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Wausaukee Names Christmas Decoration Contest Winners

Issue Date: December 22, 2020

Winners of the 2020 Village of Wausaukee Christmas Light Decorating Contest were announced by President Pat Tracy at the Village Board meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Taking top honors were George and Marge Smith, Gerry and Mary Ellen Edlebeck, Dave Messar and Georgi Kapalczynski. Evergreen Plaza was winner of the Business Christmas Light competition.

Tracy expressed the Board's appreciation for the extra efforts of the whole community in decorating for the holidays this year, and asked that a notice to that effect be put on the Village's Facebook page expressing it.

Trustees present for the 6 p.m. Village Board meeting were Darryll Schmidt, J. J. Feldmann, Mack McKim, Steve Stumbris, and Derrick McGee. Also present were Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer Sara Pullen, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Emily Tadisch, Streets Supervisor Dennis Whitton, Wastewater Treatment Plan Operator Jeff Mayou, Wastewater Treatment Plant Assistant Operator Tylor Stumbris, Maija Seppanen and Dean Zanon with Cedar Corporation, Joel Rennie with Johnson and Rennie LLC (appeared virtually), and Jeff Schwaller with Ranger City Riders. Trustee JoAnn Polomis was excused.

Tracy reminded residents that the deadline to file nomination papers with the Clerk to be on the ballot for the elections in April is 5 p.m Tuesday, Jan. 5. Clerk/Administrator Sara Pullen said as of Monday, Dec. 21 all incumbents had filed for re-election and there is no competition. Terms to be filled are those of Pat Tracy, Jo Ann Polomis and Mack McKim and Darryll Schmidt.

Jeff Schwaller on behalf of Ranger City Riders, introduced himself asked to discuss trail access to downtown businesses in the Village. He explained the existing Corridor 3 trail brings riders into the Village by the water tower, then down Van Buren Avenue.

The club would like permission to continue to run along the east side of 1st Street between the road and the railroad tracks and requested that the Village trim back the large pine trees to allow more room for riders and the groomer. He also said the club's existing faded and/or illegible signage will be replaced.

Regarding access to the Village from the Corridor 1 trail which runs through Townsend property on the northeast side of the Village, Schwaller expressed concern with the future of the trail running through the lower campground since the park renovations took place this fall. After some discussion, the Board agreed that the best and safest course of action is to put up snow fencing through the lower campground to keep riders on the marked trail. Feeling was that this should avoid any issues with damaging any of the new infrastructure in the park. Tracy and Whitton were to meet with Schwaller on Monday, Dec. 21 to determine a final route through the park.

After reviewing the bid tabulations and analysis provided by Cedar Corporation the board by unanimous vote awarded the municipal well #4 - well construction contract to Sam's Well Drilling, Inc. for the price of $150,190 and the well house construction contract Advance Construction, Inc. for $956,500 with an accepted additive alternate bid of $43,000 for SCADA integration of existing equipment.

Pullen said after the meeting that bids totaled closer to $1.3 million than the $1.1 to $1.2 million range they had hoped for, but total cost to come from village coffers will be well below that.

The price is being offset by a $500,000 Community Development Bloc Grant, and a Clean Drinking Water Fund Loan that provides funding for the remaining balance, but then forgives 60 percent of the amount borrowed, which will leave only about $300,000 to paid by the village utility.

The board approved payments of $407,652.95 and $69,062.82 to Barley Excavating for work done on the Evergreen Park Improvement Project.

Treasurer's report was approved as prepared by Pullen, who also advised the board she expected proceeds of the State Trust Fund Loan for the Evergreen Park Improvement Project to be wire transferred on Friday, Dec. 18.

Auditor Joel Rennie presented the 2019 audit to the Board, facilitated questions, and offered an unmodified opinion of the 2019 financial statements.

The Street Report was presented by Dennis Whitton and the Utility Report was presented by Jeff Mayou, all bills were approved for payment as presented.


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