ELMWOOD, WI – Attorney Rory O’Sullivan made an offer to the Elmwood Village Board on Monday night that he hopes they can’t refuse.
“I wanted to make you aware there’s an alternative,” O’Sullivan said, suggesting the Board contract for legal services with him rather than Loberg Law Office, Ellsworth that currently serves the village.
O’Sullivan sounded like a trial lawyer making his closing arguments to the jury.
“Let me submit that I know my hourly rates are lower,” he said, also noting that he is even more local than Loberg as he has an office in Spring Valley.
O’Sullivan has been Assistant DA for Piece County for five years. He also has a contract with Boyceville and Spring Valley and is currently negotiating with North Hudson.
Asking the board to at least open the position for bids, he offered to bill at an agreed upon hourly rate or settle on a flat monthly rate.
“I can guarantee you that I am more cost effective (than Loberg),” he said.
Project Avenue Financing
The Board approved borrowing $52,000 on a five-year loan at three percent interest to finance the Project Avenue repaving job. $14,895 will be reimbursed by the state.
Board Chairman Bill Stewart said he hopes they can also add a short section of desperately needed alley repair to this project.
Trustee Neil Boltik reported on the remodeling project at Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home.
The entire building with the exception of one wing will be included in the remodel.
Boltik said the committee is looking at changing that wing into assisted living units in the future, which would boost revenue as they can be charged at a higher rate.
The project will be funded by mortgage revenue bonds, Trustee Dolores Radke said. She explained that these are loans sold on the public market. The buyer of these bonds then holds a mortgage on the facility, which although operated independently, is owned by the village.
The village is effectively the “co-signer” on this loan and will have to sell the nursing home’s assets if it is forced to default.
In other business the board:
- Heard from Library Committee member Trustee Josh Bleskachek that without a significant investment in the neighborhood of $800 the library would be unable to provide color copies. The machine is out of toner and there is no money available to replace the cartridges. If color copies are to be offered in the future the price will have to go up.
- Radke reported that the search for a new police officer was moving forward. Just over 20 applications for the position had been received by last Friday’s deadline.
- The committee is now considering either hiring a full-time replacement for former Chief of Police Mike Schaffer or creating two or three part-time positions instead.
- Schaffer is still coming in a couple of days a week to take care of paperwork and do a little patrolling. Otherwise the Pierce County Sheriff’s department is providing interim police services.
- Announced that the village’s Spring Clean-up Days will run from Monday, April 17 through Friday, April 21, with the Pierce County Clean Sweep Hazardous Wasted and Pharmaceutical Collection from 8am-Noon on Saturday, April 22 at the Pierce County Recycling Center in Ellsworth.
- The village also has compost and brush disposal sites available to residents during the summer months. Residents can call the village office at 715-639-3792 for information or to get a key for the gated site.
- Stewart reported that 155 votes had been cast in the village’s Spring Election. The official tallies had not been confirmed yet.