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Written by DAVE BOEHLER   
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 18:11

Village Board unsure if it will pay for new project or homeowners will

    Discussion with little action was the theme at the Fredonia Village Board Meeting on Thursday, Dec. 21.
    Most of it centered around sidewalks as well as a shed for the ice skating pond next year.
    At the latest session, the board went over what the public works committee talked about at its Dec. 13 meeting: two possible sidewalk installations but both were postponed until the next board meeting.
    “One of them we weren’t ready to pull the trigger on because we had to check a couple of things,” Village President Don Dohrwardt said. “There were a couple of questions about a few details and some lot lines and stuff like that. Not every street and town has the same right-of-way.”     
    Dohrwardt was referring to the constructions of sidewalks on Milwaukee Street north of Martin Drive.
    The board is considering to pay half of the cost and the homeowner the other half, or do it a little differently, according to Dohrwardt.
    “We’re going to discuss that at the next meeting,” Dohrwardt said. “It’s technical and in the weeds. We’ll be talking about that at the next meeting. Not everybody on the board thinks the same as everybody else, which is a good thing most of the time. There are some that think that the Village should pay for sidewalks because everyone uses them, and there are others who think the homeowners should pay because it’s in front of their house.”
    As a result, the other sidewalk, in Village Green Plat subdivision funded by Letter of Credit dollars, was not talked about because it is easier to work on both projects at the same time.
    The village’s policy on sidewalks is part of the problem. Dohrwardt says there has been different policies in the past.
    “We’re thinking we should come up with something that’s more consistent,” he said. “Some properties are required to have sidewalk and some are not. ... Now we’re wondering if we should fill any gaps up because why require sidewalk on the north side and the south side but there’s not sidewalk in the middle is kind of stupid. All this stuff is under consideration.”
    Earlier in the meeting, there was an update on Mason Thill’s Eagle Scout Project.
    Since the ice rink will be at Stoney Creek Park next year, the Ozaukee High School junior will delay building a shelter to keep skaters warm and allow them to change out of their shoes until after the winter season.
    “Mason is one example of so many outstanding students in the Northern Ozaukee School District,” Supt. David Karrels said. “We are proud of Mason’s accomplishments through Eagle Scouts and the positive impact he is making in our greater community through his project.”
    According to Dohrwardt, the rink, currently located near the post office, never had a shelter for skaters.
    “That’s what the Eagle Scout Projects are designed for, Dohrwardt said. “You come up with your own project or whatever, but there’s parameters and things that you have to go through.
    “Do fundraisers, organize, plan, it’s kind of like preparing yourself for being an adult.”
    The Public Works Committee also informed the board that the possibility of a leaf vacuum purchase fell apart.
    “We had that on (the agenda) in case one of the neighboring municipalities wanted to partner with us to do something,” Dohrwardt said. “None of them wanted to, so we just took that off.”

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