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Edgar board votes to install farm driveway

The Edgar Village Board on Monday voted to provide Kingdom Haven Farms with a driveway off of CTH H south of Royal Ave. for access to a farm field.

The village, working in conjunction with the Marathon County Highway Department, will install a culvert in the CTH H ditch to create a 30-foot wide driveway approach. The village will create the driveway with road base made from recycled material.

With the new access, Kingdom Haven Farm tractors will be able to access cropland without travelling on Royal Ave., which is planned to be blacktopped this year. Board member Jon Streit abstained from a vote on the culvert.

In other board business:

_ Marathon County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Ted Knoeck said he was ready to hand over Edgar policing to a newly hired chief Tyler Geske. “I think we are ready to rock,” said Knoeck. Village board members thanked Knoeck and the sheriff’s department for policing the village while the board selected a new chief.

_ The board voted to extend the legal maximum size of residential driveways from 24 to 30 feet.

_ Board members voted to park the village squad in the village garage rather than at the police chief’s home.

_ As part of board reorganization, trustees voted Cathy Schueller as board vice-president. The board voted to keep committees as they have been. Committee membership is as follows.

Finance: Cathy Schueller, chair, Terry Lepak, Jon Streit, Ryan Hall and Patty Schroeder-Schuett.

License, Building, Safety, Zoning:

Michael Butt, chair, Terry Lepak, Randy Werner, Jon Streit, Patty Schroeder-Schuett.

Personnel: Terry Lepak, chair, Ryan Hall, Cathy Schueller, Randy Werner, Michael Butt, Jon Streit, Patty Schroeder- Schuett.

Water and Sewer: Randy Werner, chair, Terry Lepak, Ryan Hall, Cathy Schueller, Michael Butt.

_ Board member Jon Streit recommended that a drainage pond in the Royal Estates subdivision be dredged so it doesn’t overflow.

_ It was announced that the annual Chalk Fest in Edgar will be cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.