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Boyceville approves conditional use for adult family home on First Street

By LeAnn R. Ralph

BOYCEVILLE  —  The Boyceville Village Board has approved a conditional use permit for an adult family home at 1001 First Street.

Wilma Mast, who applied for the conditional use permit, spoke to the Boyceville Village Board during a public hearing at Monday night’s meeting.

Mast said she is planning to have three or four adults with cognitive or physical disabilities live in her home.

“I want to care for handicapped individuals who need assistance,” she said.

Gilbert Krueger, village president, asked about the level of handicap.

The adult family home would house people who are physically or mentally handicapped over the age of 18 and ranging up to the elderly, Mast said.

State inspectors will be coming to inspect the home within the next several weeks, said Mast, who has worked at other group homes.

The adult family home will be licensed and regulated by the state, and the state recommends people for the home, she said.

Although two Boyceville residents who live near the house at 1001 First Street attended the public hearing, neither of them had any objections to the adult family home.

“It would be a good addition, and there is a need for it. People can receive care in a private home rather than an institution,” said Herb Dow, village trustee.

Krueger said he had one concern and that was whether it was possible a sex offender could be released to the adult family home.

Mast said she would not be accepting any registered sex offenders because she has an eight-year-old child, and that while the state can recommend residents, she does not have to accept everyone who is recommended.

Mast noted that background checks would be conducted on all residents before they are accepted and on any staff members before they are hired.

The Boyceville Village Board unanimously approved a motion to grant the conditional use permit with the condition that the adult family home meets all the state permit and code requirements for licensing.

Other business

In other business, the Boyceville Village Board:

• Learned that Boyceville has received $5,000 for the sale of lumber cut from village-owned property. Dow asked if the village board would receive a report on the number of board feet that had been cut all together and how much money the village could expect in total. Cindy Swanepoel, clerk-treasurer, said she did not know how many board feet were represented by the amount that had been paid or how much more the village would be paid. Krueger said he did not know if there would be a report on the amount of lumber.

• Scheduled the village board’s settlement meeting for December 29 at 6 p.m.

• Learned that the Boyceville Police Department had responded to 55 incidents in November, including 13 snow removal violations, eight parking violations and three speeding violations.

Following a closed session, Krueger reported that the village board would take no action on River Road.