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Deputies to keep an eye on Blue River rental property
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Grant County Sheriff's Department personnel are going to keep an eye on a Village of Blue River rental property.
A village resident, Eric Bearce, addressed the board on Monday to express his concerns over the number of police calls made to the property, at 403 Lafollette St.
According to the minutes of the meeting, Bearce stated that his children are afraid that someone will come into their home and do harm, that there are a number of young families in the area and that this is not the type of bad environment that the village wants.
Deputy Bill Schramm, who was listening to the proceedings by telephone conference, said he would look further into the problem and hold discussions with Grant County officials about possible solutions.
Grant County Sheriff Keith Govier arrived at the meeting later and listened to comments from Bearce and others on the matter. Govier said he would look into the matter with Schramm.
In other matters, the board approved a quote of $3,750 from Reynolds Bros. for gravel work for Well Street and the village's Shop #3 parking lot.
Also, an update was provided on work at the village park. Painting has been completed on some of the equipment by Bonnie Jiran, and Dave Conner, acting director of public works, expressed hope that she would be able to continue painting the dugout benches, parking rails, swings and the post and backboard for the basketball area.
Additionally, Conner told the board that the basketball rims should be replaced. One option he presented would come with a lifetime guarantee at a cost of $114 apiece. The village needs two.
Furthermore, the Parks Committee is looking into replacing the playground equipment, and the option the committee has chosen comes with a $27,000 price tag.
Replacement may not come for a couple of years, however. It was suggested that a poster be put out at Autumn Fest that asks for donations for the replace-ment equipment.
Also on Monday, a bid was presented for replacing the "Welcome to Blue River" signs. However, the board directed the clerk to gather more information for such a project. The matter will be addressed at the September meeting.