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Star Prairie Trustee Gary Peterson steps down

Village of Star Prairie Board President Chad Peterson announced Monday night, Trustee Gary Peterson would be resigning his seat due to ongoing health concerns.

“Gary has resigned from the board due to his ongoing health issues. He felt that now would be the right time to step down. He’s going to miss it and wishes he could continue, but he just can’t continue at this time. I personally, as well as on behalf of the whole board, would like to thank Gary for his seven years on the board. He’s done a lot of good for the village. We’re definitely going to miss him and his experience. We wish Gary the best,” said Peterson.

Peterson said he hopes to have a replacement for Peterson appointed in time for approval by the trustees at their June board meeting.

Trustee Chris Boardman presented Village Clerk Patsy Johnson with a floral arrangement in gratitude for her ongoing service to the village.

“On behalf of the board, I’d like to present this to Patsy in appreciation for all your hard work,” said Boardman.

“This office can’t run smoothly without you. We appreciate everything you do for us,” added Peterson.

Village maintenance operator Brody Larson reported the new chain link fence is up surrounding the ballfield and that he has received a number of compliments. Advertisers’ signs will soon be reattached to the new fence.

Trustees approved the placement of a beverage vending machine at the ballpark to be operated by the New Richmond Baseball Club. The club requested the arrangement due to a decline in the number of volunteers they have available to physically man the refreshment booth. The machine will be turned off during Community Club and Lions Club festivities, and removed at the end of the season.

Trustees approved giving the proceeds from the donation box at River Island Park to Star Prairie Fish and Game in appreciation for all they do for the community.

The board amended ordinance Section 5-2-9, entitled “Collection of Costs for Fire and Rescue Services,” to enable the village to collect from insurance companies for fire service calls rendered to any individual or entity within village limits including non-residents.

Other business

-- The board approved a bid of $2,605 from Dick Hesselink to replace a 18-inch by 26-foot culvert on Saratoga Avenue.

-- The board approved a proposal from Triebold’s Prestige Paving for $1,945 to provide 342 square feet of blacktop at 120 Saratoga Avenue.

-- The board approved the hiring of Katherine Aysta to fill the part-time office position at a rate of $11.25 per-hour.

-- The board designated June 4 as clean-up day.

-- The starting time for the June 1 board meeting has been changed to 5 p.m.

-- The date and starting time for the July board meeting has been changed to July 13 at 5 p.m.

-- The village office will be closed July 1.