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Winter's grip won't release ice shanties; DNR Hotline ready
This winter is not going anywhere fast - and neither are some ice shanties regardless of what the Wisconsin laws say.
The Department of Natural Resources understands the ice shanty removal issues anglers in parts of Wisconsin are facing and is ready assist by taking calls from anglers who want their conservation wardens to know their shanty removal status.
In recent days the DNR wardens have fielded calls from ice anglers statewide asking for advice about their problems to meet state deadlines to clear lake and river ice of shanties because of wild temperatures that have jumped to the 40s only to plummet to the sub-zero range - yet again.
"We've heard about shanties frozen in place by several inches of slush - and some lakes have thick snow from the recent major storm which poses even more challenges," Chief Warden Todd Schaller says. "There is not enough time to modify the law before the deadline removal dates. But we can use discretion for those who are working hard to get their structures off the ice."
The DNR recommends anglers begin immediately to assess their shanties removal possibilities and work with local vendors, friends and others for assistance. "Anglers often can find services right in their home areas who can either do the removal, rent the equipment to assist in that removal or some other help in removing those shelters from the ice," Schaller says.
See this week's issue of the Enterprise Press (March 6) for the complete story.)
Sewer rates increasing April 1
By Lynda Berg Olds
Village of Balsam Lake Trustees quickly dispatched the business at hand during their regular meeting on Monday night.
Some of the business was more or less routine - such as approval of boilerplate language with regards to the ambulance service contract, now doing business as St. Croix Valley Emergency Medical Services.
Another item had to do with possibly taking some action to forgive an assessment that could be considered erroneous. However, that item was tabled for further study by the water and sewer committee.
Another tabled agenda item had to do with the 2015 budget with regards to the Balsam Lake Rehab District and the village’s contributions to the dam fund. Village Attorney Adam Jarchow recommended the issue be tabled until he could further examine the details.
The single most significant news stemming from this village board meeting was the approval of a three-part rate increase for the sewer utility. In an attempt to ease the impact to the consumer, the recommendation from the water and sewer committee was for the sewer utility base and volume rate charges to be increased by fiver percent per year for the next three years – with another review for year four.
The utility is currently operating at a loss of over $50,000. The first hike is right around the corner, beginning April 1. that won’t be held however until residents receive their second quarter utility bill. See this week's Ledger Press (March 6) for the entire story.