Waldo updates streets, passes 2015 budget

by Rodney Schroeter of The Review staff

WALDO—The village’s monthly meeting Monday night was preceded by a public hearing. Submitted for consideration to the two residents present were the status of two streets, one of which never existed, and the 2015 budget.

“The original plat of Waldo included streets on the west side of the railroad tracks,” explained village president Dan Schneider. Cascade Street and Plymouth Street ran north from State 28.

While Plymouth Street was previously discontinued, Cascade Street still exists on official maps, though it was never developed. The storage sheds now stand where Cascade Street would have been. Resolution 4-2014 would discontinue Cascade Street.

Mowtown Drive, also originally intended as a village street, is now a private driveway. Resolution 5-2014 would deed this street to the village, which the owner has agreed to do, allowing village development.

Mowtown Drive “may or may not become a village street,” Schneider said. “As it stands now, I’m the landowner, and I would still have that deeded to the village.” An interesting fact, Schneider said, is that village sewer and water are already running under a portion of that street.

With little discussion of the three items, the public hearing was adjourned and the regular village board meeting convened.

Resolution 4-2014 was approved unanimously, effectively discontinuing Cascade Street.

Resolution 5-2014 was tabled until December, when it will be decided whether the village will accept Motown Drive as a property, or as a village street.

The 2015 budget was unanimously approved. Bottom line budgeted revenues for 2015 are $291,694, and expenditures are $279,256.

In other village business

. The board went into a brief closed session. When the open meeting reconvened, Schneider announced that the salary of Clerk/Treasurer Michelle Brecht will be raised to $13 per hour. Dale Schilder, who manages the wastewater treatment facility and does other maintenance work for the village, will have his salary increased by 2.5 per cent.

Each pay increase was approved unanimously by the board. Schneider also thanked former Clerk/Treasurer John Port, present in the audience, for his years of service.

. On Oct. 15, the Senior Citizen group met at the Waldo CafĂ©. All members were present, and chose to end the organization. The group had $2,027.42 in its treasury, which members decided to donate to the village of Waldo’s general fund. The group requested that these funds be used to replace or repair the Christmas star that is put on the village’s water tower each winter. The group also donated audio equipment to the fire department.

. A review of how the farmer’s market is managed will be on the December agenda.

. During the public comment, resident Ben Dekker said he had items of historical significance to Waldo that he wanted to share. He had some ideas on funding a means to preserve this history, and he knew that others had such material, as well. Schneider thought it was a very good idea, and asked Dekker to see him, as he had some thoughts on preserving that history.

Anyone else owning and wishing to share such historical items is encouraged to contact the Waldo Village Hall at (920) 528-8121.

. Police report: In Waldo the past month, there were no citations, arrests made, traffic accidents investigated, court appearances, or warrants. There were four warnings, five complaints investigated, seven property checks, for a total of ten hours and 64 miles. The complaints were for neighbor issues, a civil complaint for the return of items, an alarm going off, a trick or treat patrol, and a driving complaint.

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