Annual Meeting-April 16, 2013 – 7:00 PM (24 people were in attendance)
The Annual meeting for the Town of Lake Tomahawk was called to order by Chairman Rick Mazurczak at 7:00 P.M. in the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center.
All notices were posted according to the open meeting law and the media was notified.
Present: Chairman Rick Mazurczak, Supervisors George DeMet and Catherine Parker, Treasurer Mike Lynch, Clerk Elaine Carpenter, and Attorney Greg Harrold.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chairman Rick Mazurczak.
Motion by Bev Fagan and sec’d by Gary Madden to approve the agenda of April 16, 2013. Motion carried all ayes.
Motion by Patsy Christy and sec’d by Dick Rehm to dispense with the reading of the minutes from the Annual Meeting held on April 10, 2012. Motion carried all ayes.
The financial statement was given by Treasurer Mike Lynch. He started with the balance sheet for the year ending 2012. The town debt was at 127,240 dollars for the Church property. This is a decrease of 83,891 dollars in comparison. The town debt capacity 10.7 million based upon the current assessed property values of 214 million 416 thousand 300 dollars. The fund balances at year end were 577,105 dollars which exceeds and is in line with 3 months expenses for the town. This amount is an increase of $152,549 over last year at this time. In 2012 the town collected $2,103,474 in taxes of which the town’s share was $743,004 after paying out all the disbursements to the school districts and governments. All of the incomes were in line with the budget, except the following: Acct 435; Forest Crop Mgmt. property was sold; Acct 465 Recycling grant was cut drastically due to budget cuts. Acct 936 Gov’t Grant for new radios for the fire department. Acct 940 There was no sales of cemetery lots in 2012. Under expenses, most all came in under budget. General Gov’t was $73,814 under budget. Most of that is due to the new Town Garage building being paid for in the previous year, Acct 1100. The Fire Dept. was $10,425 over budget due to Acct 1481 Equipment additions - $9,688 was covered by grant for radios. Mike stated that the Road Department came in under budget. The total after allocations was $130,048 under budget. The Town was able to allocate $20,000 for future use into the separate fund balances.
Chairman/Supervisor report-Rick Mazurczak extended his thanks and gratitude to all the officers of the different committees and commissions for their time and effort that they give to the Town and also to the Volunteer Fire Department for the valuable services they provide to the community. In January we replaced 2 boilers at $19,260. We replaced 2 catch basins on Bradley Street for $5,750. The town joined the Minocqua area Chamber of Commerce room tax commission. We paved o.6 miles of Iris Street and .24 miles of Finch Rd for $55,262. In July we crack sealed Cardinal Ln and West and South Bluebird Rd for $35,510. In October we paid off the loan for the fire truck for $44,161 and the Board negotiated a new 1 year contract with Operators Engineers Local 139 that resulted in 25 cents an hour increase in pay. We approved the Matz subdivision that included a new Town road and that is still in progress. We adopted an accommodation room tax ordinance and renewed the winter ATV ordinance. We also adopted a new Town employee handbook and renamed various private roads per town ordinance. We demolished the old Town garage at 7945 W Vilas St. at a cost of $6,400. Supervisor DeMet and Chairman Mazurczak physically checked and inventoried all of the addresses and ordered new fire numbers, approximately 1,100 of them. We paid off the loan for the fire truck in October for $44,161. We also changed the Town Ordinance Chapter 162 Building code to include all detached garages and increased the administration fee for that code to $50.00. In December Ripco Credit Union donated the Information Center building to the Town.
Wilderness Rest Cemetery- Catherine Parker Town Supervisor
In 2012 3 new members joined the Cemetery Board: Kevin Krueger, Tom Lee, and Linda Delius. Lindakay Ebel resigned from the Board. Catherine Parker is serving on the Cemetery Board until there are two additional members for the full complement of five. The Cemetery Board met January 24th, April 19th, May 22nd and September 19th, 2012. There was only a quorum at the September meeting. The Chair is Catherine Parker, Vice-Chair Tom Lee and Secretary Linda Delius. The Town’s sexton Jeff Bowen continues to do an excellent job. In July 2012 Linda Kay Ebel turned over all cemetery records to the Town. New signatories for the cemetery safe-deposit box at Mid-Wisconsin Bank in Rhinelander are Catherine Parker, Linda Delius, and Town Clerk-Elaine Carpenter. At the May 4, 2013 meeting the Cemetery Board will organize and file all the cemetery records in the Town office for maximum safety and accessibility.
Fire Department report- Doug Rehm stated that they responded to 23 calls. The majority of which were for car accidents. They purchased 24 new helmets and updated Their CPR and Basic Life Support training. They had a successful 4th of July fireworks display and they received a donation of pet oxygen masks. They also obtained a couple of new members for the department. Doug stated that according to NFDA rules the old fire engine should be replaced with a deadline of 2015. The cost could be anywhere from $350 – 500,000. Chairman Mazurczak stated that the Board would take it under advisement at the budgeting meeting.
Park Commission Report- Pat Wingo stated that they are looking to replace some bleacher sections this year and are looking for some good used playground equipment to place where the old sand volley ball used to be at the boat landing. They are also working on a grant to getting a handicapped accessible pier along with a port-a-pot. They also plan on increasing the size of the Christmas display and of the Christmas tree. This is the third year of the Children’s summer program and they are looking at making some changes. They plan to have the schedule up in May. The skating rink and the sledding hill will be operating next winter. There was a discussion about the Parks ordinance regarding pets and they plan to address overnight mooring at the boat landing. There was discussion of lighting for the flag at Bearskin Park. It will be taken care of by the Parks Commission. It was also noted that there is an opening for another person on the Parks Commission.
Plan Commission Report- There was no members available from the Plan Commission.
Any other business which may come before the Annual Meeting under WI Stats 60.10 and 60.11 – Dick Skroski questioned the status of the biking trails. Supervisor DeMet stated that the town is working on new trails and is in the process of connecting existing trails. They also renewed the easement from the trail that goes south of River Rd.
Motion at 7:30 PM by Gary Madden to adjourn, second by Bev Fagan.