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The Village Board heard from at least eight different people about ongoing and future construction projects in the village including the resurfacing of the airport runway. The board also heard about the planned playground improvements at Pafko Park, and donation from the Boyceville Lions Club.
Eric Evenson of MSA Professional Services out of Rice Lake informed the board about the Main Street improvements now underway. He told the board that all the underground work on the project should be done this week. He also noted that Winter Street and the alley that was realigned, would be blacktopped Tuesday. “Charlotte Street is pretty much done,” he told the board, “except for the seeding.”
Evenson also requested of the board that they choose the color of the new Main Street sidewalk and the board selected a color called “Storm Gray.”
The Boyceville Airport manager, Joel Timblin gave the board an update on matters at the airport. Timblin said, “Remarking of the runway was done last month,” and that the airport has been busy, noting that they have been selling a lot of fuel.
But the big-ticket item on Timblin’s list was the $1.5 million dollar repaving of the runway, which is planned for next year. He informed the board that 95 percent of the funds would come from federal financing and the five percent would be the village’s responsibility.
Jamie Retz appeared before the board to give the annual report of the Boyceville Baseball Association. Retz told the board that they have a team from every grade level, and many people volunteer to keep the association active. Retz informed the board what items that the group furnishes to the kids that are participating. He noted that, “the kids are hungry for activities.” The village board approved a donation to the group of $3,500.
Board member Bud Gilbertson requested that unspent money from the past Library budgets in the amount of $4,030 be released from the general fund and added to the $20,000 that was left to the library by the estate of Hannah Rubusch. The board approved the request.
The board also approved spending $965.04 to Mosquito Hunters for Mosquito control at Pafko Park and the Campground with Village President Gib Krueger noting the problem with the bugs at those location.
Krueger also questioned Police Chief Greg Lamkin with his concern about having police coverage at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday morning instead of 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights. The Police Chief noted that there are six churches in town and a crowd of people that is only exceeded when school is in session. He also informed the village board that in the last three years there have only been four calls to local bars. But in the end, Krueger asked the chief to see it to have coverage until midnight occasionally.
Also at the meeting was Brian Wolff, representing the Boyceville Lions Club with the Pafko Park Playground Phase II update plan. Wolff had detail plans and costs for adding new playground items to the park. He informed the board about the need to remove several items including existing swings and a steel slide because they do not meet codes.
Wolff presented the cost of the new equipment at just under $10,000 plus $3,800 installation cost. He reported that the Lions Club has a $10,480 balance in the fund and they are planning a couple of fundraisers, one of which will be the “Pancakes in the Park” event set for Wednesday, June 26th. He asked the village to be the sponsor of the Phase II plan and asked for village help with site preparation.
Gary Farrell approached the board about allowing the construction of a small shed near the airport for the storage of flags and equipment of the veteran memorial park. The board gave its blessing.
Krueger questioned Public Works Director Don Rose about when the new end loader would be arriving as the board was discussing which funds would be paying for the new equipment. Rose noted that maybe yet this week.
The board also discussed the old feed mill on Main Street and proceeding with its removal.
The board approved the following licenses for the coming year: Class beer and Class liquor to the Boyceville Cenex; Class “B” Beer and liquor to Jamie’s Buck Shoat Bar and Fatboys Emporium.
Operator’s Licenses for Buckshots to Cooper Larsen, Larinda Hessler, Brooklyn Booth, Kaitlyn Dickrell, Matthew Leach, Haleigh Styer, Reese Klatt and Kenna Weber.
Operators license for Cenex were granted to: Patricia Loback, Theresa Raehsler, Katelyn Kegen, Abigail Kegan, Katherine Hanson, Carrie Jones, Cassandra Malean, Samantha Sorensen, Tony Koorn and Jonathan Gonzales.
Operators license for Fatboys to: Ronald LeMaire, Chelsey Corbin, Brenda McClelland, Sandy Blechinger, Paula Gramling, Jolene Wolff, and Nicole Kiesau.
For the Boyceville Fire Fighters are: Cory Green, Lisa Pederson, Carrie Green, Donald Rose, and Andrew Matthews.
Coin machine licenses were granted to J & J Buckshots and Fatboys.
BOARD MAKES OFFER TO DOLLAR GENERAL
At a special meeting of the Village Board on May 20 they approve to make an offer to Dollar General for a lot just north of the Trinity Lutheran Church on East Street. The offer is the option of contributing $67,500 towards the estimated utilities cost of the vacant lot.
Another offer to Dollar General is to purchase the property at 910 Main Street at a price of $50,000.