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Hammond intends to support BAMC hospital build

The Hammond Village Board, minus absent trustees Laurie Gruber and Sandy Brecht, passed a resolution Monday night to cement Hammond’s intent to help Baldwin Area Medical Center build a new health campus through the issuance of a public bond for up to $10 million, pending village attorney Tim Scott’s final review and approval of the paperwork.

Baldwin, Woodville and Roberts municipal governments received the same request that National Healthcare Capital consultant Tom Mayfield posed to the Hammond Village Board.

“Because this project is so much larger than Baldwin, we have to ask the surrounding communities for help,” Mayfield said at a July Hammond board meeting. “The alternative is to ask Baldwin to hand us their lending capacity for the next four years.”

The total cost of the project is estimated to be $37.7 million with groundbreaking slated for Oct. 1. According to Mayfield, serving as a conduit issuer does not expose the Village of Hammond to any debt liability, which will be clearly outlined in the final documents.

The all-inclusive health campus will be built on 95 acres behind A&W off I-94. The campus will include a hospital, clinic, fitness center and retail space for other wellness venues, such as massage and chiropractic.

Final approval of the bond will take place in September.

Sign ordinance

The sign ordinance is almost finished and ready to go to public hearing, according to Village President Tony Bibeau. The planning commission asked for the board’s blessing to send it off to Scott for final review.

The sign ordinance will follow Hudson’s ordinance closely, Bibeau said. The planning commission liked Hudson’s because of its thoroughness.

Some regulatory items in the ordinance include the following:

  •  Limited size: signs will not be allowed to exceed 15 square feet in the B1 and B2 business districts.
  •  Signs cannot stand out more than five feet outward from the face of a building.
  •  Brightness will be regulated at night vs. daytime hours.
  •  Electronic signs with messages must be 150 feet from residential districts; must not be less than 50 feet away from another electronic sign; and cannot scroll messages. Messages must change subtly with a minimum 4-second stay time.
  •  A height requirement of at least 8-10 feet off the sidewalk to allow for snow removal equipment clearance.

Other business

  •  The board approved a TID payment to St. Croix Electric in the amount of $204,404.27. TID payments pay back businesses for their development of streets and infrastructure, Bibeau said.
  • The board approved a TID payment to Guy Metals for $136,739.08.
  •  The board voted to move $500 from village board wages to planning commission wages.
  •  A beer garden permit application was approved for JJ’s Sports Bar & Grill for Saturday, Sept. 13.
  •  Municipal court judge Sandra Nelson gave the board an update on a conference she attended in July. The conference’s focus was on juveniles and texting while driving, she said.

“There’s a focus on officers to pay attention and nip this in the bud,” she said. More than 33,000 deaths were caused by texting while driving in the U.S. last year, and Wisconsin had many, Nelson said.

  •  The board wants the public to know that no action or discussion will be taken on items brought up during public comment time not on the agenda.
  •  Bibeau thanked the Lions, the police and fire departments and all community members involved in Heartland Days for their hard work and a great celebration.

Trustee Stan Kolakowski said the only complaint he heard was gaps in the parade.

Resident Del Werner expressed concern about declining Heartland Days attendance.

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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