The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held their regular Board Meeting on August 8, 2018 in the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center. All notices were posted according to the Open Meeting Law and the media was notified.
Present: Chairman George DeMet, supervisors Larry Hoffman and Stephanie Sowatzka. Treasurer Michael Lynch and Clerk Sharon Trimberger Lintereur.
Chairman DeMet read the agenda of the Regular Town Board Meeting of August 8, 2018 and called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Chairman DeMet led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Approve the Agenda of August 8, 2018. Motion by Stephanie Sowatzka and seconded by Larry Hoffman to approve the agenda as read by DeMet. Motion carried, all ayes.
Approve the Minutes of the Regular Town Board Meeting of June 11, 2018. A motion was made by George DeMet and seconded by Stephanie Sowatzka to approve the minutes. Motion carried, all ayes.
Motion by George DeMet, seconded by Stephanie Sowatzka to approve the ACH, EFT, EFTPS payments checks 17462 to 17495 and payroll checks 4305 to 4353 for a total of $41,058.47. Motion carried, all ayes.
Treasurer’s Report: Michael Lynch stated that during the month of July the town had income of $69,663.21, which included revenue of $45,574.42. Of the $45,574.42, $1,850.05 shared revenue, fire insurance dues of $6,891.57, and highway aid of $36,175.43. A plow truck was sold for $18,000. We also collected room taxes of $2,264.42, out of which we paid the Chamber $1,698.31, which left the town $556.00. Fire Department accident reimbursement of $750.00. Parks Department: launch fees and permits totaling $3,301.08. Total expenses were $126,767.58. Seal coating and black topping of $45,407.87 and a $7,500 for the WIFI broad bank. George DeMet made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s report, Larry Hoffman seconded. Motion carried, all ayes.
County representative: no report
Public Comment: no comments
Rezoning request NE SE section 3: Two options from Carl Jennrich: fill in strip 330’ from right of way, hwy. 47 to North Bluebird Road or rezone the 40 acres. DeMet recommended going with filling in the strip. Lilly Wisotzke spoke regarding the rezoning. Concern is the back lots as there is no parking, no road access and even the 66’ that would be included is cutting into someone’s else’s property. Bill and Lilly Wisotzke upset due to the fact they were not notified of this from the beginning of the discussion. Discussed the public hearing which is going to be held that all people in neighborhood are notified and they are notified far enough in advance to attend the meeting. Rosie Bean asked who owns the road; part belongs to Steve Forrest and also Liz Taylor, however, Wisotzke’s own part of it as well according to Lilly and Bill Wisotzke. There is some confusion as to who owns what. Lengthy discussion ensued, will be public hearing. George DeMet made a motion that an option to rezone the strip, not the whole forty acres, which is described as SE of the NE Sec 03 from the right of way of hwy. 47 and all property East of hwy 47 be forwarded to the county and they will set the time and place and take it from there. Motion seconded by Stephanie Sowatzka, motion carried, all ayes.
Proposal to install French drain behind Sloan Center: Pitlik and Wick submitted a proposal in the amount of $8,540.00 to fill the puddle in behind the community center in the alley. They would dig a trench 40’ long, 5’ wide, 12’ deep and put in 17 tons of rock and then put washed stone on top of the initial rock. Clarified as to where puddle is. Stephanie Sowatzka made a motion to accept the proposal, seconded by Larry Hoffman, motion carried, all ayes.
WTA Convention in Steven Point: inquired about attending the meeting in Stevens Point. If want to go, please contact the clerk.
Chamber of Commerce membership and Room Tax Commission: cost and benefits of remaining with the Chamber. DeMet stated we have a very competent Chamber here in Lake Tomahawk. Is it worth it when we pay $7,000 to Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce? We have three options: stay the way it is, collect room tax and keep the money, or eliminate the room tax. Extra paperwork for the Treasurer if we quit the Chamber. Clerk to write a letter to the businesses that are currently paying room tax and see what their thoughts are regarding staying with the Chamber. DeMet made a motion for the clerk to send out a letter regarding room tax, seconded by Stephanie Sowatzka, motion carried, all ayes.
Future Agenda Items: short term rentals and what the county is mandating, mining ordinance. DeMet stated a person contacted him from the Town of Lynn and would like to come and talk at our Board Meeting in the near future regarding the mining issue.
Correspondence: Stephanie Sowatzka was contacted regarding the weeds by the old gas station. DeMet stated Barb Vetterman was in and she was getting information on how to get rid of the weeds properly. Paul, who owns gas station, said yes take care of it.
Adjournment: Motion made by George DeMet at 7:43 p.m. to adjourn, seconded by Stephanie Sowatzka, motion carried, all ayes.
Sharon Trimberger Lintereur, Clerk
The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held their Regular Town Board Meeting on March 14, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. at the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center. All notices were posted according to the Open Meeting Law and the media was notified.
Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisors Stephanie Sowatzka and Larry Hoffman, Treasurer Mike Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.
Chairman DeMet called the regular Town Board Meeting of March 14, 2018 to order at 6:50 P.M. and read the Agenda of March 14, 2018. DeMet then led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Approve the Agenda with the order at the discretion of the Chair: Sowatzka made a motion to approve the Agenda; seconded by Hoffman. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of March 14, 2018: Hoffman made a motion to approve the Minutes of 3-14-18; seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Approve the payment of Bills and Vouchers: The Clerk asked the Board to approve the ACH, EFT & EFTPS payments, Check #’s 17269 to 17303 and payroll checks 4212 to 4230 for a Total of $38,197.62. DeMet made a motion to approve the Payment of bills and vouchers as read by the clerk, seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Treasurer’s Report: Lynch stated that during the month of February, the Town collected $97, 128 in property taxes. The Town then paid out $469,605 to the schools, Horsehead Lake District and Sanitary District from all taxes collected in January and February. We received $11,377 from the DNR for PILT. Expenses totaled $39,780. Road Dept. expenses were $22,794 of which $15,847 were wages and expenses. The town also paid $4,850 to the assessor for the first half of his annual fee. DeMet moved to accept the Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Hoffman. Motion carried, all Ayes.
County Representative: Bob Metropulos said he was on the Public Safety Committee which includes Sheriff and law enforcement, including EMTS, Judges, courts personnel, etc. From the General Fund they turned back in $1,517,000 plus which comes from the jails. We have a contract with the State and they were quite surprised with the payment that they received. Metropulos asked Sheriff Hartman if this would continue and Hartman thought it would.
Metropulos also talked about the single entrance to the Court House. They have an architect coming in next week to see what can be done to this historical building. No one will be able to come into the front door; they will have to come in a single entry on the side. It will cost $200,000 to $300,000. They will have two more deputies on guard and they might also be revamping the elevator. Eddie Hammer who is on their Newbolt Board, was Director of Public Works for Marathon County, and they started their work on a single entry about 13 years ago and they just got it through. Vilas County has one, it’s not the best. Oneida County has had some problems in the past couple of years with people coming in and causing problems so this definitely is the way to go. DeMet asked Bob if he knew what the daily charge was for housing out of county prisoners; Bob didn’t know, but would find out. The jail provides food and medical needs.
Public Comment: No one had anything.
Approve private road name for West Bluebird Subdivision: We talked about this before. Because there are more than 4 property owners we have to name the road. We got a letter from the County Property Listing Coodinator and they suggested, Bear Den Lane, so it’s up to the Town to approve that. DeMet asked the board what they thought; Stephanie said it was fitting. DeMet said apparently the property owners agreed with the name. DeMet made a motion that the road be called Bear Den Lane, seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all ayes.
Sale of 2000 Sterling patrol truck: We bought a new truck about a year ago and we held on to this one because of some glitches with the new one. Now, everything seems to be in order and we have this extra truck for sale. It has 160,624 miles on it and it is in very good condition so we are going to put an ad in the paper and see what we can get for it. This is a plow truck with a dump and it has everything on it. With the approval of the Board, DeMet will put an ad in the paper and have the truck outside by the garage so any interested parties can look at it and we will see what we can get. DeMet is looking at $20,000; perhaps more. Hoffman made a motion that the Town sell the truck, seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
ATV survey question and cover letter: DeMet read the letter that will be going out to every registered voter and property owner, along with the question posed. Barb Ehler read a letter from the Lake Tomahawk ATV Club thanking the Town Board for all the time, effort, support and concern the board has shown the Lake Tomahawk ATV/UTV club over the last half year. DeMet said at the last meeting it was suggested that a map may be included. DeMet made a copy of a map taken from Oneida County GIS Mapping that shows the down town area and it is his suggestion that we map out where the parking area would be and where the route to the snowmobile trail would be. It would be one more page that would be added to the letter going out and it shouldn’t make any difference in the postage. The card needs to be mailed so we know it’s not duplicated.
Parker asked if the Plan Commission would be involved in the process. DeMet said that after we get the cards back, he guessed the Plan Commission could be part of the process. Barb objected to having the Plan Commission involved in the process. She indicated that every member of the Plan Commission is against the ATV/UTV plan. DeMet disagreed. The Town Board has the final say. Hoffman made a motion that we move forward with this process; seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Clerk resignation and replacement: DeMet said he didn’t know what he is doing wrong, but the Town has had a Supervisor resign and now the Clerk. “it’s feeling like the white house”. Nancy is resigning effective 3/21/18 and there will be an ad in the paper on Friday, March 16th and Tuesday, the 20th. All resumes should be received by March 28, 2018. In the meantime, we have a deputy clerk who will be filling the position. The board will set up a date after March 28th, to meet and approve the new clerk.
Request to see design and construction estimates for Town Office Addition: The Town Office is very small for three people to be working in there. DeMet measured it. It’s 16 X 16 and that does not include substracting the entrance through the door.
The Plan is not to add from that office as there is no room to add. DeMet is asking permission from the Board to hire an architect to give us a plan on adding Office space off of the Peterson room. He would like someone to give on some figures before the annual meeting so that we can bring it up at that time. The voters will have to approve any addition. In the municipal fund we have $71,840.48. Sowatzka made a motion that we go forward and get estimates for the Town Office; seconded by Hoffman. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Future Agenda Items: Hoffman suggested future roads that need to be worked on, parking at the boat landing, on top of the hill and handicapped parking areas.
Adjournment: DeMet made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Hoffman. Motion carried, All Ayes. Meeting adjourned at 7:36 P.M.
Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk
The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held their Regular Town Board Meeting on February 14, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. at the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center. All notices were posted according to the Open Meeting Law and the media was notified.
Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisors Stephanie Sowatzka and Larry Hoffman, Treasurer Mike Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.
Chairman DeMet called the regular Town Board Meeting of February 14, 2018 to order at 6:59 P.M. and read the Agenda of February 14, 2018. DeMet then led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Approve the Agenda for February 14, 2018: Sowatzka made a motion to approve the Agenda; seconded by Hoffman. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of 1/10/18: Hoffman made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of 1/10/18; seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Approve the payment of bills and Vouchers: The Clerk asked the Board to approve the ACH, EFT, & EFTPS payments, check #’s 17213 to 17267 and payroll checks 4185 to 4211 for a total of $600,613.18. DeMet mentioned that there were several large payments that were made. These are tax sharing payments that we make to the schools, MHLT, Lakeland Union and Nicolet. DeMet made a motion to approve the Payment of bills and vouchers as read by the clerk, seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Treasurer’s Report: Lynch stated that during the Month of January the Town collected $1,791,313 in property taxes, after refunds. The Town then paid out $896,283 to the schools, Horsehead Lake District and the Sanitary District. $5,468.00 was collected from the county in Timber Sales. $36,175 was received from the state for our quarterly highway aid. $184 was collected for dog Licenses.
Expenses totaled $40,067.00. Road Dept. expenses were $30,972 of which $24,478 were wages and benefits. The town also paid $1,000 as an annual contribution to the Lakeland Senior Center. DeMet made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report; seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
County Representative: Bob Metropulos wanted to recognize one of the top Departments in Oneida County and that is Social Services. Social Services is probably in the top five as far as being managed well and employees managed, also financially managed. Mary Rideout is the Chairman and Mary and her staff are just outstanding. They have been on that committee for quite a few years. Recently they had a meeting and Mary gave a very brief speech on the budget. They had a surplus of over $300,000 which will be going back in to the general fund and they start from scratch again. They give back over the years and the key is running a good business. Some of the programs they are involved in is child support, child care assistance, medical assistance, food stamps, fuel assistance, child abuse and neglect investigations; they work with the sheriff’s dept. on that. Also, child welfare services, adult protective services, day care certification and many other programs. This is probably the most pressured job in the county. They have room for 43 positions, and right now they have 41 of them filled.
Public Comment: Greg Gardner asked the town to speak at the meeting. Mr. Gardner is running for Sheriff of Oneida County in 2018 and wanted to introduce himself. Greg is a lifelong resident of Oneida County. Greg’s family has lived here since the 1800’s. Greg is running for sheriff because he cares about the people that work there and he wouldn’t run if he didn’t feel he could do a better job than the current administration. Greg is a graduate of Rhinelander High School. He is a military Veteran, serving 4 years in the US Army and have been working at the sheriff’s department for the last 23 years.
Wilderness Surveying: subdivision proposal for Don and Sharon Hilgendorf: Chairman DeMet presented the preliminary map and subdivision application to Steve Forrest of the Plan Commission and Steve didn’t see any reason to call for a meeting as it is a very simple process of subdividing the house from the rest of the property. Hilgendorf said it was just the 4 acres that the house stands on. DeMet asked if anyone had an objection to Mr. Hilgendorf subdividing. Being none, Hoffman made a motion to allow the subdivision to take place, seconded by Sowatzka; motion carried, all Ayes.
Resolution for State Grant application for Boat Landing bathrooms: The Park Commission decided last year that it would be a good idea to get some new bathrooms down by the boat landing. Since we put in the handicapped pier and a porta-potty; that is the one being used and it gets over-used. The current bathrooms do not have the capacity and need to be emptied weekly. Rodney on the Park Commission has applied for a grant to put in some new bathrooms. Rodney said it basically is what you see at most campgrounds. The cost would be $44,125 and this would just be a formality saying the Town would match the other half or $22,062.50. However, he would also be applying to Wisconsin Valley Improvement for a $15,000 grant which would bring the town’s portion down to $7,000 and that could be covered by boat launch fees. So the town may not have to pay out anything. This resolution is just part of the paperwork that they need done for the grant. DeMet then read the resolution and made a motion that the town comply with the resolution so that the Park Commission can apply for the State Grant. Seconded by Sowatzka; motion carried all Ayes.
Update on ATV/UTV club request for use of Town property/questionnaire: Barb Spears-Ehlers, President handed out a survey. The club plans to mail out the survey on March 1, 2018 to be returned on March 30, 2018. Lake Tomahawk ATV/UTV Club will assume all financial and/or labor responsibilities and they will have volunteers that will come to the town office to stuff envelopes, etc. so there will be no costs to the town. At this time the Club would like approval of the question and would like to meet with the town next week as far as mailing lists are concerned. DeMet read the question, “Do you favor the use of 800 ft. of Town owned Rail Road Grade and a portion of the (over Flow) parking area to connect to existing State ATV/UTV trail system? Yes________ No_________.”
DeMet said he would withhold judgment on the question at this time. For one thing he felt that it was more than 800 ft. if you are going down towards D. Adam said that all they were asking for was 800 ft. DeMet said he spent hours on the computer trying to download the list of property owners and wasn’t able to download it. We may have to use the Town’s list of property owners and poll lists. DeMet said we are talking about a lot of man hours and the ATV/UTV club said they are willing to do it.
DeMet said as far as the question is concerned, he would like to check with a couple of people and get their opinion, and maybe make some minor changes, if necessary. A member of the audience asked if the question could also include a map and it can. The Club will meet with DeMet next week and get everything settled.
Ordinance for appointing Board of Review alternates: Larry and George were at Board of Review training on February 2nd and the instructor suggested that they adopt an ordinance for appointing Board of Review alternates. DeMet said he talked to Catherine Parker and Patsy Christy and they both said they would be available to be alternates. DeMet copied the ordinance out of the book and made a motion that they be appointed alternates for the Board of Review. Seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Town Board Committee Assignments: DeMet said there seemed to be some confusion on the web site as to who handles what. Stephanie was a member of the Parks Commission and Larry who took over for Matt was also part of the Parks. DeMet suggested that Stephanie keep the Parks and web site, while Larry will take over the Plan commission, Horsehead Lake Association and the Cemetery. This was acceptable to all concerned.
Correspondence: DeMet had two letters he had received in regard to the ATV/UTV Club and he asked the Clerk to make up a file for these items.
Future Agenda Items: DeMet said we had talked in previous months about having an ordinance in place for the placement of sex offenders. DeMet saw on the news that the State may be doing that for us. Stephanie brought up advertising for the different committees and commissions and DeMet mentioned that Darlene gave him a list of the different things that will be going on this summer for the children’s program. Stephanie brought up the fact that the web cam is apparently broken and has been all winter. George mentioned that the fellow was over and put up the second new camera and it supposedly was working. However, DeMet checked when he got home and it was not working. This is an on-going problem.
Adjournment: Stephanie made a motion to adjourn the meeting; seconded by Hoffman. Motion carried, all Ayes. Meeting adjourned at 7:29 P.M.
Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk