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Wausaukee Okays 1% Sewer Rate Increase

Issue Date: September 27, 2018

Customers of the Village of Wausaukee Water and Sewer Utility will see a very slight increase in their bills after the first of the year. Among other actions at a long and productive meeting on Monday, Sept. 17, Wausaukee Village Board approved a 1 percent increase in charges for sewer usage and base rates, effective Jan. 1. Trustee Pat Tracy cast the sole opposing vote.

Others present for the meeting were trustees Joleen Christ, Kyle Stumbris, Mack McKim, Ray Gordon, Randy Schmidt, and Pat Tracy, Village President Hilbert (Slug) Radtke, Clerk/Treasurer Sara Pullen, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Barb Pociask, Public Works Supervisor Dennis Whitton, Jr., Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Jeff Mayou and Operator In Training Tylor Stumbris; Sharon Kantner, Joellen Simpson, Vernon Schroeder, Cole Couvillion, and Sue King-Couvillion with the American Legion; Clerk of Courts candidate Carrie Brazeau; Laura Lynch and Chantel Grosso of Family Dollar, and Joel Rennie of Johnson & Rennie, LLC.

In addition to approving the 1 percent sewer rate increase as recommended by the Water and Sewer Committee, the board approved their recommendations to purchase an e-billing interface for the utility billing program for $595 and withdraw $50,000 from from the utility's Replacement Fund CD for repairs and maintenance at the Wastewater Treatment Plant and deposit it into the Money Market at Stephenson National Bank and Trust for repairs and maintenance at the WWTP.

Near the start of the meeting the board approved a motion by Christ to amend the board's August meeting minutes to include the $24,500 fee for the CDBG Grant Administration Services Agreement with Cedar Corp.

Following a closed door discussion at the end of the meeting, the board approved another contract with Cedar Corp., this one for engineering services related to commercial development in the Village. Christ cast the sole opposing vote.

In his President's Report Radtke observed that more residents have been mowing the ditches along their property lines. He "reminded everyone that mowing terraces is the responsibility of the abutting property owner, and snow removal on sidewalks is also the responsibility of the abutting property owner. Radtke asked Pullen to include reminders about property owner's grass mowing and snow removal in the 3rd quarter water bills.

Shortly after Nov. 1, every property owner in the village will be getting a Christmas gift. Radtke reported that the Village received a $250 grant from Thrivent to purchase Christmas lights for Village residents for the "Wausaukee Lights for Christmas" project. Proceeds of that grant will be used to distribute one free set of lights to each property owner, which are to be delivered after November 1. He would like to see every property owner or resident display at least one string of lights during the holiday season. Radtke thanked Village resident Ruth Jicha for her efforts in applying for and securing the grant on behalf of the Village.

Future of the old library building remains an open question. Lease agreement for American Legion's use of the building was discussed but then was tabled without action.

A Strategic Transportation Aids Resolution was adopted by unanimous vote.

Also approved without dissent were ordinances governing who can request professional information on behalf of the village, and who is authorized to sign checks and issue payment vouchers.

The professional services ordinance that in order to manage costs associated with consultations with outside professionals for village business, facilitate proper and complete communications among elected village officials and staff, and to safeguard matters of confidentiality, requests for services, advisory opinions and other professional assistance and consultations from outside professionals and consultants regarding village business are to be made only by the village president, clerk/treasurer or others can be done only with prior authorization from the village president, clerk/treasurer or majority vote of the village board.

Whenever possible, professional communications for which there is a charge are to be communicated in writing to board members by the official who receives them. Officials who violate the requirements may be subject to censure by the board.

In accord with another ordinance provision unanimously adopted at the meeting, no bills or claims can be paid unless a voucher or other payment authorization has been filed with the clerk/treasurer, or unless it is on the clerk/treasurer's invoice list. Checks are to be signed by the village president and village clerk/treasurer or authorized deputies.

The ordinance states that the village president may authorize expenditures up to $500 without board approval, and department heads can spend up to $50 without prior approval from the village president.

The board unanimously approved the 2019 Wausaukee Rescue Squad contract in the amount of $16,308.29 and the 2019 " 2021 R&R Assessing Services Maintenance Assessment Contract at $4,920 per year.

The board approved a request from Family Dollar that they be allowed to place a dumpster on the west end of the public parking lot on Main Street and Harrison Avenue, and agreed to allow placement of two 28' storage trailers on village property (behind the Village Hall) from Oct. 1, 2018 to Oct. 10, 2018.

As recommended by the Finance Committee, the board amended the 2018 budget by transferring $10,000 to the Fire Department Fund and $20,000 to the Streets Fund.

Near the start of the meeting Rennie presented the 2017 audit to the Board and responded to questions related to it. Rennie offered an unmodified opinion of the 2017 financial statements, which he said translates to a good audit report.

Reports presented for board review included the Street Report by Dennis Whitton, Jr., Utility Report by Jeff Mayou, and Treasurer's report by Sara Pullen. They also approved payment of all bills as printed.

Brazeau addressed the Board regarding her campaign for Marinette County Clerk of Circuit Court and provided information regarding her campaign platform for the elected position.


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