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BOYCEVILLE—The village board was asked to make a decision about whether or not to hold the annual Cucumber Festival scheduled for August 21, 22 and 23.
Jamie Tilleson and Cory Green addressed the Boyceville Village Board at their regular meeting Monday evening, June 8th. They asked the Board to decide if the annual event should be held or cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tilleson told the board that the committee that puts together the event did not feel confident about proceeding with the planning and holding the event and wanted the village board’s input on how they felt about proceeding.
The Village Board spent some time thrashing over the items that make up the Cucumber Festival when Village President Gib Krueger asked each board member about their feelings on the matter. Most members of the board agreed that planning should continue. Board member Bud Gilbertson noted that he had received calls indicating that it should be cancelled.
In other action, the board on a five to two vote approved an agreement with MSA out of Rice Lake to provide a service that keeps track of and locates all the village utility lines and valves and all work done on the system. It also keeps records of all agreements that have been made that effects the utility.
Village President Krueger, noting the $10,000 cost of the agreement, voted against the proposal, as did Luke Montgomery, but the other members of the board felt that it was an item that would help the village staff.
Public Works Director Don Rose informed the board that currently all village staff is back working and that limited time employees have been hired. Rose told the board that they had a violation during the winter because a chemical that they use to treat at the wastewater treatment facility crystallized because of the cold weather.
In her report, Village Clerk-Treasurer Darlene Lee reminded board members that the open book will be June 19th and that all members should be on hand for the Board of Review.
During his report, Police Chief Greg Lamkin told the board that they had 205 calls for service last month, which was an increase of 52 percent over last year with four citations issued and one arrest made.
In his police report, the board learned that: “We began the countywide traffic enforcement grant this month and will do four deployments in June. We have obtained permission from the Boyceville schools to use their campuses this summer for officer training. We will work with the Colfax, Elk Mound, and Glenwood City Police Departments to conduct active shooter training. We will notify the public prior to doing these exercises to allay any fears.”
The board approved the annual renewal of operators, alcohol, and coin machines licenses for a period ending on June 30, 2021 with one exception. They did not approve an operator’s license to one person because he had more than two alcohol offensives in the last five years.