Waldo to investigate future of dam

Abby Lynn Harvey of The Review staff

WALDO- The village is at a standstill regarding the Mill Pond dam and the likely related floodplain zoning chapter of the village code.

A first draft of the floodplain zoning chapter was presented to the board at Monday evening’s meeting, though it was made clear that this draft was very preliminary and not complete. Trustee Dan Schneider, who has been working to update the code, stated that in his opinion it would be best to wait until after more information could be gathered on the dam to take any action toward adopting the updated code.

The dam, which has been under some scrutiny from the DNR, will be further addressed at the April board meeting. To aid in discussion at the meeting, which will be attended by a representative from the DNR, two trustees and a member of the Mill Pond Association will be attending a dam safety workshop early that month.

Because the floodplain zoning code could be affected by the future of the dam, approval of the code will be delayed until the May meeting at the earliby est to allow board members to take both items into consideration when casting their vote for or against approval of the updated code.

All requested changes to the new Cemetery Committee bylaws were made and the document was approved.

The board approved an agricultural land contract with Luedke Farms. The contract was extended from one to three years as the Luedke’s have shown themselves to be responsible renters in the opinion of Village Clerk John Port and the board.

Schneider, reporting on a recent workshop concerning bridges and culverts, stated that he would like to have a mechanical engineer look at the bridge on Depot Street, which is in need of replacement or upgrade.

Trustee Michele Preder discussed options for a possible change in the village cell phone plan. Currently the village has two cell phones and pays more than $100 per month for the contract. Preder suggested switching to an unlimited pay-as-you-go plan which she said could save the village a large sum of money. She will gather more information and present to the board again at the April meeting.


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