Waldo plans late fee for dog licenses

by Rodney Schroeter of The Review staff

WALDO—The Village Board held a short meeting Monday, with Trustee Mike Hintz presiding in President Dan Schneider’s absence.

Capt. Cory Roeseler of the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department had been scheduled to address the board, but personal reasons made it necessary for him to cancel. He is now scheduled to be present at the March 14 meeting.

Waldo is one of the few (if not the only) area municipalities that does not charge a late fee for dog licenses. Dog owners are required to renew licenses by April 1 of the year. While that is a state law, it is the task of local municipalities to collect license fees, and follow up when an owner fails to renew by April 1.

Clerk/Treasurer Michelle Brecht prepared a fact sheet on dog licenses for the board. Points made include:

• Licensing helps to control the spread of rabies.

• The village only keeps 75¢ of each license fee collected. The rest goes to the county, the state, and to humane societies. Waldo’s total income from licenses in 2014 was $20.50; in 2015, $31.75.

• The village pays $125 per year for licensing software.

• The estimated cost to the village of following up with an owner missing the April 1 deadline is $15.88 per owner.

The board noted that there are several means by which residents are informed of the deadline. It was also mentioned that this requirement has been in place for several decades.

An ordinance has been prepared that will establish a late fee of $15, but no action was taken. It is scheduled for review and board action at the Feb. 8 meeting.

Hintz said the village received a letter from the School District of Sheboygan Falls. As of Jan. 4, a bus stop location was changed from the corner of Third and Lyndon to Second and Lyndon. The pickup and dropoff times have not changed.

The letter (which was also sent to parents of affected students) explained that the new stop site “will provide your children with a generous amount of space in which to congregate while waiting for the school bus.”

The board unanimously approved:

• Two requests to rent village facilities.

• A resolution allowing the clerk to staff three to five poll workers in 2016 elections.

Brecht shared with the board a letter from Rhonda Klatt, Sheboygan County Unit Secretary of the Wisconsin Towns Association, inviting the village to become a member of WTA, and for board members to attend WTA functions.

Police report for Waldo for the past month: two citations ($175.30 for expired registration; $200.50 for no insurance); 8 warnings (5 for winter parking); 3 complaints investigated (driving complaint, EMS call, vandalism); 6 property checks; no arrests made, traffic accidents investigated, court appearances, or warrants. Hintz said he’d like to know the details of the vandalism and will discuss that in two months with Roeseler.

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