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At their meeting Jan. 9, Village of Star Prairie trustees were greeted by an announcement that President Chad Peterson would be resigning his seat effective immediately. Trustee Craig Matthys will assume the president's responsibilities until the election scheduled for April 2, 2019. In a letter read by Matthys, Peterson thanked the trustees and residents of the village for their support. He resigned due to moving outside of village limits.
At their meeting Monday night, Jan. 14, members of the New Richmond City Council voted unanimously to authorize the publication of Requests for Qualifications (RFQ) from potential developers interested in developing both the recently acquired Beebe Building and the Dairy Queen property. The requests signal the city's intention to move forward expeditiously to realize a return on its investments which stand at $475,000 ($175,000 DQ, $300,000 Beebe) so far for the two properties. "There are really three different steps to this process. The first begins with an RFQ, followed by interviews.
At their board meeting Tuesday night, Dec. 18, 2018, Village of Somerset trustees agreed to spend not more than $25,000 with Ady Advantage, a strategic branding company out of Madison, to develop a community brand for the Village.
Chances are if you live in New Richmond and have attended a Millers baseball game, followed the fortunes of the Tiger Marching Band, support the local Legion Post activities, kicked a couple of bucks the Knights of Columbus' way, or staked a claim on Knowles Avenue to watch any the city's parades, you have crossed paths with one of New Richmond's most beloved citizens, Vernon Conrad. Vernon died on Sunday, Dec. 2, at the age of 72. Ask anyone who knew Vernon and they will tell you, despite his physical and mental challenges, Vernon did more with his life than a lot of able bodied folks.
Following a public hearing absent any residents Wednesday night, Dec. 5, 2018, trustees for the Village of Star Prairie approved a budget for 2019 of $359,948.94 representing a decrease of $9,928.06 (2.68 percent) from the 2018 budget. The budget includes a tax levy of $234,671 and mill rate of (0.006581566) $6.58 per $1,000 of assessed home value. Trustees also approved enrollment of qualified village employees in the retirement system administered by the State of Wisconsin (WRS) effective Jan. 1, 2019.
The city of New Richmond announced Tuesday, Dec. 11 that it will purchase the Lowrey Hotel property from the Beebe family.
Absent any residents at a very brief public hearing to address concerns and questions regarding the proposed 2019 village budget Tuesday night, Nov. 20, 2018, Somerset Village Board trustees recommended passage of a total budget worth $2,129.958.75 with a tax levy of $1,501,158.92. The levy represents a 5.41 percent increase or slightly more than $77,000 over the 2017 levy and includes a debt levy of $175,432.20, capital improvement levy of $167,916 and general levy of $1,157,810.72.