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BOYCEVILLE — During the regular meeting of the Boyceville Village Board, President Lukas Montgomery read an email from Airport Manager Joel Timblin about activities at the Airport.
In Timblin’s report, he indicated that the reconstruction project at the airport is scheduled to start this spring. “The State has secured all the funds for both parts of the project. The tree trimming should start soon and the electrical components have been arriving since fall,” his report stated.
Other items on Timblin’s report noted that the booster club youth program finished last weekend after a ten-month project. The report also noted that the airport has seen an increase in helicopter activities and they have had an increase in inquiries for hanger rental.
Moves ahead with sidewalk extension along STH 79
The Village Board approved hiring MSA Professional Service out of Rice Lake, to do the design and bidding for the extension of sidewalks along the west side of Highway 79 north. The extension is from Nordveien Drive north to Dow Drive, from the Lutheran church to the Dollar General store. The cost for the engineering firm was set at $17,000. The board also approved a resolution that will allow the village to level a special assessment on property affected by the extension of the sidewalk.
During his report to the Board, Don Rose, head of the Public Works department informed the board about repairs at the wastewater treatment plant and working with MSA on a project for the treatment facility. Rose also noted about snow removal and clearing snow away from fire hydrants and made a request if you have a hydrant near your home, he suggested that it would be a good idea if the property owner could remove snow away from the hydrant.
Village President, Montgomery praised Rose and his crew for their work on snow removal.
Board member Sonya Zebro reported about the Boyceville Library and their space need assessment program. She also requested that the Ambulance Board be allowed to use the Village Hall for their monthly meetings, which are held on the second Wednesday of each month.
Police Chief Greg Lamkin reported that the Police Department had 2333 calls for service in 2021, an increase of 24 percent over 2020. “We issued 133 citations and made 72 arrests,” Lamkin told the board.
Lamkin also reported that they have received grants that allowed the department to purchase five more body cameras and with other grants the department received grants totaling some $12,335. Allowing the department to purchase new laptops and for traffic enforcement.
Montgomery noted that he had spent a couple of hours at the recycling facility working and meeting people. “It was interesting and went well,” he commented. He also spent time looking for people to run for positions on the village board as no candidates filed for the April election for the open seats on the village board. “I did not get many bites,” he concluded.
During the Public Comments period of the meeting, Trudie Chernak spoke to the board and told them of how much she appreciates the work they do.