Two benefits planned for Cascade fire victims

by Rodney Schroeter of The Review staff

CASCADE—The village board’s monthly business opened Tuesday night with a caucus to accept nominations for village president, and for three trustees.

David Jaeckels, the current president, was the only nominee for president.

Trustees who are up for re-election are Todd Starnitcky, Jim Larson and Jason Harrison. Larson and Harrison were nominated, but Starnitcky has indicated that he will not seek re-election. Carrie Krahn was nominated.

The caucus was adjourned and the regular board meeting convened.

Cascade Fire Department Chief Todd Triebensee spoke during the citizens’ comments, thanking the community of Cascade and its businesses for the response to the January 5 fire that destroyed the building housing Arbuckle Floral.

Greene’s Big Easy Pub & Diner, just north of Random Lake on N1481 State 57, has a chili dinner and bake sale scheduled for Sat., Jan. 31, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Greene’s will donate fifteen percent of bar and food sales to the Arbuckle family.

A note from owner John Greene on Big Easy’s Facebook page states, “We will also have a donation jug for any more monies you would like to donate. Please help. I also lost a business due to a fire. I know how devastating it can be.” Greene lost his Silver Creek business, Old Fort Silver, in the 1980s.

Another fundraiser for the Arbuckle family will take place on Sun., Feb. 15, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 509 Milwaukee Ave. in Cascade. An all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner will start at 11 a.m. Cost will be $8.00 for adults, $4.00 for ages six to 10, no charge for kids under five. Cost for any active firefighter is $4.00. Raffles will be held.

The willingness on the part of the community to help, Triebensee said, “proves that small-town America is still alive and well.”

Jaeckels said he thought the fire department did an excellent job. He agreed that the community as a whole helped admirably. “I’d like to thank the community for supporting the Arbuckles afterward,” Jaeckels said. He said the Arbuckles are already housed in another building, and encouraged everyone to continue supporting them.

Triebensee also added that there is a good possibility that the fire department will contract out fire inspection services.

Other village news

Following up on a discussion started at the board’s December meeting, Jaeckels reported that he is negotiating with owners of land adjacent to Cascade Memorial Park. The village is considering purchasing five to 10 acres to expand the park. Trustee Jason Harrison said a grant from the Department of Natural Resources can be applied for. Conditions put on the land’s future use by the DNR made seeking such a grant unappealing to board members.

Duey Stroebel, running for the 20th Senate District, introduced himself to the board during the citizens’ comments. He briefly described his background and viewpoints.

Jaeckels told the board that he was approached by a company that is possibly interested in buying out the village’s contract on its cell tower. He asked the board if he could move forward and see what the company had in mind. The board told him to proceed, as any offer would have to be brought to the board for approval.

The village has its own RLF (Revolving Loan Fund), but has the opportunity to combine with the RLFs of several other communities in Sheboygan county. The village’s RLF committee will review this possibility, and report back to the board at a future meeting.

One building permit was issued in December.

Police report for Cascade: Five citations, totaling $100.00; five warnings; nine complaints investigated; nine property checks. The complaints consisted of five winter parking violations; a suspicious vehicle; call for assistance to Sheriff; a welfare check missing; an EMS call.

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