Waldo reviews Mill Pond plan

by Rodney Schroeter of The Review staff

WALDO — The Village Board Monday night viewed a presentation on the Waldo Mill Pond, learned that a board member will soon leave, and heard that the Recreation Committee has resigned.

Kevin Struck, growth management educator at the Sheboygan UW-Extension, summarized a draft of a management plan for the Mill Pond. The plan is to be reviewed by the board. Completing the plan, Struck said, would make the village eligible for grants from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Struck said one consideration for the village is the fact that the pond’s sediment level continues to rise, because the water slows on reaching the dam. There is little erosion feeding the pond, however, because the pond’s edges are well built up with vegetation. “Runoff with nitrogen is really not a problem,” he said.

Excess nitrogen results in an overabundance of plant growth in a body of water. “But I’ve been told [the Waldo pond is] pretty barren,” Struck said. “That’s actually much worse.”

Why? Because the right kind of aquatic plants are good for habitat, their roots stabilize the pond bottom, and they provide oxygen for the fish. “There are a lot of good things about having the right kind of aquatic plants, and not so good to have nothing,” Struck said. “That’s why we have to find out why that’s happening, and what can be done about it.”

Chuck McCoy added some comments on the lack of plant life and the fish population. “The most important thing right now is getting sediment samples, water quality, and temperatures” to get a more precise status of the pond, McCoy said.

Village President Dan Schneider asked what process would address the rising level of the pond bottom. Struck responded, “We need to get as much information as we can, about the Mill Pond, before we even try to make those kinds of decisions. Those are huge.”

Schneider asked if the next step would be to complete the plan that Struck had just summarized. Struck replied that it was, and asked the board to review the plan. Struck will incorporate any revisions, and bring back an updated version.

Schneider thanked Struck, and said the plan would be discussed at the June meeting.

Anyone interested in working with the Waldo Pond Improvement Association can contact McCoy at chuck.mccoy27@yahoo.com or 920-528-3040.

Village personnel leaving

Jason Parrish and Lori Murray, the two members comprising the Waldo Recreation Committee, were present.

Parrish told the board that, at a meeting a few days before, “We discussed it, and we decided that as a Rec Committee, we are ready to step away, both of us, and essentially turn the funds that we have developed back over to the village.”

Parrish asked that the funds be earmarked for recreational use, whether at the park, the hall, or elsewhere.

“We just decided, between the two of us, that enough was enough,” Parrish told the board. He emphasized that his and Murray’s decisions were not based on opposition to a proposed disc golf course, expressed at an informational meeting at the park the week before.

“I want to thank everyone that’s helped us through the years. Certainly, Lori has poured a ton of time into this. I thank her for her services.”

Parrish said the plans for the coming weekend’s rummage sale and brat fry were still on.

“Thank, you,” Trustee Michele Preder said. “Thank you. You guys have put a lot of hard work into this. We really appreciate it so much. Thank you.”

“Thanks for all the efforts,” Schneider added.

Preder had an announcement of her own: that she will soon leave the Waldo area, so that she and her husband can be closer to his place of work.

“I’m sad about it,” Preder said. “I really love living here and I love the community. I really appreciate my time here.”

Anyone interested in serving on the village board is encouraged to contact Village Clerk Michelle Brecht at (920) 528-8121.

Schneider said the driveway to the Mill Pond needed repairs. Trustee Galan Gatzke asked if reground material from nearby road projects could be used. Schneider said that material, as opposed to gravel, might not be suitable for use near a body of water. Schneider is looking into that.

The board approved spending up to $2200 to improve the Mill Pond driveway.

Controlling dog waste was discussed. Posting signs and passing an ordinance were considered. If an ordinance is passed, how would it be enforced?

“It’s an ongoing issue,” Schneider said. “This discussion came up last year.”

Schneider said he would discuss the matter with Capt. Cory Roessler of the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department.

The board unanimously approved six requests to rent village facilities, and looking into trading in the village’s two current, aging lawn tractors toward one newer mowing tractor.

Police report: In Waldo the past month, there were 4 citations (a parking violation, 2 operating motor vehicles after suspension, and one non-registered vehicle); 6 property checks; 5 warnings; twenty two complaints investigated (2 parking issues and twenty unlicensed dog complaints).

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