Village approves contract with Elkhart Lake

by Steve Ottman
Review Correspondent

HOWARDS GROVE.The Village Board approved a contract with the village of Elkhart Lake and their police department for ordinance violation enforcement Tuesday.

Board members approved an intergovernmental contract that will run through April 1, 2018, by a vote of 5-0.

Clerk/Treasurer Joanne Lessor stated that Elkhart Lake is looking forward to working with the village. Most of the work will pertain to ordinance violations, however there will also be limited traffic control operations.

A resolution was approved declaring the village's intent to levy special assessments for the 2017 road projects on Appletree Road and Mayflower Lane.

During the public hearing a resident asked if the village would be using tar to seal the cracks on Appletree Road. They also asked why Bittersweet Lane couldn’t be included in the road project.

Public Works Director Ryan Welsing said that Bittersweet wasn’t budgeted for the 2017 road projects.

The bid process for 2017 road projects for Appletree Road and Mayflower Lane was also approved.

A request for permission to hunt on village property by Nathan and Brenda Dehne of W3448 State 32 was put on hold until the village can contact the village attorney to check on insurance liabilities.

During the Feb. 21 board meeting, the board listened to residents of Stonebridge Road and Fieldstone Lane about the proposed installation of a stop sign.

Trustee Ed Pahl thanked everyone for attending and sharing their thoughts. They included a suggestion to use a hidden box installed to measure the speed of vehicles on the two roads. Pahl would work with the Sherriff’s Department to collect data. Also a community group could be created to help educate the neighborhood about speeding concerns.

Pahl stated that it should be a top priority for the village to purchase a police patrol car in 2017 and to hire a part-time officer.

Trustee Dirk Hudson stated that stop signs don’t always work and that they give a false sense of security.

Trustee Henry Verfuerth agreed that the village needs a police department and that he was glad to hear positive comments from the residents on both sides of the issue.

Village President James Scheiber also agreed with Verfuerth and asked Pahl to gather more information before making a decision. This item was sent back to the Public Safety Committee.

A recommendation to partner in the memorandum of understanding with the city of Sheboygan, the city of Sheboygan Falls, the village of Kohler, the towns of Wilson and Sheboygan and Sheboygan County for stormwater management was approved.

Welsing explained that under the cooperative agreement, Sheboygan County will take over the public part of the MS4 reporting. It would cost each community $500 in the partnership.

A resolution was approved to award the bid for the wastewater treatment plant upgrade to JF Ahern of Fond du Lac. Welsing said that the motion is pending DNR approval.

A certified survey map for Ronald Roehl of N7606 State 43 was approved. Roehl would like to split three acres of land with no improvements to the larger parcel.

A certified survey map was approved for the Kammann trust/Marlene Kammann of N8566 State 42, Cleveland. Kammann is splitting a large parcel of land and creating two additional parcels.

Scheiber stated that both land splits wouldn’t interfere with any future road developments.

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