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Elk Mound approves five-year street plan

By LeAnn R. Ralph

ELK MOUND — The Elk Mound Village Board has approved a five-year street improvement plan that includes University Street past the school and Elk Mound Drive, the road going out to the Dunn County collection station.

University and Elk Mound Drive will both be expensive street projects, said Terry Stamm, director of public works, at the Elk Mound Village Board’s October 2 meeting.

The year 2015 will be Elk Mound’s best chance for a transportation grant, Stamm said, suggesting that the village may want to wait to do an expensive project and to also give the village time to save money toward the project.

Stamm said he was anticipating transportation aids of between $40,000 and $50,000.

The Kings Court street project this year cost $20,000, he noted.

Stamm recommended that Garland Avenue be the street project for next year.

The streets do not have to be done in the order that they are listed on the plan, he said.

Garland Avenue has not been paved in almost 40 years, Stamm said.

The Elk Mound Village Board unanimously approved the five-year street plan.

The plan must be submitted to Dunn County by October 15 in order for Elk Mound to be eligible for grant money.

Other business

In other business, the Elk Mound Village Board:

• Learned that the village’s insurance company had paid a claim of $3,287.77 for a sewer line backing up into a residence.

• Approved bartender operator licenses for Sarah Biba and Marya Lo.

• Approved a contract in the amount of $400 with Margaret and Steve Dieter for the ice rink space on their property at 307 University Street.

• Approved the mobile home park license for Nelson Mobile Home Court. The license fee is $64.

• Approved an assessor contract with Bowmar Appraisals. The contract for 2014 represents a $200 increase.

• Learned that chlorine and fluoride monitors for Well House No. 2 would cost around $7,000. The monitors must be visible from the window so that the operator knows it is safe to enter the well house, Stamm said. Chlorine and fluoride mixed together produce a deadly combination that will be toxic in a half a breath, said Mark Levra, public works employee.