Cascade passes budget, trashes garbage fee

by Rodney Schroeter
of The Review staff

CASCADE — The Village Board met Tuesday night for a public hearing on the 2018 budget and for its regular monthly meeting.

There were no questions about the budget, but Village President David Jaeckels commented on an item from the previous month which affects the village’s finances.

“We would gain nothing if we institute a garbage fee,” Jaeckels said, referring to a decision the board made in October. “The state made a rule in 2013 that if we would put the garbage fee into effect, whatever we made from that, we would have to decrease the levy by. In essence, all we would be doing is creating more paperwork for ourselves.

“This is one big gripe I have with the state,” Jaeckels continued. “They basically take away our ability to govern and make our own decisions.”

The board unanimously approved the budget, with a property tax levy of $125,384 (a .4 per cent increase over 2017). The public hearing was adjourned, and the regular board meeting convened.

Several trees on village property need to be replaced. Plans will be made in the spring. The village will buy trees as needed, but any resident individual or organization can also donate a tree. Anyone considering a donation can call Jason Harrison at (920) 528-1633 for information.

The board also welcomes feedback as to what kind of trees the village should plant. Some trees have been lost, or will be, to the emerald ash borer. The village’s goal is to have a diversity of trees, so that future diseases or pests do not harm large numbers of trees.

Eagle Scout Josh Harrison reported on the Scouts’ Haunted Trail at Memorial Park. Harrison said they raised 485 pounds of food and $45 for the Sheboygan County Food Pantry. Harrison estimated about 18 Scouts worked to produce the haunted trail. “We also had some Cub Scouts there,” added Trustee Tom Horner.

“I’ve heard nothing but positives on it,” Jaeckels said.

Harrison told the board of the wreaths the Scouts are selling for fundraising. The board decided to buy three large wreaths, as it has in recent years (“One here, one at the fire hall, one at the Manor,” said Jaeckels). Harrison said a selection of sizes are available from the Scouts right up to Christmas. Anyone interested in a wreath can get information from Harrison at (920) 334-0380.

Jaeckels asked Harrison how many Eagle Scouts have come out of the local troop. Harrison could think of five in the past three years. Jaeckels said that was an impressive number for a small community.

The board unanimously approved:

• Authorizing Jaeckels to negotiate the possible purchase of land for a future new fire hall.

• The joint powers agreement with the county for 2018.

Police report for the past month: Three warnings; 13 complaints investigated (two background checks; phone found at Memorial Park; five investigations of unlicensed vehicles; parking problem; assistance with the Fall Party with no problems; assist fire department with alarm [false alarm]; assist first responders; assist with trick or treating); 16 property checks; no citations, arrests made, warrants, traffic accidents investigated or court appearances.

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