Bradley Lutz had thought of running for either the Osceola Village Board or Osceola School Board previously.
When he received the news Tim Anderson had resigned as a Board Trustee last month, this time he couldn’t pass it up.
“I saw an opportunity to give back to the community, to help make it my own,” he explained.
Lutz applied and was sworn in for his first Board meeting Sept. 8.
Lutz is a Clear Lake native who has called Osceola home for the last 17 years. He and his wife Jennifer are the parents of Evelyn, 15, and Claire, 13. During the day he works in IT for Johnson Motors, which has locations in New Richmond, Menononie and St. Croix Falls.
He believes those two things will serve him well in this new venture – growing up in a town similar to Osceola which emphasize small town values and being a resident of Osceola for over 15 years to get a handle of what his fellow residents want.
Lutz became a member of the Osceola Fair Board 18 months ago, but becoming a member of the Village Board takes his ‘giving back’ goal on a larger scale.
“I’m not going to come in with any preconceived notions,” he said. “I want to bring a fresh perspective, a clean slate.
“I’m going to do what is asked of me.”
Lutz said Village President Jeromy Buberl offered him some worthy advice.
“Go out and participate in some of the essential Village functions,” Lutz said. “Ride along with a police officer, go out with a snow plow driver, tour the water facility. It will provide you with some perspective, he told me.”
Anderson’s term was set to expire next April, so Lutz has about three months to decide whether or not he wants to apply.
Highlights from the Sept. 8 meeting included:
Updates from area departments:
Public Works informed the Board, the entire Village was swept, resulting in five yards of debris being removed from streets and gutters. A final round is scheduled for next month for leaf removal once the majority of leaves have fallen.
Library reported the Summer Learning Program had 108 registered readers for the summer learning challenges, which read for over 390 combined hours.
Police summarized August, which resulted in 17 arrests (six felonies and 11 misdemeanors). Fifteen traffic citations were also issued. Chief Ron Pedrys also informed the Board, the Village was the recipient of a grant from the Department of Justice, which will cover $125,000 worth of expenses for a full-time Police Officer position over the next three years. “By all indications, it appears the full-time Officer position can be filled, effective immediately,” Pedrys opined.
The annual contract with the Osceola Area Ambulance Service was approved.
Sign permits were granted to Uptown Gifts, Adoray’s Treasures and Coming Home. Sodie’s Cigar Shop, Osceola Lanes, Leather Works and Coffeebark had their requests denied because they weren’t in compliance. Those businesses were given information to become compliant by the end of the year.
Operator licenses were approved for Jennifer Keopple of Mini Mart, Hail B. Alton and Ashley Newman of Tippy Canoes. Kennel license was granted to Harold and Ann Gjerning at 614 Summit Street.