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Wyanet looks at tax increase

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 2:27 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 2:36 p.m. CDT

WYANET – It’s that time of year when municipalities are crunching the numbers. Wyanet is doing the same.

At the Wyanet Village Board meeting Tuesday evening, the board discussed a possible tax increase. The board is looking at possibly raising its tax levy to 4.99 percent. A vote is expected to occur on the levy next month.

The village board also discussed the purchase of a new dump truck with a snow plow. The board authorized Trustee Tom Smith to look at the two trucks and to buy the one that is going to cost the least. The dump truck will replace the village’s current 1995 model that did not pass inspection this fall. Mayor Bruce Hand also informed the board the village is also in need of a new work truck for the employees.

Village Police Chief Todd Marquez provided the board with his department’s monthly activity report. Marquez also said his new squad car is almost ready to go after having lights and radios installed. He thanked the board for the purchase.

Trustee Marilyn Johnson reported many water meters around the village are being repaired and updated, but due to new regulations, all of the meters in the village will need to be replaced with new models. The board will continue to look into this with the help of village engineer Jack Kusek. There are no grants available at this time.

In other business:

• The board discussed whether or not to have an ice skating rink this winner. Various options were discussed, and the board agreed to try it for one more year.

• Cemetery Committee Chairman Joe Law advised the board there are several stones that are tipping over in the cemetery. The board wants to remind residents that perpetual care takes care of the property but not the upkeep of the stones.

• The village was under a boil order on Tuesday due to a malfunction at the water tower.

• The board will be getting bids to replace the basement door on Village Hall.

• Insurance premiums for village employees are due. Prices are changing very little from last year. The board approved the renewal plan.

• The furnace at the police station was replaced for a cost of $1,650.

The next regular meeting of the Wyanet Village Board is 6 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Village Hall. Please note the earlier start time.

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