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BOYCEVILLE — The Village Board heard several reports concerning village activities and requests for monetary support from several identities.
Village President, Lukas Montgomery, informed board members that Airport Manager, Joel Timblin, who is out of town sent him information about the recent bid openings for the improvements at the airport. Montgomery noted that the bids came in at $1.97 million and he indicated that the Village’s share of the improvements were up by $17,000 to $92,000. Montgomery also noted that they were waiting on grant approval from the government.
Another item that was up for discussion was the annual donation to the Dunn County Economic Development Corporation to help support activates of the corporation in Dunn County.
Montgomery read from a report about the initiatives that the corporation has been working with.
Included in his report for development were a hardware store in Boyceville; a Golf Course in Menomonie, a large computer server farm in the Menomonie Industrial Park, a start up of a manufacturing project in Knapp, which will refine cannabis into CBD Oil.
Other projects include additional space for a diesel service business in Menomonie, converting a vacant commercial building in Menomonie into a community center with a sports complex, working for the start up of a local food wagon serving Mexican type food to serve Boyceville, Colfax, and Menomonie.
The report also noted that the development corporation was working with a company that is looking at putting in a three million gallon anaerobic digester on a large dairy farm for the production of synthetic gas for sale to a local utility. The board approved the annual donation of $1,880.
The board also approved pledging some $10,000 to NextGen for the application for federal grant monies to fund Broadband infrastructure improvements.
The board moved ahead with other topics including the wastewater and discharge agreement with OHLY. Board member Jonathan Farrell spoke on the matter to the board and said that the Village’s agreement with OHLY dates back to the 1990s and he told the board that the committee would be meeting with OHLY officials in the near future.
He also suggested that the current fines for violating village ordinances should be doubled and he said: “We are very concerned about the Ph discharge and explained what damage it can cause to the wastewater treatment facility.
In other action the board approved spending some $3,200 on improvements to the ball field and fencing at Pafko Park. Approved an extended stay request for the Campground, from Justin Gudis.
In his report, Police Chief Greg Lamkin handled 182 calls last month and that the county handled an additional 22 calls in the village. He reported that the department issued eight citations and made three arrests last month.
His report indicted that a subject was taken into custody for a disturbance and charged with disorderly conduct and bail jumping. A couple of weeks later the same subject appeared at the residence again, despite a court order, he was located and charged with additional bail jumping charges. It was also reported that the chief would be attending instructor development training.
During the public comment part of the meeting, the board heard from two village residents, one about the use of ATVs and four wheelers on village streets during late hours complaining about loud engine noise, tires squealing and speeding on village streets.