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Following a seven-minute public hearing at their meeting Monday night, Nov. 13, the Village of Hammond Board of Trustees unanimously adopted a budget for 2018 worth $1,735,480. The new budget calls for $26,951.40 less than the 2017 budget but raises property taxes by $4,440 to $828,136. The budget also projects substantial increases of $5,500 in interest from temporary investments, $2,300 in insurance dividends, more than $10,000 from the water utility and $6,000 from a water utility transfer.
Picture a 10-year-old decked out from head to toe like an Indy car driver in flashy protective gear including helmet, knee pads, chest protector, gloves, shoulder pads, pants, boots and goggles.
In what promises to become a staple amongst Veterans Day programs celebrated around the City of New Richmond, Friday Memorial Library presented its third annual Veteran's Round Table on Thursday, Nov. 9 at the New Richmond Civic Center. Veterans Chuck Mehls, Sam King, Ron Ramos and Russ Donaghue along with Dennis Handrahan, brother of MIA Eugene Handrahan, and Dennis' wife, Mary, took time to discuss their perspective as veterans (or family) in front of a live audience at the civic center. New Richmond News reporter Tom Lindfors moderated the evening's discussion.
Bagpipe player Kieran Dulloux preceded members of the American Legion Butler-Harmon Post 80 color guard getting the New Richmond Middle School's Veteran's Day program off to a stirring start before a standing room only audience Friday morning, Nov. 10. Student speakers Abigail Johnson, Olivia Burns and Charlie Olson reminded the audience that the sacrifice of veterans past and present should always be honored, an invaluable reminder that freedom isn't free.
New Richmond City Council members joined Police Chief Craig Yehlik in recognizing five officers for exceptional service in response to a domestic disturbance incident involving a firearm on Sept. 29, 2017. Yehlik read from a letter of commendation at the council meeting Monday night.
"My first task is to meet with folks and listen. It's a good opportunity for me to learn about donor's interests, their connections to the community and to the history of New Richmond. It's also a chance to talk about where they see the foundation going in the next five years." Newly hired Executive Director of the New Richmond Area Community Foundation Margret Swanson impresses as a comfortable, confident leader committed to taking the NRACF to the next level.
At their meeting last Wednesday evening, Star Prairie village trustees approved a proposal submitted by KLM Engineering, Inc. totaling $3,800 to inspect the water tower using a remotely operated vehicle. The revised proposal addressed a number of concerns voiced previously by Village Attorney Tim Scott, satisfactorily. "I just think you want to make sure we're clear with them about our cost versus $450,000 for the whole package. Their proposal spells out all of that long-term maintenance stuff," warned Scott. Trustees approved the KLM proposal unanimously.
As you step through the door into the old classroom you are immediately transported back in time. These walls once told a different story.
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.