Crivitz Okays Borrowing For Fire Truck, Tractor, Squad CarIssue Date: January 31, 2019
By unanimous vote at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15, Crivitz Village Board approved borrowing up to $160,000 from Stephenson National Bank & Trust to purchase Public Safety and Public Works vehicles. The general obligation note is to be repaid over a 5-year term. Interest is locked in for two years at 4.5 percent. Taxes can be levied for debt retirement over and above state levy limits.
The borrowed funds will be used to buy a tractor, a new police vehicle expected to cost $44,300, and to provide the remaining $138,425 needed to purchase a "new" fire truck, a 2004 Pearce that Fire Chief Lukas Deschane had located in Minnesota for $192,000.
As discussed at committee meetings on Wednesday, Jan. 9, the understanding is that if the full $160,000 is not needed the department heads are not to spend it, and the loan will be only for the amount actually needed. Initial calculations were that they would need to borrow $138,432, but that did not provide for contingencies or miscellaneous items such as equipment transfer and lettering on the new vehicles.
Fire department savings are to be used for part of the fire truck purchase price, and the $5,000 trade in-value of the old police vehicle are expected to help keep the borrowing need down, and Police Chief Mike Frievalt is applying for a USDA grant to be used toward the police vehicle purchase.
Bills approved for payment included $948 to Penguin Management for Fire Department e-Dispatch services and $863.99 to Witt's Piggly Wiggly for November and December supplies for various departments.
As recommended by the Public Works Committee, the board approved purchase of a new vandal resistant water cooler for the Village Hall at a cost not to exceed $665. The cooler will be installed by the Public Works crew.
As recommended by the Public Safety Committee, the board accepted the contract with Crivitz Veterinary Hospital for boarding and care of stray cats. At the Jan. 8 committee meeting, Clerk/Treasurer Marilyn Padgett explained the Morrisons have sold the Crivitz Veterinary Clinic Clinic to Adam Gauthier, who had changed the name to Crivitz Veterinary Hospital. Fee for housing stray cats is $12 per day. Cat owners must show proof of license before they can claim their pet. Licenses can be purchased during regular business hours at the Village Hall. The village has a contract with Countryside Veterinary Clinic for keeping stray dogs.
The board approved operators licenses for Joan Lemsky and Carol Rivard for the term of Jan. 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. Both applicants had satisfactory background checks.
In accordance with current policy and as discussed at the Jan. 8 committee meeting, the board voted unanimously to deny the operators license application of Amber Norquist due to an unsatisfactory background records check . During discussion prior to the vote, Trustee Jeff Dorschner stated for the record that he did not understand the operators review policy or previous cases at the time the issue was addressed in committee, where he had been in favor of issuing the license on a trial basis.
Present for the meeting were Dave Malke as a member of the public, plus Village President John Deschane, Padgett, and trustees Kurt Kostuch, Fred Franzen, Amy Grandaw, Aaron Patefield, Dorschner and Stew Swanson.
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