At their meeting on Wednesday, March 2nd the Exeter Village Board immediately launched into a discussion of summer employee wages after briefly reviewing their regular business.
In February the board approved the aquatic center and maintenance hires including Jackie Luzum as the pool manager, Sara Lincoln to teach swimming lessons and as an assistant pool manager. They also hired Erica Yound as an assistant manager and lifeguard. Returning lifeguards hired were Ashley Benorden, Bailee Stueben, Tara Mueller, and Katie Mounce. Filling out the summer aquatic center roster were Sydney Hall, Katherine White and Sophia Frook.
The board hired Dalton Zelenka and Broc Mueller as summer maintenance help. The board set wages for all of the pool and maintenance employees.
Demolition of the tag factory was next on the agenda, The board spent very little time discussing the options for paying for the demolition. “ I guess as of right now we will have to borrow the money ,” predicted Chairman Alan Michl, “Does anybody have any other ideas on how to pay for it?”
Chief of Police Mark McFarland was present at the meeting and was asked about dealing with some of the junk cars in town. When a specific home was asked about McFarland commented that the person in question had been notified by certified letter and once the letter is accepted by the person they will have five days before the department would call a tow truck to remove the cars.
Michl noted that some properties in town need to be identified with McFarland for clean-up.
The board approved the lot split for the Kahlandt and Due properties on Exeter Avenue.
With spring approaching the board set May 14th the date that the dumpster would be available at the city shop from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until the dumpster is full.
Moving on to Maintenance Supervisor John Mueller’s report the first issue was tarring of the streets. The board concluded that they would stick to the schedule and continue to streets as the budget allowed. The board approved another $5000 for tarring the streets.
Also on the maintenance report were bids for the two abandoned wells in town. The well just north of the railroad tracks would cost $3303.75 to abandon. The older well, next to the water tower could be abandoned at a cost of $2790. Both estimates were just to close up the wells and did not include removing the old structures.
The board also discussed purchasing a new trailer for the mini excavator as the one they are currently using is not heavy enough.
Clerk Becky Erdkamp reported that sales tax for December was $13390.39 and keno funds added were $694.86.
Exeter-Milligan Superintendent Paul Sheffield reported on the progress of the Joint Project. “Most of the sheetrock is done and the windows will be in by the end of the week. The front entry is just waiting on flooring for completion.”
One issue that has emerged is with the sprinklers in the gym ceiling. They estimate they will have to add $100,000 to the budget to do some work to the ceiling of the gym in order to properly place the gym ceiling.
The next board meeting will be held on April 5 at 7 p.m.