Elkhart Lake Farmer’s Market unsure on location

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – The annual farmer’s market needs to find a way to work with – not on – the railroad this year.

Elkhart Lake Chamber of Commerce President Jaclyn Stuart met with the Village Board’s Administration and Finance Committee Monday to discuss a location for the popular summer attraction this year.

Village Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer Jessica Reilly said the chamber would like to keep the same location around the main intersection downtown, but that the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad has raised concerns.

The market in the past has set up booths within close proximity to the rail crossings on Lake and Rhine streets, including in the railroad’s right-of-way, Reilly noted.

“They would prefer not to have anybody in that right-of-way,” Village President Alan Rudnick said of the railroad.

“We’re going to lose about half our market,” Stuart predicted if the chamber is not able to set up booths in the railroad right-ofway.

She also said that such a restriction could negatively impact the annual Downtown Night event in August.

“I don’t think the board can do anything about this,” Trustee Richard Sadiq said of the potential conflict with the railroad.

“You need to pursue this with the railroad and say that you’ve been doing this for so many years without any problems,” Sadiq told Stuart. “It’s your decision, as long as you can work it out with the railroad.”

Rudnick reported that the village is still looking for someone to lease the retail space in the Depot building this summer.

While Sadiq noted that a vendor is needed in the space to monitor the historical museum portion of the Depot, Reilly noted that an alternative of getting volunteers for that duty has been explored.

“We probably don’t want anybody long-term, because there could be building going on there next year,” Sadiq added.

At the committee’s recommendation, the board approved a request to use the village beach for a wedding Saturday, May 14.

“They really don’t care what time of day,” Reilly said of the couple making the request. The ceremony would only take half an hour, she added, and there would only be 22 people attending, with no seating required.

The board said Reilly should contact the couple and tell them that any time between 12 noon and 6 p.m. would work best.

Capt. Lisa Holzmann of the Elkhart Lake First Responders gave her annual report to the board, as did Library Director

Betty McCartney.

Holzmann told the board that the First Responders have been able to update five of their defibrillators this year as part of an ongoing upgrade.

The First Responders, who have 15 active members, answered

136 calls in 2015, she added.

The library has seen its electronic collection grow considerably, McCartney reported. “The use of electronic material keeps growing.”

There was a 1.3 percent increase in total circulation over the previous year at the library, she added.

“Most of that was children’s circulation. That’s always my favorite part, seeing children take out books,” McCartney related.

The library is celebrating its 90th year in 2016, she told the board.

The first plans for the vestibule to be added to the library entrance have been received, McCartney said.

The board, at the request of the Administration and Finance Committee, tabled the proposed revisions to the liquor license ordinance.

They did approve the contract for the fireworks display during the Firemen’s Picnic weekend. The fireworks are scheduled for Friday, July 1 at 9:30 p.m., with a rain date of Saturday, July 2.

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