EL village website hacked

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – It probably wasn’t the Russians, but somebody hacked and took down the village’s website.

“Our website was hacked last week and completely destroyed,” Village Administrator/ Clerk/Treasurer Jessica Reilly told the Village Board Monday. “Whoever it was pretty much removed all our pages.”

Reilly said the page is being rebuilt, but that it will take time. The page was automatically backed up once a week, but last week’s backup occurred after the hack took place, so what was backed up was the virtually empty page.

Reilly said village officials would be looking into finding a new, more secure host for the page. “The people hosting it now probably don’t have the best security. We’ll probably have to pay a little more to have it hosted better.”

The board heard annual reports from the Elkhart Lake- Glenbeulah Athletic Association and the Elkhart Lake Public Library.

Library Director Betty Mc- Cartney reported that the transition to the new, larger Monarch Library System is going well. The new system encompasses 33 libraries – compared to the 17 that were in the Eastern Shores Library System – and added 500,000 additional items to the library system catalog.

As for the Elkhart Lake Library,

McCartney said total circulation was down about 10 percent in 2016, but mostly in DVDs and magazines. “Our actual circulation of printed material actually went up,” she noted.

“We continue to develop our local history collection,” Mc- Cartney added, including a link to the school district’s local oral history collection.

Josh Tegen, reporting for the ELGAA, said the group continues to have around 100 families in their various programs.

He told the board that maintenance issues are beginning to arise with the June Vollrath Athletic Park, given its age.

The association purchased a pitching machine for the park which Tegen said has been well received and is getting good use.

The board learned that the Northern Moraine Utility Commission adopted a 78 cent sewer rate increase to finance reserve funds the state has mandated the commission to keep.

Reilly said the Public Works Committee will meet in the near future to determine how to implement the rate increase in the village.

Trustee Richard Baumann shared an Elkhart Lake Area Recreation Map prepared by the Tourism Commission as part of its marketing effort. The map comes in two sizes – regular map size and a smaller pocket size.

The board approved a list of requests for the Vintage Concours D’Elegance scheduled for July 21 and 22. The items included street banners, a walkway permit for Friday, street closures and liquor dispensations.

Reilly noted that the list of requests was the same as in the past for the event.

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