Two new members were sworn in at the Petersburg Village Board meeting on Tuesday night, Dec. 6.
Ashley Koch Thieman and Mitchell “Mitch” Koch were elected in November, and replaced retiring board members Allen Thorberg and Steve Faust after old business was conducted.
Chairman Allen Thorberg credited Petersburg and the area with doing a terrific job at showing up at the hog confinement conditional use meeting in Albion. He said, “People should be given credit for offering their opinions in a mannerly way.”
The company has withdrawn its plans.
The one mile buffer zoned area surrounding town was discussed. Thorberg cautioned the board about going any further out because “you don’t know what type of issues you may run into.”
Clerk Stokes reported the Petersburg Industrial Corporation would like to schedule a workshop with the board regarding housing and to set some priorities.
The Preister lot split has been approved and only signatures are needed to complete it.
Construction of the west Petersburg water line began Tuesday and is expected to be completed by the end of the week. Contract completion date is April of 2017. This would probably include some dirt work.
The old park blue benches were sold by sealed bids to AE Ventures for $250. All the benches were to be sold as a lot with no individual bench sales.
Clerk Stokes stated PayPal worked well for the Big Give. There were a few glitches, but everything went as planned.
The board also conducted its annual election of officers.
Elected to the position of board chairman was Corey Stokes. The departing board members, Allen Thorberg and Steve Faust, were given plaques of appreciation. Thorberg and Faust had served for 10 years each.
Thorberg stated, “I wish you luck and I thank the members on the board. We had disagreements, but it was all for the betterment of the community. I especially want to say thanks to Jeanne because without her, this stuff just doesn’t happen. She has made the board better.”
Faust stated, “I echo everything that Allen has said.”
Details in the Dec. 14 Petersburg Press, Print and E-Editions.