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BOYCEVILLE — The Village Board heard reports from two representatives of the engineering firm of MSA out of Rice Lake. The information was on TIF districts and extensions of the road and public utilities at Sykora Lane in the Village.
First, David Rasmussen spoke to the board about the Village’s current two TIF Districts that the village is operating. He informed the board that TIF District Number Two will end next February and that the village will not get the funds back through the TIF district, noting that, that district had a fund deficit of over three million dollars.
He told the board that the village could not create another district, because the two districts hold more than 12 percent of the village’s equalized valuation. He informed the board that as of January 2020 the village had an equalized value of $53,696,700 with some $7,318,600 in the two TIF districts.
Rasmussen suggested to the board that they could close out District number two early and then create a new district to help fund village expansion, “if you have a pending development for a TIF District,” he told the board.
Eric Barclay of MSA talked about an item that needed warranty work on the Main Street project and then he had worked up an estimate for extending the road and public utilities some 1100 feet on Sykora Lane in the Anderson Hill sub-division.
Total cost for the entire project is estimated at $786,959 to serve 17 lots along the extension. Village President Lukas Montgomery quickly noted that the cost per lot would be $46,000 for the road and utility extension. The board took no action on either the TIF District nor the extension of Sykora Lane.
Other items the Village Board had on their agenda was, reports from Village Department heads. Joel Timblin the airport manager talked to the board about the price of fuel and noted that aviation fuel could go to seven dollars per gallon by fall, and he would keep watch on the market so that the airport could have 5,000 gallons on hand, mostly purchased at a lower price. He talked about the replacement of the airport’s fuel system that has outlived its useful life and the replacement cost is $16,000, all covered by a grant, Timblin told he board.
Timblin also told the board about discussions they have had with a couple of local residents who live near the airport and have tall trees that interfere with the lights that guide approaching airplanes into the airport from the west. He also informed the board at the pre-bid information meeting for the airport, improvements are set for June 23.
During his report, Police Chief Greg Lamkin noted to the board that the intersection of State Highways 170 and 79 will be closed for construction and installation of signal lights starting on Monday, June 28.
His monthly report showed that the department had 243 calls for service in May, including three mutual aid requests an increase of 19 percent from last year. He touched on the cases that they handled last month, including a resident that sent profane computer messages to the Village Hall staff. “The subject was identified and charged in circuit court,” his report stated.
Another was a complaint filed regarding a fight at Pafko Park between juveniles with two juvenile referrals being submitted to the DA’s office and Human Services. The other was to assist the Menomonie Police with a Child Abduction Response Team, over a missing child, but other units safely located the child.
He also talked about the three cases set for trail in May, one was postponed, one case was cleared by a plea bargain, and the third was a high-profile one that went to trial and resulted in a conviction.
In other action the village got no takers on the removal of the old Cable building.
The board spent some time discussing the recycling facility and what to charge to use it for a couple of other municipalities.
The board also:
• Approved all applications for renewal of alcohol, coin, and tobacco permits for a period ending on June 30, 2022.
• Put off the annual contribution to Dunn County Development until next month. It was learned that last year the village donated $1,880.
• Approved spending $150 to have Mosquito Hunters treat Friendship Garden, and after the approval was given, board member Brad Stevens informed the board that he would donate the money to the village to cover the cost.
The board had a discussion over water hammering coming from Ohly. Apparently when a water line is shut off fast, it caused a pressure build up in the water mains, which could cause a break in the main.
Lonna Borgert and Trudie Chernak appeared before the board to talk about the Tiffany Cemetery in Boyceville. Borgert and her husband, Bill have been mowing the cemetery for a number of years, and she has handled the sexton responsibilities also.
Borgert told the board that they can no longer do the work required at the cemetery and she hoped that with the board’s help they could find someone to take over the duties and find volunteers to help out by being cemetery trustees.
Village Board member Megan Mittlestadt questioned, “Why is it a village concern?” She quickly learned, that if a group that has had the responsibility to care for a cemetery and cannot or does not, the responsibility then returns to the local unit of government.
Village President Montgomery had a book from the cemetery with minutes dating back to the 1920s he noted. He said that the village had gotten the responsibility back from an association in 1979, but later returned it to another association. “The cemetery was in disarray in village hands,” Montgomery noted.
Montgomery stated that he would contact area ministers about finding people to volunteer to help out with the workload taking care of the cemetery. Borgert said she would train someone to do the duties of sexton.