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Wausaukee Residents Urged To Attend Nov. 30 Hearing
The new and improved Highway 141 through the Village of Wausaukee was opened to traffic about 2:30 in the afternoon on Halloween, Village President Hilbert Radtke announced at the Wausaukee Village Board meeting Wednesday, Nov. 16. He said people are using the sidewalks and benches and seem to be enjoying the downtown renovation, even though the improvements are only partially completed.
A grant administrator has been hired to help complete work on the downtown beautification project being done in connection with that project with the help of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Wisconsin Department of Administration. Anyone with with questions or comments about the project is urged to attend a public informational meeting and public hearing scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the village hall.
Agenda for that meeting includes an overview of the current project with time for questions, answers and comments, plus an overview of the entire CDBG program and discussion of other eligible CDBG projects.
Residents with low to moderate incomes are especially encouraged to attend to learn about other ways the CDBG program can be used. The meeting room is handicapped accessible, and persons needing additional accommodations may contact Village Clerk Sara Pullen at the village hall, 715-856-5341.
Radtke and Pullen both encouraged residents to attend the Nov. 30 informational meeting on the Main Street Project. Pullen stressed that this is a meeting called by the grant administrator, and is not a village board meeting. She urged board members to encourage anyone who talks to them about the project to attend the meeting.
Radtke, in his president's report at the Nov. 16 meeting, said the detour routes used while Hwy. 141 work was in progress will be redone in early spring.
He noted that people can no longer attach any signs to DOT or public service poles on the highway since they are now located on DOT right of way.
He reminded property owners that they are responsible for snow removal on their sidewalks.
For the remainder of the winter there is no overnight parking allowed on village streets, and all parking on Main Street has been eliminated.
Radtke said rumors had been circulating about fill placed on his property. He explained that he and others asked for it, and got it, because placing it on their properties saved the contractor money. "I did not get paid for letting them put the fill there, but it did make my driveway better."
The board finalized the 2017 budget in preparation for the budget hearing scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22.
There will once again be a Christmas Decorating contest with a traveling trophy for the best decorated business place and three residential prizes. Pullen and trustees Ray Gordon and Mack McKim volunteered to serve as judges, and will be doing that from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14. Anyone who wants their decorations considered is advised to have them turned on during judging time. Winners will be announced at the board meeting on Monday, Dec. 12.
Among a long list of other business taken care of during the meeting the board approved hiring Will Bounds as a seasonal part time snow plow driver at $14 per hour. Bounds drove snow plow last winter and worked part time for the village this summer.
During time for public comment at the start of the meeting Joellen Simpson suggested that the village schedule a ribbon cutting ceremony next summer for their new and improved downtown, complete with dignitaries invited to participate.
"We waited 15 years to get this," Simpson declared. "We need to do something to celebrate!"
Radtke and other board members agreed that was an excellent idea. McKim suggested since Hwy. 141 would be closed already on Saturday, July 1 for the Independence Day parade they should use the ceremony to start the parade.
Simpson and Pullen both complimented poll workers for how smoothly everything went during the presidential election on Tuesday, Nov. 8.