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Wyanet looks at road work, sewer grant

WYANET — Road and sewer repairs were the main topics of discussion during the Tuesday, Aug. 8, meeting of the Wyanet Village Board.

Brandon Teske, head of village maintenance, updated the board on upcoming street repairs. Pavement maintenance was in the village earlier in the week — grinding Greenbriar Street in preparation for road repairs. The tar and chip work will officially begin in approximately two weeks.

In Teske’s report, he said he has been busy mowing, spraying weeks, trimming trees and applying spray patch to the roads. He will also be looking at solutions to the gopher problem at the cemetery.

Village Engineer Jack Kusek announced to the board that Wyanet qualifies to apply for a Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Grant. The board has been looking for a way to finish lining the remainder of the approximate 30 blocks of sewer lines.

Kusek said, “This grant would cover 100 percent of the actual project up to $500,000, but the village would be responsible for engineer costs, planning and permits that need to be finished before the application can be made.”

The board voted unanimously to spend the money to complete the work prior to the application. If the board does not receive the grant, then the preliminary work and engineering work will be able to be used at a future time. The deadline to apply for the grant is Dec. 15.

In other business:

• Police Chief Todd Marquez gave his monthly activity report. He is addressing several complaints of high grass.

• The board approved a townwide large garbage pick-up/clean-up days for later this month. All items will need to be put out by Tuesday, Aug. 28. Residents are reminded that no electronic items will be picked up. For more information, contact village hall.

• The board approved two ordinances. The Garbage Collection and Disposal Ordinance outlines for residents all of the requirements for garbage collection and adds a $100 fine for having a garbage pile with no stickers. Village trustees Jeramie Spears and Cory Peterson voted no.

Spears said, “I think the $100 fine is excessive.”

Information will be provided to residents with the garbage requirements. If any item that would require a sticker is not listed in the information, contact village clerk Shelley Teske.

The second ordinance clearly defines the steps that will be taken if a property has excessively tall weeds. The ordinance allows for a $150 fine for the first offense, and then every offense following is a $350 fine.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the village hall.

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