HG board approves Memorial Park upgrade

by Steve Ottman
Review Correspondent

HOWARDS GROVE.The Village Board approved the concession stand project upgrade for Memorial Park at their Oct. 17 meeting, as recommended by the Park Committee.

The contract of $241,897 was awarded to A. Chappa Construction of Sheboygan Falls.

There was discussion about the toilet facility, which would be an addition to the project. The board has 30 days to decide whether use money set aside, budgeted money or money raised for the new community park for the project.

A resolution was approved regarding publication, filing inspection and adoption of a code of general ordinances. A public hearing will be held Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 6:15 p.m. at the village hall.

The fourth payment to J.F. Ahern in the amount of $143,243.82 for the wastewater treatment plant project was approved.

Josh Jeffers, representative of Harvest Homes senior living center, introduced himself to the village board.

After amending the developer’s agreement, Harvest Homes has completed two more buildings in the past two years.

They are experiencing good success with their 32-bed facility with all beds filled, except that they have fallen short of their assessed value this year.

Jeffers explained that the property still has vacant land that would allow for two more duplexes to add eight more beds that could then meet the long term budget process.

Originally Harvest Homes agreed to a $250,000 letter of credit and Jeffers asked that the board consider reducing it to a lesser number of $70,000 to $80,000.

Board President James Scheiber stated that the matter would be discussed in closed session.

During the Oct. 3 meeting, Scheiber reported that he had contacted Scott Schramm about the FEMA mapping and that there would be questions by a third party vendor chosen to review the plan.

The state Department of Natural Resources has approved the plan.

Scheiber explained that Schramm was leaving and would call him back in three days.

Clerk/Treasurer Joanne Lesser explained that the project is complete and ready for board approval pending the board’s final review. The item has been placed on the agenda for the Nov. 21 board meeting.

Scheiber stated that he has talked with the village attorney about the police contract with Elkhart Lake and the contract is expected to be ready soon for both municipalities for review.

A three year contract with Grota Appraisals for maintenance of assessment records and the application of use value was approved.


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