Plover Talk: A conversation with Village Administrator Dan Mahoney
By Taylor J. Hale
PLOVER – Village Administrator Dan Mahoney spoke with Gazette staff to give an update on everything Plover. Mahoney touched on how the village is handling COVID-19, canceling Celebrate Plover, and more.
Moving forward with COVID-19 in Plover
The village has postponed or cancelled all committee and subcommittee meetings, due to the COVID-19 virus. Officials now only meet for village board and plan commission, with any prevalent items that would typically go to committees now being redirected to board members for discussion, or postponed.
Mahoney noted that board members would look at a 13-page document focused on how village employees can handle working through the pandemic, including information on workplace safety, working from home, and communication protocols.
Mahoney added that while the virus has slowed nearly all facets of the economy.
The year started impressively strong for the village, with April seeing $17 million in building permit fees, above last year’s $9 million.
Village leaders have officially cancelled the regularly scheduled Celebrate Plover event due to COVID-19, but Mahoney said he would like to see the show go on.
While the traditional event is closed for 2020, village staff noted they still hope to have a fireworks night later this year, to help bring the community back together.
“What we are talking about is the possibility of looking at something that might be a little bit different later in the year,” Mahoney said. “Could we do fireworks, could we do a car show? That’s what’s being generally discussed by the Celebrate Plover Committee.”
Village leaders hope to see the community join together to celebrate Plover, and overcoming the hardships brought about by the virus.
“It would be nice to give our community something nice to gather for again,” Mahoney explained. “But only time will tell if we can do that yet.”
The event is slated to be back in full force in 2021.
Plover Road Construction
Over $2 million of road construction is set to be completed in Plover this year. Mahoney said that the Crossroads Commons was one of the first locations to be reconstructed and resurfaced.
Other coming target areas include the Plover Library parking lot, Pineries Road, and Roosevelt Drive areas, though construction projects will be scattered throughout the village.
“We are doing roads that need the attention, but that are also throughout the village, rather than concentrating on one specific area,” Mahoney explained.
Follow the Gazette for more construction updates.