Boy Scouts tell board of Cascade Haunted Trail

by Rodney Schroeter
of The Review staff

CASCADE — Boy Scouts Caiden Jasinski and Robert Horner told the Village Board of their Haunted Trail project at the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday night.

The Haunted Trail, hosted by Troop 880 of the Boy Scouts, will take place at Cascade Memorial Park (just south of the cheese factory) on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. (an Internet source says this event starts at 7 p.m.; that is an error). Admission is free, but donation of a non-perishable food item for the Plymouth Food Pantry is requested.

There will be wagon rides from the Fire Hall to the Haunted Trail and back again. (The Fire Department is having a Fall Bash that night.) The trail is about a .4-mile walk.

The Haunted Trail is family-friendly. Guides on the trail watch for families with very young children, and tone things down accordingly.

“The Scouts have done this several years now,” Village President David Jaeckels commented. “You’ve improved upon it each year. I would encourage people to bring their families down. It’s an asset to the community.”

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A subcommittee met Oct. 3 to review the preliminary 2018 budget. Jaeckels commented, “The last two years, we’ve been basically operating in the red.”

He said because the state places limits on how much municipalities can increase taxes each year, next year’s revenue increase is limited to roughly $260. This very small amount will not cover rising costs. Garbage collection costs have doubled in less than ten years, and employee insurance seems to increase each year.

“The committee is proposing that we have a $5 per month garbage fee,” Jaeckels said. “That won’t totally offset what we’re short on revenue. But we thought a combination of that and trying to tighten our belts even more around here, if that’s possible — we’ll see what we can do. We are still one of the lowest in the area as far as property taxes. And our water and sewer is one of the lowest in the area as well.”

Jaeckels said he thought the village has managed well, but that it was not good to operate in the red.

“One of the reasons we’ve had a solid community, is we’ve always operated on the positive side of the ledger,” he said.

Trustee Jason Harrison said some communities take out loans.

“That’s what we’re absolutely trying to avoid,” said Jaeckels.

Trustee Carrie Krahn suggested this fee be added to the tax bill, which board members thought was a good idea. Clerk/Treasurer Kayla Simanovski will investigate if that can be done.

There will be a public hearing on the 2018 budget on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., prior to the regular board meeting. Residents will be able to ask questions or make comments about the budget.

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The board unanimously approved Jaeckels signing the Sheboygan County Transportation Shared Revenue Program document, which will bring the village approximately $6,640.

Trustee Tom Horner reported progress on updating a directory of businesses in the village. This little booklet was at one time given as a welcoming gift to new residents, but that practice became less frequent as the booklet became less current. Jaeckels said he would like to see updated copies given to recently-new residents, of which there are quite a few.

Trustee Jim Larson reported there were four building permits. Also brought to the board’s attention was an application for a conditional use permit to operate a business in the former school building.

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

Police report for Cascade for the past month: Two citations totaling $210.50 (no proof of insurance; discharge of firearm in village); four warnings; seven complaints investigated (peace officer called; assist motorist with changing a tire; two background checks; warrant check; unlicensed vehicle; assist officer with possible burglary in Random Lake); 12 property checks; no arrests made, warrants, traffic accidents investigated or court appearances.

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