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Half Moon beach to remain closed

Mary Stirrat | Staff writer
Portable toilets approved for fishermen
MILLTOWN – The village of Milltown held its regular monthly meeting April 13 via teleconference, with all members in attendance.
More time was spent on public works items than any other agenda item, and several decisions were approved.
The board voted to place a portable toilet at the Half Moon Lake public landing, emphasizing that it is for fishermen since the beach will remain closed until the Safer at Home and social-distancing guidelines are removed.
Cost will be $100 per month, a discounted price, said public works director Mike Nutter. Olson Sewer Service is supplying the unit.
Boat docks are in, said Nutter, but the fishing pier will not be put in until the village is given the go-ahead. He said the fishing pier is a floating pier that is typically just used as a gathering place.
“How do we stop people from using the beach?” asked village President LuAnn White.
There is no assured way to keep it closed, said Nutter, but signs will be posted and the rest rooms will be closed.
The board approved an additional $2,000 for the new water meters after learning that several places need a different size, bringing the total to $92,000 to complete the project. Also approved was $741 for new dual-purpose radials for the Gator.
Spring cleanup will proceed as scheduled, from Monday, April 27, through Friday, May 1.
One public works item was tabled until May and that was approving a truck box for the new truck.
Other business
• Police Chief Shaun Thayer reported that Officer Austin Reed resigned to take a position with the Balsam Lake-Centuria Police Department. Office Cody Thompson was promoted to full time a week ago, said Thayer, and a part-time officer will eventually be hired. “It’s hard to go through the interview process right now,” he said.
• Library director Bonnie Carl said that while the library remains closed the adult and summer reading programs have been moved online, and are being paid for by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. She also said that just before the closure the library sent out 500 letters asking for donations, and within two weeks $1,300 had been received.
• The board approved its annual $1,500 donation to the Milltown Cemetery. Final payment of $55,262 to Derrick Building Solutions for the library project was approved with the condition that the outdoor lighting be changed and an inside door replaced first.
• White asked whether the board would consider a variance for a property in Bering Park that would allow two mobile homes that are currently owned by the same people to have less than the required 20 feet between them in order to be sold. She and Trustees Les Sloper and Glenn Owen were going to visit the property April 14, with a phone meeting to possibly follow in order to approve the variance.

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