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BOYCEVILLE—The Village Board spent some time talking about growing the community and doing further expansion at Anderson Hill subdivision, which is located south of the airport off State Highway 79.
Village President Lukas Montgomery had a map of Anderson Hill for all members of the village board and he noted that there are some 103 acres of unploted land plus another 17 lots that do not have improvements to them including streets and water and sewer lines.
He suggested to the rest of the Village board that if that entire area was developed, it could increase the population of Boyceville by some 500 to 700 people. “We need people to increase our tax base,” he said.
He thought that with more homes would bring more businesses. He noted that some time ago a plan had been developed for extending the public services to those 17 lots along Sykora Lane and at that time a cost estimated was $787,000 and Montgomery noted that the village had only $1.3 million of borrowing power left and, “I am uncomfortable doing that,” he told the board.
Several ideas were discussed including with a bigger tax base a referendum increase could be held to finance a project. But, the board asked Montgomery to contact developers to see if one could be found that may be interested in developing the area.
Vape devices brings citation to student
During his report to the Village Board, Police Chief Greg Lamkin informed the board that the school reported to him of a student that was in possession of multiple vape devices. “During my investigation, I was able to identify numerous students the suspect had provided vape devices to. Working with the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office, we seized vape devices and synthetic THC.” Lamkin told the board that the suspect has been cited for numerous violations.
In an unrelated case, Lamkin also reported that two suspects were taken into custody and both have been charged with four counts of sexual assault each.
He also informed the board about a bomb threat at the school were a student was threatened. Lamkin said, “During my investigation, I learned of other threats and worked with law enforcement partners and the school to investigate while we placed the school in lock down. We were able to identify the suspect and I placed him in custody, where he remains on numerous felony charges.”
During his report, Lamkin informed the board that his department had 239 total calls for service in April and that five citations were issued and ten arrests were made.
He noted that the new police car should be on the street this week and that during the Drug Take Back program collected 14 pounds of unwanted medications.
The board accepted the bid from Pember Companies out of Menomonie to construct a new sidewalk along Highway 79 north from Trinity Lutheran Church to the new Dollar store; the bid was for $36,000. Pember was the only bid that the village received. The board also approved levying a special assessment against the Dollar store to pay for their share of the project. They also approved a property easement to place the new sidewalk on part of the property owned by Trinity Lutheran Church. They had previously agreed that the church would not be assessed for the part of the sidewalk that fronts church property.
The board also accepted a bid for $58,285, to resurface Horseshoe Drive and rejected a bid of $81,000 for new sidewalks and resurfaces the parking lot at the Village Hall. Both of these bids were from Pember.
In other action the board rejected a request from the property owner at 190 Railroad Avenue for water and sewer service. Board member Jonathan Farrell telling the rest of the board that his committee found that “we can not service that property.”
They also denied a request to replace the wooden ramp at 823 Main Street with a concrete one. Farrell noting that most of the ramp is on village property and if it need to be removed, “we would have to jack hammer it out.”
Approved a Class B Picnic license for the Boyceville Baseball Assn., for May 20-22.