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Parker back on Bay board

Parker back on Bay board

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WILLIAMS BAY — Though the spring election is now over, the village board still had one more change to make.

During the village board meeting last Monday night, Bill Duncan, the new village president, announced the resignation of Trustee David Jameson.

Jameson, Duncan said, had recently sold his home and moved out of the Bay.

Duncan nominated Don Parker, a former trustee, to complete Jameson’s term.

The motion was carried unanimously, with Trustee Marsha Engquist calling it a “good choice.”

Parker told the Regional News that he was happy to be back.

“It feels very nice,” he said. “I was away for three years, and I wasn’t planning on being back.”

However, he said that when he was asked, he was glad to take back the responsibilities.

Fire station

The update on the fire station during the meeting revealed a large setback for the project.

According to Duncan, the active and honorary members of the fire department needed to vote to approve the deeding of the old fire house to the village in order to move the project forward.

Though the active members voted in favor of this, a recent vote by the honorary members resulted in a tie, giving them veto power over the active members and effectively stalling the project.

Duncan said that the active members were blindsided by the results and that the project likely will not be able to be dealt with again until the following year.

He said that it is now up to the fire department to figure out how to get the project moving again.

“It’s now in their camp,” Duncan said. “They have to come to us.”

The active members will still receive the fire truck that was approved in the borrowing, however, Duncan clarified, saying that he did not want to punish the active members for a decision made by the honorary members.

“We’ll keep working on it (the fire station),” Duncan said. “But it’s going to be a little longer.”

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Jen Gragg graduated from Lawrence University with a degree in English and from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a degree in Journalism. She covers county government, crime, the village of Williams Bay and the town of Lyons.

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