Raymond Discusses Drain Issues

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As dicussion continues regarding a drain and private tile on Wild Rose Lane, members of the Raymond Village Board expressed interest in how much the new homeowners are willing to contribute during their board meeting on Monday evening, March 15, at the village hall.

Local residents are also inquiring about the cost and what the village of Raymond will pledge to the project. If the village opted to run a one-ft. wide trench to the fire hydrant, it would cost $2,500. Trustee Bruce Poggenpohl advised that he would like to assist in a solution, and suggested the board give him ideas on cost. The matter was tabled as more discussion is needed.

In other news, Mayor Denny Held brought the Cahoy pump bill to the board’s attention, stating that he discussed the bill with the company, who advised him to withhold two hours of overtime they had listed. The saving cost to the village is $945.

As part of the Shoal Creek Golf Course update, Superintendent Nick Hornbuckle reported that he will be picking up the John Deere reels, which will cost $625. There has been an issue with people walking on the greens while they still have frost on them, which has been addressed.

Hornbuckle also requested a pay raise as he has been employed with the village for seven months. He presented a number to the board and advised that he would also like to apply for a membership to the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), which will provide benefits such as health insurance, webinars and other helpful resources.

In economic development, the board reported that a home on North McGown Street has trash in the back of their property. In addition, the village owns land in town, and the board discussed publishing an ad to accept sealed bids on the property.

A motion was made by Poggenpohl and seconded by Trustee Bill Krager to enter into executive session.

Following executive session, Poggenpohl made another motion, which was seconded by Krager, to approve a cost-of-living raise for Hornbuckle, as well as other village employees. The golf superintendent was also granted permission for a GCSAA membership.

Those in attendance were Mayor Held, and trustees Dan Hough, Greg Bernhardt, Poggenpohl and Krager. Trustee Robert Pennock was absent from the meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 8:22 p.m.

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