Village View for December, 2018

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Holiday Garbage Pick-up

When a holiday falls on a Monday or Tuesday, all garbage pick-ups will be one day later than scheduled.  Christmas Day is on Tuesday, December 25th; garbage pickup for that week will be on Wednesday, December 26th. New Year’s Day is on Tuesday, January 1; garbage pickup for that week will be on Wednesday, January 2nd.

FROM CLERK/TREASURER LAURIE LINDOW www.kohlervillage.org

Village Meetings Scheduled for December

12/5     Library Board  at Kohler Public Library     12:30pm
12/10   Property Committee                                         4:30 pm
12/10   Finance Committee                                          5:30 pm
12/13   Planning Commission                                      4:30 pm
12/17   Village Board                                                       5:30 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 contact the Village Clerk-Treasurers Office for information. There is a 2.65% fee charged for this service. Credit cards are accepted at the Village Office or online.

Real estate taxes may be paid in full or in two installments. Payments in full are due January 31, 2019. Installments are due: first half due January 31, 2019; second half due July 31, 2019.

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

Nomination Papers for Spring Election
Saturday, December 1, 2018, is the first day to circulate nomination papers for the 2019 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 Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at 5:00 pm. All terms begin on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, and are for two years. The following offices are to be elected to succeed the present incumbents listed:

Village President – Thomas R. Schnettler
Village Trustee – Brian Post
Village Trustee – Kristine Young
Village Trustee – Mike Zimmermann

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 19, 2019, and the Spring Election will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

Village Office Hours
Regular office hours are Monday–Friday, 7:30 am–4:00 pm.
The Village Office will be closed:
Monday, December 24
Tuesday, December 25
Monday, December 31
Tuesday, January 1

FROM INTERIM POLICE CHIEF DAVE DARIN www.kohlerpolice.com

Feeding Deer prohibited
The Police Department has learned that some residents are purposely feeding deer in an effort to attract the deer into their yard for viewing. This practice is prohibited by ordinance as part of the Village’s deer management program that attempts to limit the herd to a reasonable number. The ordinance reads as follows:

“No person shall engage in the artificial feeding of whitetail deer within the village limits, except as set forth in Section 7.20.020. “Artificial feeding” shall be defined as the placement of shelled corn and/or other types of grain, salt or minerals, and fruit or vegetable matter, on the ground or in feeders, mangers or any other type of structure or receptacle for the purpose of feeding or attracting whitetail deer on any private or public property.

The prohibition set forth in Section 7.20.010 shall not apply to:

  1. Deer management practices approved, authorized and sponsored by the village;
  2. Use of bird feeders, or their equivalent, for the sole purpose of the feeding of birds; and
  3. Cultivation of naturally growing grains, fruits or vegetables, for purposes other than the feeding of whitetail deer, but which inadvertently attract whitetail deer.”

AED Donation for KLUB 55
The Police Department recently submitted a request to Aurora Health Care for a donation of an automated external defibrillator (AED) that can used in cardiac related medical emergencies. The request was made on behalf of KLUB 55. Aurora Health Care approved the request. Village Hall staff and KLUB 55 members will be receiving the AED and associated training the first week in December.

Community Resource Officer
Police Officer Matt Hocevar was re-assigned from general patrol duties to the duties of Community Resource Officer (CRO) in October. Matt has been working hand and hand with school staff on a daily basis to ensure a safe learning environment for our children. Matt has been a tremendous asset in that partnership.

Matt Hocevar

New Patrol Officer – Police Officer Katherine (Katie) Schoch successfully completed the department’s 14 week formal Field Training Program. She is now assigned solo patrol duties and will be primarily working the evening shift, 2:30pm to 11:00pm.

Katie Schoch

FROM PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR BRETT EDGERLE

Snow Emergency
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.

Snow Removal
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.

Yard Waste Pickup
The last yard waste container pickup for the season is December 4th, 2018. As a reminder, brush (tree branches) must be neatly piled in four-foot lengths. The maximum diameter is six inches. No brush or branches 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.

Christmas Tree Pickup
Christmas trees will be picked up curbside on Tuesday January 8th and 15th. All ornaments and lights MUST be removed. No trees in bags.

Leaf Collection
Leaf collection will end the first week of December. Leaves should be raked into the street along the curb in three-foot (3’) wide rows. No grass clippings, sticks, or other garden debris is allowed. Please do not park cars within 50 feet of leaf piles as our equipment will not be able to vacuum leaves out of the gutter. The Public Works Department follows a schedule for leaf collection. Each week, the collection starts on the south end of the Village where the trees are more mature and produce more leaves. The route continues to the west and north sections of the Village.

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.

Disposable Wipes
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 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.

KLUB 55
To register for activities or lunch stop at Village Hall, call 920-459-3873 or email cgamb@kohlervillage.org.

Activities in December
12/7 Christmas Party 6pm
12/8 Bake Sale, Craft Sale 9am-2pm
12/11 Craft Class 10:30am
12/13 Andy Diehl CPA, Compu-tek Accounting, Inc. 10:30am
12/13 Book Club at Library 1pm
12/13 Spinners Group Meeting 6pm

Thursday lunch at Village Hall
11:30am, cost $5 – Sign up by Tuesday
12/6 No Lunch
12/13 Soup a Rue
12/20 Beefy Cheesy Bake Casserole
12/27 No Lunch

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 Therapeutic Yoga 9:30am-Village Hall

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

Walkers Club Wednesdays 8:30am meet in Village Gym (use pool entrance on School Street).

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

THE KOHLER YOUTH CENTER FROM MANAGER RHONDA HOLLAND
Hours of Operation for December 1 through 21, 2018
Monday-Friday 3-5:30pm; Saturday & Sunday 12:30-5pm
Holiday Hours: December 21 Open 12-4pm (early release)
Closed December 22 through January 1

Happy Holidays from the staff at the Kohler Youth Center

Alex, Erin, Ethan, Hannah, Hunter, Jacob, Josh & Rhonda

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK:
Need a quick snack after school or before practice? Need a place to unwind? Need a place to hang out and get some homework done? Need a quick and easy dinner? Here to Help at the Kohler Youth Center, we offer after school snacks, after school unwind time and a place to meet your friends.

HOLIDAY PARTY AFTER HOURS EVENT
Saturday, December 15, 2018; 7:30-11pm

Let’s enjoy this holiday season with a get-together that includes the white elephant gift exchange, music, open gym, fun. DON’T FORGET: White Elephant Gift Exchange at 9pm. What is a White Elephant Gift? . . . A White Elephant gift is that ‘something unusual’ you purchased, or were given, that has value to someone, somewhere. You can’t bring yourself to throw it away, so you wrap or rewrap it and give it away as a White Elephant Gift.

Remember this event is open to everyone, but please note Elementary aged students should be accompanied by a parent; Middle and High School students may come on their own. This event will be supervised and staffed, however guests will be able to come and go as they wish throughout the night just like during normal business hours. With the emphasis put on a safe, easy-going place to go to meet your friends and have fun, we look forward to meeting you at our next event.

Save the date:  Join us for the Winter After Hours Event on February 16, 2018. We will extend our hours and be open 7:30-11pm

LATEST NEWS:
Halloween 2018 was a success! On October 27th imagination and creation brought out some of the greatest costumes at our After Hours Event and Halloween Party. The evening costume contest was a hit with Scooby Dooby Doo winning first prize this year. Superman and “S’more” were also among the top winners of giant sized candy bars and Youth Center treats. Other notables were a large showing of fruit in this year’s contest: two strawberries, a lemon and a pineapple were among the crowd. Also spotted this year was carton of milk, blue man group, Dracula, black cat, crayon and the rainbow unicorn. Bobbing for apples and the annual “guess how many” games were a hit. The evening also included glow-in-the dark swimming, open gym, food, friends and lots of music. Thanks to everyone who made it a spookytacular night. . . 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 itself is located at 260 School Street. 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. Contact Rhonda Holland @ 920-207-6537 for more information.

This Month’s Menu Highlight:
Cheeseburger $3.50; Fries $1.00; Chocolate Oreo Shake $1.50; Hot Caramel Coffee $2.00.

VILLAGE BOARD

The Village Board approved the following items during their October 15 & 22, and November 7 & 12 meetings:

    • Appointed Jason Kwacz to the open Village Trustee position expiring April 2020 and to the Property Committee.
    • Amendment 1 to contract with Kapur & Associates for the Northern Interceptor Sewer design, $8,700.
    • Operator’s licenses as presented.
    • Adopt Wisconsin Municipal Record Schedule.
    • September 2018 Revenue & Expense reports, bank reconciliation & journal entries.
    • Building permit for Kohler School District to replace Ebben Field fence.
    • Annual renewal for Joint Powers Agreement with Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Dept.
    • Accept notice of retirement from Chief William Rutten effective 2/15/19.
    • Adjusted 2019 wage schedule.
    • Removed $6,000 additional expense budgeted for the library for 2018 and 2019.
    • Pay down additional debt of $164,000 in 2019 and include in the 2019 budget.
    • Employee health insurance plan with Anthem.
    • Ordinance 2018-14, 2019 Budget Adoption and Tax Levy Ordinance.

VILLAGE BOARD
Thomas Schnettler, President
John Ewert
Jason Kwacz
Brian Post
Kristine Young
John Winter
Mike Zimmermann

Clerk-Treasurer
Laurie Lindow

Police Chief
Interim Chief Dave Darin

Director of Public Works
Brett Edgerle

Fire Chief
Mike Lindstrom

Recreation Director
John Brigham

Librarian
Erin Coppersmith

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