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Sauk City's Jim Anderson updates Optimist Club on village news


August 30, 2018

Jim Anderson, the Village of Sauk City Board President, visited the Sauk Prairie Optimist Club on August 15 to update them on what’s happening in Sauk City. Anderson’s parents owned the Sauk Prairie Star when he was growing up and he said, “I learned a lot of Sauk City history from their friends.” Jim is a graduate of Sauk Prairie High School and has always been interested in Sauk City and its future.

One of the biggest problems the Village has is its “land-locked” so expansion is difficult. TIF arrangements have helped to bring in money, however. Monies are set aside each year for facade improvements on businesses which help beautify the city.

The Great Sauk Trail has been a 12-year project and helps promote Sauk City as a destination village for visitors. vintage Brewery is also a great addition to Sauk City.

The bids for updating August Derleth Park came in over-budget so this project will be revised and rebid. Hopefully, the park will be updated in July of 2019 with new soccer fields, a splash pad etc.

Anderson said the acquisition of land where Spruce Street Elementary once stood is “bittersweet”. Sad in that the school where he and many friends attended is gone but great that there will be 23-24 new residences for Sauk City.

Complimenting the Sauk Prairie Police Department, he said the best thing that happened was the hiring of Chief Jerry Strunz and Lieutenant Travis Hilliard. Complaints radically decreased once they came on the force. He also complimented all the volunteers on the EMS squad and on the fire department and all they do to provide security for residents.

Stating that Sauk City and Prairie du Sac cooperate well together, he also said there is great cooperation with Sauk County. “We also have great schools and health care” who work well with us also.”

The Sauk City Library will be expanding, and the Mixing Bowl Bakery has been given two years to move to a new location. The removal of the former Penguin Restaurant building downtown is allowing for that area to be revitalized and the former Riverview Ballroom will be converted to a canoe rental, bike shop, kayak and tube rental location.

So, a lot of projects are in the works keeping President Anderson and the Sauk City Village Board and their staff hard at work.


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