Waldo to explore creation of historical marker

by Rodney Schroeter
of The Review staff

WALDO — The village will look into what is required to establish an historical marker.

Village President Gary Dekker asked Clerk/Treasurer Michelle Brecht about this. Brecht explained that, when author Melinda Roberts visited Waldo as part of her research on writing a book, “Little Wisconsin,” Roberts made this suggestion.

“Because of the history of George Pollard in our community, and because he’s passed away, we could have an historical marker here in Waldo,” Brecht said. “When the author was here, she brought it up, because she’s worked on that a lot.”

Brecht said Roberts logs historical markers in Wisconsin as she finds them. In her research, she has discovered several markers not properly recorded by the state.

Trustee Chris Nadgwick suggested that perhaps a student would be interested in doing research for the project, with perhaps some scholarship money offered.

Trustee Mark Spitz asked what the first step was. Nobody knew. Spitz volunteered to start looking into the first contacts and procedures of the process, and said he hoped to have a follow-up at the September meeting.

Other village business

Dekker said he rode with Cascade Chief of Police Jason Liermann. Dekker was impressed with the range of information made available through the Spillman Flex communication system the Cascade Police Department acquired recently. “It really saves a lot of time, and they can get a lot more work done with it,” Dekker said.

Dekker said the Lions Club has expressed interest in putting up a “little free library” somewhere in the village.

Bruce Neerhof’s administrative report included:

• Recent work at the village hall and the park. There are new parking spots adjacent to the village hall.

• Several board members were present at last month’s dam inspection. Bruce has reviewed the resulting report, which made several recommendations.

“Then, there’s the 500-year storm capacity, where we’re supposed to [increase the water flow by] another 460 cubic feet per minute,” Neerhof said. He added there could be funding available for half the cost of increasing the dam’s capacity.

Spitz asked Neerhof to continue providing future updates on this topic.

• Farrell Gas has not yet paid the road bond that is in their agreement with the village. The board discussed this, and voted unanimously to send a letter to Farrell Gas.

• The village’s contract with the Cascade Police Department will change. The village currently pays $40 per hour for police coverage. In 2019, that will rise to $43.

• Zak Rick has agreed to renew his snow removal contract with the village.

The board unanimously approved:

• The appointment of Cynthia Turck as a poll worker.

• Operators’ licenses for Nic Wagner and Sharon Johnson.

Police report for the past month: Four warnings (speeding; two unregistered autos; improper tire size); 24 property checks.


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