Why weren’t we told
That was the recurring question
last evening in the council Chambers at City Hall in Amery as a Public Meeting
was held concerning the construction of a Group Home on Sunflower Way in the
which currently operates Cottonwood Home on Mains Crossing in rural Amery has
purchased a lot on Sunflower Way and is planning to build a 2400-3000 square
foot residents for up to eight residents. The residents would all be female as
is the present case at Cottonwood Home.
Kelli Kamholz, Executive
Director at Positive Alternatives gave a power point presentation, with
constant interruptions by the audience with questions, and noted that their
Mission Statement is how they operate and what they believe....”Through
continuum of family and strength based services, Positive Alternatives strives
to equip at-risk youth and young adults with the social, emotional and
developmental skills needed to flourish;.
There are currently 14
homes on Sunflower Way, which is a single family area, and the questions
included the safety of children in the neighborhood, with increased traffic on
a street where there are no sidewalks.
Steve Schiell, who said
he built the first home on Sunflower Way told the gathering, and showed them
copies of the covenants with property ownership there, and added that if
Positive Alternatives was going to follow the covenants, ‘You could not build.’
Kamholz told the
gathering that Positive alternatives paid $34,000.00 for the lot, which drew
laughs from the audience, and noted that the state and/or county pay $184.00 a
night for residents at the home.
It was pointed out that
Positive Alternatives is tax-exempt and that would be $6,000.00 or more in
taxes the city would lose with the construction of the home.
construction of the home would run between $448 and 559,000.00, including the
cost of the lot. She also noted that residents of the home currently and the
new one when built are not locked up or physically restrained in any way,
however cannot leave the residence unsupervised, but are not a risk to the
Schiell added that he
would urge the city not to grant a permit for the facility and they should
The founder of
Cottonwood Home defended the home and noted while he ran it there were no
problems and others in the audience agreed. It was noted however, that the
setting was rural and that was the founder’s choice.
The question was ‘Where
was our choice?”
Kamholz was given a list
of 15 families on Sunflower Way, Woodland Court and Griffin St. against the
project, and was asked to present it to their Board of Directors. Positive
Alternatives has an Unpaid Board of Directors with members from each of their
locations in Menomonie, River Falls, Wisconsin Rapids and Amery.
July 2, 2015
The Amery City Council
met in regular session yesterday afternoon and heard former Mayor Mike
Karuschak’s presentation on the United Way Success by 6 program,, and not that
though a goal has not yet been set, a fund-raiser will be coming later in the
year to financially help the program.
representing the Amery Community Center, told the Supervisors that the Center
had received a $54,000 grant from the Bremer Foundation, and that the first
increment of the grant has been received in the amount of $27,000.00.
Former supervisors Dave
Meyer reported on efforts to create and establish the Amery Area Dog Park in
the city; a fenced in area where dogs can run free for exercise. An
organizational meeting for this project is set for July 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the
Amery Area Public Library.
Mayor Kay Erickson noted
that the Ride for Recovery bicycle riders will arrive in Amery between 5 &
6:00 p.m. next Wednesday. There will be a spaghetti feed and other activities
at the Amery Fire Hall, after the fire trucks meet the riders on the highway.
It was noted that
fireworks are not allowed to be set off in the city without a permit; no
permits are issued. So while you can purchase fireworks, you may not set them
off in the city limits. Police Chief Tom Marson noted violation could bring a
fine of $177.00.
City Administrator Darcy
Long explained the new city website and its many new features.
Rick Van Blaricom
reported on the Parks and Rec committee meeting, where discussion of the boat
landing on North Twin was held. He noted discussion was very preliminary and
estimated it would be next spring before noticeable work would begin on the
All new business items
were approved, including an agent change for the Amery VFW, second hand
licenses for Worn Again, Village Vintiques, and Hobson’s Choice; kennel
licenses were approved, as were several operator licenses.
June 30, 2015
The Amery City Council
has a regular meeting tomorrow at 5:00 p;.m. in the Council Chambers at City
The agenda includes a
change of agent for the Amery VFW Post 7929, and several licenses are due in
June 23, 2015
Public Works Committee Meets
The Public Works Committee of the City of Amery will
meet this Tuesday morning at 9am in Conference Room One at the Amery City
Hall. On its agenda is the Central
Street parking lot project, the campground, the boat landing, the lift-station
flag park, and other public works projects.
June 12, 2015
Course Preview in Amery
A preview of the Dave
Ramsey's Financial Peace University will be held at the Our Saviors Lutheran
Church in Amery after the service on Sunday, June 14th. The school itself will start on June
28th. Call Eric Kube with any questions
June 5, 2015
Amery Trail Days is
being held today and tomorrow, June 5 and 6.
Community garage sales begin today.
On Saturday there will be a pancake
breakfast at the Amery Airport from 7 to 11am. The Stower Seven Lakes Triathalon will begin at 9am, with registration
beginning at 8am at the Soo Line Park.
There will be a taco dinner at the Amery Ambulance Garage from 3 to
6pm. Also on Saturday, a petting zoo, a
recycling display, free ice cream cones, a free blood-pressure check, viewing
the Fire Department trucks, and a Salvation Army display will all take place
from 10am to 2pm. At 1:30pm a 50th
anniversary program will be held, followed by a bike and ATV rides.
June 3, 2015
Commission & City Council Meet Tonight
The Amery Plan
Commission will meet this Wednesday afternoon at 4:30pm at the Amery City Hall
regarding the Whispering Waters subdivision.
The Amery City Council
will meet at 5pm today in the Council Chambers at the Amery City Hall. Before the meeting begins, two public
hearings will be held, one on the North Twin boat landing expansion and the
other on the North Park campground full-hookup sites. A new fire chief is scheduled to be
appointed. The Whispering Waters
subdivision will come before the Council. Various licenses will be approved by the City Council. The evaluation of the City Administrator is
also on the agenda.
June 2, 2015
Public Safety Committee Meets Tonight
The City of Amery Public
Safety Committee will meet in closed session tonight, Tuesday, June 2nd, at 7pm
in Conference Room One at City Hall for a legal matter relating to the Police
Gun Range, according to City Administrator, Darcy Long.
May 5, 2015
City Council Committees Meet Today
Three committees of the Amery City Council will meet
today. The Public Works Committee
meeting begins at 9am at City Hall and its agenda includes the public water
system fluoridation and the clarifier repair.
The Finance Committee meeting begins at 5pm in the
City Council Chambers at City Hall and its agenda includes the Cardinal Glass
assessment appeal, an outstanding TIF loan, an employee satisfaction survey, a
closed session regarding the sale of public property, and a closed session
regarding an employment matter.
The Public Safety Committee meeting begins at 6pm in
Conference Room One at City Hall and its agenda includes the police dog proposal,
a citizen petition for an urban chicken ordinance, and traffic issues in the
alley behind City Hall.
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