Panel to oversee all emergency response groups

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – The village’s joint fire station committee with the town of Rhine will get expanded duties.

Trustee Steve Kapellen, who represents the village on the committee, told the Village Board Monday the committee will be looking to expand its duties.

The committee, formed after the construction of the new joint fire station four years ago, would become a Joint Emergency Response Committee, Kapellen explained.

It would then oversee the fire department, first responders and other emergency response personnel, according to Kapellen.

The village is moving forward with plans to create another tax incremental finance district, Village President Alan Rudnick reported.

Financial advisor Phil Cosson of Ehlers and Associates met with the Plan Commission and other village officials for an overview of the planned TIF for expansion of the Sargento Foods facility in the village.

“We’ll be meeting again April 10 and will be discussing boundaries and a developer’s agreement,” Rudnick told the board. “We’re moving right along on that and we want to have (the TIF) in place by the beginning of June. Sargento wants to start construction in June.”

The board took the first step toward creating a public access to the June Vollrath Athletic Park from the east, approving $150 for a land appraisal for a piece of property on Kettleview Drive adjacent to the park.

Trustee Michael Wolf explained that the appraisal would be the first step in the process of acquiring the land to create an access to the park from residential areas to the east.

The village would then look at obtaining grant funds to help in the purchase of the land and the creation of an eastern access to the park.

The Public Works Committee is beginning to investigate possible ideas for repairing, replacing or upgrading the village garage, Wolf told the board.

The Public Works Department lacks space for some projects in the current building, which has some issues, according to Wolf.

The board passed a commendation resolution for Marvin Weber, a 52-year member of the fire department who retired in 2011.

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