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April 16, 2021

3/23/2021 9:46:00 AM
Arena board discusses use of ball field for summer Home Talent Baseball games and adjustments to 2021 Fire/EMT agreement

by Meredith Anding
The Arena Village Board discussed the possibility of holding Home Talent baseball team games at the Arena ball field this summer under the management of Arena team leader Nick Jennings.
The board received the request at their regular monthly board meeting last Tuesday.
Jennings noted that Arena has a long history of an organized Home Talent baseball team, dating back to 1923. Last year was the first year in town history that the season was cancelled (due to COVID-19 concerns). Jennings reported that Muscoda Home Talent Baseball team manager and coach Terry Ziebar reached out to him to coordinate games with the Muscoda team in Arena. Jennings expressed interest in pursuing this collaboration and requested permission to use the baseball field to hold three to four home games between June, 2021, and September, 2021. Jennings also mentioned the possibility of selling concessions and inquired about obtaining a temporary liquor license to sell beer. Board members reported that Jennings will likely be able to reserve the field once dates are set. Jennings will work with parks and recreation to coordinate the games. He expects a full schedule of baseball games will be played in next year's, 2022, season.
Village board members discussed the board's suggested edits for the 2021 Fire/EMT agreement. The Arena Town Board didn't approve the village board's agreement from the previous month. Town board change requests included striking several lines of verbiage and removing the inclusion of the village's share of 27 percent of the cost to fund three full-time EMTs plus benefits. Trustee Paul Pustina expressed that he wanted to keep the village's share of the cost at $35,234 and that a clearly written dollar amount is needed (rather than a percentage). His fellow board members agreed. The board voted to accept the town board's requested changes and to retain the set village contribution amount at $35,234.
The Dalo Developers Stormwater Easement was approved. This easement allows for the "operation, use, maintenance and repair (including reconstruction) of surface and subsurface stormwater drainage facilities to manage and control stormwater drainage" on Lots 50, 51, 56, 57, 58, 64, and 65 of Hodgson's Prairie in Arena. Dalo Developers boardman Paul Johnson confirmed that the proposed stormwater drainage ditch would not intersect the nearby railway right-of-way.
Board members approved the MSA contractual agreement for a second well water study to include a well site investigation and a test well construction contract. The study will conclude by October with cost estimates available by September 28. The investigation will also include an examination of the pipes on Sharon Street and Pine Road.
The village finance committee to obtain a quote for a back-up system for the village computer server was approved for $3,970.61.
William Hanson was appointed to the village plan commission board.
The board approved two ordinances. Ordinance #2021-0302 to Approve Rezoning of 804 Sharon St. Parcel #101 0170 from Agriculture to R-4 Multi-Family Residential District. Ordinance #2021-0303 to Approve Rezoning of 802 Sharon St. Parcel #101 0176 from Agriculture to R-3 Two-Family Residential District was also approved. Site investigations will be held at both properties to examine water run-off as per the building investigator's recommendation. Water lines near the properties may need to be adjusted.
Public works superintendent Mike Schmidt said the village managed to unfreeze two laterals on Dalagosa Drive that were frozen between the shut off and the main. Residents on this street have been advised to run their water to prevent further freezing. The water bills for these properties have increased as a result. Per PSC regulation, these utility customers will be granted a refund for the extra cost of the running water.
Speaker Susan Strang discussed the placement of a potential dumpster at 103 and 105 Sharon Street. Further discussion is needed with Town and Country Sanitation before a decision is made. The board recommended that Strang be placed on the agenda for the public works committee meeting set for March 9.
Board members were reminded the regular board meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 6, at 7 p.m. is rescheduled for the following Tuesday, April 13, to accommodate election day.

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