EL’s new village website online

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – Village government here has a new website.

Village Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer Jessica Reilly reported to the Village Board Monday that the new website – www.elkhartlakewi.gov – is up and running.

“We’re still doing some minor tweaking, but it is live and people can go on the site,” Reilly stated. She added that if trustees or anyone in the public sees any issues or has any problems with the site to let her offi ce know.

“We looked at the new website, which looks good,” said Trustee Richard Sadiq, reporting for the board’s Administration and Finance Committee. “We complimented Jessica on her hard work on the site.”

Trustee Richard Baumann reported that the Tourism Commission is finalizing the 2015 visitors guide, which should be out in the second or third week of January.

He said the commission will be printing fewer copies of the guide this year, as more and more people are utilizing the internet, and the commission’s website, to gather information for visits to the village.

Room tax revenue for the year 2014 was above projections and increased by 6 percent over the previous year, Baumann added.

That was reflected in the year-end budget adjustments approved by the board. They included increases of $54,500 in revenue and spending for the room tax/tourism promotion accounts.

Reilly noted that a total of five accounts were over budget, but those were balanced by increased revenues in several areas including the room tax and cable franchise fee.

The trial run of relaxed parking rules in the village over the final weekend of the Christmas Market event at The Osthoff resort got mixed reactions from the board.

Trustee Michael Wolf noted some problems with people parking in areas where the village is not intending to allow parking even under the proposed new rules.

Village President Alan Rudnick said the village is still waiting for a final report from Police Chief Michael Meeusen.

“We know there were some issues,” Reilly admitted.

“On the other hand, it was a good couple of weeks for business in the village,” Rudnick noted.

Rudnick reported that the county has advertised for bids for the new radios for the county emergency response system.

The county will cover 100 percent of the cost of the radios for the police and fire departments and emergency responders, but the village will have to pay for radios for the Public Works department and in the village office.

Rudnick said the village has budgeted $65,000 for that next year, but what the actual cost will be is not known yet.

Painting the water tower is out for bids, Reilly noted, with the bid opening set for Dec. 23.

The Public Works Committee will meet with Don Albright of Kapur and Associates, the village’s consulting engineers, to review the bids Jan. 5, after which the full board will vote to award the contract.

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