Village View for May, 2019

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Holiday Garbage Pick-up
When a holiday falls on a Monday, all garbage pick-ups will be one day later than scheduled.  Monday, May 27th is Memorial Day. Garbage pickup for that week will be on Wednesday, May 29th.

Memorial Day Parade: The Village of Kohler Memorial Day Parade will be Monday, May 27, at 8:00 a.m. The parade will start at Village Hall and proceed down School Street over to Woodland Cemetery, where the Village President will lead the dedication service.

KOHLER FIRE DEPARTMENT BRAT FRYOn 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 businessand social expenses, support various community youth programs, local area Fire/Rescue projects, and fund a scholarship in Police/Fire Sciences.

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

Village Meetings Scheduled for May
5/1    Library Board  at Kohler Public Library     12:30pm
5/9    Planning Commission                                    4:30 pm
5/13  Property Committee                                        5:30 pm
5/13  Finance Committee                                         5:30 pm
5/20  Village Board                                                    6:30 pm
All meetings are held at Kohler Village Hall, 319 Highland Drive, unless otherwise indicated.

The Village Assessor will be holding an Open Book session at Village Hall on Friday, May 10 from 1:00–3:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment with the assessor, please call Associated Appraisal at 1-800-721-4157. Open Book is an opportunity for property owners to meet with the assessor and examine the records for their property and discuss how the assessment was made. Time spent discussing your assessment with the assessor may eliminate the need for a formal appeal to the Board of Review. At Open book, the assessor is allowed to make any changes that are necessary to perfect the assessment roll.

The Village of Kohler Board of Review will meet Monday, June 3, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Property owners that want to appear before the Board of Review to appeal their assessment must provide the clerk-treasurer with written or oral notice of their intent to file an objection at least 48 hours before the meeting of the Board. Also, a written and signed Form of Objection to Property Assessment must be filled out and filed with the clerk within the first 2 hours of the Board’s first scheduled meeting.

Officer Matt Hocevar awarded Certificate of Excellence…
Through the leadership of the Kohler School District’s Superintendent, Quynh Trueblood, the Community Resource Officer position became a partnership between the Kohler School District and the Kohler Police Department.  Officer Matt Hocevar was selected to fill the position
Matt has just completed the first six months of his new assignment as the CRO, and has exceeded everyone’s expectations.

Emergency Medical Services Week

The Kohler Police Department is a State licensed Emergency Medical Responder Unit.  Every KPD Officer is either a licensed Emergency Medical Responder or Emergency Medical Technician.  The Officers respond to every medical call in the Village, providing lifesaving care prior to the arrival of Paramedics that respond from adjoining cities.  If the Officers are busy on other calls, or need additional help on a serious call, the Kohler Fire Department has members that are also licensed and will respond when requested.  There are routinely slightly less than 200 EMS calls in the Village each year.

Bike Safety Day 
Saturday June 1, 2019
Free drop-in event for cyclists of all skill levels

  • Test your skills in a variety of obstacle courses
  • Talk with a police officer about rules of the road
  • Receive a free bicycle inspection, free helmet and bike accessory
  • Soda and chips to be supplied after the day’s events
  • Please bring your bicycle, helmet and water bottle
    Bike licenses are required and available on event day for $2.50 for any bikes with wheels larger than 16”. You can print out a bike registration form and bring the completed form with you to save time by printing them off our website at
  • 11:30am-12:30pm bike inspections by Wolf’s Cycling and Fitness, helmet fittings by Aurora Health Care
  • 12:30-1:30pm bike obstacle courses
  • 1:30-2pm receive bike accessory, chips and soda

This event is co-sponsored by: Frito Lay; Wolf’s Cycling & Fitness; Aurora Health Care; Pepsi. For further information, please contact the Kohler Police Department at 920-459-3877.

Kohler Memorial Theatre
The theater is being renovated with completion scheduled in late 2019.  Please be aware of construction vehicles and material staging adjacent to the theater.

Household Hazardous Material Waste Collection Program
The Sheboygan County Planning and Conservation Office is again 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 or go to 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 Friday mornings 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.

Cemetery Wreaths
All Christmas wreaths need to be removed from the cemetery by May 15th.

Emerald Ash Borer
The tree-killing insect called Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was confirmed in the Village of Kohler two years ago.  The Village’s treatment program began as soon as the borer was discovered in Wisconsin, approximately nine years ago.  With this program, 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.  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 $1,000.00.  Home additions, garages, accessory buildings, decks and other exterior modifications need Kohler Co. and Village of Kohler Plan Commission review.  Visit our website at or call the Public Works Department at 459-3881 for more information.

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 your 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.

Garage Sale Signs
One temporary “garage sale” or “for sale” sign shall be permitted on each lot. Signs located on public property will be removed by the Public Works Department or Police Department.

Storable Swimming Pools
Storable swimming pools, require an annual $50 permit. A storable pool is any pool which holds 1000 gallons of water or more.  Storable pools must be located 35 feet from all lot lines and meet ALL electrical codes for the pump.

Stormwater Pollution Prevention
Being environmentally friendly, residents need to be aware that storm drains located throughout the village discharge directly to the Sheboygan River. Please do not dump liquids or pet waste into the storm inlets.  When you wash vehicles, wash them on the grass to minimize dirt and detergent from flowing directly down your driveway and into the storm inlets.

Potable Water Cross Connection Control (Backflow) Program
The Village of Kohler is required to execute a cross connection control (backflow preventer) program to eliminate potable water cross connections.  Residential backflow preventers may be required on lawn irrigation systems, wet fire protection systems, hot water heating (boiler) systems, swimming pool fills, water features, etc.  Backflow preventers may also be required if there is another water source on the site such as a well, pond, river, etc.  Backflow preventers are the property of the water customer and the responsibility lies with the customer for annual testing and maintenance. The water customer must contract with a licensed tester to perform the required annual tests. Most local plumbers are certified to test backflow preventers.

The contractor hired to oversee Kohler’s backflow program is Aqua Backflow, a nationally-recognized firm located in Elgin, IL specializing in cross connection control management. Aqua Backflow can be reached at 847-742-2296 with any questions. Your Village of Kohler contact, Brett Edgerle, can be reached at 920-459-3881.  All water customers will be contacted by Aqua Backflow at some point over the next two years to perform a site survey. Inspectors will be surveying your property to be sure that your water systems are protected from existing or potential cross connections.

The Kohler Cross Connection Control Program is designed to safeguard public health.  We ask for your cooperation with our program, its enforcement, and any requests for access or information that come from Aqua Backflow or Village staff.

You may have noticed that the door to the Youth Center and Pool is no longer available and blocked by a fence. 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.

To register for T-ball please go to the Summer Camps 2019.  All Water Activities, including: Dive and Swim Club, as well as Swim lessons are included in Swim Season 2019. Tennis registration is also on the new registration system. You are able to sign up for all 3 Tennis sessions now.

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

Kohler Pool
The pool is open beginning May 1 for scheduled events only. Access the pool through Door 20, the small door at the back of the pool in the alley
Water Aerobics (Access the pool through Door 20 – The small door in the back alley)
Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 7-8am.
Monday 4:45pm. Deep water (Begins May 6)
Thursday 8:30am. Deep water
Lap Swim: Monday through Thursday, 8-9am, Beginning May 1
Parent-Tot Swim Class begins May 6, Mondays from 6-6:30pm and Saturdays from 11:30am-12pm
No Open Swim in May!! Please watch the website, Kohler Villager and our Facebook page for more information.
Offerings at the pool this summer:
Swim lesson – group and private – June 17-Aug 1 (3 sessions)
Water Aerobics
Lap Swim
Youth Swim Club – June 17-August 2
Youth Spring Board Dive Club – June 18-August 1
Intro to SCUBA
KPAL swim Meet – August 1
If you are interested in basket room personnel and Lifeguarding positions, please pick up an application in the Village Office on Highland Drive. We are interviewing and filling positions now.
Youth Center
Sorry but we are closed for the month of May. We are hoping to see you when school is out in June.  Keep your eyes on the Village Recreation Website and Facebook Page for updates!

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

5/16 Bourbon Street Bar & Grill 11:30am
5/20 Ikea Trip 9:30am
5/23 Liver & Onions 11:30am
5/25 Sheepshead Tournament 1pm

Activities at Village Hall, unless noted otherwise
Mondays-Recreational Ping Pong 1pm
Tuesdays-Hiking 9:30am-meet at Sports Core
Tuesdays-Ping Pong, Advanced Players 1pm
Wednesdays-Pickleball 6:30pm-School Gym
Thursdays-Cycling 9:30am
Thursdays-Painting with Jay 1:30pm
Members are free, non-members are $1.

Friday lunch at Village Hall
Cost is $5 per person, unless noted otherwise.
5/10 Coney Dogs
5/17 Stromboli
5/31 Tender Breaded Chicken

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

The Village Board approved the following items during their March 18 meeting:

  • Operator’s licenses as presented.
  • Resolution 2019-2, Commendation to William Rutten
  • Ordinance 2019-3, Disposition of Human Remains
  • Proposal to hire a temporary aquatics director for summer season and have Sonja Heins direct pool operations the remainder of 2019.
  • January 2019 Revenue & Expense Reports, bank reconciliation and journal entries.
  • Purchase one 5800 refrigeration sampler from Mulcahy Shaw Water, Inc. for $6563.95.
  • Request from Premise Health and Kohler Co. for signage at Woodlake Pharmacy.
  • Request from Kohler Co. for a building permit for signage at Red Fox Cabin.
  • Request from Kohler Co. for a building permit for signage at Highland Dr. and Cty PP roundabout.
  • Request from Kohler Co. for a building permit for a Village of Kohler entry sign near the Cty A and Cty PP roundabout.
  • Request for Tourism Promotion & Development Committee funds:
  • November 2018 Comedy Show – $1,706.50
  • 2018 Community Christmas Tree – $5,000
  • Kohler Murder Mystery Dinner – $1,500
  • Snowball Run – $1,000
  • 2019 Kohler School Friends Holiday Arts & Craft Fair – $4,700
  • Destination Kohler pages in Kohler Villager – $5,400
  • Ice skating Rink not to exceed $5,000
  • 2019 In Celebration of Chocolate – $14,000
  • Libations of Spring – $10,000
  • 2019 Room Night via Golf Rounds Acquisition Advertising – $280,000
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