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By Cara L. Dempski
ELK MOUND – The Elk Mound Board of Trustees agreed to amend a purchase agreement with Golden Warriors, LLC for the lot east of the Village Hall during its April 19 meeting. The agreement was amended to extend due diligence time until July 23, 2021.
After the Board approved the change to the agreement, it moved on to a citizens’ forum attended by both Tony Christopherson and Tony Kohnke. Christopherson made a short presentation called “fiber to premise” during which he advocated for fiber-optic broadband communications access to all homes and business premises in the village of Elk Mound and surrounding townships. Several Village trustees mentioned fiber-optic access would present faster service and better business opportunities.
Kohnke was present to discuss ATV routes in and through the village, something he mentioned he has discussed extensively with Police Chief Chad Weinberger. Currently, there is a route into the village from the West along Division Street to the Pourhouse. He explained he would like to see a route from Holly Avenue along University Street out to 970th St.
The next agenda item called for approval of building and service permits. At the top of the list was the Elk Mound Area School District for its referendum projects. The permits received Board approval.
The agenda moved on to reports from officials, and Public Works Director Mark Levra explained his department has done work removing trees from right-of-way and signs to increase visibility at intersections around the village.
Police Chief Chad Weinberger spoke saying the number of trainings and meetings he and the other officers have been attending has increased lately.
One of the trainings Weinberger and the other officers attended was FEMA auxiliary communications for emergency operations centers. They also went through CPR and first aid recertification with Colfax Fire and Rescue and went through extrication training with the fire department.
He shared with the Board that the department’s social media sites have been working well at keeping the public informed of weather emergencies and other emergencies. He cited a recent notice posted on the Elk Mound Police Facebook page regarding a burn ban due to dry conditions and high winds. Weinberger also reported there have been catalytic converters stolen from vehicles in town.
There were 84 calls for service in the village in March. He also said there were two arrests, one for gasoline theft, and the other for a felony warrant. There was also a report of go karts being driven on Wapiti Lane, and he would like to remind everyone go karts are not allowed to be driven in the village. He also told the Board calls were evenly spread around the village again in March.
Weinberger also mentioned there is a possibility that Dunn County will be shifting in the future to sending social workers to mental health calls.
He informed the Board the village could see increased traffic this summer due to bridge construction over Rock Creek on Highway 85 in Caryville.
Officer DeVries obtained and installed a donated radar unit from the State Patrol.
Next, the Board learned most of the standing committees had not met recently, except for the Plan Commission, which met April 14. Trustee Terry Stamm reported the Community Center and library have not yet been painted due to weather concerns, and said the Dunn County Solid Waste and Recycling Board continues to meet.
The next agenda item dealt with miscellaneous business and communications as permitted by law yielded the news Trustee Cynthia Abraham is scheduled for a deployment soon. Finally, the committee listings for 2021 through 2022 received approval. The Board adjourned at 7:13 p.m.
The next Village Board meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, May 3.