Adell village bulding to get security cameras

by Rodney Schroeter
of The Review staff

ADELL — Surveillance cameras will soon be vigilantly watching the building housing the village office and fire department.

At the Monday Village Board meeting, Derrick Pierog, assistant chief of the Adell Fire Department, offered to install nine cameras at the building’s entrances. Through his work, he explained, he acquired new cameras that were going to be discarded.

The board discussed with him where the monitoring system would be kept, what kind of equipment was involved, and what it would cost. Pierog is donating the cameras, but he estimated an installation cost of at most $400, which the village and fire department would split.

The board voted unanimously to accept installation of the cameras, and set a maximum expenditure for the village at $200.

The board discussed a resident’s request to purchase village owned property that adjoins his property, and decided unanimously not to accept that request.

Trustee Leighton Holtz clarified that the village has raised the sewer rate by 29 per cent, as reported previously; but the water rate has not changed.

Director of Public Works Shawn Bigelow reported that the siren once again is not working. The village’s insurance will pay to replace it with a new unit, but the claim is still in process. Trustee Arlo Neumann suggested it be replaced as soon as possible as it’s still tornado season.

Bigelow said dry conditions have made it unnecessary to mow the grass, but there are weeds growing which will be mowed.

Bigelow recently attended a meeting regarding work on the Onion River Wastewater Treatment Plant. The upgrade to the plant could begin as early as August.

Bigelow asked the board for, and received, approval to remove the bushes in front of the Village Hall. They will be replaced with something else in the spring.

Village President Andrew Schmitt explained that several trees planted at the property line of the Adell Co-op had died. While the co-op offered to erect a fence there, Schmitt thought it would be better to replace the trees. This was referred to the tree board.

Clerk/Treasurer Kelly Rathke said the new election equipment would be used during the coming primaries. Schmitt said it was good they would be used for the primary, rather than using them for the first time during the mid-term elections.

The board approved:

• A water relief request from Grace Bible Church.

• Operators licenses for Arlo Neumann, Andrew Schmitt, and Kyle Dowe. When votes were cast for their respective applications, Neumann and Schmitt each abstained from voting.

• Trimming the trees at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, per the tree board’s recommendation to do so. (Schmitt abstained.)

• Attendance by Rathke at the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association annual conference in late August.

Police report for the past month: Three citations totaling $195.30 (non-registration; failure to fasten seatbelt; no proof of insurance); three warnings (no proof of insurance; speeding); 11 property checks; two complaints investigated (abandoned vehicle; overnight parking issue).

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