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Pound Village Budget Has Minimal Increase

After some discussion following a scantily attended public hearing on Monday, Nov. 6, Pound Village board adopted its 2018 budget. No members of the public spoke for or against budget items. After some adjustments, the total budget was set at $470,951, a minimal increase of $1,194 over last year's $469,757.

The local tax levy was similarly increased, from $128,405 to $130,000, which means that tax rate for town purposes will go up very slightly from last year's $9.79 per $1,000 of assessed value. All board members were present, and all voted in favor of the budget as adjusted.

Clerk/Treasurer Patricia Schutte said plans are made for the traditional Pound Christmas Parade of Lights. It will start at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, and be immediately followed by the traditional "after the parade social" at the Community Center. The family friendly event will feature visits with Santa and feasting on chili, cookies, sweets and non-alcoholic beverages including coffee and apple cider. Clerk/Treasurer Schutte said they are always looking for volunteers to serve the people, like Trustee Jerry Rogge has done in the past.

All board members read through the Street Banner policy and procedure as presented and written by Clerk/Treasurer Schutte and then voted unanimously to adopt it as written.

Board members present were trustees Mary Meyer, John Homontowski, Jerry Rogge and David Navis, and Village President Terry Earley. Earley had advised the clerk that he would be late and Meyer chaired the meeting until he arrived.

The only member of the public on hand was Mark Podoski, who advised the board during time for public comment that he is looking into the possibility of tearing down his house.

Public Works Director Kevin Schutte reported that WDNR has approved the utility project plans. He updated the board on the Walker Street project and said he has been busy patching potholes, working on the overpass, painting the village hall and fixing mower bearings.

Fire Chief Jarred Edgecombe reported the department responded to two calls since the last meeting, one a car accident and one an equipment fire. Pumps were tested on Engine & Ladder trucks, and they passed. Department officers met and updated "MABAS" cards for Marinette County. Training included review of scenarios and equipment needed for each. The department participated in Fire Prevention week at Coleman schools by educating children on how to escape a fire and demonstrating the ladder truck and jaws of life. Fire inspections will resume in December.

C/T Schutte reported a comment from the village Facebook page regarding curbside recycling. She said stated that this idea was brought up before. After some discussion the board decided to keep the recycling as it is, with residents responsible for taking their recyclables to the Beaver Recycling Center.

Clerk/Treasurer Schutte advised the board that the daycare center was looking to sell some unused playground equipment. She presented pictures of the equipment along with a quote for prices if purchased new. She said stated the Car Show account could contribute $1,500 toward purchasing the equipment but not the whole amount of $3,000, the day care asking price. There was some discussion about the timing since there is already snow on the ground. Schutte will contact the daycare let her know the village is interested, but not until next spring or summer, and if someone else wants to buy the equipment they can.

Homontowski said at the economic development meeting in Crivitz on Monday, Oct. 30 there was discussion on how to attract people and businesses to Marinette County. There are plans to discuss cable and broadband connections at the next meeting, which is to be in Crivitz at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22.

Bills were approved for payment as presented by Clerk/Treasurer Schutte, as were the monthly financial reports.

During time for public comment at the end of the meeting Navis wondered what it would take for the village to get its own sanitary treatment plant. After some discussion board members agreed this is something to think about for the future.


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