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FROM CLERK/TREASURER LAURIE INDOW www.kohlervillage.org
Village Meetings Scheduled for January
1/6         Finance Committee                                          6:00 pm
1/8         Library Board at Kohler Public Library      12:30 pm
1/9         Planning Commission                                      4:30 pm
1/13       Property Committee                                         5:30 pm
1/20       Village Board                                                   6:00 pm
All meetings are held at Kohler Village Hall, 319 Highland Drive, unless otherwise indicated.

Spring Primary
The Spring Primary will be held Tuesday, February 18, 2019, if required. 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.

Property Tax BillsTax bills were mailed on December 13. 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/debit 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

FROM POLICE CHIEF SHAWN SPLIVALO
www.kohlerpolice.com
Phone Scams
I have received information that the Village residents are getting calls from the Police and Sheriffs Association asking for donations. I just wanted to clarify that this group is not associated with the Kohler Police Department. We are not a member (if membership exists) and do not receive funds or training from their association. If you are interested in supporting area law enforcement with donations, I would encourage you to support the local Shop with a Cop program, or one of our K-9 programs. Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.

License Plates:  There are a couple of trends that we would like to see not continue on license plates into 2020.

1st is the practice of placing the year sticker all over the license plate. This makes the plate hard to read for Law Enforcement. Also by the year sticker missing in the right corner it would appear that the plate is not current as officers are scanning the plate. Keep in mind our officers scan hundreds of plates a year so making it clear that your plate is valid is helpful.

Wisconsin State Statute 341.15(1m)(a)341.15(1m)(a) reads ; Except as provided in par. (b), any registration decal or tag issued by the department shall be placed on the rear registration plate of the vehicle in the manner directed by the department. In this case the manner directed by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is shown below.  Please remove all old stickers and have the month in the lower left corner and the current year in the lower right.

The 2nd issue is the tinted covers on license plates. Wisconsin State statute 341.16( 2) reads;Registration plates shall be attached firmly and rigidly in a horizontal position and conspicuous place. The plates shall at all times be maintained in a legible condition and shall be so displayed that they can be readily and distinctly seen and read.

Although there is some interpretation needed for this statute, Wisconsin Court case law has ruled that this statute applies to any cover placed over the numbers and letters of a license plate. I know they look cool, but please remove any covers over the license plate.

FROM FIRE CHIEF MIKE LINDSTROM
Your volunteer fire department had a very busy year. We responded to 155 calls. Our members are very dedicated to keeping the village a safe place to live. These are our active members. Please take time to say thank you to them as you see them.
Gary Lindow, Jack Jarvis, Chris Berlin, TJ Kramer, Nate Jingst, Greg Lindstrom, Mike Kelm, Bob Taubenheim, Mark Knipping, Matt Burzon, Matt Childs, David Cincotta, Brett Edgerle, John Ewert, Dan Fibiger, Jeff Granke, Tom Leonhardt, Matt Lewis, Allie Lindow, Brandon McKnight, Tom Schumacher, Scott Uselding, Nathaniel Vandeleest, Todd Zimmerman, Erika Evarts, Edward Ward.

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.

Christmas 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.

Garbage Pickup
Residents are reminded that garbage/recyclable pickup is on Tuesdays. Pickup starts at 7:00 a.m. and may last until 5:00 p.m. Due to driver changes and equipment malfunctions, actual pickup times may change, week to week. On a related note, if your garbage container is broken (lid cracked, broken wheel, etc.) please call 459-3881 for repairs.

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

FROM RECREATION DIRECTOR SONJA HEINS
We are seeing the light at the end of the renovation. Thank you for your patience and understanding during the theater renovation this fall. Keep watching for our Facebook page and website for more updates. 
Access to the Village Gym for January 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 the Kohler Schools and Kohler Athletic Boosters for sharing their space with us during the theater renovation.

Visit our website at:  recreation.kohlervillage.org or check out our Facebook Page “Village of Kohler”

KLUB 55 www.kohlervillage.org/klub55/To register for activities or lunch stop at Village Hall, call 920-459-3873 or email cgamb@kohlervillage.org.Friday lunch at Village Hall Cost is $5 per person, unless noted otherwise. 1/10 Hamburgers and brats1/17 Soup & BLT sandwich1/24 Oriental chicken1/31 Chef Jeff’s Famous Stromboli  Activities1/30 Connecting with BalanceActivities at Village Hall, unless noted otherwiseMondays & Wednesdays Chair Yoga 8:15amMondays & Tuesdays Ping Pong 1pmTuesdays-Hiking 10am-locations to be announcedWednesdays-Pickleball 6:45pm-School GymThursdays-Snow Shoeing/Cross Country Skiing-locations to be announced Thursdays-Painting with Jay 1:30pmFridays-card playing 1pm (after lunch)Saturdays-Coffee Shop Conversation 9am-Woodlake Market

VILLAGE BOARD

The Village Board approved the following items during their November 18 and 25 meetings:

  • Hiring Youth Center Employee.
  • October 2019 Revenue & Expense Reports, Bank Reconciliation and Journal Entries.
  • Purchase score boards for Village Gym.
  • Operator’s licenses as presented.
  • Adding crosswalk signage to Highland Drive.
  • Accept renewal of Anthem for employee health insurance coverage for 2020.
  • Changes to employee manual benefit section as presented.
  • Direct Clerk-Treasurer to conduct a mandatory employee meeting to communicate health insurance plan changes and advantages.
  • Refer to Finance Committee reviewing competitive plans for health insurance coverage by June for 2021 budgeting.
  • 2020 employee wage schedule as presented.
  • Move the Village Sign budgeted for $21,000 in 2021 Capital Outlay to 2020.
  • Ordinance 2019-14, 2020 Budget Adoption and Tax Levy Ordinance.
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