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BOYCEVILLE — A good part of time at the Boyceville Village Board meeting on July 11 was once again spent on Tiffany Street issues however there was a lot of positive discussion and much progress has been made over the past month. Village president, Lukas Montgomery spoke with several people concerning Tiffany Street, he spoke with their lawyer concerning the laws and met with the police chief regarding last month’s concerns. First off there has been an increase in police presence in the area of Tiffany Street to help stop and curb the speeding vehicles that was one complaint at last month’s meeting.
Montgomery along with Police Chief Lampkin met with those in question about the parking, the noise and kids on golf carts and he said that they are working together to keep the parking down to one side of the street and the possibility of using the church or school parking lot if more cars need to be parked over there to help make the street easier to go down. As far as the noise they have curbed the noise, stopping work by 8 p.m. and they have taken the golf carts away from the kids. They have also cleaned up their properties and the village has had zero formal complaints in the last month and the visibility on the road has been much better.
The basic consensus of the board was that all parties involved need to strive towards unity and coming together but with that Montgomery stated that “we take an oath of office and we have to defend and uphold the constitution. With this individual freedoms, liberties and equalities with balance and safety health and welfare of individuals as well. We have talked to the lawyer and the lawyer informed us that derby cars do not classify as junk vehicles.” He goes on to say that the ordinances the way they are written now wouldn’t hold up and that chapter 11 would need to be rewritten.
“We’re a small community, you got to work together in a small community. And you’re not going to make everyone happy but if you work together with the group that is willing to work with you, you can work things out.” Commented board member, Bill Sempf.
The “Derby guys” are more than willing to work with the board if they would just come and talk with them. In other words asking rather than ordering goes along way. They would rather have an open conversation with their neighbors than to have the cops called on them.
When the board opened it up to public comment both Trudy Chernak and Lisa Krueger did thank them for cleaning things up. Jonathan Morrow who also spoke during public comments basically defended the guys saying that he had had a minor problem with them but he talked with them and they worked it out and moved forward. He also reiterated what the board said about unity, coming together and communicating.
In other unfinished business, after a lengthy discussion the board decided to table the municipal Court options but moved ahead with creating a Plan Commission. The Plan Commission needs to consist of three citizens, two board members, the board president and the Building inspector. Citizen commission members will serve for a three year term on a staggered basis so for this newly formed commission, Jeremy Mittlested will serve one year, Kevin Zebro two years and Jonathan Morrow three years. Board members on the Commission will be Jonathan Farrell and Sonya Zebro.
Police Chief Lampkin during his report stated that there were 220 officer calls in June: 10 traffic, 146 service calls, 8 criminal, 43 general and 13 ordiance. When question what defines a service call, he responded it could be anything from an alarm, a civil complaint, open doors, welfare checks, etc. Lampkin also stated that the new recruit, David Vodenlich had completed his training. He was sworn in during new business.
Other New Business
A letter of resignation from Village Clerk-Treasurer, Darlene Lee was accepted. In her letter she states that she will be retiring effective September 2, 2022. “I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to have worked for the Village of Boyceville for the last 11 years. I am looking forward to being able to spend more time with my family along with doing more traveling.”
Also a letter of resignation from Village Deputy Clerk-Treasurer, Karen Adams was accepted. She will be resigning effective July 29, 2022.
Approved reducing the RU permit price to $120 for non-residents.
Approved poll workers, Mary Lagerstrom, Brenda Halverson and Brittany Halverson.
Approved sending the Dodge Charger to Smith Sales in Baldwin.
Approved a one year free permit to the Lions Club for parking their trailer with the stipulation that if they need parking space they will be asked to move it.
Approved the admin committee to reach out to the school board to form a new co mmittee regarding Summer Rec and Community Education programs.