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Village Coleman Creates TIF District for Industry

After reconvening from a closed session of the Coleman Village Board meeting on Monday, May 1, President Glen Woulf stated the board had discussed creating a TIF for industry in the United Co-op/MacArthur Drive area.

According to definition of tax increment financing (TIF) can be a powerful economic development tool. Under the right circumstances, TIF can generate enough funding to make a real difference. With the right safeguards in place, TIF encourages government and the private sector to form a partnership based on each other's strengths.

A motion was made to create the TIF and a roll call vote taken with board members voting yes. They were Dave Podaski, Diane Patz, Tim Gould, Nancy Stank, Jeff Gosa, Jesse Parker, and Glenn Woulf.

Operator licenses were approved for Carie Maning and Lee Hoerres Lessmiller. During the Citizen Comments portion of the meeting, Municipal Judge Clifford Patz expressed concern about placement of sex offenders in the Town of Pound.

Judge Patz realizes that Colman has its own ordinances that have been adopted and suggested that they be reviewed by the village attorney to see if there is any reason to change them. Judge Patz gave an example of a scheduling conference in Marinette with Judge James Morison held earlier that day. Surprisingly, it was discovered that a judge in Milwaukee approved the placement of two new offenders on 7th Road in the Town of Pound, with no requirements to advise the public.

Judge Patz said he would like to check to see how iron clad the Village of Coleman's ordinances are and if there is a way to make them stricter. He stated since the passing of Act 156, ordnances may be weaker than we think and it would be wise to have them updated to prevent similar situations from occurring in our own community.

Woulf told of upcoming events. The Community Rummage Sale will be on Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Applications are available at Coleman and Pound businesses and at each Municipal Building and also on line. Residents should drop off their application at their municipality along with the $8 fee no later than May 5.

Movies in the Park will again be held this summer and well as Music in the Park. The band "Praise in the Park" will perform.

On June 17 at Lillian Park the train bridge will be dedicated and named after Joseph Brault, one of the men attributed as a founder of the area. Plaques will be placed both in the park and on the bridge.

Music will be provided and food will be available for purchase. Spring Clean Up Day is May 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open Book was May 3rd from 10 a.m. to noon and the Board of Review is on May 18 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Dave Podoski read the monthly police report noting there were 18 complaints for April. Seven adult citations were written for $1,088.50 but there were 0 juvenile citations. There also were 7 adult court dockets, and 2 just cause hearings. The Fire Department had no calls. Firemen trained with the portable pumps and operated the pumper. The department is currently working on plans for the Fireman's Picnic which will be held on July 14-15. The parade theme will be "The Wild West".

Building permits were issued to Larry Seewald, Pelkins Piggly Wiggly, David Ouradnik, Dolly Behnke, Jamie Baratono, Wayne Thomson, Ray Kaminski and Angela Gruis.

In the area of recreation, Tim Gould reported the calendar for the park rental is filling up fast and residents interested in reserving the park should do so soon. Gould also reported that 35 children signed up for T-Ball. The park calendar is posted in the park with dates and times of events.

The board was urged to have the village attorney review their current sex offender ordinance.


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