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Village of Star Prairie commences search for new maintenance operator

Village of Star Prairie

After 11 years at the helm of the Village of Star Prairie Department of Public Works, Maintenance Operator Brody Larson is moving on. Larson has accepted a position with St. Croix County. Jan. 27 is scheduled to be his last day working for the village.

"I was saddened by the news when Brody called, but I completely understand his decision to do what is best for him and his family. I'd like to congratulate him on his new position. I've only worked with Brody for three years since I've been on the board, but it's been nothing but a pleasure. Brody's been with the village 11 years. He's a hard worker and has given the village everything he's got. I can't say enough good things about what he's done for the village. Everyone on the board appreciates what he's done. Every resident appreciates what he's done," said Village Board President Chad Peterson.

"I'd just like to say it's been an honor and a privilege to work for the village and the residents for the last 11 years. I couldn't ask for anything better, it's been great. I tried to do my job the best I could and to make the town look better than when I started. One of the best parts of this job was getting to work with Patsy (Johnson) everyday. Thank you all very much," said Larson.

Peterson said the board intends to employ Larson's knowledge and experience to help with the hire of his replacement to which Larson was amenable. The village planned to place ads in local papers immediately and to place calls to other local public works departments to see if any candidates were interested.

Trustees approved a payment of $115,849.18 to A-1 Excavating for work completed thus far on the North Area Sanitary Reconstruction Project. Stevens engineer Angela Popenhagen explained that two change orders had added $2,151.25 to the original total price for the project of $191,288.00 making the new total $193,439.25. She also noted that a 5% retainage fee of $6,097.33 was being withheld from the initial payment request for $121,946.50 to address any remaining work on manholes, erosion control or lack of seed germination this spring.

The annual village caucus yielded three candidates for the three open offices to be voted on this April. Chad Peterson was nominated for Village President. Christine Boardman was nominated for Village Trustee as was Daniel Scheeringa.

Other business

• Trustees approved a new six-page ordinance regulating the "Keeping of Domestic Fowl," specifically chickens. The ordinance limits ownership to four female (hen) chickens, requires a $15 annual permit fee, specifies coop design, sanitation requirements, inspection enforcement, and zoning restrictions amongst other requirements.

• Trustees approved New Richmond Fire & Rescue's request to pay a portion of the cost for a new pumper truck proportional to the village's contractual share for services.