Village abandons road stub

by Steve Ottman
Review Correspondent

HOWARDS GROVE—The Village Board unanimously approved vacating the North Lincoln Drive road stub in the village at their October meeting.

A map of the described area can be viewed at the Village Hall in the clerk’s office during normal business hours.

Village President James Scheiber opened the floor for comments during a public hearing on the street vacation. There were no comments made by the board or by anyone present for the hearing.

Scheiber gave the official oath of office to Dirk Hudson as trustee. Hudson signed his oath and was presented with an officials handbook along with other required paperwork.

Scheiber reviewed the work-in progress report.

Public Works Director Ryan Welsing gave an update on the FEMA mapping and stated that SMS has submitted the maps for approval to the FEMA.

Clerk/Treasurer Jo Ann Lesser gave an update on the ordinance recodification, stating that her review is complete and is waiting for the attorney’s office to complete their review as well as Ryan Welsing. Lesser confirmed that the due date is Nov. 11 to respond to General Code with the village’s changes.

The board members approved the purchase of heaters for the Fire Department building.

Trustee Ed Pahl explained that quotes are being obtained from various companies on replacing heaters in the Fire Department garage. One quote has been obtained from Neuman Plumbing for the amount of $4,800 for replacing with a similar system.

This item was placed on the Nov. 1 meeting agenda once all quotes have been received.

A well pump for a fire hydrant at Fire Department malfunctioned and the responsibility for repairs was discussed. The board decided that the repairs to the well pump for the fire hydrant would be the village’s responsibility and requested that the invoice be submitted for approval.

There was also discussion of placement of speedhumps within the village. Pahl explained that the speedhumps were placed on Audubon Road near the school and they seemed to have worked. The speedhumps were then moved to the south end of Audubon Road and they worked well in that area as well.

Pahl stated that after receiving complaints about speeding in the Stonebridge subdivision it was decided to place the speedhumps there. Now complaints are coming in about the State 32 and 42 intersection. The village has a problem with speeding and asked Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Wuestenhagen about possible solutions.

Wuestenhagen responded that there are three ways to look at speeding enforcement, road structure and education. Scheiber stated he would like to see enforcement and tickets get issued. Pahl felt that if a few tickets were issued that word would spread and people would start paying more attention.

A date for a meeting with Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department and the Village of Elkhart Lake Police Department regarding patrol service was discussed. It was decided that the Public Safety Committee would meet on Nov. 8 at 6 p.m.

Lesser reviewed the adoption of an ordinance regarding election processes. Lesser explained that during her review of the ordinances that she found that there were some questions pertaining to the election section. One limited the number of election workers that can be used on election day and the other dealt with electioneering.

A new ordinance was submitted for approval that would allow the clerk to staff the polling location with as many election workers as needed or as little but not lees than three and always an odd number.

The elctioneering ordinance was removed entirely due to the conflict it created with state statutes. Trustee Jeff Plass made a motion to approve the ordinance changes as submitted and the motion was approved.

The board appointed Melissa Kimme and Jacqueline Felde as election inspectors for the 2016- 2017 term. Lesser explained that there were two residents who were requesting to work as election inspectors and that the board has to appoint them before they can be used. The motion was approved.

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