Village may fill Depot space

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – The village appears to have a renter for the vacant retail space in the Depot building.

Village Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer Jessica Reilly reported at Monday’s Village Board meeting that Nicola Wochinski, owner of Nicola’s Gift Cottage, is interested in moving her business into the Depot from its current location on Rhine Street.

Several trustees balked at Wochinski’s intention to be closed on Sundays, noting that the village had required summer Sunday hours from previous renters at the Depot.

Trustee Richard Sadiq suggested that the village require the shop to be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays in July and August, pointing out that Sundays in summer are busy days for tourists and shopping in the village.

Reilly said she would present that proposal to Wochinski and report back to the board.

Josh Tegen, president of the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Athletic Association, made his annual report for the group to the board.

ELGAA’s major project this year will be the installation of a new playground system at the June Vollrath Athletic Park, in conjunction with the village’s Park Commission.

“It’s going up sometime in the next two weeks so it will be ready for summer,” Tegen said of the new equipment.

The group will also be replacing damaged asphalt on the walking path to the north-side park.

“We’re getting into more of a maintenance phase with the park now,” Tegen explained.

Restoration work on the caboose next to the Depot should begin about the second week of June, Village President Alan Rudnick told the board.

“We have essentially raised all the money we need for the restoration,” Rudnick stated. The village is applying for three different grants for the project.

Rudnick said the work will include building a canopy over the caboose to help preserve it and protect it from the elements.

The project is expected to take about five weeks, he said. “We hope to have the dedication on Downtown Night (in August).”

Trustee Steve Kapellen said the First Responders will begin soliciting donations soon for the purchase of a new utility vehicle to aid in responses.

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