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Board Hears Request for Rescue Squad Loan

Issue Date: March 29, 2018

During a meeting of the Village of Wausaukee Board held on Wednesday, March 21, Tom Arthur, Wausaukee Rescue Squad (WRS), asked the Board to consider a short-term (3 year) lending agreement to pay off an existing loan held by WRS of approximately $60,000. To repay the debt, the WRS would make monthly payments to the Village equal to the amount of their current payment on the loan. They would also waive the annual contract fee for the next two years, with the third and final year cut in half. The Board agreed to add this item to next month's agenda for discussion.

Discussion took place regarding Trista Hobbs of U.P. Engineers, to update the Board on the grant application progress for park upgrades. Hobbs informed the Board on the Park's Committee's progress to date. She continued that she is finalizing the grant application and would like to set another meeting with the Committee to review the application before submission. A Park's Committee meeting was set for Friday, April 6 at 10 am.

Dan Peterson, President of Stephenson National Bank & Trust, was present to discuss future changes at SNBT. Peterson informed the Board that SNBT is purchasing the current Great North Bank facility upon their closure in April. He stated that they are currently working to find an interested party to occupy their current 5,000 sq. ft. facility before they move out, and stressed they are open to any discussions or proposals. He expressed SNBT's continued commitment to Wausaukee.

Dean Zanon, Cedar Corporation, gave an update to the Board on the PERF results. Zanon informed the Board that the Safe Water Drinking Loan Program (SWDLP) released the Project Priority Listing, and the Village of Wausaukee scored 392 " third from the top. He explained that the ranking qualifies the Village for principal forgiveness (up to 60%) as well as a low interest, possibly zero interest, loan though the SWDLP to install a new well. Zanon continued that the Village is also eligible to apply for another CDBG grant as a second funding source. He suggested having Cedar Corporation begin the application process for a CDBG grant which would be due by May 24, 2018. In addition, the Board would need to pass two resolutions at their next monthly meeting " one to commit match funds for the CDBG application, and one to update the Fair Housing Ordinance. Zanon stated that he will prepare and agreement for the next meeting that will allow Cedar Corporation to begin an Engineering Study/Report, as well as write the CDBG grant application.

The Board reviewed the Utility Report as presented by Jeff Mayou. Mayou informed the Board that the WWTP lab was recertified as of Friday, March 16. He added that Tylor Stumbris, Operator in Training, passed both of his exams.

President Hilbert Radtke in his report stated, Village snow removal policy that he has received complaints regarding how/when snowplowing is done in the Village. He stated that there has been a policy in place for over 20 years, and the Streets Department has followed those procedures with every winter storm. Brush pick-up week will be May 14-18 and Spring Clean-Up day is set for May 19.

Radtke also stated that he had complaints regarding truckers on County C while road bans are on. He spoke with the trucking company, and they agreed to stay off the road until the ban is lifted.

Posting location changes per Wis. Stats. 985.02 (2) (a) " Radtke informed the public that per changes in the state statues, notices are no longer posted in three public places, but rather one public place (Village Hall) and electronically on the Village website.

Radtke stated that dogs at large are becoming a problem in the Village and noted that only 10 licenses have been issued in 2018. He announced that unlicensed dogs that are seized by the Village will not be returned until they are licensed with the Village Clerk.

Radtke stated that the Village will try and sweep sand before the rains start to avoid clogging the storm sewers with dirt and debris.

Radtke asked the Board to consider whether the Village should hire a seasonal groundskeeper this year.

He also announced that Master Gardeners are still wanted to maintain the new flower/planting beds along the Highway 141 corridor. Interested parties should contact the Clerk's office.

Discussion took place regarding the Appointment of Wausaukee Housing Authority Representative Incumbent Pat Tracy. The Board decided to appoint Pat Tracy to another 5-year term on the Wausaukee Housing Authority Board.

Quote(s) were discussed for insulating attic and sheeting outside of brick storage building. Board voted to accept the bid from Grandaw Construction for $7,750 pending the submission of an itemized quote to include treated lumber, coil flashing on top of walls, white steel, and a completion date of October 2018.

A quote for the replacement parts for the motor in the oxidation ditch was discussed. The Board voted to approve the quote from Lakeside Equipment Corporation for replacement parts for the motor in the oxidation ditch.

There was also discussion regarding the clean-up of the old school property. Radtke stated that he spoke with Wausaukee Business Association President, Kim Marsolek, and was informed that they plan on cleaning up the area once the frost is out of the ground.

In regards to Ordinance 2018-07 the Board voted to adopt an Ordinance Relating to Restitution and Traffic Forfeitures.

The Board discussed and approved a Charter Ordinance Changing the Composition of the Village Board from 5 members to 7 members.


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