Little Leah Dunlap, 4, Cancer Patient, Is Parade Marshall
On recommendation of the American Legion, 4-year-old Leah Dunlap will be Parade Marshal for Wausaukees Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 6. The little Princess of Power and her parents, Pat and Jill Dunlap, with overwhelming support from the Wausaukee community have been waging a battle with cancer. Wausaukee Village Board at a special meeting Monday, June 24 ratified the Legions recommendation. They also approved a fireworks permit for Trustee Rosie Figas for the night of July 6.
Other details for the Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 6 were among items addressed by Wausaukee Village Board at their meeting on Monday, June 17. The board approved closing Church Street from Perch Lake Road to Maple Street to traffic from 8 a.m. to midnight to facilitate the day-long events, including the parade, and parts of Fairgrounds Road and Cedar Street from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the 5K walk/run event.
The 1 p.m. parade will stage at Kenny Drive and proceed north on hwy. 141, turning east into the Evergreen Park Campground.
The July 6 festivities will include food and drink, music and games downtown sponsored by the American Legion and Lions Club; the 3rd Annual Firecracker 5K walk/run event, registration starting at 7 a.m., run starting at 8 a.m. from Stumbris Park (near the Fairgrounds); baseball tournaments, basketball court, inflatable bouncy toys, meat raffle, and food and drink at the Stumbris Memorial Park Ball Field sponsored by Wausaukee Recreation Association, and fireworks at Stumbris Memorial Park after dark. Logan Gruszynski will provide music from 5 to 7 p.m. and Daze 2 Nites will play from 7 to 11 p.m.
Meanwhile, activities at the Legion Hall and behind the Bank North parking lot after the parade include bingo, Darryls fish Tank, crafters, North Country Kickers from noon to 5 p.m., John Guarisco DJ from noon to 5 p.m. and a beer garden and Lions Club food booth.
The board agreed to supply picnic tables not needed at Evergreen Park and Campgrounds to the functions in the alley behind Newinghams and Bank North, and for the Stumbris Park activities. A dozen are available for each, with 12 left in the Evergreen Park pavilion. Individuals can rent picnic tables for $5 apiece when they are not needed for village functions. Public Works Director Darryl Schmidt suggested in view of the cost of building the tables they should perhaps consider raising the price for next year.
A temporary Class B license to sell beer and other alcoholic beverages was approved for the American Legion Building for July 6, and operators licenses were approved for Cora Gavigan and Jim Figlewicz to sell alcoholic beverages there.
During the meeting Trustee Kyle Stumbris expressed dissatisfaction with maintenance of the restrooms at Stumbris Park so far this year, stating they are not being cared for as well as last year. That job, along with other maintenance duties at the ball fields is assigned to part-time groundskeeper employees for the village. Whoever unlocks the restrooms should be sure to re-lock the padlock so it cannot be removed. He said someone - probably kids - had used it to try to break into the concession stand. They ultimately kicked the door in and caused some damage, including breaking light bulbs in the restrooms.
Many reservations have been coming in for the campgrounds at Evergreen Park, Schmidt reported.
There was considerable discussion on how to handle sludge removal from the wastewater treatment plant, and the short window for cleaning in spring, because it needs to be spread after fields thaw in spring but before crops are planted. The board agreed with the recommendation of Village President Hilbert Radtke that spreading should continue until the sludge tower is empty, or until they run out of places to put the sludge.
Trustee Bradley Taylor asked if Schmidt was doing anything about the numerous complaints about free-ranging cats in the village. I only have so many traps, Schmidt agreed cats are a big problem, adding that last week in just one location he trapped eight of them. He had replaced a fire hydrant on Orlando and replaced six curb stops.
During later discussion on the cost of replacing curb stops, Figas urged everyone to think about how they can prevent the damage that makes the repairs necessary. She said most damage to curb stops happens when snow plows hit them, and the person responsible is often the home owner. If theres a curb stop on your property and you damage it, why are the taxpayers of this village paying for repairs? she demanded.
Schmidt said from the main to the curb stop is the village responsibility, and from there in it is the property owners responsibility. Trustee Rosie Figas suggested putting up flags or stakes to identify curb stop locations, but Schmidt said that too can create a liability. Figas suggested everyone try to think of ways to prevent damage.
The written monthly Water and Sewer report noted that the Consumer Confidence (CMAR) Report was ready for board approval, but that was postponed until a special meeting scheduled for Monday, June 24 to give everyone a chance to read it and get questions answered.
Figas noted Water and Sewer Supervisor Supervisor Pam Heritsch was absent and asked if she had been excused. She had also not attended the May board meeting. Radtke commented that attending the monthly board meetings is in her job description. Figas felt if Heritsch was unable to attend there should be at least someone present who can answer questions from the board.
Some of those questions were in connection with the CMAR report, and others centered on a report from the DNR on Nitrate levels in Well No. 1. The report states the source of nitrates in the well is unknown, but the level must be monitored. Radtke noted the well is only 35 feet deep and is in a hollow. He recalled a few years ago when the well got contaminated by a flood and they had to pump it out.
Figas wondered if the relatively high nitrate levels applied just to water from Well No. 1 was from the combined wells, and Radtke felt it was for the entire mix that goes into the water tower. There was brief discussion of perhaps needing to eventually shut down the well with the highest nitrate count.
The report also stated work continues with Utility Services and Lane Tank on proposals for water tower repair and maintenance.
That, and the report by Treasurer Sara Pullen that followed led to discussion on possible need to look again at increasing water and/or sewer rates.
Pullen said she had to transfer $20,000 from the village money market account to cover Water and Sewer expenses because of a cash flow problem. Trustee Ann Hartnell said she should put the money back when payments from the second quarter billings come in, but Pullen said there wont be enough money to do that. She said to some extent the village has the same problem each year, because expenses start in January but Shared Revenue payments do not come in until July. However, This for water and sewer is new...What we never did before was take excess out in December and put it into savings... Its nice to be optimistic, but maybe its time to look again at rates.
Nothing lasts forever, commented Radtke.
Pullen pointed out they had put a lot of money into the water tower account, but now they may need to take it out because of the cash flow problem. Part of the problem, she added, is that gas prices are so high.
Radtke said everyone is feeling that, both regular and propane. He mentioned a place elsewhere in the state selling propane at $1.09 a gallon, but they dont deliver here.
Clerk Toshia Ranallo reported Century Link has been issued a street opening permit to bury cables on Van Buren Street, Butternut Ave., and north on Hwy. 141 to the village limits, which will result in streets being torn up all summer.
Turning to problems with the sewer system, Radtke declared, We have to convince our customers that Handi-Wipes are not bio-degradable. He stressed that only toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet and everything else, including those innocent looking wipes, should be thrown in the garbage. He said the fabric can get caught on even a minor flaw in the sewer lines and cause a major blockage.
Problems with ATVs speeding in the village and ignoring stop signs came up for brief discussion and a plea from Radtke to ATV drivers to please obey the laws so everyone does not lose the privilege of driving on village streets.
Hartnell reported the Safety Committee has set up a meeting with village employees on Wednesday, July 17, and to bring with them lists of supplies and equipment they need, with prices if possible. The group is working on a WRWA Consolidated Group Safety Management Program Manual. Ranallo was to ask Vincent Matarrese of Advance Safety Technology to attend the July 17 meeting.
At a Health and Safety Committee meeting on Wednesday, June 5, it was mentioned that water and sewer employee Michelle Pilkington had evaluated village confined space safety, but the committee questioned whether he evaluated the well buildings. Schmidt was to contact Inlet Electric to evaluate the ventilation in the well buildings. According to written comments by water/sewer Pilkington there isnt an oxygen sensor device in good working condition, and Hartnell, committee chair, asked Clerk Ranallo to tell Pilkington to order one immediately. Hartnell said that some time ago she had instructed Heritsch to order one.
At its May meeting the board considered a request from an individual who wanted to open a humanities school in the village, but after deciding a conditional use permit application with professional plans would need to be submitted before the request could go farther, referred it back to the Plan Commission.
Hartnell said at a Plan Commission meeting on Tuesday, June 11 they had gone over their reports and state codes and concluded again that before they could do anything they needed to have state approved professional plans. She said the proposed developer was given some information, and he told them he has another option and will provide information from a state person who has another suggestion.
He has bigger and better plans for things down the road that he didnt share with us, and well probably have to review them before it goes any farther, Hartnell said.
Discussion that started at previous meetings on an above ground lift station for the South View area led to an agreement that before they can go farther they need to talk about what they actually want. Information can be obtained from Rural Water, Crane Engineering and Coleman Engineering. Pullen said last year the cost was estimated at $82,000.
Radtke asked Ranallo to send letters to two engineering firms asking what they would charge to do the engineering. Ranallo said she would first contact Crane Engineering, Trustee Kyle Stumbris suggested calling MJB also for information on firms that do that sort of work.
Motion by Hartnell to get quotes from engineering firms on cost for design of the proposed above ground lift station was unanimously approved.
The board agreed to buy a new 0-2 sensor for $1,250 rather than try to replace the old one, which in fact would cost slightly more.
Radtke informed the board work to replace the Hwy. 141 bridge may start right after Labor Day and be done before deer season. A decision from the DOT is expected within the month. Because the village has utility lines attached to the bridge that will need to be relocated there may need to be some special financing. Hartnell said she will contact State Rep. Jeff Mursau and Senator Tom Tiffany regarding any grant possibilities this close to the project start.
The board also learned E&LS Railroad is planning a major track rebuild from Nejedlo Road north to the Michigan state line and may ask to have some crossings in the village permanently closed. Some board members wondered when E&LS officials planned to address the board, since they had only spoken with Schmidt and with Hartnell in her capacity as Acting Director for Marinette County Association for Business and Industry. They expressed hope Tom Klimek, spokesman for E&LS, will accept an invitation to address the entire board, hopefully at a 6:30 p.m. meeting on Monday, July 8.
Meanwhile, the board agreed paving for this year should include paving Butternut Street to Jerry Wojciks property line.
There was brief discussion on problems with a leaking roof at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Indications were that Dave Messar, would be asked to look at it. He will contact Heritsch to see how extensive the interior damage had been and how much repair work the roof will need.
Messar asked the board for a variance that will allow him to build a garage on a triangular property he owns in the area of the old Ace Stool Factory. He said he is a third generation owner of the 2-lot property, which he described as road locked. Because of the lot shape and location of street right of way, proper use of the property while complying with setbacks becomes a near impossibility. He said someday he may want to build a home there, but for now, he wants to haul in enough sand to lift the lot level up and improve drainage. He wants a 10 foot entrance off Grove Street for what will be a 7,200-square foot stick built garage with a two foot overhang.
The post of building inspector for the village is vacant, and Messar said he was not happy with what the former building inspector had done for him as a business man. He said he was in the second year of waiting for a permit. The board gave tentative approval for a variance, and tentatively set the date for a public hearing. Later the village learned the variance request needs to go through a Board of Appeals hearing, and the village has never established a Board of Appeals. At the special meeting on Monday, the board approved Jennifer Figas, Ruth Jicha, Brian Hartnell, John Ranallo and Pat Tracy as members of the Board of Review, with Laura Figas and Joellen Simpson as alternates.
The board interviewed building inspector candidate Greg Baas of Alvin at Mondays meeting and asked him to prepare a proposed contract for their consideration at their next regular monthly meeting, which will be on Monday, July 15.
Also at the June 17 meeting, the board unanimously approved a request from Brenda Shelly for a sewer use credit at 408 Church Street, but wondered if she will want to take it. The policy is for a once-in-a-lifetime credit for problems beyond the owners control, and she does qualify, but the credit is only $12, and accepting it would prevent her from receiving any refunds for future problems that could be more severe.
The board agreed to postpone discussion of employee pay scales until budget deliberations start in September.
Trustee Debra Stumbris asked if something can be done about a big bush that blocks vision on the corner by Rhonda Fullers house. Schmidt objected that Fuller loves that big lilac bush, and Radtke suggested they trim it discretely, to improve vision at that corner but not destroy the bush.
Figas said the Housing Authority property along the river needs some work. She said the village owns the river frontage right of way, and suggested if the village would see fit to remove the ugly trees that grow there now, the Housing Authority might see fit to plant some nicer ones. Radtke agreed the brush there needs clearing anyway and said he will put the item on the next agenda.
Annual license renewals were approved for all who applied. They were:
Retailers license, Class A Beer & Liquor:
Exxon Quik Stop, Wausaukee LaFaive Corp (BP), Citgo Quik Food Mart (now Krist Oil), and Sals Food Center.
Retailers license: Class B Beer & Liquor:
Hoovers Prime Tyme, Chippewa LLC, Newinghams Supper Club, and Wausaukee Bowl.
Exxon Quik Stop, Citgo Quik Food Mart (now Krist Oil), Wausaukee LaFaive Corp (BP), Sals Food Center and Family Dollar.
New and Renewal operators licenses were approved for:
Cora Gavigan and Jim Figlewicz, American Legion;
Daniel Maye, Karen Johnson, Pamela Lockhart, Janet Derringer and Mallory Naniot, Wausaukee LaFaive Corp (BP);
Joan Jansen, April Benjamin, Cory Carpenter, Sherrie Schelvan, Tammy Schlies and Paul Zak, Hoovers;
Dawn Burnside, Beth Burnside, and Jenna Seehawer, Newinghams Supper Club;
Kelly Laun, Merrylou Lockman, Jennifer Farrell, Lisa Ulsh, Joyce Schrank and Jill Ann OMary, Exxon Quik Stop;
Janine Severson, Amanda Orlando, Kean Stumbris, Richard Gibbs, S& J Chippewa LLC;
Virginia Novak and Molly Lund, Sals Food Center; and
Sara Pullen, Wausaukee Bowl.
Joellen Simpson reminded the board that Concerts in the Park are being held every Sunday at 2 p.m. in Evergreen Park except on Sunday, July 7. Entertainment on Sunday, June 30 will be one-man band Rick Hansen, and Randy VanVooren will strum and sing on Sunday, July 14.
Problems with the brush cutter, mainly the hydraulic pump, were discussed at the meetings on June 17 and again on June 24, when board members present agreed to have the repairs done by Beaver Machine for $4,893. Buying a new machine would cost $11,500. Brad Taylor, before making the motion to fix the 11-year-old machine, commented that once the pumps and lines are replaced, which will be done, anything else that goes wrong is minor. Other board members present agreed without dissent.
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