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The village of Somerset experienced a sewer overflow at the Arnold Street lift station at approximately 12:30 a.m Friday, March 15. The station located at the end of Arnold Street was overwhelmed by water from the rapid snow melt and excessive rain. Crew members from the Public Works Department responded to the emergency working to remove snow from the area and utilizing sandbags to build a barrier to divert any additional rain and snowmelt from impacting the station and causing further harm to the environment and the surrounding neighborhood.
CliftonLarsonAllen representative Brock Geyen shared highlights from the village of Hammond's 2018 audit with trustees at their meeting Monday night, March 11. According to Geyen, village assets and deferred outflows exceeded village liabilities and deferred inflows by $7,346,221. $6,329,820 of that amount represented the village's investment in capital assets and $391,778 was held for restricted purposes. The remaining balance of $624,623 was unrestricted. The village's unrestricted fund balance increased $388,263 in 2018.
At their meeting Wednesday night, March 13, Star Prairie trustees approved a recommendation by the Park Committee to purchase new equipment to improve the quality of the baseball field at Village Park. Representatives from the New Richmond Baseball Club appeared at the February village board meeting and provided a list of improvements and additional equipment they thought could be used to improve player safety, enhance the overall game experience and make the field more marketable.
The onslaught of late winter snows in February and here recently in March have taken a severe toll on farms in Wisconsin and Minnesota collapsing barns and killing livestock.. New Richmond's own SoulSpace Farm Sanctuary suffered a barn collapse the week of March 4 in which two farm residents, peacocks Frances and his son, John Luc, were killed. Despite adding reinforcement to the roof this past summer, the weight of the recent wet snow proved to be too much.
Commencing April 1, 2019, the City of New Richmond will institute a new Park Facility Reservation Policy. As the city has continued to grow, so has demand for the many athletic fields, picnic shelters, campground, playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, pickleball courts, trails, skateboard/BMX facility,= and ice skating rinks spread across its 217 acres of park land.
An Erin Prairie log home was deemed a total loss after an early morning fire Tuesday. New Richmond Fire & Rescue responded to a call at 4:12 a.m. March 12, at 1769 160th St. in Erin Prairie Township. According to Fire Chief Jim VanderWyst, the call came in from a neighbor, but by the time his department arrived on the scene, the fire was well underway pouring out of all the windows in a two-story log home.
MSA Professional Services representative Charles Schwartz informed trustees at the Tuesday, Feb. 19 Somerset Village Board meeting that several construction costs for new Well #5 had exceeded budget expectations. The first budget cost was grout. The village used 84 bags, though 50 were planned.
At the Monday night, Feb. 11 Hammond Village Board meeting, Village President Tony Bibeau assured trustees that the numerous issues with IT provider Computer Integration Technologies, Inc. (CIT) were being addressed. A meeting on Thursday, Feb. 7, brought Bibeau, Village Administrator Sandi Hazer and Police Chief Rick Coltrain to the table with CIT CEO Chris Taylor and members of the senior management team servicing the village IT contract.
Wednesday night, Feb. 6, was filled with plenty of discussion but not much decision making by Star Prairie Village Board trustees. Village Maintenance Operator Nate Licht presented two options to resolve Barron Avenue area flooding due to water from an artesian spring backing up. The immediate issue of flooding the street has been addressed temporarily by using a pipe to divert water into a storm drain in the vicinity of Main Street Pizza.