Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, July 12, 2017

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held their regular Town Board Meeting on July 12, 2017 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 Michalsen and Sowatzka, and Clerk Nancy Schneider.

Chairman DeMet read the agenda of the Regular Town Board Meeting of July 12, 2017 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 July 12, 2017 with order at discretion of the Chair: Michalsen made a motion to approve the Agenda as read by the Chair, seconded by Sowatzka.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Approve the Minutes of the Regular Town Board Meeting of June 14, 2017:  Sowatzka made a motion to approve the Minutes of the regular Town Board Meeting of June 14, 2017, seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Approve the payment of bills and vouchers: Clerk asked the Board to approve the ACH, EFT & EFTPS payments, check #’s 16901 to 16947 and payroll checks 4034 to 4056 for a total of $47,702.39.  Michalsen made a Motion, seconded by Sowatzka to approve the payment of bills and Vouchers as read by the clerk.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Treasurer’s Report:  Treasurer Lynch was unable to attend the meeting because of water in his basement so Chairman DeMet gave the treasurer’s report.  Income for the month of June totaled $12,255 which included $8,960 from the state.  The Parks collected $1,856 in boat launch fees and permits.  Expenses for the month totaled $45,916.  Road Department expenses were $32,627 including $22,454 in wages and benefits.  DeMet made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s report, seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

County Representative:  Not present.

Public Comment:  A gentleman from the audience asked how many fireworks permits did the Town grant as it seems like there were many fireworks.  Chairman DeMet said that only one permit was granted to a Mr. Reynolds of Alva Lake.  The gentleman also noticed that the Fire Departments were in the parade and he wondered why the DNR didn’t have anything in the parade.  DeMet said he didn’t know why, but the Town does not put on the parade, the Lions’ Club does.  Kevin Krueger from the Lions’ didn’t know why the DNR was not in the parade.  He didn’t know who they extend an invitation to.

Request for exemption from rental fee for use of Peterson Room/Dewey Wendler:  DeMet called Mr. Wendler today and the Board had discussed this last month.  Mr. Wendler, who is a member of the Town, would like to use the Peterson Room on Mondays for a two hour period for a self-help group.  He is paying the fee out of his own pocket.  This would be every Monday for several months and he is wondering if he could get some sort of a break.  Michalsen made a motion to exempt the rental fee of the Peterson room, on Mondays from 12:30 to 2:30 on a trial basis for one month for the self-help group.  Seconded by Sowatzka.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Conditional Use Permit application By Clark Theilig/Bitters and Bull for outside seating and entertainment, on occasion:  He will be putting a concrete pad and a pergola, which is a roof of sorts, which can be opened or closed, and seating.  He plans on having live music on occasion.  The Plan Commission would limit the hours of entertainment from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM on most nights and to 11:00 PM on Holidays.  The other concerns were parking and noise and that the proposed fence be built as shown in the application and that all required permits be obtained prior to installation. 

Nancy Woller had concerns in regard to the parking.  She said people had parked in their parking lot and in the handicapped parking space.  When asked to not park there, she was insulted.  They don’t want to have to mark their lot “customers only”, but they need to be able to move heavy furniture out, plus have access to their boat and home.  They are getting large pot holes in their parking lot and in the handicapped parking space and have been parked in on different occasions.   There is also a parking problem in the alley behind Bitters & Bull.  DeMet said that the alley behind Bitters & Bull is clearly marked “No Parking” and as he drove by it tonight, there were 4 or 5 vehicles parked in the alley, and it is the employees.  What we need to do is to inform Management that the employees need to find someplace else to park. 

Oneida County needs to bring that up in their hearing on July 19th for the Conditional Use Permit; that Bitters & Bull has to find alternate parking, at least for the employees.   Michalsen stated that he would go over to Bitters & Bull and introduce himself and explain about the parking situation.  He would do so that night.  DeMet made a motion that the board approve the Conditional use application with the three stipulations that were just discussed and forward it on to Oneida County for their public hearing on July 19th.  Seconded by Sowatzka.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Consider additional paving project on ROW behind Gregory Realty and BP Station: DeMet said he was throwing this out there because the Town does have sufficient money assuming that the rest of the projects get done.  None of the projects have been completed or even started, because of the weather.  If you notice the gravel area behind Gregory gets chuck holes and they could grade it every day and it would still be a mess.  The proposal that George got from Pitlik & Wick to do the whole strip behind there would be $13,485.  DeMet said that when Pitlik comes to do the intersection of Rainbow and Lily, we could have them pave that section as well.  Kevin Krueger questioned where it would start and end.  DeMet said it would start at Rainbow, go behind Gregory Realty and BP and end right there.  It probably would not get plowed in the winter.  Krueger was concerned that it would get beat up because of the snowmobiles when they stop to get gas, the snowmobile equipment and tract.  DeMet said that the Town has graded 3 or 4 times this year and have dumped gravel and it still hasn’t solved the problem.  Michalsen suggested that the Town just continue to grade and gravel instead of paving. Sowatzka agreed.

Update on BB court/Parking Project:  Michalsen had provided the town with drawings.  Two different options were offered, one going 90 feet and the other going 75 and the parking on both sides.  DeMet wanted to make sure that this was being done on the Town’s property. DeMet said it will be necessary to get a surveyor as we have 240 feet back there, but where does it start. 

 Nancy Woller said that whoever cuts the town’s grass, collects it and then dumps it on her property.   DeMet said he would check on that.  Jessica Kloes questioned whether the basketball hoops have officially been approved.  DeMet said it was still in the planning stages.  A gentleman from the audience said he felt parking is a little bit more of a concern than the basketball court.  Jessica said the land was purchased to fix the water problem and provide parking and that was done 4 years ago.  Nothing has been done in that period of time to fix the water drainage problem.  Jessica’s concern was the basketball court being so close to the alley and all the cars and the safety of the children.  Other members expressed concern of the children playing in the area with the cars that speed on Rainbow and Lily.  Others mentioned a basketball court next to a basketball court, meaning the Sloan Building.  DeMet said there would have to be adult supervision if it was in the Sloan Building, and that would be hard to get.  Someone suggested putting up cameras in the Sloan Building.   Michalsen said that if it was on Town’s property the Town’s insurance would come into play. 

People questioned the use of Rainbow Park and why wasn’t the Volleyball court by boat launch kept up.  Jessica again stressed the problem the Town is having with Parking and why should a Basketball Court be put in when parking is such a problem.  Michalsen also said the Police are parked in Town often and if people are having a problem with parking, they should talk to them.

In spite of the questions raised, Michalsen said he is still in favor of going ahead with the basketball court.  They haven’t ordered the hoops, but there is money in the budget to do so.  They still have to get the surveyor and get estimates on paving, etc.

Jessica suggested that they take care of the water problem first as it does affect the other buildings in the area.   Jim Soyck brought up the fact the basketball court would only be used 4 to 5 months a year while parking would be used all year.  Again there was discussion from the audience in favor of the parking.  Michalsen, said he was going to go ahead with the surveyor, figure out the water and this year,  get started on paving for the parking.  DeMet said that the way things are going there may not be any paving this year.

Procedure for filing vacancies on Town Board:  DeMet said that Michalsen has not officially given notice and Michalsen agreed that he has not.  DeMet said that coincidently in this month’s Town’s Association magazine, there is a whole article for filling vacancies.  Once we receive a date there is a procedure to follow under Wisconsin Statutes 17.25.  The remaining Board and the Town Clerk will be responsible for appointing someone to that position.  We will put an Ad in the paper for potential candidates that would interview for us and then, George, Stephanie and Nancy will vote on the person to take over the position. 

Correspondence:  Chairman DeMet had two things.  One of which was a Thank You Note from a gentleman who was here last month.  It says, “I realize far too often people are much quicker to complain than say a good word which is unfortunate.  We want to thank you for the quick response to our concern on Bertland Rd.”

 

The second letter, maybe not so nice from the Lake Tomahawk Sanitary Commission that says “The Commissions would like to bring up a new situation we are running into at the Lake Tomahawk Sanitary District.  Currently our grinder pumps use 120 volt electrical wiring; the new grinders that fit into our pits are 220 volt.  What this means to the user is that at some point the electrical will have to be u updated at a cost to each user as new grinders are installed into the individual pits.  According to the Operator the cost will be approximately $400 per grinder.  The Operator and Mechanic are working hard to keep the current grinders repaired and usable; but as time goes on this will become less and less possible.  We foresee this cost coming up in approximately 4 or more years from now; but felt this was information that needed to be passed on. 

Future Agenda Items:  You will remember that last month we started talking having an ordinance and “slow no wake zones”.  DeMet did a little research and the only lakes we would have any control over would be ones that lie completely in our township.  The lake that brought this matter to the chairman’s attention was Bird Lake.  DeMet thought Bird Lake was in the Town’s jurisdiction, but it could be toughing Hazelhurst.  He wanted to bring this to the board’s attention for in the future.

 DeMet asked if there was anything else.  Jim Soyck brought up ATV’s; all of the towns around here are connecting to the trails, and it would help the businesses in town with the added income.  Michalsen said Corky Shephard and Mike Timmons from Woodruff said they sent a letter to the DOT to utilize the railroad grade up to Halverson Road which is about a mile from where the Woodruff and Lake Tomahawk trail cuts off.    They have not come to Lake Tomahawk with an okay since the last time Matt discussed it with them.  DeMet said the Town has no control over what the DOT does with that Right of Way.  Matt gave Jim Corky’s number.

A gentleman asked if North Windpudding was going to be paved this year.  DeMet said no, but it will be on a future plan. 

Adjournment: DeMet made a Motion to adjourn, seconded by Sowatzka.  Motion carried, all Ayes. Meeting adjourned at 7:55 P.M. 

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, June 14, 2017

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held their regular town board meeting on June 14, 2017 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 Michalsen and Sowatzka, Treasurer Mike Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider. 

Chairman DeMet read the Agenda of the Regular Town Board Meeting of June 14, 2017, and called the meeting to order at 6:59 P.M.  DeMet led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Approve the Agenda of 6/14/17: Motion by Michalsen to approve the Agenda of 6/14/17 as read by the Chairman; seconded by Dave Olsen.  Motion carried, all Ayes:

Approve the Minutes of the regular Town Board Meeting of May 10, 2017 and the Special Board Meeting of May 25, 2017:  Motion by Michalsen, seconded by DeMet to approve the Minutes of the regular Town Board Meeting of May 10, 2017 and the Special Board Meeting of May 25, 2017.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Approve the payment of bills & vouchers:  The Clerk asked the Board to approve the ACH, EFT and EFTPS payments, check #’s 16852 to 16900 and payroll checks 4021 to 4033 for a Total of $41,407.69.  DeMet made a motion, seconded by Sowatzka, to approve the payment of bills and vouchers as read by the clerk.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Treasurer Lynch said income for the Month of May was $18,117 which included $11,256 from the DNR for PILT, $2,322 from the State for recycling grant.  The Parks Commission collected $758 in Launch fees and permits.  Expenses for the Month totaled $42,442.  Total Road Dept. expenses totaled $23,238 including $14,631 in wages and benefits.  $5,000 was paid to the Lions’ Club for the 4th of July Parade.  DeMet made a Motion seconded by Sowatzka to approve the Treasurer’s report.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

County Representative:  Bob Metropulos said there was not a lot happening.  A resolution was brought up in open session.  The Public Safety Committee is planning to have one entrance, ingress and egress, to the court house.  There have been a couple of horrific events that have happened and this may cut down on it in the future.  The term came up, “that’s going to be inconvenient”.  Bob said safety supersedes inconvenience.   The Sheriff’s Dept. has talked about putting in a metal detector.  It would be less expensive than putting in bullet proof glass.  They also talked about putting up a building addition southeast of the parking lot.  They would want everyone, including employees to use the entrance.  The resolution will be coming up for vote next week.  

Public Comment:  Bev Fagan said she was on the Beautification Committee and they did get all the barrels planted.  The committee was started on June 12, 2003, but Bev now needs to give it up so she wants to tell the Board they will have to get three or four people for next year’s committee.  Basically they mainly plant the Barrels.  Beverly has been chairperson for the last 13 years.

 The committee has put up the signs on both ends of Town, plus the signs on the light poles.  They are very proud of what they have done.   Chairman DeMet thanked Bev for all the work she has done, as did others on the Board.  Michalsen mentioned that they may want to tie the Parks and Beautification  together.

Eric Anderson has property on Bertland Road and he wanted to talk about the water problems and it washing out other roads.  Chairman DeMet said that he did take a ride out there with the Road Supervisor.  They can’t do anything about it at this time, but will take another look. 

A gentleman who lives on Alta Vista spoke about the same problem, with the gravel being washed away; Alta Vista and Everlasting.  DeMet said they would take a look at that problem too.

Doris Vyvyan said that the Town has outsourced the sweeping of some Roads.  DeMet mentioned that the County sweeps all intersections off of county roads.  Doris said River Road was a big waste of money and it wasn’t discussed that work was going to be done it.  DeMet reminded Doris it was discussed that it was in the plan to get chip sealed; you have to follow up with maintenance in order to keep the roads for a longer period of time.  Chip Sealing is the best way to preserve that road and it will give you 10 or 20 more years for a very minimal cost

Lakeland Senior Center Request/Janell Schroeder: Janell is the new Executive Director of the Lakeland Retirement Foundation and they are in the process of raising funds to build a new senior center to replace the one that burned a couple of years ago.  It will serve the entire Lakeland Area.  It will double the size of the old building so it will be about 14,000 sq ft.  They will have indoor pickleball courts.  They will also have an auditorium that they plan to rent out to community members.  They are going to all of the municipalities in the area and are asking for funding.  Many of the communities have put money in their budgets every year to help out the Center.  The foundation will be able to bring the meals back to the center.  They will have health programs, fall prevention classes and a lot of different card games. 

They also will have a Café where people can come in and buy lunch.  DeMet said the Center had been in the budget in previous year and they will definitely put it in the budget this year and see what they can come up with.  DeMet made a motion that they sign the letter in support of the Lakeland Retirement Foundation; seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Approve  BLB Combination Licenses, ALB Combination Licenses, Cigarette and Tobacco License and Operators’ Licenses for the period from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018:  Background checks have all been done including  for the operators’ licenses.  Basically we are renewing the current licenses for another year.  Michalsen made a motion to renewal the various businesses and operators’ license in the Town of Lake Tomahawk for the period July 1, 2017 to June 30 2018.  Seconded by Sowatzka.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Planning Commission recommendations regarding Administrative Review Permit application by Barbara Spears-Ehler to operate a tourist rooming house on property at 7932 Violet Dr.: The Plan Commission agreed to grant the permit, with a cavetti to pay attention to noise, parking and garbage.

 Michalsen made a motion to approve the operation of a tourist room house at 7932 Violet Dr., seconded by Sowatzka.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Proposal to construct a basketball court/parking lot on town property behind the Sloan Center:  Michalsen said the Plan Commission agreed to go along with the proposed basketball court/parking lot.  He met with the Parks Commission and they agreed to allocate funds in the amount of $2,020 for two basketball hoops.  They will go out for bids to put in the court and lines and for parking spots.  DeMet said that they will have to have drawings as it would need to come before the county.  DeMet asked Matt to do the drawings as they would also need them to go out for bids.  A member of the audience questioned the location, but Michalsen said it was a central location and we could decorate the tree for Christmas .  The drawings are needed as soon as possible so we can go forward.

Correspondence:  DeMet received a report from the Tomahawk Lake Association about updates they are doing, such as the diving from the pontoon and the hydraulics weed thing  and chemical control as much as possible.

DeMet received a telephone call from a gentlemen that will be here next month for a self help group that wants to rent the Peterson Room.  However, the gentleman didn’t think he could afford the fee as he was going to pay for it himself, out of pocket.   DeMet said they would bring this up next month when the gentleman could be here. 

Chairman DeMet contacted a gentleman that is going to trap some Beavers for us on West Bluebird Road.  They are plugging up the culvert every day and the town crew has to go out there every morning to unplug the culvert. 

Michalsen said he would be serving on the rural broadband committee which is part of the Oneida County Economic Development.  There has been some conversation that they want the various towns to give anywhere between $7,500 and $10,000 for these projects.  That’s something we will be talking about in September or October for the Town’s Budget or $7,500 allocation.  They have put Michalsen in charge of trying to get $2,500 from business owners, tourism property owners as well.  That can be a charitable donation, business write off or things like that. 

Michalsen said he also had phone calls, business discussions and the Woodruff Town Board about an ATV Trailhead.  Michalsen would possibly like to put that on the Agenda for next time. 

DeMet received a request for boating ordinances, particularly , “Slow, No Wake”.  We would have to adopt an ordinance indicating what particular Lakes and what areas would have the Slow, No Wake and there is always the problem of enforcement.  On smaller lakes it is a big problem. 

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

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, May 10, 2017

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held their regular town board meeting on May 10, 2017 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 Michalsen and Sowatzka, Treasurer Mike Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.

Chairman DeMet read the Agenda of the Regular Town Board Meeting of May 10, 2017, called the meeting to order at 6:50 P.M. and led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Approve the Agenda of 05/10/2017: Motion by Michalsen to approve the Agenda of May 10, 2017 as read by the Chairman; seconded by Sowatzka.  Motion carried all Ayes.

Approve the Minutes of the regular Town Board Meeting of April 12, 2017: DeMet made a motion to approve the Minutes of the regular Town Board Meeting of April 12, 2017; seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried all Ayes.

Approve the payment of bills and vouchers:  The clerk asked the Board to approve the ACH, EFT and EFTPS payments, check #’s 16820 to 16851 and payroll checks 3995 to 4020 for a Total of $40,162.00.  DeMet made a motion; seconded by Michalsen, to approve the payment of bills and vouchers as read by the clerk.  Motion carried, All Ayes. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Treasurer Lynch said income for the Month of April totaled $40,767, which included $6,764 from the State for annual lottery credit and $33,344 for the Quarterly Highway Aid Payment.  Expenses for the month totaled $37,387.  Road Department expenses were $17,630 which included $14,298 in wages and benefits.  $7,500 was paid for the annual 4th of July Fireworks.   DeMet made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report, seconded by Sowatzka; Motion carried, all Ayes. 

County Representative:  Not here.

Public Comment: Chairman DeMet was told he was doing a good job from the audience.

Minocqua Area Chamber Report/Krystal Westphal:  Krystal indicated that there have been a lot of great things and progressive changes happening with the Chamber in the past year.   Regarding the County numbers, we are in National Travel and Tourism Week and Krystal is currently the President of the Chamber.   In 2015, there were a record number of visitations as a whole in Oneida County as we were coming out of the recession and tourism numbers were beginning to rise.  In 2016, all numbers were surpassed.  There was record spending by visitors in the county, $5,000,000 plus, and this was a direct reflection of how much Oneida County Tourism  Office and the various chambers have been putting in marketing and investing in Oneida County as a whole.   In 2016, the Commission collected over $372,000+ in room tax expenditures.  That means that anyone coming to the area has to pay a 4% room tax over and above what their actual bill is.  The room tax is collected in the communities of Minocqua, Arbor Vitae, Woodruff and Lake Tomahawk.  That money is redistributed back to the communities and the Chamber. 

 

The chamber wants to attract younger folks that are more mobile friendly.  In the past the Chamber marketed mainly in Milwaukee, Madison and Chicago, but they have found that there is a hugh market in St Louis as it’s only an 8 ½ hour drive so they will be marketing heavily there also.   The Chamber will also be investing in Snap Chat.  They also want to buy another web camera so people watching from where ever can see where they are traveling to.  They are especially interested in getting younger people to the area.

Request to renew Land Use Agreements with the DNR:  We have three land use agreements with the DNR; Rainbow Park, yard waste collection site and the stump dump.  These are 15 year agreement and the time is due this year.  Michalsen made a Motion to renew the 15 year agreements as read by the Chairman, seconded by Sowatzka; Motion carried, all Ayes.

Culvert Replacement on Rainbow Road:  The County will take care of the culvert and everything else that needs to be done in connection with it for a price of $8,848.17 complete.  They will need to do it after school is out as the road will have to be closed for a day.  Michalsen made a motion to have the County replace the culvert for the price indicated; seconded by Sowatzka.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Request to waive $100 Deposit for Nicolet College exercise classes at Sloan Center:  Exercise class is mostly comprised of local people and there has never been a problem.  DeMet made a motion to waive the $100 Deposit for Nicolet College exercise classes at the Sloan Center.  Seconded by Sowatzka.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Review Bids for various other 2017 Road Project: From Fahrner, level cracks on Heron Rd., $14,280.  Another from Fahrner, this is single Chip Seal on Brush, Maple and River, $52,587.  Add $14,060 to level cupped cracks. 

Pitlik & Wick, this is Heron Road, Ride Control, $31,585.  This is Pitlik & Wick for Brush, Maple and RiverRoads, $54,444.75.  DeMet suggested that he take the bids to the Road Department and have them review it. 

Report on Rural Broadband Grant:  Michalsen reported that he was approached by David Noel of the Oneida County Rural Broadband initiative.  They help a lot with Oneida County Economic Development.  There is talk about two towers going up in the Lake Tomahawk area, possibly in the North Two and South Two area.  What they would like is a $7,500 allocation of funds from our town and other towns that will be in the 2018 project.  This would have to be discussed in the budget later this fall.  What generally happens is that the State puts in an amount and the local communities have to match it.   Usually, the State puts in 47% and the towns and local communities would put in 53%.  The County is putting in $100,000.  Individually, it would cost the consumer between $35 to $75 for high speed.  If an individual would allow a tower to be on their land, the service would be free.  This would impact Oneida and Vilas Counties.  Each tower would cost roughly $30,000 plus equipment of an additional $30,000 which Northern Connect would provide.  Again this comes up in the budget of 2018.

Parks Commission update on Basketball Court/Parking area project:  Michalsen said that after hearing that the original intent of the purchase of the land was to enhance the parking area behind the Sloan Building he has come up with a compromise that would provide roughly 25 or more additional parking places, with a court with actual grass and 1 or two trees.  The trees could be the focal point for our Christmas celebration.  Mazurczak asked why nothing has been done since the land was purchased 3 years ago and why now is the basketball court coming first.  DeMet said the land was purchased first to alleviate the water problem; parking was secondary.  The Town will be working on the intersection of Lily and Rainbow this year and that should take care of the water problem.  Basketball court would not interfere with Rainbow and Lily; the court would be on the other end of it.   As far as parking, it does not seem to be a big issued.  There are only 1 or 2 weddings a year and there is the parking area where the church used to be.  Michalsen checked out pricing and came up with a figure of $2,020 which is less than the $4,000 that was allocated.  The next steps would be dimensions and paving.  It would have to go to Planning as it is a Town project even though the Parks Commission came up with the idea. 

Committee Assignments:  Matt will handle the Cemetery, Parks and Horsehead Lake; while Stephanie will handle Planning, Web Site and Beautification.  George will handle the Information Booth.  Extra members are needed on Parks and Web Site.  We will advertise for members for Parks, Web Site and Beautification.  Matt will check with Catherine on Cementery.   

Correspondence:  George had a letter from the DNR stating they will be applying herbicides to the planting site of Northern Highland American Legion State Forest, McNaughton Creek, South of Wolf Road in the spring of 2018. 

Adjournment:  DeMet made a motion to adjourn; seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all Ayes.  Meeting adjourned at 8:03 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, April 12, 2017

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held their regular town board meeting on April 12, 2017 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 Parker and Michalsen, Treasurer Mike Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.

Chairman DeMet read the agenda of the Regular Town Board Meeting of April 12, 2017 and called the meeting to order at 6:59 P.M. and led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Approve the Agenda of 04/12/2017:  Motion by Michalsen to approve the Agenda of April 12, 2017 as read by the Chairman; seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Approve the Minutes of the regular Town Board Meeting of March 8, 2017:  Parker made a motion to approve the Minutes of the regular Town Board Meeting of March 8, 2017; Seconded by Michalsen.  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 16772 to 16825 and payroll checks 3970 to 3994 for a Total of $78,637.56.  DeMet made a motion to approve the payment of bills and vouchers as read by the Clerk; seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Income for the Month of March totaled $16,486, which included $11,637 from the State for PILT, net of the payments to the schools and county.  $3.497 was received as refund for the Workers Compensation Insurance due to favorable claim history.  $500 was received for the sale of cemetery lots.  Expenses for the month totaled $33,753.  Road department expenses were $20,467 including $13,364 wages and benefits.  DeMet made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s report; seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

County Representative:  Bob Metropolis said they had a meeting in February regarding Open Meetings Laws.  The session was given by an attorney and they found it very interesting.  Bob had six points that were mentioned in the session.  The Attorney started out by saying, create safety by compliance.  To be safe and not get into trouble, read the manual and comply.  Be more open and give awareness to the public. That’s leaning to not having as many closed sessions.  Bob said the County has too many closed sessions.  The Attorney, said numbers and the purpose test.  The numbers are to make sure you have a quorum.  The purpose test is to have an Agenda and stick to it.   Make the meeting in a public accessible place.  You have to have a Committee/Commission quorum.  You have to be very careful about this.  Bob gave a list of the compliance rules to Chairman DeMet.  Bob congratulated the winners of the election.

Public Comment: Bob Williams said on Fawn Lake Road, there is a tree that broke off and is hanging from another tree where it could fall off and harm someone or something.  DeMet made a note of it.  The other thing is the post building.  The legion is going to put a new roof over the kitchen and restroom area as it’s still leaking.  They got a price of around $4,000 to fix it and they should start shortly. 

 

Approve Class BLB Combination License Application.  Name: Broley, LLC.   Agent: Joe W. Reed.  Trade Name: Bitters & Bull.  Location: 7255 Bradley Street, Lake Tomahawk, WI 54539:  We went through the background check, all the appropriate paper work has been filed, and we see no reason to deny it.  DeMet made a motion to approve the Class BLB Combination License for Broley, LLC, Agent Joe W. Reed.  Seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Approve Operator’s License, Christine Torkelson:  She will be one of the Managers of Bitters & Bull and also has passed the background check.  DeMet made a motion that the Board approve the Operator’s License for Christine Torkelson, seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Paul Schalkofske request to operate Town Clean-up:  Paul said he would be willing to do the town clean-up.  It’s a lot of work and time and he is asking if the town would consider paying him.  DeMet agreed that it was a lot of work.  The problem is that there was nothing put in the Budget to handle the clean-up.  DeMet suggested that we wait another year to see if the metal prices come up and possible look at it next year, with the idea of putting something into the budget for town clean-up.  The Board decided to look at the budget this fall and see if they could budget money for clean-up.  Parker mentioned Paul should get paid for it as it is a lot of work.  Paul said he has been getting a lot of requests for the clean-up so he said he would do it again this year, possibly the weekend of June 3rd and 4th and he asked if the town could put something on the web site.  Paul will get in touch with George when it gets closer. 

Proposal from Pitlik & Wick to repair parts of Rainbow Rd and Lily Street:  Greg contacted Pitlik & Wick.  He is concerned about coming off of Hwy 47 on Rainbow Rd and the intersection there by Lily Street.  It’s in pretty rough shape.  Pitlik gave him a Proposal for Lily Street of $9,500 and $13,525 for Rainbow Rd.  We could consider either one or both.  We could do this without going through the bid process because it is under $25,000.  We do have to put in a Class 1 Notice if we decide to do it.  This wasn’t in the Road Plan, but it needs attention.  Michalsen made a motion to have Pitlik repair the road as outlined by DeMet on Rainbow and Lily, for a total of $23,025.  Seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Additional road work projects for 2017, Crack sealing and Chip Sealing:  DeMet said he would like to put out for bids, Elm Road to pulverize and chip seal instead of blacktopping.  What the surface is right now is recycled blacktop from Hwy 47 when that project was done.  This is a less traveled road and we could pulverize it, grade it and then put the chip seal on top of the pulverized blacktop.

DeMet has received a lot of calls regarding Heron Road.  They all think it should be re-built, however, DeMet felt that it does not have to be reconstructed, but there are bumps on every crack line when you drive over it.  There is a process called ride Control where they grout out those cracks, fill it with blacktop and it smooths out the ride.  I talked to you in the past about longevity of the roads.  They spent a lot of money on River Rd and DeMet proposed that they put chip seal over blacktop to preserve it along with Brush Road and Maple Road.  The town will ask for bid proposals for chip seal on Elm, River, Brush, Maple and Heron Roads.  When the bids come in, if we can afford it, we will do all of them. Hopefully we can get bids in by the May Meeting.

 DeMet made a motion that we request bids on road projects covering Elm, River, Brush, Maple and Heron Roads.  Seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes.   

UWEX Town Officials Workshop:  May 11, 2017 in Minocqua:  DeMet brought up the workshop in Minocqua as he knew Stephanie would be in attendance.  There are two sessions, New Board Members and Continuing Board Members.  He asked Matt if he could get off from school.  Matt said he would try to get off.  DeMet mentioned that there was a session on open meetings.

Correspondence:  Chairman DeMet said that the Newbolt Outdoor Recreation association is having an open house April 28th, 6:00 to 7:30.  They have a disc golf course going so this could be a good one to attend.  Michalsen thanked Catherine for being on the Board and being great citizens in helping out with the various committees.  He also congratulated Stephanie for joining the Board.  Chairman doubled it. 

Adjournment: Parker made a motion to adjourn, seconded by DeMet.  Motion carried, all Ayes.  Meeting adjourned at 7:45 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk

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

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held their regular town board meeting on March 8, 2017 at 6:59 P.M. 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 Parker and Michalsen, Treasurer Mike Lynch and clerk Nancy Schneider.

Chairman DeMet read the Agenda of the regular Town Meeting of March 8, 2017 and called the meeting to order at 6:59 P.M.  Chairman DeMet led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Approve the Agenda:  Motion by Matt Michalsen, seconded by Catherine Parker to approve the Agenda of 3-8-17.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Approve the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of February 8, 2017: Motion by Parker, seconded by Michalsen to approve the minutes of 2-8-17.  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 16735 to 16771 and payroll checks 3955 to 3969 for a total of $620, 817.79.  DeMet pointed out that there were large payments to Oneida County and the school districts.  DeMet made a motion to approve the payments as read by the Clerk, seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all ayes. 

Treasurer’s Report:  The Town collected property taxes totaling $191,378 in the first week of February and paid out $583,935 to the schools, state and county for the February Settlement.  Expenses for the month totaled $39,808.  The road Dept. expenses totaled $25,667 which included $15,537 in wages and benefits.  DeMet made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Michalsen.   Motion carried, all ayes.

County Representative: Not Here.

Public Comment:  Bob Williams asked about Fawn Lake road as he thought the Town did that last year.  DeMet said they did one intersection off of Fawn Lake Rd last year and now they want to do the Intersection off of Lakewood this year.  It’s the same thing as we did last year by those hills, we put blacktop down where the road meets the hills.  Bob said the Town was going to work on Windpudding last year, but couldn’t and asked how about this year.  DeMet said Windpudding was going to require a great deal a work so maybe it could come up in the 3 year road plan. 

Doris Vyvyan asked who makes the recommendations for the Fire Dept?  Do they have their own meetings? DeMet said they make their own decisions and they are completely separate.  The Road Dept makes their own recommendations  and as does the Fire Dept.

Appoint Room Tax Commission Representative (Mike Lynch):  DeMet made a motion that the Town appoint Mike Lynch as Room tax Representative, seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Ed Coffen request for excess right of way on rainbow Road:  Coffen had requested to purchase excess right of way from the county and he showed the Board the area in question on the map.  DeMet said he did not object to the purchase and he made a motion to allow Ed to proceed with the purchase of the land.  Seconded by Parker, Motion carried, all Ayes.  The town will notify the county.

Review Blacktopping bids for Fawn Lake, Rainbow and Big Buck Roads:  DeMet opened the Bids; the results are as follows:

Musson Brothers of Rhinelander – Rainbow Road - $115,827.52

                                                               Fawn Lake - $139,096.88

                                                               Big Buck - $6,655.56

 

Northeast Asphalt of Green Bay – Rainbow Road - $110,208.50

                                                              Fawn Lake - $122,411.60

                                                              Big Buck - $11,130.00

 

Pitlik & Wick of Eagle River – Rainbow Road -  $81,204.00

                                                             Fawn Lake - $96,013.00

                                                             Big Buck - $4,770.00

 

The Board reviewed the amounts and prices for blacktop and gravel and the price per ton on all bids.  DeMet said he was in favor of making a decision tonight with the contingency of having the Road Dept. look over the bids.  Michalsen made a Motion to approve the Bid of Pitlik & Wick for Rainbow Road, Fawn Lake Road and Big Buck for an estimated total of $181,987 and  the bids be taken to Greg to look over as a contingency.  Motion seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

 

Discuss 3 year road plan:  After reviewing the various Roads, DeMet did go to the Road Dept to see if they had any recommendations.  They didn’t have any objections with any of the Roads that the Board came up with.  DeMet suggested that maybe we should put Elm Rd on at some point.  The town has spent less than $200,000 so we have an estimated $320,000 to spend.  So we have other projects that we can accomplish.  Elm Rd would be a good one to do and then some other chip sealing and crack sealing projects for this year.  Some of the suggestions were Beaver Lake, West Rapids we were going to put on but wait until after the logging project.  Dove, Big Doe, Dorothy Lake, Sand, and Lumen Lake.  DeMet said it’s how the town should prioritize in a 3 year project.  Bob Williams asked about North Windpudding.  He said that the gravel from the road is washing down onto other properties.  Bob said if we had additional money, it would make sense to start the preliminary work because it’s probably won’t get down in one year.  George agreed that it probably won’t get down in one year and that the town should spend some money reshaping that road.  The issue is that the private driveways come down on one side and this could cause a problem with reshaping the road.  We should probably relook at this and it might be a good idea to hire someone to tell us the best way to approach it.  Michalsen said he was good with putting Elm road on for this year. 

 

DeMet said there is a 2 mile stretch on Fawn Lake from Big Buck down to Sand Lake where  from there on, we have new black top.  It was suggested that we do the other 2 miles towards D for next year.  The 2 miles we are looking at is approximately $200,000.  Every election year in the fall is when the TRIP money becomes available so we might qualify in 2017.  The way Oneida County does it is that they take that money and they divide it up to the 7 towns out of the 21.  The last couple of times some of the towns did not participate so our town may move up on the list.  In order to do that you have to have a 3 year road plan.  That’s part of their requirement.  We have one for 2017, so if we do 2018 and 2019 we would qualify.  DeMet said they could put N. Windpudding on the plan and there are roads that are still gravel like Big Doe.  Dorothy Lake and Dove will be put on for 2018 and Beaver Lake and Big Doe for 2019.  DeMet will talk to Greg about Windpudding, which would be an on-going project.  It was decided to put West Rapids on the plan for 2020, which would be after the logging project.  Lumen will be put on the plan for 2019.  DeMet made a motion to adopt a 3 year Road Project as discussed.  2018 being Fawn, Big Buck to Sand, Dorothy Lake and Sand.  2019 will be Beaver Lake Road, Big Doe and Lumen Lake Road.  2020 will be West Rapids.  Windpudding will be an on-going project that will go one over the 3 year period.  Michalsen seconded the motion.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

 

Issues with Legion Post Building:  The Chairman received a call last Friday from Mike Chevalier who is a legion member and a local builder.  He was concerned about the supporting members, the trusses, that hold up the roof.  He walked in the building and a large amount of ceiling tiles had fallen to the floor all in a line.  After closer review, there was cracking, the walls were out of plumb and you can actually see a wave in the wall.  I talked to Rick Clem, our building inspector, and he suggested Dale Blank who’s with Northern Design in Hazelhurst so I called him and he is going to come over tomorrow at 9:00 and look at the building.  He’s going to look at the building and see what is going on.  The building is close to a 100 years old. It was the original town hall. 

 

Correspondence:  We got a letter from Tammy Baldwin regarding our Referendum; the opposite that we got from Duffy.  We got letters now from Scott Walker, Duffy and Baldwin.  Baldwin is in favor of our referendum regarding Citizens United; Walker and Duffy are opposed.  Ron Johnson did not reply.  Parker indicated that he never does. 

 

DeMet said he had a letter from Lonna Grosskopf regarding the wolf summit on April 8th and asked if the supervisors were interested in going.  Michalsen may attend. 

 

Michalsen mentioned that the Parks Commission would be meeting on March 14th.  Parker indicated that she will be stepping down from the Cementery Board.  Sharon has agreed to be an interim president until we see what happens with the election.  The cementery is 3 people shy right now. 

 

Schneider asked Parker and Michalsen to please talk loader as they are impossibly to hear.  The Board meeting in April is the 11th and annual board meeting is one week later on the 18th

 

Adjournment:  DeMet made a motion to adjourn.  Motion seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes.   Meeting adjourned at 7:45 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk

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

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 

                                                                                                                                                   

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 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

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

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 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 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 Regular Town Board Meeting, June 8, 2016

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held a regular Town Board Meeting on Wednesday, June 8, 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, Supervisor Catherine Parker, Treasurer Mike Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.  Chairman DeMet read the Agenda of the regular Town Board Meeting of June 8, 2016.  Chairman DeMet called the meeting to order and led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion by Parker, seconded by DeMet, to approve the Agenda of June 8, 2016.  Motion carried, all Ayes.  Motion by Parker, seconded by DeMet, to approve the minutes of the Regular Town Board Meeting of May 11, 2016 and the Adjourned Board of Review Meeting of May 11, 2016.  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 16308 to 16345 and payroll checks 3762 to 3785 for a Total of $73,930.61.  Parker moved to approve the payments as read by the clerk.  Motion seconded by DeMet.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Mike Lynch reported for the Month of May, the Town had income in the amount of $111,250.  The majority of it was created by using $109,445 out of the General Fund to purchase the new patrol truck.  Total expenses for the Month were $181,591.  Total expenses for the Road Dept. were $165,561 which included $27,607 for blacktopping at the boat landing and $109,445 for the new truck.  Wages and benefits for the road dept. were $15,039.  DeMet made a motion to approve Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Chairman/Supervisors Reports on Committees and Commissions which they represent: Chairman DeMet said next Friday, which will be June 17, 2016; the Grand Opening/Ribbon cutting ceremony for the new boat landing/pier will take place at 11:00 A.M.  We invited local dignitaries in the area, along with the people who were involved with the Grants.  We would hope that the local media would come along with many others, to celebrate a job well done.  Free Lunch will be served.

DeMet said that on  another matter, Matt Michalsen is not here and he represents the Parks Commission, but next Tuesday, Bob Metropulos’ son, Bob, will be at Snowshoe Park for the Summer Children’s Project.  Bob, Jr. will discuss  the sights and sounds of nature in the world around us.   That should be a very interesting program.

Parker indicated that the Beautification Committee has been hard at work, putting out and planting the planters.  DeMet mentioned that this committee still needs someone else and he made a personal plea for someone to step up to help Barb Vetterman as she has been doing  the planters all herself.  Barb does a wonderful job, but she needs help.  All it requires is an hour or two once in a while. 

Parker indicated the Plan Commission did not meet last Thursday as they did not have anything pressing. 

 

County Representative:  Bob Metropulos reported on the committees that he is on in case we would get some calls that might be relevant.  He is on Public Safety which includes Law Enforcement, DA, all the Courts and Emergency Management.  He is also on the Social Services Committee which includes Veterans Service Office.  He is also on Buildings and Grounds, which is a rough committee, as there is always something going on.  Bob has been appointed Vice Chair for all three Committees.    He is also on the Long Term Support Committee, which meets once a month.  This includes human services and health department.  This is a very interesting committee.  I have been involved with all of the same committees for the last 4 years. 

Other than that, there was not a lot happening since the last meeting.  They did approve not to exceed $250,000 for the new patrol truck. 

It was offered by the Forestry Land & Recreational Committee for approval, that the State Division of Forestry Department be relocated to any municipality located in Oneida County because of the amount of logging done in the area.  This was approved.  The county also purchased a $63,000 parcel of land which is called a “block in parcel”.  It’s a 40 acre parcel of land that blocks some of the land that we already own.

Under the Law Enforcement Committee, the county was given a presentation by Sheriff Grady.   They signed a contract with the State to receive a maximum of 100 prisoners over a period of time.  The county will get paid by the State.  It’s roughly $52.00 a day per inmate and a good revenue source. 

Public Comment:  Doris Vyvyan asked if she could bring her own chair to sit on the handicap pier and fish.  DeMet said yes. 

Approve Class BLB Combination Liquor Licenses: Background checks were performed.  There is nothing outstanding, all background checks have been made, so DeMet made a motion to approve the Class BLB Combination Liquor Licenses as listed by the clerk.  Parker seconded the motion.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Approve Class ALB Combination Liquor Licenses: DeMet made a motion to approve the Class ALB Liquor License as written by the clerk, seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Approve Cigarette and Tobacco License: DeMet made a motion to approve the Cigarette and Tobacco License, seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, All Ayes.

Approve Operator’s Licenses:  Again background checks were obtained, there are no changes over the current term; DeMet made a motion to approve the operator’s licenses as listed by the clerk.  Parker seconded the motion.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Information Center Employment Position:  Parker said there was one position open due to illness.  There were three people that responded to the job ad.  There are two people who will have interviews on Thursday.  The third person has not responded.  They may have found something else.

 

Policy regarding local service organizations use of Town facilities:  DeMet put this on the Agenda because there has been some questions about local service organizations using the facilities.  DeMet said the town does not have a definitive policy regarding local service organizations using the facilities,  be it the Community Building, the stand or park.   DeMet said it is his feeling that a local service organization based in the  Town of Lake Tomahawk, should not be charged for the use of any town building, concession stand or park, as long as they do their own set up and clean up.  If the club is doing the fund raiser for a charitable cause, there will be no charge. 

Parker made a motion that any service organization from the Town, that does their own set-up and take-down, not be charged for the use of the facility, however, there would be a $100 deposit for any damage to the facility that would be returned to the organization if there wasn’t any damage.  The organization would be charged for any damage that may be incurred.   DeMet seconded the motion.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Lark Road Intersection: DeMet said they were at the on- site inspection today along with local citizens that reside on Lark Road and he asked Parker what her take was on the meeting.  Parker said that her take was that if they were going to re-do the road, then they alter the intersection with Rainbow so that it is a safe intersection.  That would mean using the north side of the road which is the Town’s right of way and not using the county’s right of way.  The other option would be that we do nothing.  DeMet said that he has gotten the feeling from both sides that some people want us to go ahead and fix the intersection or others, that we do nothing.   After much discussion between the board and town citizens, it was decided that they would table the matter until a later date.  They could do some minor work at the intersection to improve the visibility, without spending a lot of money at this time.  Parker still had some concern regarding the safety of the intersection.  DeMet said that with the other road work that is scheduled, maybe we can come back and look at this later in the year.  Parker moved that we tabled the Lark Road Intersection to a later date.  Seconded by DeMet.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Set date for road project bids:  DeMet indicated that he had an ad prepared to go in the paper for bids for Balsam Rd., S. Windpudding, Big Buck and Pine Rd.  If we get the ad in the paper for next Tuesday, we could open the bids at 6:00 P.M. on June 29th.  So all bids should be returned by June 29th at 3:00 P.M. and all bids will be opened at 6:00 P.M. on June 29th.  DeMet made that motion, seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

November Election Ballot Referendum/Citizens United vs FEC: Parker indicated that there was a speaker who came to the Sloan Center to speak on campaign finances who was invited from the League of Women Voters.  He is a member of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign and there were 60 some people there which included the Chair and Supervisors.  There was discussion afterwards  that we could put a Referendum on the November Ballot.  This is about money in politics especially the dark money.  This is based on the Supreme Court decision of Citizens United, that Corporations are people and money is speech which is not logical to Parker.  Therefore, she would like to put a referendum question on the ballot for Lake Tomahawk voters.  There are at least 73 or more municipalities in Wisconsin that have already passed this as well as many States that have passed it. 

The Referendum question would say, “Shall the constitution of the United states of America be amended to state that:

1. Only human beings – not corporations, limited liability companies, unions, non-profit organizations, or similar association – are endowed with constitution 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 or No.

This would be to see what the People of Lake Tomahawk think and if passed a longer referendum would be forwarded on to our State Repesentatives. This would be for the November election.  Parker moved that the Town put this referendum on the ballot for November, seconded by DeMet.  Motion carried, all Ayes.  Schneider indicated that she would send the information to the County on Monday and see what they have to say.

Correspondence: None

Future Agenda Items:  Parker said that we were going to have some more road discussion, after the bid opening of June 29th. 

Adjournment: DeMet made 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 Regular Town Board Meeting, May 11, 2016

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held a regular Town Board Meeting on Wednesday, May 11, 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 May 11, 2016.  Chairman DeMet called the meeting to order and led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion by Michalsen, seconded by Parker, to approve the Agenda of May 11, 2016.  Motion carried, all Ayes.  Motion by Parker to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meetings of March 9, 2016 and April 13, 2016, and the minutes of the Special Board Meetings of March 29 2016 and April 19, 2016. Seconded by Michalsen; 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 16270 to 16307 and payroll checks 3751 to 2761 for a Total of $138,719.85.Motion by Parker, seconded by Michalsen, to approve the payments as read by the clerk.  Motion carried, all Ayes.  DeMet commented that we would have had a real good month, but we took  delivery of the new truck which was the last check issued for $104,735. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Treasurer’s Report:  Mike Lynch reported for the Month of April, total income was $49,875, which included our annual lottery credit of $5,430; Annual payment in lieu of taxes from the State of $11,255 and quarterly highway aid payment of $33,189.  Total Expenses for the Month were $37,140.  Total expenses for the road Dept. were $21,225 which included $15,950 in wages and benefits.   Chairman DeMet indicated he received a question from the clerk as to way the Treasurer’s Report was not approved, so he was going to change the system and have the Treasurer’s Report Approved.  Lynch said that he had heard according to the State that you don’t approve the Treasurer’s Report.  Chairman DeMet said that he had been at other meetings where the Treasurer’s Report had been approved so he was making a motion to accept the Treasure’s Report as read.  Seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

County Representative: Not present.

Public Comment: Kerri Ison introduced herself and indicated that she currently works in the County Clerk’s office.  The clerk, Mary Bartelt, will be retiring at the end of this term and Kerri will be running for that position.  Kerri has 21 years of county government experience and 18 years with Oneida County.  The last two years she had worked in the county clerk’s office.  She has experience with county budgets,  county supervisory positions and knowledge of all the county departments. 

Darlene Neumann asked the Board if they would consider having the gym open during the week.  DeMet said, yes, they were willing to consider that if there was adult supervision, at least 18 years of age. 

 

Administrative Review of Martin Dunham’s 7 unit storage building at Dunham’s Seasonal Mobile Home Park:  DeMet provided a copy of their minutes to the Board.  The Plan Commission approved it.  Parker moved that since the Plan Commission sees no conflict with the building of the 7 unit storage building, that the Board approve their portion and forward it on to Planning and Zoning.  DeMet seconded the motion.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Proposal for Town Clean-up Days(s) by Paul Schalkofske:  Paul indicated that he would like to do the same as last year, Memorial weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.  He also would do 3 days in June from 8:00 to 4:00, on June 17, 18 and 19th.   Chairman DeMet asked if there was a list of what Paul would take.  Paul indicated that he had a list and he would stop in the office on Thursday and Mike Lynch would help him set it up.  Bob Williams made a suggestion that it should be placed on the web site and posting places and this will be done. 

Disposition of the Town Alleyway between Main and Iris Streets by Jean Thurs:  They want to put up a garage behind the house, however, the way the house is situated on the lot, there is no room to put up a two car garage.  If they could put the garage further back, they would need an additional 12 to 18 feet. Chairman DeMet said that the land is directly across the street from the Sloan Building.  DeMet called the Town’s Attorney and he said, yes, there is a process to do this and it probably would not be a big deal to do that.  What would happened, is that portion of land would be divided by property owners on both sides of the alley and what he suggested is that you  talk to the neighbors and see if they are up for it.  The town doesn’t actually own the alley, it’s like a road, we have the right of way, but we can vacate the right of way and the adjoining property owners can take possession.  Whatever costs that would be involved would be up to the property owners.  DeMet suggested the Land Information Dept.  at the County would be a good starting point, as the land description would change with the addition of the alleyway.  Parker suggested that he run it by the County Planning & Zoning Commission just to be on the safe side as we haven’t done anything like this before.  DeMet agreed and also suggested that they may want to talk to the Town’s Attorney, Greg Harrold.  Parker suggested that they should start with the neighbors and then check with the County Planning and Zoning before they incur attorney fees.

Yard waste Collection:  Michalsen said, “we’re not going to do it.”  Michalsen said he didn’t know how Minocqua does it, but they are pretty efficient with it.  Matt said he’s been driving around, the town is pretty spread out.  There are a lot of people that have second homes up here and there are also people who would use it for garbage and that  is not what it was intended for.  It’s strictly for leaf pickup and brush pickup and we have the brush site on 47 so let’s keep it at that. 

Correspondence:  Michalsen said that from the Park Commission, Tom has been great over the past years, with the grant.  The new pier is in and we will have a celebration on it and a grand opening  on June 17th.  We may also talk to the Legion and get some Veterans to go down there for the grand opening.  If you get a chance, go down and look at it, Tom did a lot of good work. 

Also, Darlene has done a good job.  There are 6 different Children Programs scheduled for this summer and they will be up on the web site.  Also regarding the web site, it should be going live by Memorial Day.  Bob Williams said there were churches listed, but no addresses.  This will be up-dated.

 

DeMet indicated that he got a very nice thank you note from Bob Metropulos because he used the community hall for his wife’s Memorial Service.  He also sent along a gift. 

Bob Williams mentioned that regarding  the web sites the Committees and Commissions should make sure that their information is correct.  There are some items that are incorrect.  Michalsen said the information needs to be updated.   For instance, the Plan Commission doesn’t list any members.   DeMet asked how to use the contact.  Bob indicated that on the last sentence, there are two words in Blue, click on that and it will tell you how to access it and it tells you how to make changes.   Bob Williams said that all changes to the web site should be done shortly. 

Future Agenda Items:  Supervisor Parker asked that referendum  items that may be on the ballot could be an agenda item.

Adjournment:  Parker made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all Ayes.  Meeting adjourned at 7:25 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy J. Schneider

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

The Lake Tomahawk town board held a regular Town Board Meeting on Wednesday, April 13, 2019 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 April 13, 2016.  Chairman DeMet called the meeting to order and led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion by Michalsen, seconded by Parker, to approve the Agenda of April 13, 2016.  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 16226 to 16269 and payroll checks 3736 to 3745 for a total of $39,591.74. Parker had a question regarding two payments for Mid Wisconsin Bank.  These were payments for employee taxes and social security which is drawn on this bank.   Motion by DeMet, seconded by Michalsen to approve the payments as read by the clerk.  Motion carried, all ayes.

Treasurer’s Report: Mike Lynch reported for the Month of March total Income was $3,335.69.  The majority of that was a refund that was received back on our Worker’s Compensation Policy, which was $2,200 which reflected the lack of claims.  Total expenses  were $28,387.68 of which $19,104.61 was from the Road Department. 

County Representative: No county representative was present.

Public Comment: Darlene Newman asked the Board to considering opening the Gym a few nights a week so children could use it.  This was done in the past, but without proper supervision, the Board felt it would not work.  DeMet said that if the Parks had money in their Budget, perhaps they could pay someone.  DeMet will talk to the Park Commission and see what they can come up with. 

Bob Williams commented on the change in the Agenda, there were two items 1 through 7 and it was kind of confusing.  DeMet said he separated it because the top 7 are called Consent agenda and there is no need to take action on them.  These are normal business procedures that don’t change from Month to Month.  Bob wanted the items to be more elaborated so individuals could better understand what the Board is trying to do.  DeMet said he would take it under advisement and will try to elaborate more in the future.  Bob also brought up the fact that on the web site there is no notice if the difference commissions or committees have met at all and he was wondering if the committees/commissions knew that this is required to be put on the web site.  Michalsen said he was in the process of letting every  committee know that  their meetings and Agendas should be posted on the web site.

Doris Vyvyan had a question that the Treasurer said that there was Worker’s Compensation being paid out.  Treasurer Lynch corrected Doris that what he said that there was a refund that was paid out because we had no claims. 

DeMet indicated that we are now in the items for Discussion and Action.

Appoint additional poll worker, Elaine Carpenter: Parker made a motion that Elaine Carpenter be appointed as an additional poll worker, seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all ayes.

Conditional Use Permit – Van Asten: This was before the Plan Commission and they approved the Conditional Use Permit for Mike Van Asten.  This came before the Plan Commission because he is going three stories.  Parker made a motion that the Board approve the Conditional Use Permit for Mr. Van Asten as recommended by the Plan Commission. Seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all ayes. 

Zoning change request – Elizabeth Taylor: This also came before the Plan Commission.  The Plan Commission would recommend to the board that not just Lot 41, owned by Taylor, be re-zoned but a square formed by Lots 41, 41.1 and Lots 642 through 651 be re-zoned to business to avoid spot zoning.  This includes the West side of Highway 47 from Tulip down to Bluebird and then the corner on North Bluebird Rd.  This if approved by the Board would still go to a public hearing so that all the people in the re-zone area would have an opportunity to approach the Board.   We did receive a letter from Karl Jennrich asking if the Town wanted re-zone all of the land as proposed by the plan commission.  The other question was whether or not the Town wanted to sponsor the re-zone petition.  In doing so, there would be no cost involved regarding the petition.  Parker asked if the Town did not sponsor the petition than who would.  DeMet indicated that the petitioner, Elizabeth Taylor, would have to pay the $500.00. Parker did not want the Town to sponsor the petition and felt that Taylor should pay the $500.00 as she wants the property re-zoned.  The Plan Commssion felt it was up to Taylor to do it if she wants to have it re-zoned.  After discussion back and forth, it was decided that Taylor should pay the $500.00 and approach the County to have a public hearing so that all people involved would be contacted.  DeMet asked for a motion.  Parker made a motion that the town has no objection, based on recommendations from the Plan Commission, that the land owner contact the County to proceed with the re-zoning change.  DeMet seconded the Motion.  Michalsen abstained.  He was told he couldn’t abstain from a member of the audience.  He then voted aye.  Motion carried, all ayes.

Information Center Report:  Parker said that they have had 4 people staffing the Information Center from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  One of the people staffing the information center has had major health problems and can no longer continue.  Two of the other people will return, but Barb Vetterman, who is the coordinator would like to step down from that position.  Barb will continue for the time being.  Parker will be putting an ad in the paper to possibly hire additional people.   The current people are in their 70’s and 80’s so it is necessary that we look at the long range.  George asked if anything had been done about the door.  Nothing has been done and George will talk to Gary about it. 

Yard Waste clean-up: Supervisor Michalsen asked that this be put on the Agenda because he felt as a town official, that the Town Crew should have an obligation to help with the beautification of the Town.  Because of the demographics of the Town and the lack of kids, there is a problem getting lawns cleaned up and trailered over to the dump.

 Michalsen felt it would be a good idea to set aside some time in May where we can start cleaning up our yards, where the leaves would be bagged and branches would be bagged (small branches) and then Town Crew would go around and pick up the bags and haul them to the dump.  There was discussion as to the area where this would be done; how to contact the people, clear bags to make sure the bags didn’t contain garbage, etc.  Michalsen feels that this is something the town crew should be obligated to do.  He will talk to the Town Crew and this will be brought up at the May Town Board Meeting.

Taxpayer request for garbage pickup: Darold Wollenberg approached the Board.  Last spring he had a bear get in someone’s garbage and the garbage was all over his property.  He is asking that trash containers not be put out on the roadside earlier than the night before a pickup and not be left on the road past the end of pickup day.  Also, that no recyclables, cans or trash of any kind be placed directly on the ground for pickup.  All trash and recyclables must be in a container.   Mr. Wollenberg felt there should be an ordinance about picking up trash and trash containers.  DeMet said that there was a garbage ordinance that affected the down town area and commercial accounts.  Michalsen said he doesn’t know how they can inforce the ordinance.  It was decided to look at the ordinance that is in effect for the town and start there, possibly checking other townships.  Michalsen also said students from the High School will be doing litter pickup as a project. 

Correspondence:  Michalsen said a gentleman has come up to him a couple of times about a siren to make people aware of storms.  Parker said that this came up when she first moved here and it would take 4 alarms to cover the Lake Tomahawk area.  She was told to get a weather radio and that is what she would suggest.   The town is not going to put up 4 sirens.  Next dealing with the web site.  Michalsen said Nicki is working on the web site and the layout is near completion and should be by the next month.  Also the web site members are talking to local businesses about putting a URL on the web site so that it is more user friendly and it should be getting better by the next month. 

Future agenda requests:  We are already talking about looking at an ordinance and the yard waste cleanup.

Adjournment: Parker made a motion to adjourn, second by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all ayes.

Meeting adjourned at 7:43 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk

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

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held a regular Town Board Meeting on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 6:59 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 of March 9, 2016.  Chairman DeMet called the meeting to order and led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion by Michalsen, seconded by Parker, to approve the Agenda of March 9, 2016.  Motion carried, all Ayes.  Motion by Parker, seconded by Michalsen to approve the Minutes of the Regular Town Board Meeting of February 10, 2016 and the Special Board Meeting of February 17, 2016.  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 16182 to 16225 and payroll checks 3716 to 3735 for a total of $709,115.81.  Motion by Parker, seconded by DeMet to approve the payments as read by the clerk.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Treasurer’s Report:  Mike Lynch reported that an additional $127,882 in property taxes was collected during the first week of February.  A total of $635,197 was paid out to the schools and the county for the February settlement.  The annual PILT Tax payment was received from the state totaling $11,661.00.  Total expenses for the Month were $55,010 which included $7,500 for the 4th of July Fireworks.  Total expenses for the Road Dept. was $34,915 which included $26,583 in wages and benefits.  

County Representative:  Bob Metropulos discussed the Board of Adjustment meeting regarding the Cup that the Marshfield Clinic wanted passed.  There are 9 Standards that must be met before the Board can pass approval.  If one of the standards is not met, it cannot be passed.  The very first standard was not met so the cup was not granted.    There are five members on the Board and two alternates.  The meeting lasted 5 hours.         Marshfield Clinic can appeal. 

Public Comment: Doris Vyvyan had three things that she wanted to discuss.  Doris wants the Road Crew to plow channels on the roads so that the water can run off the road.  Doris wanted to know if the brush site was open and whether or not they could use 4 wheel drive to into the site.  The Chairman was unsure if the brush site was open but he would check with Mr. Kuckkahn.  He would prefer that they not go into the site until it is open.   Doris’ third question was regarding the zoning change for North Bluebird.  It currently is zoned residential.   Chairman DeMet indicated that this would be going before the Plan Commission on Thursday night and he had put this on the Agenda as a heads up.    It goes to the Plan Commission and they make their recommendation, then it goes to the county and they make a recommendation and then it goes back to the Town and they are the ultimate decision maker.  Doris asked if this lady wanted to make this a business zoning.  DeMet said that since there was no other public comment, we would go the next item on the Agenda.

Request for zoning change: Liz Taylor, North Bluebird Rd:  DeMet said when Liz purchased the property she was under the impression that it was zoned business due to an error in the county’s GIS Mapping that showed commercial.  There is a disclaimer on the county’s site that says do not use this for any legal reference.   Liz purchased this and now she wants to have the zoning changed as it is single family residence and not business.  The other side of North Bluebird all the way to D is zoned business. 

Correspondence:  No Correspondence.

Chairman DeMet had two other things he wanted to discuss with the other Board Members.  The Annual  Meeting  will be coming up in April and will be on the third Tuesday of the month, which would be April 19th.  Normally we would have our regular Town Board Meeting  after the annual meeting, but we could have the regular town meeting on April 13th when it’s scheduled and we wouldn’t have to stay late after the annual meeting.  The board decided to keep the regular town meeting on April 13th.

Chairman DeMet asked if there was any other suggestions for the next Agenda.  Supervisor Michalsen said he would like the town crew to possibly pick up bagged leaves, debris and branches from  town’s peoples’ yards  in April and May.  Michalsen said many other towns do this and he would like to see it done here.  DeMet indicated he would put it on next month’s Agenda.

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

Meeting  Adjourned at 7:19 P.M.     

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

 

 

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

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held a Regular Town Board Meeting on Wednesday, February 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 Board Meeting of February 10, 2016. Chairman DeMet called the meeting to order and led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion by Michalsen, seconded by Parker, to approve the Agenda of February 10, 2016. Motion carried, all Ayes. Motion by Parker, seconded by Michalsen, to approve the Minutes of the regular Town Board Meeting of January 13, 2016. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Approve the payment of bills and vouchers: Clerk asked Board to approve ACH, EFT & EFTPS payments, Check #’s 16102 to 16180 and payroll checks 3700 to 3719 for a total of $854,826.32. Parker questioned Check 16133 to Skarlupka Service. This was for the transmission that was replaced in the 1 ton truck. 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 January, the Treasurer collected $1,780,610 in property taxes out of which $769,335 was paid to the schools, state and county. We received $3,793 in county timber sales and $33,189 for our quarterly highway aid payment. We sold $214 in dog licenses and room taxes were $149.32. We received $500.00 Accident Reimbursement for the Fire Department. Total expenses for the road Department were $17,312.

County Representative: Bob Metropulos indicated that the drug enforcement agency received a $52,000 grant which will go to 7 counties; Vilas, Oneida, Forest, Marathon, Price, Lincoln and Taylor. The county eliminated a jailor who will not be replaced. Oneida has between 50 to 80 inmates. In the past they had 80 to 105. The county voted on a .73% raise for some of the employees. This is a cost of living increase, which the employees have not had for some time.

Public Comment: There was no public comment.

Assignment of surplus 2015 Road Department monies to 2016 budget: Chairman DeMet indicated that at the end of 2015 we ended up with $47,431.49 left in the Road Budget mainly due to savings in fuel, lack of snowplowing, etc. Because the Road Dept. Budget has been subject to approval separately from the total budget we have to roll that money over into another Road Dept. account. DeMet suggested that the money be put in the fund balance to purchase the new patrol truck. By moving the money to the fund balance, we would have a total of $101,622.11 in the fund balance. Michalsen made a motion to move the $47,431.49 surplus from 2015 to the fund balance for 2016, Which would be account 286. Seconded by DeMet. Motion Carried, all Ayes.

Discuss Lark Road intersection options with Ed Coffen: Ed indicated that he didn’t like any of the options. There is a 100 ft. right of way that the county owns from the center line of Rainbow Road that Ed was not aware of when he purchased the property in 1991 from his father. Ed was not sure his Father was aware of this when he purchased the property in ’45. It has showed up on recent surveys. The Coffen family has been paying taxes on the full property ever since Ed’s Father bought it in 1945. By moving the Road over, the Town would be taking a lot of property from Ed which he doesn’t think is fair. Ed indicated that there were a lot of other options rather than taking his property. Michalsen suggested that the Town look at other alternatives and DeMet agreed more research was needed. DeMet said we should have someone who is in the road building business come and take a look at the intersection and decide what the best option would be. DeMet will talk to Greg and have him talk to someone in the contracting business and see what the best option would be. No action taken at this point.

Open Patrol Truck and Equipment Bids: Truck Equipment from Scofield, the bid for the equipment was $59,108 with an option for stainless steel fender mounting brackets of $207.

Casper Truck Equipment, Wausau, equipment Bid $56,971.

Truck Chassis from Scaffidi Truck, Proposal #1, $117,842.79, 395 H.P. and Proposal #2, $116,967.04, 450 H.P. These are 2017 Mack Trucks.

Patrol Truck Chassis from Truck Country, Rothchild, 2017 Freightliner $102,050.

Mid State Truck of Marshfield, 2017 International $107,500.

UP Truck, 2016 Western Star $104,995.

V & H, Marshfield, 2017 Western Star $107,192.

Monroe Truck Equipment, Truck Equipment $58,191.

George will refer to the Road Department and have them look over the bids. DeMet made a motion that the Board meet next Wednesday, February 17 at 6:00 P.M and award the bids. Michalsen seconded. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Correspondence: Chairman DeMet had correspondence regarding how to write grants for Community Development Block Grants. Supervisor Michalsen said he would be interested. Minocqua has a conference on March 2nd or you can take a webinar.
Adjournment: DeMet made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Michalsen. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Meeting Adjourned at 7:25.
Respectfully Submitted:
Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk

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

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held a Regular Town Board Meeting on Wednesday, January 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.

The Pledge of allegiance was led by Chairman DeMet.

Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisors Catherine Parker and Matthew Michalsen, Treasurer Mike Lynch, Clerk Nancy Schneider. Chairman DeMet called the meeting to order and read the Agenda. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chairman DeMet.

Motion by Parker, seconded by Michalsen, to approve the Agenda of January 13, 2016. Motion carried, all Ayes. Motion by Parker, seconded by Michalsen, to approve the Minutes of the regular Town Board meeting of December 9, 2015. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Approve the payment of bills and vouchers: Clerk asked Board to approve ACH, EFT & EFTPS payments, check #’s 16036 to 16095 and payroll checks 3679 to 3696 for a Total of $149,986.16. Chairman DeMet pointed out to the Board two items. One was a check for Pitlik & Wick in the amount of $52,500 for 10,000 yards of gravel that will be delivered in 2016. By ordering 10,000 yards instead of 5,000 we saved $12,500 and this was paid out of the 2015 Budget. The other item was a check to EZ Dock Systems in the amount of $36,267 for the handicapped accessible dock. We have already received a check from Wisconsin Valley Improvement in the amount of $21,289.17 as part of the grant and are waiting for the check from the DNR. DeMet moved to approve the payments and bills as read by the clerk; seconded by Parker. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Treasurer’s Report: Mike Lynch indicated income for the Month of December was $133.59. Total expenses were $128,960.53. Total expenses for the Road Dept. were $100,683 which included $31,345 in wages and benefits; $9,419 for salt sand; $14,937 for Fuel and $52,500 for gravel.

County Representative: Bob Metropulos talked about Video cameras that were installed in the parking area of the county building for security purposes. The county is going to work with the city to install more light poles in the parking lot. Also the clerk’s office and the Veterans’ Office are being remodeled to provide more confidentiality.

Public Comment: Bob Williams questioned the posting of the two places. Posting will be at the web site and at the Sloan Building.

Naming of Private Road off of County D near Elm Road: The Reed Family has been pioneers in this town and Brian Reed died in August and he was a very strong supporter of the history of this town. There already is a Reed Road in Three Lakes and the Family suggested the Road be named Reed Farm Lane. Parker made a motion to name the road Reed Farm Lane, seconded by Michalsen. Motion carried, all Ayes. The County will next handle this.

Consider endorsement of Child Life Jacket Law as proposed by Greg Bohn; This is Life Jacket Requirements for Children Bill LRB 4151 which requires all children under 13 to wear life jackets.DeMet said he was in favor of the law. Parker made a motion, seconded by Michalsen, that the Board officially endorse the Life Jacket Requirement for Children, Bill LRB 4151, which requires all children under the age of 13 to wear life jackets. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Lark Rd Intersection Survey: DeMet showed a map of the area. It is suggested that the road right of way be extended over to Blue Jay Road. With the Board’s approval, Chairman DeMet will talk to Ed Coffen, the property owner and proceed from there. DeMet has talked to the road crew already. The Board gave approval to George to proceed. A motion was not needed.

Christmas Party 2015 and thank you to Rebecca Morien: Rebecca has resigned her position of handling the Children’s Christmas Party and the Halloween Party. The Board decided that we should write a letter to Rebecca thanking her for nine years of service and we need to find someone to run the Christmas and Halloween parties.

Correspondence: Ed Greedy sent a letter regarding the evasive species and thanked us for participating. DeMet had no objection to returning the letter to Greedy regarding our commitment. DeMet also reminded the Board that they have a meeting at Ruelands on February 12th for Board of Review Training and he had a few Christmas Cards.

Approve moving to closed session under Wisconsin Statutes 19.85 © to consider compensation for a public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction: Parker made a motion to adjourn and to move to a closed session under WI Statutes 19:85© to consider compensation for an employee over which the town has jurisdiction. DeMet seconded the motion. Motion carried, all Ayes.

The Town moved to a closed session. The Board reconvened and Chairman DeMet announced the outcome of the Closed Session. DeMet announced the reason for the closed session was to pay for Gregg’s health insurance because now he is on medicare and it’s a whole different ball game. Greg’s insurance will be a lot cheaper for the Town. So we are paying him just like we are paying the other employees.

Adjournment: Catherine made a Motion to adjourn; Seconded by DeMet. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Meeting adjourned at 7:35 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted:
Nancy J. Schneider

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, December 9, 2015

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held a Regular Town Board Meeting on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 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.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chairman DeMet.

Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisors Catherine Parker and Matthew Michalsen, Treasurer Mike Lynch, Clerk Nancy Schneider and other Lake Tomahawk residents.

Motion by Parker, seconded by Michalsen, to approve the agenda of December 9, 2015. Motion carried, all Ayes. Motion by Parker, seconded by Michalsen, to approve the minutes of the regular town board meeting of November 11, 2015. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Approve the payment of bills and vouchers: Clerk asked Board to approve ACH, EFT & EFTPS payments

Check #16015 to 16059 and payroll checks 3677 to 3682 for a Total of $46,435.89. Chairman DeMet made a Motion to approve the payment of bills and vouchers; seconded by Supervisor Parker. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Treasurer’s Report: Income for the Month of November was $12,748, which came from State shared revenues of $10,483 and a donation of $2,380 from the World Musky Hunt. Total expenses were $45,728, of which $2,310 was spent on replacing the circulating pump on the boiler. The Musky Club’s donation was spent on new folding chairs for the Sloan Center. Total expenses for the Road Dept. were $25,205 which included $16,159 in wages and benefits.

Public Comments: Beverly Fagan of the Beautification Committee has a bill for $100.00 to replace 4 planters for next year. The money is in the budget and Chairman DeMet told Bev to bring the bill in for payment. DeMet asked Bob Williams if he had any comments. Bob indicated that he did get started on his driveway. Now he has water coming down the center of his driveway.

Reappoint poll workers for upcoming elections: Chairman DeMet read the Names of the poll workers who wished to be reappointed for the upcoming year and they are Darlene Neumann, Patricia Christy, Rose Beam, Joyce Doman, Lois Fox, Jeanne Godar, Diane Hull, Connie Langren, Louise Sowatzka and Mary Ann Zimmerman. Michalsen made a motion to approve the list of poll workers, seconded by Parker. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Approve matching State Funds for Fire Department Length of Service Awards (LOSA): Chairman DeMet said that after 10 years, the firemen are eligible for a small amount from the State for their service, which is $343.77. Supervisor Parker indicated that the Town has a wonderful volunteer fire department and she made a motion to approve matching the State Funds for the Fire Dept., seconded by Michalsen. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Resolution to revise local legal posting locations: Chairman DeMet said that the Governor signed into law on November 11, 2015, that because we are in an electronic age, rather than go around and post in three different physical locations, it is okay to post at one location and the web site. DeMet asked the Supervisors if they wanted the posting at the Community Center or the Post Office. Parker indicated that she would prefer that the posting be at the Post Office and Community Center, plus the internet web site.

DeMet then made a motion that the legal posting be at the Internet website and the Post Office with an option to post at the Community Center as well. Motion seconded by Michalsen. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Replacement of Room Tax Commission Representative: Supervisor DeMet indicated that Rich Anderson would no longer be our accountant or our room tax representative. Rich recommended Mike Lynch. Michalsen made a motion to make Mike Lynch the new Room Tax Representative, seconded by Parker. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Thank you to World Musky Hunt: Chairman DeMet read a letter to the World Musky Hunt thanking them for their donation to purchase chairs which he wanted the supervisors to also sign.

Disposal of excess chairs: DeMet said the Town now has about 50 chairs that we have to get rid of because we don’t have room for them. Gary Sowatzka will go through the chairs and pick out the ones that are in the worst shape. DeMet was looking for the Supervisors’ advise as to how they want to get rid of them. There was some interest from the home school group that they would like them, but there has also been some interest from local citizens. After discussion between the Chairman and Supervisors, it was decided that the chairs would be offered to the Citizens of the Town for a donation to the Beautification Committee. Michalsen will be in charge of advertising the chairs on the website.

Discussion of 2016 Road Projects: DeMet indicated that the roads were discussed about two months ago and he asked the supervisors if they had a chance to travel any of the roads. Parker indicated that she did and she does like the 3 to 5 year Road Plan to have a better idea of what is coming down the pike. Parker indicated the intersection of Lark Road is dangerous as you cannot see on on-coming traffic. DeMet said that Balsam Road is all torn up and needs to be pulverized and repaved and besides the intersection on Lark, that road is in pretty rough shape and will also need to be pulverized and repaved. Bob Williams said that previously they were going to take some trees down on Balsam, but they are still there. George said that he talked to Greg and you can get an 18 foot roadway in there without taking down any trees. It might be wise to talk to the property owners before taking any trees down. It would be great if they could get an 18 foot roadway in there without taking out any of the trees. Catherine agreed as a lot of the trees are over 100 years old.

In discussion with the Road Supervisor, North Windpudding Road would not be accomplished this year because it needs quite a bit or work. It needs a lot of change and elevation and it will be difficult. Greg suggested we put that one off. South Windpudding is good to go with blacktop and gravel base. Fawn Lake and Big Buck Road; Big Buck Road goes off to the right and there is this big sand hill for the first 100 and some feet, Greg suggested that we blacktop the hill, not the whole road, just the hill. It is constantly washing out on the hill and washes the gravel down on Fawn Lake Road. Pine Road, past the sanitary district will also be fixed along with the boat landing. With the new handicapped pier going in, it will require two more parking spaces and the launch road will need to be fixed and blacktopped. Fir was patched so nothing will be done at this time. DeMet made a motion to direct the Road supervisor to proceed with possible road construction on Lark, Balsam, Pine, South Windpudding and Town Bay Road and the first section of Big Buck. Seconded by Michalsen. Motion carried. All Ayes.

Correspondence: George passed around the nice Thank you card received for the Halloween Party.

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

Meeting adjourned at 7:33 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted: Nancy J. Schneider

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, November 11, 2015

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held a Regular Town Board Meeting on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 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.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chairman DeMet.

Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisors Catherine Parker and Matthew Michalsen, Treasurer Mike Lynch, Clerk Nancy Schneider, Town Attorney Greg Harrold and 14 other Lake Tomahawk residents.

Motion by Parker, seconded by Bev Fagan, to approve the agenda of November 11, 2015. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Review the Proposed Budget of 2016, Public Input: Rich Anderson was not present at this time so Chairman DeMet said he would take the people through the Budget, page by page, after assuring that all members present had a copy of the Budget. Under Income , assessment is up this year by $5,000 which is based on new construction for the year. As you go through Intergovernment revenue, Regulation Revenue which would include liquor licenses, driveway & fire permits; all of these items are pretty much standard from year to year. There aren’t a lot of changes. Highway aid is staying the same.

Room Taxes: We have $8,500 in the Budget of which 3/4 of that amount goes to Minocqua Chamber of Commerce. Fire Dept. and Parks revenue is pretty much the same year to year, no notable changes.

Expense: General Government, no serious changes there either. We are in the third year of the Assessor Contract. That may go up in the future, but right now there are no changes. Total General Government charges are $140,328.

Fire Dept: Everything is pretty much the same; the only difference was that in 2015 we spent about $35,000 for a new truck.

Road Dept: These expenses are pretty much the same; the only thing would be that in 2016, Line 2081, we have enough money in our fund balances that we can purchase a new patrol truck . The truck that is being replaced is a 2000. By the time we get the new truck it would be 2017 so the old truck would be 17 years old. Moving on, Town Clean Up, Sanitation are pretty much the same. Information Booth and Cemetery, no big changes. If you look at Parks, Line 3498, Special Projects. That is the Grant that was just okayed for $45,000 so we have the money available to put in the new handicapped accessible fishing pier down at the boat landing. The concrete has already been laid which included the sidewalk and the pad for the portable toilet and now we just have to order the dock to have that put in for next year. Bev Fagan questioned where the money came from. Chairman DeMet said half of the monies came from the DNR and half came from Wisconsin Valley Improvements. A gentleman questioned whether it would be taken care of this year and the chairman, assured him that it would.

Website: No changes there.

Debt Reduction: DeMet stated we have no debt; which is pretty nice.

Subsidies: Beautification, Tomahawk Lakes Association, Historical Society, Christmas Party, Insurance & Benefits etc. All of these items are pretty much the same.

Other Expenditures: As you can see, everything is pretty much the same from one year to the next.

The floor is open if anyone has any questions. Rich Anderson said George did a good job.

Someone had a question regarding who handles animal control. DeMet said that we do not have an Animal Control officer anymore; the County Sheriff’s Department would handle this. DeMet asked for a motion to adjourn the budget hearing portion of the meeting and then we could move onto the special board meeting for approval of the budget meeting.

Bev Fagan made a motion to adjourn the budget hearing portion of the meeting, seconded by Gary Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Chairman DeMet read the Agenda of the Special Town Board Meeting. Call to order, approve the Minutes of the Budget Hearing, Pursuant to Section 82.03, Wisconsin Stats., electors are to approve the total highway expenditures and then pursuant to Section 60.10 adopt the 2016 Town Tax Levy to be paid in 2016. DeMet called the meeting to order and asked for a motion to approval the Minutes of the last budget hearing meeting. Pat Christie made a motion to accept the Minutes of the last budget hearing meeting, seconded by Bev Fagan. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Bev Fagan made a motion to approve the total Highway Expenditures in the amount of $781,526.76. Seconded by Doris Vyvyan. Motion carried, all Ayes. Next, need a motion pursuant to Section 60.10 of the Wisconsin Statutes, to adopt the tax levy of 2015 in the amount of $714,224.00 to be paid in 2016. Pat Christie made the motion, seconded by Barb Vetterman, to approve the tax levy of 2015 in the amount of $714,224.00. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Matt Michalsen made a motion to adjourn and move on to the regular Town Board Meeting, seconded by DeMet. Motion carried, all Ayes.

The Regular Town Board Meeting was called to order by Chairman DeMet at 7:20 P.M. Parker made a motion to approve the Agenda of the regular Town Board Meeting of November 11, 2015. Seconded by Michalsen. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Parker made a Motion, seconded by Michalsen to approve the Minutes of the Regular Town Board Meeting of October 14, 2015 and the Special Town Board Meeting of November 3, 2015. Motion carried, all ayes.

Approve the payment of bills and vouchers: Clerk asked the Board to approve ACT, EFT & EFTPS payments, Check #15965 to 16014 and payroll checks 3659 to 3667 for a total of $51,362.37, including voided check #16011. DeMet made a motion to approve the payment of Bills and Vouchers, Seconded by Michaelsen. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Lynch reported Income for the Month of October was $37,036; Expenses were $38,963 and the Road Department Expenses were $20,109.

County Representative: Bob reported their budget for 2016 was -11%. Tax Levy was $2.35 up 3 cents per $1,000.

Adopt the 2016 Budget and place the levy on the tax roll: Parker made a motion to adopt the 2016 Budget of $714,224 and place levy on the tax roll. Seconded by Michalsen. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Request for refund of Sloan Center Wedding Rental: Michaelsen made a motion, seconded by Parker to refund the $100 rental fee to the wedding party, because of backup of sewer. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Adjournment: Parker made a motion, seconded by Michalsen to adjourn. Motion carried, all Ayes. Meeting adjourned at 7:25 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted:

Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, October 14, 2015

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. in the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center.

Present: Chairman DeMet, Supervisors Catherine Parker and Matthew Michalsen, Treasurer Mike Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.

The meeting was called to order by Chairman DeMet at 7:00 P.M. and the Agenda was read. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chairman DeMet. Motion by Parker, seconded by Michalsen to approve the Agenda of October 14, 2015. Motion carried all Ayes.

DeMet asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the regular town board meeting of September 9, 2015, the special town board meeting of September 30, 2015 and the special town board meeting of October 7. 2015. Parker made a motion, seconded by Michalsen to approve the minutes of the regular town board meeting of September 9, 2015 and the special town board meeting of September 30, 2015. Motion carried all Ayes. Parker made a motion, seconded by DeMet to approve the minutes of the special town board meeting of October 7, 2015. Motion carried all Ayes.

Approve the payment of bills and vouchers-The Clerk asked for approval of ACH, EFT and EFPTS payments, check numbers 15900 to 15964 and payroll checks 3624 to 3658 for a Total of $208,093.62. Motion by DeMet, seconded Parker to approve the payment of bills and vouchers as so read by the Clerk. Motion carried all Ayes.

Treasurer’s Report – Mike Lynch reported income for the month of September of $86,860.00. The majority of that was created by allocating funds for the new Man-lift and road repair costs of $78,584. The Fire Dept. received $5,250 for the sale of the old pickup truck. $1,476 was received in refunds for Workers Compensation and $676 was collected in launch fees. Total expenses were $197,579. Total expenses for the Road Dept. was $175,875 which included $15,777 in wages and benefits and $151,127 for Hideout and Bluebird Roads.

County Representative-Bob Metropulos reported that the Oneida County Board set up a resolution that passed by 3 votes, which repealed an ordinance of the Joint Finance which would take away some of the rights and controls of the municipality and the County. One of the items affected would be the right to charge and issue permits. Vilas County has also asked for a repeal of the resolution. Next meeting is October 20th at 9:30.

Public Comment- Ron Rickman of the World Musky Hunt indicated they brought their venue here in 2008 after they outgrew Minocqua. They have had nothing but good luck with the Town of Lake Tomahawk and its establishments. Their dinner, lunches and breakfast are all served in the Town. The Musky Hunt is a 501C3 charitable organization and they like to give the money they make back to the community. This year they made a donation to the fish hatchery, Children with Cancer and they are starting a scholarship fund for a biology student who would be interested in the fisheries program. This was an exceptional year and they would like to give the town something for all that they have done. Ron had previously talked to Chairman DeMet and they are going to give the town $2,350 for new padded chairs.

The Musky Hunt appreciates all that the Town has done and hopes to continue their venue here. The Chairman thanked Ron and the World Musky Hunt.

Bob Williams said at the last planning and rezoning meeting, a paper from the DNR was passed out regarding shore line zoning. There is a misconception on the DNR’s part regarding Chapter 25, shore lines. DNR indicated that no permits required. That is not true. If the County says a permit is needed, you have to get a permit and it must be enforced.

Tomahawk Lake Association Report – Ned Greedy talked about the Hydraulic Conveyor Treatment and how well it is working. They harvested 114 sites and removed 24,764 of drained Eurasian Water Milfoil. In June they made chemical treatments to Tomahawk Lake totaling 9.4 acres. Because of the early spring and good summer weather it was a great year on the lake, however, it also was great for weed growing. TLA wants all of the different groups to work together for what is best for the Lake. Ned discussed the financial statement which he included in his packet. Under “Income” Fair Shares (dues) was budgeted for $75,000. As of August 31st the actual was $53,544 which is $22,000 less than budget. Ned thanked the Town for the money given in the past which was $4,000 last year and asked if the town would continue to be supportive and possibly give more money.

Sanitary District Commissioner Appointment – Anthony Evans wrote a letter to the Board indicating he has been on the Sanitary Commission. His position expired in October and he would like to be reappointed. Parker made a motion, seconded by Michalsen to appoint Anthony Evans for another term. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Website Committee Appointment – Rick Mazurczak had expressed an interest to be on the Website Committee. Currently there are three members. Matt asked that they add a fourth person to the committee and in the case of a tie, Michalsen would be the tie breaker. Matt made a motion to appoint Rick Mazurczak to the committee for a three year term. DeMet seconded the motion. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Bob Williams said that at their August website meeting, the fire chief expressed concerned regard the WiFi situation at Sno Shoe Park because it was blowing up the equipment. If there was an issue and they couldn’t get on it, there could be a problem. He has requested that it be password protected and the Committee appointed Bob to speak to JR. JR said the website can handle 25 to 30 people and what happens sometimes is that people put their phones in their pocket and forget to turn it off. One option would be a time limit and another option would be an antenna which would cost between $400 and $700. Bob wanted the Board to know about the current problem and it will be discussed again at the website committee. Currently the website is password protected.

Budget appropriation for new patrol truck – Suggested by our accountant that if we have enough money to get the patrol truck, we should do it next year without borrowing. We currently have a fund balance of $600,000 that is designated for different things. The oldest truck is a 2000 and it has 160,000 some miles on it. It will take 8 months to get the truck so we would probably have it before next winter. We have $50,000 in our truck replacement and a new truck would cost around $170,000.

George would like to put it in the budget for next year. George suggested that the Road Supervisor explore the prices of some new equipment and get bids. DeMet made a motion to inform the Road Supervisor that he has the permission of the town board to explore the possibility and obtain bids for a new patrol truck. Seconded by Parker. Motion carried, all Ayes.

2016 Road Projects – Last month they talked about Lark Road and that is in the works to get the surveyor to look at the intersection. DeMet looked at the Road Plan for 2015; Balsam Road, North & South Windpudding, Lark Rd, Pine Rd, Fir Rd, Wil-Jo and Town Bay Road. Wil-Jo is done so that comes off; N & S Windpudding needs blacktopping; Balsam needs reconstruction and of Lark will be taken care of after the surveyor is done. The chairman suggested that the Board Members go out individually and inspect the remaining roads. They could contact Greg and go out with the road crew and also get their ideas regarding what additional work may be needed on these roads in the future. Bob Williams said that road crew did come out and did put some gravel down on his road, hopefully it will not wash out.

Correspondence – Catherine read a letter from Barb Vetterman regarding this past summer’s visitors and happenings at the Information Booth.

Chairman DeMet indicated that he and Supervisor Michalsen would be attending the Wisconsin Towns Association meeting on Wednesday October 21st and the Clerk should post a notice that a quorum of town officials would be at this meeting.

Adjournment – Parker made a motion, seconded by Michalsen to adjourn. Motion carried, all Ayes. Meeting adjourned 7:50 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,
Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, September 9, 2015

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center.

Present: Chairman DeMet, Supervisors Catherine Parker and Matthew Michalsen, Treasurer Mike Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.

The meeting was called to order by Chairman DeMet at 7:00 p.m. and the Agenda was read. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chairman DeMet. Motion by Michalsen, seconded by Parker to approve the Agenda of September 9, 2015. Motion carried all Ayes. DeMet asked for a Motion to approve the minutes of the regular Town Board Meeting of August 12, 2015; Parker made the motion to approve the minutes of the regular Town Board Meeting of August 12, 2015; seconded by Michalsen. Motion carried all Ayes.

Approve the payment of bills and vouchers-the Clerk asked that ACH, EFT and EFPTS payments and check numbers 15871 to 15909 and payroll checks 3604 to 3637 for a total of $172,059.32 be approved.
Motion by DeMet and seconded by Parker to approve the payment of bills and vouchers as so read by the clerk. Motion carried all Ayes.

Treasurer’s Report-Mike Lynch reported that Income for the Month of August was $201,696, which included $206,495 from the county for the final property tax settlement; out of which $7,093 was paid to the sanitary district for delinquent fees and the Parks Dept. took in $2,064 in launch fees. Total expenses were $136,266. Total expenses for the road dept. were $99,595 including $21,375 in wages and benefits, $22,500 for the Man-lift and $45,392 for sealcoating Fox, Pigeon and Wolf Roads.

County Representative- No one was present.

Public Comment-Bob Williams asked about grading of Wind Pudding Road. This has been brought up in the past and to date, nothing has been done. Also, he reminded the Town Board that they had talked about driving the town roads in the fall so they would be in a better position to know which roads needed work in the spring.

Consider Rezone Petition #11-2015- Parker made a motion not to oppose the Rezone Petition #11-2015, seconded by DeMet; Motion carried all Ayes.

Approve changes in Ordinance 10.3 and 10.4. Parker made a motion that 10-3, Beautification Committee, Ordinance be changed to read, The Beautification Committee shall consist of no fewer than three members, each of whom shall be appointed by the Town Board for an indefinite term of office, and to strike the last sentence of the Ordinance which reads, One member of the Beautification Committee shall be appointed each year. On 10-4, Parker made a motion to change the wording as follows: The Website Committee shall consist of no fewer than three members, but always an odd number, each of whom shall be appointed by the Town Board for a 3 year term and can reapply. Also, strike the final sentence of the ordinance. Michalsen seconded the motion. Motion carried all Ayes.

Discuss Procedural Requirements of Commissions and Committees-DeMet reminded the Commissions and Committees that they should be providing the Clerk with copies of their agendas and minutes every month in a timely manner.

Approve possible hire of surveyor for Lark Rd and Rainbow Rd intersection-Parker made a motion, seconded by Michalsen that the board hire of a surveyor look at the Lark Rd and rainbow Rd intersection.

Set date for Budget Preparations- September 30th at 5:00 p.m. was set for budget preparations and November 11, 2015 was set for the Budget hearing.

Correspondence- The Chairman and Supervisors received an email regarding the “Junkyard” at 8002 Sunset Avenue, from Julie and Arnie Plamann. Since no one was in attendance, this will be brought up at a later date.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy J. Schneider, Town Clerk

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, August 12, 2015

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 7 PM in the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center.

Present: Chairman DeMet, Supervisors Catherine Parker and Matthew Michalsen, Treasurer Mike Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.

The meeting was called to order by Chairman DeMet at 7 PM and the Agenda was read. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chairman DeMet. Motion by Parker, seconded by Michalsen to approve the agenda of August 12, 2015. Motion carried all Ayes.

DeMet asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the regular Town Board Meeting of July 8, 2015. Parker made a motion to approve the minutes of July 8, 2015 with the following changes. On Page 3, paragraph 1, the words gentleman from Woodruff is corrected to read “gentleman from Cross Country Cruisers”. On the 3rd paragraph of Page 3, after the words, “seconded by Michalsen.” The following words are added. “Motion carried all Ayes.” Michalsen seconded the motion with the changes as outlined by Parker. Motion carried all Ayes.

Approve the payment of bills and vouchers-the Clerk reported ACH, EFT and EFPTS payment and checks number 15813 to 15870 and payroll checks 3579 to 3599 for a total of $180,068.09. Motion by DeMet and seconded by Parker to approve the payment of bills and vouchers as so read by the clerk. Motion carried all Ayes.

Treasurer’s Report-Mike Lynch reported that during the Month of July the town had income of $73,108 which included $35,039 from the State for shared revenues and highway aid. $2,274.00 was collected in Room Taxes of which $1,715 was paid to the Chamber, with the Town keeping $559. The Parks Dept. took in $2,850 in launch fees. The Fire Dept. replaced their pickup truck for $34,168. Total expenses for the Road Department were $53,107 including $21,141 in wages and benefits and $21,780 for Blacktop and Sealcoat.

County Representative Bob Metropulos said that the Qwik Trip issue was denied by a Vote of 10 to 9 with two supervisors being absent. Right now the subject is dead, but Bob felt that it may come up again. Bob reminded everyone that their meeting is the 3rd Tuesday of the month and anyone is invited to attend.

Public Comment-A gentleman spoke about Bluebird North. He hadn’t realized how bad the road was until it was done. He thanked the road crew for saving us some money by doing the prep work and the shoulder work and the Fire Dept. for coming in under budget on the purchase of the new truck. Also for saving us money by moving the equipment from the old truck to the new truck.

Proposal to purchase Man-Lift-Greg said they had to borrow one from Woodruff and Minocqua also used Woodruff’s machine. Last year the Christmas lights were not put up until just before Christmas and they were not taken down until March. Usually when they go to rent it; it has already been rented.

DeMet said the Town was informed last year that they can no longer put an employee up in the bucket of the front end loader. DeMet introduced the sales manager of United Rental who explained the machine and its operation. Many townships own a machine and share it with another town. The town is looking at the demo and the cost would be $22,500 which would include delivery, first inspection which is good for 13 months along with a 3 months parts and labor warranty. Greg said they would probably need to buy a trailer for the man-lift, however, it could be operated around town without a trailer. This could possibly be rented out. Catherine asked what the cost of the trailer would be. Greg didn’t know for sure, but estimated that it could be $5,000 or $6,000. DeMet said that there is $36,000 in the budget. Parker asked Greg if down the road, next year or the year after, the town would have to start looking at replacing any plow trucks and Greg said yes, they should start thinking about putting money into that fund. DeMet said they currently have $54,151 in the account now and Greg said a new truck would cost $170,000. They also have a machinery account which has $41,895 which would total approximately $95,000 which they add to every year. Catherine made a motion to purchase the used man-lift for $22,500, seconded by Matt. Motion carried all Ayes.

Request from Cross Country Cruisers for ATV/UTV trailhead on Town Property-DeMet asked if there was a representative from Cross Country Cruisers present. Michalsen responded that Rocky had called him and he was laid up on crutch, but would attempt to make the meeting. However, he was not present. Michalsen asked to give his own opinion. In talking to various town people and studying the survey that was taken 6 years ago, besides talking to people in Woodruff and Arbor Vitae, Matt felt it was 2 to 1 in favor of not having the ATV trail proposal. In reviewing the survey Matt felt that 66% of the people were in favor of using the trail for biking, running and walking. Catherine said that the Plan Commission decided Tuesday night not to hold the public forum on August 20 because the town of Woodruff and Arbor Vitae have not signed off on the trail and it is not a done deal. She further pointed other discrepancies that the town board was told by the ATV Club. DeMet asked the people attending the meeting if anyone had anything they wanted to say. There being no response, DeMet made a motion that the request from Cross Country Cruisers for a trailhead on Town property be denied. Seconded by Parker. Motion carried all Ayes.

Correspondence-Parker indicated she received a letter from a fellow in Ann Arbor about our visitor’s survey and he was writing to us about some other items we could have. He was an elderly gentleman and he did have some interesting points. Catherine is going to answer the letter and will indicate that we do have a handicap pier. Michalsen said Park Commission and other Commissions want to discuss central purchasing planning. DeMet said that would come under the next subject, “Topics for future agendas”.

Topics for future agendas-DeMet said he has some Ordinances that the board needs to look at. DeMet said we need some surveying work done on some of the roads so we have to look at hiring a surveyor. Catherine also mentioned that we have to start work on the budget. DeMet mentioned that all commissions and committees should get their budgets in by September. Michalsen mentioned that he teaches at the High School and he wants to get the kids more involved in town government. He is also looking at different ideas to obtain grant money that the students could use to improve the town. MSA can also be put on the budget regarding the drainage issue.

Adjournment-Parker made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Michalsen. Motion carried all Ayes. Adjourned at 7:25 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,
Nancy J. Schneider, Town Clerk

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, July 8, 2015

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 7 PM in the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center.

Present: Chairman DeMet, Supervisors Catherine Parker and Matthew Michalsen, Treasurer Mike Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.

The meeting was called to order by Chairman DeMet at 7 PM.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chairman DeMet.

Motion by Parker, seconded by Michalsen to approve the agenda of July 8, 2015. Motion carried all Ayes.

Motion by Parker and seconded by Michalsen to approve the minutes of the regular Town Board Meeting of June 10, 2015. Motion carried all Ayes.

Approve the payment of bills and vouchers-the Clerk reported ACH, EFT and EFTS payment and checks number 15775 to 15812 and payroll checks 3554 to 3578 for a Total of $37,972.58. Motion by DeMet and seconded by Michalsen to approve the payment of bills and vouchers as so read by the clerk. Motion carried all Ayes.

Treasurer’s Report-Mike Lynch reported that during the Month of June the town had income of $12,819 which included $6,526 in Fire Insurance dues, $3,050 for Licensing fees and the Parks Dept. collected $2017 in boat launch fees & Permits. Total expenses for the month were $49,420 which included $4,000 to the Tomahawk Lake Assoc. for weed control and $4,000 to the Lions Club for the 4th of July Parade. Total monthly expenses for the Road Dept. were $24,566.

County Representative Bob Metropulos said there will be a special meeting the third Tuesday in July where there will be discussion of the Qwik Trip Issue. Anyone is invited to attend.

Public Comment-Bob Williams asked the Chairman when the grader was going to come out and grade Wind Pudding Road. Chairman DeMet indicated that he had talked to the Road Dept. and they will come out as soon as they are able. DeMet will make a second request of the Road Dept.

Approve Temporary Class B Picnic License for World Musky Hunt – This is contingent on all of the officers signing the application form. When the application was received only Pat Wingo had signed as he is local. The remaining officers are out of town. Parker made a motion that the Class B License be approved for issuance contingent on all of the officers signing the form. Seconded by Michalsen. Motion carried all Ayes.

MSA report on drainage issues and possible remedies for Rainbow and Lilly Street-Phil Kreisel from MSA was present and explained the existing problems with the water drainage. After carefully studying the situation, MSA came up with three different options. The first would be an underground storage system which would also be the most expensive, with a cost estimated at $95,000.

The old town chair had asked MSA to look at that option, which was more exploratory than what the Town would actually want to do. The other option that they looked at was half that cost and was a Wisconsin DNR compliant French drain. The french drain that we have behind the Community Building is a ground water injection device and is no longer being used. The most reasonably priced item would be to take the lot that we currently have and regrade it. There are also many issues with the regrading. MSA could make it deeper, skinny it up or have more surface area, with it lower in the middle. They ballpark the cost of doing the third option at $10,000. There would still be standing water in the basin. If that became a problem, they could put up a structure which would take the water from the basin over to the DOT storm sewer, but the storm sewer is very small and is only for Highway 47. It is not designed to take all the water from the rest of the town. What MSA would do was to move the water to the storm sewer when they are not using it. This is an option, but at a higher cost. What they are suggesting is to build the basin and if the town is not happy with the basin, they can always install the structure down the line for an additional cost. There is no help from the State nor are there any grants available for this situation. Chairman DeMet said the Town with give more thought to the options presented.

Cross Country Cruisers request for ATU/UTV trailhead on town owned rail corridor property-Rocky Cafarella from Cross Country Cruisers made the presentation. Rocky is the President of Cross Country Cruisers and they have taken care of the trail for the past 40 years. The trail would start at Brandy Lake Park Commission in Arbor Vitae, through Woodruff. There would be a trailhead at Indian Shores and onto to Lake Tomahawk. Rocky said DOT would give permission if they could link the different towns together. The trail has been preapproved by the forestry committee of Oneida County and if they get this trail they will apply for funding from the State and that has to be in by next April 15th. In the mean time Cross Country Cruisers would operate this trail with their own funds. Rocky also provided information to the Board about the Cheese Country trail down in Belmont, Monroe and Mineral Point Counties that provides $15,000,000 to those three counties. Chairman DeMet asked for an explanation of the preapproved funding. Rocky indicated that the State contracts with the County and the County contracts with the government agency and in this particular case the government agency would be Woodruff. So Woodruff would contract with the Cross Country Cruisers to maintain this trail. After all the paper work is done there would be funding to maintain the trail, which is exactly how the snowmobile stuff is run right now. The forestry committee operates the trails. Bob Metropulos discussed the liability exposures along with the fact that ATV’s have a sticker on them relating to different warnings. The problem is with the tires and is being addressed with the manufacturer. They need to make a tire that can be used on blacktop and in the woods. Doris Vyvyan stated that when the Plan Committee sent out a survey regarding the ATV’s the majority of the replies did not want the ATVs. Also Doris asked why should the snowmobile club have to maintain their trails after the ATVs have damaged them. Gary Madden indicated that loggers also damage the trails, however, they do not repair the damage. Another gentlemen asked that the Board also consider the possible damage to walkers, joggers, bikers and animals, including dogs that may be walking on the trail as well as the noise to the residents. DeMet said the Town owns the railroad bed but the people adjacent to the railroad bed do have input as to the use of the railroad bed.

The properties do come up to the railroad bed and there are driveways that cross it. The Town of Woodruff has not approached any of the landowners adjacent to the railroad bed. The trail is designated as a biking and hiking trail all the way to Woodruff and down south to McNaughton. DeMet asked what would happened to the trail if the ATV’s were to use it also. The gentleman from Cross County Cruisers indicated that the trail would then be a multi use trail and there would be funding from the state. However, DeMet and Parker read the entire report and it stated that once a trail became a multi use trail the UTV’s dominated 95% the trail and the hiking and biking went down to 5%.

The businessowners from Lake Tomahawk were in attendance and as a group, they are in favor of the ATV trail as it would bring business to the town. After much discussion from the citizens for and against the ATV trail a motion was made by Parker, seconded by Michalsen that it be brought up before the Plan Commission for consideration and recommendation. This would be a process not just between the Plan Commission but the whole town according to Parker. The original survey in 2009 was 66% to 34% that we not have ATV trails in town. Due to the original survey DeMet felt that this would have to come before a public hearing.

Designate authority to Town Chairperson and Road Supervisor to decide if the Town has need for excess right of way owned by the County along Town roads prior to County deeding it to adjacent landowners-there was a situation a couple of months ago on Fawn Lake Road where the County asked the Town if they would like to purchase the land prior to it coming before the town board. Parker made a motion to designate authority to the Town Chairperson and the Road Supervisor to decide if the Town has need for excess right of way owned by the County along Town roads prior to County deeding it to adjacent landowners. Seconded by Michalsen. Motion carried all Ayes.

Correspondence-Parker indicated that she received two letters against the ATV trails. DeMet and Michalsen also received copies of these letters.

Adjournment-Michalsen made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Parker. Motion carried all Ayes. Adjourned at 8:30 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy J. Schneider, Town Clerk