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New Richmond PD welcomes Lubow to its ranks

Members of the New Richmond Police Department joined a handful of residents, city staff and local television viewers to witness the swearing in ceremony of New Richmond's own Officer Nick Lubow during Monday night’s City Council meeting. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 2
Mayor Fred Horne recognized City Treasurer Bev Langenback with a certificate of appreciation in conjunction with Gov. Scott Walker's proclamation naming the week of April 14-21 Municipal Treasurers Appreciation Week. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2

An unusually blue audience filled the New Richmond City Council chambers Monday, April 9, as members of the New Richmond Police Department joined a handful of residents, city staff and local television viewers to witness the swearing in ceremony of New Richmond's own Officer Nick Lubow.

"This has been about a seven-month process for us to hire this year and with Nick being a hometown New Richmond fella, that's a tough road to get hired in your hometown and land here. I think we're as excited to have him as he is to be here," said Police Chief Craig Yehlik.

The ceremonies did not stop there for council members. Mayor Fred Horne recognized City Treasurer Bev Langenback with a certificate of appreciation in conjunction with Gov. Scott Walker's proclamation naming the week of April 14-21 Municipal Treasurers Appreciation Week. Langenback has served the city in various capacities for 29 years including as treasurer since 2012. Langenback also serves as the President Elect of the Board for Municipal Treasurers of Wisconsin. Council members unanimously approved a resolution proclaiming April 14-21 Municipal Treasurers Appreciation Week.

Despite some confusion as to whether all of the Fire Board member communities were on board with the purchase of a new, specially equipped UTV at a cost of $29,000, council members approved the contribution of the city's portion of reimbursement from a 2017 DNR grant worth $2,730.50 toward the purchase.

"There is a need identified by the fire department to have an off-road rescue operation vehicle. It could be used for snowmobile accidents, brush fires, incidents that are difficult to reach with existing equipment," explained City Management Analyst Noah Wiedenfeld.

The new vehicle is not in the city's 2018 budget. The purchase would be paid for by donations directly from firefighters totaling $7,460, the reimbursement from the DNR grant totaling $9,105 and a donation from the Cedar Lake Speedway totaling $9,000. The balance would be raised by the fire department. As of the meeting Monday evening, the Fire Board was still waiting on two of the five communities served by the department to agree to contribute their portions of the DNR reimbursement to the new purchase.

By a vote of 4 to 1, the council approved a new No-Fault Sanitary Sewer Backup Policy in response to the sewer backup experienced by a number of residents on East Dourth Street last Thanksgiving. The policy consists of three parts.

The education portion explains it is the resident's responsibility to protect against losses caused by a sewer backup and their responsibility to maintain sewer laterals. Some insurance plans will cover losses from a sewer backup but it must be specifically requested by the policyholder.

The policy component defines the responsibilities of the property owner and the utility and clarifies the city's "No Fault" legal position is in line with Wisconsin statutes. It also provides for voluntarily assisting homeowners in the event of a backup caused by a problem with the sewer main, which is the city's responsibility, and the homeowners insurance does not cover the damage.

The reimbursement component explains the requirements accompanying a one-time $7,500 reimbursement per lateral available to homeowners provided the backup was the result of trouble in the main, the homeowner did not act irresponsibly to cause the problem and the homeowners insurance does not cover the damages.

The city recently paid homeowners affected by the Thanksgiving Day backup a total sum of $27,747.36.

Other business

• Residents are reminded of the Loyalty Day Parade on Saturday, April 28, and the related window display competition. Details for both can be found at www.vfwpost10818.org/loyalty-day.

• The CAP Committee's ideas and projects pertaining to the city's Comprehensive Plan will be on display at the Civic Center in the Council's chambers during the month of April, daily 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to vote for the projects they would like to see accomplished in the next five to 15 years.

• The city will sponsor an Adopt a Garden Program this summer. For more details and to apply visit www.facebook.com/CityofNewRichmond.

• The New Richmond Police Department in partnership with the St. Croix County Sheriff's K-9 Unit will be hosting a Burger Night fundraiser at Champ's Sports Bar & Grill, Tuesday, April 24 from 5—8 p.m.

• The New Richmond Fire Department will host its annual Chili Feed fundraiser, Saturday, April 14 from 4—8 p.m. at the firehouse. Details can be found at www.facebook.com/events/1988957684699613/.

• City Forester Mike Mroz will present a brief program in conjunction with Arbor Day on Tuesday, April 24, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Cyclone Park.

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