Wautoma Common Council discussed snow removal ordinance on March 11

The Wautoma Common Council discussed its snow removal ordinance at the March 11 council meeting and decided to keep the ordinance “as is” despite some complaints by city residents who were charged for snow removal by the city.

City Administrator Tommy Bohler told the council that a few residents complained that they did remove snow from their sidewalks and should not have been charged for the snow removal; however, according to the public works crew, the sidewalks were not cleared and were referred to Pete’s Lawn Care to remove the snow/ice.

Bohler told the council that the public works employees will now take pictures of the sidewalks not cleared and will date/time stamp the photos. Bohler also said that notices about snow removal have gone out in the last three water bills and have periodically been published in the Waushara Argus. The council had no objections to this procedure.

Unpaid charges for snow removal will be included in the home-owner’s real estate tax bill, with a 10 percent increase added to the bill each year it is not paid.

In his monthly report, Bohler told the council that he authorized city employees to use AFLAC insurance if they chose to do so. AFLAC provides cash benefits for trips to the hospital, child care, and more, but can only be used if there are at least four employees interested in signing up for AFLAC. The cost is $13 per paycheck per plan, with no cost to the city.

In other business, the council:

•Approved the hiring of Josh Wiedenhoeft to fill the vacancy of full-time patrol officer.

•Tabled a discussion/decision to fund summer swim lessons at Camp Lakotah during Camp Parkside this summer.

•Approved an operator’s license for Benjamin D. Smith (OM Wautoma Oil).

•Approved a picnic license for St. Joseph’s Parish event on March 22 and approved a provisional license for Don Maes (Knights of Columbus) for the event.

•Approved a Class B Liquor License for Two20 Main (Rusty’s Two Oaks, LLC)


The next Common Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Wautoma City Hall.