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Wyanet reinstates annual pick-up day

WYANET – The Wyanet Village Board took action on several items at Tuesday’s meeting, including deciding to reinstate a general garbage pick-up for the community.

The village board had decided last year to no longer fund the general garbage pick-up, commonly known as junk days. Further information on the reinstated service will be available as soon as the dates have been set.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, Kerry Jaggers addressed the board about water damage to his building incurred during the recent flooding. He questioned whether or not FEMA is involved and also addressed the board about what future plans are to address this problem.

Village Clerk Shelly Teske informed Jaggers and the board that she and Village Engineer Jack Kusek met Tuesday with IEMA representatives. IEMA will be coming to town to check on damages. After that, they will make the decision as to whether or not Wyanet qualifies for assistance.

Another resident addressed the board regarding a Maple Street property which has not had the grass mowed. The village ordinance states that if the grass is more than eight inches tall, the village can mow the grass and put a lien on the property. The board approved having the village employees mow the lawn.

President Bruce Hand reported the water main break on Main Street cost the village approximately $10,000 to repair.

Building and Equipment Committee Chairman John Swarczewski reported the board purchased a John Deere lawn tractor for the cost of $6,400. Bids are also being accepted for a dump truck.

Trustee Joe Law requested the board buy eight gallons of paint to paint the buildings at the park. The price per gallon cannot exceed $50. The buildings will be green on the bottom and tan on top. The new roofs on the buildings will also be green when they are installed.

In still other business, the board approved an ordinance that amends the current liquor license ordinance to now allow a Class E liquor license to include all liquors. Last month, the board heard from Casey’s requesting its liquor license be changed to include the sale of alcohol other than beer and wine.

Following a lengthy closed session to discuss personnel, Village President Bruce Hand reported that all allegations against an employee have been deemed unfounded and no further action will be taken. Hand indicated the village board reviewed the advice given by the village lawyer during the session.

Also following closed session, Hand thanked trustee Tom Odell for his service on the board. Odell lost the recent village president race to Hand and therefore gave up his seat on the board. Village Clerk Shelly Teske swore in the recently re-elected trustees and president, Bruce Hand, Marilyn Johnson, Joe Law, Kim Rich and John Swarczewski.

In new business the board approved several resolutions dealing with the Wyanet Festival in July. The board approved closing Route 6 and 34 for the parade and also granted the Community Club a liquor license for the weekend.

Also the board approved using $40,000 in Motor Fuel Tax for road repairs within the village. A request by Z Tour to use the park on July 20 with no fee was approved.

The next meeting of the Wyanet Village Board will be at 7 p.m. June 11 in the village hall.

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