Amery City Council met in regular session
yesterday at 5:00 p.m.
Several decisions were made including to approve
plans for a City Dog Park, on a 13 acre site on airport property to the rear of
the Dragonfly Gardens property. Member Rick Van Blaricom noted that the group
promoting the park has agreed to raise necessary funds for fencing, etc., and
there should be no cost to the city.It was also noted, the use of the property
is not a gift of the property, but just a use of it. Councilman Rick Davis
voted against the motion, which passed the council.
The Council also rejected both bids received for
the parking lot project on Center St.
McCabe Construction of Eau Claire bid $204,131 while Pember Construction
bid $323,943. The council decided to re-visit the project in the Spring, with
Administrator Darcy Long noted ‘It does not make sense this way’.
Approval was given to the hiring of a new police
officer to replace Officer Andrea Grasser, who has resigned to work with the
State Patrol. Crystal Zacharias was approved by unanimous vote; she was
selected out of three applicants for the position.
The Council voted to discontinue the City-Wide
Cleanup/Dump day, due to declining use of the day.
Fire chief Dale Koehler reminded everyone that
there is no burning of leaves or rubbish in the city, and that the department
will be at Amery Schools for pre-K and kindergarten for fire prevention week
Sept 9, 2015
Hearing & Amery City Council
The Amery City Council will hold a public hearing this
Wednesday evening, September ninth, at 5pm in the council chambers in City
Hall. The City Council is considering
the adoption of a draft ordinance, which is available to view online at
amery-wi-dot-gov or by visiting City Hall.
After the public hearing, the City Council will
convene its monthly meeting, which was postponed from last Wednesday due to the
heavy rains of last week. The City
Council agenda includes reports from officers and committees. The proposed chicken ordinance is also on the
agenda, along with the purchase of a digital dispatch and communications system
for the police vehicles; beer, wine, and operator licenses and a closed session
to consider Fire Department personnel matters.
Sept 3, 2015
downpour of rain in the early afternoon resulted in the cancellation of the
scheduled meeting of the Amery City Council and the public hearing on the
proposed ‘chicken ordinance’.
City Clerk Fran
Duncanson informed WPCA Radio just before 3:00 p.m. yesterday and the
announcements were made.
The meeting is
re-scheduled for next Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 5:00 p.m.
WPCA Radio News also learned
of flooding on the creek near the Auto Parts Store on Keller Ave. at around
3:00 p.m., that resulted in Amery Police
re-directing traffic to allow the water to run off before allowing traffic back
on the street.
Sept 2, 2015
The Amery City Council
will meet this Wednesday evening, September second, at 5pm in the City Council
Chambers at City Hall. The first item on
its agenda is a public hearing on a chicken ordinance. Also on the agenda will be the amendment of
city ordinances to allow backyard chickens; the purchase of a digital dispatch
and communications system for the police vehicles; beer, wine, and operator
licenses; and a closed session to consider Fire Department personnel matters.
Aug 27, 2015
Classic Theatre Ceases Operations
The Amery Classic
Theatre has announced that it is ceasing operations, citing the costs for
films, music, and building maintenance and the low attendance of the public.
There are no events
scheduled at the Amery Classic Theatre, though it remains available for private
parties. The owners, Chris and Mary Lynn
Regnier, have expressed their gratitude to those who supported their efforts.
Schools Announce New Superintendent
The Amery School
District will have James Kuchta as its new Superintendent. Kuchta is the District Administrator of the
DeSoto School District, which is south of LaCrosse. The details of the contract, including the
start date, still need to be worked out.
Aug 18, 2015
Coffee & Cookies with Mayor Kay
Come and enjoy coffee and cookies with Mayor Kay while we discuss important community issues like walkability studies and community gardens at the Hungry Turtle
Institute at 110 Keller Ave. N. in Amery.
Aug 6, 2015
The Amery City Council
met in regular session yesterday and approved a recommendation by the Amery
Economic Development Corporation for the Certified Gold Shovel Site program for
Amery Industrial properties. The cost set at $2,000.00 plus $500 per property,
which Administrator Darcy Long noted there was money in TIF districts #5 and #7
to cover said cost.
Members of the Amery
Fire Department made a presentation to urge consideration of an airboat for the
department. The presentation noted the current situation for water rescue as
aluminum jon boat and an inflatable Zodiac boat, along with about 600 feet of
As the presentation went
on, it was learned the department covers eight lakes comprising about 2500
acres and is not really equipped for what it has been and may be called on to
The department got two
quotes; each for an 18 foot boat with a windshield and a 750 horsepower motor
and a trailer. The quotes were for $97,400.00 and $88,000.00 respectively, and
two days of training for two men is included in the price.
Long noted that budget
works starts shortly, and consideration will be included in the budget plan.
The department said it has talked to some of the towns included and found
favorable response, despite the cost.
At the opening of the
meeting, Polk County Sheriff Pete Johnson made a presentation to Amery
Assistant Police Chief Joe Vierkandt for his role in talking down an individual
wanting to commit suicide in August a year ago.
Johnson noted Vierkandt
remained very calm and eventually talked the individual into giving up his gun,
and thereby saving what could have been a very bad situation.
accepted the Award of Merit from the Sheriff, to a big round of applause from
those in attendance.
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