Long-time EL Trustee Kapellen resigning

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – The Village Board is losing its senior member.

Trustee Steve Kapellen, who has served on the board for more than three decades, announced at the end of Monday’s Village Board meeting that he would be resigning after the next board meeting.

“Just because I thought I’ve put in enough time,” Kapellen told his fellow trustees.

“I know everybody shares with me that you will be missed,” Village President Alan Rudnick told Kapellen. “I’ve enjoyed working with you the last 10 years.”

Village Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer Jessica Reilly noted that Kapellen was first elected to the board in 1982.

The board approved a $2.67 million financing package to cover capital projects and refinance the 2008 bond issue for the new firehouse.

“The outstanding bonds for the fire station are a point where they’re callable and we can do that now and save the village money,” Phil Cosson of Ehlers and Associates told the board.

Cosson estimated that the new 10-year note could save the village almost $160,000 in interest payments over its life.

The original bond for the fire house carries an interest rate of 4.3 to 4.7 percent over the next 10 years. By contrast, Cosson said he expects the new note will carry an interest rate of 1.4 to 2.2 percent a year.

Cosson said the note should go out for bids Dec. 4, when the board will award the sale at their regular meeting.

The board will also hold a public hearing on the proposed 2018 village budget at the Dec. 4 meeting.

Reilly said the budget is in good shape, despite a 20 percent increase in health insurance premiums. She said the village will be seeking additional bids on the insurance to see if that increase could be lowered.

An Aqua Mag treatment for the village’s well number three, at a cost of $4,997, was approved by the board.

Rudnick explained that there has been a problem with discolored water from the well. Superintendent of Public Works Richard Solek said the Aqua Mag treatment would be much less expensive than an iron filtration system on the well.

The cost will come out of the village’s water reserves, he added, and will not impact water rates.

The crosswalk light on Lincoln Street at the high school will be replaced at a cost of around $2,900, including switching to LED lights on the sign to save money and extend its life.

The light burned out about a year ago, Police Officer Scott Niemi had told the Public Works Committee at an earlier meeting.


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