EL board approves water tower painting

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – The village water tower will be getting spiffed up this summer.

The Village Board Tuesday approved a contract with V & T Painting of Farmington Hills, Mich., to paint the water tower this year at a cost of $233,500.

While the tower gets a new paint job, there will also be some other projects there, Village Administrator/ Clerk/Treasurer Jessica Reilly told the board, including installation of a cathartic protection system for the tank.

Trustee Michael Wolf said the village received a half-dozen bids for the painting project and had enough money budgeted to include the other work on the tower as well.

The board agreed to utilize Paul Birschbach of Birschbach Inspection Service in Chilton to provide building inspections until newly-appointed building inspector Joseph Leibham completes his training for the position.

Birschbach provides inspection services for a number of communities in the area, Reilly noted. He will charge the village the same amount as Pete Scheuerman of Between the Lakes Inspection Service charged the village in the past.

Between the Lakes terminated their contract with the village as of the end of January due to an in- creased work load.

Trustee Richard Baumann reported good news from both the library and the Tourism Commission.

Reporting for the Library Board, Baumann said the library enjoyed its best year ever for circulation in 2014.

AndtheTourismCommissionsawa6percent growth in room tax revenues in the final figures for 2014, according to Baumann.

The commission is continuing to work on a new website, Baumann said, and expects to have it on line by the scheduled Jan. 28 date. “They want to make the categories easier to use,” Baumann explained.

It is part of the commission’s strategy, he added, to increase business on the commission’s various Internet and social media presences significantly in 2015.

Reilly told the board that the village’s new website - www.elkhartlakewi.gov - is live and running well so far.

“We’ve had one person who called with a link that went nowhere,” Reilly noted, and that problem was corrected.

Village President Alan Rudnick said he had received requests from a village business and a village resident to place trash containers on light poles in the downtown area.

He said the request would be referred to one of the board’s committees for investigation and possible action.

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