Numbers add up to growth in EL

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – The signs – or at least the numbers - were there Monday for the Village Board that Elkhart Lake is growing.

Village Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer Jessica Reilly reported that the 2017 estimate of the village’s population by the state Department of Administration put the number at 996, up after several years of decline.

“Our population has skyrocketed almost to 1,000,” Reilly noted.

In his report, Village President Alan Rudnick told the board that the village’s total equalized value also rose this year, led by a 60 percent increase in manufacturing value.

“We got a congratulatory email from the SCEDC (Sheboygan County Economic Development Corp.) for our growth,” Rudnick said.

“I think we had the biggest growth (in the county), heads and tails above everybody else,” Reilly added.

Trustee Lynn Shovan reported that the board’s Protection of Persons and Property Committee met earlier this month with Howards Grove Village Board members to begin talks on sharing police service.

“This was just the start of the conversation about police sharing and how that would work,” Shovan explained. “We’re just opening up the conversation between the two boards.”

The board approved the purchase of a new squad car for the Police Department. Money for the purchase will come out of next year’s budget, but the board saved $1,000 on the cost by approving the purchase now, according to Reilly.

Rudnick said the Planning Commission had approved phase II plans for the Throttlestop building.

“The only things left are the stormwater and landscaping agreements,” Rudnick related.

Work on the 15,000-square foot building is expected to start in October, he added.

The board approved its project list to be submitted to the Bay-Lakes Regional Planning Commission for their annual report.

Reilly said Bay-Lakes uses the lists submitted by municipalities within its jurisdiction when seeking and allocating grants and other funds.

She said she had added a need to acquire more commercial land in the village to the list, which the board concurred with.

Trustee John Schott said the Northern Moraine Utility has begun work on a new ground well that is required by the state Department of Natural Resources.

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