EL board ready to go paperless

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – The Village Board is poised to go paperless.

Village Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer Jessica Reilly told the board Monday that iPads for all trustees have been purchased and will be put into use by the board’s next meeting.

“Everything, when you get them, will be on the iPads,” Reilly explained. That will include agendas, documents and e-mails.

Village President Alan Rudnick noted that the County Board has been using a similar system for its members for the past year or so, with a significant saving of paper. Elkhart Lake, which contracts with the county for information technology services, will the first village in the county to go paperless.

“We can save a tree – or ten,” Trustee Pam Garton commented.

The board approved a number of items for the upcoming Schnee Days event, scheduled for Feb. 21-23.

That included approval of street closures for the Schneelauf 5K Chili Run Saturday morning, the use of the village walkway for a truck and trailer for the run, and the use of the Village Park for the Schnee Days Ice Cube Hunt Saturday morning.

The board’s Administration and Finance Committee put off taking any action on purchasing a new sound system for the board meeting room to look at other possible alternatives.

They took the same action on the purchase of new furniture for the meeting room in the Grashorn Municipal Building as well, Rudnick reported, to look into other alternatives as well.

The fire department and first responders are preparing for an emergency preparedness tabletop exercise, set for April 24, Rudnick told the trustees.

“They will be looking at our emergency plans and give us recommendations on how we need to improve them,” Rudnick said.

Rudnick said Police Chief Michael Meeusen has taken on the additional duties of emergency management director for the village.

Rudnick said officials are reviewing emergency plans for the different resorts in the village as well.

“We will eventually have a mock emergency drill for the entire village,” Rudnick concluded.

The frigid winter weather has had an adverse affect on village and private pipes, Rudnick and Reilly reported.

“Because of the cold weather we have been experiencing water main breaks,” Rudnick said. “The DPW (Department of Public Works) is working on that and we will have to address that at the next Public Works Committee meeting.”

“We’ve had a lot of problems with frozen pipes,” on private property as well, Reilly added.

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