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Board bans yard waste dumping at cemetery

Action also taken to enforce rules about floral vases

WYANET — Changes are coming to how the residents of Wyanet dispose of yard waste.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the Wyanet Village Board unanimously approved banning the dumping of yard waste at the cemetery, effective immediately.

All yard waste, including grass clippings, dirt and branches, is banned. Signs will be posted, the area will be monitored, and violations will be issued.

During October’s meeting, Joyce Hochstatter and her son, Brian, addressed the board concerning the area of the cemetery where residents are allowed to dump land waste.

They stated that it was not pleasant to look at and wanted the board to build a fence or something to block the area from view.

The cemetery committee, along with Village President Bruce Hand, agreed with the complaint and looked for a different area at the cemetery to drop off yard waste but could not find an acceptable area.

Brandon Teske, head of village maintenance, also said that residents were not dumping the yard waste where it was supposed to be dumped, so he agreed with the decision to ban yard waste.

Hand also recommended planting pine trees to block the area where yard waste was being dumped from the cemetery.

Also concerning the cemetery, flower vases made from 3-inch PVC pipe were added in the flat or new section, which will help family members follow the rules for this area. The ordinance states that the flat section is to only have one vase on the stone because when there are objects around the flat stones, it makes it very hard to mow around them.

Maintenance report

The maintenance workers have been busy with vase installation at the cemetery, curb stand repairs and sewer repairs, along with unexpected snow removal.

Teske advised the board that a new lift pump is needed at the water plant. The reserve pump is currently being used. The cost to rebuild the pump will be $10,000, or a new pump would be $14,000. The board discussed the options and decided to have the pump rebuilt.

The board also approved the purchase of a snow box attachment not to exceed $4,500 to help with snow removal.

In other news:

• The board accepted a rezoning request for Wayne and Dawn Madsen. The property is at the end of Canal Street and is being requested to rezone from agriculture to rural estate. Only a small portion of the land is in the village.

• The board discussed the options for the tax levy and decided to increase the levy 2 percent over last year. The levy will be voted on at the December meeting.

• The board discussed the sewer plant property boundaries. Currently a resident has horses on the village’s property.

The village attorney advised the board to have the owners of the horses sign a waiver due to liability issues.

• The date and time for the December board meeting was changed from 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11. The meeting will still take place at the village hall.

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