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BOYCEVILLE—The Village Board held a long meeting Monday, October 12th in which they plowed through many items of village business, including a closed session with village employees over promotion, compensation and performance evaluation.
During the open part of the meeting was also a long list of items, including the naming of the new street by the Dollar General Store in honor of the late Herb Dow.
The resolution reads, “Whereas, the Village of Boyceville has recently obtained a public roadway that currently has no name.
“Whereas, Herbert Dow served the citizens of Boyceville with service as the public works director, fire chief, a founding member of the Boyceville Community Ambulance, and as a village trustee in addition to his service in the United States Army.
“Whereas, Herbert Dow passed away in 2019 and it is fitting that Herbert is remembered by the community that he served so well.
“Now, therefore the Village of Boyceville decrees that the public roadway constructed near 120 East Street shall be named Dow Drive in honor of Herbert Dow.”
The board held two public hearings during the board meeting. One was to act on the requested for a conditional use permit to allow a hair salon to operate at 1102 Main Street.
The other was to allow the police department to apply for a USDA Rural Development for a grant to purchase a new police vehicle.
Denise Jeske appeared before the board to support her request for a conditional use permit to allow the property to be used as a hair salon. The board approved the request after Village President Gib Krueger asked three times for input from village residents who might like to comment. There were no comments, but after the board approved the request, Dale Bird, who operates a barber shop on Main Street noted that he is 73 years old and has been in business for fifty years and suggested that she could have approached him about his shop. Krueger suggested to Bird that he should have spoken up before the board approved the request.
The other public hearing was at the request of the Police Department, which is applying for grants and low interest loans to purchase a new police vehicle. Police Chief Greg Lamkin noted to the board that it was a requirement of the grant application to hold a public hearing about the grant.
During the comment part of the public hearing, former village board member Trudie Chernak, spoke up saying, “I was told that a second squad car is a luxury and I don’t think we need a second squad.”
But after the Village President Krueger asked three times for more comment, the board voted five to one to move ahead with the grant application with only Krueger voting no on the matter.
In his police report, Lamkin noted that there were 212 calls for service last month, including 162 officer calls, in which 22 were for traffic, 13 criminal, 57 service, 62 general and eight ordinance. 17 of those were handled by the Dunn County Sheriff’s office.
Lamkin’s report also noted that the department is in the final month of the traffic safety grant and that they are participating in the drug take back program on Saturday, October 24 at the police station. They are also working with local businesses and organizations to do the annual Trunk or Treat.
The Village Clerk/treasurer, Darlene Lee reported to the board that she has over 100 absentee ballots out and has been working on election items. She claimed, “Elections will never be the same again.”
The board heard an appeal from Jonathan Gonzales, who had been denied an Operator’s License back in June. Gonzales appeared before the board, telling them, “my mistakes are behind me and I am moving on.” The police chief noted to the board that Gonzales had a number of alcohol-related violations over a period of time, but nothing criminal. The board then granted the license to Gonzales.
The board acted on the employee leave donation policy, updated the first eight Code of Ordinances, discussed and voted to purchase the Dunn County Solid Waste equipment at the Boyceville site.
The board also approved a new health insurance for employees, which calls for an increase in cost of 1.92 percent; and also to allow for the village to be billed for water used at the Amvets Memorial Garden.
Also on the agenda was the approval of a new Certified Survey Map for property at the southwest corner of Highway 170 and County Highway O. Part of the property would be divided into three lots. One lot will be nine acres and the other two will be three and two acres respectively.
And on the southeast corner, at 905 West Street, that lot will divided into two parcels.