Cascade holds caucus, swears in new police chief

by Rodney Schroeter
of The Review staff

CASCADE — It was standing room only at the Village Board meeting Tuesday night.

The evening started with a caucus led by Village President David Jaeckels. Three trustees are up for re-election: Tom Horner, Gerald Hendrickson, and Steve Green. Those three were nominated. Also nominated were Jacob Hollyfield and Josh Karmasin.

These names were drawn by audience members and will appear on the April 3 ballot in the following order: Horner, Green, Hendrickson, Hollyfield, and Karmasin.

Clerk/Treasurer Kayla Simanovski conducted the swear- ing-in ceremony for Jason Liermann as chief of the Cascade Police Department.

Liermann replaces Cory Roeseler, who left that position and was appointed by Gov. Scott Walker to be Sheboygan County sheriff.

“Jason, I want you to know you have big shoes to fill,” said Jaeckels, smiling. Roeseler, present in the audience, laughed along with other residents. Jaeckels said, “The Cascade Police Department’s been here for about 40 years. And we’ve had two chiefs. They both went on to become sheriff. We’ve got a good team here. The door’s always open to you.”

The chief who served before Roeseler was Mike Helmke.

There were no liquor license applications or building permits issued. Trustee James Larson remarked that he’d never before seen two consecutive months without a building permit issued.

The majority of trees at Cascade Memorial Park are ash. Many have fallen victim to the emerald ash borer. The village plans to replace a number of them in spring.

From now until then, the village welcomes any business or individual who would like to donate funds for a tree. Cost of replacing a tree was estimated at about $100. Interested persons can send a payment to the village office, or contact the clerk for more information.

Hendrickson said a couple of decades ago the village replaced about eight trees in the park, all of which were donated.

Discussion will continue on this subject next month, when Trustee Jason Harrison will have more details available on costs and available types of trees.

Jaeckels said at the previous month’s meeting that the village was negotiating purchase of land for a new fire hall. Now, he said, “The land was acquired. 20 acres of land was purchased on the east end of town on the south side of [State] 28. The fire department paid for the property. We’re in the process right now of annexation, so that’s the next step.”

Jaeckels indicated he would like a special meeting in the next month, so the board can review the ordinance book.

Police report for the past month: Three citations totaling $50 (two no seatbelt; winter parking violation); two warnings; 10 complaints investigated (unregistered vehicle; followup on abandoned vehicle; assist Sheriff’s Office in locating person; two background checks; assist Fire Dept. with hay ride; three winter parking checks and enforcement; assist with car vs. tree accident; littering complaint); 10 property checks; no arrests made, traffic accidents investigated, court appearances or warrants.

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