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August 5, 2020

7/30/2020 10:26:00 AM
Labor Day in Ridgeway will be discussed this week

The Village of Ridgeway did not have their annual July 4 event because of COVID-19.
But that did not stop the community to put on their own event that included trivia, a movie and fireworks at Hi-Point Steakhouse at the east village limits. By all reports the event was very well attended and proceeds were donated to the Ridgeway Fire Department.
"If you don't have a Labor Day celebration with the Advancement Association, the businesses and residents will hold one of their own," former Advancement Association President Zachary Bennett warned the Village Board last Tuesday. He added that proceeds from the Labor Day event in the past have gone to improve the village park and ballfields.
With that in mind the board will host a meeting at the village park Tuesday, July 21 st 6:30 p.m. with the Advancement Association and Fire Department personnel invited.
"It is important to start the conversation now," said board member Michelle Casper who conducted the meeting.
Ridgeway Farm Market coordinator Amber Chitwood also volunteered to be part of the planning group for the Labor Day event.
"There will be a lot of help needed with the event as the Advancement Association does all the work by volunteering," Bennet said.
The board received an update on the snapping turtle problem the public works department is dealing with. Turtles caught at the waterway are returned to their natural habitat and further control issues are being dealt with.
A non-compliance order for a WPDES permit is being taken care of, the board was told.
An agreement with MSA Professional Services for optimizing phosphorus removal was approved. The estimated cost savings for the village is $5000 per year. Phosphorus fees are collected by the county.
The board discussed a request by ATC for a route to enter the village to install towers. The board tabled the request for their August meeting but resident Dave Leary had some advice.
"The towers will be here one way or another," Leary, who has worked for ATC said. "If they take land by condemnation it is a done deal. Now you have a chance to negotiate with them and you might consider asking for something for the ballpark."
Leary also told the board that Old Adams Road may have to be repair of ATC goes through that route.
Further discussion on the ATC request will be held next month.
The board heard a request for a portable generator for well #2 and approved up to $30,000 for a unit that would fill the need. The generator will be a used model.
The Ridgeway Garden Club expressed interest in working on the asthenics of the retention pond in the Cardinal Way subdivision and will seek grants to help with their costs.
In other matters concerning Cardinal Way the board voted to pay Rule Construction $59,393.75 and approved Change Order #1 in the amount of $743.92.
A draft of the Ridgeway emergency response and operations plan was approved as presented.
Board members Steve Vosberg and Rick Short did a walk-through of the Ridgeway Elementary School with Dr.  Jeff Jacobson to see what the school district would remove and what would be left for the village if they take over the building. Memorabilia items would be among the items left along with various furniture and equipment.
The board set the August meeting for Monday, August 10 as the regularly scheduled meeting date is the same as the August primary election.

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