Howards Grove board fills vacant positions

by Steve Ottman Review Correspondent

HOWARDS GROVE—The Village Board will have a new look for the start of 2014 with the appointments of a new clerk/treasurer and board trustee.

Village President James Scheiber announced that the village has hired Jo Ann Lesser for the position of clerk/treasurer to replace Lavonne Athorp.

Scheiber stated that Lesser has a good background in accounting and has over 13 years of experience.

Two candidates were present for the position of trustee. Jim Bilgo and Henry Verfuerth applied for the open position as a replacement to fill the term for outgoing trustee James Meinnert.

Verfuerth was selected in a closed ballot vote. He has lived in Howards Grove for 25 years and is now retired from Bemis Mfg. Verfuerth is also a part-time pastor and stated that he has always had an interest in village government.

Bilgo, who has lived in Howards Grove all of his life, also was intrigued with the opportunity to become a trustee and wanted to be a valuable asset to the village. He was encouraged to run in the spring election.

The village met with Lakeshore Pallet Inc. to discuss concerns about their wood burning furnace. Residents voiced concerns that the wood burning created too much smoke.

Lakeshore Pallet has raised the smoke stack 15 feet and said that they will watch the wind directions and how conditions were for burning wood to heat the building.

Trustee Dale Wuestenhagen felt that the compromise was good. He said the village doesn’t want to chase any business away, however they felt that both sides could work together.

The list of Election Worker appointments was reviewed and approved by the board.

An update was given on speeding concerns around the village. The village has received complaints of speeding on Roosevelt, College, Appletree and Audubon roads.

The Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department has been contacted and they are trying to put attention to the matter. Sheriff Todd Priebe will be asked to come to a meeting next year.

The village also agreed to accept the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department Joint Powers Agreement for 2014.

The county radio system was discussed. The county has agreed to pay 70 percent of the cost for new two-way radios. They have asked local municpalities to pay the remaining costs over a fiveyear plan if needed.

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