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By Joe Block 

Prairie du Sac to modify ordinance allowing one fence for Cow Chip


June 20, 2019

Changes will be coming to the fencing at this summer’s Cow Chip Festival. At the request of the Cow Chip committee, the Prairie du Sac board will be amending its ordinance governing fencing at festivals.

The existing ordinance requires 2 fences with a three foot separation. The committee requested a change to one fence, citing costs and labor involved in installing 2 fences. The 2 fence requirement arose in order to discourage the passing of alcoholic beverages outside the area. The Sauk Prairie Police Department approved the use of only once fence. Those consuming alcoholic beverages will be wearing wristbands.

The amended ordinance will establish a procedure for the village board to grant exceptions to the 2 fence rule. Village administrator Alan Wildman suggested this course of action in order to formalize exceptions pending board approval.

The village accepted $32,000 in Wisconsin Disaster Fund Assistance due to this spring’s flood damage.

The board also heard the news that an organization is in the planning process for a bike ride along the Great Sauk State Trail in 2020.

A future joint meeting between the village and Sauk City is slated for discussions concerning the construction of a new police department building.

Public Works director Troy Murphy said the roadwork was on schedule. He also noted the new street sweeper was in service, and jokingly asked if any board members would like a ride.

At the May 28 meeting, businesses interested in the village’s Façade Improvement Loan Program were given more freedom where they can post signage. The program is designed to encourage signage improvements in downtown Prairie du Sac, specifically TID #6. The village provides matching funds to businesses through a loan program. The loan amounts can range from $2,000 to $25,000. The board changed the interest rate to match the Wall Street Journal prime rate, instead of the previous rate of 4.9%. Before the change the program was limited to the front and sides of buildings on Water St. All signs are now eligible as long as they are visible from the street or the Great Sauk State Trail.

Autumn Luedke was appointed to the Badger Army Ammunition Plant Restoration Advisory Board at the meeting.


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