By LeAnn R. Ralph
BOYCEVILLE — Ted Litzkow has been watching a company cut trees from village-owned land in Boyceville near where he lives and is concerned whether the village has a contract for the timber.
Litzkow spoke to the Boyceville Village Board September 8 about his concerns.
The trees in question are in the Anderson Hill area by the walking trail.
The logger is not clear-cutting the timber, but with the amount of land, even selectively-cutting the trees has resulted in “huge piles of timber,” Litzkow said.
Litzkow said he has talked with Gilbert Krueger, village president, and Don Rose, director of public works, to ask about whether the village has a contract with the logger, how the village will be paid, and whether the logging company has liability insurance.
To answer Litzkow’s question about the insurance, Rose gave a copy of the insurance certificate to Krueger, who informed members of the village board and people in the audience that the logging company has a $1 million certificate of liability insurance.
Krueger said he had seen people taking good saw logs out of the woods for firewood and thought the village might as well be paid for the timber.
“It would have been nice to have a contract. With a project that big, (the village) should have had a written agreement,” said Herb Dow, village trustee.
Signing a contract “was not in our best interests,” Krueger said.
If a contract specified a certain amount of lumber, and by selectively-cutting trees, the company did not reach the amount in the contract, the logger would have to take more trees than necessary to fill the contract, he explained.
Litzkow wondered how and who was measuring the timber and how the village was getting paid for it.
The village is being compensated by the cord, Krueger said.
“Cord” is typically the measurement for firewood, and “board feet” is typically the measurement for lumber.
Krueger did not provide any information about when the village could expect payment for the timber, how much the village would receive per cord or per foot, and whether anyone is keeping track of the number of board feet.
Since the Boyceville Village Board did not advertise for bids for select-cutting the timber and did not award a bid, it is not clear who authorized the logging company to begin the work of cutting and hauling timber from the site.