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  • REQUEST FOR BIDS - Recreation Trail Connection - French Creek Estates to Devils River State Trail

    Official Bid Informational Packet: FC Estates Trail Connection

  • Hiring - Part-Time Parks Supervisor

    VILLAGE PARKS SUPERVISOR JOB OPENING

    JOB TITLE: Village Parks Supervisor

    SUPERVISOR: Village Board of Trustees

    ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: This position is responsible for the maintenance and operations of the Village’s parks and trails. Work is performed seasonally with some weekend and holiday hours required. The position performs under the supervision of the Village Board.

    POSITION ROLE: The position is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Village’s Park System. It is the goal of the Village Board, Clerk/Treasurer and Parks position to work as a team, to provide consistent services to Village residents.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES – PARK MAINTENANCE: The following are the expectations of the regarding the park maintenance component of the position:

    1. Responsible for maintenance of parks and other public grounds as assigned. May include mowing and trimming grass, grooming ball diamonds, measuring and lining athletic fields, field maintenance, installs and maintains landscaping and fencing, empties trash and recycling containers, stores and maintains seasonal equipment.
    2. Cleans and maintains recreation facilities, restrooms and pavilions.
    3. Prepares facilities and grounds for pavilions rentals and special events.
    4. Picks up trash and empties trash receptacles in the parks and on public lands.
    5. Performs general maintenance and repairs to park buildings and facilities.
    6. Installs, maintains and inspects playground equipment.
    7. Installs and maintains parks and recreation equipment such as benches, grills and athletic equipment.
    8. Performs minor carpentry, plumbing, electrical, painting and concrete work.
    9. Makes repair and improvement recommendations to the Village Board.
    10. Performs routine maintenance, cleaning and minor repairs to equipment.
    11. Plants trees, shrubs, flowers and seed mixes.
    12. Performs tree and plant care techniques including pruning, staking, removal, mulching and watering.
    13. Participates in seminars and meetings as requested by the Village Board.
    14. Oversees and provides direction to seasonal employees.
    15. Assist in preparation and set-up for community and park/recreation events.
    16. Repairs and performs preventative maintenance and routine repair on buildings, facilities, playground equipment, tractors, mowers, and other equipment.

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    1. Ability to be a resource and advisor for trustees regarding parks.
    2. Communicate effectively and respectfully with other employees, supervisors and the public.
    3. Ability to work as an effective team member to assure the optimal performance for Village employees.
    4. Ability to complete assignments in a timely manner with others or alone.
    5. Work with none or limited supervision.

    EDUCATION/TRAINING/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

    1. High School Diploma or GED.
    2. 18 years or older
    3. Valid Wisconsin Driver’s License.
    4. Parks and recreation facility construction, maintenance, repair and operations experience preferred.

    ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THE JOB: This position is performed in both indoor and outdoor settings, possibly in adverse weather conditions.

    1. Requires the ability to work under moderately unsafe and uncomfortable conditions where exposure to environmental factors such as temperature variations, noise, wetness, machinery, electrical currents, traffic hazards and/or dust may cause discomfort and where there may be a risk of injury.
    2. Requires the ability to exert moderately heavy physical effort in moderate to heavy work, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, lying, lifting heavy amounts, carrying, pushing and pulling.
    3. Requires the ability to sit, stand and walk and do repetitious tasks for an extended period of time.
    4. Requires the ability to frequently lift loads of up to fifty pounds.
    5. Requires the ability to climb, descend and work from a ladder.
    6. Requires the ability to operate/use hand tools, power tools, motorized vehicles and equipment.

    TERM: This is a part-time position, with occasional monthly evening meeting attendance. This is an appointed at will position.

    APPLICATION, click here.

  • Now Hiring - Part-Time Park Maintenance Worker for Summer 2022

    NOW HIRING SEASONAL PARK WORKER SUMMER 2022

    The Village of Francis Creek is seeking SEASONAL Park Maintenance employee(s). SEASONAL park maintenance employees are responsible for the general (cleaning, mowing and landscaping) maintenance of the Village's parks, green spaces, recreational and other municipal facilities under the direction of the Parks Supervisor and Village Board. The position has hours during April/May through August/September (depending on weather/season length).

    Depending on the candidate, we may be able to offer two (2) days/week up to five (5) days/week during these months. Work day is typically 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  and will likely include Saturday hours for trips to the Kossuth Transfer Station (the dump) with some flexibility pending weather and special events or projects.

    Starting pay is $11.54 per hour.

    Full Job Description:

    • Assist with grass cutting and trimming
    • Assist with cleaning of buildings and grounds
    • Assist with ball diamond and field maintenance
    • Assist with painting & staining
    • Assist with cleaning and maintaining equipment
    • Assist with street maintenance and painting
    • Assist with forestry operations such as planting trees
    • Other duties as assigned

    Equipment used to perform Essential Functions:

    Trucks, utility vehicles, tractors, hand and power tools, shovels, rakes, brooms, weed eaters commercial grade mowing equipment and push lawn mowers. Personal Protective Equipment is required and provided by the Village.

    On the job training is provided, experience in operating riding lawnmowers, hand tools and small equipment preferred.

    Requirements:

    • Must be a High School graduate to be considered for the position
    • Must be 18 or older with a valid Drivers License

    Seasonal position: May - August

    Please submit your application to the Village of Francis Creek Office, or stop in the Village Office today for an application.  EOE.   

    Resumes and applications will begin review March 7, 2022, position will be accepting applications and posted until filled.

  • Incumbents Who Have Filed a Notification of Noncandidacy
    Incumbents Who Have Filed a Notification of Noncandidacy (EL-163)
    for the 04/05/2022 – 2022 Spring Election
    (Due: 12/24/2021 at 5:00 p.m.)
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Interested in running for any of these offices? Check out our How to Run For Local Office page to get started today!
     
     
     
  • New Ordinances Being Considered at 11/1/2021 Meeting

    New ordinances will be presented to the Village Board to vote on at the November 1, 2021 meeting that starts at 7PM.

    Chicken Ordinance

    ATV/UTV Ordinance (DOES NOT INCLUDE GOLF CARTS)

    If approved, they will be published in the Herald Times Reporter and on the Village Website and take effect on date of publication. Notice will also be posted in the three public posting locations in the Village; inside the post office, at the posting sign at the entrance to Pla-Mor Park located on Norwood, and on the door of the Village Office.

     

  • Now Hiring - Part-Time Sewer Operator and Village Maintenance Worker
    The Village of Francis Creek is seeking candidates for a part-time Village Sewer Operator and Village Park/Maintenance Worker. The position is responsible for the duties of a Village sewer operator and maintenance worker as well as Village ordinances and is directed by the Village Board of Francis Creek. Specific responsibilities include, the maintenance and day to day operations of the Village’s parks, trails, streets and sewer system. Work is performed year-round with weekend and holiday hours required. The position performs under the supervision of the Village Board.
    This position requires working approximately 25 hours per week, with evening meeting attendance required. The starting wage is $18.00 and up DOQ.
     
    Submit resume, cover letter and application to:
    Village of Francis Creek
    200 Norwood Drive, PO Box 68
    Francis Creek, WI 54214

    Please click here for the full job description. Click here for a copy of the employment application. Review of applications will begin on Monday, November 1, 2021 by the Village Board. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The Village of Francis Creek is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications, merit and operational need.

  • WATER SOFTENING AND THE VILLAGE

    The DNR and EPA have given the Village time to reduce chlorides through voluntary measures. If not successful, the DNR/EPA may mandate expensive measures that will impact sewer rates in the future. If upgrading your water softener, contact the Village office about our Water Softener Rebate program.

    Water Softening and the Environment

    The Village of Francis Creek treats approximately 25,000 gallons of wastewater per day before it is discharged to ponds on County Highway V East of the Village. Wastewater treatment plants are designed to remove solids and organics commonly found in wastewater, although it cannot remove chlorides.

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has set limits on the discharge of chlorides from the Village’s wastewater treatment plant. Chlorides are dissolved solids in the water that pass through a wastewater treatment plant. Treating for chlorides would require exotic treatment technologies that are extremely cost prohibitive; therefore, the only feasible way to reduce chlorides discharged from the treatment plant is to reduce the amount of chlorides sent down the sewer.

    Residential softening is the most significant source of chlorides entering the wastewater treatment plant. The salt (sodium chloride) used by the softeners, passes through the treatment plant and ultimately ends up in neighboring lakes, streams, rivers, and groundwater. The cumulative effects of the salt used from each softener can have toxic effects on aquatic plants and animals.

    Why Is Salt A Problem?

    The primary salt utilized in home water softeners is sodium chloride (NaCl), a naturally occurring and commonly used substance. NaCl normally breaks down into sodium (Na+) and chloride (Cl-). These elements are discharged to the wastewater treatment plant via sanitary sewers.

    Chlorides pass through the treatment plant and are discharged to surface water, where they may impact freshwater organisms and plants, from plankton to fish, by altering reproduction rates, increasing species mortality and changing the characteristics of the entire local ecosystem. In addition, as chloride filters down to the water table, it can stress plant respiration and change the desirability of our drinking water.

    How Does A Water Softener Work?

    In many Wisconsin communities, people use water softeners to remove minerals from their water that cause hardness. An ion-exchange process is the traditional method of removing hardness from water. Hard water passes through a column of sodium charged resin, where hard water ions such as calcium and magnesium are removed from the water by exchanging places with the resin-bound sodium ions. The water is then said to be “softened”.

    The resin is “exhausted” when it has given up all or most of its available sodium ions. The resin is then “recharged” with sodium ions during a process known as regeneration. During this process, the resin is washed with a concentrated brine (salt) solution (most often NaCl) that reverses the hardness removal process. The regeneration wastewater, which is high in chlorides, ends up in the drain where it flows to the sanitary sewer.

    What Can I Do to Reduce My Salt Usage?

    Soften only the water that needs to be softened. If you are building a new house, remodeling bathrooms or kitchens, replacing old plumbing or installing a new water softener, consider where your water needs to be softened. Work with your plumber to connect your water softener to only those areas that need softened water.

    Places to “Feed” Softened Water Are:

    • hot water heater
    • laundry facilities
    • dishwashers
    • toilets (consider low flush models)
    • Showers

    Places to Bypass Using the Water Softener:

    • outside water spigots for yard use
    • cold tap drinking water lines

    By softening more water than what is really needed, you increase the cost of operating your softener (in terms of increased payments for salt and energy), and ultimately, more salt will enter the environment as a result of increased softener regenerations.

    Softener Tune Up or Replacement TUNE UP… The Village of Francis Creek encourages residents to have their softeners inspected/tuned up on a regular basis (every 5-years) by a qualified technician who is knowledgeable in increasing softener salt use efficiency. Request that the softener be adjusted to minimize salt use while retaining enough softened water for normal household use. Things to consider include:

    • Verifying softener set for proper hardness. If set for a higher than actual hardness level, the softener may be regenerating too often, wasting salt.
    • Verifying/adjusting water demands
    • Adjusting salt dose per regeneration

    Water softener regeneration is most efficient at the beginning of the brine cycle. The higher the salt dosage in the cycle, the lower the regeneration efficiency.

    By setting your water softener to regenerate more frequently and using less salt for each regeneration, you may be able to increase your softener’s regeneration efficiency.

    SOFTENER REPLACEMENT…

    Many older water softeners regenerate based on a timer typically set to regenerate once every 2 or 3 days, depending on expected water usage and water hardness. By measuring actual demand on the water softener, “demand initiated regeneration”, or DIR controls are much more efficient in the regeneration process. These systems can reduce salt use by up to 70%. These controls use either a flow meter or a hardness sensor to determine when to begin the cycle. The “payback” period for adding a DIR control to your water softener from reduced salt usage can be as little as 3 years.

    The Village Water Softener Rebate Program provides residents the opportunity to receive cash back when replacing their water softener! Check it out today!

    Newer DIR Models

    Even if your current meter-based softener is older, newer DIR controls can predict and monitor softener performance, reducing salt usage. These higher efficient systems can save an additional 30% of salt use compared to the traditional metered system. Check with your local qualified water softening representative to see what is appropriate for your particular needs. Even if a newer, more efficient water softener is not in your immediate future, you can still optimize the efficiency of your home unit, resulting in savings for you and the environment.

     

     

     
  • 2022 Dog Licensing

    It’s that time of year again, time to license your dogs with the village!

    Every dog, every year must be licensed to reside in the Village of Francis Creek. Yearly license cost is $5.00 for spayed or neutered and $10.00 for intact dogs.  Dogs that are not licensed by April 1st, 2022 will be charged an additional late fee of $10.00 for each dog. Dogs not licensed by April 15, 2022 will be reported to the county.

    Stop in the Village Office during regular hours to get your license.

  • WATER SOFTENING REQUIREMENTS

    An ordinance establishing criteria for water softeners for any new construction and any replacement of current water softeners in the Village of Francis Creek, County of Manitowoc, State of Wisconsin; and

    Whereas, the Village of Francis Creek, Wisconsin, owns and operates a wastewater treatment plant; and

    Whereas, the Village by accepting wastewater assumes the risk for treatment but reserves the right to immediately discontinue acceptance of wastewater or seepage for operational and permit reasons; and

    Now, therefore, be it ordained by the Village of Francis Creek Board; that the following criteria for water softeners for any new construction or replacement of current softeners be established;

    Any water softener installed within the Village of Francis Creek after February 11, 2008, must be rated to have a salt efficiency of at least 4000 grains of hardness removed per pound of salt used.

    All water softeners installed after February 11, 2008 must be approved and inspected by a representative of the Village of Francis Creek.

    Any water softener installed after February 11, 2008, must regenerate on demand only. Water softeners which estimate water usage based on time are prohibited.

    This ordinance following passage by the Village Board shall take effect on the day after its publication.

    The provisions of this ordinance are severable. If any provision of this ordinance is invalid or if the application of any provision to any person or circumstance is invalid, such invalidity shall not affect the provisions or the applications of such or the remaining provisions which can be given effect without the invalid provisions or invalid application.

    Date Adopted 2/11/08

  • NOTICE TO CONTROL NOXIOUS WEEDS

    NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to each person who owns, occupies, or controls lands in the below municipalities of Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, to destroy all Noxious Weeds on such properties before the plants bloom.  The Noxious Weeds are: Canada Thistle, Leafy Spurge, Field Bindweed (Creeping Jenny), and any other such weeds as the governing body of any municipality or the county board by ordinance or resolution declares to be noxious within its respective boundaries.

    In addition to the above Noxious Weeds, all plants out of place and considered detrimental to the county must be controlled on all lands.

    Weeds shall be controlled at such times and in such manner as will effectively prevent such plants from maturing to the bloom stage.  This is set forth in the Wisconsin State Statute 66.0407. 

    VILLAGE OF FRANCIS CREEK, MANITOWOC COUNTY, WISCONSIN

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