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On Tuesday, Nov. 6, when I walk into the booth to vote, I will be carrying with me, in my pocket, a list to remind me of why I am voting.
Following a closed session at the Monday night, Oct. 8, Hammond Village Board meeting, trustees announced information regarding their contracts with the police department and the village administrator. According to the new agreements, members of the police department will receive a 3 percent raise and will pay half of the health insurance premium increase not to exceed the union tier increase. The village administrator will also receive a 3 percent pay increase and pay the union tier scale for health insurance.
Following a closed session at their meeting Monday night, Sept. 24, the Hammond Village Board announced they had reached an agreement with the employees' union on a new three-year contract. Accept for some minor changes to the wording of the contract, terms of the contract remain the same. Employees will be receiving a 3 percent increase in wages each year for the length of the contract. The employees' contribution to the health insurance plan will also be tiered over the length of the contract.
At the request of New Richmond Police Chief Craig Yehlik, New Richmond City Council members received an update Monday, Sept. 24 on changes implemented at the St. Croix Correctional Center. Correctional Center representative Capt. Champ Anderson addressed changes to the Challenge Incarceration Program (CIP) and new policy permitting the center to house general population inmates.
A group of Somerset residents took advantage of the public comment portion of the agenda at Tuesday, Sept. 18 Somerset Village Board meeting to raise their concerns about alleged issues with the quality of new homes being constructed by Preferred Builders. A representative from Preferred refuted the allegations. Board President John Melvin agreed to schedule a meeting with the residents to discuss their claims in more detail and determine what the next steps might be.
At their meeting Monday night, Sept. 10, the Hammond Village Board approved the use of up to $6,400 from impact fees and cemetery donations to upgrade and finish roads at the cemetery. Trustees approved the site plan for KJ Foods. The plan calls for a 5000 square-foot structure to be built in the industrial park capable of employing up to 20 people.