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Village hires new assessor

The Village of Somerset has contracted with a new assessor.

During a closed session at its Tuesday, Feb. 22, meeting, the village board members interviewed two prospective agencies to take over the municipal assessments of property.

Peter Post, of Hudson, had been the contracted assessor for the village for more than a decade. However, he submitted his resignation at the board meeting after several business and commercial property owners called for a change in the position.

Many business and commercial property owners voiced their displeasure at the January board meeting after they realized their taxes had gone up 22 percent based on the assessments.

The village stood by the assessments for 2010, but agreed to get bids for the assessor position for 2011.

Once the board reconvened to open session, they announced that Associated Appraisals of Appleton won as the lowest bidder.

"Peter (Post) and I talked about some of these terms and he will help with the transition to the new assessor as well," said Pam Donohoe, village clerk.

In other business:

The board approved not spending more than $5,663 on a new computer server with Smith Micro after one of the village's two servers died over the weekend.

The village attorney suggested the board deny Preferred Builders request for more credit regarding five property parcels in the River Hills Commons area. The board agreed to deny the claim for reimbursement.

The village attorney also suggested the board deny the claim by Rendezvous Bistro owners regarding excessive assessments. He said he will send a letter explaining his reasons to the owners. The board approved.

The board approved sending the proposal back to the Somerset Township board regarding improvements to the 180th Street/Parent Street area. There was some discrepancy regarding the terms of any proposed annexation.

The village board approved the picnic beer license for the Somerset Youth Hockey Association alumni event on March 11-13.

The Village of Somerset meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Village Hall at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. The public is welcome to attend.