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BOYCEVILLE – The Village Board heard reports about the Summer Baseball Program and from the school about the Community Ed/Summer Rec funding.
The meeting was presided over by incoming Village President Lukas Montgomery in the absence of Village President Gib Krueger.
Apparently the Village Board had at last budget making time eliminated the funding for support money for the Boyceville Baseball Association.
First to appear before the Village Board was Alesha Kersten. She gave a history and background of the program with the Boyceville School and the village working together. She noted that $3,500 was budgeted to for program plus the village paying the school $5,500 to provide employment funds and then the school gave the village $1,000 which allowed children from outside of the village to participate in the program. The board and Kersten spent some time discussing the program and the village’s involvement.
Next to address the board was Ryan Benitz, who is president of the Boyceville Baseball Association and he addressed the board on how successful the program has been getting pre-high school boys into baseball, noting that the High School baseball team made it to state his year. Benitz also went over their annual financial report and noted that the Village has supported the program with $3,500 last year.
He explained that registration fee for each child is $35.00 with $15.00 toward the AAU. “We also have a program that will pay the registration fee for kids that the families do not have the funds for the fee.” He was asked how many children are involved in the program and Benitz indicated that 110 kids from kindergarten to age 14 are involved.
Apparently the board and the group agreed that better communications were needed between he two. Montgomery asked Bentz if they could wait a couple of weeks because we “have several things to look over,” concluding with, “we need to take a look at the process.”
Joel Timblin, the Airport Manager updated the board on the improvement project that is in the planning stage now and that bids will be received in June. He also noted that several trees from the west approach to the runway will need to be topped to allow for a better view for aircraft as the are landing. He also spoke about the youth pilot program with the school and that they have been reconstructing an airplane. He invited anyone who is interested to come and look at what they have accomplished. Timblin also informed the board that the price for fuel is very competitive.
Don Rose, head of the Public Works Department reported that they have been monitoring the water temperature, and have issued a notice to stop running the water to customers.
Rose reported that snow plowing by the county on Highway 170 had broken a couple of manhole covers. The public works department had lowered the manholes waiting for the summer reconstruction of Highway 170. But, he said the county had filled in and blacktopped over those manholes because the covers were too low.
Rose asked the board to approve the two summer part-time positions. After a closed session the board approved that the new public works hire will start at $19.00 per hour.
For the third month in a row the question about what do with a cell phone that the police department is no longer using. The chief had asked that he be given that phone for personal use. But board member Megan Mittlestadt noted that she found out that it has a value of $250.00 and she thought that giving it away “does not set a good policy.” The Police Chief said he would try to trade it in against police department account.
In other action the board:
• Changed the deposit fee and rental for the Community Center to one hundred dollars for the deposit fee and one hundred for the rental. They heard from Village Clerk/Treasurer Darlene Lee that the present cost for the deposit is only $35.00, and that recently she and her deputy had to clean up the Center following a party that had rented it and did not clean it up. “They did not get their deposit back,” Lee told the board.
• Approved spending $1019.94 with Mosquito Hunters to treat both Pafko Park and the Village Campgrounds three times this summer.
• Approved spending up to $500 for sealing the basketball court at Pafko Park.
Trudie Chernak appeared before the board during the public comment period about the board being more proactive in offering for sale the lot they owned in Anderson Hills development and the one lot across from the school. “Lower the price to get them sold,” she told the board. She also suggested that the old feed mill lot would be a good place for a Farmers Market.
Police Chief Greg Lamkin’s report to the board indicated that they had 212 calls for service in March, which was an 86 percent increase from last year.
His report also noted several significant cases, which his report listed. They included the following:
The department responded to a suspicious male at the Cenex Laundromat. They located an intoxicated male with a history of escape and resisting arrest. “Luckily, both the chief and Sgt. Rud were both on duty and able to safely take him into custody. After an investigation, we learned he had also stolen from the store and he was charged with theft and disorderly conduct.
“We assisted the West Central Drug Task Force with an investigation. One subject was taken into custody and the Task Force later charged him with drug trafficking.
“I responded to a domestic disturbance that began in Downing and ended up in Boyceville. I assisted the victim. Dunn County Sheriffs Office and I searched the area for the suspect before he wound up causing a car crash in Menomonie and fled the Menomonie Police. The suspect was eventually located and charged with multiple felony and misdemeanor charges.
“Sgt. Rud responded to a report of a burglary to a vacant home. No property was stolen and the case remains under investigation.
“I responded to a report of a counterfeit $50 bill passed at a local business. We were not able to identify a suspect yet.
“I responded to a report of a student who made threatening comments online against a school staff member. The suspect was criminally referred to the DA’s office for Disorderly Conduct.”
Lamkin’s report also noted that they would be holding a drug take back event at the police station on the 24th.