Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, February 8, 2017

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held a regular Town Board Meeting on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at the Raymond F. Sloan Community Building. Chairman DeMet called the meeting to order at 6:59 PM. All Notices were posted to the open meeting law and the media was notified.

Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisors Catherine Parker and Matthew Michalsen, Treasurer Michael Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider. Chairman DeMet read the Agenda of the Regular Town Board Meeting of February 8, 2017 and led the people in the Pledge of allegiance. Michalsen made a motion to approve the Agenda of February 8, 2017 as read by the Chairman. Parker seconded the Motion. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Approve the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of January 11, 2017: Michalsen made a motion to approve the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of January 11, 2017; seconded by DeMet. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Approve the payment of Bills and Vouchers: The Clerk asked that ACH, EFT & EFTPS payments, check #’s 16695 to 16733 and payroll checks 3941 to 3954 for a Total of $32,764.30 be approved. DeMet asked if there were any questions and Parker asked what Transcendent Technologies was. DeMet said that it was the computer software that Treasurer Lynch had down loaded. Parker made a motion to approve the payment of bills and vouchers as read by the clerk; seconded by Michalsen. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Treasurer’s Report: During the Month of January, the town collected property taxes totaling $1,663,893 after refunds. We paid $771,278 to the schools, state, county and sanitary district. $3,527 was received from the County for timber sales. We received the quarterly State Highway Aid Payment of $33,344. Expenses for the Month totaled $35,346.

The Road Dept. expenses totaled $25,822 which included $23,003 in wages and benefits. Chairman DeMet made a Motion to approve the report as read by the Treasurer. Seconded by Parker. Motion carried, all Ayes.

County Representative: Bob Metropulos said there really wasn’t much at the last meeting. We had a consent agenda where you put a bunch of resolutions in and approved them all at one time. Some involved land transfers and Oneida County parcels that were transferred to people, etc. We did have 45 minutes of the meeting and an hour and half closed session. Bob indicated that they had two requests for lot splits, one on the Wisconsin River and the other on a lake. This Act 55 has created a lot of phone calls for us. We tell the individuals, that they need to start at the County first, not at the Town. The Town of Newbolt was going to talk to the Towns Association for advice. They sent an email to the Towns Assoc. Indicating that there is some confusion among folks as to how Act 55 impacts water front property. We have taken the position that our land division ordinance is not impacted by Act 55 which deals with counties. As indicated in our conversation, the proposed land division does not meet our frontage requirement or our minimum lot size. All new lots are required to be in residential area, single family, 90,000 sq. ft., with a minimum of 225 sq. ft. single family, residential zoning. Our standard is more restrictive than the county. This is the response that we got.

Where more than one governing body or other agency has authority to approve or object to a plat and the bodies to such plat are conflicting, the plat shall apply to the most conflicting requirement. The County went along with the Town. The individual wanted to subdivide his land into 230 and 250 feet lots.

Public Comment: Mark Barden of Town & Country Engineering, Inc. out of Rhinelander, introduced himself. They do sewer and water, storm sewer and municipal type work and road work also. Mark wanted to get the company name out there in case the town needed some special project work, such as drainage etc.

Reports on the WTA County Unit Meeting of January 25 and the District Meeting of February 3, 2017: George and Matt attended the one in Three Lakes on January 25th. It was interesting and three were two presentations, one by Thomas Rulsch of the Oneida County Biking, Walking Trails Counsel with Kyla Waksmonski of the Dept. of Health and they reiterated the importance of biking and hiking in Oneida County. They showed us a map they produced for all the trails in Oneida County. The counsel spent $5,000 putting together all the hiking, biking and water trails in county. They will have the maps available at the Information Center this summer. Broadband is coming to Oneida County. There’s a tower going up in Newbold by Black Lake. There’s one schedule for next year in Lake Tomahawk. Their bottom line rate is $28.95 a month for better service than Frontier is offering. The company is Northwoods Connect. Anyway there will be some competition for Frontier.

On the February 3rd meeting the main topic that George was interested in was the assessor’s contact. We need to talk to our assessor because we are not getting an annual assessor’s report. Which basically tells us what kind of a job he is doing and if he is in compliance with all of the things. Bob Metropulos indicated their assessor comes once a month to their meetings. DeMet indicated that the Town’s assessor comes once a year to the open book and Board of Review and that’s it. He is very difficult to contact. You call and get no response. This is the last year of his three year contract.

There was a presentation by the new person /commissioner who is in charge of public lands who talk about the loans that they give and there were legislature updates which George talked to the Fire Dept. on Monday night. There is a bill that will have to come before the entire legislature committee about giving the volunteer fireman a tax break of $1,000 a year plus $400 unreimbursed expenses.

March 15th is Capitol Day at the State Capitol; that is our Towns’ Association day that we can lobby at the capital. If you are interested in that, it’s $35.00 per person so if you want to go, let Nancy know. There’s even a sheet if you would like to speak on any of the subjects. George has a whole packet so if the supervisors would like copies they can make copies of it or take it home to read:

Wisconsin Act 211 regarding electronic filing of Building Permits and Delegation of Authority to RC Inspection Agency: This is something that I found out because Richard Clem is the Town Chairman of Winchester and he was there and he pulled me aside. All building permits must be electronically submitted now by the 15th of the Month for which they were applied for. Anyhow, we can now delegate that authority to him, otherwise it would be up to Nancy. Richard sent back with George a form that needed to be signed, stating that he will take over the issuance of these permits. DeMet made a motion that the Town delegate the Authority to RC Inspections that he act on our behalf to electronically submit all building permits that originate in the Town of Lake Tomahawk. Seconded by Parker. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Allocation of unused 2016 Road Department funds to 2017 Budget: We ended up with a surplus of $94,699.73 from the Road Dept. 2016 Budget that was not used. DeMet made a motion that we move the $94,699.73 to the 2017 Budget. Seconded by Parker. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Advertise 2017 Road Projects and set date for bid openings: This will be for Fawn Lake and Rainbow. George thought we should put the bid in the paper next week and open the bids at the March Board Meeting. Once we get the numbers back we will know what kind of money we have to spend on other projects. Parker made a motion that as soon as possible we advertise for bids on Fawn Lake and Rainbow and we set a date of opening the bids at our next Board Meeting which is March 8, 2017. Motion seconded by Michalsen. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Correspondence: If you will recall, we agreed to name the Island on Lumen Lake after Robert Krga, so it would be Krga Island. Well the DNR turned us down. Matt asked if there was any news on the Liquor License for Big Cat’s. George said nothing at this time. DeMet also received a Thank you note for the Christmas Party which was well attended. Jessica Kloes did a great job.

Adjournment: Michalsen made a Motion to adjourn, seconded by Parker. Motion carried, all Ayes. Meeting adjourned at 7:26 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk

Lake Tomahawk Website Committee Meeting Minutes February 1, 2017

Lake Tomahawk Website Committee Meeting for Wednesday, February 1, 2017

 

Meeting Attendance: Gary Sowatzka, Bob Williams, Rick Mazurczak and Joanne Krueger

  1. Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

  2. Rick motioned to approve the Agenda for February 1, 2017. Bob seconded the motion, approved unanimously.

  3. Rick motioned to approve the minutes for January 4, 2017. Bob seconded the motion, approved unanimously.

  4. Citizen Input: None

  5. Web site up dates:

    1. Rick made a motion that we have NCS fix the “contact us” section on the web page and the daylight savings time on web cam, seconded by Gary, approved unanimously.

  6. Correspondence:

    1. 2138 Friends on Facebook

  7. Date for next meeting: March 1, 2017.

  8. Adjournment: Joanne motioned to adjourn, Rick seconded, approved unanimously, 7:25pm.

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, January 11, 2017

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held a regular Town Board Meeting on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at the Raymond F. Sloan Community Building.  Chairman DeMet called the meeting to order at 6:59 PM.  All Notices were posted to the open meeting law and the media was notified. 

Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisor Matthew Michalsen, Treasurer Michael Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.  Chairman DeMet read the Agenda of the Regular Town Board Meeting of January 11, 2017 and led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.    Michalsen made a motion to approve the Agenda as read by the Chairman.  DeMet seconded the motion.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Approve the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of 12/14/16, Special Board Meeting of 12/27/16 and the Budget Hearing of 11/15/16.  Chairman DeMet made a motion to approve the Minutes of the Regular Town Board Meeting of 12/14/16, the Special Board Meeting of 12/27/16 and Budget Hearing of 11/15/16.  Seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Approve the payment of Bills and Vouchers:  The Clerk asked that ACH, EFT & EFTPS payments, check #’s 16623 to 16690 and payroll checks 3928 to 3939 for a total of $829,980.01 be approved.   DeMet made a motion to approved the Payment of Bills and Vouchers as read by the Clerk; seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Treasurer Lynch reported that during the Month of December, the Town had income of 1,786.  Expenses for the Month totaled $50,837.  The Road Dept’s Expenses totaled $32,407.               

Expenses other than normal were $4,850 for the Assessor’s first payment in 2017 and $1,000 to the Snofleas. 

County Repesentative: No one present.

Public Comment: No one present.

Correspondence: DeMet wanted to point out that February 3rd is the WTA District Meeting in Minocqua and he is planning on attending.  Michalsen will also try to attend.  DeMet said one session that he plans on attending would be the job of the accessor.   

Chairman/Supervisor Reports: No Reports.

Adjournment: DeMet made a motion to adjourn.  Motion seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all Ayes.  Meeting adjourned at 7:03 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy J. Schneider

Town Clerk 

                                                                                                                                                   

Lake Tomahawk Web Site Committee Meeting Minutes January 4, 2017

Lake Tomahawk Website Committee Meeting for Wednesday, January 4, 2017

 

Meeting Attendance: Gary Sowatzka, Bob Williams, Rick Mazurczak and Joanne Krueger

1)      Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

2)      Bob motioned to approve the Agenda for January 4, 2017. Rick seconded the motion, approved unanimously.

3)      Rick motioned to approve the minutes for December 7, 2016 Bob seconded the motion, approved unanimously.

4)      Citizen Input: None

5)      Web site up dates:

a.       Rick will get info from Pizza Vault and take off Experienced Heating

6)      Correspondence:

a.       2134 Friends on Facebook

7)      Date for next meeting: February 1, 2017.

8)      Adjournment: Joanne motioned to adjourn, Rick seconded, approved unanimously, 7:15pm.

Town of Lake Tomahawk Budget Hearing, November 15, 2016

The Town of Lake Tomahawk had their Annual Budget Hearing  on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. in the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center.  All notices were posted to the open meeting law and the media was notified.  There were 22 people in attendance. 

Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisors Matthew Michalsen and Catherine Parker, Treasurer Michael Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.  Chairman DeMet read the Agenda of the Budget Hearing and led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Review 2-17 -16 Budget/Public Input:  DeMet indicated that the Town’s accountant was not available so he would walk everyone through the budget.   Page 1, this is the income we expect to have for the coming year.  The property taxes are $714,224 and that has not changed from the 2016 Budget. 

Intergovernment Revenue, which includes timber sales, state shared revenue, lottery credit and the other items you see there, if you look at the last two columns, you are comparing 2016 to 2017.  You will see that the differences are very minor.  Total Intergovernment Revenue for 2017 is $174,708.14 which is about $1,000 more than last year. 

Regulation Revenue which is liquor licenses, operator licenses and the other items listed is the same as last year, as is the charges for services.  We expect to take in the same amount here.   A member of the audience questioned the Surplus Applied figure of $181,000, DeMet indicated that this amount was a surplus that was carried over from the previous year to help fund the new truck that was purchased in 2016.  

Page 3, Other Revenues: Not too many.  Room Tax is the largest one here other than the fees that we get from the boat launch. 

Fire Department Revenue,  Accident Reimbursement:  We hope that there won’t be any accidents, so we don’t have a lot of  revenue.

Sale of Cemetery lots: $300.00

Parks Revenue: As you can see, we anticipate launch fees and launch permits of $6,700.00.  Doris Vyvyan asked if the amount was decreasing, but DeMet said that when they consider the amount for the next year they try to be a little conservative.

Surplus applied: That leads to the question that was asked previously about the truck we purchased this year regarding the $180,000 that was surplus applied.  We don’t have any large purchase for equipment expected for next year. 

Page 4 gives us the total income for 2017 of $904,307.14 and if you look at the year before, that figure reflects the $181,000 that was used for the truck.

If you go to page 5, we start with Expenses.  This is what everyone is concerned about.  There are no big changes under General Government.  Everyone’s salary is pretty much the same and we do not expect any major changes. 

Page 6 – Fire Department: We have an increase of $600.00.  Doris Vyvyan asked about the account for insurance, if it was health insurance.  Doug Rehm indicated that it was Liability Insurance from Rural Mutual.  DeMet indicated that the town puts in a little cushion in the event the insurance goes up. 

Page 7, Road Department:  This is where most of your money goes so if you have any questions, holler.  The first Page is mostly Labor, Retirement, Workmen’s Compensation.  Total Wages and Benefits is $233,090.00.

Page 8: These are the other items in the Road Department that we spend money on.  Equipment Maintenance, salt/sand, Machinery, Service and Repair, Machinery Fuel and Oil.  You will notice the biggest expenses is Blacktop and SealCoat.  We have budgeted so far, for next year, $229,858.14 for Blacktop and SealCoat.  We also have a fund balance of another $100,000 for road construction.  Bob Williams asked if the Town has a Road Plan for next year.  DeMet said that they do, however, it is not completed, but they do have some very good ideas.  DeMet said the Town of Cassian has a plan for Fawn Lake Road  for reconstruction that goes through their section and if they do their section, we will do our section also.  That would be a mile of Fawn Lake Road and would be approximately $150,000 or more.  Then we have some other roads we would like to accomplish.  $300,000 would maybe be too much.  Bob Williams said the Town should try to get the roads done sooner, however, DeMet said they have to wait on the contractor.  They did get the roads all done.  Rick Mazurczak questioned the $100,000 fund balance for Road Construction.  If you are taxing the people for a certain item, isn’t that would you are supposed to be using the money for.  DeMet said that the $100,000 would be used for Road Construction.  Money that is designated for Road Construction can only be used for Road Construction.  Mazurczak said what he was questioning is that the Town already has $230,000 budgeted for road and then we have another $100,000 in Fund Balance designated for Road Construction.  So the question is that there is an estimated $330,000 available for road construction, which would cover two miles.  DeMet said yes, maybe two miles. 

Page 9:  Information Booth and Cemetery Expenses, both of which are down.  An Audience Member questioned why there was no mileage for the Information Booth.  DeMet said no one claimed any mileage. 

Page 10, Parks: Wages is $14,000.  Under Other Special Projects, there is a budgeted amount of $10,000.  This is dedicated to build a basketball court outside in the recently acquired lot.  Mazurczak commented, really a basketball court?  We are sitting in one now and no one uses it.   DeMet said they were looking at an outside court because this one is inside and no one wants to be here  to do adult supervision.  DeMet said he has looked into some costs and $10,000 is more than what is needed to build an outside court.  It’s in the budget, we are going to explore it and see what the cost will be.  Mazurczak said the land was purchased to eliminate the water problem that we have here and to allow for additional parking for the facility and now the Town wants to put in a basketball court?  DeMet said yes, that’s the plan.

Bob Williams asked if the roof at the concession stand was going to be repaired?  DeMet said that they have had several people look at the roof and that it appears that nothing needs to be done.                  Bob said the Lions offered $3,000 to the Town to go towards replacing the roof if the roof was going to be replaced.  Tom Heilig said that this was the first time in three years that anyone has said that anything needed to be done to the roof.   DeMet said a couple of years ago there actually was $5,000 in the budget to fix the roof.  They had a couple of people look at the roof and they said that nothing needed to be done.   Someone asked that if the money was not used, does it go into the general fund?  DeMet replied that all monies that are not used, do go into the general fund, with the exception of the  Road Dept.  Any monies that are dedicated to road construction and is not used, stays in road construction.  That’s State statute.

Website Committee:  That’s the same amount as last year.

Debt Reduction:  We have no debt. 

Subsidies, Insurance and Benefits, nothing has changed significantly.  Bridges & Dams, we have a $1,000 in the budget.  Animal Control, there is $400 in the budget for that. 

Allocated Funds for Future Use:  This is where we put money away for future purchases and this is why we did not have to borrow any money to buy the truck.  This is why we have money to build roads.  We have been putting money away so we don’t have to borrow. 

A gentleman from the audience had a question regarding Subsidies.  He said, I see that you gave the Sno-Fleas $1,000.   DeMet said yes, that’s correct.  The gentlemen then asked what are the chances of the Town putting in $1,000 or $1,500 for the bike trail.  DeMet said good idea and indicated that presently the Town has a donation totaling $1,500 to maintain that 2 mile stretch from here to Indian Mounds.  Actually a mile and one-half is in the Town of Woodruff and they have signed off so that Lake Tomahawk could maintain the entire trail to Indian Mounds. 

Dan Dosemagen questioned why the Town has to put gravel on the Bike Trail.  DeMet said because the Town had said they would maintain the trail to Indian Mounds.  Dosemagen questioned the other 4 miles south of Lake Tomahawk.  DeMet said this was a grand plan to connect Rhinelander to Woodruff.  Dosemagen said that when the trail was put in initially, it was part of a $300,000 grant.  DeMet said Dan was talking about Newbold and not Lake Tomahawk.  DeMet said the Town of Newbold got the grant and it ends in McNaughton.   Dosemagen asked DeMet why he thinks he has to put more gravel on the trail as the snowmobiles will also be using the trail.    DeMet said that there are soft spots where they do need the gravel and he talked to people that groom the trails and they said it does not injure the snowmobiles.  Mazurczak asked, are you suggesting that we use taxpayer’s money to maintain this trail.  DeMet said he is not suggesting anything, it was a suggestion from the audience.  So far they have received a $1,500 donation for the trail. 

After arguing back and forth, between all parties, Mazurczak asked where they were going to get the gravel to maintain the trail.  DeMet said they already have the gravel.  Mazurczak questioned what about the labor of keeping up the trail?  DeMet said these were all questions that need to be resolved if we decide to go ahead with it. 

Mazurczak mentioned that the town did not budget for any gravel in 2016 and 2017.  DeMet said that was correct as they bought 10,000 yards out of the 2015 budget and it was stockpiled this year.                 

Michalsen said we saved money on the purchase.  DeMet agreed that we saved a great day of money by buying 10,000 instead of 5,000 yards.   DeMet said they spent $52,500 for 10,000  yards of gravel that came out of the 2015 budget and stockpiled it this year.  Hopefully the gravel will last two or three years or 2018.

DeMet asked if there were any other question.  Dan Konopacky asked how they get the $1,500 for the bike trail.  DeMet said to make a motion.  Tom Heilig made a made a motion that $1,500 be budgeted by the town for the bike trail.  Seconded by Dan Konopacky.  Bob Williams moved that we use paper ballots.  Paper ballots were passed out by Pat Christy and Darlene Neumann.   DeMet wanted everyone to understand that the voting is an advisory vote only and it’s up to the Town Board to make the final decision.    It would be the same thing if you wanted to increase the money to the Sno-Fleas or anything else, it’s all advisory. 

Mazurczak made a motion that we take the $10,000 from the Parks Commission that was for the basketball court and split it with $5,000 going to the Sno-Fleas and $5,000 going to the bike trail.  Seconded by Dosemagen.   All in favor say yea, not in favor, nay, raise  your hands.  9 yeas, 8 Nays.  The results of the paper ballot was 14 to 6 in favor of adding $1,500 for the bike trail. 

Michaelsen said that since this was all advisory, he would like to open it up at the next town meeting and he asked the people to please show up so that we can get more voices at these meetings. 

All the town has to do is to approve the levy and that will be done at the next town meeting.

Adjournment:  Motion by Rodney Singleton to adjourn the budget hearing, seconded by Pat Christy.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Meeting adjourned at 7:50 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy J. Schneider, Town Clerk

 

 

 

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, December 14, 2016

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held a regular Town board Meeting on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. in the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center.  All Notices were posted to the open meeting law and the media was notified.

Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisors Catherine Parker and Matthew Michalsen, Treasurer Michael Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.  Chair DeMet read the Agenda of the Regular Town Board Meeting of December 14, 2016 and led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Parker made a motion that we approve the Agenda of the Regular Town Board Meeting of 12/14/16 with the order of items at the discretion of the Chair.  Seconded by Michalsen, Motion carried, all ayes.

Parker made a motion that we approve the Minutes of the Regular Town Board Meeting of November 9, 2016.  Seconded by Michalsen, Motion carried, all Ayes.

 

Approve the payment of bills and vouchers:  The clerk asked that EFT & EFTPS payments, check #’s 16569 to 16622 and payroll checks 3911 to 3921 for a total of $264,113.25 be approved by the Board.  DeMet mentioned that $127,000 to Pitlik & Wick was for blacktopping; and they added another $27,000 for cracksealing.  $63,000 was for the truck body.  Parker moved that the bills and vouchers as read by the Clerk be approved, seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

 

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Lynch reported that during the Month of November, the Town had income of $76,875 which included $11,646 from the State of WI for annual shared revenues and forest crop payments.  $64,175 was reported as income from surplus towards the purchase of the new town plow truck.  Expenses for the month totaled $263,045.  The Road Dept. expenses totaled $249,367, including $15,690 in wages and benefits.  $9,334 was spent on salt sand for the winter, $155,061 was paid for blacktopping and sealcoating roads and $63,868 was paid on the new plow truck.  DeMet moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report as read by the Treasurer, seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, All Ayes. 

 

County Representative:  Bob Metropulos said there has not been a lot going on, yet there has been since their last meeting.  At the last meeting, Bob brought in a pamphlet from David Noel regarding the Economic Impact of Lakes and Rivers in Oneida County.  Supervisors applauded it.  We had a resolution come in from Supervisors Jack Sorensen and Bob Mott regarding boat house sizes.  Planning and Zoning did a survey on boathouse sizes in 34 Counties and the boat house sizes ranged from 600 sq. ft. to 96 sq. ft.  There was only one at 600 sq. ft.  When I got this I looked at Oneida County.  It stood out like there were spot lights on it.   We allow 1,008 feet.  1,008 is the size of a small house.  Now what are the restrictions on that boat house?  Really none.  Karl gave a speech on it.  They can store gasoline in it, they can use it for storage.  Michalsen asked if that has always been?  Bob replied that this was passed just this year and not too many people know about it yet.  The resolution that Sorensen and Mott brought in was very reasonable, 480 sq. ft.  After about half an hour of discussion, some of them thought that we shouldn’t entertain this resolution as we would have to entertain another hearing and hearings are costly.  The vote passed 10 to 9 with two absent.  It’s a shame, we are a county with almost more lakes than any other county.  Vilas County, our neighbors is 300 sq. ft.  This can be kind of a flat roof.  It’s just not good.  This is crazy, like building two houses on one lot. 

 

Other than that, Bob had some statistics regarding back taxes and he asked George if he had received anything from the County regarding that.  George had not. 

Bob said Lake Tomahawk was up there and so was Newbold.  Bob will get it for George and drop it off.   It lists all the towns in Oneida County and goes back to 2012. 

 

Bob Williams said the Development Committee met today at Noon and they discussed the boat house issue at length.  The 1,008 sq. ft. is in the DNR’s model ordinance.  That’s the maximum size.  There was two motions made; one was Model A, which was a smaller boat house and the other was Model B, which would be 700 sq. ft.  There is going to be a public hearing some time in February.  Bob Metropulos said these meeting have become quite a problem because of quorums having to be posted if two or more supervisors attend.  Mazurczak said to Bob, that this has been the rule for years and years.  It just hasn’t been followed.  Bob agreed that Rick was right. 

 

Public Comment:  Rick Mazurczak said there were a number of people at the meeting that were interested in Item 12 of the Agenda and he asked the Chair if he was going to allow the people to speak during the discussion.  DeMet said the Board always allows the people to partake in the discussion.  Rick then said to Matt that he asked him last week about the $90,000 grader that has been sitting outside for the last 3 or 4 months in lousy weather.  We built the garage so the equipment does not have to sit outside.  The taxpayers spent the money to build the building so why is the equipment sitting outside?  Matt said he can’t drive it, he did ask.  DeMet said that right now they have one extra vehicle, because they did not sell the truck that they replaced.  They decided to keep it for one year which was a good idea because whenever you buy a new piece of equipment there are little quirks and the old truck has been used on and off while the new truck was in for service.  I believe that is the reason the new truck is parked inside and the grader is outside.  I leave those decisions to the Road Dept.  I don’t interfere with their daily decisions on what gets parked where. 

 

DeMet asked Darlene, if she had a question.  Darlene had a comment.  On December 1st they started a re-count down at the county and she served on the Board of Canvas.  Mary Bartelt organized it and she was very well organized.  They worked on different teams.  There was a team that did the tally sheets; the old fashion tally sheets and they borrowed machines and stuffed the machine with ballots for that week and a half and Darlene worked on a table where they were comparing the pool books. Lake Tomahawk, as we know, was one ballot short and Darlene was not allowed to work on Lake Tom.  We were short one and they couldn’t find it either even though they went over it with a fine toothed comb.

There was no fraud, no tampering of ballots which was no surprise to us.  One town had not turned in their ballots by that time and the woman had left on vacation.  Mary had called her and said get back here and get your ballots in and by the end of the week, the ballots were there and we were able to count them.  This was a real learning experience for Darlene and she had a few suggestions for the town for the next election.  It is too important, every town has to be right on.  This year, every town had an error and every town had a different error.  Darlene had a request for the simple things this town can do to make it better next time.  Some towns have a stamp that says absentee.  Rather than writing it all out, they can just stamp it with red ink.  Darlene showed the board numbered sheets that could be used which would make it easier for the election workers.  They also talked to Mary about classes for the election workers.  Mary said this was offered in the past and there were towns that refused to send their workers.  Darlene said that if this comes up again, please send the Clerk and not only the Chief Inspector, but the entire election board down there.  Chair DeMet agreed that it would be a good idea. 

 

Resolution to vacate alley between Main and Iris and located between Choate and Rainbow:   We took care of that already.  This is the alley across the street from the Community Building.

 It was petitioned a couple of Months ago that it be vacated and a public hearing was held right before our meeting and no one objected to the resolution so we adopted the resolution and the alley is officially vacated.  Matt said that each property owner gets half of it. 

 

Approve matching funds for VFD Length of Service Awards:  The State gives us $344.11 for each Fireman and we have always matched that.  Chairman DeMet made a motion that we do the same thing this year and we appropriate $344.11 per fireman to match the state funding for length of service awards.  Matt seconded the Motion.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

 

Approve any adjustments to the 2017 Budget:  There were two motions made at the budget hearing.  One was to add $1,500 to the $1,500 that was received for the Bike Trail.  The other motion was to take the $10,000 that was appropriated for the Parks Commission and give $5,000 to the Sno Fleas and $5,000 to the bike trail.  DeMet opened it up for discussion.  Michalsen wanted to say one thing.  When this was brought up at the Parks Commission, we tend to look to the future and see what other towns are doing. When the number of $20,000 was thrown out, Matt was adamantly against that number but he thought $10,000 was a good compromise and he was glad to see that other proposals were made at the budget meeting. 

 

DeMet asked if anyone here had anything to add to it.  Mazurczak said that part of the $10,000 was for Special Projects and one of the special projects was building a basketball court outside of the Community Building.  That property is not a park nor was it purchased for a park.  The property was purchased at a Special Town Board Meeting of the electors on October 15, 2014.  The land was specifically purchased to allow for more parking at the Community Building and to take care of the drainage problems that we had on Lily Street.  The property was not purchased for a basketball court and we have a basketball court in this building and arrangements can be made for it to be used. 

 

Kevin Krueger asked about the $1,500 matching the $1,500 Donation that was received from Oneida

County Biking and Walking Trails Counsel, what is the intention for those dollars?  DeMet said at this point the intent is to build up a fund and try to write a grant to improve that trail to connect to the State trail, but generally, you have to have matching funds for a grant.  This was just the first donation to get the ball rolling here so that we could connect to that trail.  We are connected to that trail, but it would be nice to make improvements to that trail.  The initial $1,500 was a private donation to the town to be used for the bike trail.  Krueger said the Town then matched that amount?  DeMet said that it was a motion that was made at the budget hearing.  DeMet said that there was another motion made by Rick who wanted to take the money set aside for the Parks Commission and move $5,000 to the Sno Fleas and $5,000 for the Bike Trail.  Rick asked where are you talking when you say the bike trail.  DeMet said we are talking about the railroad bed along Hwy 47.   From where to where?  DeMet answered from down town Lake Tomahawk to Indian Mounds Campgrounds, where the paved trail exists. DeMet had a letter from the Town of Woodruff, giving us their blessings on connecting to that bike trail.  George asked Rick if he had a problem with that.  Rick said that it is the town of Lake Tomahawk tax dollars that are being used.  DeMet agreed and said that it is the Town of Lake Tomahawk tax dollars that are going to the Sno Fleas and other organizations and causes that improve the life and business in Lake Tomahawk.  Rick said then maybe it would be a good idea that if the Town of Lake Tomahawk wants to fund that trail, that they give to the Oneida County Biking and Walking Trails Counsel.  DeMet said that they do not have the permission to use that trail, Lake Tomahawk does.  If you will recall back in 2015, when you were Chairman, Oneida County Biking and Walking gave a presentation here.   Rick gave George, as a Supervisor, permission to go ahead and see what needed to be done to connect to the bike trail.

 George said he did his job; he got permission from the DOT to connect to that trail.  Now we have money to do something with it.  We have permission from the Town of Woodruff; what more would you
like him to do?  Matt said wouldn’t the cost of maintenance be adding gravel and grading and didn’t we save the Town money by buying gravel in bulk.  DeMet said yes we did, but we haven’t decided whether or not we will use that.  None of those decisions have been made at this point.  Right now we have $1,500, that was donated, that’s it.  The ultimate plan is to connect all the way from Rhinelander to Woodruff.  If that happens, it would be great.  Woodruff has no consideration and has no interest in being part of this.  The trail is basically from Indian Mounds to Lake Tomahawk.  It’s another 8  to 10 miles up to Woodruff and there are private landowners in between and they have no desire to be involved in it.  Someone asked who was liable for the Trail.  Dan Dosemagon said that when you are on trail like this there is no liability.  It is public land and is a trail that is used by the public.  Dan said there is a state statute called the Berry Pickers Law and it covers it. 

 

Kevin Krueger said that since this is a multi-use trail, with hiking and biking in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter that the two groups get together regarding the maintenance of the trail.  DeMet fully agreed and he saw no conflict whatsoever. 

 

Rick wanted to make clear to George that when he was talking about the trail when Rick was the Chairman and George was a Supervisor, he was talking about the people in Lake Tomahawk, not the trail in the Town of Woodruff.  DeMet said the trails go to Indian Mounds that happens to be in the Town of Woodruff.  DeMet said that many of the trails are in the Town of Newbold, does that make any difference?  Rick said yes it does because the snowmobile trails are taken care of by the snowmobile clubs.  The Town of Lake Tomahawk as defined by the borders of the Town, is only for the Town of Lake Tomahawk.  DeMet said we have a decision to make as to how we want to adjust the budget, if we do want to adjust the budget.  A woman in the audience had a concern regarding the $10,000 that was taken away from the basketball court.  She said now we are taking away from the kids.  She said we have a basketball court that is not always accessible and when it is accessible, the kids are not accessible.  They ought to be able to come whenever.  George said that was the intent of the Park Commission that we provide something that is available year round.  Rick said that it might be a good idea if you are on the Park Commission to put in a basketball court, but you should be putting the basketball ball court in a park. 

 

Bob Williams was at the original meeting and he made a motion to buy the land to control the water problem that we had with the land.   It was not bought for a park.  George said this spring we had a great deal water, however, at the most the water sat there only half a day.  Is the problem solved no, but would the basketball court take away from that, George didn’t think so.  The plans were to put the court on this end of the piece of property that would be away from Lily Street so there still could be flood abatement on that part of the property next to Lily Street, so there shouldn’t be a problem at all.

DeMet said we are talking about 2 hoops and a blacktopped area where the kids can come and shoot some hoops.  Matt said it’s not like the one we currently have that every time you shoot you hit a car. 

 

DeMet said he would like to make a proposal that we take the $10,000 and divide it $3,500 for the Sno Fleas, $3,500 for the bike Trail and leave $3,000 for a basketball court.  Matt was in favor of splitting it up and keeping some money in the Parks for a special project.  Catherine said she would like to go $3,000 Bike, $3,000 Sno Fleas and $4,000 basketball court.  After general discussion, Catherine made a motion that $4,000 go to the Parks for special projects, $3,000 to Sno Fleas and $3,000 to Bike Trail.  Matt seconded the motion.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

 

HSA funding and Health Insurance Deductible:  As you will recall, we switched our health insurance policy and went to a higher deductible in order to save money.  There is a glitch, we are only allowed to contribute $6,750 into an HSA and the deductible is $7,000 and it has been the practice all along that the town matches that deductible.  So we are coming up $250 short on at least one employee and maybe two.  Catherine said that since $6,750 is the legal limit, we have to observe that.  This is for a family.  There is a gap in coverage since the policy runs from October to October and the deductible runs from January 1 to January 1.  One employee had to come up with a $1,000.  We will check with the insurance company and see if there is any way to change this.  The clerk will contact the insurance company.  George said we still have the $250 short fall.  Catherine said our hands are tied; it goes on to the employee.  George said we will attempt to resolve this be changing the date of the next insurance policy.  George will explain to the town crew.

 

2017 Road Projects: Chairman DeMet said he had conversation today with the acting chairman of the Town of Casian; apparently Larry Hendrickson has had health problems and was forced to step down.  Gail Winnie has taking over as acting chairman.  Anyway they are planning on doing their mile of Fawn Lake Road next year and are in discussion with Pitlik & Wick and George suggested that we do our mile to the Southeast, at the same time.  DeMet also suggested that we finish Rainbow Road from Dunham’s hill to Lark’s Road.  Both roads are a little bit more than a mile.  That’s two plus miles to start with.  Once  we get prices on these roads, we can see what else we can do.  Michalsen made a motion that we complete the little bit more of a mile left to do on Fawn Lake and that we finish Rainbow Road from Dunham’s hill to Lark Road in the 2017 Road Projects Budget.  Seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

 

Correspondence:  George had a letter from Sean Duffy in response to our request to adopt the Referendum, against Citizens United.  George also had a email from the County regarding the new GIS mapping system and he would be attending the demonstration tomorrow.  George said he was on the site and it’s awesome. 

 

Michalsen mentioned that the Meat Raffles put on by the American Legion,  benefiting the Veterans will start up January 22 and go through April.  The first one will be held at Lizzy T’s. The raffles help the Veterans so it’s a good thing.

 

Adjournment:  DeMet made a motion to adjourn; seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk

Town of Lake Tomahawk Special Town Board Meeting, December 27, 2016

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held a special Town Board Meeting on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at the Raymond F. Sloan Community Building.  Chairman DeMet called the meeting to order at 9:05 AM.

Michalsen made a Motion to approve the Agenda of December 27, 2016; seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

The Board  moved to Closed session under Wi. Stat. 19.85 (1) c, to consider employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction. 

The Board reconvened and announced that the employees would receive a one-time bonus, which would give the Parks employee, $100.00 and $500.00 each to the Road Crew.

Adjourn: DeMet made a Motion to Adjourn, seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes.  Meeting adjourned at 9:11 AM.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy J. Schneider. Clerk

Lake Tomahawk Website Committee Meeting for Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Lake Tomahawk Website Committee Meeting Minutes for Wednesday, December 7, 2016

 

Meeting Attendance: Gary Sowatzka, Bob Williams, Rick Mazurczak, Joanne Krueger and Matt Michalsen

1)      Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

2)      Bob motioned to approve the Agenda for December 7, 2016. Rick seconded the motion, approved unanimously.

3)      Bob motioned to approve the minutes for November 2,2016 Rick seconded the motion, approved unanimously.

4)      Citizen Input: None

5)      Web site up dates:

a.       Bob wants the Legion Meat Raffles on the website and EMC in town.

b.      Matt will bring it up to the Town that people can submit pictures to the website committee to post on the website.

c.       Matt will enter LUHS page link to the website.

6)      Correspondence:

a.       2133 Friends on Facebook

7)      Date for next meeting: January 4th, 2016.

8)      Adjournment: Joanne motioned to adjourn, Gary seconded, approved unanimously, 7:20pm.

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, November 9, 2016

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held a regular Town Board Meeting on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. in the Raymond F. Sloan Community center.  All Notices were posted to the open meeting law and the media was notified. 

Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisors Matthew Michalsen and Catherine Parker, Treasurer Michael Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider:  Chairman DeMet read the agenda of the Regular Town Board Meeting of November 9, 2016 and led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Michalsen made a motion to approve the Agenda of the Regular Board Meeting of November 9th; seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all ayes.  Parker made a motion to approve the Minutes of the Monthly Board Meeting of October 12, 2016 and the special Board Meeting of October 18, 2016; seconded by DeMet.  Motion carried, all ayes.

Payment of Bills and Vouchers: The clerk asked the Board to approve ACH, EFT and EFTPS payments, check #’s 16531 to 16567 and payroll checks 3887 to 3910 for a total of $43,665.22.  Parker made a motion to approve the bills and vouchers as read by the clerk; seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all ayes.

Treasurer’s Report:  During the Month of October the Town had income of $30,033 which included $33,189 from the state for the quarterly highway aid payment.  The Town paid the sanitary district $6,444 in delinquent sewer user fees paid to us by the county in the August settlement.  3rd quarter room tax collections totaled $6,397 with $4,797 being paid to the chamber.  Expenses for the month totaled $37,520.  The Road Dept. Expenses totaled $25,125, including $14,160 in wages and benefits.  As always the books have been reviewed and approved by our CPA whose documents are attached.  DeMet made a motion to accept the report as read by the Treasurer, seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Committees and Commissions Reports:  Parker said she will talk about the Plan Committee Meeting that they had last night when they get to Item #10 of the Agenda.  Michalsen said that the Parks Commission will possibly be dealing with a new basketball court, paved, out behind the Sloan Center.  They have $10,000 in the budget allocated for that.  People should show up next Tuesday to express any pros or cons.  Through campaigning and phone calls, Matt indicated that he did have some people express negative views regarding the basketball court.   The Parks commissions will be mostly in charge of that.  Matt asked if there was a date set for the tree lighting and Chairman DeMet indicated he thought it was December 3rd

County Representative:  Bob Metropulos indicated that he had a Report that Dave Noel did on the Economic Value of Lakes & Rivers in Oneida County that was quite extensive and well done.  The Chair and Supervisors had seen this report and agreed that it was good and had a lot of great information.  

Public Comment: Bob congratulated Matt on doing a good job by running for election and said he should go after the position in 4 years.

Administrative Review Permit for Tina Rydzik to open a pizza parlor located at 7241 Bradley Street:  Parker said the Plan Commission met the night before and it doesn’t conflict with anything in their comprehensive plan.  Steve had sent an email that the Plan Commission approved it and found no reason to deny it.  DeMet made a motion that based on the Plan Commission’s decision, that the Town Board approve Tina Rydzik’s conditional use permit to open a pizza parlor at 7241 Bradley Street.  Seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Fill Vacancy on the Sanitary District Commission:  DeMet said that there was a letter from Gregory Dexter who indicated that he would like to be considered and appointed to the position of Sanitary District Commission.  Parker moved that the Town approve Gregory Dexter’s request to be part of the sanitary district commission, seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried all ayes. 

Request for Geographic Name Proposal;  Krga Island, Lumen Lake:  This came from Wisconsin DNR at the request of Matthew Elman in Valparaiso, Indiana.  The proponent has asked that the island be named Krga Island after Robert Krga and his family who were the first residents on Lumen Lake.  Mr. Krga passed away in 1988 and Oneida County records call this island Lone Island.  DeMet said he was familiar with Lumen Lake and the Krgas, and he felt it would be very fitting to name this nameless island Krga Island.  Michalsen made a motion to name the Island Krga Island, seconded by Parker.   Motion carried, all Ayes.

Correspondence:  Michalsen wanted to thank everyone for their support in the recent election.  DeMet had a Thank You for the recent Halloween party.  The kids had a great time.

Future Agenda Requests:  Parker said the Annual Budget Meeting was next Tuesday at 7:00 P.M.

Adjournment:  Parked made a motion to adjourn, seconded by DeMet.  Motion carried, all Ayes;

Meeting adjourned at 7:15 P.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk

Lake Tomahawk Web Site Committee Minutes November 2, 2016

Lake Tomahawk Website Committee Meeting for Wednesday, November 2, 2016

 

Meeting Attendance: Gary Sowatzka, Bob Williams, Rick Mazurczak & Joanne Krueger

1)      Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

2)      Bob motioned to approve the Agenda for November 2, 2016. Rick seconded the motion, approved unanimously.

3)      Rick motioned to approve the minutes for October 5, 2016. Bob seconded the motion, approved unanimously.

4)      Citizen Input: The Town Board Meeting Minutes were not posted on the website – issue was solved.

5)      Web site updates: None

6)      Correspondence:

a.       2113 Friends on Facebook

7)      Date for next meeting: December 7th, 2016.

8)      Adjournment: Joanne motioned to adjourn, Rick seconded, approved unanimously, 7:25pm.

 

Town of Lake Tomahawk Website Committee Meeting Minutes October 5, 2016

Lake Tomahawk Website Committee Meeting for Wednesday, October 5, 2016

 

Meeting Attendance: Gary Sowatzka, Bob Williams, Rick Mazurczak & Joanne Krueger

1)      Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

2)      Bob motioned to approve the Agenda for October 5, 2016. Rick seconded the motion, approved unanimously.

3)      Bob motioned to approve the minutes for September 7, 2016. Joanne seconded the motion, approved unanimously.

4)      Citizen Input: None

5)      Budget Review:  Since Matt Michalsen was not present to give us the updated expenses for the website – Rick made a motion to submit a website budget of $2,250 to the town board. Gary seconded the motion, approved unanimously

6)      Web site updates:

a.       Bob had Nikki fix the printing issues.

7)      Correspondence:

a.       2,097 Friends on Facebook

8)      Date for next meeting: November 2nd, 2016.

9)      Adjournment: Joanne motioned to adjourn, Rick seconded, approved unanimously, 7:30pm.

Town of Lake Tomahawk Special Town Board Meeting, October 18, 2016

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held a Special Town Board Meeting on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at 1:00 PM, at the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center.  All notices were posted to the open meeting law.

Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisor Catherine Parker, Clerk Nancy Schneider and Treasurer Mike Lynch.  The meeting was called to order by Chairman DeMet and the Agenda read.  Parker made a motion to approve the Agenda, seconded by DeMet.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Preparation work on the budget begin as those in attendance went through each item.

The preliminary work was completed.  Parker made a motion to adjourn, seconded by DeMet.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Meeting adjourned at 2:45 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy J. Schneider

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, October 12, 2016

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held a regular Town Board Meeting on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. in the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center.  All notices were posted to the open meeting law and the media was notified. 

Present: chairman George DeMet, Supervisors Matthew Michalsen and Catherine Parker, Treasurer Michael Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.  Chairman DeMet read the agenda of the regular Town Board Meeting of October 12, 2016 and led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Parker made a motion to approve the Agenda of the Regular Board Meeting of October 12th; seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all Ayes.  Michalsen moved to approve the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of September 14, 2016, seconded by DeMet.  Motion carried, all Ayes.  Parker made a motion to approve the Minutes of the Special Board Meeting of August 16, 2016; seconded by DeMet.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Approve the payment of Bills and Vouchers:  Schneider asked the Board to approve ACH, EFT and EFTPS payments, check #’s 16500 to 16530 and payroll checks 3876 to 3894 for a Total of $35,696.36.  DeMet made a motion to approve the payment of bills and vouchers as read by the clerk.  Motion seconded by Parker.   Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Treasurer’s Report: During the Month of September, the Town had income of $4,358 which included $2,439 from the State in a recycling grant.  The Parks took in $798 in Launch Permits and Fees.  Expenses for the month totaled $39,312.  The Road Dept. Expenses totaled $25,007 including $15,083 in wages and benefits.  DeMet moved that the Board approved the Treasurer’s Report as read, Seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all ayes. 

Supervisors’ Reports on Committees and Commissions:  Michalsen had an update on the Parks.  We had a nice Fall Festival, looking to expand as well next year with the businesses.  Car show is always a hit, nice turn out.  We are looking into having a basketball court with two nicer hoops right behind the Sloan Building.  Michalsen would like to move on that most likely by May of next year. The Parks have asked for $20,000 that is in the Budget, however, there is still grant money from the DNR that would go back to the town from the fishing pier grant in the amount of around $21,000 to $22,000. The Parks talked to kids, and other people and they all thought it would be beneficial to the Town.  We also talked to other towns that offered this type of recreational type of equipment, such as tennis courts and they thought it was very beneficial for their towns.  Also we are looking at starting an Archery Range at Rainbow Park.  That is to be discussed. 

County Representative:  Not Present.

Public Comment:  Doris Vyvyan had a concern regarding the Fall Festival.  There were a lot of business people that were on the Street instead of in the Park.  Doris went on to say that the Town had said in the past that it would be safer in the park instead of the street.  The Lioness organized the people that were in Snowshoe Park and the business people put on their own festival on the street. 

Doris felt it would be a good idea to contain everything to the Park as it would be safer.  DeMet said that we do not control the Fall Festival.  It is not a Town sponsored event, it is a Lioness event.  Parker suggested to Doris that she may want to speak with Pat Duncan as she organized the fall fest.  It was also suggested that the Lioness may want to coincide fall festival with colorama, as they would be getting more people there with the car show and the fall motorcycle ride.  DeMet said that this is what they try to do.

Tomahawk Lake Association Budget Request and Report:  Ned Greedy gave his report on Tomahawk Lake Association.  He mentioned that with all the storms there were drawbacks in some areas.  They run a two tiered program to control the growth of Aquatic Invasive Species, which is a Hydraulic Conveyor system which is run by two divers and is highly successful when they focus on new areas of infestation and areas that experience high boat traffic.  The other treatment plan is Chemical Treatments.  TLA tries to decrease the chemical treatments on the lake and to increase the amount of work the hydraulic conveyor does on the lake.  This year they hired two new divers, girls with incredible diving experience from around the world. They set a new record of the amount of Milfoil we harvested since 2008 of over 2,000 pounds for the season.  We did over 28,000 of drained Eurasian Water Milfoil and we did over 119 sites so we had just a great summer that way.  On the Chemical Treatments we treated over 30 polygons, which is 25.75 acres.  Next year we reduced the total number of acres to 14 .84.  We talked to the DNR and it may be that we discontinue chemical treatment next year. 

As you know we operate a Purple Loosestrife Control Program around the Lake and many other programs that we are active in, such as Citizens Lake Monitoring Organizations, and Good Lake Stewardship education.  In 2016, we added new multiyear initiatives to aid shoreline owners in restoring shoreline issues.  Tomahawk Lake and Little Tomahawk Lake are two of the top 97 Lakes in
Wisconsin which are rated as “outstanding Resource Waters”.  Greedy said they appreciate the support that they get from Lake Tomahawk and would appreciate any support they may give them next year.  Of course, the costs continue to rise. 

Resolution to Vacate alley between Main and Iris Streets by request of adjacent property owners: DeMet has the resolution that we received from the Town’s attorney.  All of the property owners have agreed that they would like us to vacate that alley and there has to be a public hearing.  We have scheduled the public hearing before our December Board meeting on December 14th at 6:45 P.M.  There has to be a 40 day waiting period from the time we adopt the resolution until the time of the public hearing.  Michalsen made a motion to approve the resolution to vacate the alley between Main and Iris Streets by request of adjacent property owners and to hold the public hearing at the December Board Meeting.  Seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes. Chairman and Supervisors signed resolution.  Witnessed by clerk.  Clerk will fax the signed resolution back to the Town’s attorney. 

Consider amendments to Oneida County Zoning Ordinance Chapter 9, Article 7 (Highway Setbacks):  Michalsen said that this was for mostly fences and garages.  DeMet said the Planning and Development Committee wants to make certain amendments to allow certain types of structures to be closer than 20 feet from the right-of-way. 

This would include (1) entrance gates, columns, walls and landscaping structures zero feet from the highway. (2) On-premise free standing signs are currently being allowed to be placed up to the right-of-way as long as they are sixty-four square feet or less.   (3) Open fences are currently allowed to go closer to the right-of-way pursuant to Section 9.74(E).  (4) Driveways connecting to private roads are allowed to be closer than twenty feet from the right-of-way.  The proposed language clarified this. 
The major change the committee would like your input on is whether or not a detached garage, which is considered an accessory structure, could/should be placed five feet from the right-of-way line.  The department and the committee has seen various requests over the years to allow structures to go closer than the 20 feet right-of-way for accessory structures such as garages.  Principal structures, homes and businesses would be required to be 20 feet from the right-of-way.  Michalsen had no objections to the proposal.  Parker had no objections as long as the road crew didn’t have a problem.  DeMet said that a motion did not have to be made.  He will just communicate to the County that they had no objections.

Consider County Zoning request to extend for six months the Moratorium on Livestock Facilities Licensing (9.57):  DeMet said that this really doesn’t pertain to our town that much, as what they are  talking about is livestock facilities of 500 animals or more.  Lake Tomahawk doesn’t have any zoning areas that provide for more than one head of livestock per acre.  So we have no objection to extending this moratorium either. 

Administrative Review Permit for Amy Monday and Robert Nevaroski to use a portion of 7225 Bradley for a printing business:  Amy said she had been operating out of her house, with the printer in her bedroom and there is just no way that she could print banners in the small space that she has.  She talked to Bob and there would be room in his building to operate her printing business.  Basically she just needs a space to work.  There are chemicals involved, such as inks, dyes and liquid laminates.  This has come before the Lake Tomahawk Plan Commission.  Their suggestion was that the Town of Lake Tomahawk support the Administrative Review Permit of Amy Monday and Bob Nevaroski, and that Amy Monday comply with any recommendations made by the Lake Tomahawk Sanitary District, with regard to the handling and disposal of chemicals at this location..  It is further recommended that the owner of the building, Robert, either keep all garage containers of garbage inside of the building or  erect a fenced area for garbage as required by town ordinance.  With those two conditions, Chairman DeMet said that he was all for it.  Parker asked Monday if she had seen what the sanitary operator was talking about.  Monday had not and Parker gave it to her to read.  Parker mentioned that there should be some sort of monitoring to be sure that conditions are met.  Monday questioned if she should set up the drums and
DeMet indicated that Monday should have a conversation with Shane and that would take care of whatever.  Parker asked that Shane report back to the board after two months of operations.  The rest of the Board agreed.  Michael made a Motion to grant the Administrative Review Permit for Amy Monday with the conditions proposed by the Plan Commission and Lake Tomahawk Sanitary District.  Parker seconded.  Motion carried, All Ayes. 

Set Date for budget preparation Meeting:  The date set was October 20, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. 

Correspondence:  DeMet had a discussion with Ron Rickman from the World Musky Hunt, who donated 100 chairs last year.

 Ron felt that the town needs an additional 50 chairs and because they don’t have the money to purchase 50 chairs he was wondering if they bought 25, would the town be willing to purchase 25 also.  It would cost the Town roughly $400.00.  The Board decided to go  with Ron’s suggestion and purchase the extra chairs.   DeMet will contact Ron. 

Agenda requests:  Parker said, Budget, budget, budget.

 Michalsen asked if we wanted to say anything about the Just Fix It campaign.  DeMet went to the meeting.  There was an estimated 30 people in attendance.  Presently the Town gets $2,290 per mile of town road to work with.  They made a resolution to send to the legislators that the amount be increased to $5,000 per mile.  55% of the roads are town roads and we get about 4% to fix the roads.  Doris asked if they had made a decision of what roads will be worked on.  DeMet said they did a road inspection about a month ago and they made an inspection.  They haven’t finalized which roads will be fixed.  They did highlight those roads which they would like to put in a 3 year plan.  However, like all plans, some changes may need to be made, but they are working on it. 

Adjournment:  Parker moved to adjourn, seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk

Lake Tomahawk Website Committee Meeting Minutes September 7, 2016

Lake Tomahawk Website Committee Meeting for Wednesday, September 7, 2016

 

Meeting Attendance: Gary Sowatzka, Bob Williams, Rick Mazurczak, Joanne Krueger & Matt Michaelson

1)      Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

2)      Bob motioned to approve the Agenda for September 7, 2016. Rick seconded the motion, approved unanimously.

3)      Rick motioned to approve the minutes for August 3, 2016. Bob seconded the motion, approved unanimously.

4)      Citizen Input: None

5)      Budget Review:

a.       We will check with NCS to estimate next year’s budget.

b.      Joanne motioned to budget $2,250 based on NCS proposal. Rick seconded, approved unanimously.

6)      Website updates:

a.       Bob will contact Nikki about the ability to print agendas.

b.      Rick updated the cemetery page.

7)      Correspondence:

a.       2,097 Friends on Facebook

8)      Date for next meeting: October 5th, 2016.

9)      Adjournment: Joanne motioned to adjourn, Bob seconded, approved unanimously, 8:00pm.

Town of Lake Tomahawk Special Town Board Meeting, August 24, 2016

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held a Special Town Board Meeting on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center.  All notices were posted to the open meeting law.

 

Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisors Catherine Parker and Matthew Michalsen and Clerk, Nancy Schneider.  Chairman DeMet called the meeting to order at 1:15 P.M. and he, Parker and Michalsen left to inspect the roads and establish a road Plan.

 

At 3:00 P.M. DeMet opened the bids from Fahrner and Pitlik & Wick, Inc.  Fahrner’s bid is as follows:

 

Brush Rd                No Bid                  No Bid

Bear Rd                  1,429 lbs.             $2,215

Birch Rd                 4,109 lbs.             $6,399

Fawn Lk Rd           1,130 lbs.             $1,752

Maple Rd                No Bid                 No Bid                                                        

Pike Rd                   No Bid                 No Bid  

Soyck Ct                 400 lbs.               $  800

S. Burnham          1,650 lbs.             $2,558

 

Pitlik’s bid is as follows:

 

                  Brush Rd                3,614 lbs.             $5,421 

                  Bear Rd                  2,996 lbs.             $4,494

                  Birch Rd                 3,716 lbs.             $5,574                   

                  Fawn Lk Rd           1,136 lbs.             $1,704

                  Maple Rd               3,110 lbs.             $4,665

                  Pike Rd                  No Bid                  No Bid

                  Soyck Ct                1,848 lbs.             $2,772

                  S. Burnham          1,730 lbs.               $2,595

 

Chairman DeMet wanted to meet with Greg Kuckkuhn to discuss the bids before they make a final decision.  The Board will meet at 5:00 on Thursday, August 25, 2016 and make a decision. 

 

Approve employee health care plan for the coming year:  DeMet suggested that we stay with WPS and go with the $3,500 Single/$7,000 Family Deductible, even though WPS is not compliant with the Affordable Act.  We would end up coming out ahead as the premium would be cheaper.   Parker made a motion to go with the Plan with the higher deductible of $3,500/$7,000.  Motion seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

 

3 Year Road Plan:  Parker indicated that she would need time to digest the Plan.  This will be brought up at a later time.

 

Adjournment:  Parker made a motion to adjourn, seconded by DeMet.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

 

Meeting adjourned at 3:24 P.M.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, September 14, 2016

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held a regular Town Board Meeting on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at 7:00 P.M. in the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center.  All notices were posted to the open meeting law and the media was notified. 

Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisor Matthew Michalsen, Treasurer Mike Lynch and Deputy Clerk Patricia Christy.  Chairman DeMet read the Agenda of the regular Town Meeting of September 14, 2016 and led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Motion by Michalsen, seconded by DeMet to approve the Agenda of September 14, 2016.  Motion carried, all Ayes.  Michalsen made a Motion to approve the Minutes as written, of August 10, August 16, August 24 and August 25, 2016.  DeMet seconded the motion, however, the Minutes for August 16, 2016 were not approved because Matt Michalsen was not at that meeting.  The Minutes for August 16th will be on the Agenda for approval at the October 12, 2016 meeting.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Motion by DeMet, seconded by Michalsen to approve the ACH, EFT & EFTPS payments, Check #’s 16433 & 16435, and 16444 to 16499 and payroll checks 3838 to 3875 for a Total of $87,450.94.  Motion carried, all Ayes.   

Treasurer’s Report:  Treasurer Lynch reported that during the Month of August the Town had income of $216,960 which included $213,575 from the county for the second half of property tax payments.  The Parks took in $1,908 in launch permits and fees.  Expenses for the month totaled %66,607.  The Road Dept. expenses totaled $27,240 including $18,216 in wages and benefits.  $4,000 was paid to the Tomahawk Lakes Association.  $29,441 was paid for the Town Insurance and Workers Compensation.

Approve appointment of Stephanie Sowatzka to Parks Commission:  Motion by Michalsen, seconded by DeMet to the approve appointment of Stephanie Sowatzka to the Parks Commission.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Approve Operators license for Kyle Wojtzlewicz:   DeMet made a motion to approve the license for Kyle; seconded by Michalsen, Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Hunter Tingley’s Eagle Scout Project:  Hunter Tingley told the Town Board that as part of his Eagle Scout Project, he is going to put a plaque on the rock by the American Legion building. 

Correspondence: None

Future Agenda Items: None

Adjournment: Michalsen made a motion to adjourn, seconded by DeMet.  Motion carried, All Ayes.

Respectfully submitted:

Nancy J. Schneider

Town Clerk

Town of Lake Tomahawk Special Town Board Meeting, August 16, 2016

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held a Special Town Board Meeting on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. in the Office of the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center.

Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisor Catherine Parker, Clerk Nancy Schneider and Aimee Ouimette.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the employees’ health insurance which comes up for renewal on October 1, 2016.

DeMet called the meeting to order at 10:05 A.M.  Aimee Ouimette provided a Group Health Insurance Summary to each of the members attending.  The summary included Quotes from the current company, WPS, along with a comparison from Anthem, United Health Care and Security Health Care.  After discussion of the various plans, DeMet said he was leaning towards staying with the current company, but going with the higher deductible.  Parker said she would like to think about it a little longer.  No action was taken.

Aimee would like to know the final decision around September 2nd, so that she can get the coverage ordered in time for the October 1st renewal.  Aimee would need to order the coverage by September 15, 2016.

Adjournment: DeMet made a Motion to adjourn, seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Meeting adjourned at 10:45 A.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy J. Schneider

Clerk

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, August 10, 2016

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held a regular Town Board Meeting on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. at the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center.  All notices were posted to the open meeting law and the media was notified.

Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisors Catherine Parker and Matthew Michalsen, Treasurer Mike Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.  Chairman DeMet read the Agenda of the regular Town Meeting of August 10, 2016.  DeMet called the meeting to order and led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.

DeMet started the meeting by congratulating Michalsen on his recent win. 

Motion by Michalsen, seconded by Parker to approve the Agenda of the regular Town Board Meeting of  August 10, 2016.  Motion carried, all Ayes.  Parker made a Motion to approve the Minutes of the Special Town Board Meeting of July 7, 2016, the Regular Board Meeting of July 13, 2016 and the Board of Review Meeting of July 13, 2016; seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Approve the payment of Bills and Vouchers:  The Clerk asked the Board to approve ACH, EFT & EFTPS payments, Check #’s 16402 to 16443 and payroll checks 3810 to 3837 for a Total of $46,945.77.  DeMet pointed out that Check 16441 in the amount of $1,528.22 was voided.  DeMet then made a motion to approve the payment of Bills and Vouchers as read by the Clerk.  Motion seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Treasurer’s Report:  Treasurer Lynch reported that during the Month of July the Town had income of $38,879 which included $35,051 from the State for shared Revenues and Quarterly Highway Aid.  The Town collected $2,053 in room taxes, out of which we paid the Chamber $1,502.

The Parks took in $2,465 in launch permits and fees and concession rentals.  Expenses for the Month totaled $55,194.00.  The Road Dept. expenses were $28,408.00, including $17,712 in wages and benefits.  The Town also paid the Lions Club $5,000 for the annual 4th of July Parade.  DeMet made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s report, seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Chairman/Supervisors’ Reports on Committees and Commissions:  Parker indicated that she didn’t have anything, however, there will be a bunch of meetings in September to prepare for the Budget Year ahead. 

Michalsen indicated he would talk a little bit about Web Site, Parks, and Lake Associations and he would talk a little bit about the Wisconsin Towns Association meeting that they attended last month in Pine Lake.  Web Site Committee, they are in the process of compiling photos for web site different categories.  It’s still a process in work, and people have indicated that they are able to get around the web site easier.  There are still difficulties with the Calendar in not putting all the events in.  I am sure we are working with the Minocqua Commerce on this.  Another thing, tourists seem to like the web site and praise the info booth workers.   There have been some studies done on tourism; it’s improving.  On average they spend $67.00 a day in our area and it’s a very important part of our economy.

Parks: We are going to explore Art in the Park and possibly, Music in the Park.  Other towns in the area do this and we would get more people in town, to support the businesses, younger and older.

  I spoke with a young lady about Art in the Park.  She is part of a business incubator in Eagle River.  She has been booked constantly; she not only goes around to parks, but she also goes to Taverns and Restaurants.  We are looking for new playground equipment and possible new projects and we would like the peoples’ input in that as well.  Moving forward, people have liked the new handicapped accessible, wheel chair accessible fishing pier down at the boat landing.  We praise Tom and the Parks Committee for all their work on this.

 Snowshoe Baseball: Weather has been great, attendance has been great and the Clubs in the area have been making money, so that is good. 

Lake Associations:  Tomahawk Lake Assoc. had their annual meeting on the  July 2nd and Horsehead Lake will be having their annual meeting on the 20th of August.  A few things within the State Legislature, brought to you  by our assemblyman and state senator.  I have been on this endeavor and I have learned quite a bit.   Many of the lake associations are upset about the shoreline zoning issues that have been pushed through and I have been speaking with a lot of DNR, Wildlife Biologists, Fish Biologists and if they were funded more correctly, they could work together within the lake associations and there is an actual shoreline zoning initiative put forth by multitude lakes in our area and spearheaded by John Richter of the Plum Lake Association and there are just a few things that I want to read.

Within this 2015/16 Shoreline Status Report, what we had last summer local control, a lake classification system based on the size of the lake, lakes are protected by data driven, uncontroversial regulations and a setback minimum on lake frontage, all aspects of regulations of local zoning operations went through towns and counties.  Town and County Boards are upset with that and Matt is hearing a lot from frustrated citizens as well.  What we are losing with that is putting the water quality at jeopardy to where if water quality goes down property assessments go down, the ability to dredge within lakes, our fisheries will be affected by that, clarity of the water.  How properties get assessed is by the clarity of the water.  The more the development, it is detrimental to  ground water and the closer you get to the lake the more you have high, expensive wells.  The more you dredge you change the habitat of it, lack of funding for the DNR, these shoreline zoning issues are hurting the lake associations and the character of the northwoods.  Look into the last assembly/senate budget hearing for more information. 

DeMet added that this Saturday, 8/13/16 is the last Parks Committee Children’s’ Special Projects event.  This will be at 10:00 and the  Northwoods Wildlife Center is putting on a program called Turtles and Reptiles.

Bob Williams asked Matt if he was going to make the next web site meeting in September as they had to table the budget review because Matt wasn’t at the last meeting and they didn’t have the data.  Matt said he would have the information as soon as possible or by the next meeting and he would be there. 

County Representative:  Bob Metropulos said it has been slow.  The department heads are working on their 2017 budgets and they have already received some preliminary numbers from some departments.  They are also required to turn in a priority list of importance of various divisions in their department.  Bob said he had nothing new to report other than what you read in the paper.  Some of it he cannot talk about.  They have been in closed sessions for a couple of items. 

By May, with Matt’s comments here,  on NR115, Bob was county supervisor at that time also.  Bob didn’t want to mention any names but one representative said we have to give the property rights back to the property owner.  Bob has always said zoning creates property rights, what’s good for you as a neighbor may not be good for me and vice versa.   If someone wants to put a junk yard next to my property, I really have no control unless we have zoning.  It’s really getting to the case, I believe, that the State wants to control and even get rid of town government. We have no control over our lakes.   I would be very cautious and if this man gets on, you have your  work cut out for you. Bob offered Matt, his congratulations.

 Bob asked if anyone had any questions, and Doris Vyvyan said she thought it was illegal to dredge in front of someone’s property. 

Matt said one bill would have allowed lake property owners to dredge lake bottoms in front of their homes, remove spawning habitat, allow removal of up to 30 cubic yards a year for in-land lakes and 100 cubic yards a year on the great Lakes.  This is property owned by the people of the State of Wisconsin.  The destruction would have been immediate and irreparable.  This is what counties have fought against and Matt believes that they have gotten it reduced. 

Bob asked if there were any Vets present.  There is a resolution coming in from the State and what they want to do is regionalized the Veterans’ Service Offices.   In other words, they could have one in Wausau that would serve the whole northern section, one down in Fond du Lac that would service four different sections.   This is ridiculous; they are having enough problems now, keeping up with matters.  Waiting lists are long, trips are long and they are going to get a lot longer if that goes through.  We are just waiting now to see what happens.  Bob happen to be on the the Social Services, VA Committee, and Tammy Walters is just working her fanny off.  We are losing control.  Doris Vyvyan said that she thought the Veterans should be able to use any Medical Facility that they choose.  They should not have to go hundreds of miles for medical treatment. 

Public Comment: Doris Vyvyan wanted to ask if there was extra cost to put the referendum deal on the ballot.  DeMet said that yes, there would be a cost, but it is not a big deal and it would not be a significant amount of money.  Doris also asked if DeMet was going to discontinue the “Correspondence” part of the Agenda.  DeMet said No, he just forgot to put it on. 

Bob Chrobak introduced himself and his neighbor, Karl Olson.  They live on Elm Road on Little Carr Lake.  They are concerned about Elm road, not just the paved portion that starts at D, but where the paving stops, we have unpaved portion and then we have a paved portion to the end of the road, where a private homeowner paved his portion.  In between there are pot holes, tremendous draining problems near Karl’s property, and we are trying to get some conformity through the entire road.   DeMet said he spent some time on this problem last year.  It appears that there is about 160 Ft. that is in question.  The bad news is that it is not on the list of roads to be fixed this year.  It is something that will be addressed, but it probably won’t happen this year.  Karl has been maintaining the unpaved portion, every time there is rain, he may have to pull rocks, grade the road, all at his own expense and it is not fair.

 There are basically 5 taxpayers on this road that have to drive through puddles.  DeMet said he understood and it is on the radar.  Someone asked how they picked what roads they will work on and DeMet said that North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning go around from year to year and rate the roads.  The Town uses that information plus what our Road Crew has to say about the different roads as they are out there all the time.  The Board will also make occasional road surveys themselves, which is sometime later on the Agenda that we will be talking about.  What we do is put all of it together and see what needs work most and what we have money for.  Chrobak asked about the culvert on D that needs work and what was happening there.  DeMet indicated that the County would be taking care of it, as it’s their road.  The work probably won’t begin until after Labor Day and the entire Culvert will be replaced. 

Resolution 2016-2 Supporting an Amendment to the constitution of the United States to provide that corporations are not persons:  As an explanation for those that don’t know, it you know about the Supreme Court decision, commonly referred to as Citizens United, which rolled back restrictions on the amount of money that can be spent on elections, there is a movement among the states and 17 states have passed the resolution.  75 towns in Wisconsin have already passed the resolution and 15 towns plus Lake Tomahawk will have the referendum on the ballot this fall.  It’s a grass roots effort to get big money out of politics is what it boils down to.  So we propose to have a referendum on the November ballot to allow the citizens of the Town of Lake Tomahawk to weigh in on that.  We have a resolution that the Town Board has passed and this will get forwarded to our State and Federal representatives and legislators and see if they will do their job to overturn this.  Parker said it is more fair and we will be posting the resolution as well as ballots initiatives.  Parker then went on to read Resolution No. 02-2016.   (The entire Resolution No. 02-2016 appears in the Minutes of July 13, 2016.)  Parker moved that the Town adopt this Resolution, seconded by DeMet.  Motion carried, all ayes.

November Ballot Referendum Question:  Parker indicated that the following is what we want to have on the Ballot of November 8, 2016.  “Shall the Town of Lake Tomahawk, adopt the following resolution?  Resolved, that “We the People” of the Town of Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin, seek to reclaim democracy from the expansion of corporate personhood rights and the corrupting influence of unregulated political contributions and spending.  We stand with communities across Wisconsin and the country to support passage of an amendment to the United States Constitution stating:

1.  Only human beings are endowed with constitutional rights – not corporations, unions, nonprofits or other artificial entities and

2. Money is not speech and therefore regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting speech.”  There will be a box for Yes or No.  So it’s up to everyone in the Town of Lake Tomahawk to have their say.  DeMet said back in June, they made a motion to put the referendum question on the ballot.  Parker said the language was slightly different.  DeMet then made a motion to adopt the new referendum question that Parker read on the November 8th Ballot.  Seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

 

Institute a 3 year road plan: DeMet put this on to see how the Board wanted to handle this.  One of the reasons why he wants to get this done is because we may be eligible for Trip money.  This normally is on a 6 year cycle, but last time around, some of the Towns did not apply for Trip and we may be eligible again in the next two year cycle.   In order to apply for Trip funds, you have to have a road Plan.  Parker indicated that she like the idea of a 3 year Road Plan and that they review it on a yearly basis. Some roads worsen by natural conditions and others come to our attention that need even more attention.  So we can alter them every year, but we have a more future plan, taking care of our roads and maintaining them ahead of time because replacing them is 100 times more expensive.  Michalsen added, if we have the funds.  Parker said we usually don’t have the funds to replace roads.  DeMet asked the board members if they would like to get together and do a road tour for later this fall and go over all of the roads.  Parker and Michalsen agreed that this was a good idea and the board will set up a date. 

Bike Trail Development: As you know from last month’s meeting, we were finally approved to use the Highway 47 corridor right of way to establish a bike trail connection to the State Trail at Indian Mounds.  Yesterday, I received our first donation from Oneida County walking & biking trail council in the amount of $1,500.  DeMet thought it was time to set up a fund as we don’t have any money budgeted.  The first thing that we should do is get some signage up.  We can put a sign up at Indian Mounds indicating Lake Tomahawk this way.   The signs can’t have advertising, but it can have directions.  We should think about putting a line item in the budget for next year so we can get serious about this.  Parker made a motion to add a line item to the 2017 budget to cover the bike trail.  Seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all Ayes.  DeMet mentioned that our friends at Wisconsin Valley Improvement are already on board with this and they have already mowed the trail. 

Future Agenda Items:  DeMet mentioned the road review and he also asked if Parker or Michalsen are available, they will be meeting with the Insurance Representative regarding the Health Insurance Plan for the Town Crew, which is coming due. That would be on the 16th of August at 10:00 A.M.  DeMet said he and Nancy would be there and if Parker and Michalsen were there, he would have to post it.  Parker and Michalsen, both said they would be there. 

Correspondence:  DeMet forgot about Correspondence, but Parker questioned whether or not anyone had responded to the email question regarding trash.  DeMet indicated that he had responded to Wollenberg, the original person who asked the question.  He did not respond to the second email.  DeMet asked if there was anything else.  Michalsen said, that being at the county fairs and speaking to some of them and setting it up, some people brought up budget expenditures and town funds to help fund the county fairs.  If all the towns got together and budgeted a small amount it would help out greatly.  DeMet said that we can talk about that at budget time.

Adjournment:  DeMet made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes.  Meeting adjourned at 7:40 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk

Town of Lake Tomahawk Special Town Board Meeting, July 7, 2016

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held a Special Town Board Meeting on Thursday, July 7, 2016, at 9:00 A.M. at the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center.

All notices were posted to the open meeting law and the media was notified. 

Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisors Catherine Parker and Matthew Michalsen, and Clerk Nancy Schneider.  Also present was Deborah Bleskan, Connie Langren, Darlene Neumann and Barbara Vetterman.

Parker made a motion to approve the agenda of July 7, 2016, seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Chairman DeMet made a Motion to convene in closed session under WI Stat . 19.85(1).  Michalsen seconded the motion.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

After some discussion, DeMet made a Motion to reconvene in open session, seconded by Michalsen.  No action was taken.

Parker made a Motion to adjourn, seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, All Ayes.

Meeting adjourned at 9:40 A.M.

Respectfully submitted:

Nancy J. Schneider

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, July 13, 2016

The Lake tomahawk Town Board held a regular Town Board Meeting on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. at the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center.

All notices were posted to the open meeting law and the media was notified.

Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisors Catherine Parker and Matthew Michalsen, Treasurer Mike Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.  Chairman DeMet read the Agenda of the regular Town Board Meeting of July 13, 2016.  DeMet called the meeting to order and led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion by Parker, seconded by Michalsen, to approve the Agenda of the regular Town Board Meeting of July 13, 2016.  Motion carried, all Ayes.  Parker made a Motion to approve the Minutes of the Regular Town Board Meeting of June 8, 2016 and the Special Town Board Meeting of June 29, 2016.  DeMet seconded the Motion of the Regular Town Board Meeting of June 8, 2016.  Motion carried, all Ayes.  Michalsen seconded the Motion to approve the Minutes of the Special Town Board Meeting of June 29, 2016.  Motion carried, all ayes. 

Approve the payment of Bills and Vouchers: The Clerk asked the Board to approve ACH, EFT & EFTPS payments, Check #’s 16346 to 16401 and payroll checks 3786 to 3809 for a Total of $47,185.26.  DeMet made a motion to approve the payment of Bills and Vouchers; Seconded by Parker.  Motion carried all Ayes. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Treasurer Lynch reported that during the Month of June, the Town had income of $13,159, which included $7,149 from the State for Fire Insurance Dues, $965 for Forest Crop Income and $2,800 was received for Liquor Licensing.  The Parks took in $1,939 in launch permits and fees and concession rentals.  Expenses for the Month totaled $46,018.  The road Dept. expenses were $26,320, including $20,630 in wages and benefits.  DeMet made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all ayes.

Chairman/Supervisors reports on commissions and committees:  Michalsen said the web site committee has not met for two or three months, however, they did have a meeting last night which he  couldn’t attend.  The Parks Commission is probably going to pursue something like music in the park or art in the park.  That is to be determined.

DeMet said the only thing that he had was that since March of 2015 he has been working on the connection of the bike trail and that this is the final approval.  DOT and the Town of Woodruff has accepted our application to maintain and improve the trail that connects to the State trail so he hopes to start work to improve that trail, which connects to the Indian Mounds Trail.  A mile and one half is in the Town of Woodruff so it was necessary to get their permission as well. 

County Representative:  Not present.

Public Comment:  A member of the audience said she thought George was great and that we were lucky to have him. 

World Musky Hunt temporary Class B License:  This will be from August 25th through the 27th.  They have been renting the Community Center for the last several years and they get a temporary license.  DeMet made a motion that the Board approve the temporary Class B License for August 25th through the 27th, 2016.  Michalsen seconded the Motion.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Room Tax Law changes in accordance with WI Act 55: George and Mike attended the meeting on the room tax changes along with Crystal Westphal and Steve Peterson of the Chamber.  Mike said if we did not belong to the Room Tax Committee and we had our own, we would be responsible for a five member board and one of them would have to have property that they rent to others.  So we do not have to do anything at this time, but we do need to change our ordinance.  George said he had an opportunity to read the ordinance and it’s almost word for word of Minocqua’s ordinance, so he doesn’t know if we need to make any changes.  Mike said he would talk to the chamber and see what needs to be done.  Michalsen said that someone that owns a resort has to be at the meeting and DeMet indicated that they must attend the meetings at least four times a year.  Lynch said that we do not have to do this because we belong to the Chamber Group, however, we do need to find someone that rents out property from this area to belong to the group.  DeMet said the only one that they came up with who lives here all year round is David Sloan.  Crystal Westphal who runs the Chamber was going to get in touch with him and some other people and see what she can come up with.  After some discussion it was decided to do nothing until the next Room Tax meeting.

WTA Resolution to provide proper funding for Wisconsin’s transportation system:  DeMet read the Resolution, which is attached to the Minutes.  Parker made a motion to adopt the Resolution, seconded by Michalsen. Motion carried, all Ayes to adopt the Resolution and to forward it on to the Wisconsin Towns Association, our State Legislators and to Governor Scott Walker.  Motion carried, all Ayes. We need to number the Resolution.

November Ballot Referendum Resolution:  Parker stated that last month the Board approved to put a advisory referendum on the November Ballot to see what the people of the Town of Lake Tomahawk think.  The Referendum states, “Shall the Constitution of the United States of America be amended to stat that:

1. Only human beings – nor corporations, limited liability companies, unions, non-profit organizations,      or similar associations – are endowed with constitutional rights , and;

2. Money is not speech, and therefore regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting political speech.

3. That our state and federal representatives shall enact resolutions and legislation to advance this effort.

YES

NO

 

The County Clerk was sent a copy of the Referendum.  She indicated that she would need a resolution from an organization, committee who represents this referendum, as it cannot be placed on the Ballot as it currently stands.  There also must be an explanation of what YES stands for and NO stands for.  Also, a Type A will have to be published in the paper prior to the election on November 8, 2016.  Parker indicated that there have been 73 other municipalities in Wisconsin plus ten to twelve States that have passed this.  Parker checked with the Towns’ Attorney and because this is Advisory, everything is good.  Parker then read the Resolution, which is attached to the Minutes.  This has to be done 70 days prior to the November 8th to get on the ballot.  The advisory referendum question was sent to the County Clerk on June 13, 2016.  Parker questioned whether or not the Town would like to have a public hearing on this or if it is enough to put it in the paper and post it in our regular places.  Parker said it’s good to know what is on the ballot before you go in there.  The Resolution is too long to be on the Ballot.  Parker said she would like to adopt the resolution after the referendum.    

2016 Crack Sealing and Chip Seal Projects:  DeMet said that he talked to the Road Dept. and they came up with a list of possible projects.  DeMet said they came up with Maple Rd, Brush Rd, Birch, Bear, Soyck Ct, Pike, Fawn Lake Rd from Sand Lake to Town Line Road for Crack Seal and it was mentioned that Fawn Lake Rd to County D to Big Buck Rd for possible Chip Seal.  DeMet asked for permission from the Supervisors to finalize the list with the Road Department and then put it in the paper and put it out for bids.  Parker moved that the Chair finalize the list with the Road Department, and put it out for bids.  Seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Future Agenda Requests:  DeMet mentioned the Resolution that Parker is working on.  Parker said that it would have to be finalized by the August Board Meeting.  Also more information is needed regarding the room tax. 

Adjournment: Parker made a motion to adjourn, seconded by DeMet.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Meeting adjourned at 7:28 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy J. Schneider,

Clerk 

 

 

Town of Lake Tomahawk Planning Commission Meeting, October 5, 2016

Town of Lake Tomahawk – Draft: Planning Commission Minutes Wednesday October 5th

Attending: Steve Forrest (Chair), Tom kester, Sharon Lintereur, Roger Dorsey.

Call to order at 6:30pm
Dorsey moved to approved agenda, Kester second, all approved

Lintereur moved to approve minutes of last meeting as read, Dorsey second, all approved. /p>

Motion by Forrest “The Plan Commission recommends that the Lake Tomahawk Town Board support the administrative review for Amy Monday and Robert Nevoraski with the condition thatthe operator (Amy Monday) comply with any conditions or requirements set forth by the Lake Tomahawk Sanitary District in Regards to disposal and handling of any chemicals used at this location. It is further recommended that the owner of the property, Robert Nevoraski either keep all garbage and or garbage containers inside of the building, or erect a fenced area for garbage as required by town ordinance. “

Second Kester, motion carried
Next meeting date to be November 3rd, 6:30 Lintereur motion to adjourn

Meeting adjourned 6:55

Town of Lake Tomahawk Web Site Committee Meeting Minutes August 3, 2016

Lake Tomahawk Website Committee Meeting for Wednesday, August 3, 2016

 

Meeting Attendance: Bob Williams, Rick Mazurczak & Joanne Krueger

1)      Meeting was called to order at 7:10 p.m.

2)      Rick motioned to approve the Agenda for August 3, 2016. Joanne seconded the motion, approved unanimously.

3)      Rick motioned to approve the minutes for July 12, 2016. Joanne seconded the motion, approved unanimously.

4)      Citizen Input: None

5)      Budget Review: None

6)      Web site up dates:

a.       Rick made a motion to have Joanne send photos as discussed. Bob seconded the motion, approved unanimously.

7)      Correspondence:

a.       2,096 Friends on Facebook

8)      Date for next meeting: September 7, 2016

9)      Adjournment: Rick motioned to adjourn, Joanne seconded, approved unanimously, 8:00pm.

Town of Lake Tomahawk Web Site Committee Meeting Minutes July 12, 2016

Lake Tomahawk Website Committee Meeting for Tuesday, July 12, 2016

 

Meeting Attendance: Gary Sowatzka, Bob Williams, Rick Mazurczak & Joanne Krueger

1)      Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

2)      Bob motioned to approve the Agenda for July 12, 2016. Rick seconded the motion, approved unanimously.

3)      Joanne motioned to approve the minutes for May,4, 2016. Bob seconded the motion, approved unanimously.

4)      Citizen Input: None

5)      Web site up dates:

a.       Take off Rapid Retreat

b.      Edit Snowshoe Baseball time in the calendar

6)      Collect pictures of Clubs/Organizations for new website

a.       Joanne: New-Tom Sno-Fleas

b.      Rick: Lions & Lioness

c.       Bob: Legion and Auxiliary

d.      Gary: World Musky Hunt and Snowshoe Baseball

7)      Correspondence:

a.       Ask Nikki if we can view how many visitors to the website

b.      2,085 Friends on Facebook

8)      Date for next meeting: August 3, 2013

9)      Adjournment: Rick motioned to adjourn, Gary seconded, approved unanimously, 7:55pm.

Town of Lake Tomahawk Web Site Committee Meeting Minutes May 4, 2016

Lake Tomahawk Website Committee Meeting for Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Meeting Attendance: Gary Sowatzka, Bob Williams, Rick Mazurczak & Joanne Krueger

1)      Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

2)      Rick motioned to approve the Agenda for May4, 2016. Bob seconded the motion, approved unanimously.

3)      Approve the minutes for March 2, 2016. Tabled until next month.

4)      Citizen Input: None

5)      Review web site revision (in progress)

a.       Nikki has uploaded the info from the old website onto the new site.

b.       We will look over on our own time and report back on Monday through email.

6)      Web site up dates:

a.       Muzzy will contact Nikki about website updates and the concerns that we have noticed so far.

                                                               i.      Take Off Legion Meat Raffle

                                                             ii.       Camera on the Homepage for Webcam?

 

7)      Correspondence:

a.       639278Visitors to the website

b.       2,076 Friends on Facebook

8)      Date for next meeting: June 1, 2016

9)      Adjournment: Joanne motioned to adjourn, Rick seconded, approved unanimously, 8:00pm.

Town of Lake Tomahawk Parks Commission Meeting, July 12, 2016

LAKE TOMAHAWK PARKS COMMISSION

TOWN OF LAKE TOMAHAWK

MEETING OF TUESDAY JULY 12, 2016

7:30 P.M.

RAYMOND SLOAN COMMUNITY CENTER

MEETING MINUTES

 

 

1.  Call to Order:  7:30 p.m.

     Attendance:  Tom Heilig, Darlene Neuman, Arnie Plaumann, Ginger Davis, Rose Bean,

George DeMet and Wayne Paugel.    

2.  Pledge to the American Flag

3.  Approve minutes: Ginger moved to approve, Rose second, all in favor.

4.  Financial Update: Review statement, Darlene moved to approve, Rose second, all in favor.

5.  Reports

1.  Town Supervisor-No report

2.  Children’s Program-7/23 Dig, Dump &Drive, 8/6 Scarecrows, Turtles rescheduled to 8/13. Helicopter & hot dogs for DD&D.

3.  Parks Employee-Lots of geese/poop. New outhouse needs daily attention. Rainbow takes a lot of time (most of Thursday).  Snowshoe and boat launch both busy.

 6. Old Business

1.  Fishing Pier review-Grand Opening 6/17 11am. Coverage by both WJFW and Lakeland Times. Food served to 42. Outhouse to be pumped 1/week. Tom talked to Jeff Smith to get the Lake Tom Sanitary District involved.  Darlene will get gift certificate for the chef. 

2.  Open commission position

3.  Playground equipment discussion. Focus on one new piece for Bear Foot in 2016.                                                                                                                   7.   New Business

1. Park Commission election of officers in August. 

 8.  Correspondence-None

 9.  Citizen Input-None

10. Commission went into closed session per WIS Statue19.85 (1) (c).

11. Return from closed session. Voted to increase Wayne Paugel’s per hour pay by $0.50.

12.Next Parks Commission Meeting, August 9, 2016 7:30 PM

13. Ginger moved to adjourn, Rose seconded, all in favor. Adjournment 8:33 p.m.