Village of North Fond du Lac
News & Notes Summer-Fall - Winter 2016
From the Administrator
Another year is slipping away. I feel it has been a great year with several positive changes in the Village. The Village Pool splash pad was opened early in June. With the nice warm weather this summer, the attendance was up considerably. A few more changes are scheduled for 2017.
The Harrison Street reconstruction was finished making for another street in good shape for a number of years. The Village Parks beautification project made good progress with the plans for 2016. Yellowstone Trail Park had some additional plantings added and some prep work was completed at the Veteran’s Memorial. The large planters at the Community Center were a hit with beautiful annual plants brightening up the front of the center. Thanks to the Master Gardeners for their green thumbs. Hopefully you have noticed in the last week or so, Stuarts Garden Center placed a fall display in front of the caboose. Plans are to change this out with the seasons. Please thank the Stuart’s owners and staff when you see them. Plans are also being put together for another winter scene at the Yellowstone Trail Park. Hopes are to change it up a little for a new look.
This time of year always brings on a little anxiety as we work on the 2017 budgets. The first pass at presenting the budgets to the Village Board was held on Monday October 17th. A few questions came up to be answered at the next board meeting set for Monday November 7th. A number of entries are still unknown from the state to be able to predict any change to the levy or tax rate. The Village chose to change the health insurance to United Health Care. The premiums were very favorable along with a larger in network group of health service providers.
The big event coming soon is the November 8th presidential election. We are seeing a steady stream of absentee voters at the Village offices. The municipal offices are open the normal 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM on Monday through Friday except for Wednesday November 2nd and Thursday November 3rd where the offices will be open until 6:00 PM for additional hours to register and absentee vote. Friday November 4th, the office hours are open until 5:00 PM to register and vote. When voting, don’t forget the referendum question that has been placed on the back side of the ballot. The referendum question along with some information to help make a decision are posted on the Village web site under “Announcements”.
Capital projects for 2017 include reconstruction of the north end of Minnesota Avenue leading out of the Village and the south end of Indiana Avenue leading to the Village garage. A list of streets targeted for resurfacing include sections of Michigan Street, Jefferson Street, and Saratoga Avenue. For years we had looked at upgrading the entrances at the Community Center and Municipal Offices to have handicap accessible entrances. Plans are to upgrade these entrances in 2017. The 2017 capital plan also includes replacing a PD squad car and a DPW dump/snow plow truck.
Have a great rest of the fall.
Chuck Hornung --Village Administrator / Clerk