Animal shelter needs debated at Roberts village meeting
What to do with stray animals has been a question at the Village of Roberts for years.
At the monthly meeting of the Village of Roberts board on Monday, June 13, Police Chief Dan Burgess said that they may be able to open negotiations with a Woodbury animal shelter.
"Sounds like we may be able to work with them for fees that we would pass on to the owners," said Burgess. "They are definitely our best option."
Elsewhere on the agenda, the board discussed the proposed contract with local Mally's Sunshine Kennels. The board has asked representatives from the shelter to attend a board meeting for the past two months to answer questions, but no one has shown up.
"They are so busy they can't talk to us," said Willard Moeri, village president.
"We had some pretty legitimate concerns about the contract itself," said Katy Kapaun, board member. "I move we reject the contract." The board agreed.
The board had a lengthy discussion about liquor licenses. Dave Kramer, from the BarnBoard in Roberts, asked for his license to include an adjacent lot that he is leasing - he's put in a beanbag area and two volleyball courts, but no fencing since he only has permission to use the property while it is vacant.
"We will be using wristbands out there and a cocktail server that stays out there all the time," explained Kramer.
"The whole thing boils down to your supervision," said Moeri.
Nate Stork, board member, suggested that for legality's sake Kramer should apply for a liquor license extension to cover the additional property.
"The liquor license follows the physical address," explained Stork. "Since that is not your legal property, maybe we should grant him an extension to protect him." The board agreed to the extension.
When the board got to approving operator's licenses, there were several red flags.
One of the applicants had a number of DUI's on his record, most recently last year. Burgess said the applicant has moved close to work and walks rather than drives.
"It's a borderline issue, but I thought the board should be aware of it," he said.
Another applicant has an open case in Polk County regarding possession of meth. Kramer said he was aware of her background, but believes she is trying to get her life back in order.
"She is a server and doesn't tend bar on her own on a daily basis," said Kramer. "She is the sweetest girl in the world and she has done well so far."
The board approved all licenses - two with the contingency that they prove they completed required courses.
"Why are we paying $50,000 for a garage in New Richmond?" asked a board member.
"They were definitely the least expensive," explained Kapaun. "We've been riding the coattails of New Richmond since 1996 and every other community has been paying for that service."
"Can we justify the cost of quadruple for another ambulance service?" asked Moeri. "We would not have the $50,000 outlay within the year, but we would be paying four times as much every year afterwards."
The board approved the New Richmond Ambulance agreement with one dissention.
Burgess said having the community service tent at Good Neighbor Days received positive feedback.
The board approved hiring Hydro Designs to do the 48 commercial inspections of water connections in the village.
Auldin Gunderson, village resident, had a sewer back up into his basement. The board agreed to pay $250 towards his $485 bill for cleanup, but put finding a permanent solution back on the public works committee agenda.
The board rejected a proposal by Cedar Corp. to develop a capital improvement plan.