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East Elk Mound Drive moves up on street project list

By LeAnn R. Ralph

ELK MOUND —  Although East Elk Mound Drive — otherwise known as “the dump road” — was scheduled to be repaved several years from now, it has taken on a more urgent priority.

The Elk Mound Village Board at the July 1 meeting approved continuing to patch the gravel sections of the road but to also begin talking with engineering firms about a repaving project.

Mark Levra, director of public works, recommended that East Elk Mound Drive be moved up on the street project list to 2016.

Garland Street was scheduled as the project for 2016, but East Elk Mound Drive has more traffic than Garland, he said.

Elk Mound’s public works employees could cold patch parts of the road at a cost of $1,400 and do the work themselves, or the road could be left gravel and changed to 2016, Levra said.

The Village of Elk Mound currently is without an engineering firm to plan street projects since the village’s previous engineer has retired, he noted.

Andy Peterson, village president, said it would be good idea to begin talking to engineering firms now if their services are needed next year.

In the village’s five-year road improvement plan, no street project was scheduled for 2015, Levra said.

The Elk Mound Village Board unanimously approved continuing to patch gravel portions of East Elk Mound Drive and to begin talking with engineering companies.

In addition to Peterson, Village Trustees Tony Schrantz, Brenda Carpenter, Tom Gilbert, and Travis Wenzel voted in favor of the motion.

Village Trustees Pat McDougall and Chad Mousel were absent from the meeting.

Other business

In other business, the Elk Mound Village Board:

• Learned from Levra that Elk Mound Seed is considering asking the village to vacate North First Street.

• Learned that the Hassemer family is still interested in acquiring the 12-foot x14-foot space in their yard where the old warning siren is located. Pat Hahn, village clerk-treasurer, said she would check on the zoning and what the cost would be to deed over the square footage. The Hassemers would remove the warning siren after the property has come into their possession and have indicated that they are still interested in turning the space into a garden. The item is expected be on the agenda for the Elk Mound Village Board’s next meeting. The issue of removing the warning siren and deeding the property over to the Hassemers has been on-going for a number of years.

• Approved a resolution amending a resolution adopted June 17 approving the issuance and sale of $8.25 million in health care facilities revenue bonds for the Grace Lutheran Foundation Inc. project to acquire, construct and equip a 98-bed long-term transitional care facility in Altoona. The maturity date of the revenue bonds will be July 15, 2040. The amended resolution changes the interest rate on closing but does not change the village’s commitment, Hahn said.

• Approved repairing Hydrant No. 25 at a cost not to exceed $901.34. Replacing the hydrant with a new model would have cost $2,646. Without being repaired, the hydrant would function if it were needed for fire suppression, but it would not turn off when the water was no longer needed, Levra said.

• Approved three ordinances pertaining to zero lot line duplexes (also known as twin homes). The village’s zoning code previously did not have any references to zero lot line duplexes. The ordinances established that zero lot line duplexes are allowed, amended the zoning definitions to include zero lot line duplexes, and amended the certified survey map requirements pertaining to zero lot line duplexes and lots.