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BOYCEVILLE — To say the least, the Boyceville Board and several members of the community are not happy with the job done laying the new sidewalks on the Village’s Main Street improvement project.
Last Thursday evening, members of the Village Board along with several business people and residents plus Eric Evenson, of MSA, the engineering firm that was in charge of the project, toured the new sidewalks that had been finished with colored concrete between the sidewalk and the curb and gutter. It was pointed out at that time that colored concrete had spilled on top of the new sidewalks and at some buildings the concrete had been splashed onto the side of the buildings.
But the matter did not end on Thursday evening and it spilled over into the Village Board meeting Monday evening, September 9th. During the agenda part of the meeting, where department heads make their report, Evenson was to report to the board, but Village President Gib Krueger noted that Evenson could not make the meeting, but he had sent a message and Krueger read from his phone and quoted Evenson, saying, “I told Skid Steer Guy (the general contractor of the project) that the Village was not going to pay for the sidewalk work.”
Evenson suggested that village officials meet with the contractor and talk about the issues. At which point, Krueger noted that a “10 to 12 foot section needs to be torn out.”
Local businessman Dale Bird and village resident Sharon Formoe were in attendance at the Monday night meeting and voiced their concerns about the work. “I am not happy with the work or the engineering too,” Bird told the board. He also asked if the board had been down there looking at the work? He was told they had been.
Bird continued and observed about the new street lights saying, “It’s darker now than it’s ever been.”
Formoe, who lives near the west end of the project echoed Bird’s statement about the lights, “I was surprised at that too,” she told the board.
Formoe informed the board that she was promised that her driveway would be closed for only a couple of days during construction. But, “I have not had a driveway since June 2nd.” She continued by asking the board, “Will I have a driveway before it snows or will I have to wait until Hell freezes over?” She also complained about the condition that her yard was left in and she told the board that it was not acceptable.
Bird pointed out to the board that the new concrete had cracked in several places. At the end of the discussion the board agreed to set up a meeting with the contractor.
During his report to the Village board, Police Chief, Greg Lamkin noted that their calls for the past month were down about 25 percent from last year. He contributed that to the lack of part time officers available to work this past month.
His report indicated that the department had not issued any citations to municipal court last month. But the report noted that CSO Traxler handled five ordinance complaints, issued seven building permits and performed six other citizen contacts including building inspections.
Lamkin reported that they are working on the Halloween event on Main Street and that the opening for the part-time police officer had already received several applications.
Board member Trude Chernak addressed the chief telling him, “Last month I asked for a schedule, but it is not in the package.” She continued, “I don’t see the need for two officers on duty at the same time,” she related.
Public Works Director, Don Rose informed the board that work on the feed mill razing is well underway and that six loads of debris was hauled to the collection facility in Menomonie. He noted that it’s a long haul for a single axel truck, saying it would be nice if they had a place closer to Boyceville to haul the material.
President Krueger told the board that he had several comments from residents regarding what was read in the paper and he said he felt good about all of it. He also spoke about the proposed Dollar General Store saying they are at present taking a step back as the builder had a death in the family.
Village Clerk/Treasurer Darlene Lee questioned the board about a couple of bills that she was paying and wanted to know which fund they were to be charged against.
First was a bill for $5,228 for the library’s new drop box. She questioned if it was a library expense or part of the Main Street Improvement project. She was told its part of the street project. The other was the $5,000 the village gave to the school for the stream improvement project. Krueger noted that it was a donation to help the school with the project.
In other action, Board Member Bud Gilbertson noted that he had been approached about closing deer hunting at Granbakken Way, but the board learned that the village owns only about one acre for the water tower in that area. But the item will be put on the agenda for next months meeting.
The village must start over on the plan regarding the alley relocation. The board held a public hearing on the alley just north of Main Street and East Street. The work has already been done, but the DOT and the railroad had not been notified about the project and thus it must be redone. A new public hearing will be held in November.
The board, after much discussion, agreed to sell a half-acre lot off Peterson Street for $4,000 with the village to pay half of the $1,200 survey of the property.