Fifth hour english and social studies class, Barneveld High School, Barneveld, WI / Barneveld community profile
Government, pp. -17 ff.
Interview - John Carr John Carr has been a member of the Barneveld Village Board for two years and was recently re-elected to his second term. As a village board trustee, he takes part in the responsibility of looking after the assets of the community. Other duties of the board include establishing the taxing and mill rate and raising money to finance the operation of the village. Mr. Carr is uncertain as to the origin of the Barneveld Village Board, but said that the Village Board concept is sanctioned by the consititution of the State of Wisconsin. Therefore, Village Board and the rules and laws that regulate thier function, evolved out of the early development of the state's constitution. At the present, there is a major issue facing the board, that of residentual expansion. In the past the village itself has always made a major contrubution to the development expenses of the developers. how, due to the rapidly rising cost of sewer lines, water lines and utility services, the board is strongly looking at what position they should take on development and expansion in conjunction with the contractor. They are basicly taking the position that the contractor should shoulder the bulk of the developmental costs which includes: sidewalks, streets, sewer, curb and gutter, storm sewer and water and build those costs into the sale price of the lot that they sell. This also presents a problem to the community. Does Barneveld want growth and expansion? Is bigger better? There are people who feel a major population growth would be a step forward for Barneveld and those tAat feel an explosive population growth isn't what the community is looking for. The total feeling of the people hasn't been sorted out yet. Another problem that Mr. Carr sees in the community is vandelism and what he likes to call "weekend rowdieness". This includes vandelism, excessive speeding and noise and general law breaking. He feels every community has its of these types of troubles and Barneveld is no exception. When asked how the community itself feels about the board, Mr. Carr said he had "mixed feelings". When a vote is taken on an issue, a popular discision will usually be somewhere between a 60-40 /Y
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