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Village Pound President Will Not Seek Re-Election

Pound Village President Jay Martens has once again announced he will not be a candidate for re-election when his term ends in April of 2017. He filed an official notice of non-candidacy at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, and formally announced his decision to the Village Board at its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Dec. 5.

"I submitted this two years ago and I was voted in any way," Martens said. He explained that he has grown very busy with his full time job and expressed hope that this time someone who has more time to spend on village business will run. He mentioned several meetings at which he wished the village could have been represented but he was not able to attend.

The first day for circulating nomination papers was Thursday, Dec. 1, and the deadline for filing declarations of candidacy is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Main topic at the half-hour board meeting was the 9th annual Christmas Parade at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, followed by a chili dump Christmas Party at the Community Center, complete with Santa Claus, who will have small gifts for the youngsters.

Clerk/Treasurer Patricia Schutte, one of the main organizers of the Christmas event, said they need more help for the kitchen. As to floats in the parade, they will not know how many until the day of the event because they do not require advance registration.

Kevin Schutte, Director of Public Works, said floats are to assemble on Crescent Lane at 4:30 p.m. in preparation for the start of the parade.

Anyone who wants to contribute to the chili dump can simply bring their creation to the community celebration, or contact Clerk Schutte in advance. Everyone agreed that dumping all the batches of chili together makes a better finished product than any one of them individually.

"It turns out really great!" Clerk Schutte declared.

There also will be nonalcoholic beverages like coffee, tea and hot cocoa, and perhaps other goodies that people bring.

Anyone who attends is asked to bring a nonperishable contribution for the food pantry.

Clerk Schutte was pleased that again this year the agriculture classes of Coleman High School, under the direction of Cindy Wautier, will have a float in the parade. They then will donate their fully decorated Christmas trees as prizes for some lucky winner. They also have constructed wreaths that will be used to raise funds for the food pantry.

Because advertising for the Local Road Improvement Grant (LRIP) project was published only once instead of twice, the village will not be reimbursed for the recently completed Maple Street improvements. Repaving of that street was very recently completed.

However, Clerk Schutte said she has been informed by Laurie Olsen of the DOT that the money isn't completely lost. They have until June 20 of 2021 to complete another street project and submit the bills to the DOT for reimbursement. In the meantime, the money is being held for them. Schutte said new roads do not count. The funds can only be used for improvement of existing ones.

Kevin Schutte reported during the past month he did tuck pointing on the village hall building so it doesn't leak any more, and repaired the light. He plans to paint that part of the building in spring and then raise the light so it illuminates a larger area.

He picked rocks in the batting cage area at the ballfield and it is ready for grass to be planted in spring. He hauled leaves from the recycling center, put flags on the bump outs, cleaned all the planters, and has been putting up Christmas lights. He promised they will all be in place before the parade on Saturday.

The salter is on the truck and the plow is ready to go. "I'm all ready for winter," Schutte commented.

Martens suggested that next year Schutte should consider sweeping streets in the fall, in order to prevent them from clogging up gutters and storm sewers. Schutte agreed that is a good idea, and said he's told the City of Waukesha may have a leaf vacuum for sale. It works like a large snow blower, and he felt it would be a good investment.

Construction of the first building in the TID business park is complete and the first occupant should be moving in before the first of the year, Schutte said. Gas and electric lines are in and telephone service is being installed.

Clerk Schutte said she has not yet heard back on the developer's agreement with Dairyland. In November the village had received a letter from Attorney Vande Castle regarding the agreement and Schutte is waiting for a response.

At its November meeting the board approved refinancing a loan for the TID infrastructure, and it was noted the debt service expense had increased due to TID expenses. Work on Memorial and Oak streets in the business park is done for this year.

Martens reported he has been talking with Ann Hartnell, executive director of Marinette County Association for Business and Industry in regard to the Gold Shovel program in which communities can list available commercial or industrial properties that are "shovel ready," with needed streets and utilities in place.

Eventually the data base will list properties in the entire county, state and nation, for exposure to potential developers.

"She's been working very diligently on this," Martens said of Hartnell. "She's a very nice lady and she's done a tremendous job." He said that data base will help get the word out to developers that, "we're open for business and will welcome them. We're a very friendly community."

Fire Chief Turner Gross reported the department had four calls in November. One was for a motor vehicle accident, one for a lift assist, one for a natural gas lead in the village, and one for a grass fire involving power lines and a pine plantation on Wilson Spring Road in the Town of Beaver. He said the fire did get into the pine plantation, "but we were able to control it."

The department voted in one new member in November and he expected another to be approved at the department's meeting that night. This person recently moved from another area where he was a fully trained firefighter and Gross said he expects to put him to work immediately.

They used training dates to test all hoses, and cleaned out the garage that had been used for fire fighting equipment so Kevin Schutte can again use it for the garbage truck and room to work on other village vehicles. To questions from board members, Gross said one member of the department had been paying rent on the building for the fire department from his own pocket.

The department received a $1,000 grant from Wisconsin Public Service Corporation that will be used for personal protective equipment for firefighters.

At the November village board meeting Gross had expressed thanks for a $500 donation from Van De Walle Farms, $250 from Marinette County Breakfast on the Farm, and $100 from Pound Woman's Club. They had conducted fire prevention demonstrations at Grandma Birdie's Daycare and Coleman High School.


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