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Orchard City trustees talk planning, security

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The Orchard City Board of Trustees work session on Feb. 7 opened with all trustees and the town administrator present. Five constituents, Jack and Mary Ditlove, Doug Keller, Mel Cook and Jan Gage, also attended.

The Delta County Master Plan was discussed. Delta County's infrastructure includes road and bridge maintenance. The incorporated towns and cities of the county all have roads, water, electricity and other elements impacted by the county's infrastructure plan. It was encouraged by the Board of Trustees that the county also include community needs in its Master Plan.

Ordinances 2018-01, and 2018-2 were discussed in a public hearing and will be voted on at the trustee meeting on February 14.

Town Administrator, Melissa Oelke reported that the town credit card will now need to be assigned to an individual and not an entity, such as the Town of Orchard City. It was suggested the the card be kept at the Town Hall and checked out as needed, with a credit limit of $500, that could be modified upward if needed. This will be discussed at the March work session.

Trustee Tom Huerkamp commented on last month's town hall meeting regarding reserve balances of the town, noting the town was debt free.

The trustees also discussed what is expected by board members after votes by the board. While a "nay" vote may have been recorded as an action is approved by the board, the action reflects a decision made by the board as a whole. Once the decision is made, all members of the board are expected to accept the collective decision, and move forward. It was the concensus that this is being followed by members of the town board.

Earlier in the week, the town shop was broken into. Between $300 and $400 in hand tools were taken. The town hall payment box and other businesses in Orchard City and the Surface Creek area also reported suspicious activity. A suspect has been identified. There was a discussion on additional security measures the town may consider, such as rebar frames for the windows or security cameras. This matter will be discussed in the near future after investigating the possible actions.

The next regular meeting for the trustees is Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m.

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