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Coleman Village Board Increases Court Fees
Issue Date: December 5, 2013
The Coleman Village Board raised fees for court costs in the Municipal Court. The three changes, which Municipal Judge Clifford Patz strongly recommended to the Board, came into effect immediately after they were adopted by the group at its Monday, Dec. 2 meeting.
As of Nov. 9, State law allows municipal courts to charge defendants court costs in a range of $15 to $38 per citation, an increase from the former schedule of $15 to $28.
The Board also voted to charge defendants $10 per hour for the services of an interpreter if one is needed, an increase from $10.00per half-day. The third change raises the costs assessed to defendants for the execution of a judgment from the current flat fee of $12 to the actual cost incurred by village police or the Marinette County Sheriffs office to complete the action.
Patz cited a recent situation when village police had to go to Milwaukee to execute a warrant for the arrest of a defendant previously found guilty and bring this person to the Marinette County Jail. The expense totaled more than $300, but the defendant could only be charged the statutory $12. Patz also noted that this action applies only to defendants already found guilty.
Patz also told the board that the real cost of an interpreter is $10 an hour, and the interpreters fee is only charged to defendants needing interpreters who are found guilty at trial. He also projects that the increased court cost fee will bring an additional $300 and $400 to the municipal court budget.
The Board also renewed an agreement with Cedar Corporation of Green Bay for an additional year of consulting services for technical and economic information that assists the Board in making its village planning decisions. The flat fee of $2,200 for 2014 is the same fee that was agreed for 2013.
The Board also discussed emergency procedures for the village and the school, noting that the siren at the village firehouse is now connected to the Marinette County Law Enforcement Center. The siren will be tested soon.
The Board also approved an Operators License for Janae Engels to sell beer at the Shell Gas Station and convenience store she owns. It also appointed four election inspectors for the 2014-2015 period, along with eight possible poll workers. In other actions, the Board endorsed a recommendation from the Zoning and Planning Commission to Pat May of 225 Linda Lane a permit to tear off all the residences roofing tiles and reroof the house.
The Board also noted with gratitude a gift of several Christmas trees from Dave and Julie Bushmaker, along with their gift of time to remove some old trees which had died.
Trustees Jesse Parker, Jeff Gosa, Nancy Stank, Wayne Smet and Diane Patz took part in the meeting led by Village President Glenn Woulf. Village Clerk/Treasurer Julie Nosgovitz attended, recorded minutes, and answered procedural questions. The Board will hold its next meeting on Monday, Jan. 6 at the Municipal Building.