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New wastewater treatment plant funding approved in Elmwood

ELMWOOD--Brandon Hoffman, an area specialist with USDA Rural Development, presented the Elmwood Village Board with details of a successful application for a new wastewater treatment plant this month.

The $4 million project funding approved by officials of the Federal Rural Development program is at a rate considered generous in comparison to other municipalities. Thirty-five percent of the project will come from a $2.6 million loan and a $1.4 million grant. The loan will be a 40 years/fixed at 2.75 percent.

The village received favorable terms due to a lack of competing applicants. With several mandates about water quality about to become active, the village got a head start on the treatment plan.

Of immediate benefit to the village is the money to cover the current negative balance in water bill revenues. Yet, the expected rates after the treatment center is up and running will be about $50 a household. At that rate, the village can pay off the loan in 10 years and expect to generate enough revenue for further improvement projects.

The board voted to approve the terms of the project.

In other business:

--Trustees approved Neil Boltik as a new board member after accepting Board Member Trisha Knops’ resignation due to conflicting work schedules.

--The board approved a request to extend the deadline for the Welcome Home Assisted Living monthly payment and legal action will be pursued if payment isn't made by the new deadline.

--Trustee Susan Dzubay reported the Personnel and Finance Committee had recommendations for revenue of $46,900 to the general fund. The items recommended and approved were:

Increased wages for village employees and new board room chairs;

$1,000 to repaint the office;

$6,500 for a lawnmower;

$2,500 set aside for village signs;

$3,000 toward front door of auditorium;

$3,400 for new carpeting;

$2,500 for new equipment in Butternut Park;

$12,000 for a new roof;

$10,000 for crack filling and road maintenance.

--The board approved the annual operator's license renewals. Annual liquor licensing was renewed for Tiffany's, the Sand Bar, Countryside Co-op and the Long Branch Bar, with Trustee Mike Sand abstaining.

--The Compliance Maintenance Annual Review resolution was reviewed and approved. The board noted the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) gave the village a score of four out of a possible four for 2012.

--Dolores Radtke gave a report about the search for a new police chief. The Police Committee received 77 applications, of which 55 were recent graduates with no experience. With cooperation from Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove and Greg Nelson, three candidates were chosen and background checks are being performed.

After another round of discussions, a final candidate will be chosen and given adequate time to give notice at their current place of employment.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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