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Village of Hammond board passes motion to support new library

The Hammond Village Board spent almost two hours, according to meeting minutes, discussing a series of motions on its Monday, March 27, regular board meeting agenda, including throwing its support behind the library’s plan to build a new library.

According to a survey conducted by the Hammond Community Library, 60 percent of patrons were in favor of building a new library. Library director Michelle Johnson and library assistant Jayne Wenberg will also become notaries to better serve the library patrons, which was a suggestion on the library’s survey.

The board passed a motion during the meeting to support the library’s plan to build a new library at the Village Park, which was previously approved by the board in 2012.

Property line issue

Another item discussed by the board was a property line issue regarding the property at 820 Davis St., Andy’s Saloon/the Hammond Hotel. It was recently discovered that the building is 14 inches onto village property. After discussion, the board approved a motion to deed the 14 inches over to the property owners at their expense and have the owners widen the existing sidewalk to 8 feet, contingent on the Board of Appeals approving the variance for the front porch.

Other business
  • The board approved a motion to approve installing a new front entry door at the fire hall at a cost of $3,500.
  • The board approved a motion to contract with Midwest Testing for Cross Connection Inspections, contingent on the village attorney approving the wording of the contract.
  • The board approved a motion to not renew contract for lot mowing and to have public works do it.
  • The board approved a motion to discontinue the ice rink, after hearing the results of a survey conduct on the subject.
  • The board approved a motion to have the village attorney draft an ordinance putting a two-year moratorium on the impact fees.
  • The board approved a motion to approve the procedures and flow chart as presented.
  • Attorney Scott informed the board he has been working with the mobile home park owner. Motion by Trustee Benton to have the building inspector assess a mobile home at the Wolf Street Mobile Home Park and report back with a value to improve report and to start the raze procedures at the next board meeting.
  • The board approved a motion to approve a pair of special event permit applications by the Hammond Community Library for Aug. 9 and 12.
Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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