Waldo reviews, approves 2016 budget

by Rodney Schroeter of The Review staff

WALDO—There is no property tax increase in the 2016 budget, which was approved by the village board at its Monday night meeting.

The budget’s total revenue is $295,618, an increase of $3,924 (or 1.35 per cent). Most of that increase is from shared revenue.

The total of expenditures is $279,672, in increase of $416 (or .15 per cent) over 2015’ s budget.

The budget was first reviewed at a public hearing prior to the regular board meeting. Residents in the audience had a few questions but offered no opposition.

Trustee Mike Hintz asked why the village had received the increase in shared revenue. Clerk/Treasurer Michelle Brecht said it was from an “expenditure restraint program.” She said, “We qualified because we didn’t spend as much.”

Shared revenue for 2016 will be $76,273, which is $3,398 higher than that received the previous year.

The public hearing was adjourned, and the regular village board meeting convened. The budget was approved unanimously.

The board also unanimously approved:

• Three requests for rental of village facilities.

• A list of poll workers for the next two years.

• The annual Joint Powers Agreement for 2016 for emergency services supplied by Sheboygan County.

At the October meeting, signs forbidding engine braking were discussed. About ten years previously, the village had put such signs up, after going through the application process with the Department of Transportation (DOT). But shortly after they’d been erected, the DOT demanded that they be taken down.

Since last month’s meeting, Village President Dan Schneider had contacted the DOT to ask about signs and some other concerns expressed by residents. The DOT agreed to allow the village to put up “No engine braking” signs on State 57, but they must be within the village limits.

“And we have to get the buy-in from the local law-enforcement officer that he will actually enforce it,” Schneider added.

Schneider said the DOT would not consider moving the 55 mph sign in the northbound lane. The board had previously discussed moving the sign, which marks the transition between 45 and 55 mph, to north of the intersection of State 57 and 28 for safety reasons.

Hintz commented that, shortly after the October meeting, a speed monitoring machine had been placed at the side of the northbound lanes of State 57, on entering Waldo. Residents had told the board, at the October meeting, that much of the traffic was increasingly ignoring the 45 mph speed limit within village limits on State 57.

Hintz said he believed much of the northbound traffic had slowed while the machine was present, but he saw no decrease in speed in the southbound lane, where there was no speed monitoring machine.

Police report: In Waldo during the past month, there was 1 citation of $175.30 (suspended registration); 5 warnings issued; 5 complaints investigated (vehicle egged; explosions of unknown origin; grass fire; park and downtown foot patrol; trick or treating); 9 property checks; and no arrests made, traffic accidents investigated, court appearances, or warrants.

Regarding the explosions, several people present reported hearing them.

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