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Elmwood Board plans for UFO Days celebration

ELMWOOD--The Elmwood Village Board began preparations early last week for the annual UFO Days celebration. The event will be held Saturday-Sunday, July 27-28, the last weekend of July. The board reviewed and approved picnic license requests, temporary operator’s license applications and lifting of the open container law for the weekend.

There will also be a detour of traffic on Hwy. 72 for the event. Tiffany's Bar received approval for a beer garden permit for July 28.

In other business, the board approved a contract with Foth Engineering, contingent upon approval by the village attorney and the funding agency, Rural Development.

After being appointed to the board last month, Neil Boltik was also appointed to several committees and the board approved those assignments.

The new police chief has been named: Sam Petrasko. Dolores Radtke reported Petrasko is currently a deputy sheriff in Menominee County and will begin his new duties this month.

The police committee discussed the $5,200 advance payment made to the company hired to install radio equipment in the police vehicle. The board learned the technician was facing a personal crisis, but the money cannot be found. One result is the Rural Development grant cannot be closed until the project is complete.

The village website will be republished after the board approved a new agreement with 24/7 Telecom.

The library committee met to discuss plans for the summer and current circulation numbers. To simplify bookkeeping, the library will use a $500 debit card for small purchases. Seventy-two people have enrolled for the summer reading program and there are nine new members. Among the 98 new items purchased for the library are e-books and audiobooks. The book club remains active and the kids recently completed a fairy garden activity. Future activities include a frog show to be followed by a snake show.

Public works discussed sidewalk projects and tree removal.