The Village View for January 6

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FROM CLERK/TREASURER LAURIE LINDOW www.kohlervillage.org

Village Meetings Scheduled for January
1/3       Library Board at Kohler Library                    12:30 pm
1/8       Property Committee                                          5:30 pm
1/8       Finance Committee                                            5:30 pm
1/11     Village Board and Planning Commission      4:30 pm
1/15     Village Board                                                         5:30 pm
All meetings are held at Kohler Village Hall, 319 Highland Drive, unless otherwise indicated.

Kohler Village Phone Directory 2018
The Village of Kohler is publishing a village phone directory featuring names, addresses and phone numbers for residents. If you were listed in the 2017 directory you do not need to complete a new form, unless your information has changed. The directory will only be available in print format and will not be published online. Your information will not be sold or shared with any other party. Only residents that complete a registration form and return it to Village Hall will be printed in the new directory. Paper forms are available and can be returned at the Clerk-Treasurers Office.  You can also sign up online with a link at www.kohlervillage.org.

Any businesses wishing to advertise in the directory should contact the Clerk-Treasurers Office at 920-459-3873 or LLindow@kohlervillage.org for more information.

Spring Primary
The Spring Primary will be held Tuesday, February 20. The polling place is located in the Kirkpatrick Center at the Kohler Village Hall, 319 Highland Drive, and will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Voters are required to show a photo ID to vote. You must have lived in the Village of Kohler for 28 days to vote in the Village of Kohler.

Do you have the right photo ID?
These are acceptable for voting purposes and can be unexpired or expired after the date of the most recent general election:

  • Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license
  • Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card
  • Military ID card
  • S. passport

These photo IDS are also acceptable for voting purposes but must be unexpired:

  • Certificate of naturalization issued within the last two years
  • Unexpired Wisconsin driver license or identification card receipt
  • Photo ID issued by a Wisconsin accredited university or college containing date of issuance, student signature and expiration date no later than two years after date of issuance, along with a separate document proving enrollment.

If you are eligible to vote but don’t have a photo ID, you may obtain a free ID from the Department of Motor Vehicles. Apply for the ID as soon as possible. Visit Department of Motor Vehicles, 3603 Kohler Memorial Drive, Sheboygan, 800-924-3570.

The Spring Election will be Tuesday, April 3. For more information about voter registration, absentee voting, acceptable forms of proof of identification or upcoming elections, contact the Clerk-Treasurer’s office at 920-459-3873.

Property Tax Bills
Tax bills were mailed on December 14. Tax payments can be paid in person…taxes will be collected at the Kohler Village Hall, 319 Highland Drive. Drop off…24-hour access drop box is provided outside the south entrance to Village Hall (Post Office entrance). By mail…checks or money orders only, payable to the Village of Kohler, send to Village of Kohler, 319 Highland Drive, Kohler, WI 53044.

If you wish to make payment by credit card contact the Village Clerk-Treasurers Office for information. There is a fee charged for this service. Credit cards will not be accepted at the Village Office, this service is available by phone or Internet only.

Real estate taxes may be paid in full or in two installments. Payments in full are due January 31, 2018. Installments are due: first half due January 31, 2018; second half due July 31, 2018.

Dog and Cat Licenses
All dogs and cats over 5 months of age require licensing. Rabies vaccination certificate is required at time of licensing. Dogs and cats must be licensed by April 1 of each year. Fees are:

Unaltered dog/cat       $12.00
Altered dog/cat           $  5.00
Late fee                       $  5.00
Cash or check only.

FROM POLICE CHIEF BILL RUTTEN www.kohlerpolice.com

Identity Theft:  Have you or someone you know been a victim of Identity Theft. The 2017 Identity Fraud Study, released by Javelin Strategy & Research, found that $16 billion was stolen from 15.4 million U.S. consumers in 2016, compared with $15.3 billion and 13.1 million victims a year earlier. In the past six years identity thieves have stolen over $107 billion. The perpetrators are looking for victims without criminal records and good credit ratings, that’s you!  Protect yourself with some easy to do steps. Shredding your confidential mail is very important.  Remove unnecessary identifying information from your checks, such as phone number and Drivers License number (a retailer will ask if they need it). Check your credit report annually for free at www.annualcreditreport.com. You do not need to sign up for anything at the site to get the report. Stop unsolicited pre-approved credit cards from being mailed by calling 1-888-5-OPTOUT (1-888-567-8688), you can opt-out for life. Also, never answer questions about your identity on the phone or by unsolicited e-mails. Your bank or other financial institutions have all your information, they don’t need you to tell them again by e-mail or phone. The Kohler Police Department has a link about other ways to protect you at www.kohlerpolice.com.

FROM PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR BRETT EDGERLE

THE AMERICAN CLUB
The main parking lot of the American Club will be renovated in early 2018. This renovation will prevent normal guest access off of Highland Drive. Please note that a temporary guest entrance has been created on Church Street on the west side of the American Club. 

SNOW EMERGENCY
To find out if a snow emergency is in effect for the Village, call 459-3881 anytime, or check the Kohler website at www.kohlervillage.org. There is no parking on village streets during a snow emergency. A snow emergency is called when accumulation is expected to exceed 4 inches.  Snow emergencies are typically called from 8am until 12pm to give the snowplows an opportunity to clear the streets with no cars present.

SNOW REMOVAL

Winter is here. Here are some reminders on Village snow removal ordinances and policies.

  1. Please remember to shovel your sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowfall event.
  2. Do not blow or shovel snow back into the street.
  3. Please remove vehicles from the street when the plows are in operation.

SNOW REMOVAL AROUND MAILBOX KIOSKS
It is the residents’ responsibility to have the snow removed around the mailbox kiosks. The Postal Service will not deliver mail if the carrier is not able to reach the unit – the front as well as the backside. Someone in the neighborhood needs to take the initiative to remove the snow; or the responsibility can be shared. The Village is not responsible to keep these areas clear of snow.

CHIRSTMAS TREE PICKUP
Christmas trees will be picked up curbside on Tuesday January 2 and 9. All ornaments and lights MUST be removed. No trees in bags. 

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 source, such as a grill.  

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

KLUB 55  http://klub55.kohlervillage.org/

Activities in January

  • 1/2 Card Making 1pm
  • 1/4 & 1/18 Painting with Michelle 1:30pm
  • 1/10 Snow Shoeing 10am
  • 1/23 Jewelry Making 10am
  • 1/26 Sleigh Ridge & Potluck 5pm
  • 1/27 Foot Care 9am-12pm

To register or for more information, stop at Village Hall, call 920-459-3873 or email cgamb@kohlervillage.org. All classes are held at Village Hall unless otherwise indicated.

Friday lunch at Village Hall 11:30 am, cost $4

To register for lunch stop at Village Hall, call 920-459-3873 or email cgamb@kohlervillage.org by Wednesday.

1/5 Salisbury steak
1/12 Oriental chicken
1/19 Chicken burritos
1/26 No lunch

Exercise Classes
Classes are held at Village Hall. No pre-registration required. Classes are $4 for members or $5 for non-members.

Monday & Wednesday Chair Yoga 8:15am
Monday Chinese Yoga 10:30am
Wednesday Tai Chi 9:30am – New Time

Walkers Club
Tuesday/Thursday Walkers Club meet in Village Gym 7:30am, use entrance by the pool/Youth Center. No pre-registration required. No fee.

Pickle Ball
Wednesday at the Kohler School Gym 7:45pm. No pre-registration required. Members are free, non-members are $1.

FROM RHONDA HOLLAND, MANAGER OF THE KOHLER YOUTH CENTER

THANK YOU for a GREAT 201. HAPPY NEW YEAR &WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN 2018

Hours of Operation for January 2-31, 2018
Monday through Friday 3-5:30pm
Saturday and Sunday 12:30-5pm
Closed January 1 Happy New Year
Open Friday, January 19 12:30-5pm (no school)

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
Located on School Street, Door 19, right next to the Pool
The Kohler Youth Center starts with YOU!
Do YOU need a quick snack after school or before practice?
Do YOU need a place to unwind?
Do YOU need a place to hang out and get some homework done?
Do YOU need a quick and easy dinner?

Run by Youth Workers/High School Students we are here to help at the Kohler Youth Center and we offer after school snacks, after school unwind time and a place to meet your friends.

ATTENTION:  COMMUNITY
Looking for a great venue to hold your next social event, get-together or birthday party?  Try the Kohler Youth Center! Here are some highlights . . .Jukebox with endless music selections; 3 Big Screen TV’s; 2 Lounge Areas; Kitchen area; Classic and Video Games; Skee Ball; Basketball; Free Ping Pong and Billiards. A kid friendly environment that anyone could enjoy.

Contact Rhonda Holland @ 920-207-6537 for more information

UPCOMING EVENT

WINTER LOCK-IN AT THE KOHLER YOUTH CENTER

WHO:  Middle and High School Students (grades 6-12)
WHAT: Winter Lock-In (Middle and High School)
WHEN:  Saturday, February 17, 2017; 7:30-11pm
WHY: Good ‘Ole Fashion Fun on a Saturday Night which includes time with your friends, music, open gym, and of course FUN!

Save the date:  Spring Lock-in Saturday, April 21, 7:30-11pm. All Middle and High School Students WELCOME, and bring your friends! YES!!! The pool WILL BE OPEN.

LATEST NEWS:
December 16 brought the Holiday Party and Lock-In at the Youth Center and this year was no exception to the crazy and creative white elephant gifts that showed up to be opened and enjoyed by all who attended. Some notables were a saxophone, blow-up chair, camping supplies, cannoli, puzzles, books and candy. There were even hand and feet puppets which brought a lot of laughs and excitement. The open gym was used to brush up on basketball skills and expend some energy while the music brought out some great dancing by both the youth staff and attendees. Oreo shakes were the food favorite among the kids and free innovative candy canes were available for all. Thanks to all who were able to attend to celebrate time with friends and being themselves. Check out the photos on our website to see more.

How do I find the Youth Center and where is it located?
The Youth Center is located at the Corner of School Street and East Park Lane. We are “sandwiched” in between the Memorial Theater and the Pool. Follow the walkway up to Door 19 and you will see us on your right. The Youth Center can be found on Facebook and Snapchat.

LIKE:  “Kohler Youth Center” on Facebook

ADD:  @kohleruthcenter on Snapchat

Check out our website:  recreation.kohlervillage.org/youth-center. These pages will keep you informed of upcoming events, happenings, and what’s new! Remember, the Youth Center begins with YOU! See you soon!

This Month’s Menu Highlight:
Grilled Chicken Sandwich $3
Chicken Tenders w/Sauce $3
Grilled Cheese $1
Nature Valley Granola Bar $1
Juicy Juice Fruit Punch $.50

The Kohler Youth Center, Est. 1956. WE INVITE YOU to COME ON IN and enjoy an easy-going, fun and comfortable environment.

VILLAGE BOARD
The Village Board approved the following items during their November 13, 20 and 30 meetings:

  • Building permit for the American Club parking structure.
  • Directed Cemetery Commission to develop a purchase and sale agreement, for cemetery lot purchases going forward and report back to the board.
  • Annual renewal for the Joint Powers Agreement with the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department.
  • Employee health insurance policy with Anthem Priority effective 1/1/18.
  • Operator’s licenses as requested.
  • October 2017 Revenue & Expense reports, bank reconciliation and journal entries.
  • Resolution 2017-9, Authorize borrowing $610,000 from the State Trust Fund Loan Program for financing street projects and purchase of capital equipment.
  • Hire full-time Department of Public Works employee.
  • Compensation plan as documented.
  • Ordinance 2017-9, 2018 budget adoption & tax levy.
  • Tourism Promotion and Development Committee projects:
  • Kohler Murder Mystery Dinner $1,500
  • 2018 Golf Round Acquisition Campaign $20,000
  • Weill Center Partnership $12,000
  • 2018 1st Room Night Acquisition Advertising $10,000
  • 2017 Community Christmas Tree $5,000

Village Board
Thomas Schnettler, President
John Ewert
Bruce Nowak
Brian Post
Kristine Strange
John Winter
Mike Zimmermann

Clerk-Treasurer
Laurie Lindow

Police Chief
William Rutten

Director of Public Works
Brett Edgerle

Fire Chief
Mike Lindstrom

Recreation Director
John Brigham

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