Village reaches agreement on construction of State 32/42 Road Project.

by Steve Ottman Review correspondent

HOWARDS GROVE — Public Works Director Ryan Welsing reviewed the state/ municipal agreements related to the state’s construction on State 32 and 42 with the Howards Grove Village Board.

Following brief discussion, board members approved the agreements for State 32/42 for spring construction by 3-0, with one abstaining.

The village’s cost is about $150,000 for State 32 and $130,000 for State 42.

Clerk-Treasurer Lavonne Athorp reported that after submitting an accident claim to the village’s insurance carrier, the insurance adjuster had denied the claim for reimbursement to a private vehicle that was damage on village roads because they don’t believe the village is liable. Following brief discussion, the board voted to deny the claim as recommended by the insurance company.

Paul Corson presented information regarding the proposal to conduct the village audit.

Corson reviewed the tasks completed as part of the audit, and noted that his firm has worked with the village for over 30 years. Trustees asked several questions.

Bryan Grunewald, representing Schenck &Associates, presented information regarding Schenk’s proposal.

Grunewald noted that his firm has worked with many different municipalities and has a team that would be able to provide quality service to the village. Trustees asked several questions.

Following discussion, Schenck’s proposal was approved and Athorp was authorized to sign an engagement letter for the 2012 village and sanitary audits at a cost not to exceed $11,400.

Shannon Lemke from Two Left Paws provided information regarding their request to use Memorial Park for a “Dog Walk” as a fundraiser for their organization.

They are hoping for attendance of approximately 200 people. Last year’s event had about 100 attendees.

The board approved the fundraiser at Memorial Park May 18 for Two Left Paws at the same rate as other non-profit organizations.

Athorp reported that the village received a letter from Burkart-Heisdorf Insurance regarding their recent merger with another Wisconsin-based insurance company. They will continue to operate under the name “Burkart-Heisdorf.” however they will now be a division of McClone. There should be no changes in personnel at this time.

Athorp noted that the first April board meeting was the same date as the spring election. Due to the limited activity so far this year, she requested that the meeting be cancelled instead of rescheduling it. If something comes up, it could always be rescheduled at that time. Following discussion, the board agreed to cancel the April 2 board meeting.

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