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Village gets good financial report, approves private alarm ordinance

BOYCEVILLE — The Village Board listened to a report from a representative of Clifton Larson Allen about the Village’s Financial Statements.

Jonathan Sherwood, a CPA told the board that the village’s finances were in “really good shape” and called last year an “uneventful year” for the financial doings.

Sherwood informed the board that the village had an increase of fund balances of some $57,000 and had on hand fund balances of over three and quarter million dollars. He explained that the village followed its budget very close last year, but pointed out a couple of areas that deviated from their proposed budget. He noted revenue from the state for highways of $29,369 that had not been budgeted, and they overspent the budget on legal fees by some $42,590. They also spent more than planned on Storm Sewers by some $23,950 and spent more on street maintenance. But for the most part were close to budget figures.

Sherwood noted that both the water and sewer utility looked good, but both had a small loss and he informed the board that the last water rate increase was back in 2009. He also pointed out to the board that the village has a debt of $606,080, which he called “well under the maximum”. The village, under state law, could borrow up to $2,123,935.

For the second month in a row the board discussed and passed a new ordinance to regulate private alarm systems. The board has been concerned about the police and fire departments responding to false alarms within the village.

Under the new ordinance a fee schedule is set up to address false alarms. Patrick Beilfuss of Cedar Corporation has been working with a board committee to draw up a new regulation to govern alarms. Under the fee section of the ordinance a false alarm that calls out either the police or fire departments will be charged a fee. For the first call there is no charge. The second time during a calendar year, the charge will be $250.00 and any other future calls will create a $500.00 charge. However, if the fire or police department are called for an alarm for burning without a burning permit the charge is $500.00.

However, there will be no charge for the fire or police departments called to check on alarms related to the detection of carbon monoxide.

The village’s attorney, Rory E. O’Sullivan, informed the board that they would need a public hearing on the new ordinance because it has forfeiture of money. But he later noted to the board that in place of the public hearing they would need to publish the entire ordinance.

The board spent time with Beilfuss discussing the proposed building permit process for the village. Beilfuss went over three different avenues for permits with the board and when a permit is required. The board took no action on the matter.

In other action the board:

• Accepted the bid of $38,500 from OEM of Elva for blacktopping West Street.

• Discussed improvements at Pafko Park including the removal of several pine trees, the placement of a new flagpole, a donation from the local Lions Club and the need to paint the storage shed.

• Approved a motion from Village President Gib Krueger who indicated that the village could grant another five hundred dollar donation to the Youth Baseball program.

During the meeting the board had a visit from both Dunn County District Attorney candidates. First was the current DA Andrea Nodolf and then Holly Wood Webster. Both talked to the village board about the DA’s office and cases and made their campaign pitch.