Cattle damage issue faces Cascade board

by Rodney Schroeter
of The Review staff

CASCADE — At its Aug. 22 meeting, the Village Board heard complaints of property damage caused by cattle.

Resident Douglas Tock had addressed the board at the July meeting. Because he had then not been on the agenda, Tock could speak to the board only during public comments, but the board could not respond to him nor could it discuss the matter.

With the issue on the agenda, a discussion took place at the August meeting. Tock said cattle being grazed on neighboring property have several times gotten loose and caused damage on Tock’s property. He gave the board photos of that damage.

Tock said the approximately 20 acres of land the animals grazed on was zoned residential and asked why they were allowed there.

Village President David Jaeckels told Tock, “After you were here last month, and we knew we were going to have this discussion tonight, I had asked Kayla [Simanovski, village Clerk/Treasurer] to call the assessor to get more information on this.”

Simanovski said the assessor checked the records. From 2008 to 2010, he told her, the properties were assessed as residential. In 2010, the land where the cattle now graze was assessed back to agricultural, because that was consistent with the land’s actual use.

(As later explained to this reporter, the assessed use does not have to match the zoning.

Assessment follows statelevel guidelines, while zoning is controlled at the local level.)

Jaeckels said the re-assessment had happened at an Open Book meeting. “I recall directly the assessor telling us, you would have to pasture animals on those fields, to meet this assessment,” he said.

Jaeckels said the current assessor, the one Simanovski talked to, is not the one who re-assessed the land in 2010. “He basically explained to her that they do not have to pasture cattle on there, but they have to crop it once a year.”

The board discussed this development, and several members expressed optimism that it would lead to a resolution to Tock’s complaints.

The board agreed with Jaeckels that the owner of the property being grazed should be contacted. Jaeckels also told the board to submit questions they have for the assessor to Simanovski, who will pass them on.

Other village business

The board unanimously approved one Class A license and one operator’s license.

The village is still accepting donations to replace dead ash trees in the village. Donors are encouraged to contact the village office.

Trick or Treating in the village will take place Sunday, Oct. 28, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Great Lakes Eco Systems of Saukville has nearly completed the replacement of the village’s lights with LED lights. “This is the new lighting you’re seeing here,” Jaeckels told other board members, indicating the ceiling lights in the village hall.

Jaeckels said he’d discussed junk vehicles not visible from the road with the police chief, who is looking into the matter.

Police report for the past month: One citation for $200.50 (operating vehicle while suspended); five warnings (three for unlicensed dogs; fireworks; operating vehicle without lights); 11 complaints investigated (five for unlicensed dogs; foot pursuit of a suspect known to law enforcement, with multiple warrants; fireworks; two background checks; suspicious/ open door on property; assist Sheriff’s Office with trespassing complaint); 13 property checks.

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