Falls school reps visit Waldo board

by Rodney Schroeter of The Review staff

WALDO—At its monthly board meeting Monday night, the village was visited by representatives of the Sheboygan Falls School District.

District Administrator Jean Born explained that their goal was community outreach. “You are one of many municipalities that are in our school district,” she said. “Our goal is to visit all of them.”

She gave board members handouts explaining their Community Conversations program, and the district’s annual report.

With Born were John Mauer, School Board president; Mary Lofy, director of instruction; and Mary Blaha, director of business services.

Village board members heard about the school district’s facilities, its budget process, and techniques of engaging students.

Village Clerk/Treasurer Michelle Brecht expressed a concern that had been passed on to her from several residents. There is a bus stop on State 28. Children are picked up when it is dark, which is a safety concern.

“Something’s going to come over the top of that hill, and not be able to stop,” said Trustee Mike Hintz. He told Born and the others that, some years before, Waldo had been put on the School Board’s agenda (after three months of effort). But when they could finally address the School Board, their request that the bus not stop on State 28 was denied. “The problem is still there,” Hintz said. “Nothing has changed.”

Mauer said he recalled that request. “We can certainly revisit that,” he said. Born agreed, assuring the board that this time, it would not take three months to get on the agenda.

Mauer said the school district would like to have face-to-face conversations with Waldo more than once a year. “I think it is important that we have a dialogue,” he said.

During public comment, two residents asked if signs could be put up, forbidding engine braking. Noise from engine braking, they said, has increased greatly in the past year. They’d contacted Brecht about this, and were told that about ten years before, there once had been such signs, but they’d been taken down.

“I can explain what happened, there,” said Hintz. He said that Waldo had received permission from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to put up the signs. Then, Plymouth also wanted such signs. Some months after that, the DOT told Waldo to remove the signs.

“We went through the permit process, only to have the signs for a short period of time,” Hintz explained. He said the village was told, less than a year after putting them up, to either take the signs down or be fined.

It was also remarked that, years before, Waldo had the reputation of being a speed trap. But traffic of recent years through Waldo has not only increased in number, but in speed as well.

Hintz said an increase in truck traffic has resulted from the growth of the cheese industry in Plymouth.

Village President Dan Schneider said he would discuss this with officials at the county Highway Department. Based on those conversations, he will contact the DOT.

Schneider said he will also discuss the speeding with the Sheriff’s Department. Schneider also recommended the residents contact Cory Roesler with their concerns. Schneider agreed that he has seen a “drastic increase in traffic on 57 and 28.”

Schneider reported that work on the Depot Street project is nearly complete.

The board will hold special sessions to work on the budget on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m., and after the utility board meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 20, approximately 6:40 p.m. A public hearing will then be held on the budget at the board’s Nov. 9 meeting.

The board unanimously approved setting Trick or Treating in Waldo to be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, with the Halloween party afterwards at the Memorial Hall.

Two requests for rental of village facilities were approved unanimously.

Police report: In Waldo the past month, there no citations; four warnings issued; three complaints investigated (burning, theft from vehicle, and disturbance/child custody dispute); eight property checks; and no arrests made, traffic accidents investigated, court appearances, or warrants.


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