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On Wednesday, May 18, Somerset Village property owners were given the opportunity to have their questions answered regarding the upcoming village -wide re-appraisal. Dean Peters, project manager with Associated Appraisals out of Oshkosh, visited Somerset Village Hall that day for an informational meeting. The whole event was prompted by the 2010 assessments.
It was a surprise to them. Sharon Ammerman and Eloris Rivard have been named the 2011 Grand Marshals for Somerset's annual Pea Soup Days parade. Although both women have extensive volunteer experience, they are not accustomed to being in the forefront. "David Bracht (of the Somerset Lions) called me and insisted," smiled Rivard. "I happened to be in the (Christ Lutheran Church) office when he called," recalled Ammerman. "He said that Eloris from St. Anne's Church said yes if I would say yes." "He told you that?" asked Rivard quickly.
The Somerset Village board did its own version of spring cleaning when they had extensive discussions and made decisive actions on many of its Tuesday, May 17, agenda items. Updating radios is denied Ryan Sicard, chairman of the public works committee, told the board that the Federal Communication Commission requires municipalities to switch to narrow band -- or some other digital spectrum -- within the near future. He made the recommendation to purchase as few radios as possible, not to exceed $8,832.
The last meeting of the 2010-2011 school board was a positive one. Students from the state solo ensemble choir, state solo ensemble instrumental and state FBLA participants were recognized at the meeting. The board also acknowledged Amanda Kirk, student representative to the board of education, for her involvment this past year.
The Lookout Patio Bar at 701 Spring St. will play host to some rather distinguished officers on Saturday, May 21. Four-legged officers, to be exact. Cash, Doc and Dex -- the three K-9 officers with the St. Croix County Sheriff Department -- will be on hand with their partners to provide demonstrations of the K-9 techniques. "They'll be at least the three, possibly six dogs there," said Josh Stenseth, patrol deputy for Sheriff Department's K-9 unit.
It's official: there will be a concert at the Somerset Amphitheater Music & Event Center this summer. The weekend of August 18-19 will see more than 30 bands descend on Somerset, in the first annual SoundTown Music and Camping Festival. "It's been a busy few months trying to balance the planning of the festival with the start of all the improvements at the concert site," said Matt Mithun, owner of the Somerset Amphitheater.
With Good Neighbor Days around the corner, the Village of Roberts Board meeting on Monday, May 9, focused on crossing off things on its to-do list. Police Chief Dan Burgess said that last year they had problems with vehicles being parked in the area of the car show.
Walking into St. Anne's School on Thursday, April 28, was an explosion of color and creativity. Students' art projects from the current school year lined the hallways. Homage to such well-known artists as Picasso, Cezanne, Monet, M.C.
The Somerset Fire/Rescue Department will have the opportunity to expand its base of drivers now. At the joint meeting between the Somerset town and village boards on Tuesday, April 26, Somerset Fire/Rescue Chief Travis Belisle brought up the possibility of someone asking to help drive the engines for the department. "They will not be a firefighter unless we ask them to be," said Belisle.
The April meeting of the Somerset Village Board had both ends of the employment spectrum. It was Bob Krueger's first meeting as a Village Trustee. He was elected to the office earlier this month, replacing Bartt Palmer on the board. It was also Bob Crotty's last meeting as public works director. He announced his retirement last month, after 25 years of service -- not counting the years he worked part-time for the police department. There will be an open house for him at the Village Hall on Friday, April 29, from 3 p.m.-5 p.m.