Waldo Board addresses cemetery issues

by Rodney Schroeter of The Review staff

WALDO —At its monthly meeting Monday, the village board followed up on two errors related to a burial in the cemetery.

A casket was buried in a slightly incorrect location. When the family discovered that, they requested that it be exhumed and moved to the proper location. The family paid for the reburial.

“It was the village’s mistake that caused that,” said Village President Dan Schneider. He said the family was also overcharged because it was mistakenly believed the person laid to rest was not a village resident.

Trustee Mike Hintze asked if the family had requested reimbursement for the reburial.

“They’re not asking for it,” Schneider replied. “But I don’t believe that it is correct for them to pay for our mistake.”

The board unanimously approved reimbursing the family for the reburial, plus the amount overcharged based on the incorrect assumption of non-residence.

The discussion moved to future possible errors in burial sites. “How many more instances are we going to run into?” Hintze asked.

“I can’t give you a number,” said Schneider. “But I know it’s going to be more than one. I guarantee that.” He estimated there could already be half a dozen that are in a slightly wrong location.

“What can we do to prevent it?” asked Hintze.

Clerk-Treasurer Michelle Brecht said the Rural Water League has tools that allow edges to be located underground.

“If a couple people went up there, and walked the area, and really marked what’s underground,” Brecht said, the village’s records could be updated as needed. She said that such equipment might not be available for rental before spring, as this is the time of year when it’s is in demand.

Other village business

The village had hired Ayres & Associates at a cost of approximately $10,000 to conduct a failure analysis report on the Waldo dam.

There are three classes of dams, Schneider explained: high risk, significant risk, and low risk. “We were under the belief that we were low risk,” Schneider said. But, according to the study, the Waldo dam was classified just over “significant risk.”

Schneider said, “The long and short of it is, if we’re a signifi- cant risk, we need to increase the capacity and spillway. Ayres & Associates believes that could be somewhere in the neighborhood of one foot, that we would have to raise the embankments on both sides. But—it’s never as easy as that. There would have to be another study done.”

After that study, Schneider said, “I wouldn’t be surprised to see a $75,000 project. Probably $100,000 wouldn’t surprise me either.”

The board decided to ask a representative from Ayres & Associates to come to next month’s meet- ing and explain how the dam was rated as “significant risk.” Schneider requested the board to have ready all their questions about the dam’s classification at that time.

The board was asked when lines would be painted on the tennis court. Schneider replied that this had been done. Hintze ex- pressed surprise, as it had been unpainted when he drove by a couple of days previously. Schneider had taken matters into his own hands and painted the lines on the court himself, the day before, with no cost to the village.

The board unanimously approved or decided to pursue the following:

Rental of facilities to several requesters, including the Girl Scouts, for which the village will not charge a fee.

Granting a temporary liquor license to the Waldo Fire Department, for a fish fry.

Reviewing the contract the village has with Excel.Net, which expires at the end of the year.

Work with the county on the Hunters Grove paving project.

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