EL board bids Wolf farewell

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – The Village Board said farewell to Trustee Michael Wolf at his last meeting Monday with a plaque and a cake.

Wolf gave up his seat on the board to run unsuccessfully for village president in the April general election.

The resolution of commendation thanked Wolf for his years of service on the board and to the village.

Wolf thanked the board for the recognition and said he hoped the board would pursue several issues he raised in his campaign – namely, more affordable housing in the village and the availability of some type of pedestrian facility in the downtown area.

The board approved a temporary class B wine license for the Elkhart Lake Chamber of Commerce’s Shop & Sip event planned for Saturday, May 20.

The only condition imposed by the board was a suggestion by Village President Alan Rudnick that guests not be allowed to carry wine between shops and stores during the event.

The chamber-sponsored event will feature wine tastings, demonstrations and tutorials at a dozen different stores and shops along Rhine and Lake streets from 1 to 5 p.m. that Saturday.

The board declined an offer from Ehlers and Associates, the village’s financial consultants, to prepare annual reports on the village’s tax incremental finance districts, at a cost of $1,500.

Village Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer Jessica Reilly said a new state law requires an annual detailed performance report for each TIF district.

Reilly told the trustees she was confident her office could handle the work of preparing the reports. She said the only help they might need from Ehlers would be the cash flow projections portion of the reports.

Trustee Steve Kapellen said the fire department continues to look into the issue of establishing a fee for excessive false alarms.

“Our fire department is running to a lot of false alarms,” he noted.

The 2016 water consumer confidence report was accepted by the board. Reilly said the analysis by the Department of Natural Resources found no violations or issues with the village’s drinking water.

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