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At their meeting Monday night, Village of Hammond trustees unanimously approved the issuance, sale and delivery of $905,000 in General Obligation Refunding Bonds to refinance the Village's existing debt. Elhers, Inc. Principal Brian Reilly presented the board with a sale day report confirming the interest rate for the sale at 2.1 percent.
On Saturday, Sept. 23, The Bridge Bible Church will once again celebrate BridgeFest, a free, community-wide, family friendly event featuring a chili cook-off, free food, a bounce house and games. Festivities will take place in the parking lot and grounds adjacent to the church at 701 Rivard St. starting at 5 p.m. BridgeFest will also serve as an opportunity for community members to meet The Bridge's new lead pastor, Rob Kaczmarek.
At their meeting Tuesday night, Sept. 19, Somerset Village trustees received updates on several public works projects. Water samples from test Well #5 at the Vanasse site are being processed. A number of samples have already been completed and so far the water quality is looking good. The Public Works Department will need to revisit funding for the new well since the Community Development Block Grant intended to help pay for the well failed. Total cost for the development of a new well is estimated at more than $70,000.
Had you been driving past 415 Bridge Ave. in Star Prairie on Saturday, June 16, around 7:30 p.m., you most surely would have experienced one of those "come to God" moments. From the street, it sounded like a good old-fashioned, raise-the-roof, revival complete with spirits.
Crowds enjoyed sultry summer weather for the 31st annual Heritage Family Festival held Sept. 23 and 24 at the New Richmond Heritage Center. Weekend festivities included a 5K run, spaghetti dinner, flea market, tractor pull, stage coach rides, artisan presentations, civil war squad, food, ice cream, games, petting zoo, and craft vendors.
This reporter had a choice of four meetings to attend last Tuesday evening, Sept. 19, two for the City of New Richmond, one for the Village of Somerset and the annual meeting for the New Richmond Area Community Foundation (NRACF). Since its inception in 1980, the NRACF has grown into a model organization, one now being sought out as an example by surrounding communities. From modest financial means, leadership has grown its fund balance to over $4 million awarding nearly $500,000 in grants and pass through funds in 2016.
Citizen members of the Community Action Plan (CAP) committee met last Wednesday, Sept. 13, in the main terminal hangar at the New Richmond Regional Airport to share updates on their progress with City Administrator Mike Darrow, Community Development Director Beth Thompson, and project consultants Todd Streeter and Brad Scheib.
More than 300 people took time out of their Saturday morning to raise money for the fight against Alzheimer's disease and to commemorate families and individuals affected by the devastating disease. Unexpected blue skies raised the spirits of participants in the 2017 Annual Walk to End Alzheimer's while they helped raise more than $82,000 for the cause.
Lucian Banitz is the operations manager for Mavrx, Inc., a company that utilizes high resolution aerial photography and satellite imagery to create customized maps and reports. Farmers and other agronomic service providers use that information to better monitor a variety of issues ranging from nitrogen content and soil type to the impact of pests and weather, to facilitate maximum crop yields.
Following a closed session Monday, Sept. 11, Village of Hammond trustees announced they have accepted a proposed financial settlement ending two long-pending lawsuits pertaining to the construction of the wastewater treatment plant.