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Williamstown rejects Mayville’s EMS offer

November 28, 2018

Williamstown officials rejected an offer for ambulance service from the city of Mayville that would have required them to agree to a temporary stay in their bid to create a new village surrounding the city.

The city of Mayville is appealing the state Department of Administration’s decision to allow the village of Kekoskee to dissolve into the town of Williamstown and create a new, incorporated village of Williamstown. The city is ultimately seeking the decision to be reversed and filed a motion to stay the state decision in the meantime. The state is seeking to dismiss the appeal. Dodge County Judge Joseph Sciascia will preside over a motion hearing about both requests on Jan. 8.

In the spring, the Mayville Common Council voted to stop providing emergency services for Williamstown if the merger went through, but recently made an offer.

“The offer was that if they would voluntarily have a stay in place before this gets resolved in the court system, that we’d give them the same EMS service,” Mayville Mayor Rob Boelk said. “The new village of Williamstown has refused our offer.”

Donald Hilgendorf is now both the chairman of Williamstown and the appointed village president of Kekoskee. Lloyd Lechner resigned as Kekoskee president in October. As part of the proposal the state agreed to, the village of Kekoskee will take steps to rename itself “Williamstown.” Hilgendorf said there wasn’t much to comment on with the EMS offer.

“We continue to offer things to the city and they’re rejecting them, so it’s becoming pretty clear that they don’t want to discuss anything anymore,” he said. “We will continue on.”

The state’s decision already has resulted in changes. Dodge County counted the village and town’s votes together in the midterm election, while village and town officials have been meeting to shuffle their governments together.

Officials in Mayville have opposed the concept from the start due to concerns over how a new village completely surrounding the city will impact its growth and ability to annex land. The state accepted an adapted plan from Williamstown that allowed Mayville a “city growth area,” but the process would not be as simple for Mayville as annexing from unincorporated land.

The state of Wisconsin denies Mayville’s claims, saying that the law was properly applied and that Mayville does not have standing to bring the appeal anyway. Mayville is also suing Dawn Vick, an administrator in the department that approved the merger, saying she improperly stood in the way of Mayville annexing land.

Meanwhile, a motion hearing is scheduled in another case for Jan. 30 where Mayville is suing the towns of Hubbard and Williamstown, Dodge County, Advanced Disposal and the Waste Facility Siting Board. The dispute is over how many members Mayville should have on the siting board under a proposal for the landfill to expand. Landfill revenue has also emerged as an issue in the Kekoskee case.