Cascade receives proposal from Fire Hall Committee

by Rodney Schroeter of The Review staff

CASCADE — In recent months, the village annexed property from the town of Lyndon, for the intended purpose of constructing a new fire hall.

At the Village Board meeting Tuesday night, Village President David Jaeckels requested that Trustee Steve Green read the minutes from the March 5 meeting of the Joint Fire Hall Committee. Green, Jaeckels and Trustee Tom Horner are members of this committee.

The minutes quoted Cascade Assistant Fire Chief Paul McMullen as making the following statement:

“The Cascade Fire Department wishes to sign a 100-year lease agreement for one dollar with the Village of Cascade for the purpose of having sole control over the property to satisfy requirements for outside funding purposes. By securing funding from the Community Development Program through the USDA, the Cascade Fire Department intends on completing the new fire hall project without passing any of the cost onto the community that they serve.”

This topic will be on the agenda for the village board’s April 10 meeting.

Other village business

The evening started with a public hearing, to review four new ordinances. There was no public comment, and during the following board meeting each of the following ordinances were approved unanimously:

1. Annexation of land from the town of Lyn- don.

2. Authorization of the appointment of alternate members to the Board of Review.

3. An ordinance relating to possession of marijuana/synthetic cannabinoid and drug paraphernalia.

4. A revision of the 1979 ordinance regarding minors in possession of malt beverage.

Eagle Scout Levi Harrison presented a proposal to the board for a fishing dock on the west side of the bridge. He intends to raise funds to pay for the aluminum and wood dock.

The board had several questions and suggestions. Jaeckels asked if Harrison had studied how ice would affect the dock. Harrison said he had, and that ice should not cause damage.

Trustee Gerald Hendrickson cautioned Harrison that there might be four or five feet of silt at the proposed site; that for posts to reach solid ground, they might need to be quite long.

Several trustees suggested guard rails for safety. Some thought they might be mandatory on such a structure.

Board members offered Harrison encouragement. “This is wonderful,” Jaeckels told him. “I think you need to do a little more research.” Jaeckels asked Harrison to work with the Parks Committee.

In recent months, Trustee Josh Harrison has gathered data on trees. Several in the park have succumbed to the Emerald Ash Borer. To date, seven have been removed. The board asked Harrison to draw up a proposal, listing how many new trees will be planted, and what species. The board gave him a guideline of $2,500 to work with, but that could be adjusted, based on receiving possible grant money (which Harrison is also looking into) or donations from residents.

When the village replaced several trees some years ago, Hendrickson said, the cost was covered entirely by donations.

Anyone wishing to donate money toward new trees is encouraged to contact Village Clerk/Treasurer Kayla Simanovski at (920) 528-8642.

“No donation is too small,” Harrison said.

The board unanimously voted to:

• Increase the peddler fee from $10 to $25, and to update the permit application.

• Adopt a new system of organizing the ordinance book.

The village Cleanup Day will be Saturday, May 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Residents wishing to have their yard waste, tree waste, or brush removed should have it at the curb, cut side or trunk side toward the street. It would be appreciated if residents with large amounts assisted with its pickup.

Police report for the past month: One citation for $238.30 (display unauthorized registration plate); three warnings; 11 complaints investigated (several for winter parking; unpaid parking citation; several background checks; patrol during First Responder fish boil; dog at large; assist Plymouth Police Department in locating person; ordinance violation); eight property checks; no arrests made, traffic accidents investigated, court appearances, or warrants.


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