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BOYCEVILLE — The Boyceville Village Board approved purchasing a new wheel loader for the public works department. Don Rose, head of that department reported to the Village Board at their meeting on Monday, January 14th that they would rather own the wheel loader opposed to what they have been doing, renting a unit.
Rose informed the board that they could purchase the unit they are currently renting for $131,000. He told the board that it had some 300 hours on it, but the village could purchase a new one for just $2,600 more. He also noted that he would like to upgrade the tires to snow and ice tires. Rose noted that other communities that have used these tires are able to work in winter without tire chains. The extra cost of the tires would add another $2,000 to the unit.
Board member Bud Gilbertson move to purchase a new unit with the tire upgrade and the other members of the board agreed.
Rose also reported to the board that a four inch forced sewer main broke at Tiffany Street and East Street. He noted that he was informed of the break at about 4:30 in the afternoon and the main was repaired by the next morning. He also noted to the board that he had made a list of water customers that have experienced freezing water pipes in the past and would watch those places. He indicated that the list had 70 water customers on it.
In a related matter, board member Jonathan Farrell reported on the cross-connection inspection report. This item requires all water utility customers to have a device that will prevent water in their pipes from flowing back into the village’s water mains. Farrell reported that the inspection for residential customers was completed last year and that inspection now is for non-residential users.
The board approved hiring a firm called Hydro-Corp to do the inspection at a cost of $5,256.
In his report, Police Chief Greg Lamkin, noted that his department ended 2018 with some of the Department’s highest number of calls for service. The department had 1,235 calls for service last year; an 18 percent increase over 2017 and a 94 percent increase over 2016. His report stated, “Our biggest increase has been our concerted effort at ordinance type calls at 223, which was a 240 percent increase over 2017.
His report noted that last month they had 29 traffic related calls and they had officers working some traffic grant hours in December that resulted in 15 traffic citations and issued seven ordinance citations.
He also noted in his report that a significant part of December was taken up with trial preparation and a three-day trial for Ted Lopez, which resulted in convictions on all six counts. “We received notice this month that the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office will no longer be supporting the DARE program,” he told the board.
The board also heard from Eric Evenson of MDA about the two retention ponds that will be needed for the new fire station and the Charlotte Street extension. He noted that they are working on a single pond that would serve both to met the requirements and that the pond will drain into the road ditch along the state highway.