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Village of Star Prairie: New faces fill important roles

Members of the Village of Star Prairie Board recognized Clerk-Treasurer Patsy Johnson for her many years of service to the community at the board meeting Wednesday evening, Feb. 7. Back row, from left): President Chad Peterson, Trustee Dan Scheeringa, Trustee Craig Matthys; (front row, from left): Trustee Chris Boardman, Trustee Dustin Howe, Incoming Clerk-Treasurer Patricia Maus, Johnson, Village Attorney Tim Scott, Village Maintenance Operator Nathan Licht. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia

After more than 20 years handling responsibilities as the Clerk-Treasurer for the Village of Star Prairie, Patsy Johnson is stepping down.

Village President Chad Peterson acknowledged Johnson's service to start the board meeting Wednesday evening, Feb. 7.

"This is Patsy's last official meeting, hence the balloons. The three years that I've been here, I've appreciated everything you've done. You've taught me so much, I can't even imagine. You know every answer I'm looking for. I appreciate everything you've done for us and the village and for all the residents. You will be greatly missed," said Peterson.

"I'd like to say thank you too. It's been a lot of years working with Patsy. Learned a lot. Thank you," added Trustee Chris Boardman.

Johnson's last official day in the office will be Friday, Feb. 23. Patricia Maus will be assuming Johnson's duties as Clerk-Treasurer.

Residents are invited to stop in at the village hall, Friday, Feb. 23, to visit and wish Johnson well. Refreshments will be served.

The trustees also announced they had unanimously approved the hiring of Josh Hecht to fill the part-time position of Police Chief and Nathan Licht as Village Maintenance Operator.

Hecht's hiring was effective immediately. He will be paid $18.70 per hour.

Licht's first day on the job will be Monday, Feb. 12. Licht will be paid an initial rate of $20.56 per hour contingent upon obtaining his water certification, when his rate will increase to 22.06 per hour.

Former Village Maintenance Operator Brody Larson will continue to assist with waterworks and wastewater operations until Licht can earn his certification. Trustees approved a flat monthly rate of $200 for Larson's assistance.

Trustees approved an administrative change making the Clerk-Treasurer responsible for taking and approving park reservations. Previously, the Park Committee had to approve reservations.

"To try to streamline the process, a person can now bring in a reservation form, the clerk looks it up in the book, if the date(s) are all clear, she can confirm the reservation right on the spot and they can pay their deposit," explained Peterson.

For any special requests or questions, the Clerk will have 24 hours to contact the president or a member of the Park Committee and get back to the party with an answer.

Other business

• Trustees designated the Storm Damage Insurance Payment of $107,355.92 received in 2017 as reserved exclusively for payment of storm damage repairs.

• Trustees designated $8,000 unspent from the 2017 Adopted Budget Outlay Highway Equipment to LGIP sub account #04 Highway Equipment.

• Trustees designated $5,000 unspent in LGIP sub account #02 Christmas Decorations to LGIP sub account #04 Highway Equipment.