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BOYCEVILLE—The Village Board heard updates on current projects and approved several more at the their regular monthly meeting, Monday, November 11th.
The board heard about updates on the Main Street Project, Charlotte Street, and the demolition of the old feed mill. They also approved streetlights on Charlotte, listing lots for sale along Charlotte Street and applying for a grant to extend Sykora Lane.
As for the Main Street improvements, Eric Evenson of MSA Professional Service noted about the punch list of items that were yet to be completed on the Main Street and told the board that they probably would not be finished until next spring, including the seeding of grassy areas and some minor Charlotte Street improvements that would also have to wait until spring.
Dale Bird questioned the village board about the new streetlights on Main Street, suggesting that the street is very dark and asked if there has been a resolution on that question that was brought to the board several months ago.
Village President Gib Krueger noted that there has been discussion about how dark it is. Evenson note that they could not change the light bulbs without changing the drivers of the LED lights. The upgrade would cost about $500 per light. But Evenson noted that there are two more light poles to be installed after the old feed mill is demolished and that should help light the street in that one block. Krueger said they will continue to work on the problem.
The board also approved three streetlights on the new extension of Charlotte Street at a cost of $4,300 each. A bid of $14,897 from Yoder Construction for the building of a new scorer’s stand at Pafko Park was accepted. They also talked about installing a batting cage at Pafko.
Travis Carlsud appeared before board to discuss a zoning problem for his property located at 811 Main Street. More than 20 years ago, the village board approved a special use permit for that property to allow both a commercial zoning and a residential use. But, now he wants to list the property for sale, but the document he has from the village granting the permit has the wrong address and lists it as 804 Main Street. So he was inquiring on how to get that changed. While looking over the original paperwork, President Krueger stated, “four of the main players are dead.” The board will seek a public hearing on the matter for next month’s meeting.
Board member Bud Gilbertson spoke to the board about a meeting on November 14, with the Dunn County Solid Waste and Recycling Board to discuss reducing the hours of operation because of a budget deficit.
The board discussed their hopes of getting updated “Code of Ordinances.” Apparently the attorney that had contracted to do the work has informed the board that they can’t handle it and attorney Renee M. Taber of Barron and former Assistance at the Dunn County D.A. office presented the board with a proposal to do the work. The board took no action on the matter.
Village Clerk/Treasurer, Darlene Lee informed the board about a $450 donation from Ohly to the Lions Club’s Pafko Park improvement project that ended up in the village’s general account. She told the board that she issued a check to the Lions Club in that amount.
Don Rose, the Village’s Public Works Director informed the board that they had a sewer backup recently and found out that they have a partially collapsed pipe. He indicted that they were able to get the wastewater flowing, but they will need to have 281 feet of pipe relined.
During his police report, Police chief Greg Lamkin told the board that an arrest was made on a person that did not take care of a dog. According to information, a dog by the name of Gabriel, who was malnourished was brought to the Dunn County Human Society. The dog weighed only 23 pounds, which was about half its normal weight. According to their website the dog has gained about 20 pounds since then.
Chief Lamkin released the name of the alleged suspect, Tuesday morning. Anne Marie Iehl, 29 of Menomonie, has been charged with one felony count of mistreating an animal – disfigurement and a $250 fine for not providing proper food/drink to a confined animal.
In his report to the village board Lamkin noted that his department has received over $10,000 in grants this year and some of it will go to replace body cameras for the staff. He also noted that they collected 23 pounds of unwanted medications during the Drug Take Back program. He also pointed out that they have had a 23 percent increase in calls over the last year. He concluded with, “We conducted officer candidate interviews last week, but will be not selecting anyone since we were unable to fund an increase of officer hours in next year’s budget.”
The board went into closed session for two items including discussing CDBG housing funds with Grant Coordinators and to discuss Ambulance District financial records.