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Village board changes parking ticket fees, enforcement, regulations

Also at the meeting, the board:

—Scheduled two work sessions for its 2013-14 budget for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, both at the village office meeting room. The work sessions, during which the board will go through its proposed budget line-by-line, are open to the public. Wheeler said the board will then decide at its March 4 meeting whether a third budget work session will be necessary or not.

—Scheduled a public hearing on the proposed local law to amend the village code regarding the placement of items such as tables and benches on the sidewalk in front of downtown businesses. The law, which is currently being written in official public law language from its current form as a proposal, will not change significantly from its current form, Wheeler said. The public hearing will occur at 6:55 p.m. Monday, March 4, prior to the board’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

—Held a brief discussion on developer Doug Shepard’s intended West Shore Gateway Development project on the current Trush property at the corner of routes 20 and 92 at the southern end of the lake. Shepard has made a purchase offer on the land with the intention of building a “gateway” project to offer and showcase local Madison County products. The sale is not yet complete and Shepard intends to ask for village annexation to utilize village water. However, a strip of privately-owned land lies between the property and the village, and the village cannot annex land that is not contiguous to the village. Shepard is currently “looking into” the issue and will present his plans to the village board at a future meeting, Wheeler said.

—Was informed by Trustee Amy Mann that the tree committee plans a special Arbor Day observance event on April 20 at which they will replant two sugar maple trees in Cannon Park to replace the two historic sugar maples the village was forced to cut down last year due to disease.

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