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Village Express
Heart Healthy
by Tim Nixon, Village President

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Administrator’s Corner vibrant. The Village has had some preliminary discussions with the Chamber of Commerce on a course of action. Those discussions will continue. The old Stokely property has recently changed hands and it is likely the Village will be dealing with proposals for that property. In addition, Village staff is looking at refurbishing Village Park. All of these actions are intended to keep the center of the Village economically and socially healthy. That in turn keeps the entire Village economically and socially healthy. The condition at the heart of most things determines the health of the other parts. One of the tools that could be used in turning some or all of these projects into reality is a tool called "tax increment financing" also known as a "TIF." Every time the topic comes up, it becomes clear that there are a number of misconceptions about TIF. Misconception No. 1: Building owners in TIFs do not pay property taxes. That is FALSE. Buildings in TIF districts pay the same property taxes whether they are inside or outside of a TIF district. Misconception No. 2: The Village pays the developer to put in a TIF. That is also FALSE. In the last two TIFs created in the Village, the developers together provided the Village with well over a million dollars in either letters of credit or escrow accounts plus mortgages and special assessments. Those provisions in the TIF agreement protect Village taxpayers from the downside risk that the TIF may not develop as quickly as expected. TIF provides a funding mechanism for streets, water mains, sewers, and curb and gutters. While TIF is by no means a perfect mechanism for economic development, it is the mechanism that the State of Wisconsin makes available to municipalities. Until something takes its place, it is the vehicle that the Village will have to use for economic development. Thus far the Village has used TIFs successfully and conservatively. It would be nice to say that we don't have to be concerned about the center—the heart—of the Village. As anyone who studies urban issues will tell you, if a downtown loses its vibrancy, multiple problems of an economic, social, and criminal nature generally follow. Accordingly, keeping the heart of the Village healthy is a prime concern for the Village government. This will how-ever, be community effort. The Village board will not do it by fiat. On behalf of the Village board, have a safe and happy New Year! Park Shelter Reservations Street Light Out? Library News
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A little over 125 years ago, the Village of Waunakee formed around the depot after the "new" railroad came through this valley. The Village grew and prospered around the depot and the downtown—the heart of the Village—to the point where it is a successful place that people continue to come to with their families and businesses. Modern families are pulled in many directions by jobs, school, sports and other recreational activities. While that is a fact for families, the Village needs a place for our community life to center around. This next year the Village will put renewed energy into keeping the heart of our community a vibrant place. The Village has put together a committee to hire a firm to assist with planning for our needs for the senior center as well as a community center. Longerterm residents will remember when there was a community room in the old Village hall. While there are other places available as well as the Village park shelters, there is a sense that some central facility for all citizens should be available. The Village is going to study those needs and of course their costs in order to come to a conclusion about what we ought to do. Another aspect of keeping the heart of the Village healthy is a renewed effort to keep the downtown

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The Streets Department has begun Christmas tree pickup. Please be sure to remove tree stands and ornaments. Trees will not be picked up if they are in tree bags. The Streets Department would like to remind you not to shovel or blow your snow into the streets after they have been plowed.

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The Administrator s Corner
I hope you all are enjoying a new year. This has been a busy holiday season for Village staff. With all of the snow, our Public Works staff has been working diligently to keep the streets clear. Hopefully Mother Nature will be kinder to us this year. Also, our Finance staff has been working hard to collect all of your taxes. We appreciate all of the fine work of the staff this season. We have some exciting things to look forward to in the coming year. We had a very busy construction year last year, but 2001 looks to be even busier. I hope you all have had a chance to go by Centennial Park and see the new shelter going up. We hope to have that done by sometime this spring. Also, the Library improvements should be completed very shortly. There will again be several street projects constructed this year. In addition, we will begin some major improvements on the Village storm drainage system this year. We will shortly begin the process of selecting a consultant to help us look at a potential new community/senior center. There will be many opportunities for public comment, and a committee will be formed in the near future to assist with that process. Also, with the anticipated retirement of our Senior Center Director, Ruth Quam, we will begin the process of filling that position. We certainly appreciate the service of Ruth and the next director will have big shoes to fill. For those of you who desire a more in-depth look at Village operations, we will shortly have the final version of the 2001 budget available. It has a new format this year that contains descriptions of Village operations, a five-year Capital Improvement Plan, and lots of charts and graphs. You will be able to obtain a copy at Village Hall, or one will be available at the Library. Have a great new year.

Waunakee Area Senior Center
Nutrition—849-8396 Receptionist—849-8385 Fax—849-2387

Services and Programs

Euchre every Thursday – 12:30 p.m. Cribbage every Friday – 12:00 p.m. Birthday Bingo Lunch – Second Tuesday of the month – 11:30 a.m. 4th Monday Cards and Lunch – Fourth Monday of the month 11:30 a.m. Massage Therapy for Seniors – by appointment only —(discounted prices) Foot Clinics – Second and Fourth Tuesday of the month Congregate Meals and Meals on Wheels – Monday thru Friday Entertainment monthly Case management services Monthly newsletter “Silver Notes” Free Tax Clinic beginning Tuesday February 6, 2001 (appointments necessary) Many volunteer opportunities available.

Authorized Waunakee Utilities Bill Payment Locations
• Automatic bill payment program. See application on following page. Utility office—payment receptacle in drive-thru and on left side of entry door. Bank of Waunakee Firstar Bank

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Energy Assistance
The Energy Assistance Program was established by the federal government to help income qualified households cope with the rising costs of home heating. If someone you know needs assistance, call 267-8601 for more information.

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FEE SCHEDULE

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Are you planning a family reunion, office picnic, birthday party, or a special event? The shelters located in the Waunakee parks are now available to be reserved for your private party. To make a shelter reservation, come to Village Hall in person, call the main reception desk at 850-8500, or call Sue in the Recreation Department at 849-5622. The following facilities are available for rental: Village Park Shelter, Village Park Gazebo, Ripp Park Shelter, Centennial Park Ballfield Shelter (between the ball diamonds) and the new Centennial Park Shelter (available for rental beginning July 1). Fees vary depending upon the rental date/time and your residency. Wisconsin sales tax will be added to all fees. Cancellations made 30 days prior to your event will incur a 25% administrative fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations within 30 days of the event. Resident $25.00 $32.50 $37.50 Resident $50.00 $65.00 $75.00

Park Shelters Available for Reservations

Adult Coed Volleyball
Calling all adult volleyball players! Plans are underway for an 8-week recreational volleyball league to be held Wednesday nights (7:00 – 10:00 p.m.) in February and March. If you are a captain with enough players to complete a team or an individual player looking to join a team, call Sue McDade at 849-5622 for additional information or to register! The deadline for registering is Friday, January 26 – 12:00 noon.

Day Rental Night Rental Weekend Rental

up to 4:00 p.m. 4:00 – 10:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday

Waunakee Parks Department
The Village has two sledding hills for winter activities: Water Tower Park on the north end of Division Street and Ripp Park north of the Water tower. The Pet Exercise Area in Ripp Park is open year round. It is located off of STH 19 on the north end of Ripp Park. A small skating rink in Savannah Village Park and a larger rink at Ripp Park near the playground equipment are available for winter use. Construction has begun on the new park shelter in Centennial Park. This will be an open air shelter with heated restrooms and a warming house for ice skating in the winter. Completion is scheduled for early summer.

Mailbox Replacement Policy
A properly installed mailbox may last for many years while an improperly installed mailbox may not make it through one winter! The most prevalent problem occurs when a mailbox extends past the face of the curb. The Village recently revised its policy concerning the claim and reimbursement policy for mailboxes inadvertently damaged by Village crews while performing their duties: The Village will consider claims up to $75.00 per mailbox damaged by winter plowing. Claims must be accompanied by receipts for labor and replacement materials. Claims will be reviewed by the Public Works Director and forwarded to the Village Board with a recommendation. New mailboxes must be installed in conformance with Village and postal service standards. Contact the Post Office for the height requirement of the mailbox. If you have any questions on damage to you mailbox please contact the Village offices at 850-8500.

Clearing Snow? Don t Forget About Hydrants!
Heavy winter snowfalls can cause location and access problems to the hydrant in your area for Waunakee Utilities and the Waunakee Fire Department. A hydrant blocked by snow and ice is a potential safety hazard. A covered or partially covered hydrant is difficult for emergency responders to see. Although Waunakee Utilities and the Waunakee Public Works Department are attempting to keep these areas clear, it does take time, especially this year. Any help in clearing snow from around the hydrants in your area this winter is greatly appreciated. It could help save a lot of needed time in the event of an emergency.

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How the Public Benefits Fee Works In Your Community!
The Reliability 2000 passed a law requiring all electric utilities in the state to collect “Public Benefits” dollars. The Public Benefits fee collected on your Utility bill each month is working in your own community. Waunakee’s “Commitment to Community” Year 2001 programs include emergency assistance for low-income customer, weatherization projects, as well as conservation incentives and programs. Look for more details this spring.

Water Meter Testing
Residential water meters are tested every 10 years in accordance with State Administrative Code PSC 185.76. Testing is done on a staggered basis to more evenly distribute the annual workload. Approximately 380 meters will be tested this year. This testing program is underway and will run through April. You may receive a letter or phone call from Waunakee Utilities to schedule an appointment. In order to complete this testing program, we need access to the water meter, which is located in the basement. If our hours are not convenient for you, we can schedule appointments at other times. Our employees will be at your home at the scheduled time, will have identification, and they will be very helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them.

Tree Trimming on Street Light Out? Streets and Alleys Waunakee Utilities asks you to help in
Over the next several months you may see Waunakee Utilities crews trimming trees around power lines. Cutting branches away from electric wires helps keep lines clear and ensures safe and reliable service.

identifying street lights that are out in the Village. If you notice a street light out in your neighborhood, please call the Waunakee Utilities offices at 849-8111 to report the location.

Careers In The Electric Industry
We rely on electricity every day . . . at home, school, and work . . . 24 hours a day . . . 7 days a week. Many people work together to generate electricity and get it to you. The electric industry needs people. Do you know a high school senior that is looking forward to a career in the out-of-doors? Skilled lineworkers build and repair power lines. Wisconsin is experiencing a shortage of trained lineworkers. Waunakee Utilities and Wisconsin Public Power are offering a $1,000 scholarship for a graduating high school senior who plans to attend an Electrical Power Distribution course. For more information, contact the local high school guidance office or Waunakee Utilities.

For current information check Waunakee Utilities website www.waunakeeutilities.org

Testing Electric Meters
In accordance with Administrative Code PSC 113.0911, residential electric meters are tested every 20 years. This testing program is underway with approximately 300 meters to be tested this winter. Our meter tester will knock on your door prior to the test to let you know this procedure will be done. If you are not home, when you return you may notice a clock blinking or some other indication that your electric was interrupted. Our meter tester will leave a door hanger on your front door to let you know that we have been there and tested your meter. The interruption will only last a few seconds while we replace your meter temporarily. If you have any questions regarding this testing procedure, please call the Waunakee Utilities offices at 849-8111.

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Waunakee Public Library
Preschool Storyhour A five week session for story hour for children 3 to 5 will begin February 13 and 14 and run through March 13 and 14. Registration will be held on February 6 and 7. Classes will be held from 9:30 – 10:15 and 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Toddler Storyhour Toddler Times, a four week session for toddlers ages 18 months to 35 months, will run from March 20 and 21 through April 10 and 11 with registration on March 13 and 14. Classes will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30 to 9:50 a.m. A parent or caregiver must accompany the child Preschool Videos Videos for toddlers and preschoolers are shown on the first and third Thursdays and Fridays of each month from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. A listing of these videos is available at the library. PLEASE NOTE: All programs will be held in the upper level of the library in the Reference Room during the remodeling project. After School Special These programs are for students in kindergarten through fourth grade. Thursday, March 15, 3:10 – 4:00 p.m. Ruthanne Bessman, Origami. Ruthann will be back to do a program of paper folding. Registration is required. There is a limit of 60 students. Thursday, April 19, 3:10 – 4:00 p.m. Aldo Leopold Nature Center presents “Creepy Crawly Critter”. There will be a puppet show as well as hands on activities. Library Board Meetings Library board meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 5:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend these meetings. Board members are: Rich Murphy, President; Eleanor Carberry, Treasurer; Shirley Macaulay; Carol O’Neil; and Claudia Towers. Library Expansion Completion of the project is scheduled for mid-March. In addition to a new Children and Young Adult Department downstairs, there will be a new staircase, entryways, and circulation desks on both levels, more computers, and an additional book return at the lower level entrance. Additional parking and landscaping will be completed in the spring. Staff at the Library would like to thank all our patrons for putting up with the noise and inconvenience during our project. Without exception patrons were gracious and forgiving. An Open House is planned for April Youth Services Grant The Waunakee Public Library has received a grant of $2000 from the Wisconsin State Journal Youth Services, Inc. The grant request was for a computer with word processing programs to be put in the Children and Young Adult Department. Paperbacks and high interest non-fiction material will also be purchases with grant funds. Young Adult Program We are celebrating our new young adult area with the following program for students in grades 5 through 8. On Thursday, March 29, from 5 to 4:30 p.m. Heidi Dewoskin from the Scrapbook Superstore will do a program on scrapbooking. Participants are asked to bring favorite birthday or family photos. Supplies for making a scrapbook page will be provided. Registration is required Family Storytime Wednesday, March 21, 6:45 – 7:30 p.m. Stories and songs using props, puppets, and flannelboard. New Data Bases Literature Resource Center (LRC). Students looking for an “A” on that author report or literature paper, book club members wanting background information on authors and books, or someone just curious about a new book, should check our this new database. LRC is now available through LINK. It offers direct access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analysis of more that 90,000 authors. To access the Literature Resource Center go to the Waunakee Public Library home page (http://www.scls.lib.wi.us/wau/ home/html) and click on the “Online Reference Databases” button. Netlibrary. You’ve heard about eBooks – now you can check them out yourself! Through a Wisconsin Public Library Consortium grant, our patrons can now have access to several thousand online books (eBooks), which are electronic versions of printed books. eBooks can be viewed online from any computer connected to the Internet. You can preview eBooks for 15 minutes for quick reference, or “check out” the book for 24 hours. Because eBooks are online, they are available at your convenience and you don’t have to worry about returning them – eBooks are automatically “checked in” at the end of you loan period. There are two ways to access eBooks at Netlibrary. If you are at the library using one of our Internet stations no login is required. To use Netlibrary from your home or office you will first need to create an user account at the library. Once created, you can use your account to login from any computer with Internet access. The search Netlibrary go to www.netlibray.com.

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Village Administrator..............................................................................................R. Kim Wilde Finance Director...........................................................................................................David Ferris Village Engineer/Director of Public Works.............................................Kevin Even Village Clerk..................................................................................................................Julee Helt Police Chief......................................................................................................................Kevin Plendl Utilities General Manager.....................................................................................Lee Elver Library Director............................................................................................................Louise Bauer Senior Center Director..............................................................................................Ruth Quam Building Inspector.......................................................................................................General Engineering Streets Foreman.............................................................................................................John Radermacher Parks Supervisor............................................................................................................Mike Endres Fire Chief...........................................................................................................................Steve Kessenich Fire Inspector...................................................................................................................Alex Miller Emergency Medical Services Director...........................................................Dan Kurtz Municipal Court Judge............................................................................................Mark Colbert Recreation Director....................................................................................................Sue McDade Assessor...............................................................................................................................Gardiner Appraisal


				
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