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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