FROM CLERK/TREASURER LAURIE INDOW www.kohlervillage.org
Village Meetings Scheduled for December
12/4 Library Board at Kohler Public Library 12:30 pm
12/9 Property Committee 5:30 pm
12/9 Finance Committee 6:00 pm
12/12 Planning Commission 4:30 pm
12/16 Village Board 6:00 pm
All meetings are held at Kohler Village Hall, 319 Highland Drive, unless otherwise indicated.
Property Tax Bills
Tax bills will be mailed on or before December 15. Watch for a special mailing with additional tax information. 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. A stamped, self-addressed envelope is required for receipt.
If you wish to make payment by credit card, visit www.GovPayNow.com or call 1-888-604-7888. Use Pay Location Code #a0026y. There is a 2.65% fee charged for this service. Credit cards are accepted online or at the Village Office.
Real estate taxes may be paid in full or in two installments. Payments in full are due January 31, 2020. Installments are due: first half due January 31, 2020; second half due July 31, 2020.
Dog and Cat Licenses
All dogs and cats over 5 months of age annual 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
Nomination Papers for Spring Election
Sunday, December 1, 2019, was the first day to circulate nomination papers for the 2020 Spring Election. Nomination papers are available at the Village Offices during regular business hours or on-line at www.elections.wi.gov. The due date for filing nomination papers is Thursday, January 2, 2020, at 5:00 pm. All terms begin on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, and are for two years. The following offices are to be elected to succeed the present incumbents listed:
Village Trustee – John Ewert
Village Trustee – Jason Kwacz
Village Trustee – John Winter
If you have any questions regarding nomination papers, please contact the Village Clerk-Treasurer’s Office, 920-459-3873 or email LLindow@kohlervillage.org. The Spring Primary, if needed, will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, and the Spring Election will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
Village Office Hours
The Village Office will be closed:
Tuesday, December 24
Wednesday, December 25
Tuesday, December 31
Wednesday, January 1
Regular office hours are Monday–Friday, 7:30 am–4:00 pm.
FROM POLICE CHIEF SHAWN SPLIVALO www.kohlerpolice.com
Well the snow came a little early so our plan of construction trucks parking out of the way in Ravine Park has come to an end. Although the park could have been plowed we did not want to give up a prime sledding spot. We have now asked them to park on West Park Lane. This is temporary as the project is entering the finishing stage and there will be less construction traffic.
Now that winter is back upon us, we all have to remember to drive more carefully. Even though some vehicles seem to handle better in the snowy conditions, remember to give yourself more distance between vehicles when stopping. SUVs can get going faster with 4-wheel drive, but have the same problems stopping on slick roads. Snow banks can reduce visibility, so be aware of pedestrians. If a vehicle is parked outside, remember to clear the windows. Proper visibility is extremely important, especially with children crossing the streets early in the morning. Also, remember that getting ready in the winter takes more time, so to avoid having to rush, plan ahead.
Winter Parking and Snow Emergencies
The Village of Kohler doesn’t have winter parking regulations like many other communities with parking on the even or odd side of the street throughout the winter months. That is typically done so if it snows the communities can completely clear the streets after the snowstorms over two days. Instead, we just rely on residents moving their vehicles promptly after snowstorms. All vehicles need to be removed from the streets in the event a Snow Emergency is called. The DPW is responsible for the snow emergencies being called. If large snowfalls are anticipated, be mindful that a snow emergency may be called. Also, just a reminder that it is illegal to blow snow into the Village streets. Helping out in these areas makes our streets cleaner and safer during the winter season.
FROM PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR BRETT EDGERLE
To find out if a snow emergency is in effect for the Village, call 459-3881 anytime, or check the Village of Kohler’s website at www.kohlervillage.org. There is no parking on village streets during a snow emergency. A snow emergency is called when snow accumulation is expected to exceed 6 inches. Snow emergencies are typically called from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm to give the snowplows an opportunity to clear the streets with no cars present.
Winter is here. Here are some reminders on the Village of Kohler’s 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.
CHIRSTMAS TREE PICKUP
Christmas trees will be picked up curbside on Tuesday January 7th and 14th. All ornaments and lights MUST be removed. No trees in bags.
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.
Residents are cautioned against flushing disposable wipes down the toilet. Although many wipes are labeled “disposable” or “flushable”, quite often they clog sewer laterals and mains. The preferred method of disposal is to bag the wipes and place in your garbage receptacle. During recent maintenance checks, a sanitary sewer main was found to be on the verge of clogging due to these wipes. Fortunately, the DPW staff was able to clear these obstructions before a sewer back-up occurred.
ILLICIT DISCHARGES INTO THE STORM 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.
A reminder that building permits are required for new structures, additions, remodeling, accessory structures, pools, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, siding, roofing, fences, signs, and modifications over $1,000 in market value. Any questions about building permits and/or permit fees can be directed to Brett Edgerle at 459-3881 or email@example.com. Permit application forms are also available on our website – www.kohlervillage.org.
Please be mindful that when building or digging near your property line, it is the project owner’s responsibility to accurately locate and define the property line prior to construction.
KOHLER MEMORIAL THEATER
The theater is being renovated with completion scheduled in late 2019. Please be aware of construction vehicles and material staging adjacent to the theater.
FROM RECREATION DIRECTOR SONJA HEINS
Thank you again for your patience and understanding during the theater renovation this summer and continuing into the fall. Our hope is to be open again in the month of January.
Access to the Village Gym for December will be through the Event Lobby of the school. Any Changes will be posted on the Kohler Recreation Website and Facebook page as well as the Kohler Villager.
The Kohler Pool will be closed from December 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020.
The Youth Center will continue to be offering snacks and beverages out of the School Concession Stand in the Event Lobby after school Monday through Friday, 3-5pm, while school is in session. Thank you to Kohler Schools and Kohler Athletic Boosters for sharing their space with us during the renovation of the theater.
Visit our website at: recreation.kohlervillage.org or check out our Facebook Page “Village of Kohler Recreation Department” for updates.
Friday lunch at Village Hall
Cost is $5 per person, unless noted otherwise.
12/6 No Lunch
12/13 No Lunch
12/20 Polish sausage, kraut, potatoes, apple sauce, bread, dessert
12/27 No Lunch
12/5 Domes Trip
12/6 Trivia Night
12/13 Christmas Party
Activities at Village Hall, unless noted otherwise
Mondays & Wednesdays Chair Yoga 8:15am
Mondays & Tuesdays Ping Pong 1pm
Tuesdays-Hiking 10am-locations to be announced
Wednesdays-Pickleball 6:45pm-School Gym
Thursdays-Snow Shoeing/Cross Country Skiing-locations to be announced
Thursdays-Painting with Jay 1:30pm
Fridays-card playing 1pm (after lunch)
Saturdays-Coffee Shop Conversation 9am-Woodlake Market
- The Village Board approved the following items during their September 30,
- October 21 and November 4 meetings:
- Up to $20,000 for brick repair at Kohler Memorial Theater.
- Appoint Tarra Mikolyzk and Jake Toman to the Tourism Promotion & Development Committee.
- Annual renewal for the Joint Powers Agreement with the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department required by WI State Statute 256.35(9)(c).
- Operator’s licenses as presented.
- Temporary Class B Wine License to St. John Evangelist Parish 10/25/19.
- September 2019 Revenue & Expense Reports, bank reconciliations and journal entries.
- Twin Oaks Road Quit Claim Deed.
- Perform additional soil borings for Northern Interceptor Sewer, $6,975.
- Additional Cost for Youth Center HVAC unit, $513.
- Agreement for Transit Service between the City of Sheboygan and the Village of Kohler.
- Authorize ordering one Police Department squad car for purchase in 2020.
- Accept grant from Kohler Foundation, Inc. for $4,933 and approve purchasing
- Wi-Fi equipment in the same amount.
- Tourism Promotion & Development Committee funds:
- 2019 Room Night Acquisition Advertising via Northern American Golf Media $150,000
- 4th Quarter Room Night Acquisition Campaign $25,000
- Kohler Well-Being Experience, Mind & Body $80,000
- Kohler Food & Wine $25,000
- November Comedy Show $1,000
- Kohler Murder Mystery Dinner $1,000
- Snowball Run $1,000
- 2019 Community Christmas Tree $5,000