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New ordinance on sewer rates and false alarms approved

BOYCEVILLE — The Boyceville Village Board approved two new ordinances at their regular monthly meeting, Monday, August 8th. The two new rules will affect sewer utility rates regarding the dumping of waste from tankers into the village’s treatment facility. The other ordinance will place a charge on false alarms received by the fire or police departments.

The village board has been discussing these new rules for several months with Patrick Beilfuss of Cedar Corporation. Beilfuss addressed the board with an update of the proposed new rules, which made the changes that the board had requested at the June meeting.

The new rules regarding sewer utility regulations and rates will establish a new cost for disposing of septic tank and holding tank waste into the village’s treatment facility. It will also require the person or party dumping into the system to carry a public liability insurance of at least one million dollars.

On the fee structure for false alarms that calls out the fire or police department, the ordinance will create a charge to local citizens. For the first call during a calendar year, there will be no charge, but the next call will generate a $250.00 bill and then the rate goes to $500.00 for each false alarm call after that.

No Charge for Carbon Monoxide Calls

During the discussion of these new false alarm calls, the village board was very adamant that local residents not be charged for calls generated by carbon monoxide alarms.

Beilfuss told the board that after they passed the new ordinance, it would take effect after the ordinance has been published.

West Street Will Get a New Surface

Under Beilfuss’ direction, village President Gib Krueger and Village Clerk/Treasurer Darlene Lee signed a contract with OEM out of Eleva for the resurfacing of West Street for about 1,000 feet south of State Highway 170. The cost of the work was bid in at $38,594.

During his report to the village board, Police Chief Greg Lamkin informed the board that his department had received a grant of $400 from Dunn Energy and he is working on another grant, which will allow him to purchase new items for the department, including tasers.

He noted that the number of calls last month were about on average at 54. He mentioned that he made three arrests last month, one being a juvenile, one for domestic abuse. His report also noted a welfare check about a son who is in the county jail. “Mom’s unhappy he is in jail,” the report stated. Chief Lamkin was asked about a bill for repair of the police car. He noted that it needed front end work and the repair ball was $1,097.70.

Lamkin informed the board that his department has sent out 19 letters about junk that needed to be cleaned up or grass that was in need of being mowed.

In his report, Public Work head, Don Rose noted that they had to replace a fire hydrant on Main Street, noting that it may have been frozen or damaged by being hit by a vehicle. Rose also noted that a sewer line needed to be cleaned because it had grease and sand in the line.

He reported that several lights at the runway were out possibly because of lightning.

Darlene Lee, Clerk/Treasurer informed that that she took election training at the courthouse and on-line.

In other action the board approved Class B license to sell fermented malt beverages for local events to the following: Boyceville Wrestling Club for the Pickle Fest Softball Tournament on August 19-21; Boyceville CAC for “Where the Rubber Meets the Runway” on August 20th at Airport Park; and the Boyceville Fire Fighters Association at their tent during the Pickle Festival, August 19-21 and for a Tractor pull on September 17-18.

They also approve an operator’s license to Shannon Bakken.