TOWN OF CHICOG

Town Board Meeting

June 6, 2018


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 Officials, Town Clerk & Treasurer present.


4.  Treasurer’s Report was given as follows all balances as of May 31, 2018:

Checking Account:  Beginning balance - $34,375.74, outstanding checks - $311.41, Final working balance - $34,064.33 includes interest of $3.75

Money Market Account: $463,123.75 includes interest of $294.82

Highway Equip. Maintenance Account - $3,131.07

Tax Account - $300.00


5.  Chairman’s Report:

a. I want to thank Monarch Paving for their timely work on Bridge and Brancel roads.  I was getting nervous that the schedule would not be met, but both jobs were completed by the Memorial Weekend as promised.

b. I was notified of several cabin break-ins prior to the holiday weekend on Rappley Road.  We emphasize the use of neighborhood watch and report all suspicious activity to the Washburn County Sherriff’s Department

c. There were several ATV accidents in our town over the holiday weekend.   One person was air lifted with injuries. Thank you to Chicog Fire Department, Minong Fire & Ambulance and North Air/Ambulance for your emergency services.

d. There were damages to several town roads from ATV/UTVs over Memorial Weekend, These are not your personal race tracks and it is your tax dollars expended on repairs.  Think about it!

e. I had a meeting with Jeff Kohler, Town’s Attorney, about the following:

1.  Jeanette House property - This property is now in the hands of the County, they have found no heirs to claim it so the property will go through legal channels.

2.  Noise Ordinance – Mr. Kohler will be a part of this committee.  There will be a committee meeting on Jun 16, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Town Hall.

3.  Vacate of Liberty Lane, Waukegan Sub-division – There is a problem with the DNR on this, several letters have gone out to them in reference to the vacate.  The DNR has stated that they will not approve the vacate because of something dealing with water access rights. Mr. Kohler is contacting several people on this.

4.  Town Hall Rental Contract – The contract looks good with the exception of having alcohol on premises.  Mr. Kohler suggested that we have the individual apply for a “Temporary” Liquor Licenses (picnic license).  After the Town clerk checked the State statutes on liquor license it was determined that we could not issue a “Temporary” liquor license to an individual.  Will be getting back with Mr. Kohler on this.

f. Town Clean-Up day is Saturday Jun 9, 2018 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. This is your opportunity to make a difference.

g. We had a water rescue on the Namekagon this week that involved several Departments.  Because of some of the problems that arose there will be training for these departments.

6. Correspondence:  

a. The Emergency Evacuation Route signs & arrows have been ordered for the ESG.

b. I have contacted Bobcat Plus out of Chippewa Falls & McCoy Construction out of Ashland on budget estimates for looking into replacing the Skid Steer.

c. Steve Loiselle had an email from Mike Meyers who wants to thank us for doing Bridge Road, but is not happy about the intersection of Deep Lake Rd, Misty Bog & Bridge Rd.


7. Picnic License:

a. Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Bruce Johnston to approve the Picnic License for the Chicog Volunteer Fire Department’s Water fights

8.  Liquor License:

a. Liquor License Applications were submitted by Pappy’s Bar, Heartwood Conference Center & Pine Lodge.

b. Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Bruce Johnston to approve all applications.  Motion passed.


9.  Operator’s License:

a. Attached is a list of all Operators’ License applications

b. Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Bruce Johnston to approve all applications.  Motion Passed


10.  Committee Reports:

a. ESG – Milly Thissen via email –

1. "Thanks to all the people who were involved in making this practice run and contacting the Chicog landowners.  Several glitches were noticed at this practice run that have not happened in past practices. Several phone callers did not have their calling list with them and were unable to make the phone call until 48 hours later.  Steve Loiselle sent out the email at 7 a.m. on May 19 and the message/email arrived on most landowners' computers on Monday morning - 48 hours after it was sent which was a problem created by CenturyLink. We have a need for two more phone callers as no replacement has been found for those that have a conflict in their routine to continue being a phone caller.  Also we continue to have approximately the same amount of disconnected phone numbers or landowners that have never provided us with their "best" phone number. At this time, we urge Chicog landowners to contact the two co-directors and give them the critical information so they are included in the emergency program of Chicog. Also we encourage the phone callers to continue to try and gain the correct "best" phone number from those that were not correct or missing.  

2.  We will be calling soon for volunteers for the Chicog Fire Department Picnic.  If you want to volunteer please call Milly Thissen @ 612-670-8541.

b. Fire Department – Brad Harrison:  

1.  We are doing good on raffle ticket sales and donations.  Also taking this opportunity to update addresses.

2.  Pat Wilcox had a call on if it was legal to mail out raffle tickets.  Yes it is as long as they state “No purchase necessary”.

c. State Farm Grant Committee – Teresa Corrie:  the Grant has been submitted. We have made the first cut of 2,000.

d.  CAFC – Teresa Corrie:  don’t forget that CAFC Fun Days will be the same day as the fire Department’s picnic, come see us too.


11.  Public Input:  

a. Brad Harrison:  the Chicog Emergency Plan update has been completed. Please check it over.

b. Teresa Corrie – Would like for the Town to subscribe to the Spooner Advocate.  This is the paper we use for publishing required notices in. The Advocate has not always been reliable.  Motion by Pat Wilcox and seconded by Steve Loiselle to have a Town subscription to the Town Hall. Motion passed  


11. The next Town Board Meeting will be July 11, 2018


14.  Motion made by Bruce Johnston and seconded by Steve Loiselle to approve and pay bills/checks numbers

-1018 thru -1118 and 10428 thru 10444.  Motion passed.


15.  Motion made by Bruce Johnston and seconded by Steve Loiselle to adjourn the meeting.  Motion passed


16.  Meeting adjourned at 8:00 pm.


TOWN OF CHICOG

Operator’s License



The following is a list of Operator’s License for approval on June 6, 2018:


Diane M. Weber Dirk Vanderbent

Scott McDowell Grace Christianson

Patrick J. Kosterman Caroline Kamin

Kent Jones Susan Grap

Cathy McDowell Tianneke Lyn Vanderbent

David Berrier Robert Thornley

Hollie Witte Michael Zajac

Amber Denninger Wayne Ratzenberger

Heather Westphal







TOWN OF CHICOG

Town Board Meeting

May 9, 2018


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 Officials, Town Clerk & Treasurer present.

4.Treasurer’s Report was given as follows all balances as of April 30, 2018:

Checking Account: Beginning balance - $58,789.61, outstanding checks - $303.59, Final working balance - $58,486.02 includes interest of $5.81

Money Market Account: $462,828.93 includes interest of $294.63

Highway Equip. Maintenance Account - $3,131.07

Tax Account - $300.00

5. Chairman’s Report:

a. The Annual Meeting was held Saturday April 21, 2018. For those present I would like to extend an apology for a meeting that was run somewhat uncontrolled and unprofessional, I lost my composure.

b. It has come to my attention through several sources that the sale of the Heartwood Conference Center to American Rehab Center has fallen through.

c. Starting May 10, 2018 the Town will lift their road bans. The County has already lifted theirs.

d. Road Projects:

1. Lower McKenzie Road has been graveled (potions of it) in preparation for asphalt; Notices of Bids will be placed for the projects.

2. Bridge Road is being prepared for paving and will be completed by the holiday weekend.

3. Nineman & Howell Landing roads will have minimal repairs, reshape-repair shoulders and gravel surface.

e. Crushing of gravel in the Hopkin’s pit should take place in August. The Town of Minong has offered us a 1,800+ yard pile if needed at a replacement cost of $5.35 per yard. Thanks you Minong.

d. Jim & Kathy Frasheski are experiencing a family crisis please remember them in your thoughts and prayers at this time.

6. Correspondence:

a. Contacts have been made and services scheduled for the Jun 9th Town clean-up, 8am – 4pm.

b. Jeff Kohler – appointment scheduling is being addressed to look at multiple town issues. Mr. Kohler’s plate is full at the moment with corporate counsel issues.

c. The Jeanette House property has been an issue for the Town and Washburn Law Enforcement. The Sheriff has issued an order to vacate premises until resolved.

d. I have asked Jason Hebbring from Bobcat Plus Services to send us a quote for a replacement which includes government discounts and trade in value to the cost.

e. Steve Loiselle - I received a inquire on the status of when the Lower McKenzie Road project will start. Due to travel times if/when the road is closed. Pat – No frim time for the paving, the road will remain open at this time.

f. Teresa Corrie – I received an email on a community grant through State Farm of $25,000.00. Does the Town wish to submit a project for this grant? Application submission starts Jun 6, 2018. Discussion followed. Based on the discussion the Board will hold a meeting on May 24, 2018 at 3:15 pm at the Town Hall to form a committee and take ideas for the grant.


7. Noise Ordinance:

a. A discussion on a noise ordinance followed with comments being made by the following induvial: Pat Wilcox, Brad Rundhaug, Ann Jackson, Rachel Nau, Gary Bergh, Jim Davidson, Kent Shiffered, Bruce Johnston, Gary Ponsonby, Steve Myhre, Gail Myhre, & Lloyd Huebner. Gary Bergh read several comments from the petition that was sent out with the TLPA newsletter. Kent Shiffered made a suggesting that the Town form a committee to look into the forming of a noise ordinance.

b. Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Bruce Johnston to form a committee to study and propose a noise ordnance for the Town. Motion passed.

c. If you wish to be part of this committee please contact Kent Shifferd or a board member.**(See note below)


8. Committee Reports:

a. ESG – Teresa Corrie – the Trail run is scheduled for May 19, 2018. If you have changed your phone number please let us know. Thank You

b. Fire Department – Jim Frasheski:

1. There was another false alarm at Heartwood. Someone pulled the alarm.

2. Half of the Fire Department has been certified on CPR/AED & First Aid.

3. We have gotten in all the new turn-out gear. This new gear is much lighter than the old ones.

9. Public Input: None

10. Board of Review will convene on May 30, 2018 to adjourn to a later date.

11. The next Town Board Meeting will be June 6, 2018

12. Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Bruce Johnston to approve and pay bills/checks numbers

-818 thru -918 and 10404 thru 10427. Motion passed.

13. Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Bruce Johnston to adjourn the meeting. Motion passed

16. Meeting adjourned at 8:45 pm.


**Note: Folowing have Volunteered for Noise Ordinance Committee:

Kent Shifferd, KentShifferd@gmail.com 715-466-5867

Duane Bergh, dmbergh81@gmail.com 651-308-2683

Brad Rundhaug, bradrundhaug@yahoo.com 715-205-0249

Jim Davidson, davidson@stockship.com 651-279-2605

Tom Jackson, rxrnjack@centurytel.com 218-244-5123

Bruce Johnson (ex officio from town board), brucejpub1@yahoo.com 715-416-2397


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TOWN OF CHICOG

Annual Meeting

April 21, 2018



1. Annual Meeting was called to order by Patrick Wilcox, Town Chairman at 10:00 am.

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 27 qualified electors present.

5. The following motions were made:

a. Caroline Kamin and seconded by David Berrier to have voting conducted by

paper ballot.

b. Rachel Nau and seconded by Penny Sipe to have voting conducted by voice.

c. Jim Davidson and seconded by Jennie Loiselle to have voting conducted by show of hands.

Discussion followed: vote taken on each as followed:

Paper Ballot: 19 Ayes 4 Nays 4 Abstained.

Voice: Rachel Nau withdrew the motion

Hand: 7 Ayes, 10 Nays 10 Abstained.

Voting will be by paper ballots.


6. Reading of the previous Annual Meeting were read. Motion by Steve Jonas and seconded by Scott McDowell to approve Annual Meeting Minutes as read, 27 Ayes motion passed.

7. Annual Financial Report was given. Motion made by Penny Sipe and seconded by Kathy Strohmeyer to approve. 27 Ayes, 0 Nays, 0 Abstained. Motion passed.

8. Motion made by Penny Sipe and seconded by Steve Loiselle that we allow the ESG to host the walkabout mall again in Dec 2018 thru Apr 2019. 25 Ayes, 1 Nays, 1 Abstained. Motion passed.

9. Steve Jonas – Snow Plowing seems to be an ongoing issue the Town needs to get to the bottom of this. Why are the roads not getting plowed on weekend? Does it have to do with not wanting to pay overtime or what?

Discussion followed with comments being made by the following: Pat Wilcox, Bruce Johnston, Steve Loiselle, Caroline Kamin, Scott McDowell, Jim Davidson, Steve Jonas, Dave Berrier, & Brad Harrison. Motion made by Brad Harrison and seconded by Kathy Strohmeyer so implement a set of guidelines/SOP on plowing and possible on call 2nd plow driver. Vote taken 22 Ayes, 4 Nays, 1 Abstained. Motion passed

10. Wisconsin Towns Association membership: Motion made by Betty Harrison to remain a member of the Wisconsin Towns Association seconded by Marylyn Gallman. Discussion followed. 26 Ayes, 0 Nays, 1 Abstained. Motion passed

11. Dave Berrier asked about the change of School Districts from last year’s minutes. The legal process was put out and discussed.

12. Wages & Salaries

a. General Town Labor wages: Motion made by Dave Berrier and seconded by Phyllis Kamin to leave the General Town Labor wages at $12.50 per hour. Vote taken: 25 Ayes, 1 Nays, 1 Abstained. Motion passed.

b. Town Board Salaries:

1. Town Chairman current salary - $24,000.00 annually: Motion made by Brad Harrison and seconded by Penny Sipe to keep the salary the same: Discussion followed: Vote taken: 20 Ayes, 5 Nays, 1 Abstained. Motion passed.

2. Town Supervisors current salary - $5,500.00 annually:

a. Motion made by Caroline Kamin and seconded by Phyllis Kamin to lower the salary to $1,500.00 annually. Vote taken. 5 Ayes, 20 Nays, 2 Abstained. Motion failed.

b. Motion made by Jeannie Loiselle and seconded by Penny Sipe to keep the salary the same. Voted taken. 20 Ayes, 5 Nays 2 Abstained. Motion passed


3. Town Clerk – $15,000.00 annually: Motion made by Brad Harrison and seconded by Steve Loiselle to keep the salary the same. Vote taken 21 Ayes, 4 Nays, 1 Abstained. Motion passed.

Down to 21 electors.

4. Town Treasurer - $13,000.00 annually: Motion made by Theresaleen Nau and seconded by Penny Sipe to keep the salary the same. Vote taken. 20 Ayes, o Nays, 1 Abstained. Motion passed.

Down to 19 electors

13. Equipment Rental: Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Kathy Strohmeyer to leave the equipment rental at $5.00 per hour. Discussion followed. Vote taken 18 Ayes, 0 Nay, 1 Abstained. Motion passed.

14. Teresa Corrie - Compensation for Town Officials: As of right now the Town is compensating the Officials for all extra meetings that are not on the same night as the regular Board meetings. There are meeting in accordance with WI Status that are mandatory for all municipalities. These meetings should be considered as part of annually salaries. Motion made by Brad Harrison and seconded by Kathy Strohmeyer to compensate the Town Officials for the following only: called special meetings, BOR, Road Survey Meeting, required/authorized outside meetings/classes. Vote taken. 16 Ayes, 1 Nays, 2 Abstained. Motion passed.

15. Motion made by Steve Jonas and seconded by Penny Sipe to adjourn the meeting. 19 Ayes, 0 Nays. Motion passed

16. Meeting adjourned at 1:00 pm.



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