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Soldiers Grove Board meeting short and sweet
Soldiers Grove

SOLDIERS GROVE - The meeting of the Soldiers Grove Village Board on Thursday, Jan. 4 proceeded quickly and efficiently through a relatively easy agenda.

Neither Public Works Director Brian Copus nor Fire Chief Ben Clason were present, so there were no reports from either of those departments.

Vicki Campbell reported that payments are being made on both of the loans the village has made. Driftless Brewing continues to pay on time, and payments are being made on the other loan as well.

Campbell reported that third quarter room taxes have been paid except for those due from the Roth House and Old Oak Inn. Fourth quarter room taxes have gone out with the property tax bills.

Campbell noted that there had been an error in the story in the Dec. 14 issue about the Dec. 7 meeting of the Board. She clarified that 2018 rental fees for the Lion’s Park Shelter would be $75 without the kitchen, and $100 with the kitchen. Also, the fees for a building permit in 2018 will be $25 plus $1 for every $1,000 worth of work.

Regarding the unsafe property located on Prospect Street in the Village, Campbell reported she had a conversation with the corporate counsel Jacob Menn. Menn is reportedly researching any differences between the Village’s ordinance and state statutes before providing an opinion about how the Village should proceed in the matter.

Names were drawn to determine candidate placement on the ballot for the April elections.

In descending order, the names of the candidates will appear as Shayne Chapman, Roy Davidson, and Harrison Heilman. Chapman and Davidson are running unopposed for re-election, and Hillman is running to fill a vacant seat on the board.

The Board continues to seek individuals to fill the roles of Chief Election Inspector and Alternate. Persons in these roles are required to take a training class every two years. On election days, they are compensated at the rate of $8 per hour, and are provided with lunch and supper.