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No news on natural gas to Wheeler

By LeAnn R. Ralph

WHEELER — Nothing yet.

That was the report from Robin Goodell, village clerk-treasurer, at the Wheeler Village Board’s May 12 meeting regarding the WE Energies proposal to bring natural gas service to Wheeler.

At the April meeting, the Wheeler Village Board approved a resolution authorizing WE Energies to apply to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin for a franchise to provide natural gas service in the village.

Gary Hover, a representative for WE Energies, spoke to the Wheeler Village Board at the April meeting and said the company would mail out letters to village residents asking about their interest in natural gas service.

Hover said WE Energies would send out three or four letters to Wheeler residents, “but I have not seen anything yet,” Goodell said.

We Energies, previously known as Wisconsin Gas LLC, is interested in bringing natural gas service to several communities in this area that currently do not have natural gas service.

The cost of using natural gas is about half the cost of using LP. If a residence or a business spends $1,200 per year on LP, the cost for natural gas would be around $600, Hover told the village board at the April meeting.

Compliance

In other business at the May 12 meeting, the Wheeler Village Board approved a resolution accepting the Compliance Maintenance Report.

Linda Crosby, village trustee, wondered about the resolution and what it was approving.

The report was published in the Glenwood City Tribune Press Reporter, Goodell said.

Village residents can obtain a copy of the report from Goodell at the clerk’s office.

“Everything is fine,” Goodell told the village board.

The agenda for the meeting listed a resolution for the Compliance Maintenance Report, so it was not clear if the resolution pertained to the Compliance Maintenance Annual Report for the wastewater treatment facility or the Consumer Confidence Report for the village’s drinking water.

Licenses

In additional business, the Wheeler Village Board:

• Accepted an application for a fireworks permit for B&B Fireworks (William Utphall).

• Accepted applications for Class A beer license, Class A liquor license, bartender operator’s licenses, and cigarette licenses for Dwain Trowbridge, Bridge Stop LLC.

• Accepted applications for Class B beer and liquor licenses, bartender operators’ licenses, cigarette licenses, and annual dance permit for Randy J. Anderson, Fifty Yard Line Bar.

• Accepted applications for Class B beer and liquor licenses, bartender operators’ licenses and annual dance permit for Robert and Kim Minor, Wheeler Inn.