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Pound Wastewater Exceeds Inflow By 1.4 Million Gallons

Issue Date: May 20, 2020

The Pound Village Board meeting on Monday, May 11 was the first in the new term of Trustee Wayne Gross, who was elected on April 7 to return as a village trustee after an absence of several years. He was welcomed back to the board by Village President Terry Earley and trustees John Homontowski, Mike Rogodzinski and Mary Meyer. Meyer also began a new 2-year term on the board after being re-elected in the April 7 voting.

Due to coronavirus social distancing regulations, the 6 p.m. meeting was held at the Pound Community Center instead of the village Hall.

During time for public comment at the start of the meeting former Public Works Director Kevin Schutte asked to buy a number of old unused concrete curb stops from the village for $15 each, as well as an inoperable old water meter for which Schutte said he would pay more than the scrap iron price. The board agreed to advertise the items for sale on the state web site and Schutte and anyone else who is interested can make an offer. Clerk/Treasurer Diane Patz said later the village has 17 of the curb stops, and new ones cost about $40 each. She was not sure how many Schutte wants to buy or how he plans to use them. She also said the old meter is gone and no longer in village possession so it cannot be offered for sale.

At Meyer's suggestion the items will be offered for sale on the Wisconsin Surplus Auction web site so anyone interested can bid on them.

Also at the start of the meeting Rogodzinski said he had received a text message from a village resident concerned that village board minutes and financial reports are not posted on the village web site. Rogodzinski noted that Patz has only been village clerk/treasurer for a very busy nine months and expressed hope that people will be patient while she learns the very complicated job and deals with the procedure changes brought about by coronavirus rules. In the meantime, people can get copies of the minutes and reports by contacting Patz at the village office. Meyer suggested putting a notice to that effect on the village web site.

Earley agreed that the web site is a convenience, but noted they meet legal requirements for meeting notices by posting notices in three places in the village and notifying the press.

Patz said she has been asked when the village parks will re-open. Earley replied he did not think they could legally open them with the coronavirus "Safer At Home" order in place.

Public Works Director Scott Fuelle said he understood the restrooms could not be opened, but the parks could. (That issue may now be moot since the May 13 Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling that Gov. Tony Evers and Secretary of Health designee Andrea Palm had exceeded authority by issuing the extension to May 26, followed by May 15 rule changes.)

In his monthly report, Utilities Operator Aaron Patefield advised the board that infiltration of fresh water to the sanitary sewer system appears to be getting worse and he planned to start televising lines after the next rain event to find sources of the major inflows.

He said the village water utility had produced an average of 23,000 gallons of clean water per day, but sent an average of 71,000 gallons of wastewater per day for treatment at the Coleman Wastewater Treatment plant. He said that difference means there are approximately 1.4 million more gallons of wastewater flowing out of the village through the sanitary sewer system than the amount of clean water being produced for household and business use. The Village of Pound contracts with the Village of Coleman Water and Sewer Utility for treatment of its wastewater.

Patefield's report said the water system bacti samples for April were both safe, there is a water leak behind the village hall, he is getting costs for replacing and possibly moving an inoperable hydrant on the north end of the village water system, and they would be flushing hydrants again on Thursday, May 14.

Patefield, who also operates the Coleman Water and Sewer Utility, is also serving as Utilities Operator for Pound while training Fuelle for those duties.

In his report to the board, Fuelle said he had obtained his Commercial Driver's License (CDL) learning permit on Wednesday, May 6 and will take the test as soon as he can get an appointment from the Department of Transportation. License testing has been delayed due to coronavirus restrictions.

He said property maintenance letters had been sent to owners of some owners and/or renters in the village giving them 30 days to clean up their yards and he has seen some improvements. He mentioned discovering a leak outside the village hall by the water tower, and said the repairs are completed.

Marinette County will be patching potholes and replacing asphalt on County Q and at water repair sites in front of the Community Center and village hall. A hydrant is cracked and needs to be replaced or repaired, and he had attached quotes from Dan Risner. He suggested they could move the hydrant to County Q and CP "where it belongs," but he had not yet gotten a cost estimate for that.

Fuelle reported he has started cutting grass in the village, but during the rainy days of April he had repainted the clerk's office and the village hall, and greased the garbage truck and changed oil, pressure washed the garbage truck and village truck after cleaning them inside and out.

He said he has begun cleaning out and organizing the old DNR building, which he described as "a real mess." He said much work still needs to be done, but he has started.

Del Hannon, who also has been doing work for the village, asked where all the tools the village owned had gone. "There's nothing left, not even a claw hammer," he declared, then added there is a welder worth about $50. Earley said that issue was not on the evening's agenda, but they could put it on the agenda for a future meeting.

In his monthly report for the fire department, Rogodzinski said due to the coronavirus there had been no meetings or trainings. The department had responded to one mutual aid call. The driveshaft broke on the tender and they are fixing it themselves. Financial report shows the department has a checking account balance of $15,791.50 after paying bills and the savings account had a $20,744.17 balance after adding $1.71 in interest. The department also has a $3,075.71 Equipment Replacement fund CD.

The board again discussed issues with the old King Garage property at 4004 Business Hwy. 141 for which the owner has told the village board there are plans to develop a vehicle repair facility that would include restoration of vintage vehicles and repairs to other equipment, for example fork lifts. The owner had moved an older mobile home onto the property without a permit and at previous meetings the board had ordered it moved. It now has been moved outside the village. The board had also ordered installation of a privacy fence to hide view of the vehicles awaiting repair from neighbors and passers-by.

A fence has been installed which apparently does little to shield the storage yard area from view.

Patz said the owner had asked her if the village has a definition of "privacy fence," and said packaging for the material she bought at Menards for the fence says "privacy fence."

Earley said the owners told him they were purchasing the material, and he said okay, "but the stuff they put up is like a screen door."

Patz said she had even doubled it the fencing material, and that is expensive.

Meyer said the fence was a compromise rather than making them move the vehicles, ""but they should have used common sense"We all took it for granted that it would be a woven fence."

Rogodzinski said he would like to see the definition of a privacy fence.

Patz noted the owner said all the vehicles there are client vehicles.

Meyer suggested someone should check every day on what is being done there. Earley said they will look, and also should get them to come to a meeting for a face to face discussion with the board.

At the previous meeting Homontowski had suggested creation of committees be placed on the agenda for this meeting. When it came up he said committees would take some of the work load off the monthly meeting. If there were three members of the board on a committee it would be a quorum of the full board, so he suggested having either 2-person committees, or have three members, two of them members of the board and the other a volunteer from the community.

Earley noted there used to be a Water and Sewer Board but that had been dissolved and its duties assigned to the Village Board. That could again be a committee. Other suggested committees were finance, and public issues, "like the one we were talking about tonight."

Rogodzinski suggested putting invitations into the next water bills to see if anyone from the village wants to be on a committee. Meyer felt they should first figure out what committees they want and go from there.

After further exchange of ideas for committees the board agreed to postpone a decision and continue the discussion at a future meeting.

After discussion via telephone with Ashley Samano the board approved her plans to set up a full service beauty salon in her home at 205 Maple Street. Samano said she is state certified and plans to be a full service salon, offering hair care, manicures, and related services. The Salon will be in a porch attached to her residence, but with a separate entrance and separate restroom. She plans to post a sign with her logo and phone number, and to offer services by appointment only. To a question from Gross, she said her shop must pass a state inspection. Earley asked her to bring in the blue prints so the board understands her plans. Gross asked if she will use chemicals that require special handling of wastewater. Earley agreed they would look into that before giving approval.

The agenda included discussion on an ordinance governing mobile homes in the village. Rogodzinski noted they are working with Lepinski on the planned mobile home park, but felt they need an ordinance for the homes on individual properties, "We don't want to bring eyesores into the village. Gross said they cannot put age limits on mobile homes any more, but can require them to meet HUD standards. Lepinski has assured the board the homes in his mobile home park will be nice and not eyesores.

Moving on, the board approved a one-year extension on a variance they had granted last year for the owners of a property at 4033 Business 141 (behind the R-Store and just before the overpass) to keep two horses.

Earley said there is plenty of property there, and there have been no problems, so he moved to extend the variance for another year and Homontowski seconded. Rogodzinski was concerned they were opening a can of worms and voted against it, but the rest of the board voted in favor.

Rogodzinski said he had received a text message asking if the village would have a Spring Cleanup Day this year. The person who messaged him told him the Spring Cleanup Day had always been held on the third Saturday of May.

Rogodzinski had worked without charge to oversee the Fall Cleanup Day last year, and volunteered to do the same thing this year if it is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Saturday after the Labor Day weekend, which would be Sept. 12. Cost last year was $474 for the containers and disposal.

Earley noted the previous Public Works Director had accepted TVs, paint, and other items that the village has no way to get rid of. He added he did not care if they accepted those things, but said they needed to charge enough to cover disposal costs. Del Hannon said Coleman just had a Cleanup Day and did not accept fridges, TVs, air conditioners, etc. He added they had just finished up cleaning up an area of Pound village property "that was full of TVs, etc."

Gross said the village is responsible for the recycling laws and need to be able to tell people what they can do with things like that, but they can charge enough to cover the cost. Beaver charges $50 to dispose of a large TV and $30 for a small one.

Rogodzinski said they should not accept tires, appliances or recyclables, except scrap metal, which would be limited to 1,000 pounds per household. The disposal would be for things like mattresses, couches and other furniture items too large to go into regular garbage.

Hannon said he will take refrigerators and air conditioners at no charge, as he knows where to get rid of them.

Earley commented the person complaining about lack of a Spring Cleanup Day is the one who put a stop to it in the first place.

After some explanation by Fuelle the board agreed to contract for sanding village streets next year rather than buying salts sand and doing it themselves. Fuelle said there are new rules coming into effect next year that will require a retaining pond and other improvements to their storage facilities if they plan to stock their own salt for next year. He said they spend $3,000 a year just to buy salt, and then must store it and put it on the streets. Hannon said the village salt spreader is rusty in any case. Fuelle said he pressure washed it and it looks better.

After Gross agreed to help prepare specifications to seek bids for the salting the board unanimously approved a motion to seek bids for salting streets during the 2020-2021 winter season.

The board also unanimously approved a motion to sell an old fire truck on the state's on-line auction. Earley believed it had been given to the village by the DNR years ago, and anyone from the fire department who wants it can bid on it. Fuelle said it had come from WPS, and his father had rebuilt it and gave it to the fire department. He suggested a minimum bid of at least $500, but Earley noted it still has the pump and tank on it, and at his suggestion the minimum bid was set at $1,500.

Fuelle said the village's 1958 model tornado warning siren motor is frozen up. A reconditioned used motor would cost about $10,000, and a new one would cost about $15,000. Rogodzinski and Earley wondered if they still legally need a siren. Everyone agreed they should get more information before ordering anything, and Earley and others were worried about where the money would come from if they must do it.

At the last meeting Homontowski had recommended that the village provide a security access system for the clerk's office, with access governed by a button on the clerk's desk, "so if someone wants to come in and cause a disturbance, Dianne doesn't have to open the door."

Fuelle suggested before putting a lot of money into a lock they should consider replacing the door, since he had just filled a number of rust holes in it.

Homontowski moved to replace the door and provide the locking system, but the board agreed to wait until they get some prices.

Earley said he would like to buy the first 200 feet of a 50-foot strip of property the village owns between his house and the Parkview Apartments next door. He said he has been maintaining the property, and had an agreement a few years ago to buy it from the village for $800 if he agreed to build a garage on it, which would add to the village tax base. He said he could not do that because it is three feet lower than his property.

Homontowski commented if he buys the property the village can afford the new door and lock.

Gross moved to table the proposal to get more information on the property, plus cost of surveying. Patz said another person in the village would like to buy some property by the cemetery to put a garage on it and get better access to their property.

Bills were paid as presented.

Patz reported building permits had been issued to Chris Kuntz for concrete work at 1036 Co Q, Chelsea Warwick for new siding at 416 Meyer and Coleman Pound Lions Club to replace the roof on their building on Parkview Lane.

The board agreed to hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 19 to consider some amendments to the 2020 budget that must be done before June 1. Main budget concerns were related to a shortfall in the TIF District financing. Earley commented the TID business park had been intended to make money for the village, but has been costing instead. Only one business has located there so far. Rogodzinski wondered how they could attract more, and Meyer suggested getting advice from inVenture North and also contacting the consultants who had helped set it up originally. Homontowski commented access to the business park is not convenient for store-type businesses.

Other items on the agenda for the May 19 meeting were to consider purchase or trade of the skid steer for a tractor, and to discuss and consider ordinances.


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