After a passionate statement by Three Lakes Supervisor Jeff Boehm in which he stressed “the need for us to celebrate this great country,” the Three Lakes Town Board unanimously voted to allow the July 4 fireworks display.

The display will once again be held at Don Burnside Park, however, officials with the town, Three Lakes Police Department and Three Lakes Fire Department strongly recommend those attending either remain in their vehicles or in the immediate vicinity of their vehicles, and avoid gathering in large groups during the celebration.

There will be no Fourth of July parade this year, annually sponsored by the Three Lakes Lions Club.

The town board had previously curtailed all public gatherings until July 31 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making an exception for the fireworks display. Any other public gathering requests will be discussed on an individual basis.

In other business, the town board accepted the request for a new liquor license by Jackie Walker, previous owner of The Oneida Village Inn. 

Walker is considering placing a small structure on the site of the former Oneida Village for the sale of beverages during the summer tourism season. Since the previous liquor license was tied to The Oneida Village Inn, a business entity that no longer carries an EIN registration in the state, Walker needed to apply for a new Class B license under her name.

The Oneida Village Inn was destroyed by fire in early March 2019.

The town board also supported the request from the Three Lakes Fire Department to purchase a new patrol truck and placing the cost in next year’s budget requests. 

The fire department currently has a used water tender/tanker that will be sold, and those funds will be placed in the town’s general fund. The board discussed the reason for placing the funds from the sale of the used equipment in the general fund rather than earmarking it specifically for any new purchase by the department, noting that this would set a precedent that they wished to avoid.

Lionel Kliss, organizer for the Three Lakes Dog Park, had requested approval for the construction of a planned shelter and bathroom at the dog park. The town board, however, recommended Kliss take his request first to the town Park Commission for their acceptance since the maintenance of these facilities could ultimately be the responsibility of the Park Commission.

“I hope you’re not getting frustrated with having to go down another rabbit hole to get this completed,” said town Chairman Jeff Bruss. 

Kliss responded, “It’s just a whole bunch of rabbit holes we’ve had to go down, but I’m getting used to it.”