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Boyceville approves building permit for new Ohly entrance

By LeAnn R. Ralph

BOYCEVILLE  — The Boyceville Village Board at Monday night’s meeting approved a building permit for an entryway in the Ohly Americas building on Tiffany Street.

Trent Shackal, representing Ohly Americas, presented building plans to the village board.

An entrance already exists on the east side of the building near the loading dock, Shackal said.

The new entryway will move the doors five feet out from the existing entrance, and a set of stairs also will be replaced, he said.

Shackal described the new entryway as a “small project.”

The entryway will change the foot traffic inside the building, he said.

The Boyceville Village Board unanimously approved the building permit for Ohly Americas.

Noise

During the public comments portion of the meeting, Dustin Chernak, who lives close to the Ohly Americas factory, complained about noise coming from the facility 24 hours a day, seven days per week.

“I’ve been deprived of a lot of sleep,” Chernak said.

Several village board members wondered if anything had changed in the Ohly Americas factory recently to account for the noise.

Chernak said he first noticed the noise in 2013. He moved to Minnesota for a while and returned to Boyceville in August of 2014 and again noticed the noise.

Village Trustee Jonathan  Ferrell said Ohly Americas had recently installed new panels with insulation at the east end of the building and thought those improvements would help for noise.

Shackal noted that a house had recently been torn down in the area and that the house could have acted as a sound barrier.

Shackal told the village board and Chernak that he would check at the factory to see if he could determine where the noise was originating or if anything else had changed in addition to the house being torn down.

Other business

In other business, the Boyceville Village Board:

• Learned from new Boyceville Police Chief Greg Lamkin that he had set up a web domain for the Boyceville Police Department. E-mails for police department personnel will be part of the department’s web site, Lamkin said, noting that he had also activated a Facebook page for the department. The web site, e-mail addresses and Facebook page will help provide more direct contact with the public, he said. The new e-mail addresses will be the officer’s first initial and last name @boycevillepd.com.

• Learned from Cindy Swanepoel, village clerk-treasurer, that she had received correspondence indicating the petroleum system at the Boyceville airport had passed inspection.

• Accepted the resignation of Brandon Scott, who worked for the village as a part-time police officer and as interim police chief.

• Approved new and renewal license applications for bartender operators’ licenses, alcoholic beverages and coin machines for the period ending June 30, 2016. The motion did not include a list of establishments for the license applications seeking approval and also did not include a list of bartenders. Swanepoel noted, however, that the Eagle’s Nest had not turned in an application in time for Monday night’s meeting. The Eagle’s Nest will be on the agenda for the village board’s next meeting, she said. The BP gas station also had only turned in two applications for bartender operators’ licenses, Swanepoel noted.