Waldo reviews burning restrictions, police duties

by Abby Lynn Harvey of The Review staff

WALDO- Clarification of several village policies were discussed at the Monday evening meeting of the Waldo Village Board.

Trustee Michael Hintz had requested to view the current village burning ordinance at last month’s meeting after discussion concerning the spring burning hours.

Hintz was unfamiliar with the ordinance and said he wanted to see a copy.

The ordinance was put into place several years ago after complaints of neighbors burning at inappropriate times were brought to the board. The main interest of the ordinance is leaf burning, which is allowed during select hours on Saturdays and Wednesdays.

A concern for public safety relating to burning in barrels, which the board at the time felt was dangerous when children were present, resulted in the banning of such barrels in the village. The barrels in some cases were being used to burn garbage and waste which could emit a foul odor, disturbing neighbors. It was believed at the time that restricting burning to only certain materials and only allowing it during certain times would reduce this distress.

Hintz however, expressed concern that if burning was limited to certain times citizens may be more likely to burn in unfavorable conditions as opposed to waiting for a less windy day for example.

“I really wish that there could be something put in that wasn’t so hard on times that burning could take place, but more so on wind conditions,” he said. “When you have a set time I think it can be kind of confusing when you can or can’t burn. I’d like to see it more so when is it going to affect your neighbor.”

The question was raised to Police Chief Cory Roeseler if a more condition focused ordinance could be enforced. Stating that an ordinance of that type would be rather subjective, he concluded that it would be very difficult to enforce.

The board accepted the ordinance as is and will look into including an informational article on burning in the village in the newsletter.

Roeseler, who had been asked to come to the meeting to discuss his duties and the village’s expectations of his service spoke to the board later in the night concerning his limited time in the village.

This is the second time Roeseler has been asked to come to the board under these condition and he again explained that because he is only contracted for 10 hours a month in the village his duties are somewhat limited.

Any non-emergency calls can be made to Roeseler and will be dealt with during his contracted hours. However, any emergency calls must be directed to the Sheboygan County Sheriff’ls Department, which he also serves on, by dialing 911.

One of Roeseler’s largest duties in the village is to enforce ordinances, which the county will not do. He went on to explain that his style of policing is to try to mediate before taking more severe action in the form of a citation.

He noted that the village is at 100 percent compliance with licensing of all known dogs, a task that very few municipalities have been able to achieve.

To further clarify the duties and expectations of Roeseler, an explanation will be published in the village newsletter.

A review of the developers agreement concerning the Hunters Grove subdivision divided the board. The agreement, and letters of credit which state that the developer is responsible for the paving of the streets in the subdivision expire in 2014 and the work has not been completed.

Village President Lisa Hagenow stated that she would like to contract with the county to have to streets paved and send the developer an invoice for the work. However, she said, in the past the developer has ignored invoices, resulting in attorney fees. Although the village has eventually been reimbursed, it has taken several months to go through the process.

Hagenow stated that she feels it would be ideal to ask the developer for a down payment on the work before paving the road, but she questioned the legality of that practice.

Trustees Mike Hintz and Dan Schnieder stated that they would like the village to contact the attorney who drew up the agreement and get legal advice. Hagenow expressed displeasure with this course of action as the expiration was not until 2014 and she did not want the village to incur those legal costs if it was unnecessary. A motion to seek legal advice was taken to a vote and passed 3 to 2 with Hagenow and Trustee Michele Preder voting against the action.

Lengthy discussion ensued while the board considered the approval of liquor and operators licenses. Background checks on some operators showed repeated alcohol-related offenses, leading the board to question their renewal. All licenses were eventually approved.

The next meeting of the Waldo Village Board will take place on Monday July 8 at the Waldo Village Board. Discussion concerning abolishing the Village Board of Health will be on the agenda.

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