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Spring projects ongoing in Wyanet

WYANET – It’s springtime in Wyanet, and the village board tackled a variety of park and equipment issues at its meeting this week.

The Wyanet parks will continue to have work completed this spring. The bathrooms are being fixed and updated. The roof on the small pavilion will be replaced; the shelter is going to get a fresh coat of paint; and work on the new concession stand at the baseball diamond will begin soon.

Building and Equipment Committee chair John Swarczewski has been searching for a used pickup truck, dump truck and lawn mower to replace aging equipment currently being used by the village. The board authorized Swarczewski to purchase a lawn mower not to exceed $6,500.

All sewer work has been finished except for clean up and manhole restoration which will be completed in the next few weeks, weather permitting.

The board awarded LaPorte Lawn Service the contract for mowing the cemetery and Ralph Anderson the contract for mowing the parks and ball diamond.

In other business:

• Police Chief Todd Marquez provided the board with his department’s monthly activity report.

• Liquor licenses were renewed for The Outhouse and Sock’s Place. Casey’s requested its liquor license to be changed to include the sale of alcohol other than beer and wine. The request was tabled until next month.

• Wyanet resident Greg Johnson addressed the board with his concerns regarding a village employee. Johnson urged the board to consider having an investigation completed by an outside source. Trustee Kim Rich made the motion, but the motion was defeated 4-3. Rich, Tom Odell and Joe Law voted in favor of the outside investigation with Swarczewki, Tom Smith and Marilyn Johnson voting against the motion. Mayor Bruce Hand cast the deciding no vote. The Law and Order Committee will continue to look into the issues and will make a recommendation at the next board meeting.

• The board went into closed session to discuss personnel. The only action that was taken was the decision to contact the village lawyer in regards to personnel issues.

• The village board would like to remind residents about the village’s leash ordinance. All dogs must be fenced or leashed within their own property, and when off their own property, all dogs must be on a leash. This is for the safety of pets and residents.

The next meeting of the Wyanet Village Board will be at 7 p.m. May 14 in the Village Hall.

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