Town Board Meeting

May 8, 2019

  1. The Town Board Meeting was called to order by Chairman Patrick Wilcox at 7:00 pm at the Town Hall.
  2. Pledge of allegiance was recited.
  3. Roll call: All Board Members present, Town Clerk & Treasurer present. We would like to welcome Sue Kowarsch aboard as the new 2nd Supervisor.
  4. Treasurer’s Report was given as follows all balances as of April 30, 2019:
Checking Account: Beginning balance - $34,380.11, outstanding checks - $2,247.84, Final working balance - $32,132.27 includes interest of $7.05

Money Market Account: $255,236.35 includes interest of $232.73

Highway Equip. Maintenance Account - $3,951.02

Tax Account - $300.00

Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Sue Kowarsch to approve the Treasurer’s report. Motion passed.

5. Chairman’s Report:

a. I wish to start out with information on Mary Anderson. Mary was rushed to Spooner Hospital then transferred to St. Mary’s in Duluth on Monday afternoon in poor condition. Mary is stable and out of the ICU working her way back to health. Our prayers and wishes of a speedy recovery are extended to her and her family.

b. As you may have noticed a piece of equipment that was for sale is now gone. The military dump truck was sold for our adjoining price. We have had inquires on the chipper but at this time no sale.

c. Work is progressing on Klawitter Road. We are waiting on the approval of the submitted Storm Water permit to tart ditch and road excavating.

d. We are also ready to lay pluming and phone lines to the maintenance building.

e. The Annual road Inspection went well and we have prioritized projects. We have 3 large diameter culverts in our town beneath well-traveled roads in stages of deterioration. We have checked into the cost of the culverts, what remains to be done is contract costs and approval and conditions from the DNR. I do not know how old or when these were placed. Maintenance season is upon us

6. Correspondence:

a. The Town Clerk contacted Jeff Kohler & the Wisconsin Town’s Association (WTA) on the legal fees ability to the community rights resolution/referendum. Based on statues the Town is the only ones who can put a referendum on a ballot. This would be for informational purposes only. The Town Board is the only ones who can approve a referendum or ordinance for the town. The Town will look into ways to gather information from town residents about this subject. b. FEMA has presented the Town of Chicog a check in the amount of $13,047.02 for payment under Presidential Disaster Declaration Classified as Federal Domestic Assistance from the 2016 floods, and from the State of Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs. Then Wisconsin disaster fund awarded approval for assistance a check in the amount of $7,313.42 from flooding in 2018. Carol buck of Emergency Management holds that check until a time that I can meet and except that award. .

7. Seal Coating parking lot bids/quotes: the following were submitted to the Town:

a. Roy’s Sealcoating: $2,200.00

b. Sealcoat Specialties: $2,550.00

c. Seal King: $2,400.00

There are some questions on what type of sealcoating & depth of sealcoating that is not answered in the bids. The town will contact the companies for further information. Motion made by Pat Wilcox and seconded by Steve Loiselle to table this till next month. Motion passed.

8. Boss Snow Plow for the F450:

 Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by sue Kowarsch to buy a plow from Naylor’s for the F450. Motion passed

9. Board of Review:

The date of the 1st BOR meeting will be right after the June Town Board meeting on the 12th. This meeting will open and be adjourned to a later date.

10. Committee Reports:

a. Fire Department- Jim Fransheski:

1. Please mark your calendars for July 20th; this is our Water fights/Picnic date. Come out & have some fun.

2. There have been a couple of calls this week dealing with vehicle roll overs.

3. Pappy’s Bar will be having a Poker Run on Jun 15, 2019 for support of the Fire Department, Please come out for it

b. ESG – Teresa Corrie & Milly Thissen:

1. The ESG will be helping out the Minong Area Comber of Commerce during Minong Summer Days. We need volunteers please contact Milly if you wish to help.

2. We will also need help with servicing the food for the Fire Department’s water fights on Jul 20th.

3. The Angels on our Shoulders: There is a meeting scheduled with Faith in Action for Thursday April 11, 2019 at 10 am at the Town Hall.

4. Trial run will be Jun 8, 2019.

5. Please remember that we are helping out at the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Northern WI Veterans Cemetery on May 24, 2019 with handing out programs & flowers. Times are 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. If you wish to volunteer please call Terri Corrie at 715-466-4129 or Milly Thissen at 716-466-4940.

c. Jim Davidson: Forest Committee: I have several people for this committee, we need the following information: the exact location of the town’s Plantations, who is your Forester & contact information and what we received from the last two cuttings.

11. Public Input:

a. Milly Thissen:

1. Renewal of Minong Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC) membership: I am suggesting that the town renew the membership so to provide more avenues for Chicog businesses. Pat Wilcox – This is a money issue so that means it will have to be an agenda item. We will put it on next month meeting.

2. MACC Minong Summer Days will be from June 28th to Jun 30th. There is a parade on Sat. Jun 29th, with the theme of “Salute to Volunteers. The Town of Chicog Volunteer fire Department has been asked to be in the parade, I need approval. Approval from Jim Fransheski, Fire Chief for this.

3. Ladies of the Lake (LOTL): Ladies of the Lakes (LOTL): Instead of generating a FACEBOOK for LOTL, we are asking if we may place a paragraph on the website.  At this time, LOTL has no website or social media to talk about their events or outcomes.  The LOTL benefits the food shelves in our area as well as giving a social outing and a way for women of different communities to meet and mingle.  With the use of the town of Chicog’s website, we are able to refer LOTL people to look at the website for updates or anything else that they need to know about LOTL.  This would also give the town of Chicog more attention to the other activities that we do in Chicog.

Motion made by Pat Wilcox and seconded by Sue Kowarsch to allow LOTL to post information on the Town’s website. Motion passed.

b. Sue Kowarsch for Ed Rhodes:

 Do we or can we archive information on the Town’s web site? Ed Rhodes – Yes we do, the minutes are archived each month. Any other information stays up until we take it off.

c. Jerry McDutt – Does the Town have a policy regarding the notification of residents surrounding land that is requesting a rezoning before that meeting? Pat Wilcox – Not to his knowledge there is no policy on notifying surrounding property residents of a rezone request. Washburn County Zoning is the ones that make the finial decision on rezoning. We have noticed that Washburn County Zoning does not always go by the Town’s wishes on these types of decisions.

d. Steve Loiselle: Town Clean-up do we have prices yet? Pat Wilcox – not yet will have this week.

e. Pat Wilcox: The Drug drop off during the Town Clean-up is still a maybe, but please be aware that there is a drug drop off box right outside of the Minong Police Station.

f. Ed Rhodes: The water on McClain Lake Road is rising higher & higher, soon the road will start to be covered. Pat Wilcox – We have seen this & are talking about having to raise the road bed up. We are keeping an eye on it.

12. The next Town Board Meeting will be May 8, 2019

13. Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Sue Kowarsch to approve and pay bills/checks numbers -819 thru -1019 and 10750 thru 10776. Motion passed.

14. Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Sue Kowarsch to adjourn the meeting. Motion passed

15. Meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm.



Annual Meeting

April 27, 2019

1. Annual Meeting was called to order by Patrick Wilcox, Town Chairman at 1:00 pm.

2. Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

3. Town Chairman informed the Electors of the following:

Annual Meeting is run by the Electors.

a. Qualified Electors: To be a qualified elector you must be 18 yrs. old and have resided in the town for at least 10 consecutive days prior to the meeting. You need not be a registered elector to vote.

b. Choice of Vote: Voting may be accomplished by one of the following means, Ballot, show of hands, standing or voice. Exact record of in favor or against will be recorded.

c. Motions: Motions must be made and seconded with any discussion pertinent to the issue to immediately follow. Chairman than states the motion with the vote than being taken. Supervisors are free to make and second any action like any other qualified elector.

d. This is your Meeting to bring up want you feel is needed.

4. At this time there are 15 qualified electors present.

5. Reading of the previous Annual Meeting were read. Motion by Martin Corrie and seconded by Brad Harrison to approve Annual Meeting Minutes as read. Vote Taken: 15 Ayes, 0 Nays. Motion passed.

6. Motion made by Martin Corrie and seconded by Scott Pahos to have voting conducted by show of hands. Vote Taken: 15 Ayes, 0 Nays. Motion passed.

7. Annual Financial Report was given. Motion made by Martin Corrie and seconded by Louie Columbus to approve as read. Vote taken: 15 Ayes, 0 Nays, 0 Abstained. Motion passed.

8. Scott Pahos: How do we stack up against other townships for property tax? Pat Wilcox – not sure but will look into it.

9. Wisconsin Towns Association membership: Several questions from the floor as to what we gain by being in the WTA. Discussion followed. Motion made by Brad Harrison to remain a member of the Wisconsin Towns Association seconded by Martin Corrie. Vote Taken: 15 Ayes, 0 Nays, 0 Abstained. Motion passed

10. General Town Labor wages: Motion made by Steve Jonas and seconded by Cathy Peterson to leave the General Town Labor wages at $12.50 per hour. Vote taken: 15 Ayes, 0 Nays, 0 Abstained. Motion passed.

11. Equipment Rental: Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Martin Corrie to leave the equipment rental at $5.00 per hour. Discussion followed. Vote taken 15 Ayes, 0 Nay, 0 Abstained. Motion passed.

12. Martin Corrie – a. The flag outside needs to be replaced! This should not have to be brought up by a town elector to do it. Get it taken care of!

a. According to Robert’s Rules the town needs to have a gavel for meetings. Pat Wilcox – We have one & went & got it.

13. Motion made by Martin Corrie and seconded by Louie Columbus that we allow the ESG to host the walkabout mall again in Dec 2019 thru Apr 2020. Vote Taken: 15 Ayes, 0 Nays, 0 Abstained. Motion passed.

14. Louie Columbus – Washburn County Community Rights Alliance:

a. We have been working on having the Town pass an ordinance or resolution. There was a survey sent out to the Town electors in reference to this. The major of the ones that we have received back are for this action. The Alliance is working with the Town Clerk & Chairman to possible have this be a referendum on the next election. Movements like this start at the lowest level and work their way up.

b. We will be hosting a workshop on June 1, 2019 at the Chicog Town Hall 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on community rights.

15. Down to 14 electors.

16. Steve Jonas:

a. Can you confirm that the Town’s equipment and/or buildings are being used by the Town Officials for personal gain? Pat Wilcox: Yes this has been happening.

b. Motion made by Steve Jonas that this policy be passed: No Town Board member or employee of the Town shall partake in any use of equipment, tools, and/or buildings for personal use. Any town Board member or employee of that knowingly violates this policy shall be relieved of his or her duties for whatever position or positions they hold with the town of Chicog.

c. Discussion followed with comments from ALL electors present.

d. Motion made by Steve Jonas rescinded.

e. Motion made by Brad Harrison and seconded by Martin Corrie that the Town board will develop a policy for the use of town equipment and facilities by Town Board Officials and employees, using the suggested policy by Scott Pahos and other documents as a foundation. The final proposal will be presented at a special meeting to be called for on a Saturday in August for final adoption by the town electors.

17. Where are we on the vacating issues in the McClain Lake area? Pat Wilcox – They have been put on hold due to the DNR. Right now it looks like we will be able to vacate some of the roads due to lake access. The Town’s attorney has indicated that the next step would be to take the DNR to court. Right now we do not feel this is something we wish to do.

18. Mark La Tour: I have heard that the Town is putting in a road between Tall Pines Lane & Middle Road, is this true, what type of road, when and will there be a special assessment for this? Pat Wilcox: Yes we are looking at putting in an emergency egress road only. Part of the cost of this road is from a grant from the DNR, there will be no special assessment for this.

19. Steve Jonas: Kudos to the new town employee on this year’s snow plowing.

20. Next Annual Meeting Date:

a. Motion made by Cathy Peterson and seconded by Sandy Christenson to hold the 2020 Annual Meeting on April 25, 2020. Vote Taken: 14 Ayes, 0 Nays. 0 Abstained: Motion passed.

b. Motion made by Cathy Peterson and seconded by Betty Harrison to hold the meeting at 10:00 am. Vote Taken: 14 Ayes, 0 Nays, 0 Abstained: Motion passed.

21. Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Martin Corrie to adjourn the meeting. Vote Taken: 14 Ayes, 0 Nays, 0 Abstained. Motion passed.

22. Meeting adjourned at 3:00 pm.