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Cadott partners with Rice Lake for solar project


Cadott Village Board

The Cadott Village Board decided to move forward with joining Rice Lake for a solar energy project, during a regular board meeting June 15, since Cadott is too small to do a project on their own.

Following a closed session meeting on the matter, board members made their decision.

“It seems like we’re saving a little money and it’s the green thing to do,” said Bart Chapek, board member. “I think we should probably do it.”

The motion to join Rice Lake in the solar project partnership, passed with five in favor (Chapek, Randy Kuehni, Russ Falkenberg, Anson Albarado, Terry Licht), and one abstention (Eric Weiland).

Members also approved an amendment to the agreement, to extend the contract for the solar project for an additional two years, to 2031.

The board also approved Les Liptak as the appointee to fill the vacant trustee position, left by the passing of Merlin Huhn.

The board also approved the offer to purchase, with corrections, based on the village attorney’s recommendations, for the sale of land in the industrial park.

Len Schreiber, Cedar Corp., says the village attorney and the attorney for Aaron Vizer, the potential buyer, worked together on the document. Schreiber says Vizer, has a builder, concrete, electrical and plumbing for the site lined up.

“He’s ready to go,” said Schreiber.

There was also a public hearing for a conditional use application for Alex Heerde. Clerk Sandy Buetow explained the garage Heerde requested to build is slightly bigger than the code allows, so he needs a Conditional Use Permit in order to build.

Heerde explained he is looking to build a detached garage, that is basically a four-car garage, to replace the smaller garage on the property now. He confirmed the setbacks are OK.

Following the public hearing, members voted to approve the conditional use permit.

During reports, Rolly Tichy, public works, told the board he is having trouble with the locator he uses to find power lines and water service lines. He says the locator is seven to eight years old and is looking at replacing it, after maintenance measures did not fix the problem.

Chapek also says the Health Committee noticed a number of places do not have house numbers, when the committee did their drive around. Weiland says the numbers are especially important for first responders.

“If people want the ambulance to show up quick, well, if you don’t have a number, we go by,” said Weiland. “Then, that’s just taking precious time.”

As a reminder to the public, grass clippings can not be in the street.

“If you ride by on a motorcycle, you could wipe right out,” said Chapek.