I write this and reflect on how fast summer has gone by again this year. It is my hope that everyone had a chance to get together with family and friends to enjoy the season of swimming, relaxing, picnics and outdoor fun.
There have been a few changes on the village board this year. Thank you to Nick Jaeger, Joel Roehrig and Scott Ohlrogge for your time on the board and I hope you get involved and give of your time and talent in your new communities. I am pleased to welcome the new trustees Terry Gottsacker, Louie Wilmot and Jonalee DeNoble, who are finishing out the terms vacated by Nick, Joel and Scott. Terry, Louie and Jonalee bring a wealth of knowledge and experience and I look forward to working with them together as a team.
A few of the projects that will extend into the next couple of years, which the board is exploring, are street replacements for many of the deteriorating roadways throughout the village and a boat launch project at Hika Park. We are working on the final list of streets and a timeframe for replacement, and will notify the homeowners affected by the projects. Street projects are never easy with the inconvenience of construction and the cost of the assessments for homeowners, but once complete and maintained they will serve the community for many decades to come. The board and plan commission are in the preliminary stages of looking at options for an improved boat launch and breakwater plan at Hika Park. The village will continue to explore grant opportunities and look for community financial support for this big project.