EL seeks full participation in lead line grant

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – Three-fourths of those eligible for a grant program to replace lead water service lines have already signed up and the village will be reaching out to the rest soon to encourage them to get in on the grant.

Village Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer Jessica Reilly reported to the Village Board Monday on the grant program through the state Department of Natural Resources, under which property owners will pay only the first $250 of the cost of replacing the outdated service lines.

“Out of the 40 letters we sent out, 30 people got back to us. We’re going to call the other 10 people who haven’t responded. We’ll be making those calls this week,” Reilly told the board’s Public Works Committee.

The board approved one fireworks permit request and denied another.

An application from Edward Jones for a fireworks permit for a June 22 celebration was denied, following a negative recommendation from the Administration and Finance Committee.

Village President Alan Rudnick explained that there were several reasons for the denial.

“Number one, it’s a private event,” he related. “The police and fire departments didn’t want to participate. They were going to (use) the boat landing and we would have to close that for up to four to six hours for a 10-minute fireworks show,” that would have been put on from a boat in the middle of the lake.

The board approved the permit for the annual Firemen’s Picnic/Fourth of July public fireworks display, which will take place Friday, June 30.

Trustee Lynn Shovan reported that some people are apparently selling passes to the village beach on Facebook. “We’re having issues with that,” she said. “We’re going to review it and come up with a policy for next year.”

Reilly said the Board of Appeals had denied a variance request from Wolf Motorsports for an outdoor fire pit and wall at their site. Since the structures were already up, Reilly noted, Wolf has been ordered to remove them within 30 days.

The board approved a contract with Landmark Landscaping of Sheboygan Falls for plantings in the dry pond on Victory Lane for up to $19,000.

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