Sheriff meets with HG board

by Steve Ottman Review Correspondent


SHEBOYGAN COUNTY SHERIFF Todd Priebe (left) accepts an award of appreciation from Howards Grove Village President James Scheiber, thanking Priebe and his department for the services they provide the village, at a recent Village Board meeting. — Submitted photo SHEBOYGAN COUNTY SHERIFF Todd Priebe (left) accepts an award of appreciation from Howards Grove Village President James Scheiber, thanking Priebe and his department for the services they provide the village, at a recent Village Board meeting. — Submitted photo HOWARDS GROVE. Village President James Scheiber invited Sheboygan County Sheriff Todd Priebe to attend the Dec. 17 Village Board meeting.

Priebe thanked the village for the opportunity to come in and talk with the board members.

Priebe explained that the approach and focus on protecting the village is very important to the Sheriff’s Department.

“Our approach is working on building partnerships with the community,” said Priebe. “Some of the problems aren’t even on the radar screen. That is why we like using a community policing philosophy, using the citizens of the community.

“We like to find out problems by mixing with the citizens,” stated Priebe.

Priebe listed some examples of department’s priorities concerning community concerns. He cited child protection as the top priority that troubled the community. Suspicious activity, drug issues and domestic violence were the next three common issues.

Last year, Howards Grove suffered an influx of break-ins and thefts in the community.

“Our officers went door-todoor with questions and took a pro-active approach to educate the community on theft prevention,” Priebe explained. “It turned out to be very positive. Our strategy was thinking outside the box.”

Most of the results were referred to agencies that are experienced in helping solve problems.

Priebe stated that with a lot of new officers, the priorities now are training them on problem solving.

“We’re asking our deputies to make more decisions and make direct contacts with individuals,” commented Priebe. “The idea is to expedite, be vigilant and identify the problem in the early stages.”

Priebe said these changes in the program training have been met with a fantastic response and good results.

This has changed the way the department works now, as the communities try to solve the little problems amongst themselves, leaving more time for the county to tackle larger problems.

“We’re very fortunate to have constables, fire protection and EMS units with first responders,” Priebe said. “The village enforces their ordinances and we reinforce them when misdemeanors and felonies have been committed. Utilizing the constables whenever the opportunity is there has given us a big lift.”

Priebe felt that since the county has gone door-to-door, the community is more aware and property owners are more accountable.

Scheiber presented Priebe with award of appreciation and then thanked the county for their service to the Howards Grove community.

New Trustee Henry Verfuerth and Clerk/Treasurer Jo Ann Lesser were sworn into office.

The board gave approval to participate in the Sheboygan County Brownfield grant efforts. The village received a letter from Aaron Brault, director of planning and conservation. It stated that funding from the grant would be used in federal Environmental Protection Agency efforts.

After discussion, the board said that all meeting minutes will be posted on the village website.

A resolution was approved to designate public depository and authorizing withdrawals of village monies to Lesser as clerk/ treasurer.

The board members moved that a stipend that the Finance Committee suggested for the office staff for their extra work during the holidays will be voted on at the next meeting.

The payroll was updated to a two-week withholding to better reflect withholdings associated with the Wisconsin Retirement System.

The 2014 fire service contract was approved by a 5-0 vote.


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