ELMWOOD, WI – Most of the Village Board’s actions at the January meeting Monday night, January 9, 2017 centered on the upcoming Sandbar Pool Tournament and Fundraiser.
In what has become an annual event, the tourney draws pool players from all over the area and supports a local charity – this year the food pantry. Although the action revolves around the bar at 114 S. Main St., various venues host tournament play, including the Village Hall and Auditorium. Tournament organizers want to sell alcohol at the venues that are not bars, but in Wisconsin, businesses like the Sandbar that already have a liquor license cannot get a permit to serve alcohol at a different site.
To make this possible, the Elmwood Rod & Gun Club is partnering with the Sandbar, and so the club’s name appeared on the Board meeting agenda requesting a Picnic License and Temporary Operator’s Permit for February 4. The Board also considered a request to temporarily lift the “Open Container” law so tournament players and their audiences can move between venues carrying their alcoholic beverages. Board President Bill Stewart noted that this approach has precedent and that it is a lot easier than policing the migrating players.
“It’s been going on for years and we’ve never had a lick of trouble,” he noted. The Board voted to approve all three requests, and commended the organizers for creating a successful event that brought a lot of folks to Elmwood and also benefited a local charity.
Trustee Josh Bleskacek reported that the Library Board has offered the director’s position to Katie Johnson, currently director of the Elk Mound Public Library, where she has worked for the past 10 years. Bleskacek said they expect Johnson to accept the offer for the part-time, 22-hour per week position. Johnson’s previous commitments will restrict her availability for some time, but she should be available at least on Fridays soon. Meanwhile, the library will operate on reduced hours.
In the absence of Police Chief Mike Schaffer, Trustee Dolores Radtke reported the past month’s department activity as well as a year-end summary. Schaffer listed a total of 463 incidents in 2016, including calls for service, complainants speaking to officers, and self-initiated contacts. Along with the small but important community service contacts to help residents with a disabled vehicle or who were locked out of their house, there were some more serious incidents. These included 181 traffic stops and two traffic accidents, 83 ordinance violations, 13 thefts, 11 juvenile complaints, four harassment and three property damage complaints, nine welfare checks, 30 mutual aid calls from Spring Valley and Pierce County, and 29 calls to assist the EMS, fire department and other agencies.
The department also investigated one stolen vehicle, three fraud cases and six animal complaints, and served as parade escorts three times. All in the line of duty and much appreciated by the community, Radtke said.
In other business the board:
- Renewed the village’s building inspection agreement with All Croix Inspections Corporation.
- Approved payment of the Welcome Home Bond for an amount yet to be determined and dependent on the amount of taxes paid by the company to the village.