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Village of Roberts trustees appear to finally and officially have had enough of Ralph May's private metal recycling business run out of his residence on Maple Street. After years of issuing letters and citations to Scrappy's scrap metal recycling operation, it took May's neighbor selling his home and casting doubt about the village's reputation as a "good neighbor" community to prompt trustees into taking legal action to shut May down.
If you read my column periodically, you know that there are several questions that I like to ask people I interview, but one in particular which I try to remember to ask almost everyone because it gets to the heart of everything. I believe I could write every column about someone's answer to this question so, I return to it when I am struck by a particularly thoughtful answer. The question is, "What is the one thing that everyone should have regardless of the cost?"
New Richmond High School held its prom Saturday, April 29.
The library media center was filled almost to capacity with teachers, parents and community members Monday, May 1, in anticipation of Shannon Donnelly being named the new principal at Somerset High School, replacing Chris Moore and ending what has been a tumultuous school year for the district. Donnelly will officially take over as principal starting July 1.
At the Somerset Village Board meeting last Tuesday, MSA Professional Services Project Engineer Charles Schwartz updated trustees on the search to replace well #4. Due to considerable levels of manganese in the water of existing well #4 and the costs associated with rehabilitating the well, the village decided to abandon the well and search for a new water source.
Somerset The Somerset High School 2017 Robotics team qualified to compete at the state competition for the fourth year in a row. Four of the school's seven teams made the trip to Madison in early March to see how they measured up against the state's best. "Somerset was represented well by all of our teams with two teams being nominated for the Sportsmanship Award and the Service Award. We also finished higher than we ever have in the skills competition," said Somerset Robotics Coach Eric Olson.
District Superintendent Dr. Mark Bezek told board members he is in receipt of 25 applications for the principal's position at the high school. "After going through them all, there are natural breaks from people with lots of experience to very little experience, but I see that we have four or five very good applicants. If you have 25 applicants, you're probably going to have six or seven that will be good interviews. We have four exceptional people that I think we'd be happy with," said Bezek.
Trustees heard from Stevens Engineer Angela Popenhagen, at their meeting Monday night as she briefly reviewed highlights of the Stormwater Management Plan she intended to submit to the Department of Natural Resources on behalf of the Village of Star Prairie. "Right now this is a still a draft. If you vote to approve it, your approval will still be contingent on comments from the DNR and Highway 64 Coalition both of whom still have an opportunity to comment on the plan," said Popenhagen.
Trustees opened the Roberts village wallet Monday night approving several street maintenance projects and the purchase of a new variable frequency drive (VFD) for well #2.
"We don't know what the impacts of climate change will be. To be ready for it, we need to have the tools in place to respond to short or long term changes in the climate. Once the egg moving technique is proven, within a year or two, we'll be capable of moving butterflies to newly restored areas. If things get hotter and dryer, and as populations become stressed, we can move the butterflies north as needed."