Last week the Lloyd Town Board approved the installation of a new water storage tank at a cost of $2,525,000 that will be financed by a bond. Supervisor Dave Plavchak said the board awarded the contract to Aqua Source and has applied for a number of grants to offset the cost.
“It is possible to start construction later this year toward the end of the construction season,” he said.
The resolution states that the bond will be paid for from, “charges collected through water metering and/or the assessment, levy, and collection of assessments upon the several lots and parcels of land within the District in the same manner and at the same time as other town charges.”
Plavchak said the town normally bonds these projects, “so we can pay the contractor and as we get the grant money we put it back against the bond.”
New Police Hires
The Town Board unanimously approved two new hires to the Lloyd Police Department at the recommendation of Chief James Janso: Brady J. Robin as a part-time Dispatcher at the rate of $18.65/hr and Richard Belliveau Jr. as a full-time Police Officer at an annual salary of $52,902.
Plavchak welcomed the two new hires, saying, “We’re glad to have both of you.”
Videoconferencing added to code
The Town Board added a new section on Videoconferencing Meetings to chapter 16 of the Town Code entitled “Meetings, Open Public.” As part of this new section, the board also approved a resolution adopting policies and procedures for attending meetings via videoconferencing.
Highland Landing Park Update
Councilman Lenny Auchmoody, who is the liaison to the Highland Landing Park, said someone backed into one of the lights at the boat launch and simply drove away. He said if anyone witnessed this to report the matter to him, calling it “deplorable to break the darn thing off and drive away.”
Auchmoody said sheet-rock inside the educational center is finished and thanked Dave Weinberg, of Mountainside Woods, for helping to install it and for getting it taped.
Auchmoody said the interior is painted and the air conditioner/heater system is now operational. The tiles have been ordered for the two bathrooms and the knotty pine that will go on the ceiling in the main room is in the building. After Matt Smith finishes sealing one side of the building, the knotty pine will then be put up. Most of the electrical outlets, plugs and the exit signs have also been ordered and once received they will be installed.
Short Term Rental Law
The board set a public hearing for September 21 at 7 p.m. on the town’s short term rental law for Air Bnb and Verbo etc, that the town has been considering in recent months.
“In our town we want to know where they’re at because we want to know if they’re having loud parties or have 30 cars parked at a house that has a driveway for only two,” Plavchak said. “We wanted to tighten this up a bit and created a short term rental law and modeled it off of a few of our neighboring towns...We also want to make sure they’re safe and have inspections for fire, pool safety and a few other things.”
The Town Board awarded a bid of $51,240 to Wisconsin Lighting Labs for 40 street lighting fixtures [U.S.A made] that will be installed in the Bridgeview development. This includes anchors, poles and heads, necessary supports, fittings, trims, brackets and accessories to make a complete lighting assembly. Though not the lowest bidder, the town “feels it is the best value that optimizes quality, cost and efficiency as the bid from Wisconsin Lighting Labs followed the Requests for Proposal relative to quantities and specifications, provided clear product descriptions of all products, does not have exposure to additional tariffs and import taxes [and] has included the cost of freight in their proposal. The town will be dealing with Factory Direct Communication with Wisconsin Lighting Labs, and the quotes include longer electrical whips at no cost if requested at the time of order. The proposal has a shorter lead time with less exposure to delays in shipping due to the factory Direct Contact.”
Town Extends Water District
The board approved extending the water district for the mixed use development project known as the Commons at Highland, formerly the Views. It is slated to be built just off the South Chapel Hill Road. Any costs associated with this will be borne by the project owner and not the taxpayers of Lloyd.
The board also approved the Developers Agreement with the Commons for their two-story commercial/residential project.