Village News for April, 2018

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KOHLER FIRE DEPARTMENT BRAT FRY

On Sunday, May 6, 2018, 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.

Thank you for your support! See you on Sunday, May 6, 2018

FROM CLERK/TREASURER LAURIE LINDOW www.kohlervillage.org

Village Meetings Scheduled for April

4/4       Library Board at Kohler Library                    12:30 pm
4/9       Property Committee                                         4:30 pm
4/9       Finance Committee                                          5:30 pm
4/12     Planning Commission                                      4:30 pm
4/16     Village Board                                                       5:30 pm

All meetings are held at Kohler Village Hall, 319 Highland Drive, unless otherwise indicated.

Spring Election

The Spring Election will be held Tuesday, April 3. 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.

FROM POLICE CHIEF BILL RUTTEN www.kohlerpolice.com

Drug Take Back Initiative: On April 28, 2018, the State of Wisconsin is holding a Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative being held throughout Wisconsin. The green drug box in the department’s lobby is open for drop offs every day. The goal is to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal of prescription medications. Unused prescription medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused, and abused. Unused or expired medicine should never be flushed or poured down the drain. Removing potentially dangerous pharmaceutical substances from our state’s medicine cabinets helps to prevent them from going into our water supply. Water reclamation facilities are not designed to remove all of them and trace amounts of pharmaceuticals are showing up in rivers and lakes around the world.

Just a reminder: Drivers should be aware that the warmer weather will allow more and more bicycles and scooters to be out and about. Please be aware of the children when driving through the village. Bikes and scooters are allowed on the sidewalks. Scooters are not allowed on the streets. Also, the newer motorized scooters are not allowed on the streets or sidewalks. Those are allowed on private property only.

FROM PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR BRETT EDGERLE

YARD WASTE

Yard waste (green lid cart) pickup starts on Tuesday, April 3rd. On April 3rd, 10th & 17th, 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. Do Not rake leaves and debris into the street. Curbside leaf collection is in the fall only.

BRUSH

Brush pickup (tree branches) starts on Tuesday, April 3rd.  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.

THE AMERICAN CLUB

The main parking lot of the American Club is being renovated, preventing 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. Please drive carefully and be aware of the construction traffic.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS MATERIAL WASTE COLLECTION PROGRAM

The Sheboygan County Planning and Conservation Office is again sponsoring a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program on April 14th, June 8th and June 9th.  Items such as flammable liquids, oil-based paints, solvents, batteries, pesticides, electronics, etc. will be accepted. Collection site locations, times and other program details can best be reviewed by going to www.sheboygancounty.com and clicking on the “Household Hazardous Waste” link on their home page, or by calling 459-3060. There is a nominal fee for this service.

MULCH

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.

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 fastened 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.

BUILDING PERMITS

As a reminder, Building Permits are required for all residential projects involving construction, heating, plumbing and electrical work that has a value greater than $1,000.00. Home additions, garages, accessory buildings, decks and other exterior modifications need Kohler Co. and Village of Kohler Plan Commission review. Visit our website at www.kohlervillage.org or call the Public Works Department at 459-3881 for more information.

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 www.emeraldashborer.wi.gov 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. As many have noted, several trees in the cemetery and the South 1 Subdivision were removed over the winter months.

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.

FROM AQUATICS MANAGER SONJA HEINS

Yes, the Pool Is Open!

Aquatics in the Village:

The Kohler Pool Spring Hours

Open Swim: Saturdays and Sundays 1:30-4pm

Fee: Residents are Free, Non-Resident $2 if you are with a resident, $5 if not with a resident

Water in Motion

Aerobics class Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7-8am.

Evening Deep Water Aerobics class Monday 5pm Days of week to be announced on website and listed at the pool.

There is no pre-registration for these classes. Fee is $1 for residents, $3 for non-residents

There are punch cards available: 12 classes for $10 residents, or $34 for non-residents.

Lap Swim

Lap swim is available Monday – Thursdays from 8-9am.

See you at the pool!

KLUB 55  klub55.kohlervillage.org/

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

Activities in April

4/3 Card Making
4/10 Sports Core presentation “Use it or Lose It”
4/12 Book Club
4/12 Diabetic Cooking
4/14 Cribbage Tournament
4/19 Mannings Bar & Grill
4/26 Painting Club
4/28 Foot Care
4/28 Formal Dinner

Friday lunch at Village Hall 11:30 am, cost $4 – Sign up by Wednesday

4/6 German Dinner, Kraut, Potatoes, Bread, Dessert
4/13 Salad Tuna Burgers, Chips, Veggie & Relish Tray, Dessert
4/20 Spaghetti & Meat Balls, Bread, Salad, Dessert
4/27 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

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

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

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

THE KOHLER YOUTH CENTER
FROM MANAGER RHONDA HOLLAND

Hours of Operation for April 2-30
Monday through Friday 3-5:30pm; Saturday/Sunday 1:30-4:30pm
Pool Open on Weekends 1:30-4pm
Open Friday, April 13, 12:30-5pm (no school)
Saturday, April 21, 7:30-11pm (MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL LOCK-IN
ATTENTION MIDDLE and HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS (grades 6-12)

What’s Happening? UPCOMING EVENT – SPRING LOCK-IN AT THE KOHLER YOUTH CENTER

Saturday, April 21 — 7:30-11pm. Not only is it the POOL OPENER, it’s good ‘Ole Fashion Fun on a Saturday Night which includes time with your friends, night swimming, music, open gym, and of course FUN! WELCOME and bring your friends! YES!!! The pool WILL BE OPEN.

 Save the date:   UPCOMING EVENT – SUMMER LOCK-IN AT THE KOHLER YOUTH CENTER

WHO:  YOU! Middle and High School Students (grades 6-12)
WHEN:  Saturday, June 30, 2018, 7:30-11pm
WHY:    Summertime Fun with Friends!

ATTENTION Parents and Students

Looking for a great venue to hold your next kid friendly event, get-together, or birthday party?

Remember The Youth Center is available for rent! Contact Rhonda Holland @ 920-207-6537 for more information. 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.

LATEST NEWS:

The Kohler Youth Center is gearing up for summer and is now open again on the weekends! Before or after enjoying a fun-filled swim at the pool, refuel and relax at the Kohler Youth Center. During April we are open on weekends from 1:30-4:30pm. The pool will be open for swimming from 1:30-4:00pm. Think Spring and see you at the Lock-in on Saturday, April 21!

This Month’s Menu Highlight:

Things for $1 or less: Grilled Cheese, Hot Dog, French Fries, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Ice Cream Cone, Granola Bar and much more.

VILLAGE BOARD

The Village Board approved the following items during their February 12 and 19 meetings:

  • Renewal of United Healthcare employee health insurance coverage for 2018.
  • Operator’s licenses as presented.
  • Request to add Bold Cycle to Kohler Co. Class A beer and liquor license premise listing.
  • Advertise for baseball coordinator.
  • Resolution 2018-1, Amending 2017 General Fund & Capital Outlay Budget.
  • December 2017 Revenue & Expense reports, bank reconciliation & journal entry.
  • Purchase skid steer & mini excavator from Miller-Bradford & Risberg, Inc. for $73,250 with trade-in and additional $2,050 for forks & bucket.
  • Purchase 2008 Ford Explorer & warranty from Kennedy Ford for $7,487.
  • Ordinance 2018-1, Establishing Definition of “Institutional Uses” in the zoning code.
  • Request for building permit for signage at Shops at Woodlake.
  • Form Ad Hoc Committee to investigate health insurance options.

Tourism Promotion & Development Committee funds:
Kohler Villager page for Destination Kohler $5,400
Woodlake Ice Skating Rink 2018 Maintenance $5,000
Celebration of Chocolate $14,000
March 2018 Magic & Comedy Show $2,500
Sip of Spring $12,500
Room night acquisition advertising: Jan-Apr $50,000; May-Oct $70,000; Nov-Dec $40,000
Room night via golf rounds acquisition advertising $150,000

 

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