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BOYCEVILLE—The Village Board listened to reports on a number of items that either are on going or in the planning stage from Erik Evenson, Senior Project Engineer with MSA out of Rice Lake.
Evenson informed the board that work on the Main Street project should be finished by the end of the week. “The contractor is finishing work on the punch list,” he noted. “Don (referring to Don Rose, the Village’s Public Works Director) and I will have to review their work. He also spoke about the work on the Charlottee Street extension that the small amount left to be done will be taken care this week.
Later in the meeting Evenson also questioned the board about what they would like done with the parking lot at 910 Main Street. This is the location of the former feed mill which the village had purchased and then razed the structure. He recommended that the small current parking lot be ground up and fill brought in and a new and larger parking lot be constructed.
After some discussion about the cost the board approved spending somewhere around $7,000 for the project. During the discussion, board member Lukas Montgomery questioned about the two new streets lights that were yet to be installed at that site. He was informed that those two were not part of the Main Street project and the two poles were purchased so if at a future time those lights were needed, the village would have them and they would match the light poles that were part of the project.
Evenson also spoke about the Waste Water Facility plan that looks at the entire system and plans for the future. It was noted that the current plan was developed in 1999. The board approved moving ahead with this project. Evenson also spoke about what he called “GIS” mapping service for the Utility. He indicated that all the piping and values for the water and sewer system would be available on the hand held instrument that the village employee would have and it would locate shut off values and record any work done on the system and record the amount of water discharged during the flushing of hydrants, plus many other features. The board took no action on this matter.
And, finally, Evenson noted that the Highway 79 utility extension project is on hold until the developer’s agreement is finalized.
Joel Timblin, the airport manager reported to the board that they purchased 2,500 gallons of fuel and that he has applied for a $20,000 grant which he told the board that he is sure that they will receive.
Village Clerk/Treasurer, Darlene Lee reported to the board that the open book is to be on June 19 with the Board of Review set for June 30. She also informed the board that a controlled burn will be done this Saturday for the tall grass between the airport and the new fire station. She also expressed to the board about a $2,000 gift the community has received from the parents of Nathan Bauer. The money is to be used for capital improvements at Pafko Park.
Village President Gib Krueger had a long list of items that he had worked on this past month. He noted that Dollar General should be closing on the land on Wednesday and “they should be out there working by next Monday,” he told the board.
Board member Bud Gilbertson noted that the Library is now open for curbside service.
The board approved spending $608.00 with Mosquito Hunters to do Pafko Park and the Campground. The board also approved a hanger lease at 719 Airport Camp Road and set a fee of $100 a month for long term camping space at their campground. Clerk Treasurer Lee told the board that is what they had set last year. They appointed Patricia Marlette as an election inspector.
Police Chief Greg Lamkin reported to the Village Board that his department had handled 165 calls for service in April with 16 of them being answered by the Dunn County sheriff’s Department. The number is an increase of six percent from last year and a 64 percent increase from 2018.
He told the board, “You can see that our proactive activities has dropped and that we have spent more time conducting checks on the churches and businesses that have been closed.”
“Through April, we have issued 47 citations and made 11 arrests,” the chief told the board.
He also informed the board that the department will be participating in a countywide traffic enforcement grant again this summer, and with the help of the Elk Mound Police Chief they saved $500 by installing the new radar in one of the squads themselves. He also said that they had received a $4,000 equipment grant from the state.