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Elk Mound amends ordinance to not pay 50 percent of sidewalk repairs

By LeAnn R. Ralph

ELK MOUND — The Elk Mound Village Board has approved amending the village’s ordinances to not pay 50 percent of the repair or replacement of defective sidewalks.

The village board amended the ordinance at the June 3 meeting.

A discrepancy existed in the ordinance about the repair or replacement of defective sidewalks, said Pat Hahn, village clerk-treasurer.

Hahn said she contacted Community Code Services to revise the two different sections of ordinances so they are in agreement.

The two sections of the ordinances contradicted each other on who should pay and how much, noted Mark Levra, director of public works.

“One section said the village paid 50 percent and the other said we did not. We never did pay for any of the sidewalk,” Hahn said.

The Elk Mound Village Board unanimously approved amending the ordinance to reflect that the village does not pay anything toward sidewalk repairs.

Other business

In other business, the Elk Mound Village Board:

• Learned that a shed had been built at the Lions Park ball field, although the village board had not authorized any construction at the park. Hahn reported that the high school baseball team had applied for and received a $5,000 grant for improvements at the ball field and that an individual had brought a check to the village hall for the grant and had asked that Hahn write out a check for $5,000. Hahn said she did not know to whom she was supposed to write out the check. Andy Peterson, village president, said the village board needed to approve any construction on village property prior to the construction being completed. Peterson directed Hahn and Levra to find out more information about the grant and the construction of the shed.

• Approved a cigarette license application for the Mounds View Store. The license fee is $50.

• Approved a Class “A” retailers beer license application for consumption off-premises for the Mounds View Store. The license fee is $115.

• Approved a “Class B” fermented malt beverage retailer’s license application and a retail “Class B” application for intoxicating liquor for the Pourhouse. The license fee is $665.

• Approved a Class B fermented malt beverage retailer’s license application and a Class C wine license application for the Junction. The license fee is $265.

• Approved bartender operators’ licenses for the Mounds View Store for Devon Thompson, Reed LeMay, Lindsey Hawkinson, Roseanne Gibbous, Dane Curtis, and Cheryl Davis; for the Pourhouse for Aaron Johnson, Aaron Brantner, Michelle Kurtzhals, Steven Wozniak, Timothy Heidt, and Morgan Larson; for the Junction for Amy Lor, Angela Klemp, Alex Tandberg and Sue Lor.

• Referred a proposed change to the zoning ordinance to allow twin homes to the Elk Mound Plan Commission. The plan commission must make a recommendation about the proposed change, and a public hearing also must be held, Hahn said. The Elk Mound Plan Commission is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. June 17 to discuss twin homes.

• Decided to go into closed session for an open session agenda item regarding a water/wastewater operator and public works position. A notice of a closed session was not part of the June 3 agenda, and there was no indication if the village board planned to discuss specific applicants for the position or the position in general, and there was no indication of a “good cause” to go into closed session without the closed session being posted with the meeting notice. According to the state Attorney General’s Compliance Guide to the Open Meetings Law, state law allows governmental bodies to go into closed session to interview job applicants but not to discuss the position in general. State law also allows governmental bodies to go into closed session for an open session agenda item when there is a “good cause” to do so, otherwise the closed session must be included on the agenda at least 24 hours in advance. The Elk Mound Village Board adjourned the meeting from closed session and did not reconvene into open session. The Colfax Messenger sent an e-mail to the clerk’s office asking if there was anything to report from the closed session but did not receive a reply by press time.