By LeAnn R. Ralph
WHEELER — Members of the Wheeler Village Board could not be happier about the Wheeler Whippets calling the Wheeler ball field their home field.
“I’ve had a lot of positive comments about the park,” said Robin Goodell, clerk-treasurer, during the Wheeler Village Board’s May 10 meeting.
“People like seeing a lot of people out there,” said Marlene Larson, village trustee.
“They like to see it used,” said Linda Crosby, village trustee.
Larson chaired the meeting in the absence of James Carter, village president.
On the night of the Wheeler Village Board meeting, the ball park across the street from the village hall was buzzing with activity. Cars were parked all up and down the street next to the ball field, the field was alive with activity, and a variety of small youngsters were taking advantage of the opportunity to play on the playground.
A few years back, the Village of Wheeler received an Otto Bremer Foundation grant to put toward new playground equipment for the park. A group of local residents, along with village board members, also worked hard to raise additional funds to finish the playground.
Then last year, the Wheeler Whippets youth baseball team started using the ball field.
Harry Joles Jr. spoke about the proposal for forming a baseball association at meeting last October of the Boyceville Village Board and asked if Boyceville might be able to contribute some money toward starting the baseball association.
Volunteers had fixed up the ball field in Wheeler, and a tournament team played 20 games, Joles told the Boyceville Village Board.
Joles said an individual donated money to fix up the ball field in Wheeler, and Tim Sempf, also a member of the parents’ group starting the baseball association, had spoken to the New Haven Town Board about fixing up and using the Connorsville ball field.
The Whippets finished their first season last year with a 19-4 record.
The Whippets opened their season this year with a doubleheader on April 10 against the Bloomer Free Agents and won 7-3 and 7-4.
The Wheeler Whippets were scheduled to play an all-day tournament May 14 in Wheeler and also were scheduled to play against the Eau Claire Expos on May 17 in Wheeler.
In other business, the Wheeler Village Board:
• Approved a fireworks permit license for B&B Fireworks (William Utphall).
• Accepted an application for a Class A beer license, Class A liquor license, bartender operators’ licenses and cigarette licenses for Dwain Trowbridge, Bridge Stop LLC.
• Accepted an application for a Class A beer license, Class A liquor license, bartender operators’ licenses, cigarette licenses and annual dance permit for Randy J. Anderson, Fifty Yard Line Bar.
• Accepted an application for a Class A beer license, Class A liquor license, bartender operators’ licenses, cigarette licenses and annual dance permit for Robert and Kim Minor, Wheeler Inn.
• Approved a resolution for the Compliance Maintenance Annual Report. Village board members did not review the report during the meeting.
• Learned that WE Energy had received enough interest in installing natural gas service in Wheeler to move forward with the project.