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Ellsworth Public Library Director Greske resigns

The village board learned Monday Ellsworth Public Library Director Linette Greske submitted her resignation to the library board recently.

Greske, who has been with the library since April 2001, was named director in August 2002. When asked the reason for the resignation, she declined to comment. Her last day will be Friday, Feb. 16.

At the same library board meeting, it was announced ads for the position will start appearing in the local papers next week and letters of application with resume are to be in by Monday, Feb. 26. Janet Helmer will take over some of Greske's duties until a new director is named.

In other news, the board:

--Heard the latest from Police Chief Greg Place on the Safe Routes to Schools Grant. Place said the decision was made to go ahead with the application and Cedar Corporation, village engineering firm from Menomonie, will take care of applying at a cost not to exceed $3,500. The first area proposed to be worked on will be the South Piety Street and athletic fields area (that is the hope because nothing has been set in writing). The grant will have to be completed by the middle of next month.

--Discussed the 2006 Zoning Administrator Annual Report, which was submitted by Public Works Director Greg Engeset. Of note was the number of permits issued for new home construction. Engeset said, without the Crossing Meadows development, the number would only have been four, which is significantly down from the 2005 figure of 48.

--From the Parks, Recreation and Development Committee, it was discussed Park Green Space Fees are no longer able to be collected and they will need to be changed to Impact Fees (no new fees will result from this). The request was approved, but a public hearing will have to be held at the next meeting.

--Transferred the request about hiring a Demo Site attendant to the Salary and Labor Committee to discuss hiring and wages.

--Place said, with the increased traffic on Hwy. 65 from Crosstown Road, it's becoming a concern and it's the village's suggestion the speed be reduced. However, the decision will have to be made by the Highway Safety committee, which will meet next month.

--Set the next regular board meeting for 7 p.m. Monday, March 5.

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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