Adell receives bids, reviews financial report

by Rodney Schroeter of The Review staff

ADELL — The village of Adell opened bids for work on Seifert Street at its March board meeting on Wednesday.

An estimate submitted by the Sheboygan County Highway Department was $53,201.

A bid submitted by Northeast Asphalt of Sheboygan was $62,655.

Village President Andrew Schmitt explained that the County’s number could only be accepted if it was at least ten per cent lower than the next lowest bid. It was more than ten per cent under Northeast’s bid, so the village will accept the county’s estimate.

Another planned project is improvements to Wisconsin Street and Edgewood Avenue. The board unanimously approved contacting an engineer to draw up preliminary plans for that.

CPA Brian Greunewald, representing Schenck, summarized the village’s annual financial report. A booklet with this summary was distributed to board members. This included financial statements, the budget, fund balances, utility operations

“Overall, a very smooth audit process,” Greunewald told the board.

When asked whether the village should be concerned about the “findings” of the audit, Greunewald replied that they were things that are fairly common, and merely indicate a need for continued monitoring.

Other Village Business

The board discussed the possibility of finding a phone app that would serve as a time clock for village personnel. Clerk/Treasurer Kelly Rathke was asked if gathering time data through an app would save her work.

She replied that it probably would not, as the data, in whatever form it could be extracted, would still have to be entered into the village’s system, which is Workhorse.

Trustee Arush Chahal suggested contacting Workhorse Softwared, to ask if any app is capable of interfacing with Workhorse. If there is such an app, the collected time data could be automatically loaded into Workhorse, instead of manually, as Rathke now does it. Board members thought that was an excellent suggestion.

The board unanimously approved investigating a time clock app.

There was a discussion over responsibility for sewage backups in residences, which resulted from the failure of a pump at the sewage plant. Shawn Bigelow of Public Works wanted clarification on how much an insurance policy would cover for such damage.

The board unanimously approved:

• Rathke attending the Municipal Treasurers Association of Wisconsin conference, April 23, in Pewaukee.

• Director of Public Works Jeff Kreutzinger attending the Wisconsin Rural Water Association’s annual technical conference, March 25-27, in Green Bay.

A Plan Commission meeting is tentatively planned for 7 p.m. on Wed., April 8, so the regular board meeting will take place at 7:30 that night.

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