Exeter Village Board opened their meeting approving the minutes and invoices before re-elected member Justin Harre and newly elected member Jim Anderson took the oath of office.
The board closed then meeting and thanked exiting board member Tim Wilbeck. Chairman Alan Michl gave Wilbeck the key to the village along with a gift.
With the meeting reopened it was time to elect board positions. Michl retained the position of Chair and Harre was elected Vice Chair.
The board reviewed committee appointments with Michl recognizing the changes on the library board due to board member Lynette Trauger becoming librarian. The board approved the committee appointments.
Rescue Captain Hope Strate was first on the agenda speaking on behalf of the fire department. “In the last ten years our EMT numbers have dropped to just 10 and we are struggling with (having members respond during) daytime hours. I have seven department members who are willing to take the EMT course which is offered online now.”
Strate discussed the cost of the course which is 1200.00 with the book. She noted, “The State has reimbursement available and we could get 50-60% back.”
Board member Kathy Erdkamp asked, “What do you think the consequences would be if they don’t pass?”
Strate reassured the board that as a prior EMT course teacher, “I would meet with them once a week to review. We need youth . . .we need others to get five or six years under their belt before I can retire.”
The board discussed some of the other course requirements which include a drug screen, Hepatitis shots and flu shot.
Strate responded, “I think probationary period would be a great idea for any new EMT’s. I want success and we need people.”
Michl added, “ If they are willing to take the class that is the first battle. I don’t want to put the pressure on them that they would have to pay for the class if they don’t pass.”
The board confirmed that they would cover the cost for those willing to take the course.
Andrew Wilshusen , the street project engineer from JEO presented several substantial completion certificates and also presented the change orders for the street and downtown projects.
Wilshusen noted that there were “about $12,000 additions for all of the streets. On a 1.1 million dollar project that’s not too bad.”
It was noted that the crushing of the concrete will happen in a few months. This will not be paid for until it is completed. Wilshusen explained that it was added to the pay order, “We did this so you could lock in your bond and your interest rates. This way JEO can go on with the assessment process.. .that is the game plan.”
He also noted that there would be a few homeowners that asked for some extra work done and the village will be in charge of billing for that. The board discussed what will happen next in the process for assessment on the new concrete.
The board also approved the downtown project substantial completion and the change order. The additional cost on the project was $15453 due to a larger water valve that was installed and extra reinforcing metal that had to be inserted when connecting some of the water service for downtown businesses.
Shawn Gray, an officer with the Friend Police Department, has been patrolling the village of Exeter. He gave a brief report at the meeting. He noted that he has contacted several residents who are parking on the wrong side of the street and also notified a resident for improper disposal of trash.
Several board members expressed their appreciation for his presence patrolling the community.
There was a discussion of the number of hours the board wants to pay for an officer each week.
Village Maintenance Supervisor John Mueller reported that the swimming pool needs painted. The board approved having the entire pool painted. He added that the wells have been tested and the pumps were good.
The board discussed the issue of snow removal and reviewed some guidelines.
Clerk Becky Erdkamp reported that sales tax was a little down this month at $6754.25 for September and Keno was for October was $601.41. She added that the auditors will be in the office on Dec. 12.
Michl added that with the construction projects finished up, after the first of the year he hopes that the board can focus on some of the neglected properties in the community.
The board set the Jan meeting for Monday, Jan 7.