SOLDIERS GROVE - The Soldiers Grove Red Coats are holding their third annual holiday donation drive. The fire department charity is still raising funds and accepting donations for toys for tots and holiday meals, but it is also including the nursing home.
“All wish lists from children and the nursing home need to be returned to the village clerk or North Crawford Elementary Secretary by December 16,” Soldiers Grove Village Clerk Kaitlynn Ott said. “The Red Coats and Big Buck Rod-N-Gun Club will also be parading Santa Claus around town on a fire truck on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 11:30 a.m., and will be in the park from noon to 3 p.m. for kids to see Santa and his elves, and get a treat.”
The Soldiers Grove Fire Department held their annual elections at their meeting on November 1. Roger Olson was re-elected fire chief, with Josh Byl as first assistant and Spencer Bailey as second assistant. The report, provided by president Paul Nicholson and clerk Kaitlynn Ott indicated that they have had a few more people join the department, and all of the trucks are fixed.
Soldiers Grove Director of Public Works Brian Copus reported he had a meeting with the DOT for the Highway 131 improvement project. DOT reported that the related sewer extension project is being engineered and will come to the board within the next month or so.
Copus reported that they would be televising and cleaning sewer lines on Church Street and behind village office the week of November 7. He also reported that his team is getting everything ready for winter, and that the campground is closed.
“Paul Kinserdahl has obtained his water license and will be working toward getting his sewer license before the end of the year,” Copus reported.
Nicholson reported the village has received the deadline from the DNR on the sewer plant upgrades and the date is April 30, 2025.
In other business
In other business the Soldiers Grove Village Board:
• held a public hearing for the 2023 budget in which there were no comments or questions
• heard Brandon Munson from North Crawford School District speak about the school referendum.
• heard in public input from Diane Coleman about a potbellied pig that someone in the village has as a pet. She was told that if the pig is registered, it is okay to have
• heard in the CDC Report that Lori Bekkum with the Driftless Area Art Festival sent an e-mail apologizing to the village for the miscommunication, and indicating that they want to have a continued partnership with the village. In her e-mail, she stated that 2022 was the best year so far with 6,140 attendees generating a $546,180 economic impact.
• unanimously approved a motion by Steve Miller, seconded by Harrison Heilman, to approve the 2023 Soldiers Grove Budget
• approved a motion by Vicki Campbell, seconded by Steve George, to donate $250.00 to the Soldiers Grove American Legion Post #220 Thanksgiving Dinner• discussed the idea of the village hosting a Christmas Eve dinner. Everyone agreed to have Miller talk to the Soldiers Grove Legion Auxiliary to see if they would be interested in helping host the dinner with the village at the American Legion in Grove on Christmas Eve day.