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Elk Mound learns that long-time employee is resigning

By LeAnn R. Ralph

ELK MOUND — The Elk Mound Village Board has learned that a long-time village employee will be resigning at the end of June.

Rex Hoover, an employee of the Department of Public Works, turned in his letter of resignation at the Elk Mound Village Board’s May 6 meeting.

Hoover said that he is planning to move to South Dakota where he has been working on building a house for quite some time.

Hoover’s last day of employment with the village will be June 26. He noted that as of August, he would have worked for the village for 28 years.

Terry Stamm, Elk Mound’s director of public works, retired in December after working for the village for 39 years.

Vacation

The Elk Mound Village Board has approved restoring vacation time for an employee who stopped working for the village for eight months but has now returned.

Julie Conlin, who worked in the clerk-treasurer’s office, quit her job with the village to work on marketing for a real estate agency.

“We asked her to come back. We recruited her to come back,” said Andy Peterson, Elk Mound village president.

Because Conlin quit her job with the village, she lost her accumulated vacation time.

Pat McDougall, village trustee and chair of the employee relations committee, said restoring the amount of vacation time for Conlin — as if she had never left her employment with the village — would be a one-time occurrence.

It would be as if Conlin had worked for the village for ten years instead of subtracting eight months from the ten years, said Pat Hahn, village clerk-treasurer.

McDougall said the employee relations committee had talked about writing a policy but decided “it didn’t make sense” since this would be a one-time occurrence for a specific employee.

The Elk Mound Village Board unanimously approved a motion  to allow Conlin credit for her vacation time.

Plan Commission

The Elk Mound Plan Commission met prior to the village board on May 6 to hear presentations on Tax Increment Financing District development from Eric Turner, Dunn County Economic Development; from Steve Jahn with Momentum West about the Gold Shovel Ready Certification Program; and from Hal Snow, SDS Architects about marketing design concepts.

The village’s TIF district was created in 2006 and will close out in 2027, and there is a $525,000 general obligation bond for the TIF, Hahn said.

The TIF district is barely breaking even, she said.

Marshfield Clinic, located in the TIF district, is now closed, and plan commission members said they would like to attract new development for the TIF.

The Elk Mound Village Board created the TIF district to provide assistance and incentive for Marshfield Clinic to locate in the village.

Other business

In other business, the Elk Mound Village Board:

• Learned that the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department had sent a letter to the village dated April 18 stating that The Junction, The Pourhouse, and Mounds View Mini-Mart had all sold alcohol to underage purchasers. The letter noted that this was the first violation for all three establishments in the last 12 months and that there is no suspension of the liquor license for a first offense.

• Learned that Elk Mound Assistant Police Chief Mike Tietz will officially retire June 7. The village plans to interview candidates for a police officer in Elk Mound on May 19.

• Approved contracting with the Eau Claire Tree Service at a cost not to exceed $1,000 for trimming trees on Mound Hill. The trees will be trimmed this fall to avoid the possibility of spreading oak wilt.

• Approved crack filling several streets in the village at a cost of $3,460. The street areas that will receive crack filling are Juniper Avenue, Independence Drive, the village hall parking lot, the department of public works parking lot and Taylor Street. Mark Levra, director of public works, noted that the money for crack filling is in the budget.

• Approved sending a letter to Jerry Feeney offering $1,000 toward repairs of Feeney’s driveway, which is also an easement for the village. Feeney can do as he pleases with the $1,000 to repair his driveway, and the one-time payment would end the village’s obligation.

• Approved a bartender operator’s license for Rachel Helgeson for The Pourhouse.