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Village takes precautions during COVID-19

Cadott Village Board

As the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) is felt locally, Cadott Village Board members heard what village employees are doing to protect themselves and others, during a regular meeting held via teleconference, March 23.

Clerk Sandy Buetow explained they closed the village office to traffic for light and water bills. Payments can be dropped off at the Citizen’s State Bank drive-up.

“It’s been working real well,” said Buetow.

Buetow says the village office is still available for questions about absentee voting or other municipality matters, via phone or email, but is closed to walk-in traffic. She says they are helping walk people through

Buetow also noted office employees, police department employees and public works employees, are sanitizing ev- erything.

Public works director Rolly Tichy says his department has also put safety measures in place. He says the department is not doing water meter change-outs, unless it is an emergency. Crossconnection surveys are also on hold for the time being. Tichy says public works employees are also not to enter residences, except for emergency situations. Louis Eslinger, police chief, says traffic is inevitable for the department, since emergency responders have to respond.

“There is a concern, because we are the frontline,” said Eslinger, noting they are sanitizing all equipment, office space and squads. “A lot of people can lock their doors. We cannot.”

In the business portion of the meeting, members set landfi ll hours for the coming months. Randy Kuehni, board member, asked if the hours held last year worked. Tichy said he would suggest opening earlier, in April instead of May, and staying open into November.

“With this heavy snow we had gotten this year, it had taken a lot of branches down and stuff like that,” said Tichy, adding he has already had people asking when the landfill will be opened. “People are starting to get their yards cleaned up already.”

Kuehni asked if it worked to have public works employees open and close the site during November last year, and Tichy said it did.

Members voted in favor of opening the landfill April 1, through the first two weeks in November. It will be open every Saturday, in April and October, and the first and third Saturday, in the months between. The board also approved contracting Don Kolpien to man the site April 1 to Oct. 31, for $1,100, with public works employees opening the site in November.

Board members also approved the return of a part-time seasonal employee for the public works department. Tichy says the part-timer will help with whatever needed, as public works goes forward full-force with repairs over summer.

Tichy also explained it is now state law that they have flaggers when doing work on or along state highways. He says it will cost about $1,000 to purchase the signs required by the law.

“I ran into an issue here, it was two weeks ago, we did some work on the highway there for the electrical crew, we had to do some flagging,” said Tichy.

He said he had to borrow signs from Boyd and Cornell, in order for the job to go forward. Tichy said he already purchased the reflective clothing needed for flagging, since they use those on other streets, too.

Members approved the costs for the signage.