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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.
In part one of this two-part series, the News takes a look at the state of affordable housing in New Richmond. Part two will explore some of the innovative policy ideas and tools available to municipalities to address affordable housing.
Soemrset Elementary School students started their first day back at school on Tuesday, Sept. 4.