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Star Prairie board approves easement to relocate gas line

Bill Garski of WE Energies presented the Star Prairie Village Board of Trustees on Wednesday, Nov. 6, with drawings detailing the relocation of a four-inch gas main in conjunction with the Apple River Bridge replacement project. The new line will pass under the river bed at a depth of 15 feet, south of the

existing water main by 25 feet. After some discussion to clarify the effect the installation might have on trees, the path and other structures in River Park, the board approved a 20-foot easement. The easement is contingent upon the addition of language to be crafted by attorney Tim Scott, accounting for the replacement of any trees damaged by the construction up to 4 inches in diameter and repair of any damage to the path or any other structures in the park as a result of construction.

“We want to complete construction on this project before spring, but it’s still pending approval of an easement on the other side of the river from St. Croix County,” Garski said.

Agent Tom Jenkins of Rural Mutual Insurance Company, walked the board through the property valuations and liability limits contained in his renewal proposal noting changes in various coverages from the existing village policy.

“If you use subcontractors, be sure they carry their own workers compensation, otherwise the cost of that coverage could be added onto your payroll,” Garski said.

“Are volunteers working for the Lions Club at an event, such as Ox Cart Days, automatically covered under the village policy?” Scott asked.

Jenkins thought they would be if they were listed as additionally insured on the policy. “But I will confirm that with my legal department and get back to the board before your next meeting,” Garski said.

He suggested the board consider raising its deductible from $250 to $500, which could result in an overall savings of up to 10 percent. Trustee Bruce Johnson asked Garski to check the price difference with the higher deductible and bring that comparison back to the board in December.

Other business:

— The board scheduled the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony for 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 1, and Santa Day for noon-2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. Both events will take place at the Community Center.

— The board scheduled the public hearing on the 2014 proposed budget for 7 p.m., Dec. 4 prior to the regular village board meeting at the Community Center.

— The board approved a conditional use permit for Amy Danielson to allow dance, art studio classes and holistic health services at 318 Main St. contingent upon specifying in the permit the hours of operation from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

— The board approved an operator’s license for Megan Norlund for Star Prairie Convenience.

— The Board approved a Plan Commission recommendation to amend existing B-1 downtown business district zoning to require conditional use permits.

— To protect citizen’s personal information, the board approved an amendment to Village Ordinance Section 3-3-6 regarding statutory limits on access to municipal utility records and adopted a consent form to release customer information.

Micheal Foley
Micheal Foley worked at RiverTown Multimedia from July 2013 to June 2015 as editor at the New Richmond News. 
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