Cascade reviews updated public nuisance ordinance

by Rodney Schroeter
of The Review staff

CASCADE — A review of the village’s nuisance ordinance for possible revision has been in the works for the past few months.

At its meeting Tuesday night, the Village Board reviewed a five-page reworking of its ordinance “Defining and Providing for the Abatement of Public Nuisances.”

Trustee Tom Horner, head of a committee which has worked on this review, went through the five-page revision. Village President David Jaeckels asked if the rewritten ordinance would make the 1972-written nuisance ordinance obsolete.

Jaeckels explained he asked that because it would be confusing if the newly-written portion supplemented the older portion without replacing it. Horner said while the newer version clarified aspects of the ordinance, it did not address everything.

Trustee Gerald Hendrickson said, “If it doesn’t replace the ordinance, it doesn’t make sense to take part of one ordinance and supersede it with another. That would just add to the confusion.”

The board voted unanimously to submit the newly written portion to the village’s attorney for review and recommendations. Jaeckels emphasized this was for review only.

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Trustee Steve Green followed up on the previous month’s discussion on how to protect the park’s ash trees from the emerald ash borer.

He reported decisions made at a Parks Committee meeting on July 20. Four trees in the park are in bad shape and should be taken down in the fall. One ash tree was identified for treatment to repel the ash borer, which would cost $115 for a two-year treatment.

The board unanimously approved that plan.

Trick or Treating in the village will be Sunday, Oct. 29, from 2 to 5 p.m.

The board unanimously approved:

• One liquor license.

• One building permit.

Police report for Cascade for the past month: Two citations (no seatbelt; operating after suspension); four warnings; four complaints investigated; nine property checks; no arrests made, traffic accidents investigated or court appearances.

Jaeckels commented, “We made it through the whole [firemen’s] picnic weekend with no problems whatsoever. Everything went well.”

The board had previously decided to draw up new police coverage contracts between the village of Cascade and the municipalities of Lyndon, Waldo and Adell. The contracts contained no new conditions, because they had not been updated for some time, it was felt that it was time to do so.

“They’re very happy with them,” Trustee Jim Larson said. “All three municipalities are happy with the police service we’re providing.”

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