The Exeter Village board had a short meeting on Tuesday, March 5th.
After approving invoices, bills and minutes the board scheduled an assessment hearing for pavement on April 11th.
Next on their agenda was a zoning request to replat land on the east side of town where Kenny Harre will build a new building. The Exeter board approved the zoning request which had been approved by the county zoning board.
Exeter Rescue Captain Hope Strate approached the board to discuss the possibility of reimbursement for the seven volunteers who are taking the EMT course. The village board indicated that would pay the first payment to Southeast Community College which is $5,542.70 and the fire department will pay the second payment.
The board reviewed the current completed audit and approved a request from Denice Kovanda for a community scholarship contribution. The $250 scholarship was taken from keno funds.
The spring cleanup dumpster date was set for April 27 at 8 a.m.
Dominic Lombardo, the new police officer from Friend who will also serve in Exeter, was introduced to the board. He gave the Marshals report.
Lombardo informed the board that the department was able to arrange for a swap of the current automatic “machine gun” the village owned. “The necessity for that kind of hardware is something that we would never need. We have arranged a straight across trade for a Daniel Defense Mark 18.”
Lombardo was positive about the trade as “ . .It allows us to get a brand new fire arm. We have to fill out a Form 5 to make the trade which takes about four months.”
Lombardo asked for the boards level of interest in the department having a more involved relationship with the school. He noted that the department has maintained a presence at the Friend school and felt, “It helps because if something does go down it’s not that big of a deal. The students are used to seeing us.”
He noted that he would be interested in “Talking about drug safety program and careers. We would like to do that if at all possible.”
The board was positive about the opportunity and encouraged Lombardo to approach Exeter-Milligan Superintendent Paul Sheffield with his ideas.
Maintenance Supervisor John Mueller did not have any information for his report. The board thanked him for the excellent job cleaning snow during the many recent storms.
Clerk Becky Erdkamp reported that sales tax for December was $21,218.04 and January Keno was $638.11.
She reported that several electronic items at the office were damaged when the electricity flashed several times over the weekend. Mueller reported several similar issues at the wells. The board discussed the possibility of turning them over to insurance.
Clerk Erdkamp reported that she is having computer issues and cannot open some items from the State. The library computer also needs to be replaced. She mentioned that the computer used for check out would transition to become the public use computer.
Michl noted that the village internet service was going to have to be separated from the library, “We can’t put the internet service together. There is too much that can happen. It was drilled in our head last time we had a class on this and this time it was even more.”
Clerk Erdkamp reported that she was aware of two recent instances of cities being hacked and emails received in the office that were fraudulent and were purported to be from cities.
She also reported that she would be involved in an insurance audit this month. She noted that the new insurance premium for the village was $60,000.00 an increase of $2000 over last year.
The board set the next meeting for April 11.