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Village View for April, 2019

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On Sunday, May 5, 2019, the Kohler Volunteer Fire Department is having its annual brat fry at the Fire Station from 11am–6pm. Here’s a chance to enjoy some great food and refreshments, and at the same time show your appreciation to the firefighters who give so much time and effort, and risk their own lives to make our community safer. Proceeds from the fry are used to purchase special fire/rescue equipment, subsidize a portion of our business
and social expenses, support various community youth programs, local area Fire/Rescue projects, and fund a scholarship in Police/Fire Sciences.

Advance sale tickets are available from all members of the Fire Department, and we will be selling door-to-door throughout the Village in the weeks preceding the fry for your convenience. The ticket packs cost $5, and are worth $5 in trade at the fry, and also give you a chance at our nice selection of prizes.

Your Volunteer Fire Department responded to 24 calls during the months of January and February – 5 CO calls, 3 EMS, 8 fire alarms off at homes and businesses, 2 structure fires, 1 Jaws of life accident, 3 natural gas leaks, and 2 equipment related problems. I’m happy to report we have also added 4 new firefighters to our membership. Anyone interested in joining can call 920-459-3876 or email me at Be safe.

Thank you for your support! See you on Sunday, May 5, 2019

Village Meetings Scheduled for April
4/8         Property Committee                                                         5:30 pm
4/8       Finance Committee                                          5:30 pm
4/8       Special Village Board                                                  6:00pm
4/3         Library Board     at Kohler Public Library  12:30pm
4/11       Planning Commission                                                      4:30 pm
4/15     Village Board                                                               5:30 pm
All meetings are held at Kohler Village Hall, 319 Highland Drive, unless otherwise indicated.

Did you know the Kohler Water/Sewer Utility has direct payment available? How does this work? Once you are signed up for direct payment, your utility payment will be automatically withdrawn from your bank account on the due date of the billing for the amount due. Each quarter you will receive a statement showing the amount of the billing and the date it will be withdrawn from your account. No checks to write, no postage, no late fees. If you are interested, a Direct Payment Agreement Form needs to be completed and returned to the Clerk-Treasurers Office with a voided check. Forms are available online at or at Village Hall.

As the snow melts and the accompanying flooding subsides, warm temperatures will bring out more bicycle riders. Young people on bicycles are out having fun. They do not always think about complying with traffic laws as they should. As adults, we should anticipate this and use extreme caution when we see young bicyclists.

The Kohler Police Department’s Bike Safety day is scheduled for Saturday June 1, 2019
starting at 11:30. This is a very popular program with young residents of the Village. It has greatly contributed to the safety of our young people and is certainly a factor in the Village’s outstanding bicycle safety record.

Garbage Receptacles

Residents are encouraged to store their garbage receptacles in discrete locations. Ideally they should be stored in a garage. Other suitable areas include side/back yards, or any other area screened from public view. Please be reminded that all containers must be stored with the lids securely closed and away from any heat sources, such as a grill.
Garbage Pickup
Residents are reminded that garbage/recyclables pickup is on Tuesdays; pickup starts at 7 am and may last until 5 pm. Due to driver changes, equipment malfunctions and the like, actual pickup times may change week to week. On a related note, if your garbage container is broken (lid cracked, wheel off axle, etc.) please call 459-3881 for repairs.

Yard Waste
Yard waste (green lid cart) pickup starts on Tuesday, April 9th.

On April 9th, 16th and 23rd, special yard waste collections will be held. After the green yard waste cart is full, yard waste may be put into additional containers (not bags) for collection. Place these containers on the curb adjacent to the standard containers. Limit container weight to 50 pounds or less.

Do Not rake leaves and debris into the street. Curbside leaf collection is in the fall only.

Brush pickup (tree branches) starts on Tuesday, April 9th. Brush must be neatly piled in four-foot lengths. The maximum diameter is six inches. No brush with thorns will be picked up. Thorny material must be cut up and put in the cart with the green lid. Brush not complying will be tagged and not picked up.

If a homeowner hires a professional arborist to trim or remove trees, the arborist must take the debris with them. If a resident performs the work themselves, the Village will remove the branches and limbs.

Household Hazardous Material Waste Collection Program
The Sheboygan County Planning and Conservation Office is sponsoring a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program on June 14th and 15th.  Items such as flammable liquids, oil-based paints, solvents, batteries, pesticides, electronics, etc. will be accepted. Call 459-3060 for collection site locations, times and other program details. There is a nominal fee for this service.

Mulch is available for $10 per yard plus tax, delivered. Call 459-3873 to place an order. Deliveries are Fridays only.

Snow Plow Turf Damage
Please be aware that the Village will repair turf damaged due to snow plowing operations. Call 459-3881 to report damage.

Pet Cleanup
Residents are reminded to pick up after their pets and to dispose of the waste appropriately.

Emerald Ash Borer
The tree-killing insect called Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was confirmed to be in the Village of Kohler last year. The Village of Kohler – as well as the entire county – is and will remain under a quarantine restricting movement of ash and certain other woody material. Quarantine frequently asked questions can be found at: under Regulations.

Methods and resources for managing EAB are limited. Currently, there is no effective way to control EAB over large areas. The Village’s treatment program began as soon as the borer was discovered in Wisconsin, approximately eight years ago. Street trees were evaluated for structural soundness and condition. Those street trees deemed suitable for action were treated. Treatment is done by injecting an insecticide into the trunk at the root collar. All of our injections are done by Department of Public Works staff who are Wisconsin certified pesticide applicators. Trees not suitable for treatment have been and will be cut down.

Moving forward, we will continue updating our program to use the most productive and cost effective methods of treatment. Trees that are deemed to be structurally unsound will be removed and replaced with new varieties. We have yet to determine whether the treatment programs will save the trees over the long-term or just delay the insect-borne damage. Residents can help slow the spread of this insect by limiting the movement of firewood into the Village. On its own, the beetle will fly only a few miles, but is easily transported longer distances in ash firewood.

Building Permits
Building Permits are required for all residential projects involving construction, heating, plumbing and electrical work that has a value greater than $1,000. Home additions, garages, accessory buildings, decks and other exterior modifications need Kohler Co. and Village of Kohler Planning Commission review. Visit our website at or call the Public Works Department at 459-3881 for more information.
Illicit Discharges into the Sanitary Sewer
An illicit discharge is the dumping of any chemical, pet waste or hazardous substance into the street or a storm basin inlet. The substance eventually makes its way into the Sheboygan River causing a pollution hazard. To report an illicit discharge, please call the Public Works office at 459-3881.

If you are considering installing a fence, please be reminded of the following process. The home owner needs to obtain a property survey, a copy of the property deed, pictures of the areas impacted by the fence, fence specifications, a site plan and a cover letter explaining the scope of the project. This information is submitted to Kohler Co. for approval. Once approved by Kohler Co., the Village’s Planning Commission needs to review and approve as well. This process may take up to 3 months.

Kohler Memorial Theatre
The theatre will undergo renovation starting in mid-March, with completion scheduled in late 2019. Please be aware of construction vehicles and material staging adjacent to the theatre.

There will be some changes this spring and summer to access to the Youth Center, Pool and Village Gym due to renovations at the Kohler Theatre. We will post information as it becomes available on the Kohler Recreation Website and Facebook page as well as the Kohler Villager.

Registration is Open!
The Recreation Department is using a new registration system. We will be using this same registration program for our Youth Recreation Activities. This includes: swim lessons, swim club, dive club and summer camps. Once you have set up a family account, your information will be there to use the next time you log in.

The 2019 Summer Recreation Guide was sent out with the Water & Sewer Utility bills. Please note a change to the guide. Youth Team Tennis is now a Village Recreation Program. Session dates and times have not changed. Registration is available through the recreation website, not USTA.

To register for camps brought to Kohler by outside organizations, please go directly to those sites:
Compass Creative Dramatics

6/24-6/28 The Jumping Jacks & The Beanstalk (1st-12th grade)
7/22-7/26 Peas & Harmony: The Princess & the Pea (must be returning camper)
7/29-8/2 The Jungle Book (1st-12th grade)

Challenger Sports
6/17-6/21 International Soccer Camp & Tetrabrazil

Breakthrough Basketball Camp

Kohler Pool
Watch the Kohler Villager, Kohler Recreation Website and Facebook page for information regarding the opening on the pool for this season. Water Aerobics will remain at the Sports Core until May. There will be no open swim on weekends for the month of April.

Offerings at the pool this summer:
Swim lessons – group and private 6/17-8/1 (3 sessions)
Water Aerobics
Lap Swim
Youth Swim Club 6/17-8/2
Youth Spring Board Dive Club 6/18-8/1
Intro to SCUBA
KPAL Swim Meet 8/1

The summer season is fast approaching and we are still looking for Basket Room Personnel and Lifeguards. (If you are age 16 or older and interested in lifeguarding, and not currently certified, a class will be offered this spring.) Please pick up an application at the Village Office on Highland Drive and return it to the Village Office.

To register for activities or lunch stop at Village Hall, call 920-459-3873 or email

Wood Carving
Jeanine is working on a wood carving class. We need two more to make it happen. If you are interested, contact Village Hall.

4/4 & 4/25 Bowling 10:30am-Odyssey Fun Center
4/5 Weavers Group Meeting 9am
4/11 Book Club 1pm-Library
4/16 Watering Can Class 10:30am
4/16 Farm WI Discovery Center 9am
4/18 Holidays
4/18 Spinners Group 6pm
4/25 Instant Pot Cooking Class 10am
4/25 Painting Class 1:30pm
5/3 Trivia Night 5pm
5/4 Hearth Side Dinner 10am-Wade House

Friday lunch at Village Hall
Cost is $5 per person, unless noted otherwise.
4/5 Shepherds Pie
4/12 Taco Bar
4/26 Special Lunch by Catering Solutions, Cost $13

Exercise Classes
No pre-registration required. Classes are $5 for members or $6 for non-members.
Monday & Wednesday Chair Yoga 8:15am-Village Hall
Monday Balance & Meditation 9:30am-Village Hall
Tuesday Hiking 9:30am-meet at Sports Core
Tuesday & Thursday Walkers Club 10am-Meet at Memorial Mall
Thursday Cycling 9:30am-meet at Village Hall

Ping Pong
Mondays-recreational players and Tuesdays-advanced players at Village Hall 1pm. No pre-registration required. Members are free, non-members are $1.

Pickle Ball
Wednesdays at School Gym 6:30pm. No pre-registration required. Members are free, non-members are $1.

The Youth Center is closed due to construction at the Memorial Theatre. Watch the Kohler Villager, Kohler Recreation Website and Facebook page for information regarding the opening on the Youth Center.

The Village Board approved the following items during their February 18 meeting:
Operator’s licenses as presented.
Resolution 2019-3, Updating Emergency Operations Plan
Request to add Press & Chill to Kohler Co. Class A beer and liquor license premise listing.
Ordinance 2019-1, Updating the Fee Schedule.
Purchase of Plymovent Magnetic Conversion from Hastings Air Energy Control, Inc. for $6,218.38.
Bid from Northeast Asphalt for Sir Howard Circle paving, $150,800.
Request from Press & Chill Organic Juicery & Food Bar for sign permit and tenant buildout.
Request from Target Corp. for building permit for interior remodel.
Request from PFDA Architects for building permit for façade, signage and interior remodel of 4127 State Hwy 28.
Request from Kohler Co. for building permit for renovation of the Kohler Memorial Theatre.


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