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By Cara Dempski
ELK MOUND — Based on the recommendation of the property and finance committee, the Elk Mound Village Board has approved the sale of the village-owned vacant lot directly east of the village hall to Golden Warriors LLC.
The property and finance committee met in closed session prior to the village board’s October 19 meeting`about the sale of E220 Menomonie Street, and the village board also discussed the sale in closed session.
Deb Creaser-Kipp, village trustee and chair of the property and finance committee, introduced the motion to the village board to approve the sale and to direct Steven Abraham, village president, to sign for the sale on behalf of the village.
Earlier this month at the October 5 meeting, the village board tabled the offer to purchase from Golden Warriors LLC pending the resolution of outstanding issues.
Mike Pfefferle of Pfefferle Companies Inc. spoke to the the Elk Mound Village Board at the August 3 meeting about the site at E220 Menomonie Street as a location for a Dollar General store.
In other business, the Elk Mound Village Board:
• Learned that the Elk Mound Police Department had assisted with traffic control both north and south of the village in September when Vice President Mike Pence traveled close to Elk Mound during his bus tour of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
• Learned from Greg Kipp, village trustee, that the Elk Mound fire board would like to give firefighters a slight increase in pay. Kipp also reported that Les Shafer, Elk Mound fire chief, likely would not be asking for an increase in funding for 2021 since $6,000 is available for use in the fire department’s current funds.
• Learned from Terry Stamm, village trustee and the village’s representative on the Dunn County Solid Waste and Recycling Board and the Colfax Solid Waste and Recycling Committee, about the county’s progress in turning over waste and recycling centers to the municipalities. The Village of Elk Mound and the Towns of Elk Mound, Spring Brook, Colfax, Grant, Otter Creek, Tainter and Wilson are members of the Colfax Responsible Unit, which will be operating the Elk Mound collection site and the Colfax collection site as of January 1.
• Received a reminder from Stamm about the referendum question on the November 3 ballot for Dunn County Solid Waste and Recycling asking voters to allow the county to exceed the state-imposed revenue limit by up to $1 million per year for five years. The referendum question and an explanation are included on the Dunn County Solid Waste and Recycling website.
• Learned that the Colfax Rescue Squad had responded to five calls in the Town of Elk Mound in September and to eight calls in the Village of Elk Mound.
• Learned from Stamm and Mark Levra, director of public works, that the Elk Mound community center and library building had been painted.
• Approved an agreement with Dunn County for the county to collect the annual real estate and personal property taxes for Elk Mound.
• Learned from Pat Hahn, village clerk-treasurer, that Bremer Bank would be willing to provide a general obligation loan in the amount of $100,000. The loan would be used to purchase equipment for the department of public works and for the purchase of equipment needed to operate and maintain the Elk Mound solid waste and recycling site. The Colfax Solid Waste and Recycling Committee has decided Elk Mound and the Towns of Spring Brook and Elk Mound should share in the cost of purchasing the equipment for Elk Mound’s collection site, and Colfax and the Towns of Colfax, Grant, Otter Creek, Tainter and Wilson should share in the cost of purchasing the equipment for the Colfax collection site. The committee includes representatives from each municipality.
• Learned that building permits had been issued to Arlene Scheidecker, 132 Princeton Drive, to verify the driveway and to Kyle Arnsdorff, 201 Lincoln Avenue, to reroof the house and the garage.