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Coleman Board Okays ATV Trails in Village

In a relatively short meeting on Monday, Feb. 4, the Coleman Village Board approved an annual resolution supporting ATV Trails within the village limits. Village President Glenn Woulf recalled this is close to the 10th consecutive year that the Board passed such a resolution. In making the statement, Woulf hinted at the possibility in future year of making the resolution last for longer than one year so it wouldn 't have to be passed yearly.

The main route for the trail, which is open from May 1 to Oct. 31, is East Avenue, the portion of River Drive, beginning at Business 141 and continuing west to the intersection of East Avenue. Also MacArthur Drive, E. 16th Road, the road to the Wastewater Treatment Plant, the alley behind Gendron 's, extending west from S. Louis Avenue to S. Railway Avenue, South Railway Avenue, beginning at Main Street and continuing south to the alley which runs behind Gendron 's. The Sunset Avenue beginning at Business 141 and continuing north to the empty field behind the Station House Restaurant.

The secondary route is Elm Drive and South Park Avenue. A crossing only is Linda Lane.

The Board recommendation notes that by opening up streets to ATVs potentially will bring in dollars by allowing riders access to gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants. The speed limit on the village trails is 5 to 10 mph, with a sound limit of 96 decibels. The Ambassador Program of the N.E.W. Riders ATV Club erects the signage and patrols the trails.

In other matters, the Board approved small budget transfers for Year End 2012. All of the monies were transferred between similar funds to balance accounts over budget with those accounts under budget.

Woulf read a letter of thanks from the Coleman/Pound Library Board for the village donation of $2,500. Woulf congratulated the Coleman School District on being recipient of the $100,000 Centennial award from Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America. The Board acknowledged the award means a great deal to the school district, and ultimately to the village and the surrounding area it will advance their technology and technology education plans.

The Recreation Committee asked that those who decorated trees by the ball field for Christmas to remove them. As the Recreation Committee chairman put it, Christmas is over. It is time.

The Public Works Committee praised the good job being done by the village employee when it comes to snow removal. Woulf added the County Highway Department is putting together a quote for the village about fixing a drainage problem on one of the city streets.

The Licenses Committee informed the rest of the Board that Jeff Gosa is now chairman.

The Zoning and Planning Commission had nothing to report other than the Cougar Country Business Association was holding their banquet meeting the same night as this meeting of the Village Board. The Pound Village Board also had their meeting scheduled for this night. It was noted the new double-sided Coleman sign has been erected south of the southern Coleman exit on Hwy 141.

The monthly Police/Court Report showed there were 22 complaints issued in January, resulting in 6 adult citations totaling $1,629. The Court also had 5 adult cases, 22 juvenile cases, and 1 just cause case. Police Chief Ida Soletske reported 196.5 hours for the month, and the court clerk Katie Torres had 117.5 hours.

The Fire Department responded to five calls during the month. One was a chimney fire, 3 structure fires, and 1 lift assist, for a total of 11 hours and 121.5 total man hours. The month’s training was on extrication equipment. The total calls year-to-date are 13. The Fire Department year runs from November to October.

The Building Inspector reported a good amount of time in January to March is spent on renewal for state certification. The only other contact in January was with a commercial property owner on Main Street in regards to safety and appearance issues at two locations.

The Treasurer 's Report showed receipts in January of $350,000 and journal entry transfers of $46,000. There were regular disbursements of $177,665.36, $14,560.47 for payroll and transfers in the amount of $300,000. As of Jan. 31, the balances were Checking--$28,364.73; Money Market #1--$449,786.82; and Money Market #2--$242,781.88. Total cash on hand at the end of the month was $720,932.88.

The Board authorized monthly vouchers totaling $127,151.26.


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