The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held their regular Board Meeting on August 8, 2018 in the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center. All notices were posted according to the Open Meeting Law and the media was notified.
Present: Chairman George DeMet, supervisors Larry Hoffman and Stephanie Sowatzka. Treasurer Michael Lynch and Clerk Sharon Trimberger Lintereur.
Chairman DeMet read the agenda of the Regular Town Board Meeting of August 8, 2018 and called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Chairman DeMet led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Approve the Agenda of August 8, 2018. Motion by Stephanie Sowatzka and seconded by Larry Hoffman to approve the agenda as read by DeMet. Motion carried, all ayes.
Approve the Minutes of the Regular Town Board Meeting of June 11, 2018. A motion was made by George DeMet and seconded by Stephanie Sowatzka to approve the minutes. Motion carried, all ayes.
Motion by George DeMet, seconded by Stephanie Sowatzka to approve the ACH, EFT, EFTPS payments checks 17462 to 17495 and payroll checks 4305 to 4353 for a total of $41,058.47. Motion carried, all ayes.
Treasurer’s Report: Michael Lynch stated that during the month of July the town had income of $69,663.21, which included revenue of $45,574.42. Of the $45,574.42, $1,850.05 shared revenue, fire insurance dues of $6,891.57, and highway aid of $36,175.43. A plow truck was sold for $18,000. We also collected room taxes of $2,264.42, out of which we paid the Chamber $1,698.31, which left the town $556.00. Fire Department accident reimbursement of $750.00. Parks Department: launch fees and permits totaling $3,301.08. Total expenses were $126,767.58. Seal coating and black topping of $45,407.87 and a $7,500 for the WIFI broad bank. George DeMet made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s report, Larry Hoffman seconded. Motion carried, all ayes.
County representative: no report
Public Comment: no comments
Rezoning request NE SE section 3: Two options from Carl Jennrich: fill in strip 330’ from right of way, hwy. 47 to North Bluebird Road or rezone the 40 acres. DeMet recommended going with filling in the strip. Lilly Wisotzke spoke regarding the rezoning. Concern is the back lots as there is no parking, no road access and even the 66’ that would be included is cutting into someone’s else’s property. Bill and Lilly Wisotzke upset due to the fact they were not notified of this from the beginning of the discussion. Discussed the public hearing which is going to be held that all people in neighborhood are notified and they are notified far enough in advance to attend the meeting. Rosie Bean asked who owns the road; part belongs to Steve Forrest and also Liz Taylor, however, Wisotzke’s own part of it as well according to Lilly and Bill Wisotzke. There is some confusion as to who owns what. Lengthy discussion ensued, will be public hearing. George DeMet made a motion that an option to rezone the strip, not the whole forty acres, which is described as SE of the NE Sec 03 from the right of way of hwy. 47 and all property East of hwy 47 be forwarded to the county and they will set the time and place and take it from there. Motion seconded by Stephanie Sowatzka, motion carried, all ayes.
Proposal to install French drain behind Sloan Center: Pitlik and Wick submitted a proposal in the amount of $8,540.00 to fill the puddle in behind the community center in the alley. They would dig a trench 40’ long, 5’ wide, 12’ deep and put in 17 tons of rock and then put washed stone on top of the initial rock. Clarified as to where puddle is. Stephanie Sowatzka made a motion to accept the proposal, seconded by Larry Hoffman, motion carried, all ayes.
WTA Convention in Steven Point: inquired about attending the meeting in Stevens Point. If want to go, please contact the clerk.
Chamber of Commerce membership and Room Tax Commission: cost and benefits of remaining with the Chamber. DeMet stated we have a very competent Chamber here in Lake Tomahawk. Is it worth it when we pay $7,000 to Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce? We have three options: stay the way it is, collect room tax and keep the money, or eliminate the room tax. Extra paperwork for the Treasurer if we quit the Chamber. Clerk to write a letter to the businesses that are currently paying room tax and see what their thoughts are regarding staying with the Chamber. DeMet made a motion for the clerk to send out a letter regarding room tax, seconded by Stephanie Sowatzka, motion carried, all ayes.
Future Agenda Items: short term rentals and what the county is mandating, mining ordinance. DeMet stated a person contacted him from the Town of Lynn and would like to come and talk at our Board Meeting in the near future regarding the mining issue.
Correspondence: Stephanie Sowatzka was contacted regarding the weeds by the old gas station. DeMet stated Barb Vetterman was in and she was getting information on how to get rid of the weeds properly. Paul, who owns gas station, said yes take care of it.
Adjournment: Motion made by George DeMet at 7:43 p.m. to adjourn, seconded by Stephanie Sowatzka, motion carried, all ayes.
Sharon Trimberger Lintereur, Clerk
The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held their Regular Town Board Meeting on March 14, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. at the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center. All notices were posted according to the Open Meeting Law and the media was notified.
Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisors Stephanie Sowatzka and Larry Hoffman, Treasurer Mike Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.
Chairman DeMet called the regular Town Board Meeting of March 14, 2018 to order at 6:50 P.M. and read the Agenda of March 14, 2018. DeMet then led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Approve the Agenda with the order at the discretion of the Chair: Sowatzka made a motion to approve the Agenda; seconded by Hoffman. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of March 14, 2018: Hoffman made a motion to approve the Minutes of 3-14-18; seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Approve the payment of Bills and Vouchers: The Clerk asked the Board to approve the ACH, EFT & EFTPS payments, Check #’s 17269 to 17303 and payroll checks 4212 to 4230 for a Total of $38,197.62. DeMet made a motion to approve the Payment of bills and vouchers as read by the clerk, seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Treasurer’s Report: Lynch stated that during the month of February, the Town collected $97, 128 in property taxes. The Town then paid out $469,605 to the schools, Horsehead Lake District and Sanitary District from all taxes collected in January and February. We received $11,377 from the DNR for PILT. Expenses totaled $39,780. Road Dept. expenses were $22,794 of which $15,847 were wages and expenses. The town also paid $4,850 to the assessor for the first half of his annual fee. DeMet moved to accept the Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Hoffman. Motion carried, all Ayes.
County Representative: Bob Metropulos said he was on the Public Safety Committee which includes Sheriff and law enforcement, including EMTS, Judges, courts personnel, etc. From the General Fund they turned back in $1,517,000 plus which comes from the jails. We have a contract with the State and they were quite surprised with the payment that they received. Metropulos asked Sheriff Hartman if this would continue and Hartman thought it would.
Metropulos also talked about the single entrance to the Court House. They have an architect coming in next week to see what can be done to this historical building. No one will be able to come into the front door; they will have to come in a single entry on the side. It will cost $200,000 to $300,000. They will have two more deputies on guard and they might also be revamping the elevator. Eddie Hammer who is on their Newbolt Board, was Director of Public Works for Marathon County, and they started their work on a single entry about 13 years ago and they just got it through. Vilas County has one, it’s not the best. Oneida County has had some problems in the past couple of years with people coming in and causing problems so this definitely is the way to go. DeMet asked Bob if he knew what the daily charge was for housing out of county prisoners; Bob didn’t know, but would find out. The jail provides food and medical needs.
Public Comment: No one had anything.
Approve private road name for West Bluebird Subdivision: We talked about this before. Because there are more than 4 property owners we have to name the road. We got a letter from the County Property Listing Coodinator and they suggested, Bear Den Lane, so it’s up to the Town to approve that. DeMet asked the board what they thought; Stephanie said it was fitting. DeMet said apparently the property owners agreed with the name. DeMet made a motion that the road be called Bear Den Lane, seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all ayes.
Sale of 2000 Sterling patrol truck: We bought a new truck about a year ago and we held on to this one because of some glitches with the new one. Now, everything seems to be in order and we have this extra truck for sale. It has 160,624 miles on it and it is in very good condition so we are going to put an ad in the paper and see what we can get for it. This is a plow truck with a dump and it has everything on it. With the approval of the Board, DeMet will put an ad in the paper and have the truck outside by the garage so any interested parties can look at it and we will see what we can get. DeMet is looking at $20,000; perhaps more. Hoffman made a motion that the Town sell the truck, seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
ATV survey question and cover letter: DeMet read the letter that will be going out to every registered voter and property owner, along with the question posed. Barb Ehler read a letter from the Lake Tomahawk ATV Club thanking the Town Board for all the time, effort, support and concern the board has shown the Lake Tomahawk ATV/UTV club over the last half year. DeMet said at the last meeting it was suggested that a map may be included. DeMet made a copy of a map taken from Oneida County GIS Mapping that shows the down town area and it is his suggestion that we map out where the parking area would be and where the route to the snowmobile trail would be. It would be one more page that would be added to the letter going out and it shouldn’t make any difference in the postage. The card needs to be mailed so we know it’s not duplicated.
Parker asked if the Plan Commission would be involved in the process. DeMet said that after we get the cards back, he guessed the Plan Commission could be part of the process. Barb objected to having the Plan Commission involved in the process. She indicated that every member of the Plan Commission is against the ATV/UTV plan. DeMet disagreed. The Town Board has the final say. Hoffman made a motion that we move forward with this process; seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Clerk resignation and replacement: DeMet said he didn’t know what he is doing wrong, but the Town has had a Supervisor resign and now the Clerk. “it’s feeling like the white house”. Nancy is resigning effective 3/21/18 and there will be an ad in the paper on Friday, March 16th and Tuesday, the 20th. All resumes should be received by March 28, 2018. In the meantime, we have a deputy clerk who will be filling the position. The board will set up a date after March 28th, to meet and approve the new clerk.
Request to see design and construction estimates for Town Office Addition: The Town Office is very small for three people to be working in there. DeMet measured it. It’s 16 X 16 and that does not include substracting the entrance through the door.
The Plan is not to add from that office as there is no room to add. DeMet is asking permission from the Board to hire an architect to give us a plan on adding Office space off of the Peterson room. He would like someone to give on some figures before the annual meeting so that we can bring it up at that time. The voters will have to approve any addition. In the municipal fund we have $71,840.48. Sowatzka made a motion that we go forward and get estimates for the Town Office; seconded by Hoffman. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Future Agenda Items: Hoffman suggested future roads that need to be worked on, parking at the boat landing, on top of the hill and handicapped parking areas.
Adjournment: DeMet made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Hoffman. Motion carried, All Ayes. Meeting adjourned at 7:36 P.M.
Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk
The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held their Regular Town Board Meeting on February 14, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. at the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center. All notices were posted according to the Open Meeting Law and the media was notified.
Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisors Stephanie Sowatzka and Larry Hoffman, Treasurer Mike Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.
Chairman DeMet called the regular Town Board Meeting of February 14, 2018 to order at 6:59 P.M. and read the Agenda of February 14, 2018. DeMet then led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Approve the Agenda for February 14, 2018: Sowatzka made a motion to approve the Agenda; seconded by Hoffman. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of 1/10/18: Hoffman made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of 1/10/18; seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Approve the payment of bills and Vouchers: The Clerk asked the Board to approve the ACH, EFT, & EFTPS payments, check #’s 17213 to 17267 and payroll checks 4185 to 4211 for a total of $600,613.18. DeMet mentioned that there were several large payments that were made. These are tax sharing payments that we make to the schools, MHLT, Lakeland Union and Nicolet. DeMet made a motion to approve the Payment of bills and vouchers as read by the clerk, seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Treasurer’s Report: Lynch stated that during the Month of January the Town collected $1,791,313 in property taxes, after refunds. The Town then paid out $896,283 to the schools, Horsehead Lake District and the Sanitary District. $5,468.00 was collected from the county in Timber Sales. $36,175 was received from the state for our quarterly highway aid. $184 was collected for dog Licenses.
Expenses totaled $40,067.00. Road Dept. expenses were $30,972 of which $24,478 were wages and benefits. The town also paid $1,000 as an annual contribution to the Lakeland Senior Center. DeMet made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report; seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
County Representative: Bob Metropulos wanted to recognize one of the top Departments in Oneida County and that is Social Services. Social Services is probably in the top five as far as being managed well and employees managed, also financially managed. Mary Rideout is the Chairman and Mary and her staff are just outstanding. They have been on that committee for quite a few years. Recently they had a meeting and Mary gave a very brief speech on the budget. They had a surplus of over $300,000 which will be going back in to the general fund and they start from scratch again. They give back over the years and the key is running a good business. Some of the programs they are involved in is child support, child care assistance, medical assistance, food stamps, fuel assistance, child abuse and neglect investigations; they work with the sheriff’s dept. on that. Also, child welfare services, adult protective services, day care certification and many other programs. This is probably the most pressured job in the county. They have room for 43 positions, and right now they have 41 of them filled.
Public Comment: Greg Gardner asked the town to speak at the meeting. Mr. Gardner is running for Sheriff of Oneida County in 2018 and wanted to introduce himself. Greg is a lifelong resident of Oneida County. Greg’s family has lived here since the 1800’s. Greg is running for sheriff because he cares about the people that work there and he wouldn’t run if he didn’t feel he could do a better job than the current administration. Greg is a graduate of Rhinelander High School. He is a military Veteran, serving 4 years in the US Army and have been working at the sheriff’s department for the last 23 years.
Wilderness Surveying: subdivision proposal for Don and Sharon Hilgendorf: Chairman DeMet presented the preliminary map and subdivision application to Steve Forrest of the Plan Commission and Steve didn’t see any reason to call for a meeting as it is a very simple process of subdividing the house from the rest of the property. Hilgendorf said it was just the 4 acres that the house stands on. DeMet asked if anyone had an objection to Mr. Hilgendorf subdividing. Being none, Hoffman made a motion to allow the subdivision to take place, seconded by Sowatzka; motion carried, all Ayes.
Resolution for State Grant application for Boat Landing bathrooms: The Park Commission decided last year that it would be a good idea to get some new bathrooms down by the boat landing. Since we put in the handicapped pier and a porta-potty; that is the one being used and it gets over-used. The current bathrooms do not have the capacity and need to be emptied weekly. Rodney on the Park Commission has applied for a grant to put in some new bathrooms. Rodney said it basically is what you see at most campgrounds. The cost would be $44,125 and this would just be a formality saying the Town would match the other half or $22,062.50. However, he would also be applying to Wisconsin Valley Improvement for a $15,000 grant which would bring the town’s portion down to $7,000 and that could be covered by boat launch fees. So the town may not have to pay out anything. This resolution is just part of the paperwork that they need done for the grant. DeMet then read the resolution and made a motion that the town comply with the resolution so that the Park Commission can apply for the State Grant. Seconded by Sowatzka; motion carried all Ayes.
Update on ATV/UTV club request for use of Town property/questionnaire: Barb Spears-Ehlers, President handed out a survey. The club plans to mail out the survey on March 1, 2018 to be returned on March 30, 2018. Lake Tomahawk ATV/UTV Club will assume all financial and/or labor responsibilities and they will have volunteers that will come to the town office to stuff envelopes, etc. so there will be no costs to the town. At this time the Club would like approval of the question and would like to meet with the town next week as far as mailing lists are concerned. DeMet read the question, “Do you favor the use of 800 ft. of Town owned Rail Road Grade and a portion of the (over Flow) parking area to connect to existing State ATV/UTV trail system? Yes________ No_________.”
DeMet said he would withhold judgment on the question at this time. For one thing he felt that it was more than 800 ft. if you are going down towards D. Adam said that all they were asking for was 800 ft. DeMet said he spent hours on the computer trying to download the list of property owners and wasn’t able to download it. We may have to use the Town’s list of property owners and poll lists. DeMet said we are talking about a lot of man hours and the ATV/UTV club said they are willing to do it.
DeMet said as far as the question is concerned, he would like to check with a couple of people and get their opinion, and maybe make some minor changes, if necessary. A member of the audience asked if the question could also include a map and it can. The Club will meet with DeMet next week and get everything settled.
Ordinance for appointing Board of Review alternates: Larry and George were at Board of Review training on February 2nd and the instructor suggested that they adopt an ordinance for appointing Board of Review alternates. DeMet said he talked to Catherine Parker and Patsy Christy and they both said they would be available to be alternates. DeMet copied the ordinance out of the book and made a motion that they be appointed alternates for the Board of Review. Seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Town Board Committee Assignments: DeMet said there seemed to be some confusion on the web site as to who handles what. Stephanie was a member of the Parks Commission and Larry who took over for Matt was also part of the Parks. DeMet suggested that Stephanie keep the Parks and web site, while Larry will take over the Plan commission, Horsehead Lake Association and the Cemetery. This was acceptable to all concerned.
Correspondence: DeMet had two letters he had received in regard to the ATV/UTV Club and he asked the Clerk to make up a file for these items.
Future Agenda Items: DeMet said we had talked in previous months about having an ordinance in place for the placement of sex offenders. DeMet saw on the news that the State may be doing that for us. Stephanie brought up advertising for the different committees and commissions and DeMet mentioned that Darlene gave him a list of the different things that will be going on this summer for the children’s program. Stephanie brought up the fact that the web cam is apparently broken and has been all winter. George mentioned that the fellow was over and put up the second new camera and it supposedly was working. However, DeMet checked when he got home and it was not working. This is an on-going problem.
Adjournment: Stephanie made a motion to adjourn the meeting; seconded by Hoffman. Motion carried, all Ayes. Meeting adjourned at 7:29 P.M.
Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk
The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held their Regular Town Board Meeting on January 10, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. at the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center. All notices were posted according to the Open Meeting Law and the media was notified.
Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisors Stephanie Sowatzka and Larry Hoffman, Treasurer Mike Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.
Chairman DeMet called the regular Town Board Meeting of January 10, 2018 to order at 6:59 P.M. and led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Approve the Agenda for January 10, 2018: Sowatzka made a motion, seconded by Hoffman to approve the Agenda of January 10, 2018. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Approve the minutes from the Regular Board Meeting of 12/13/17: Sowatzka made a motion, seconded by Hoffman to approve the minutes from the Regular Board Meeting of 12/13/17. 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 17140 to 17212 and payroll checks 4166 to 4189 for a total of $976,389.64. DeMet made a motion to approve the payment of bills and vouchers as read by the Clerk, seconded Hoffman, motion carried, all ayes.
Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Mike Lynch said during the Month of December, the town had income of $774.00. The majority of which was interest. $15,234 was paid for salt sand. $4,870 was paid for discounted website service paid in advance. There were no other non-ordinary expenses paid during the month. Property Taxes collected in December will be reported at the next meeting. DeMet made a motion, seconded by Hoffman to approve the Treasurer’s report. Motion carried, all Ayes.
County Representative: Bob Metropulos said they had a special meeting, one of the items was to purchase 240 acres in the Town of Enterprise. The land was classified as the most prestige in the area, just a beautiful piece of land. It has a lake on it, a lot of wooded area and what Jack wants to do is set it up for the Veterans, but also open to the public. They finally took a vote and it ended up 17 to 4 in favor of purchasing the land. They were able to get a grant for it. The property came to $850,000 to $900,000. The property over a period of 3 or 4 years will be paid for.
Public Comment: None
Lake Tomahawk ATV Club: proposal for anticipated trail access and parking needs: Barb Spears-Ehlers of the ATV/UTV Club, said they put up what is a proposal map for a lot of the surrounding communities. Troy and Barb have been meeting with what they call the Alliance which is multiple townships all the way up to Michigan. They are working on a proposed road plan. Barb is the President of the newly formed ATV-UTV Club and they are currently building their membership and fundraising to support the club’s activities. The response has been incredible and positive. In October of 2017, the DNR revised the Master Plan of the State Forest and has included ATV-UTV use in the forest in this new Master Plan.
With Lake Tomahawk being situated in the middle of the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest, this potentially brings additional tourism and recreational opportunities to the Town. The current DNR plan will have trails in the forest just north of Town. The Lake Tomahawk ATU-UTV club would like to connect the Town to this trail system. They are representing both individuals and businesses that would like to see ATV-UTV access to the Town. To gain this access we are proposing use of Town property as a trail head and a short ATV-UTV trail to connect to the State Forest Trail System.
The Request to the Town is that a Trail Head/Parking be established on the railway grade North of D, south of public parking lot, as a “one way” entrance and parking to be marked with signs to use for all truck and trailer parking, and or motor home. A short access (approximately 800 ft.) from the North end of town to cross Rainbow Road to parking lot. Barb attached a map which shows the 800 ft. coming down the trail 270/17 to Kelly Drive into the grade behind the BP and the repair shop and then to head down to the public lot. They have things in place as far as signage and they do agree that they should post speed limits for 10 mph starting at Miller Lake lane through Trail 270/17 including the grade. Signage to include wording as to “No Stopping” or “Congregating” on trails, to alleviate noise.
Barb also included a letter from Jeff Pennucci of the DNR, wherein he states the DNR would like to see clubs and Townships address ATV interest involving the Northern Highland State Forest opportunity. The overall objective with the NHAL Amendment approval is to provide ATV connection between municipalities and through routes on the state forest north to south and east to west, similar to the bike trails like Heart of Vilas County System. Where possible, DNR would prefer to use existing woods roads and connect with Town roads to provide these corridors.
DeMet has always felt that ATV should be off road and as they discussed last Saturday that the only hurtle to clear would be whether or not the people of the town that paid for that railway right-of-way would allow it to be used as a trailhead. As was discussed the most reasonable thing to do is send out a questionnaire and say, very simply, do you support using town property behind Lakeland True Value as an ATV/UTV Trailhead? Yes or No. Kevin Krueger said it could also be asking about utilizing the property North of Rainbow road as a trail route to access the forest trail. It should include tax payers and registered voters. Krueger asked that members from the Town Board and the ATV/UTV club work together to set up the verbiage. DeMet agreed. Larry Hoffman agreed to be on the committee for the Town. DeMet asked if the club had talked to the people who live between the grade and the snowmobile trail. The club had talked to all people except one, whose Dad had a bad day, and they had to take him to the doctor. Otherwise, all or most of the people have been talked to.
Planning and Zoning request for input on allowing horses in District #2, single family: DeMet felt that District #2, single family is way too restrictive to allow horses. Smaller lots, close neighbors, not enough room for a horse or hooved animal. Chickens and geese is one thing, but as far as DeMet is concerned, he felt that the Board should object to it. It will be on the county agenda in February and the county wanted our input prior to that. DeMet made a motion that we write back to the County that we object to the allowing of horses in single family residential. Hoffman seconded the motion. All in favor, DeMet and Hoffman were in favor; Sowatzka opposed. Motion carried.
Mining 101 forum at Reulands, January 24th: If you recall last month, Mrs. Lauersdorf encouraged us to get involved with the mining debate. There is a free workshop on January 24th at Reulands for all Town officials and county representatives. DeMet had already signed up and he encouraged the others to do so also, if possible. Hoffman and Sowatzka expressed interest in attending.
WTA District Meeting, February 2nd: This is another one at Ruelands and this is the Board of Review training. Our attendance would be a good idea. Contact the clerk if you wish to attend as this one has to be paid for.
Adjournment: Hoffman made a motion to adjourn, seconded by DeMet. Motion carried all Ayes. Meeting adjourned at 7:30 P.M.
Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk
The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held their Regular Town Board Meeting on December 13, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. at the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center. All notices were posted according to the Open Meeting Law and the media was notified.
Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisor Larry Hoffman, Treasurer Michael Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.
Chairman DeMet called the regular Town Board Meeting of December 13, 2017 to order at 6.59 P.M. and led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Approve the Agenda for 12/13/17: Hoffman made a motion to approve the Agenda of 12/13/17. Seconded by DeMet. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Approve the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of November 8, 2017: Hoffman made a motion to approve the Minutes of the regular Town Board Meeting of November 8, 2017. Seconded by DeMet. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Approve the Payment of Bills & Vouchers: The Clerk asked the Board to approve the ACH, EFT & EFTPS payments, check #’s 17082 to 17139 and payroll checks 4155 to 4175 for a Total of $255,013.53. DeMet made a motion to approve the payment of bills and vouchers as read by the Clerk, seconded by Hoffman. Motion carried, all Ayes:
Treasurer’s Report: Income for the Month of November totaled $13,072; the majority of which came from the final payment from the state in shared revenues. The World Musky Hunt donated $376 for a new bicycle rack. The parks department received two donations, one of $500 from Snowshoe Baseball for the use of Snowshoe park; and the other a donation from Amy Monday and Michelle McGreal in the amount of $350 from the sale of the Lake Tomahawk calendars; to be used by the beautification committee for new flowers next spring. $560 was also collected in boat launch fees and permits.
Expenses for the month totaled $226,753. Road Department expenses were $207,959 including $21,434 in wages and benefits. $180,346 was spent on blacktopping Rainbow and Fawn Lake Roads. The annual payments were made to the Snowmobile Club of $4,000 and the Children’s Christmas Party of $250. DeMet made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report as read by the Treasurer. Motion seconded by Hoffman. Motion carried, all Ayes.
County Representative: Not Present.
Public Comment: Barb Spears-Ehlers of the ATV/UTV Club asked to be put on the Agenda for January, 2018 with new and current changes. They have proposed plans and maps and they would like to re-visit it in January. DeMet said he would put it on the Agenda.
Eileen Lauersdorf introduced herself. She lives on Hasbrook Lake and belongs to the Hasbrook Lake Association. One of her neighbors, that don’t live here full time, asked her to come to the meeting.
The neighbor said the ATV trail goes right behind her home on Iron Lane and she is fed up with the noise. The neighbor is unhappy and wondered if she would have any say so. DeMet said everyone has a say so. The proposal came about because the State decided to open up some of the forest roads. Mainly for Lake Tomahawk’s concerns, it would be coming down off of Gritzmacher Road and then travel into Lake Tomahawk via Hasbrook and Kelly Dr. Barb said she would be happy to talk to the people regarding the ATV trail. Lauersdorf also wanted to bring up the mining moratorium that was recently passed by Tiffany. We have 6 months that municipalities and cities can make an ordinance addressing the subject. She was at a meeting of the league of women voters and a gentleman speaker said that municipalities and cities can make an ordinance to stop the mining within their city or municipal limits. DeMet suggested she start at the county level and speak with Bob Metropolis. Mike Timmons would also be her representative for the Town of Woodruff and she could also talk to him. DeMet suggested she talk to as many as she can to get the word out there.
Dave Noel/Oneida County Broadband Development Committee: DeMet had told Dave that he didn’t have to come. This has been discussed in the past couple of years. In 2018 that is when he will be writing a grant for our area. We have already pledged our support so he didn’t have to drive over from Sugar Camp tonight and talk us into it again. Dave told DeMet that they are going to work off of the cell tower that is already in existence on Bear Rd and another one is going up off of Midlake Road. There is also one off of Bearskin Lake that is being constructed now that will cover the southern part of the township. Hopefully a lot of the Lake Tomahawk area will be covered by these broadband towers.
Parks Commission appointments: We have had two people come forward to fill the vacancies on the Park Commission, Elaine Carpenter and Bev Fagan. There is no reason not to approve their appointment. DeMet made a motion that Elaine Carpenter and Bev Fagan are gladly accepted as appointment to the Park Commission. Motion seconded by Hoffman. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Two lot subdivision/John Bicek 8144 West Bluebird Rd.: Mr. Konopacky is here. This went to the Plan Commission already; they approved it with the suggestion that there be a cul-du-sac for emergency vehicles mainly. The County has already approved it. Hoffman made a motion to accept the two lot subdivision as presented by Mr. Konopacky and the Plan Commission; seconded by DeMet. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Room Tax Proposal from Town of Minocqua: The Town of Minocqua is looking at raising the room tax and also raising the amount that we would retain. They want to know if we want to go along with an increase, how much of an increase and an increase in our share or any alternatives. Mike is our room tax collector. We get 4%. In the last year we collected $8,790 and we got $2,197. Room Tax is not a very popular item for most of the people in town. Lynch said that there are 3 resorts in town that will fold if they have to collect any more. What benefits does the Town of Lake Tomahawk get? You see these billboards in Chicago that say “Minocqua”. DeMet agreed with Lynch. Lynch also said it was a hugh burden on him to collect it. We also got a letter from Krystal Westfall and she is talking about hiring someone to handle the room tax and specifically the new law that allows short term rental in single family residences. There is nothing in her letter that actually says that.
DeMet said if it was up to him, he would say leave it the way it is. Hoffman agreed with DeMet. DeMet had talked to Mike earlier and he mentioned that many of the resorts already have rented their places for next year. They had already collected the money and then they will have to pay the extra room tax fee. DeMet said perhaps we should draft a letter to Mark Hartzheim of the Town of Minocqua and say we are happy with the situation as it now stands and we don’t see any need to increase the tax or our portion of it. DeMet made a motion that we respond to the letter from Chairman Hartzheim and indicate that we would like to see the room Tax and our portion of it remain at the level it already is. Seconded by Hoffman. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Approve matching LOSA funds for Volunteer Firefighters: We match what the firefighters get from the State and this year the amount is $390.00. DeMet made a motion that we continue to match matching funds for our volunteer firefighters. Seconded by Hoffman. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Pre-buy hours at discounted rate from Northern Computer Service: The current labor rate for website support and graphic design is $70/hr. On December 1st, the rate raised to $78/hr. If we purchase a block of 100 hours, the rate drops to $48/hr. J.R. indicated that if we don’t use all of the hours, it will roll over to the next year, or even the next year after that. Hoffman made a motion to buy the hours; seconded by DeMet. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Future Agenda Items: DeMet had a couple of items that came from Planning and Zoning and they want a response by February 28th. One of the items is horses in District #2, single family. As of right now, horses and other hoofed animals are prohibited. They are talking about changing that to allow horses and they want our input about minimum lot size, buildings that might be used to house horses, requirements like the total number of horses or maybe something like how many per acre. We would also be requiring administrative or conditional use permit.
The other item is accessory structures in single family residential districts. Right now the requirement is that an accessory structure has to be no greater than 1,008 sq. ft., unless there already is a main residence structure on the lot.
Another item that DeMet was asked was to put on the Agenda is a sex offender placement ordinance. Hazelhurst is putting one into effect and Winchester is adopting an ordinance about where sex offenders may live will also look at this next month. Greg Harrold, our town attorney, has worked on the one for Winchester so it would be very easy to borrow their ordinance if we decide to go that way.
Correspondence: DeMet asked Hoffman if he was getting the Towns’ Association magazine. He isn’t, but the clerk will contact them and change the address. In February there is going to be a district meeting and it’s going to be in Minocqua. The meeting will be a Board of Review Training. Every member of the Board of Review has to be trained every two years so it would be to Larry’s advantage to sign up for that. He should talk to the clerk. It’s February 2nd at Rueland’s Conference Center.
DeMet asked if there was anything else. Lynch though it would be a good thing to write a letter to the people who pay room tax and see what their feelings are about the chamber and room tax.
Mike has a list of the people who pay room tax and there are 11 people. It would be a good idea to see what they think about the room tax increase and the chamber.
Adjournment: Hoffman made a motion to adjourn; seconded by DeMet. Motion carried, all Ayes. Meeting adjourned at 7:26 PM.
Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk