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At their meeting Tuesday night, Oct. 17, Somerset village trustees agreed to waive the customary $1,753 sewer hookup fee for residents affected by the Arnold Street construction project. By waiving the fee, trustees hope to provide incentive for residents to hook up sooner rather than later. "In our discussion at Public Works, we recommended waiving the charge to give residents more of a reason to get hooked up right away rather than wait," said Trustee Bartt Palmer.
At a busy work session Monday night, Oct. 23, New Richmond City council members previewed an alley reconstruction program, approved a proposed budget for 2018, initiated the hiring process for a police officer and public works position, approved the penning of a letter of credit and approved the purchase of new digital radios for the police and fire departments.
The City of New Richmond's 2018 Budget Tour made a stop at the New Richmond News office Wednesday, Oct. 18. Presenters Police Chief Craig Yehlik and City Finance Director Rae Ann Ailts spent 45 minutes with newspaper staff explaining the process the City used to arrive at the 2018 budget numbers, soliciting input and answering questions.
Giant pumpkins were once again the highlight of this year's Harvest Fest held in Stillwater, Minnesota, Oct. 14-15. The St. Croix Growers Association awarded $20,000 in prize money to the winning growers of giant pumpkins and a variety of other vegetables.
In a surprising turn of events, Village of Star Prairie trustees announced at their Oct. 4 meeting their request for bids to repair hail damage to buildings and structures at the ballpark, River Island Park, the Community Center, Village Shops and Well House failed to receive any bids.
Residents interested in contributing ideas and feedback to the new library project in New Richmond met for a second time with Library Director Kim Hennings and MSR Design team members Traci Lesneski, Susan Olmsted and Ian Ford Thursday, Oct. 5 at the Civic Center.
Boy Scout, Cub Scout and Girl Scout Troops of all ages joined parents and Venturing Crews along with hundreds of other volunteers on the Star Prairie Waterfowl Production Area last Saturday to collect milkweed seed as part of the Boy Scouts of America Eagle River District's fifth annual Conservation Day on the WPA. Early rain did not deter the ambitious efforts of the volunteers who received instruction and assistance from students from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and Stout campuses. US Fish & Wildlife Service staff from the St.
New Richmond City Administrator Mike Darrow and Finance Director Rae Ann Ailts presented council members with a schedule for community engagement regarding the 2018 proposed budget at their meeting Monday , Oct. 9. The budget is central to the operation of city government and both Darrow and Ailts believe transparency and gathering citizen feedback is essential to proposing and passing a budget responsibly.
On Wednesday, Sept. 6, Barb Rivard returned home from Puebla City, Mexico, after receiving stem cell treatment for her multiple sclerosis (MS). At age 25, Rivard began suffering from the symptoms of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). MS is a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord and optic nerves). Symptoms include loss of vision, pain, fatigue, muscle spasms, impaired coordination, and numbness in the limbs. In severe cases, the patient can become paralyzed or blind.
At their work session Monday night, New Richmond City Council members spent the majority of the evening discussing items related to the 2018 proposed budget and capital Improvement plan. Having already heard from Fire Department Chief Jim VanderWyst at their last work session in September, council members heard from remaining department heads who highlighted key items in each of their proposed budgets and answered questions. Priority items for several departments focused on hiring more personnel.