Howards Grove joins SCEDC

by Steve Ottman
Review Correspondent

HOWARDS GROVE—The Village Board voted unanimously Tuesday to join the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) for a one-year trial period.

The SCEDC approached the village several years ago. However, Village President James Scheiber felt that the time wasn’t right and that the village needed to see whether joining the corporation would be benefi cial.

After the Advancement Association had met with Scheiber and recommended that the SCEDC would help give the village a chance to grow, he decided to put the topic on the board agenda.

The village’s portion would be $500. The board members held a discussion on whether this would be money well spent.

Trustee Jeff Plass asked what the benefits might be. Scheiber stated that the village’s properties would be put on SCEDC website along with vacant business sites.

Scheiber felt that the village needs to try to expand along the State 42 corridor, which in the long run would add to the village’s tax base. He discussed other options, such as trying to reduce costs associated with getting city water connected to the village, to attract light industry and small businesses.

Trustee Ed Pahl felt that the $500 would be a gamble because the village has other open issues to deal with. However after Scheiber convinced the board that by sitting on their hands and doing nothing it could also hurt the village, Pahl agreed with Scheiber.

Trustee Henry Verfuerth felt that this could be a valuable investment and said that if the village gains interest in property it would be money well spent.

Scheiber also updated the board members on the recent heads of local government meeting. He reported that the county had passed a resolution to purchase upgraded radios for EMS and volunteer fire departments.

Grant money is available through the county for any city, village or township needing to deal with a contamination site clean-up. Habitat for Humanity is also looking for volunteers.

Lastly, Scheiber thanked the Department of Public Works for keeping up to date on road conditions and planning projects.

A retail license was granted to the Howards Grove Fire Department for their annual brat fry to be held Feb. 22.

The board approved a recommendation from public works for design services for the 2015 road projects by Kapur & Associates, the village’s consulting engineers. The design service projects for 2015 would include Truman Circle, Emerson Street and a portion of Frost Road with the possibility of work on Audubon Road. The approved cost was approved at $11,296.

The Personnel Committee reviewed salaries for village personnel. They recommended an 8.8 percent increase for the position of clerk/treasurer and 4.0 percent increase for all other personnel. The motion was approved.

Scheiber noted that the money had been budgeted and felt that the raises were justified.

The Finance Committee recommended that the village change their telephone and internet provider from TDS to Time Warner Cable.

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