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Yellow curbs mean no parking

The curb on Third Street immediately south of 3 Guys Granite in Hammond will soon be painted a bright yellow from its garage door entrance west to the stop sign at the Davis Street intersection, which means no more parking there.

Hammond Village Public Works employee Bob Trudell made the request at Monday night’s Hammond Village Board meeting, which was unanimously approved.

Trudell said vehicles headed west on Third Street can’t see oncoming traffic on Davis Street at the intersection near 3 Guys Granite because people park all the way up to the stop sign.

“They have to hang halfway into the intersection,” Trudell said. “Buses can’t make that corner when someone’s parked there.”

Trustee Mark Benton pointed out that at least 12 feet of curb should be painted yellow in a stop zone.

Trustee-elect Wally Graf said when the business applied for a conditional use permit more than 10 years ago, part of the agreement was no parking from the garage door west to the stop sign, and anything east from the garage door was a loading zone for the business.

Clerk/Administrator Sandi Hazer confirmed Graf’s information when she found the permit from 2002.

Trustee Mary Rivard

Monday night’s meeting was Trustee Mary Rivard’s last one as a trustee. In a race for three open seats on the board in the April 1 election, she lost to Benton, Trustee Lynn Pabst and Graf.

Trustee Sandy Brecht ended the meeting by thanking Rivard for her many years of public service. Rivard confirmed she and her husband sold their house and are leaving Hammond.

Trustee Laurie Gruber also expressed her gratitude to Rivard’s years of dedication.

“We may not have always agreed, but I know you’ve always cared about the village,” Gruber said.

In other business

  •  The board approved summer hours for the clerk’s office, which will be left up to Hazer to determine, as long as either she or Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Angie Blodgett are there during regular business hours.
  •  The board approved compiling a list of volunteers who can be called upon when the village needs help, such as passing out fliers. The list is open to all village residents. They will be paid $10 an hour if asked to serve. Village board members may be on the list, but will not get paid if called upon.

“I think if we’re elected or appointed to this position, it’s a given we’re here to help the village. Us seven, it’s part of our job,” Benton said.

The board also voted to pay poll workers $10 per hour instead of a flat fee of $150 per day.

  •  A motion was approved to have village attorney Tim Scott edit the language of the special events applications for events open to the public and bring it back to the next meeting.
  •  Board members weighed the pros and cons of board meetings vs. committee meetings. It was decided to appoint committees at the 2014 organizational meeting on Monday, April 24. Those committees will meet if delegated to do so by the board.

Rivard and Benton both advocated for the economic development committee to meet often to work on bringing new businesses to town.

  •  Picnic license and temporary operator’s license applications for the Hammond Lions Softball Tournament and Hammond Heartland Days were approved.
  •  The board asked Police Chief Rick Coltrain to use Dave’s Auto Service in Hammond for servicing police vehicles instead of Dan’s Auto Center in Baldwin.

“I would like to see that money kept in town, myself,” Brecht said.

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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