TOWN OF CHICOGTown Board MeetingJanuary 17, 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 Officers presented
4.  Treasurer’s Report was given as follows all balances as of December 29, 2107: Checking Account:  Beginning balance - $49,465.37, outstanding checks - $2,733.71, Final working balance - $46,731.66 includes interest of $2.78 Money Market Account: $309,018.42 includes interest of $200.05 Highway Equip. Maintenance Account - $3,129.53 Includes Quarterly Interest of:  $1.58 Tax Account - $328,024.64
5.  Chairman’s Report: a. We welcome you to a new year and may it be a good one for all. b. I received a call from the town’s employee in regards to a diver that was deliberately obstructing his duties of snow removal from a town road.  The sheriff was contacted with that driver’s license plate number.  It is unknown if hat driver was sited with a citation.  Please people when at all possible give town equipment and emergency services a wide berth, this is a public safety service don’t make it harder than it already is!! c. The Town’s International plow truck was towed back to Mid-State on Monday with minor engine issues that couldn’t be resolved here.  Thank you Rob and staff for the personal attention you delivered. d. Also the Ford F450 was brought back to Monroe for an ongoing tail gate latch issue. e. Beware of freezing pipes tis the season and from numerous reports it can be very costly.f. With the amount of equipment we now have in the Maintenance building we need to look into security for this building.  6. Correspondence:  a. I have received several calls and letters on the cell site lease.  The cell business is changing with new developments and progress.  5G is now deploying 24” mast antennas that can be attached to power poles approx. every 6 blocks.  Several businesses would like to “buy out” our contract.  After discussion at this time we will leave the contract as is., just because 5G is out doesn’t mean it will be here anytime soon. b. Jeffery Kohler is still working on the vacating of Liberty Lane.  We will continue to address the plated undeveloped roads in our subdivisions. c. Robert Irwin prepared and submitted the Mass appraisal report at the conclusion of the 2017 assessment year. It is the summary of the work done and results achieved for the year. 7. Our annual maintenance contracts are now open for bids.  Bids are due to the Town by March 14, 2018.  If you have any questions please contact a Board Member.  8.  ATV/UTV issues:  Based on an article in the Spooner Advocate the liability issues of having Town roads open to ATV/UTV use was brought up.  I have contacted Mr. Kohler, Town’s Attorney; here is his response via email:There was this county board member a few years ago who hated snowmobiles and every time highway put a resolution before the board to create a new snowmobile or ATV route, he would argue that it opened up the county for liability for accidents.  Then I would have to address the issue – every time – that the county was no more liable for vehicles designed for off-road activity being on county highways than they already are for straight-forward vehicular accidents.  That was even though I despised ATVs and the like perhaps more than the county board member. 
Municipalities enjoy immunity from all personal and property injury with the exception of municipal actions deemed malicious or reckless.  The county once suffered a lawsuit regarding car versus motorcycle because of gravel on the pavement on a curve.  Like find me an inside curve that doesn’t have gravel splashed up on the roadway.  The county was dismissed out of the lawsuit at once.If you passed the town highway use ordinance following the guidelines, you would have submitted the ordinance to the DNR in Madison.  I don’t think they review it.  DNR simply wants to know where ordinances lie since they are in charge of enforcement.  It wouldn’t hurt to also send a copy to your insurance company and see if they have any heartburn over the thing.  They’ve been good to Chicog in the past.  The Board discussed several ways to educate riders to the problems facing the Town when the roads get tore up.  9.  Maintenance Building Lighting and Power issues:   There is an issue with lighting and the power in the Maintenance Building.  After contacting Coon’s Electric it is a possibility that it is the light bulbs or ballast failing.  Coon’s Electric has giving us some information on LED Lights and cost to possible replace the current lights with.  Question from the floor about when we had to put things out for bids.  The Town has to do bids for anything over $2,500.00.  Since we are thinking about putting the Maintenance Building on its own separate service this will be tabled till after we contact Dahlberg Light & Power to find out what we would be responsible for having done with putting in a separate service to have only one electrician's bill.
10.  Fire Numbers:  Steve Loiselle received an email about the fire number at N11892 Flicker Drive.  The email was resulting from a Firewise Assessment done on this property.  The driveway has 4 properties on it with the fire numbers not in good places and/or needs replace due to weathering.  How and where do they need to go to get new fire number signs and where would be a good place to put them?  The Town Chairman & Firewise assessment Inspector will look in to this.
11.  Brancel Road LRIP Bids: a. Two bids received: 1.  Monarch Paving, Tom Gangon present - $40,655.00 2.  Taylor Paving - $69,600.00 b. Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to accept Monarch Paving bid.  Motion passed.
12. Committee Reports: Fire Department – Jim Frasheski:  1.  We are down to 8 members now even after several new ones joined us. 2.  We have purchased up to date turn out equipment since yours was outdated. 3.  The Fire Department is working with WITC mandatory CPR training.  We are looking at adding ADD & 1st Aid training to that.  Depending on the coast we would like to open this up to the public.ESG – Milly Thissen – 1. There will be an ESG board meeting on Jan 18, 2018 at 3:00 pm at the Town Hall to summarize what we have done & what is still ongoing. 2.  We took 50 Valentine’s kits to Comforts Food Pantry last week. We are still collecting for the Spooner Food Pantry’s kits till the end of the month.CASIC – Milly Thissen- I have asked the Town Board to look in to the coast of putting a separated tab/page on the town’s website for CASIC.  Steve – looked in to this it looks like it is a one-time fee of $125.00 for a new tab/page.  I will double check the cost.Motion made by Darcee McCauley and seconded by Steve Loiselle that the Town adds a CASIC tab/page to our web site.  Motion passed.
13.  Public Input: Pat Shifferd:  I noticed that my road Pash Drive has not been plowed regularly, what is the plowing totals and is there any reasons we were not done? Pat Wilcox:  Part of the problem was the breakdown of the plow.  Also we start plowing a one end of the Town one time and then reverse the order the next time so that some areas are not waiting till last for plowing on a regular basis.  Please remember that we have to plow out school bus routes first.  We plow at 2 inches or more.
12.  The next Town Board Meeting will be February 14, 2018
13.  Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to approve and pay bills/checks numbers -2717 thru -2817 and 10269 thru 10308.  Motion passed.
13.  Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to adjourn the meeting.  Motion passed
14.  Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm. 


TOWN OF CHICOG

Town Board Meeting

December 13, 2017

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 Officers present.

4.  Treasurer’s Report was given as follows all balances as of November 30, 2017

Checking Account:  Beginning balance - $42,171.55, outstanding checks - $6,043.33, Final working balance - $36,128.22 includes interest of $9.35

Money Market Account: $338,818.37 includes interest of $221.05

Highway Equip. Maintenance Account - $3,127.95

Tax Account - $511.43

5.  Chairman’s Report:

a. I hope everyone had a safe and blessed Thanksgiving.

b. Welcome to winter!!  Seems the road construction season has come to an end.  The Bridge Road project of wedging and overlay was intended to be completed this year but father time and Mother Nature decided otherwise.  The project is now scheduled or the spring of 2018 with the cost coming off the 2017 highway budget.  

c. Along with the Bridge Road project Brancel Road will be now used as the 2018 LRIP project.  The LRIP proposal has been submitted to the Washburn County Highway Department commissioner.  Depending on the number of participants there will be anywhere from $14,000 and up per project for reimbursement.

d. I want to wish everyone in the Town of Chicog and surrounding communities a safe and joyous Christmas and New Year’s.

6. Correspondence:  

Resubmission of the Mitigation Project documents have been sent once again to FEMA.  A final form to be signed and we wait again. Hopefully this is the last time we need to submit these documents.

7.  Fire Department Contract:  

A motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauly to approve the 2018 Fire Department Contract.  Motion passed.

8.  Appointment of Election Officials:

The following individuals were submitted by the Town Clerk for appointment as Election Officials for the Jan 2018 thru Dec 2019 term:

Theresaleen Nau, Mary Anderson, Patricia Sipe, Patricia Shifferd, Kathryn Pope-Strohmeyer, Cathy McDowell, Catherine Peterson, Vicki Holmgren-Weir

Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauly to appoint the listed individuals.  Motion passed.

9. Committee Reports:

a.ESG – Terri Corrie

1.  Hunter’s Feed report:  We took in $1965.00 for meals, $1718.00 for Raffle tickets, $116.00 monetary donations for a total of $3799.00.  Total expense to date is: $ 1,194.99 leaving us with grossing $2,604.01 so far.  We have one bill out yet for the potatoes, Pat Wilcox stated that if there is a charge for the potatoes he will personal pay for them.

2.  We would like to thank all the volunteer workers and people who donated items.  We could not do the Hunter’s Feed without you.

c. Fire Department – Brad Harrison

The Fire Department is continuing to struggle for people.  There have been several that have moved out of the area.  We do have 2 new ones going thru training now but as with most people in their age category they will only be available at limited times due to work. Please consider Joining the Fire Department.

10.  Public Input:  

a. Martin Corrie, Gregg M. Goslin, AMVETS Post 190 Commander:  Would all the ESG Officers present please come forward.  As AMVETS Post 190 Commander I like to present this Certificate of Appreciation to the Town of Chicog Emergency Support Group for almost single-handedly supplying the desserts for the Riley Holden Benefit. Your efforts are not forgotten for helping a brother veteran.

When I brought the information home from the first benefit planning meeting, my wife, Terri, ESG Co-Leader, took this before the ESG Board.  The ESG Board didn’t stop after that, not only did they donate desserts, but also donated numerus baskets for the raffles. Thank you very much.  This certificate was also presented to Terri Corrie at the Annual AMVETS Post 190 Christmas Party, December 10, 2017.

Pat Wilcox:  I would also like to say that the ESG has been a feather in the Town’s cap, Thank you very much.  

14.  The next Town Board Meeting will be January 17, 2018 at 7:00pm.

13.  Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to approve and pay bills/checks numbers:   10218 and 10239 thru 10268.  Motion passed.

20.  Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to adjourn the meeting.  Motion passed

21.  Meeting adjourned at 7:40 pm.

TOWN OF CHICOG

Town Board Meeting

October 11, 2017

1.  The Town Board Meeting was called to order by Chairman Patrick Wilcox at 7:10 pm at the Town Hall.

2.  Pledge of allegiance was recited.

3. Roll call: All Officers present.

4.  Treasurer’s Report was given as follows all balances as of September 30, 2017

Checking Account:  Beginning balance - $30,568.45, outstanding checks - $2,077.88, Final working balance - $28,490.57 includes interest of $2.86

Money Market Account: $364,438.20 includes interest of $208.90

Highway Equip. Maintenance Account - $3,127.95

Includes Quarterly Interest of:  $2.39

Tax Account - $511.43

5.  Chairman’s Report: None

6.  Correspondence:  

1.  We received a thank You card from WCHS from are donation.

7.  Conditional Use Permit for North Meadows LTD/American Rehab Campus:

a. A presentation was given by Michael Zipprick, Todd Nichols, Kelly Stenzel and Mike Pfefferle to allow a mental behavioral drug and alcohol substance abuse treatment campus on the property known as Heartwood.  Questions and comments were taken from the Town Board and individuals present with answers given.  

b. Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to approve the conditional use permit.  All board members approve this permit.  Motion passed.


8.  Town Loan Financing:

a. With the purchase of the Dump/Plow Truck and Boom Mower the following financing options are available:

1.  Mid-State:  for truck only amount - $160,153.80, 5 year loan at 3.000% interest with annual payment of $34,039.00

2.  Baribeau Implement: for Boom Mower only amount - $ 24,900.00, 59 month loan at 7.08% with monthly payments of $497.43

3.  Shell Lake State Bank: for both pieces of equipment at a total of $184,900.00, 5 year loan at 2.79% interest with monthly payments of $3,305.00

4 Bank of the West: for both pieces of equipment at a total of $185,053.80, 5 year loan at 2.99% interest with monthly payments of $3,324.35.

b. Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to accpt the financing option from Shell Lake State Bank.  Motion passed.


9.  Financials email from Ryan Burdick Clear/Government:  an email was received by serval board members pertaining to the product offered by this organization.  Upon discussion it was decided not to become involved with this company.

10.  Operator’s License:

An application was submitted by Caroline Kamin.  All requirements have been met.  Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to approve.  License approved.

11.  Town Hall Rental Contract:  There needs to be some changes made to the contract pertaining to the following areas:

a. Time frame at night

b. alcohol serving

c. paper products.

We will table this till next month when we have a current contract and all changes to be made.

12. Set date for the Town Levy & public hearing of the Budget:  These meetings will be Nov 16, 2017 at 8:30 am at the Town Hall.

13. Committee Reports:

a. Fire Department:-Brad Harrison & Jim Frasheski

1.  We had a good turnout for the Pancake Breakfast on Sunday.  Thank You

2.  The Fire Department is still recruiting individuals to server on the department.

3.  There are some concerns about several trailers in the town that are posing a fire risk.  The county has been notified.  

b.ESG – Milly Thissen:

1.  ESG Annual Meeting will be on Oct 21, 2017, Saturday from 10 am to Noon at the Town Hall followed by silverware wrapping.  Please remember that if you own/rent property in the Town of Chicog you are a member of the ESG please attend the meeting.

2. We will be calling for volunteers and donations after this meeting.  If you would like to volunteer please contact Milly Thissen or Terri Corrie.

c. CAISC:  Milly Thissen:  We have now joined forces with the McKenzie Lakes Zebra Mussels Management Committee.  This gives us all a stronger base for operations in combating the invasive species.  We will be helping them with the plate drops next spring.

14.  Public Input: there will be an interment service for Donald & Rosemarie Lang at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery at 12 pm October 13, 2017.  

15.  The next Town Board Meeting will be November 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm.


16.  Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to approve and pay bills/checks numbers:   -2117 thru -2217 and 10186 thru 10208.  Motion passed.


17.  The Proposed budget Meeting will be October 18, 2017 at 7 pm.


18.  Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to adjourn the meeting.  Motion passed


19.  Meeting adjourned at 10:00 pm.



TOWN OF CHICOG

Town Board Meeting

September 16, 2017


1.  The Town Board Meeting was called to order by Chairman Patrick Wilcox at 10:00 am at the Town Hall.


2.  Pledge of allegiance was recited.


3. Roll call: All Officers present.


4.  Treasurer’s Report was given as follows all balances as of August 31, 2017

Checking Account:  Beginning balance - $41,988.00, outstanding checks - $1,688.15, Final working balance - $40,299.85 includes interest of $4.16

Money Market Account: $265,186.21 includes interest of $176.00

Highway Equip. Maintenance Account - $4,801.17

Tax Account - $511.43


5.  Chairman’s Report:

a. On Sept. 14th we went to the pre-build inspection of our New International Plow/Dump Truck at Monroe Manufacturing in Marshfield.  The truck should be ready for delivery at the end of October.  It is a very nice piece of equipment.  Rob from Mid-State is still waiting on our financing type.  

b. I had a meeting with the Town Attorney and Jane Malishki from the DNR on Sep. 7th & 8th pertaining to issues of vacate and discontinuance of platted underdeveloped roads and access to water on what was park lands around lakes in our three sub divisions.  We are looking at several of these areas now.  It looks to be a long slow process.

c. We have been plagues with several equipment brake downs this month.  Both the Boom Mower and the Bobcat were out of commission.  The bobcat is back on it’s feet but we have serious problems to the Boom Mower.

d. Gary & Colleen Haines have sold their home on Matthews Lake and are moving to Spooner, thank you Gary & Colleen for your dedication and support to the town of Chicog.  You will be missed.  There are also looking for help on Wednesday Sep 20th to move.

e. On Sunday Sep 10th one of our town residents, Lee King, was laid to rest with Military Honors in our cemetery.  Our condolences goes out to the King family.

f. The Town has an ATV Ordnance concerning the town roads.  All roads are open to ATVs unless property owners on said roads have portioned the Town to close said roads.  We have been having problems with ATVs & our gravel roads, no sooner than the roads are graded that the riders come through & chew them up again especially in the intersection. There have also been several accidents.  If this keeps up the Town will be closing the roads to them.  We need to get the word out on this.  Calls will be made to the Clubs, an article will be posted on the website, and we will request the Milly put the information in her news article.  

g. Proposed Budget Meeting will be Oct. 18, 2017 at 7:15 pm.


6. Correspondence:  

1.  LRIP information is starting to arrive for 2018 from Washburn County and the State.

2.  Steve Loiselle received an email in regards to what is needed to be able to rent out a cabin next summer.  The town has no requirements abut the County does.  Steve will email this person back and refer them to the county.

7. Frank Scalzo from Washburn County Highway Department:

Beginning next year we will be working on County Rd F, this will be a 2 year project.  We will be pulverizing, paving, replacing culverts and doing work within the right of ways.  Part of this project involves the intersection of Bramer Rd & Cty Rd F; at present it is a Y intersection we would like to make it a T intersection.  The County will be responsible for any cost of buying property to complete this.  Since this involves the Town’s road system the County needs the Town’s approval.  Other questions were asked by Town residents to Mr. Scalzo and answered that did not pertain to this project.  

Motion made by Steve Loiselle to allow the Washburn County Highway Department to modify and change the intersection of Bramer Road and County Highway F.  Seconded by Darcee McCauley.  Motion passed.


8.  Building Permit:

A building permit was submitted by David Christianson for building a house on Whispering Road.  Permit has been approved by Washburn County; there are no special easements to consider.  Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to approve the building permit.  Motion passed.


9.  Operator’s License:

An application was submitted by Caroline Kamin.  There was no Responsible Servers Couse Certificate submitted.  Ms. Kamin states that she has had an Operator’s License in the Town previously, no year was stated.  Question arose on how long records were to be kept on Operator’s Licenses and the time frame the Responsible Server’s Course was good for.  Town Clerk will look in to it.  Operator’s License is on hold until all requirements are met.

10. Boom Mower:  

a. Our boom Mower has bit the dust.  We cannot find the needed parts on line.  We have several options for this year: 1. Not finish the mowing  2. Contact it out to a dealer  3. Buy a new one.  After looking around and making phone calls it will be in the best interest of the Town to replace the Boom Mower.   Discussion followed.  Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to buy a new boom Mower.

B.  Do to the budget we will have to have a meeting to exceed the budget line for Highway Equipment Outlay this meeting will be Oct 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm.


11. Committee Reports:

a. Fire Department:-Brad Harrison

There were several ATV accidents this las month.  One was with minor injuries the other had to be air lifted out.  Both were due to possible excess speed on gravel roads.  Please remember to ride safely.

b. The Pancake Breakfast will be Oct 8, 2017 from 8 -11 am

b.ESG – Milly Thissen by email

1.  Brad Harrison’s retirement party on Oct 7, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm at the town Hall with lunch noon to 2 pm.  There will be a cash bar, bean bag boards and horseshoes.

2.  ESG Annual Meeting will be on Oct 21, 2017, Saturday from 10 am to Noon at the Town Hall followed by silverware wrapping.  3.  The Hunter’s feed will be Nov 18, 2017 5 pm to 8 pm with work days for this being Friday & Saturday mornings. We will be calling for volunteers and donations soon.  If you would like to volunteer please contact Milly Thissen or Terri Corrie.

13.  Public Input:  

a. Mac McCauley:

1.  Will the purchase of the Boom Mower delay any of the schedules road projects for the year?  No all roads projects left will be completed.

2.  I would like to thank the town for all the well wishes when I was in the hospital.

b. Caroline Kamin:  We have this big pole barn for all this equipment yet it is all setting outside, why?  Pat Wilcox:  We needed to make room to do maintenance on a piece of equipment.  We will get it all moved back in soon.

c. Pat Wilcox:  We have had serval Town meeting on Saturdays now, the 1st meeting goes over good but by the 2nd or 3rd one we are down to normal public support.  Seems to be not worth it to keep having Saturday meetings.  After discussion from the residents possibility of having one Saturday meeting in the summer was suggested.  This topic is that needs to be brought up by the residents during the Annual Meeting.

d. Kathy Strohmeyer:  We need to make changes to the Town Hall Rental Contract.  Tabled till next meeting.

14.  The next Town Board Meeting will be October 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm.


13.  Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to approve and pay bills/checks numbers:   -1917 thru -2017 and 10162 thru 10185.  Motion passed.


20.  Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to adjourn the meeting.  Motion passed


21.  Meeting adjourned at 11:30 am.



TOWN OF CHICOG

Town Board Meeting

August 16, 2017


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 Officers present.


4.  Treasurer’s Report was given as follows all balances as of July 31, 2017

Checking Account:  Beginning balance - $24,012.90, outstanding checks - $3,981.80, Final working balance - $20,031.10 includes interest of $3.25

Money Market Account: $315,010.21 includes interest of $200.53

Highway Equip. Maintenance Account - $4,801.17

Tax Account - $511.43


5.  Chairman’s Report:

a. Sorry to say that summer is quickly drawing to an end and the signs of change are starting to show themselves.

b. The Lower McKenzie jobs are complete and paving will be addressed for next year’s budget.

c. The patching of pot holes and areas of settling of the asphalt roads is near complete and the moving of the right of ways has started.

d. The chassis of our new International plow/dump truck is waiting for the body parts from Monroe.  No word yet as to when the pre-build inspection meeting for the truck will take place with Town.

e. We still need to consider the request from Brad & Kay’s Campground to address event permitting.  This will be a Town wide permit for functions and will be completed and implemented by next summer.

f. I thought we had a good turnout for the July Saturday meeting. A discussion was held on if and when we would schedule another Saturday meeting.  We will have a Saturday meeting on September 16, 2017 at 10:00 am here at the Town Hall.

g. The Highway crew sis maintenance on the grader today.  Projected highway jobs are mowing the right of ways in good weather and grading of the town Roads in Moist conditions.

6. Correspondence:  

1.  Washburn County Humane Society has sent a request for support from the Washburn County Towns and Villages.  Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to make a donation of $1100.00 dollars.  Motion passed

2.  Request from Dan Wojdyla to read the following email at the next Town Board Meeting:

Subject:  Overnight of boats

For Pat Wilcox

Pat, looking at July 8 Town board meeting minutes, it looked like there was some misunderstanding on whether boast could overnite in the Hatchery area of McClain Lk.

From my last correspondence with you on July 5th, I sent pics of watercraft, and someone cutting a swath of tall grass down to the waters edge.  According to the minutes from July 8, Ron Pendzimas asked if people can beach their boast over night? You replied, you didn’t know but would look into.

The minutes from las Sep. 14, 2016, under 12e, Sue Kowansch asked "if it is public land what about boast pulling ashore?” You replied, “Boats can use the shoreline but have to be removed each night.”  When I took those pictures on July 5, 2017, I was understanding that no boats could over night in the hatchery, but yet this boat spent 3 -4 nights pulled up on shore.  From the July 8 minutes, the correspondence email reply, mentioned it could be several reasons for why the brush was cut, but didn’t mention a boat.  It was my understanding that between Chicog Township and Town’s attorney, that over night of any watercraft was prohibited, much less docks, steps.  Could this email be read at the next Town board meeting. Respectfully, Dan Wojdyla


A discussion followed between Board members & Clerk.  The Clerk did not have the official minutes from last year at the meeting.  The board will review all minutes listed to make sure that they are being properly recorded.  At this point the Town feels that if it concerns water and boats it is a DNR ruling.

3.  Tower Point Capital sent us a complimentary tower site evaluation and information to learn how to extract maximum value from our site lease.  In other words they wish to buy the lese from us at this point.  After a discussion it was decided that we would not sell.

7.  Bid opening for Bridge & Brancel Road Projects:

There was only one bid submitted by Monarch Paving:

Bridge Road:  $93,565.00

Brancel Road: $40,655.00

Both project to start around Oct 1st.

Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to accepted Monarch Paving’s bid.  Motion passed.


8.  Destination Tourism Assessment Project:

a. An update was presented by Milly Thissen, Minong Area Chamber of Commerce, on a survey they are doing to apply for possible grants.  Milly has provided the survey to all individuals present and asked that we fill them out & return them to her by Dec 31st.  If we know of any other people who are visiting the area please feel free to give them a copy of the survey to fill out.  There is no personal information asked for or needed except your zip code.

 b. I would like the Town’s approval to use the email address list to send out an email containing the survey.

c. Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to allow Milly Thissen the use of the Town’s email addresses to send out this survey.  Motion passed.


9.  Picnic License:

The ESG & the Chicog Volunteer Fire Department has submitted an application for a Picnic License for the retirement party of the former Fire Chief Brad Harrison.  Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to approve.  Motion passed.


10.  Operator’s License:

Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to approve the following License applications:

Scott McDowell, Kent Jones and Hollie Witte.

Motion passed

11. Washburn County on Highway F:

a. Per instructions from County we the Town Board are bringing up the planed road work for the intersection of Bramer Road & County Highway F.

b. Discussion followed by the Board & town residents.  The intersection of Christianson road & Cty Hwy F was also brought up by resident Jim Davidson.

c. There have been no plans submitted to the Town as this time.  Since there is no clear plans or changes the town request that the county provides the Town with site plans for both changes on County Highway F for Bramer Rd and Christianson Rd.


12. Committee Reports:

a.ESG – Milly Thissen

1.  We will be having a meeting on August 24, 1017 at 10:00 am to discuss the Hunter’s Feed & Brad’s Retirement party.  There will be a potluck lunch, cake & games after the meeting.

b. Chicog AIS Committee – Milly Thissen

1.  The plates that were dropped into Big & Lower McKenzie Lakes have shown definite zebra muzzle presents.  We have not seen any activity on our plates so far.

2.  The next meeting will be Sep 28, 2017 at 6:30 pm.

c. Fire Department – Pat Wilcox

There was a fire & a rollover this week. We had good turn=out for both.  With the fire municipal aid was need from Minong.  

d. CAFC – Terri Corrie:

I would like to thank everyone who showed up for the Fun Days, hopefully we can continue this every year.


13.  Public Input:  

a. Town Clerk:  The resolution for Blackhawk & Iroquois needs to be done.  Pat Wilcox:  There needs to be a public hearing first before this can happen.  Teresa Corrie:  this resolution is to start the process to have a public hearing on this.

Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to approve Resolution # 8162017.  Motion passed.

b. Jim Blair:  there is a problem with keeping the road sign on Tattoo Drive; can the name of the road be changed so the road sign will stay up?  Pat Wilcox:  You need to start the process by contacting every landowner on that road to approve a name change.  When this has been done then the Board will take it before the county.

c. Penny Sipe:  What is the status of the gravel section on Bald Eagle Drive.  Pat Wilcox:  Discussed at last month’s meeting, will be done by Snowfall.

14.  The next Town Board Meeting will be September 16, 2017 at 10:00 am.


13.  Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to approve and pay bills/checks numbers:   -1717 thru -1817 and 10138 thru 10161.  Motion passed.


20.  Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to adjourn the meeting.  Motion passed


21.  Meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm.



TOWN OF CHICOG

Town Board Meeting

July 8, 2017


1.  The Town Board Meeting was called to order by Chairman Patrick Wilcox at 10:00 am at the Town Hall.


2.  Pledge of allegiance was recited.


3. Roll call: All Officers present.


4.  Treasurer’s Report was given as follows all balances as of June 30, 2017

Checking Account:  Beginning balance - $20,844.34, outstanding checks - $4,761.13, Final working balance - $16,083.21 includes interest of $2.31

Money Market Account: $314,809.68 includes interest of $201.13

Highway Equip. Maintenance Account - $4,801.17

Includes quarterly interest of:  $4.57

Tax Account - $511.43

Includes quarterly interest of: $0.15


5.  Chairman’s Report:

a. Welcome to our Saturday meeting.  We hold these meetings every so often by request from the community, this gives property owners from outside the area that may not have the opportunity to be present on our normal second Wednesday of each month to be present, address and discuss concerns and ideas.  I ask that you reserve your comments or questions to be addressed in our Public Input forum.  If you have an immediate question or comment please raise your hand to be recognized and state your full name for the records.  I ask that one person speak at a time.

b. We have been waiting on the state and FEMA reimbursements from the July rains of 2016 that damaged a large portion of our road system.  There were some adjustments to our submitted obligation package by FEMA which required resubmittal.  Now it’s hurry up and wait again.

c. Town roads/beyond maintenance and repairs.  We address annually projects of improvements with consideration to priority of severity, us, and population and of course the Budget.  Lower McKenzie Road, Brancel Road, and Bridge Road have our attention for the next round of repairs.

d. State Wide (a company) surfacing proposal for the patch to Bald Eagle Drive is $3,946.00 and the driveway repair on Byrkit road is $700.

e. The Town in its efforts to be an active fore runner in community involvement has developed the Chicog Aquatic Invasive Species Community (CAIS) which is educating the public and actively monitoring our lakes and the progress of the Zebra Mussels that have been discovered in Washburn county.  We have a new free library for the public located on the west side of the Town Hall building.  

f. Once again thank you for all that participated in our annual town clean-up day event.

g. Has the Board taken into consideration the request from Brad 7 Kay’s Campground event permitting from last month’s meeting?  Town’s attorney Mr. Kohler being present at this meeting recommends the Town implement a conditional use permit to exceed the noise restrictions.  The Town will follow his advice.

6. Correspondence:  

There was a request last year to address docks, boats and stairways on McClain Lake in what is known as the Fish Hatchery.  The problem was addressed and resolved.  I received an email of someone cutting brush to the water’s edge in said area again.  There could be several reasons why the brush was been cut, let’s all work together to resolve these types of issues.


7.  Operator’s License:

License application was not turned in.


8. Vacating of Liberty Trail & Blackhawk

a. Jeffery Kohler, Town’s attorney, explained what vacating roads was and how it ca be done.

b. Duane Nelson:  We have 3 lots on McClain Lake and are having problems with the other landowners.  We are trying to resolve this with them but have not here back.  Is the Town planning on vacating Grant Ave?  Pat Wilcox:  We have the worst subdivisions in Washburn County and are doing what we can.

c. Robert Turnbill:  Will the 10 ft. section on McClain Lake be vacated also?  Pat Wilcox:  We are trying to do as many as possible but there are Wis. Statues & Regulations that limit how are to do this.  We are taking it one road at a time.

d. Darrick Windburn:  what is the benefit to the Town with all this vacating?  Pat Wilcox:  The Town gets has been getting calls about property lines & who owns what not just from current owners but from people looking to buy some property.  The Town would also get a clean updated plats.  There are no real benefits to the Town.

e. Dave Risinger:  1. About the survey that was propose before with the grant money, why couldn’t people pay the same amount?  Jeff Kohler:  Wisconsin law is that it is based on acreage not total amount & since this was part of a state grant we would have had to follow the state guidelines.  2. Will the road be split down the middle?  Pat Wilcox:  yes with equal amounts going to each owner. 3.  What happens if we agree & the road gets vacated is there an advantage to having a certified survey map done?  Discussion follows on this topic.

f. Ed Rhodes: A Certified survey map does not show the lots on a survey how does this affect the assessment?  Bob Irwin:  we use the Certify survey as far as acreage is concerned only.

g. In reference to Blackhawk Steve Poucher has gotten the paperwork together on this and is in contact with the Town Chairman & Attorney.

h. Iroquois Ave:  this is one of the roads has water access.  There is plenty of water access in other places so we would not be cutting off any access to the water.  We will be starting the vacating process on this road.  Steve Poucher:  according to my paperwork from my father this road was partly vacated in 1950.

 i. Chris Hahn:  What are the next steps to this process?  Jeff Kohler:  A public hearing is next than a Town Board Meeting.

k. Duane Nelson:  What & where is the process on Liberty at?  Jeff Kohler:  You will be getting a letter on when the Public Hearing will be, then after that meeting it will be placed on the next Town boards Meeting agenda.

l. Mary Berg:  If the property lines change due to vacating does the Town do a survey and what are the different types of surveys?  Pat Wilcox; the Town does not have a survey done, that is up to the property owners.  The County has a list of Surveyors.

m. Ron Pendzimas:  I have a question on vacating another road beside Liberty, how do I start this process?  Pat Wilcox:  Show this road to Jeff Kohler.  Jeff Kohler:  Will look into this road.

n. Becky Turnbill:  Can I contact the DNR directly to find out about vacating a road shared with them?  Pat Wilcox:  Yes just keep the Town informed.

o. Ron Pendzimas:  1. On the Fish Hatchery can people beach their boats over night?  Pat Wilcox:  I don’t know will look into it.  2.  The FEMA grant from the 2016 rain fall can that go towards shore erosion?  Pat Wilcox:  No, it has to go back into the budget category it came out of.


9. Committee Reports:

a. Fire Department – Brad Harrison

1.  We are still short people even after the increase of 3 new volunteers.  Please apply if you are interested.

2. Family Fun day on July 29, 2017.  There will be food, games and a band.  We are also selling raffle tickets you can pick them up at Chicog Pub.

3.  We had a good spring there was no wildfires.

4.  There are still issues with fireworks.  Please remember that ANY type of fireworks that leaves the ground is illegal in Wisconsin.

b.ESG – Milly Thissen

1.  We are still looking for the best phone numbers and email addresses for people.

2.  We will be helping out with the Fun Days.

c. Chicog AIS Committee – Milly Thissen

1.  We have 16 plates dropped throughout the area in 5 lakes. This will help our cause with the DNR if we find something.  

2.  The signs will be going up at the landings soon.

d. CAFC – Terri Corrie:

1.  The CAFC will be having their Fun day at the same time as the Fire Department, please come over & see us too.

2.  One of our grant projects will be cleaning up of serval places in our area.  We will need volunteers for this please contact myself or Dave Thorsen at 1-612-437-0753 if you wish to help.


10.  Public Input:  

a. Steve Jonas:   Will the town fund a clean-up station at the landings?  Pat Wilcox:  No the town does not have a budget for this.

b. Several individuals have questions and concerns about the Town’s plans for McClain Lake Road where the water is at or on the road and what is the condition of the road bed is.  Pat Wilcox: As of right now there is no water flow coming from the road bed.  The town will keep an eye on this and address any problems as they arise.  

11.  The next Town Board Meeting will be August 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm.


13.  Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to approve and pay bills/checks numbers:   -1517 thru -1617 and 10116 thru 10132.  Motion passed.


20.  Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to adjourn the meeting.  Motion passed


21.  Meeting adjourned at 12:00 am.







TOWN OF CHICOG

Town Board Meeting

June 14, 2017

 

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 Officers present.

 

4.  Treasurer’s Report was given as follows all balances as of May 31, 2017

Checking Account:  Beginning balance - $24,106.74, outstanding checks - $3,441.02, Final working balance - $20,665.72 includes interest of $3.40

Money Market Account: $339,608.55 includes interest of $236.80

Highway Equip. Maintenance Account - $11,222.96

Tax Account - $511.28

 

5.  Chairman’s Report:

a. Once again we pulled off another successful Town clean-u event.  We filled to capacity 3 – 40 yard containers of garbage from Republic Waste and a 40 yard container of scrap metal from Tows.  There were 61 registered participants some of which made multiple trips.  We took in 36 tires, 17 TVs, 2 vacuum Cleaners, 1 printer and 1 microwave.  Either people don’t want to pay to dispose of electronics or we have made a significant dent in disposal.  There were many thanks for gratitude from this service that the Town supplies.  I would like to thank all that participated and a special thank yo9u for all the hard work from our staff and volunteers for a dirty job Well Done!!!  I am very proud of you all.

b. We retrieved the old fiberglass boat and dock section from the fish hatchery on McClain Lake.

c. The new Free Library is open.

d. Please be cautious on the inside curve of McClain Lake Road by the lake due to the high water.

e. We are once again fighting a battle of excessive rains to our town roads.

6. Correspondence:  

a. Brad & Kay’s Campground would like the Board to look at something to the effect of permitting for the five annual events that they put on during the summer seasons.  Karaoke is part of the events and the quit time is midnight.  This will be an agenda item for July.

b. Equipment Sellers Network contacted me wanting to know if we would be interested in having them list the Military dump Truck for us.  They have a larger marketing area; there is a one-time up-front fee of $299.00 for continuous marketing until sold.  We have not received on contact offer off of Craig’s List.  Comment from the electors on possible using Wisconsin Surplus web site.  We will look into both sites.  Tabled till the July meeting.  

 

7.  Liquor license Applications:

a. Chicog Pub – Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to approve.  Motion passed

b. Pappy’s Leatherneck Bar – Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to approve.  Motion passed.

c. Heartwood Conference Center – Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to approve.  Motion passed.

d. Pine Lodge – Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to approve.  Motion passed.

8. Operator’s License

The attached list of operator’s license is submitted for approval.  Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to approve all listed requests.  Motion passed.

 

9. Committee Reports:

a. Fire Department – Jim Fransheski

1.  We will be having our Family Fun day on July 29, 2017 starting at 1:00 pm.  There will be food, games and a band

2.  There was a ditch fire on Bridge Rd.  This fire was started from fireworks being placed in a mail box and then lite.  Please pay attention to unknown vehicles pulling up to mail boxes.

b.ESG – Milly Thissen

1.  ESG Trail Run was conducted on May 20, 2017.  Based on the results there is some work to do with outdated numbers.

2.  We will be mailing out information to new land owners here shortly.

3.  The ESG will be responsible for the Free Library outside of the Town Hall.  If you have any questions or comments please call one of the ESG officers.

c. Chicog AIS Committee – Milly Thissen

1.  We have 16 plates dropped throughout the area lakes. Volunteers will be checking the plates and recording results with luck we will not have any problems.  

2.  Several people have written letters area papers that have been published in the Letters to the Editor section.  The word is getting out about this problem.

 

10.  Public Input:  

Ed Rhodes:  

a. One of the street signs on McClain Lake Road is facing the wrong way.  Pat Wilcox:  Signs get turned over the years, we will get it straighten out as soon as we can.

b. What needs to be done and the legal requirements for signage at the lake landings?  Pat Wilcox: The Town does not control the landings as far as signage that is the DNR.  We would like to see standards signs at all landings.  Please check with the DNR for any other requirements.

11.  The next Town Board Meeting will be July 8, 2017 at 10:00 am.

 

13.  Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to approve and pay bills/checks numbers:   -1317 thru -1417 and 10083 thru 10115.  Motion passed.

 

20.  Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to adjourn the meeting.  Motion passed

 

21.  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 14, 2017:

 

Diane M. Weber

Ronald W. Crosby

Patrick J. Kosterman

Katie L. Denninger

Heather Westphal

Dirk Vanderbent

Wayne Ratzenberger

Paige Klassa

Connie Johnston

Susan M. Johnston

Bruce W. Johnston

Bette Christian

 



TOWN OF CHICOG

Town Board Meeting

May 10, 2017


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 Officers present.


4.  Treasurer’s Report was given as follows all balances as of April 30, 2017

Checking Account:  Beginning balance - $49,378.72, outstanding checks - $6,169.39, Final working balance - $43,209.33 includes interest of $3.18

Money Market Account: $364,371.75 includes interest of $219.27

Highway Equip. Maintenance Account - $11,222.96

Tax Account - $511.28


5.  Chairman’s Report:

a. The election results of Town Officials as follows:

Town Chairman – Patrick Wilcox

1st Supervisor – Steve Loiselle

2nd Supervisor – Darcee McCauley

Clerk – Teresa Corrie

Treasurer – Kathy Strohmeyer

Congratulations as Town Board Members, and I would like to welcome Darcee to the Board.

b. A question was raised at the annual meeting in regards to offsetting elections of officials as to not overturn a complete board.  Terri Corrie found out a five member board is required to hold this time of elections.  Caroline Kamin asked how we would go about changing the Board to a 5 member one.  The process would have to be started at a meeting of the electors.  

c. The Byrkit road project has been completed to the satisfaction of about all of the adoring property owners.  Light rains will help set the seedings.  We should start taking before and after pictures of these projects, there is an impressive transformation.  

d. We are now moving on to an adjoining re-graveling project with Casey Township on Wilderness Road, a border road.  This was addressed and approved a year ago.  We should be starting on May 11, 2017.

e. Lower McKenzie Road will be the next road to be done.

6. Correspondence:  

A. From Carol Buck, Emergency Management,  emailed the upcoming County Hazardous Waste & Medication Collection 2017 schedule.  For Washburn County – July 22, 2017 – Minong Transfer Station 9am to 12pm,  Shell Lake Elliot Building 2pm to 3 pm

b. We received a Thank You note form the Holden family for our donation last month.


7.  Milly Thissen on Aquatic Invasive Species/Zebra Mussels:  Zebras mussels have been found in the McKenzie Lake chain our lakes may not be far behind.  I am asking the Board for the following:

a. Authorize a committee to be formed to address the issues of aquatic invasive species.

b. Allow the committee meetings and information classes to be held at the Town Hall with no rental cost.

c. Have a Town Board member be involved with committee.

d. Permit the committee to use the town communication systems to inform put out information.

Discussion followed.


Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to form a committee to be called Town of Chicog Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Committee with one board member involved in this committee.  Motion passed


Motion made by Patrick Wilcox and seconded by Steve Loiselle to allow the AIS Committee use of the Town Hall with no rental fees.  Motion passed.


Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to allow the AIS Committee the use of the Town’s communication systems for notify and updating residents.  Motion passed.


Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley that the AIS Committee update the Town Board at all Town Board Meetings.  Motion passed.

8. Washburn County Zoning amendments:  Due to changes put out by the State Washburn County Zoning is updating the zoning ordinances.  Most of the changes are due to verbiage issues.   Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to approve the changes.  Motion passed.


9. Fire Department Picnic & Operator’s License:   Fire Department has submitted the request for a picnic license for July 29, 2017 for their Annual Fun Day & Picnic and an Operator’s License for Cathy McDowell.  Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to approve both licenses.  Motion passed.


10. Committee Reports:

ESG – Milly Thissen –  The ESG Trail Run will be May 20, 2017 call lists have been updated.  Let us hope that we will not need these lists beforehand due to fire dangers.


11.  Public Input:  

Mac McCauley:  

a. Are we splitting the costs of the Casey Road projector what?  Pat Wilcox:  Yes we are splitting the cost with Casey Township.  

b. On Bald Eagle Drive when will the fixed gravel section be blacktopped?  Pat Wilcox: Due to cost of blacktopping roads we will be combining the need to blacktop several areas into one to get a better price.  When all areas are ready for blacktop this will happen.

c. There is a sink hole on Bald Eagle Drive and Brancel road is in bad shape.  Pat Wilcox:  We will be having the Road Inspection Meeting this Saturday; all town roads will be looked at an evaluated then.  

d. What is been done about selling the trucks been replaced by the new one.  Pat Wilcox:  One of the trucks is being used as a trade-in the other one up for sale on Craig’s List.

12.  The next Town Board Meeting will be June 14, 2017 with the July’s meeting to be held on a Saturday.


13.  Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Pat Wilcox to approve and pay bills/checks numbers

-0617, -0917 thru -1217 and 10050 thru 10082.  Motion passed.


20.  Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Darcee McCauley to adjourn the meeting.  Motion passed


21.  Meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm.



TOWN OF CHICOG
MONTHLY TOWN MEETING
APRIL 12, 2017



1.  The Town Board Meeting was called to order by Chairman Patrick Wilcox at 7:02 pm at the Town Hall.


2.  Pledge of allegiance was recited.


3. Roll call: All Officers present but Steve Loiselle.


4.  Treasurer’s Report was given as follows all balances as of March 31, 2017

Checking Account:  Beginning balance - $25,721.195, outstanding checks - $2,657.53, Final working balance - $23,063.66 includes interest of $2.52

Money Market Account: $389,152.48 includes interest of $212.86

Highway Equip. Maintenance Account - $1,222.96, includes quarterly interest of $5.83

Tax Account - $511.28, includes quarterly interest of $148.74


5.  Chairman’s Report:

a. Thank you to all those that showed interest and attended the Meet the Candidate’s Event, sat. April 1st, and to all the candidates that participated in this year’s elections

b. Road weight limit restrictions have been lifted for the Town of Chicog’s roads as of 4/11/17 although Washburn County’s restrictions will remain in effect until 4/17/17.  

c. Road construction season has started with an emergency culvert replacement and minor graveling on Rappley Road

d. Storm Water permitting has been applied for and work will be commencing on Byrkit Rd. for a reconstruct project starting tomorrow, Apr 13th.  Preliminary removal of trees and brush has been started earlier and it looks to be a busy construction season.

e. The annual road survey should bring out our priority projects.  There is always a never ending battle as to what needs to be done.

f. the security lights on the Maintenance building have been replaced and it should be obvious to anyone driving by at night, they make our Hall lights look very dim.

6. Correspondence:  

A. From Carol Buck, Emergency Management & USDA RHS, there are loans and grants available for repairs to you septic systems from damage due to cold weather to qualifying participants.

b. Wisconsin Towns Association, Town Officials work ship for continuing and new officials:  Tues May 9th at Rice Lake & Wed. May 10th at Cable, both times are 8am to 3:35pm

c. A request to the  Board for consideration on  adopting  Manotick Lane off of Bluebird Lane as a town road.  I believe as a post development Manotick was built to town road standards.  


7.  Review of Truck Proposals:  

I would like to thank Scott McDowell for managing the paperwork and handling the contacts on this project;

a. Bids for 2018 Chassis:

1.  Boyer - $92,304.00

2.  Western Star - $96,741.00

3.  Channing Lokken River States Truck & Trailer - $94,872.00

4.  Mid-State - $98,864.80 with a trade in of $12,000.00

5.  Meyers International - $92,014.20


b. Bids to outfit the truck without add-ons:

1.  Universal - $66,200.00

2.  Monroe - $62,848.00

Discussion followed between Board and representatives from Mid-State, Monroe & Universal.

c. Motion made by Bruce Johnston and seconded by Pat Wilcox to accept Mid-State’s quote on chassis.  Motion passed

d. Motion made by Bruce Johnston and seconded by Pat Wilcox to accept the bid by Monroe to outfit the truck with the add-ons of $10,805.00.  Motion passed.

8. Holden Benefit:  There is a benefit for Ryley Holden an Afghanistan war veteran on April 23, 2017 from 1 – 4 pm at Tony’s Riverside in Spooner.  A request has been made by Terri & Doc Corrie that the Town donates to this benefit:  Motion made by Pat Wilcox and seconded by Bruce Johnston to donate $100.00 to the benefit.  Motion passed.


9. Committee Reports:

a. Fire Department – Brad Harrison:

1. We had elections last Wednesday April 5, 2017 here is the outcome:

Fire Chief:  Jim Fransheski

Assistant Fire Chief:  Scott McDowell

Captain – Cody Helstern

Lieutenant/Safety Officer – Lacy Erickson

Training Officer – now a committee: Jim Fransheski, Scott McDowell & Cody Helsern

Secretary – Cathy McDowell

Treasurer – Brad & Betty Harrison

2.  There will be a controlled burn on Zehm Road April 19, 2017 weather permitting.

3.  There are about 40 HIZ’z left to do.

4.  Don’t forget we will have a Summer Event on July 29, 2017.

5.  There were 3 new fire fighters that signed up at the last meeting.  The Fire Department could still use more fighters.

6.  Next week is National Tornado/ Sever Weather Week.  There will be a mock drill on Monday the 17th.

7.  We are still dry out there please be careful when you burn.

8.  Zebra mussels are in Washburn County lakes now.  The Fire Department has information on what you can do to prevent the spread of them.  Washburn Lakes & River Association will be addressing this in their May meeting.


At this time I would like to Thank Brad Harrison for all the hard work and time he has given to the Chicog Volunteer Fire Department as Fire Chief.  

b. ESG – Milly Thissen –

1. Updated list for all the ESG phone callers is still being worked on will have it out soon.

2.  The ESG needs to be provided with a list of where the Red Flags are now at.

c. CAFC – Terri Corrie – We will be having a Wildfire Preparation Day event on May 6, 2017.  This will be a “Firewise” run.  The run will be from 10am – 12pm.  Maps of the stations will be available at the town Hall starting at 9:30am and will also be available at all the stations.  Please come & join us.


10.  Public Input:  

A. Caroline Kamin:  Will the ladies of the Town get to pick the color of the new truck?

 Pat Wilcox:  No


12.  As this is Bruce Johnston’s last night I would like to thank him for his 9 years of serving on the Board.  I appreciate all the work and time he has given to us.


11.  The next Town Board Meeting will be May 10, 2017


12.  The Annual Meeting will be April 20, 2017 at 7pm.


19.  Motion made by Bruce Johnston and seconded by Pat Wilcox to approve and pay bills/checks numbers

-0717 thru -0817 and 10019 thru 10049.  Motion passed.


20.  Motion made by Bruce Johnston and seconded by Pat Wilcox to adjourn the meeting.  Motion passed


21.  Meeting adjourned at 8:50 pm.




Minutes of Meeting  

TOWN OF CHICOG

Town Board Meeting

March 8, 2017


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 Officers presented


4.  Treasurer’s Report was given as follows all balances as of February 28, 2017

Checking Account:  Beginning balance - $11,637.25, outstanding checks - $2,161.420, Final working balance - $9,475.83 includes interest of $7.93

Money Market Account: $247,435.93 includes interest of $148.75

Highway Equip. Maintenance Account - $19,562.20

Tax Account - $151,002.85


5.  Chairman’s Report:

a. It is with deep sadness that I bare news of the passing of two long time residents, Donald Land & Lee King.  Son & his wife Rosemarie and Lee & his wife Millie were both cornerstones and contributors to our town.  Dedicated to serving this town in many forms, fundraising, community planning, community event services and the women’s auxiliary.  We the board and Community salute Donald & Less as service men to the United States and dedicated public servants and wish to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to both the Lang & King Families.  Information from the residents present that one of Donald’s sons has also just passed at the age of 51 from a heart attack.

b. Road weight limit restrictions have been enacted early this year, 2-20-17 due to the extended period of warm weather.  Variances can be obtained according to conditions by a town board member.  These variances will be by either single or multiple trip time and date usage.

6. Correspondence:  

a. A lighting strike took out the security lights on the Maintenance building exterior, 5 wall packs.  Jay Coon’s submitted a replacement quote for two styles of LED lighting packs.  One style for $1,565.00 the other style for $1,350.00.  Our insurance deductible is for $1,000.00.  The garage door opener will also have to be checked before we submit he claim to the Insurance Company.  A motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Bruce Johnston to buy the $1,565.00 lights.  Motion passed.

b. The 2017 Municipal clean-up funds instructions were mailed out from Washburn County.  There is up to $2,000.00 available.  These funds are intendent to cover actual costs of appliances, computers, televisions and tires properly recycled.  Advertising is now being covered as eligible/approved Vendors contact list.

c. Spoke with Robert Irwin about the Independent Assessing Officers Association.  He is not a part of this nor does he see a need to be his recommendation is that we ignore the membership request.  Motion made by Steve Loiselle and Seconded by Bruce Johnston not to join the Wisconsin Independent Assessing Officers Association.  Motion passed.

d. Town Audit was conducted on Mar 7, 2017 at 6pm and found to be correct and approved.

e. Nortrax:  We currently carry a JD Link program that sends pertinent information about the front loader to us & Nortrax, (kind of like OnStar).  The cost to continue this program is $1,110.00 for two years.  Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Bruce Johnston to approve.  Motion passed.

7.  Town Annual contracts:

a. Hall cleaning:  Bid submitted by Cabin Fever cleaning (and More!!)  Bid Price:  $75.00 flat fee per cleaning up to 3 hours (additional $25.00 per hour after that).  Do other bids.  Motion by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Bruce Johnston to accept this bid.  Motion passed.

b. For the following contracts Morgan Lawn Care was the only bid submitted:

1.  Mowing of the Town Hall:  $145.00 per time.

2.  Mowing of the Cemetery:  $145.00 per time

3.  Annual cleaning of the Cemetery:  $312.00

Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Bruce Johnston to approve above bids:  Motion passed.

8. Renewal of the Assessor’s Contract:  Robert Irwin our current assessor has submitted his contract for 2017 thru 2019 at $8,000.00 per year for approval.  Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Bruce Johnston to approve.  Motion passed.


9.  Appointment of Emergency Coordinator:  In accordance with the Town of Chicog emergency Operations Plan an Emergency Coordinator needs to be appointed.  Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Bruce Johnston to appoint Martin (Doc) Corrie.  Motion passed.\

10.00Discuss looking into a new dump/plow truck:  the current dump/plow truck is starting to cost the town a lot in maintenance.  We need to start looking a replacing it.  We could go with a used vehicle verse a new one but will be running into the same problems within a couple of years.  Have been talking with Monroe Trucking, they can build us a new one to our needs for between $180,000.00 & $$190,000.00.  Monroe will take our current one in on trade.  Steve Loiselle is in favor of this but how are we going to pay for it, loan, allocated money or what? Discussion followed.  Based on the discussing and comments from Mac McCauley we will be contacting several companies for quotes and the clerk and treasurer will look into Municipality loans.  The Town will be putting the military dump truck on the market.


10. Sam’s Club membership: The Town’s membership is due for renewal at a cost of $45.00 per year.  Discussion followed.  Motion made by Steve Loiselle and seconded by Bruce Johnston to not renew the membership.  Motion passed.


11.  The Annual Meeting will be April 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm


12.  Road Inspection Meeting will be May 13, 2017 at 8:00 am.


14.  Town Clean-up will be June 10, 2017 at 8am – 4 pm at the Town Hall.

15. Committee Reports:

Fire Department – Brad Harrison:  

1. We are in to wild fire season the ground is drying out quickly so please be careful.  Burning permits are now needed.

2.  HIZ’z are continuing.

3.  I have furnished the Town Board with are report on the Fire Department.  

4.  I will be stepping down as Fire Chief in April 2017, but will stay on the Department at least through the summer.

5.  There will be no fund raiser this year.  We will have a fun day with food, drinks, games & hopefully a band.

ESG – Milly Thissen –

1. Updated list for all the ESG phone callers will be out by April 1st.

2.  The ESG is working on baskets for the upcoming Ryley Holden Benefit.   If you wish to donate items please contact Milly Thissen or Terri Corrie.

14.  Public Input:  

a.Milly Thissen –there are now zebra mussels in the McKenzie Lake chain, do we post anything at our lakes & waterways to let people know.  No the Town doesn’t but the DNR usually does.

b. Mac McCauley:  1. Would like a Meet & Greet of the candidates.  2.  Would like to see the Town board Meeting be held on a Saturday once a quarter.  I have been talking with people and they don’t like to come out a night when it is dark or after working all day.  


15.  We will hold a Meet & Greet of the candidates on April 1, 2017 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Town Hall.  Will request that the Fire Department put it out on the marquee.


16.  The next Town Board Meeting will be April 12, 2017


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

-0317 thru -0517 and 9980 thru 10018.  Motion passed.


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


16.  Meeting adjourned at 8:55 pm.



 

 
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