City of Owen Approves Hire of New Police Chief

Travis Rogers, Jr.

City of Owen Approves Hire of New Police Chief

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October 20, 2021

On Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at about 6 p.m., the City of Owen Common Council met in regular session. Attending were Mayor Charlie Milliren, Ward 1 alderpersons Ken Martine and Joan Jalling, Ward 2 alderpersons, Dr. Pam Jaffke and Bob Wilczek, and Ward 3 alderpersons John Mauel and Allen Wagner. City employees present included Police Officer Jake Haugstad, Clerk/Treasurer Tracy Rau, CDC Tim Swiggum, and DPW Chad Smith. Both local newspapers were represented, as well.

Public Comment

House of Friends (HOF) representatives Dr. Sandy Deacon (Board President) and Elizabeth Bourdon (Program Co-Director) gave a report on the HOF program thus far, saying everything was “running smoothly.” They reported an enrollment of 12 students in the after-school program. They are looking for more kids from 7 years old through 6th grade. They requested funding help from the City to offset the rent to the Friends of the Old School for use of the Old School Gym, for directors’ wages, and insurance. A Bob Wilczek/Ken Martine motion to donate $3,000 to HOF was unanimously approved.

Trick-or-Treat hours were also discussed. It was decided to have hours to coincide with the Owen Public Library’s trunk-or-Treat event, setting the hours as 5-7 p.m.

Owen-Withee Police Committee Meeting Report

Dr. Pam Jaffke reported that all three interviewees for Police Chief were “excellent.” Each of the applicants were very qualified. The Committee offered the Chief position to Patrick Fehlman of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Fehlman has accepted, pending approval from the Council and the Village of Withee Board of Trustees.

Office Jake Haugstad reported that Fehlman stills need to complete the health, background, and psychological examination.

A John Mauel/Wilczek motion to approve the hiring of Fehlman at $26.50 per hour was passed unanimously.

Public Works Report

Director of Public Works (DPW) Chad Smith reported successfully flushed water mains and the servicing of fire hydrants and valves. A Water main leak off Industrial Ave was repaired. 

A sewer main on 2nd Street also required repair. Pump #1 at Lift Station 4 showed a seal failure. DPW reported a $1,500 savings on the repair by fixing it themselves. Matt Bottlemy and Smith attended a WWOA Conference with Chad earning his Master Operator’s License.

Sanitation and Water are almost completed at Countryside Estates Pond. A Pressure test was scheduled for the same day. Vandalism was reported at the Mill Pond restrooms. The Council decided to upgrade motion-detector cameras to be monitor the access. 

Planning Committee Report

Another business has expressed the desire to purchase 20 acres in the Agri-Business Park. The Metal Wholesale Company plans two phases. Phase One will be wholesale sales. Phase Two will include manufacturing of screws. The owner has agreed to purchase the 20 acres in two purchases of 10 acres each. The estimated employment will be 10 workers per phase. When approved, the project will immediately go into design with Phase One to begin construction in the Spring. The developer is required to abide by all county covenants. A Jaffke/Martine motion to accept the Developer’s Agreement was unanimously approved.

Other Items and Future Agenda Items

Bob Wilczek announced the upcoming Haystack Dinner at the Curtiss Fire Hall on Thursday, October 21, from 4-8 p.m.

Personnel and Planning Committee meetings were scheduled for Tuesday, October 19, at 3:15 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.

The next Council meeting will be Tuesday, October 26, at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

This article was orginally reported by
Travis Rogers, Jr.

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