The Poynette Village Board of Trustees worked through a number of business items during the June 24 regular meeting, including an amendment to the 2019 capitol fund budget.

The amendment comes on the heels of difficulties over the construction of a T-ball field adjacent to Valley View Park owned by Columbia County. The village has been attempting to construct a $13,000 T-ball field there, but the village said that Columbia County hasn’t moved forward with easement amendments or the possibility of disposing the land.

According to village documents, the issue has been ongoing more than two years.

Due to the hang-up, the Parks Commission recommended in June for the Village Board to reallocate the $13,000 to improve the dugouts at Paquette Park.

“I understand that a fundraising effort is underway in the community to complete this project and the (Parks) Commission would like to contribute these dollars towards that effect,” Village Administrator Martin Shanks wrote in a memo.

He said the cost of dugout improvements in Pauquette Park total around $80,000.

“Commission members cited the uncertain future of being able to use the county land and the school district building a ball field at the new elementary school as reasons for changing the purpose of these funds,” Shanks wrote.

The dugout project is tentatively planned for this fall, according to the village.

The total capital fund expenditures for 2019 stood at $1,183,043 following the amendment.

The Village Board also approved a Plan Commission recommendation to grant an extension to Brown Towing Plowing and Lawn Care as they work to achieve a full site plan approval.

The $20,000 sale of about 2-acres of land to Brown’s in 2018 came with three conditional items – to cede the right of access to an improved right of way to the village if it is built into a road at some future date; to build within three years; and to obtain a conditional use permit for the business within six months.

The Plan Commission in June recommended an extension for Brown’s to close on the purchase – however, they will still need to return to the commission for a full site approval, likely by the commission’s July meeting.

According to village documents, the Browns want to hold off on closing the deal until they’ve secured a full site approval so they can “be assured there will be no surprises or unexpected changes they didn’t anticipate,” wrote Shanks.

That requires more time and needed approval from the board.

The sale was previously supposed to close by June 30, but is now extended one month to Aug. 30.

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