THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Radtke Reminds Residents To Keep Fire Hydrants Clear
Issue Date: February 28, 2019
In his monthly report to the Wausaukee Village Board at its meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 20, Wausaukee Village President Hilbert Radtke alerted all residents to damage that can occur from excess snow load and ice dams on their roofs.
He extended his appreciation to Village employees who have been working diligently on plowing, sanding, and removing snow from intersections, and also thanked Darryll Schmidt for assisting with snow removal.
Radtke reminded all residents to keep the fire hydrants nearest their homes free and clear of snow. He stated that a house fire doubles in size every two minutes, so any delay in getting hoses connected could be disastrous.
Radtke reiterated that snow removal from sidewalks is the responsibility of the property owner abutting the sidewalk. He continued that it is illegal to pile snow on any public sidewalk or right-of-way.
Radtke called the meeting to order at 6 p.m. Trustees present were Kyle Stumbris, Mack McKim, Randy Schmidt, and Pat Tracy. Also on hand were Clerk/Treasurer Sara Pullen, Public Works Supervisor Dennis Whitton, Jr.; Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator In Charge Jeff Mayou; Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator In Training Tylor Stumbris; and citizens Joellen Simpson, Pat Brien, JoAnn Polomis, and Darryll Schmidt.
Stumbris stated a resident had expressed concern to him over excess snow and ice accumulation on the roof of a lean-to connected to Mosher's Auto. He said the resident is afraid if the snow and ice come off that roof it will damage her siding, since the two buildings are so close together. Radtke suggested that the resident try and resolve things by speaking with Mosher directly before taking any action with the Village.
Tracy stated that the snow piles on the east side of the intersection of Van Buren and Main Street are creating a visual hazard, and asked Whitton to take care of the situation.
The Board reviewed the Street Report as presented by Whitton, and the Utility Report as presented by Mayou.
Treasurer's Report was approved as presented by Pullen and bills were approved for payment as presented.
McKim briefly summarized the Feb. 1 Parks Committee meeting for the Board. He said the committee finalized plans for the pavilion expansion, electrical upgrades, water/sewer lines, bathroom/shower facility, fishing platform, and overflow/visitor parking lot at the park. Trista Hobbs of U.P. Engineers will submit the amended plans to the electrical and HCAV engineers for finalization.
To comply with new statutory requirements, the board adopted some zoning ordinance amendments as recommended by the Wausaukee Planning Commission.
The Board reviewed the quarterly report presented by the Wausaukee Fire District.
The board approved a resolution authorizing submission of a Community Development Bloc Grant Planning Grant Application, along with a resolution to commit the necessary matching funds.
No action was taken on quotes for snow removal.
On motion by Tracy, seconded by McKim, the board granted 40 hours of sick time per calendar year to full-time employees retroactive to January 1, 2019. Sick time may be used in increments of one hour. Sick time will not accrue, and unused time will not be paid out at the end of the year.
After completing other business the board convened into closed session to consider granting an operator's license to Amber Norquist. As a result of the closed session, McKim made a motion, seconded by Stumbris, to deny Norquist's application for an operator's license based on the applicant's arrest and conviction record over the last five years.