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Ellsworth Village Board approves new police hire

The Ellsworth Village Board unanimously approved the hire of Chase McKahan as a new full-time police officer Monday.

McKahan’s hire was fully recommended by the salary and labor committee. He was introduced at the meeting. He was to begin working for the village yesterday.

The board gave unanimous approval to Police Chief Eric Ladwig to hire part-time officers as well. They also unanimously approved a police department request to purchase a 2015 Ford Taurus, all-wheel drive for the new squad car and unanimously approved the sale from the department of a 1999 Mercury Sable for $2,750.

The lone main agenda item the board unanimously approved was the transfer of two percent fire dues to the Ellsworth Fire Association.

In the committee portion of the meeting, the full village board unanimously approved health, license and welfare committee recommendations for a Class B retailer’s license for the second annual Ellsworth Ambulance Service pig roast fundraiser on Aug.13, a Class B retail license agent change to Jacquline S. Schickling of Freedom Valu Center, and a cigarette and tobacco license to D.S. Liquor LLC.

Recommendations from the finance, purchasing and buildings committee unanimously approved by the board included waiting to refund Series 2006A bonds for TID No. 7, and purchasing Dell and Microsoft tablets for comparison to eventually purchase for the village.

A street and sidewalk committee recommendation for approval of a bid from Walter’s Electric for the East Ellsworth street light project was unanimously approved. The bid came to $36,812.50.

The village board approved a plan commission recommendation for a zoning change for Lawrence Murphy’s 760 W. Crosstown Rd. property from residential to agricultural. They also unanimously approved a plan commission recommendation for a CSM for Gaylen and Susan Langer at 750th Street in the Town of Trimbelle. The property falls within extraterritorial subdivision and platting boundary of the village. They also heard a report from the board of appeals in which the board granted a size variance to a new unattached garage to replace an existing unattached garage.

The Department of Natural Resources approved the village’s chlorination plan, board members heard.

The board entered closed session concerning TID No. 8 and Countryside Cooperative. The board came out of closed session and took no action.