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Written by MICHAEL LoCICERO   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 18:15

Goal is to provide sneak peek during August festival, although completion of building not expected until fall

Belgium residents will get a look at the new Village Hall and splash pad during Luxembourg Fest this year.

Although the hall likely won’t be completed until October and final plans are still being discussed, Village President Rich Howells said the building should be safe enough for tours during the village’s annual heritage celebration in August.

“People may not be able to go in every room, but I’m ready to go over there with my shovel right now,” Howells said. “They should be able to look at just about everything.”

A groundbreaking on the $600,000 hall at 104 Peter Thein Ave. may be held next week, Howells said, after the Village Hall Committee and Village Board met in a joint meeting last week.

RLD Architecture & Construction in Grafton was hired as the contractor for the new municipal building. Funding for the building was donated by Mike Ansay. Taxpayer money is not being spent on the project.

“They will be staging equipment out there already this week and we anticipate the excavating to start right after

Memorial Day,” Howells said. “I promised our residents and members of the Village Hall Committee that we wouldn’t go over the $600,000 budget and we have been working diligently to keep that promise.”

Howells, however, said Wednesday that another meeting may be held after questions about open meeting requirements were raised.

The board would then vote on the construction contract again to ensure it complies with the open meetings law.

The original meeting notice called for the five-member Village Hall Committee to meet at 6 p.m. May 15. That meeting was posted

Wednesday morning, within the 24-hour requirement of the law.

A revised agenda, which called for the Village Board to meet with the committee and vote on the contract, was sent out at 2:23 p.m. Thursday, May 15, three hours and 37 minutes before the meeting.

Wisconsin open meeting laws require “every public notice of a meeting be given at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting,” but includes an exception “for good cause” if such notice is “impossible or impractical.”

If “good cause” exists, the notice should be given as soon as possible and must be given at least two hours in advance of the meeting, according to the statute.

Additionally, the statute notes, “No

Wisconsin court decisions or attorney general opinions discuss what constitutes good cause to provide less than twenty-four-hour notice of a meeting.”

Howells said the village was within the requirements of posting both the original meeting and subsequent joint meeting.

He said Wednesday he would consult with Village Attorney Gerry Antoine and Village Board trustees to decide whether another meeting needs to be held.

Regardless of whether another meeting needs to be held, design plans aren’t expected to change.

Plans called for the hall to be 3,390 square feet and feature two meeting rooms and four offices. It will be more than 2-1/2 times larger than the current hall at 195 Commerce St.

The hall will be on the village square of the New Luxembourg development.

Parking will be on the north side of the building, which will face the village square.

The square will include the Luxembourg American Cultural Center, a community center, art center and commercial buildings.


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