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BOYCEVILLE—The Village Board received updates on street construction projects that are underway in the village. They also approved a couple of land use permits. It was also learned at their regular monthly meeting from the Village President, Gib Krueger signed the papers transferring the old feed mill property on Main Street to the Village.
During the meeting Eric Evenson of MSA Engineering gave the board an update on the street construction projects saying that the Main Street re-construction is “just a little behind, but the utility work is about fifty percent done.”
Evenson also spoke about the Charlotte Street extension noting that the contractor was nearing completion and that possibility next week they would put down the first layer of blacktop on the street. Evenson indicated that the final coat of the street would wait until the new fire station is completed and the street and the station’s parking lot could be done at the same time. Board member Lukas Montgomery questioned about the driveway into the Cenex station from Charlotte, noting that it has been closed, and asked if and when it would be open. Evenson indicated that as soon as the first layer of blacktop is down that driveway would be open.
Evenson also requested that the board approved the design for the new street lights that are planned for the Main Street Project. Evenson had a drawing for the board members to view. He noted that the company contracted to do the light poles has indicated that because of the new tariffs on parts from China, that it would be a good idea to get those ordered this week.
In other matters the board heard from Rob Rieckenberg of Specialty Pallet and Crate who have a facility north of Hedlund Street, he asked the board to approved the construction of a parking lot for his trailer parking. The lot would be south of Hedlund across the street from their facility and just west of the school bus garage.
Rieckenberg told the board that the parking lot would be about 20,000 square feet just off the street. The board approved the request. On a four to one vote the board also approved a land use permit at 510 East Street to allow for Terra and Eric Engeman to construct a fitness center. The location is where the former Frieburg Farm Equipment was located.
During the Department heads report to the board, Public Works Director Don Rose reported that the wastewater treatment facility was back within the limits of discharge. He also noted that the restrooms at Pafko Park were open.
Police Chief Greg Lamkin’s report informed the board that the department’s calls for service have increased to 120 calls over the last month, which is an increase of 32 percent from last year and an 82 percent from two years ago. “Our traffic and criminal calls are down this year from last year while service calls are up 274 percent,” Lamkin sated. He informed the board about the mock car crash put on just before the Boyceville High School’s prom and that they collected 18 pounds of unwanted medications at their drug take back program. He also informed the board that they would be installing a drop box at the station for unwanted medications. He also noted that the department was getting a $4,000 grant.
Village President Gib Krueger asked about the crossing guards that cover highway 170 and County Road K. Those crossing guards were just recently place to cover that crossing and Lamkin noted that most people are glad that they are there.
Village Clerk/Treasurer, Darlene Lee reported that she is sending post cards to village residents asking them to make sure that there house numbers are displayed at the front of the home.
In other action the board approved an operator’s license for Nicole Kiesau and a Class B temporary picnic license to the Boyceville Firefighters’ Association for May 31 through June 3.
They also approved the purchasing of signs to inform dog owners to pick up after their pooch at Freedom Park. Apparently there has been a problem with local dog owners walking their animals at the park and not picking up the waste from the dogs. Finally they approved hiring Mosquito Hunters for mosquito control in the village.