Grantsburg Village President Mike Longhenry was sworn in along with village trustees Diane Barton and Joe Sturdevant at their Monday night meeting. Longhenry also nominated Julie Roberts to fill his vacant seat on the board.
On the agenda was a group of concerned citizens that brought concerns about a nuisance property last year.
Natalie Finch led a similar group in August along with a petition of over 100 signatures asking the village to take action on the home. At that meeting Finch asked the board if they would partner with her group, “to ensure the peace, health and safety of the residents of our neighborhood and the Village of Grantsburg by evicting the residents that live in the house” on N. Pine Street in Grantsburg.
“It’s shaping up to be another spring at the problem property,” Finch told the board Monday night. “The other day we found a number of needles or drug paraphernalia if you want to call it that. We are seeing increased action and heavy traffic at the, what I’ll call, known problem property.”
Finch asked the board to set up a larger public meeting with local officials present in an attempt to get results.
“I think we need to look at local options because nobody wants this around,” Longhenry said. “None of us want drugs in this town.”
Members of the concerned group wanted Sheriff Tracy Finch to be at the meeting as well as Judge Melissia Mogen. One person in the group asked if anything will get done about this, “because we were here eight or nine months ago and nothing happened.”
Village Clerk/Treasurer Sheila Meyer explained she would start making phone calls right away and start trying to plan for getting all the officials in the room for the meeting, including members of the legislature and the village attorney.
Last year, the group attempted to get the village to evict the residents from the nuisance property but the village attorney later told the village that was impossible.
Longhenry explained as soon as they have a date for the meeting it will be posted and will most likely have to be moved to a bigger venue than the village board room.