Elkhart Lake's Moioffer sets retirement date

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – It was not unexpected, but it was still received with a degree of sadness.

Village Clerk/Treasurer/Administrator Jeanette Moioffer submitted her official retirement letter to the Elkhart Lake Village Board Monday.

Moioffer will end three decades of service to the village at the end of December, with her last day on the job expected to be Dec. 20.

“This job has meant a great deal to me and has been a major portion of my life,” Moioffer wrote in her letter, which was read by Trustee Richard Sadiq.

“I thank you, as well as past boards, for giving me the opportunity to serve each board as well as the residents and property owners of the village to the best of my ability. Thank you again for making me feel important, appreciated and loved,” Moioffer wrote.

“It hasn’t been any effort for anyone to make you feel important,” Trustee Pam Garton told Moioffer. “Everyone knows how the wheels work in the village office. It’s always ‘Ask Jeanette.’”

Moioffer has seen the job grow since she succeeded Arlene Klaetsch as clerk/treasurer 30 years ago, with the title and duties of administrator added to the position.

She had made village officials aware some time ago of her pending retirement and the village took steps to prepare for the transition, including hiring Jessica Reilly as her assistant with the goal of taking over the position on Moioffer’s retirement.

She acknowledged and expressed gratitude for that transition plan in her letter, stating, “I can leave knowing that there will not be a missed heart beat.”

The board initiated the process for the next step in the Sargento Foods expansion and the Tax Incremental Finance District 2 aid for that project.

The trustees voted to begin condemnation proceedings on a small vacant parcel owned by the railroad just to the west of the Sargento building, north of Pine Street.

“The first step is we need to do a notice of condemnation that this is a blighted property,” Reilly told the board. “We’re saying that the property is blighted. This is part of the Sargento development agreement.”

She added that the condemnation process will involve several more steps, including appraisals and more.

The board authorized Quasius Construction, the contractor for the first phase of the Sargento expansion, to park a work trailer on Lake Street in front of the Sargento plant during the first phase of work this summer and fall.

A number of requests from the Vintage Sports Car Drivers Association for the Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival, scheduled for Sept. 7-10, were granted by the board.

They included a street closure on Lake Street from the National Exchange Bank south to Elm Street from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Sept. 7, a police escort for the vintage cars to and from the Road America track the same day, a banner across Lake Street, vendors on the street in front of the bank during the street closing and use of the walkway in front of The Osthoff Resort from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 7.

The escort request drew the only questions from the board, as they noted that the Police Department had concerns about what they said were the small number of cars that were escorted at last year’s event and the cost of that escort.

VSCDA officials said they felt there were more than enough cars in the parade and agreed to pay half the cost of the police escort if there are fewer than 20 cars in the parade.

They said this year’s event will feature Triumph cars and they are expecting a bigger turnout for the festival with more cars.

The board approved spending $480 for portable toilets for the Vintage Concours D’Elegance event July 19 and 20, as in the past.

The Ferrari Club was granted use of walkway by the lake for their event from July 29 to Aug. 4. Reilly explained that there would be only two to six cars parked on the walkway during that time. The cars will be detailed by club members as part of the event.

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