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Pound Seeks Volunteers For Parade Committee

Issue Date: March 7, 2019

At a brief regular monthly meeting on Monday, March 4 Pound Village Board was advised that Trustee David Navis had resigned from the Village Utility Commission. Navis suggested that Trustee John Homontowski be named to replace him. Homontowski agreed to accept the responsibility, and the vote in favor of having him seated on the Commission was unanimous.

At meetings in January and February there had been discussion on forming committees to assist the board with various duties. Clerk/Treasurer Patricia Schutte had advised that they would need to get someone else to handle the village parade events, as she would no longer be the person responsible for them.

At Monday's meeting, the board agreed a Parade Committee should be formed, and asked anyone willing to serve on it to contact Clerk Schutte at the village hall. "If they want to have a parade they need to step up," Homontowski declared. "This isn't going to be done any more by a few people on our town board!"

At a special meeting on Monday, Feb. 11 the board had discussed creating a Policies and Procedures manual for village employees and had taken home a sample from the Village of Lena to study. Homontowski asked the manual be put on the agenda for discussion and possible action at its April meeting.

Village President Terry Early said it was not on this meeting's agenda because they were waiting to see what is happening with the audits that are currently underway. Auditor Joel Rennie is still working on the audit for 2016 forward, and special audit firm Sikich LLP is working on a prior audit. Earley said the Rennie audit is about 70 -percent done. Clerk Schutte said Rennie is waiting for response letters from board members, who said they have now submitted them.

Financial information for the fire department and the utility board were provided as requested at previous meetings.

The agenda provided for continuing the discussion on location of a business site in the village for DNS Salvage and Recycling. However, there was no DNS spokesman on hand, so that was bypassed.

The fire department had two lift assist calls last month and 16 members attended the last meeting. They shared training on blood borne pathogens with Coleman/Fire Department. Equipment and hydrants are in good shape, and inspections are complete.

Public Works Director Kevin Schutte reported doing maintenance on various pieces of equipment, being busy plowing snow, and having problems with people who don't turn their headlights on when it's snowing. He also cautioned that people should not follow the plow too closely.

Trustee Mary Meyer commented that if anybody gets in an accident with a plow vehicle it is their fault, since the snow plows always have the right of way.

Schutte also reminded everyone it is illegal to plow or blow snow into the street right of way. He commented it is good that the village widened some streets in recent years, since some of them are down to one lane anyway.

Schutte said he is out of salt/sand, but thinks he might still get some from Marinette County Highway Department. Earley said Oconto County is pretty much out of salt.

Schutte said the tires on the skid steer are bad and need to be replaced. Cost will be about $250 each, and since his spending limit is $500 without board approval he couldn't buy them. Navis said he only needs approval from the village president, not the full board. Earley said to go ahead and buy them.

Earley said Brian Ermis had asked about possible purchase of a property for a used car lot, but he thought it was zoned residential. He was advised the village does not have zoning. Clerk Schutte said a map just shows the current usage. If he does buy the property he will need to put in a driveway, and he will need a permit for that.


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