The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held their regular Board Meeting on August 8, 2018 in the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center. All notices were posted according to the Open Meeting Law and the media was notified.
Present: Chairman George DeMet, supervisors Larry Hoffman and Stephanie Sowatzka. Treasurer Michael Lynch and Clerk Sharon Trimberger Lintereur.
Chairman DeMet read the agenda of the Regular Town Board Meeting of August 8, 2018 and called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Chairman DeMet led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Approve the Agenda of August 8, 2018. Motion by Stephanie Sowatzka and seconded by Larry Hoffman to approve the agenda as read by DeMet. Motion carried, all ayes.
Approve the Minutes of the Regular Town Board Meeting of June 11, 2018. A motion was made by George DeMet and seconded by Stephanie Sowatzka to approve the minutes. Motion carried, all ayes.
Motion by George DeMet, seconded by Stephanie Sowatzka to approve the ACH, EFT, EFTPS payments checks 17462 to 17495 and payroll checks 4305 to 4353 for a total of $41,058.47. Motion carried, all ayes.
Treasurer’s Report: Michael Lynch stated that during the month of July the town had income of $69,663.21, which included revenue of $45,574.42. Of the $45,574.42, $1,850.05 shared revenue, fire insurance dues of $6,891.57, and highway aid of $36,175.43. A plow truck was sold for $18,000. We also collected room taxes of $2,264.42, out of which we paid the Chamber $1,698.31, which left the town $556.00. Fire Department accident reimbursement of $750.00. Parks Department: launch fees and permits totaling $3,301.08. Total expenses were $126,767.58. Seal coating and black topping of $45,407.87 and a $7,500 for the WIFI broad bank. George DeMet made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s report, Larry Hoffman seconded. Motion carried, all ayes.
County representative: no report
Public Comment: no comments
Rezoning request NE SE section 3: Two options from Carl Jennrich: fill in strip 330’ from right of way, hwy. 47 to North Bluebird Road or rezone the 40 acres. DeMet recommended going with filling in the strip. Lilly Wisotzke spoke regarding the rezoning. Concern is the back lots as there is no parking, no road access and even the 66’ that would be included is cutting into someone’s else’s property. Bill and Lilly Wisotzke upset due to the fact they were not notified of this from the beginning of the discussion. Discussed the public hearing which is going to be held that all people in neighborhood are notified and they are notified far enough in advance to attend the meeting. Rosie Bean asked who owns the road; part belongs to Steve Forrest and also Liz Taylor, however, Wisotzke’s own part of it as well according to Lilly and Bill Wisotzke. There is some confusion as to who owns what. Lengthy discussion ensued, will be public hearing. George DeMet made a motion that an option to rezone the strip, not the whole forty acres, which is described as SE of the NE Sec 03 from the right of way of hwy. 47 and all property East of hwy 47 be forwarded to the county and they will set the time and place and take it from there. Motion seconded by Stephanie Sowatzka, motion carried, all ayes.
Proposal to install French drain behind Sloan Center: Pitlik and Wick submitted a proposal in the amount of $8,540.00 to fill the puddle in behind the community center in the alley. They would dig a trench 40’ long, 5’ wide, 12’ deep and put in 17 tons of rock and then put washed stone on top of the initial rock. Clarified as to where puddle is. Stephanie Sowatzka made a motion to accept the proposal, seconded by Larry Hoffman, motion carried, all ayes.
WTA Convention in Steven Point: inquired about attending the meeting in Stevens Point. If want to go, please contact the clerk.
Chamber of Commerce membership and Room Tax Commission: cost and benefits of remaining with the Chamber. DeMet stated we have a very competent Chamber here in Lake Tomahawk. Is it worth it when we pay $7,000 to Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce? We have three options: stay the way it is, collect room tax and keep the money, or eliminate the room tax. Extra paperwork for the Treasurer if we quit the Chamber. Clerk to write a letter to the businesses that are currently paying room tax and see what their thoughts are regarding staying with the Chamber. DeMet made a motion for the clerk to send out a letter regarding room tax, seconded by Stephanie Sowatzka, motion carried, all ayes.
Future Agenda Items: short term rentals and what the county is mandating, mining ordinance. DeMet stated a person contacted him from the Town of Lynn and would like to come and talk at our Board Meeting in the near future regarding the mining issue.
Correspondence: Stephanie Sowatzka was contacted regarding the weeds by the old gas station. DeMet stated Barb Vetterman was in and she was getting information on how to get rid of the weeds properly. Paul, who owns gas station, said yes take care of it.
Adjournment: Motion made by George DeMet at 7:43 p.m. to adjourn, seconded by Stephanie Sowatzka, motion carried, all ayes.
Sharon Trimberger Lintereur, Clerk
The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held their Regular Town Board Meeting on March 14, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. at the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center. All notices were posted according to the Open Meeting Law and the media was notified.
Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisors Stephanie Sowatzka and Larry Hoffman, Treasurer Mike Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.
Chairman DeMet called the regular Town Board Meeting of March 14, 2018 to order at 6:50 P.M. and read the Agenda of March 14, 2018. DeMet then led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Approve the Agenda with the order at the discretion of the Chair: Sowatzka made a motion to approve the Agenda; seconded by Hoffman. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of March 14, 2018: Hoffman made a motion to approve the Minutes of 3-14-18; seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Approve the payment of Bills and Vouchers: The Clerk asked the Board to approve the ACH, EFT & EFTPS payments, Check #’s 17269 to 17303 and payroll checks 4212 to 4230 for a Total of $38,197.62. DeMet made a motion to approve the Payment of bills and vouchers as read by the clerk, seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Treasurer’s Report: Lynch stated that during the month of February, the Town collected $97, 128 in property taxes. The Town then paid out $469,605 to the schools, Horsehead Lake District and Sanitary District from all taxes collected in January and February. We received $11,377 from the DNR for PILT. Expenses totaled $39,780. Road Dept. expenses were $22,794 of which $15,847 were wages and expenses. The town also paid $4,850 to the assessor for the first half of his annual fee. DeMet moved to accept the Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Hoffman. Motion carried, all Ayes.
County Representative: Bob Metropulos said he was on the Public Safety Committee which includes Sheriff and law enforcement, including EMTS, Judges, courts personnel, etc. From the General Fund they turned back in $1,517,000 plus which comes from the jails. We have a contract with the State and they were quite surprised with the payment that they received. Metropulos asked Sheriff Hartman if this would continue and Hartman thought it would.
Metropulos also talked about the single entrance to the Court House. They have an architect coming in next week to see what can be done to this historical building. No one will be able to come into the front door; they will have to come in a single entry on the side. It will cost $200,000 to $300,000. They will have two more deputies on guard and they might also be revamping the elevator. Eddie Hammer who is on their Newbolt Board, was Director of Public Works for Marathon County, and they started their work on a single entry about 13 years ago and they just got it through. Vilas County has one, it’s not the best. Oneida County has had some problems in the past couple of years with people coming in and causing problems so this definitely is the way to go. DeMet asked Bob if he knew what the daily charge was for housing out of county prisoners; Bob didn’t know, but would find out. The jail provides food and medical needs.
Public Comment: No one had anything.
Approve private road name for West Bluebird Subdivision: We talked about this before. Because there are more than 4 property owners we have to name the road. We got a letter from the County Property Listing Coodinator and they suggested, Bear Den Lane, so it’s up to the Town to approve that. DeMet asked the board what they thought; Stephanie said it was fitting. DeMet said apparently the property owners agreed with the name. DeMet made a motion that the road be called Bear Den Lane, seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all ayes.
Sale of 2000 Sterling patrol truck: We bought a new truck about a year ago and we held on to this one because of some glitches with the new one. Now, everything seems to be in order and we have this extra truck for sale. It has 160,624 miles on it and it is in very good condition so we are going to put an ad in the paper and see what we can get for it. This is a plow truck with a dump and it has everything on it. With the approval of the Board, DeMet will put an ad in the paper and have the truck outside by the garage so any interested parties can look at it and we will see what we can get. DeMet is looking at $20,000; perhaps more. Hoffman made a motion that the Town sell the truck, seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
ATV survey question and cover letter: DeMet read the letter that will be going out to every registered voter and property owner, along with the question posed. Barb Ehler read a letter from the Lake Tomahawk ATV Club thanking the Town Board for all the time, effort, support and concern the board has shown the Lake Tomahawk ATV/UTV club over the last half year. DeMet said at the last meeting it was suggested that a map may be included. DeMet made a copy of a map taken from Oneida County GIS Mapping that shows the down town area and it is his suggestion that we map out where the parking area would be and where the route to the snowmobile trail would be. It would be one more page that would be added to the letter going out and it shouldn’t make any difference in the postage. The card needs to be mailed so we know it’s not duplicated.
Parker asked if the Plan Commission would be involved in the process. DeMet said that after we get the cards back, he guessed the Plan Commission could be part of the process. Barb objected to having the Plan Commission involved in the process. She indicated that every member of the Plan Commission is against the ATV/UTV plan. DeMet disagreed. The Town Board has the final say. Hoffman made a motion that we move forward with this process; seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Clerk resignation and replacement: DeMet said he didn’t know what he is doing wrong, but the Town has had a Supervisor resign and now the Clerk. “it’s feeling like the white house”. Nancy is resigning effective 3/21/18 and there will be an ad in the paper on Friday, March 16th and Tuesday, the 20th. All resumes should be received by March 28, 2018. In the meantime, we have a deputy clerk who will be filling the position. The board will set up a date after March 28th, to meet and approve the new clerk.
Request to see design and construction estimates for Town Office Addition: The Town Office is very small for three people to be working in there. DeMet measured it. It’s 16 X 16 and that does not include substracting the entrance through the door.
The Plan is not to add from that office as there is no room to add. DeMet is asking permission from the Board to hire an architect to give us a plan on adding Office space off of the Peterson room. He would like someone to give on some figures before the annual meeting so that we can bring it up at that time. The voters will have to approve any addition. In the municipal fund we have $71,840.48. Sowatzka made a motion that we go forward and get estimates for the Town Office; seconded by Hoffman. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Future Agenda Items: Hoffman suggested future roads that need to be worked on, parking at the boat landing, on top of the hill and handicapped parking areas.
Adjournment: DeMet made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Hoffman. Motion carried, All Ayes. Meeting adjourned at 7:36 P.M.
Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk
The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held their Regular Town Board Meeting on February 14, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. at the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center. All notices were posted according to the Open Meeting Law and the media was notified.
Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisors Stephanie Sowatzka and Larry Hoffman, Treasurer Mike Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.
Chairman DeMet called the regular Town Board Meeting of February 14, 2018 to order at 6:59 P.M. and read the Agenda of February 14, 2018. DeMet then led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Approve the Agenda for February 14, 2018: Sowatzka made a motion to approve the Agenda; seconded by Hoffman. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of 1/10/18: Hoffman made a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of 1/10/18; seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Approve the payment of bills and Vouchers: The Clerk asked the Board to approve the ACH, EFT, & EFTPS payments, check #’s 17213 to 17267 and payroll checks 4185 to 4211 for a total of $600,613.18. DeMet mentioned that there were several large payments that were made. These are tax sharing payments that we make to the schools, MHLT, Lakeland Union and Nicolet. DeMet made a motion to approve the Payment of bills and vouchers as read by the clerk, seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Treasurer’s Report: Lynch stated that during the Month of January the Town collected $1,791,313 in property taxes, after refunds. The Town then paid out $896,283 to the schools, Horsehead Lake District and the Sanitary District. $5,468.00 was collected from the county in Timber Sales. $36,175 was received from the state for our quarterly highway aid. $184 was collected for dog Licenses.
Expenses totaled $40,067.00. Road Dept. expenses were $30,972 of which $24,478 were wages and benefits. The town also paid $1,000 as an annual contribution to the Lakeland Senior Center. DeMet made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report; seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
County Representative: Bob Metropulos wanted to recognize one of the top Departments in Oneida County and that is Social Services. Social Services is probably in the top five as far as being managed well and employees managed, also financially managed. Mary Rideout is the Chairman and Mary and her staff are just outstanding. They have been on that committee for quite a few years. Recently they had a meeting and Mary gave a very brief speech on the budget. They had a surplus of over $300,000 which will be going back in to the general fund and they start from scratch again. They give back over the years and the key is running a good business. Some of the programs they are involved in is child support, child care assistance, medical assistance, food stamps, fuel assistance, child abuse and neglect investigations; they work with the sheriff’s dept. on that. Also, child welfare services, adult protective services, day care certification and many other programs. This is probably the most pressured job in the county. They have room for 43 positions, and right now they have 41 of them filled.
Public Comment: Greg Gardner asked the town to speak at the meeting. Mr. Gardner is running for Sheriff of Oneida County in 2018 and wanted to introduce himself. Greg is a lifelong resident of Oneida County. Greg’s family has lived here since the 1800’s. Greg is running for sheriff because he cares about the people that work there and he wouldn’t run if he didn’t feel he could do a better job than the current administration. Greg is a graduate of Rhinelander High School. He is a military Veteran, serving 4 years in the US Army and have been working at the sheriff’s department for the last 23 years.
Wilderness Surveying: subdivision proposal for Don and Sharon Hilgendorf: Chairman DeMet presented the preliminary map and subdivision application to Steve Forrest of the Plan Commission and Steve didn’t see any reason to call for a meeting as it is a very simple process of subdividing the house from the rest of the property. Hilgendorf said it was just the 4 acres that the house stands on. DeMet asked if anyone had an objection to Mr. Hilgendorf subdividing. Being none, Hoffman made a motion to allow the subdivision to take place, seconded by Sowatzka; motion carried, all Ayes.
Resolution for State Grant application for Boat Landing bathrooms: The Park Commission decided last year that it would be a good idea to get some new bathrooms down by the boat landing. Since we put in the handicapped pier and a porta-potty; that is the one being used and it gets over-used. The current bathrooms do not have the capacity and need to be emptied weekly. Rodney on the Park Commission has applied for a grant to put in some new bathrooms. Rodney said it basically is what you see at most campgrounds. The cost would be $44,125 and this would just be a formality saying the Town would match the other half or $22,062.50. However, he would also be applying to Wisconsin Valley Improvement for a $15,000 grant which would bring the town’s portion down to $7,000 and that could be covered by boat launch fees. So the town may not have to pay out anything. This resolution is just part of the paperwork that they need done for the grant. DeMet then read the resolution and made a motion that the town comply with the resolution so that the Park Commission can apply for the State Grant. Seconded by Sowatzka; motion carried all Ayes.
Update on ATV/UTV club request for use of Town property/questionnaire: Barb Spears-Ehlers, President handed out a survey. The club plans to mail out the survey on March 1, 2018 to be returned on March 30, 2018. Lake Tomahawk ATV/UTV Club will assume all financial and/or labor responsibilities and they will have volunteers that will come to the town office to stuff envelopes, etc. so there will be no costs to the town. At this time the Club would like approval of the question and would like to meet with the town next week as far as mailing lists are concerned. DeMet read the question, “Do you favor the use of 800 ft. of Town owned Rail Road Grade and a portion of the (over Flow) parking area to connect to existing State ATV/UTV trail system? Yes________ No_________.”
DeMet said he would withhold judgment on the question at this time. For one thing he felt that it was more than 800 ft. if you are going down towards D. Adam said that all they were asking for was 800 ft. DeMet said he spent hours on the computer trying to download the list of property owners and wasn’t able to download it. We may have to use the Town’s list of property owners and poll lists. DeMet said we are talking about a lot of man hours and the ATV/UTV club said they are willing to do it.
DeMet said as far as the question is concerned, he would like to check with a couple of people and get their opinion, and maybe make some minor changes, if necessary. A member of the audience asked if the question could also include a map and it can. The Club will meet with DeMet next week and get everything settled.
Ordinance for appointing Board of Review alternates: Larry and George were at Board of Review training on February 2nd and the instructor suggested that they adopt an ordinance for appointing Board of Review alternates. DeMet said he talked to Catherine Parker and Patsy Christy and they both said they would be available to be alternates. DeMet copied the ordinance out of the book and made a motion that they be appointed alternates for the Board of Review. Seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Town Board Committee Assignments: DeMet said there seemed to be some confusion on the web site as to who handles what. Stephanie was a member of the Parks Commission and Larry who took over for Matt was also part of the Parks. DeMet suggested that Stephanie keep the Parks and web site, while Larry will take over the Plan commission, Horsehead Lake Association and the Cemetery. This was acceptable to all concerned.
Correspondence: DeMet had two letters he had received in regard to the ATV/UTV Club and he asked the Clerk to make up a file for these items.
Future Agenda Items: DeMet said we had talked in previous months about having an ordinance in place for the placement of sex offenders. DeMet saw on the news that the State may be doing that for us. Stephanie brought up advertising for the different committees and commissions and DeMet mentioned that Darlene gave him a list of the different things that will be going on this summer for the children’s program. Stephanie brought up the fact that the web cam is apparently broken and has been all winter. George mentioned that the fellow was over and put up the second new camera and it supposedly was working. However, DeMet checked when he got home and it was not working. This is an on-going problem.
Adjournment: Stephanie made a motion to adjourn the meeting; seconded by Hoffman. Motion carried, all Ayes. Meeting adjourned at 7:29 P.M.
Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk
The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held their Regular Town Board Meeting on January 10, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. at the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center. All notices were posted according to the Open Meeting Law and the media was notified.
Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisors Stephanie Sowatzka and Larry Hoffman, Treasurer Mike Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.
Chairman DeMet called the regular Town Board Meeting of January 10, 2018 to order at 6:59 P.M. and led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Approve the Agenda for January 10, 2018: Sowatzka made a motion, seconded by Hoffman to approve the Agenda of January 10, 2018. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Approve the minutes from the Regular Board Meeting of 12/13/17: Sowatzka made a motion, seconded by Hoffman to approve the minutes from the Regular Board Meeting of 12/13/17. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Approve the payment of bills and vouchers: The Clerk asked the Board to approve the ACH, EFT & EFTPS payments, check #’s 17140 to 17212 and payroll checks 4166 to 4189 for a total of $976,389.64. DeMet made a motion to approve the payment of bills and vouchers as read by the Clerk, seconded Hoffman, motion carried, all ayes.
Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Mike Lynch said during the Month of December, the town had income of $774.00. The majority of which was interest. $15,234 was paid for salt sand. $4,870 was paid for discounted website service paid in advance. There were no other non-ordinary expenses paid during the month. Property Taxes collected in December will be reported at the next meeting. DeMet made a motion, seconded by Hoffman to approve the Treasurer’s report. Motion carried, all Ayes.
County Representative: Bob Metropulos said they had a special meeting, one of the items was to purchase 240 acres in the Town of Enterprise. The land was classified as the most prestige in the area, just a beautiful piece of land. It has a lake on it, a lot of wooded area and what Jack wants to do is set it up for the Veterans, but also open to the public. They finally took a vote and it ended up 17 to 4 in favor of purchasing the land. They were able to get a grant for it. The property came to $850,000 to $900,000. The property over a period of 3 or 4 years will be paid for.
Public Comment: None
Lake Tomahawk ATV Club: proposal for anticipated trail access and parking needs: Barb Spears-Ehlers of the ATV/UTV Club, said they put up what is a proposal map for a lot of the surrounding communities. Troy and Barb have been meeting with what they call the Alliance which is multiple townships all the way up to Michigan. They are working on a proposed road plan. Barb is the President of the newly formed ATV-UTV Club and they are currently building their membership and fundraising to support the club’s activities. The response has been incredible and positive. In October of 2017, the DNR revised the Master Plan of the State Forest and has included ATV-UTV use in the forest in this new Master Plan.
With Lake Tomahawk being situated in the middle of the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest, this potentially brings additional tourism and recreational opportunities to the Town. The current DNR plan will have trails in the forest just north of Town. The Lake Tomahawk ATU-UTV club would like to connect the Town to this trail system. They are representing both individuals and businesses that would like to see ATV-UTV access to the Town. To gain this access we are proposing use of Town property as a trail head and a short ATV-UTV trail to connect to the State Forest Trail System.
The Request to the Town is that a Trail Head/Parking be established on the railway grade North of D, south of public parking lot, as a “one way” entrance and parking to be marked with signs to use for all truck and trailer parking, and or motor home. A short access (approximately 800 ft.) from the North end of town to cross Rainbow Road to parking lot. Barb attached a map which shows the 800 ft. coming down the trail 270/17 to Kelly Drive into the grade behind the BP and the repair shop and then to head down to the public lot. They have things in place as far as signage and they do agree that they should post speed limits for 10 mph starting at Miller Lake lane through Trail 270/17 including the grade. Signage to include wording as to “No Stopping” or “Congregating” on trails, to alleviate noise.
Barb also included a letter from Jeff Pennucci of the DNR, wherein he states the DNR would like to see clubs and Townships address ATV interest involving the Northern Highland State Forest opportunity. The overall objective with the NHAL Amendment approval is to provide ATV connection between municipalities and through routes on the state forest north to south and east to west, similar to the bike trails like Heart of Vilas County System. Where possible, DNR would prefer to use existing woods roads and connect with Town roads to provide these corridors.
DeMet has always felt that ATV should be off road and as they discussed last Saturday that the only hurtle to clear would be whether or not the people of the town that paid for that railway right-of-way would allow it to be used as a trailhead. As was discussed the most reasonable thing to do is send out a questionnaire and say, very simply, do you support using town property behind Lakeland True Value as an ATV/UTV Trailhead? Yes or No. Kevin Krueger said it could also be asking about utilizing the property North of Rainbow road as a trail route to access the forest trail. It should include tax payers and registered voters. Krueger asked that members from the Town Board and the ATV/UTV club work together to set up the verbiage. DeMet agreed. Larry Hoffman agreed to be on the committee for the Town. DeMet asked if the club had talked to the people who live between the grade and the snowmobile trail. The club had talked to all people except one, whose Dad had a bad day, and they had to take him to the doctor. Otherwise, all or most of the people have been talked to.
Planning and Zoning request for input on allowing horses in District #2, single family: DeMet felt that District #2, single family is way too restrictive to allow horses. Smaller lots, close neighbors, not enough room for a horse or hooved animal. Chickens and geese is one thing, but as far as DeMet is concerned, he felt that the Board should object to it. It will be on the county agenda in February and the county wanted our input prior to that. DeMet made a motion that we write back to the County that we object to the allowing of horses in single family residential. Hoffman seconded the motion. All in favor, DeMet and Hoffman were in favor; Sowatzka opposed. Motion carried.
Mining 101 forum at Reulands, January 24th: If you recall last month, Mrs. Lauersdorf encouraged us to get involved with the mining debate. There is a free workshop on January 24th at Reulands for all Town officials and county representatives. DeMet had already signed up and he encouraged the others to do so also, if possible. Hoffman and Sowatzka expressed interest in attending.
WTA District Meeting, February 2nd: This is another one at Ruelands and this is the Board of Review training. Our attendance would be a good idea. Contact the clerk if you wish to attend as this one has to be paid for.
Adjournment: Hoffman made a motion to adjourn, seconded by DeMet. Motion carried all Ayes. Meeting adjourned at 7:30 P.M.
Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk
The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held their Regular Town Board Meeting on December 13, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. at the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center. All notices were posted according to the Open Meeting Law and the media was notified.
Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisor Larry Hoffman, Treasurer Michael Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.
Chairman DeMet called the regular Town Board Meeting of December 13, 2017 to order at 6.59 P.M. and led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Approve the Agenda for 12/13/17: Hoffman made a motion to approve the Agenda of 12/13/17. Seconded by DeMet. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Approve the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of November 8, 2017: Hoffman made a motion to approve the Minutes of the regular Town Board Meeting of November 8, 2017. Seconded by DeMet. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Approve the Payment of Bills & Vouchers: The Clerk asked the Board to approve the ACH, EFT & EFTPS payments, check #’s 17082 to 17139 and payroll checks 4155 to 4175 for a Total of $255,013.53. DeMet made a motion to approve the payment of bills and vouchers as read by the Clerk, seconded by Hoffman. Motion carried, all Ayes:
Treasurer’s Report: Income for the Month of November totaled $13,072; the majority of which came from the final payment from the state in shared revenues. The World Musky Hunt donated $376 for a new bicycle rack. The parks department received two donations, one of $500 from Snowshoe Baseball for the use of Snowshoe park; and the other a donation from Amy Monday and Michelle McGreal in the amount of $350 from the sale of the Lake Tomahawk calendars; to be used by the beautification committee for new flowers next spring. $560 was also collected in boat launch fees and permits.
Expenses for the month totaled $226,753. Road Department expenses were $207,959 including $21,434 in wages and benefits. $180,346 was spent on blacktopping Rainbow and Fawn Lake Roads. The annual payments were made to the Snowmobile Club of $4,000 and the Children’s Christmas Party of $250. DeMet made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report as read by the Treasurer. Motion seconded by Hoffman. Motion carried, all Ayes.
County Representative: Not Present.
Public Comment: Barb Spears-Ehlers of the ATV/UTV Club asked to be put on the Agenda for January, 2018 with new and current changes. They have proposed plans and maps and they would like to re-visit it in January. DeMet said he would put it on the Agenda.
Eileen Lauersdorf introduced herself. She lives on Hasbrook Lake and belongs to the Hasbrook Lake Association. One of her neighbors, that don’t live here full time, asked her to come to the meeting.
The neighbor said the ATV trail goes right behind her home on Iron Lane and she is fed up with the noise. The neighbor is unhappy and wondered if she would have any say so. DeMet said everyone has a say so. The proposal came about because the State decided to open up some of the forest roads. Mainly for Lake Tomahawk’s concerns, it would be coming down off of Gritzmacher Road and then travel into Lake Tomahawk via Hasbrook and Kelly Dr. Barb said she would be happy to talk to the people regarding the ATV trail. Lauersdorf also wanted to bring up the mining moratorium that was recently passed by Tiffany. We have 6 months that municipalities and cities can make an ordinance addressing the subject. She was at a meeting of the league of women voters and a gentleman speaker said that municipalities and cities can make an ordinance to stop the mining within their city or municipal limits. DeMet suggested she start at the county level and speak with Bob Metropolis. Mike Timmons would also be her representative for the Town of Woodruff and she could also talk to him. DeMet suggested she talk to as many as she can to get the word out there.
Dave Noel/Oneida County Broadband Development Committee: DeMet had told Dave that he didn’t have to come. This has been discussed in the past couple of years. In 2018 that is when he will be writing a grant for our area. We have already pledged our support so he didn’t have to drive over from Sugar Camp tonight and talk us into it again. Dave told DeMet that they are going to work off of the cell tower that is already in existence on Bear Rd and another one is going up off of Midlake Road. There is also one off of Bearskin Lake that is being constructed now that will cover the southern part of the township. Hopefully a lot of the Lake Tomahawk area will be covered by these broadband towers.
Parks Commission appointments: We have had two people come forward to fill the vacancies on the Park Commission, Elaine Carpenter and Bev Fagan. There is no reason not to approve their appointment. DeMet made a motion that Elaine Carpenter and Bev Fagan are gladly accepted as appointment to the Park Commission. Motion seconded by Hoffman. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Two lot subdivision/John Bicek 8144 West Bluebird Rd.: Mr. Konopacky is here. This went to the Plan Commission already; they approved it with the suggestion that there be a cul-du-sac for emergency vehicles mainly. The County has already approved it. Hoffman made a motion to accept the two lot subdivision as presented by Mr. Konopacky and the Plan Commission; seconded by DeMet. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Room Tax Proposal from Town of Minocqua: The Town of Minocqua is looking at raising the room tax and also raising the amount that we would retain. They want to know if we want to go along with an increase, how much of an increase and an increase in our share or any alternatives. Mike is our room tax collector. We get 4%. In the last year we collected $8,790 and we got $2,197. Room Tax is not a very popular item for most of the people in town. Lynch said that there are 3 resorts in town that will fold if they have to collect any more. What benefits does the Town of Lake Tomahawk get? You see these billboards in Chicago that say “Minocqua”. DeMet agreed with Lynch. Lynch also said it was a hugh burden on him to collect it. We also got a letter from Krystal Westfall and she is talking about hiring someone to handle the room tax and specifically the new law that allows short term rental in single family residences. There is nothing in her letter that actually says that.
DeMet said if it was up to him, he would say leave it the way it is. Hoffman agreed with DeMet. DeMet had talked to Mike earlier and he mentioned that many of the resorts already have rented their places for next year. They had already collected the money and then they will have to pay the extra room tax fee. DeMet said perhaps we should draft a letter to Mark Hartzheim of the Town of Minocqua and say we are happy with the situation as it now stands and we don’t see any need to increase the tax or our portion of it. DeMet made a motion that we respond to the letter from Chairman Hartzheim and indicate that we would like to see the room Tax and our portion of it remain at the level it already is. Seconded by Hoffman. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Approve matching LOSA funds for Volunteer Firefighters: We match what the firefighters get from the State and this year the amount is $390.00. DeMet made a motion that we continue to match matching funds for our volunteer firefighters. Seconded by Hoffman. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Pre-buy hours at discounted rate from Northern Computer Service: The current labor rate for website support and graphic design is $70/hr. On December 1st, the rate raised to $78/hr. If we purchase a block of 100 hours, the rate drops to $48/hr. J.R. indicated that if we don’t use all of the hours, it will roll over to the next year, or even the next year after that. Hoffman made a motion to buy the hours; seconded by DeMet. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Future Agenda Items: DeMet had a couple of items that came from Planning and Zoning and they want a response by February 28th. One of the items is horses in District #2, single family. As of right now, horses and other hoofed animals are prohibited. They are talking about changing that to allow horses and they want our input about minimum lot size, buildings that might be used to house horses, requirements like the total number of horses or maybe something like how many per acre. We would also be requiring administrative or conditional use permit.
The other item is accessory structures in single family residential districts. Right now the requirement is that an accessory structure has to be no greater than 1,008 sq. ft., unless there already is a main residence structure on the lot.
Another item that DeMet was asked was to put on the Agenda is a sex offender placement ordinance. Hazelhurst is putting one into effect and Winchester is adopting an ordinance about where sex offenders may live will also look at this next month. Greg Harrold, our town attorney, has worked on the one for Winchester so it would be very easy to borrow their ordinance if we decide to go that way.
Correspondence: DeMet asked Hoffman if he was getting the Towns’ Association magazine. He isn’t, but the clerk will contact them and change the address. In February there is going to be a district meeting and it’s going to be in Minocqua. The meeting will be a Board of Review Training. Every member of the Board of Review has to be trained every two years so it would be to Larry’s advantage to sign up for that. He should talk to the clerk. It’s February 2nd at Rueland’s Conference Center.
DeMet asked if there was anything else. Lynch though it would be a good thing to write a letter to the people who pay room tax and see what their feelings are about the chamber and room tax.
Mike has a list of the people who pay room tax and there are 11 people. It would be a good idea to see what they think about the room tax increase and the chamber.
Adjournment: Hoffman made a motion to adjourn; seconded by DeMet. Motion carried, all Ayes. Meeting adjourned at 7:26 PM.
Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk
The town of Lake Tomahawk held their regular Town Board Meeting on November 8, 2017 in the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center. All notices were posted according to the Open Meeting Law and the media was notified.
Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisor Hoffman and Clerk Nancy Schneider.
Chairman DeMet called the regular Town Board Meeting of November 8, 2017 to order at 7:00 P.M. and led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Approve the Agenda: Chairman DeMet read the Agenda of November 8, 2017. Hoffman made a motion to approve the Agenda of 11-8-17, seconded by DeMet. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Approve the Minutes for the regular Board Meeting of October 11, 2017 and the Special Board Meeting of October 24, 2017: Hoffman made a motion to approved the 10-11-17 and 10-24-17 Minutes. Seconded by DeMet. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Approve the payment of bills and vouchers: The Clerk asked the Board to approve the ACH, EFT & EFTPS payments, check #’s 17058 to 17081 and payroll checks 4138 to 4154 for a Total of $45,674.34. DeMet made a motion to approve the payment of bills and vouchers as read by the clerk; seconded by Hoffman. Motion carried, All ayes.
Treasurer’s Report: Income for the Town in October totaled $36,188, with the majority coming from the Quarterly State Highway Aid payment of $33,344. $6,367 was received in Room tax Income; out of that the Chamber was paid $4,775, with the town keeping $1,592. Expenses for the month totaled $69,012.
Road Department expenses were $53,319, out of which $15,123 was Wages and Benefits. $17,410 was spent on blacktopping Lark & elm Roads; $12,000 was paid as a deposit on gravel and $1700 was spent on animal control, Beavers.
County Representative: Not Present.
Appointment of election workers for 2018 and 2019: In a motion by Chairman DeMet, the following were re-appointed for the 2018/19 term: Darlene Neumann, Patricia Christy, Lois Fox, Jeanne Godar, Diane Hull, Connie Langren, Mary Ann Zimmerman, Louise Sowatzka and Elaine Carpenter. Seconded by Hoffman. Motion carried, all Ayes. The Clerk will contact these individuals and see if they want to continue. They will then take their Oath of Office in December.
Sno-Fleas request for funding from the 2017 Budget: Kevin Krueger from the Sno-Fleas had previously requested the $4,000 that was in the Budget for 2017. Motion to allocate the $4,000 to the Sno-Fleas by Larry Hoffman; seconded by DeMet. Motion carried, All ayes. DeMet mentioned that the budgeted amount for 2018 is $2,000.
Purchase of a new digital voice recorder: DeMet had researched the matter and found a Sony Recorder for $200.00 on Amazon. DeMet would be willing to put this on his credit card and get reimbursed by the Town.
It may be a good idea to get a credit card in the Town’s name. The Clerk will do research by checking with other Towns or the Towns Association to see if they have credit cards and how they are used.
Nuisance beavers and dam issues near West Bluebird Rd. and Killdeer Rd.: The DNR said that the Town can take care of the beavers’ dam. DeMet and Hoffman will discuss the matter and see how they want to handle it.
Anticipated 2018 Road Projects: Dorothy Lake, Dove and Big Doe, resurfacing asphalt. W. Bluebird, N. Bluebird and Hideout, chip seal.
Future Agenda Items: Ordinance for renting property, single family residences. The County is working on this and the town will look into it.
Correspondence: DeMet had a letter from the Census Bureau. He asked Larry if he would be interested in dealing with it. If not, DeMet would talk to Sowatzka.
Adjournment: Hoffman made a Motion to Adjourn; seconded by DeMet. Motion carried, all Ayes. Meeting adjourned at 7:20 P.M.
Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk
The Town of Lake Tomahawk held their regular Town Board meeting on September 13, 2017 in the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center. All notices were posted according to the Open Meeting law and the media was notified.
Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisors Sowatzka and Hoffman, Treasurer Mike Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.
Chairman DeMet read the Agenda of the Regular Town Board Meeting of September 13, 2017 and called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. Chairman DeMet led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Approve the Agenda of 9/13/17 with the order at the discretion of the Chair: Sowatzka made a motion to approve the Agenda as read by the Chair, seconded by Hoffman, Motion carried all Ayes.
Approve the Minutes for the Board of Review of 7/12/17, the Regular Board Meeting of 8/09/17 and the Special Board Meeting of 9/07/17: DeMet made a motion to approve the minutes as written for 7/12/17, 8/9/17 and 9/7/17; seconded by Sowatzka, Motion carried, all Ayes.
Approve the payment of bills and vouchers: The clerk asked the Board to approve the ACH, EFT & EFTPS payments, check #’s 16986 to 17024 and payroll checks 4081 to 4115 for a Total of $104,193.38. DeMet made a motion to approve the payment of bills and vouchers as read by the clerk; seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried all Ayes:
Chairman DeMet introduced Larry Hoffman, our new Supervisor, who replaced Matt Michalsen who moved to Marshfield.
Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Lynch stated income for the month of August totaled $232,403 which included the August property tax settlement from the county of $212,778 less delinquent sanitary district charges of $4,048. We received grant money from the State for the handicapped pier totaling $21,500. The Parks Dept. collected $1,562 in launch fees and permits.
Expenses for the month totaled $79,357. Road Department expenses were $44,787, including $20,440 in wages and benefits. $14,753 was spent on repairing Heron Rd. $8,509 was paid for our annual Property and Liability Insurance. DeMet made a motion to approved the Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all ayes.
County Representative: Not here. Bob Metropolis was attending a dedication to his wife which was held in Green Bay.
Public Comment: Doris Vyvyan asked if we were going to discuss ATV’s. DeMet said he talked twice with Jessica and they were not prepared so there will be no discussion about ATV’s tonight. A member of the audience reminded the Board of the survey which was taken a few years back. The Chairman made note of it.
Darlene Neuman mentioned that a lady from Holy Family Church asked if we would post their rummage/bake sale on the electronic sign.
Darlene left two messages and she received no response from the people who put items on the sign and the item did not appear on the sign. This has happen on different occasions and Darlene felt that it should be addressed. Darlene said they have had some volunteers that wanted to take care of the sign, but they were turned down. Darlene said that line dancing was on the sign but when the time changed in the spring, it did not change for some time on the electronic sign. DeMet agreed that we should probably have a method set up for any messages that are put on the board. There is a computer assigned to connect with the sign, but there is only one available. DeMet said we should probably see what it would take to get a second computer.
Doris said it would be nice if Larry Hoffman would tell us a little bit about himself. Larry introduced himself. He lives on Dorothy Lake about a mile east of town. His Grandparents bought the property in 1909 and Larry use to come up and stay with his Grandparents for the summer. After he grew up, he had a wife and kids and didn’t make it back until he retired, which was 10 years ago. Larry said he loves being in the northwoods; he doesn’t hunt or fish, but he does play golf. DeMet said they were happy to have Larry on the Board and thought he would do a great job.
Gary Sowatzka mentioned the speeding on Kelly Drive. There is a 25 miles an hour speed limit, but no one seems to follow it. Gary wanted to see if the Town could put up another sign on the curve. There are a number of dogs in the area and they are going to have a new baby in the neighborhood. There have been cars coming around that curve going 45 to 55 mph, on a regular basis. Jessica Kloes mention that it would be nice to have a 10 mph sign put on Kloes pit road as the trucks just speed through there. DeMet said he would talk to the Lake Tomahawk Road Crew; however, the Road in question is in the Town of Woodruff.
Amend Article 10.3 of the Town Ordinances elimination the Beautification Committee and delegating those duties to the Parks: DeMet said that two lovely women have been serving on the Beautification Committee for some time and both have resigned. We have not had anyone take their place. However, the town felt that the duties could be performed by the Parks employees without any additional help. Because this was set up as an ordinance, we need a motion to rescind the motion. Hoffman made a motion to rescind the ordinance pertaining to the Beautification Committee; seconded by DeMet. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Request for use of Town property as ATV trailhead: Jessica asked if she could have an extension to put this item on the Agenda for next month so they will be more prepared. DeMet said that this would be okay, but he does want Jessica to confirm that they will be prepared to discuss the matter, prior to George putting the Agenda together.
Correspondence: Lisa Neitzel will be doing the Children’s Halloween Party again this year. It will be on October 28th, with the party from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and Trick or Treating from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.
DeMet asked the Board if they could meet on Tuesday, September 19th at 9:00 AM, as they are running low on gravel and need to appropriate funds to purchase gravel. The board didn’t think that they would need to purchase gravel this year, but they are moving the crusher in and they need to purchase gravel for this year and next year.
Jeff Smith said that the Parks Commission did a wonderful job of taking care of the ball diamond and he was wondering if the Town could help, by not destroying it by dumping all the plowed snow and salt on the field. It causes problems with drainage. DeMet said he would discuss with the crew.
Chairman adjourned the meeting at 7:17 PM.
Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk
The Town of Lake Tomahawk held their regular Town Board Meeting on August 9, 2017 in the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center. All notices were posted according to the Open Meeting Law and the media was notified.
Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisors Michalsen and Sowatzka, Treasurer Mike Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.
Chairman DeMet read the Agenda of the Regular Town Board Meeting of August 9, 2017 and called the meeting to order at 7:03 P.M. Chairman DeMet led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Approve the Agenda of August 9, 2017 with order at the discretion of the Chair: Michalsen made a motion to approve the Agenda as read by the Chair, seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of July 12, 2017: Michalsen made a motion to approve the minutes as written of July 12, 2007, seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Approve the payment of bills and vouchers: Clerk asked the Board to approve the ACH, EFT & EFTPS payments, check #’s 16948 to 16988 and payroll checks 4057 to 4093 for a total of $129,552.72. Michalsen made a motion to approve the payments of bills and vouchers as read by the clerk, seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Lynch read his report. Income for the month of July totaled $40,173, which included our quarterly State Highway aid payment of $33,344. Room Tax receipts totaled $2,418, of which the town keeps $605, the remaining $1,814 going to the Chamber. The Parks Collected $3,275 in launch fees and permits. Expenses for the month totaled $103,160. Road Department expenses were $78,365 including $14,480 in wages and benefits. $53,187 was spent on chipsealing River, Brush and Maple Roads. $4,000 was paid to the Tomahawk Lake Association. DeMet made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Michalsen. Motion carried, all Ayes.
County Representative: Not here, next item.
Public Comment: Jessica Kloes asked that ATV’s be put on the Agenda for next month and she would also like the parking situation to be on the Agenda. Chairman DeMet asked that she be more specific about ATV’s. Jessica replied the trail, trail head, the approval of it, talking about it, the DNR. She has talked to Corky Shephard and he will be at the next meeting if it’s put on the Agenda. Michalsen suggested that she talk to Corky Shephard about a formal proposal.
County Representative: Bob Metropolis said one of the things coming up would be the integration of the ADRC, with other counties. The other counties would be Forest, Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas. Oneida County has decided to withdraw and not be a part of it and Bob thought that it was a good idea as it would be more expensive as a group. ADRC stands for Aging Disability Resources Center. It would be less for the County and we would still have control. Bob also mention the Wisconsin State Parks and Recreational Management and asked George if he has heard from them. DeMet indicated that he met today with a man and they discussed the Northern Highland American Legion Recreation Plan, and they want to make amendments to the recreation plan.
Bob mentioned that there will be a hearing and the County and Town will be notified. They are trying to get ATV’s on all roads. The County will have a meeting on this on September 9th and will report back to the Town.
DeMet went back to “Public Comment” as more people had shown up. Jim Soyck, being one of the persons who came later, reiterated that he wanted ATV’s on the Agenda for next month. DeMet repeated what was said earlier on the subject.
Chairman/Supervisors Reports on Committees and commissions: Stephanie suggested that the Beautification and the Parks Commission be combined into one committee.
DeMet said that River, Brush and Maple all got sealcoated and we paid the bill today. Huron Road had ride control done and DeMet received two phone calls from individuals that had been very vocal about the road, saying how pleased they were with the road. They are working on Rainbow Road right now, getting it ready to be blacktopped. We still have Elm and Fawn Lake to do along with the intersection of Rainbow and Lily, but we did get the culvert replaced by the County of Rainbow. Doris Vyvyan asked about the gentleman who wanted repairs down to Bertland. DeMet had received a letter from the gentleman expressing thanks for the prompt action to his request.
Approve Temporary Class B License for the World Musky Hunt Aug. 24 through 26, 2017: Michalsen made a motion to approve the temporary Class B License for the Work Musky Hunt, seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Initial process for filling Supervisor vacancy: Michalsen said he would be resigning August 31, 2017 and handed in his resignation. Michalsen thanked the board individually and also thanked Darlene Neumann, Barb Vetterman and Bev Fagan for all that they have done for the town. DeMet said we have to put an ad in the paper and on the web site to recruit some people. The ad should go in next week. Stephanie said she would have Tuesday available for interviews. People interested would have until September 5th, to submit applications. We would start interviews on September 12th.
Future Agenda Items: The ATV’s and parking will be on the Agenda for next month and Jessica asked that the water problem and the basketball court also be resolved. Michalsen said he would like to see something down by next summer with the property behind the community center.
A gentleman asked what the board did if the position for the Supervisor was not filled by the next meeting and there had to be a vote. DeMet said that under these circumstances, if a vote is needed, the clerk is allowed to vote. To run for the position you have to be an elector in the Town of Lake Tomahawk. You do not have to vote, but have to be able to.
Adjournment: Michalsen made a motion to adjourn, seconded by DeMet. Motion carried, all Ayes. Meeting adjourned at 7:25 P.M.
Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk
The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held their regular Town Board Meeting on July 12, 2017 in the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center. All notices were posted according to the Open Meeting Law and the media was notified.
Present: Chairman George DeMet, supervisors Michalsen and Sowatzka, and Clerk Nancy Schneider.
Chairman DeMet read the agenda of the Regular Town Board Meeting of July 12, 2017 and called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. Chairman DeMet led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Approve the Agenda of July 12, 2017 with order at discretion of the Chair: Michalsen made a motion to approve the Agenda as read by the Chair, seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Approve the Minutes of the Regular Town Board Meeting of June 14, 2017: Sowatzka made a motion to approve the Minutes of the regular Town Board Meeting of June 14, 2017, seconded by Michalsen. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Approve the payment of bills and vouchers: Clerk asked the Board to approve the ACH, EFT & EFTPS payments, check #’s 16901 to 16947 and payroll checks 4034 to 4056 for a total of $47,702.39. Michalsen made a Motion, seconded by Sowatzka to approve the payment of bills and Vouchers as read by the clerk. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Lynch was unable to attend the meeting because of water in his basement so Chairman DeMet gave the treasurer’s report. Income for the month of June totaled $12,255 which included $8,960 from the state. The Parks collected $1,856 in boat launch fees and permits. Expenses for the month totaled $45,916. Road Department expenses were $32,627 including $22,454 in wages and benefits. DeMet made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s report, seconded by Michalsen. Motion carried, all Ayes.
County Representative: Not present.
Public Comment: A gentleman from the audience asked how many fireworks permits did the Town grant as it seems like there were many fireworks. Chairman DeMet said that only one permit was granted to a Mr. Reynolds of Alva Lake. The gentleman also noticed that the Fire Departments were in the parade and he wondered why the DNR didn’t have anything in the parade. DeMet said he didn’t know why, but the Town does not put on the parade, the Lions’ Club does. Kevin Krueger from the Lions’ didn’t know why the DNR was not in the parade. He didn’t know who they extend an invitation to.
Request for exemption from rental fee for use of Peterson Room/Dewey Wendler: DeMet called Mr. Wendler today and the Board had discussed this last month. Mr. Wendler, who is a member of the Town, would like to use the Peterson Room on Mondays for a two hour period for a self-help group. He is paying the fee out of his own pocket. This would be every Monday for several months and he is wondering if he could get some sort of a break. Michalsen made a motion to exempt the rental fee of the Peterson room, on Mondays from 12:30 to 2:30 on a trial basis for one month for the self-help group. Seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Conditional Use Permit application By Clark Theilig/Bitters and Bull for outside seating and entertainment, on occasion: He will be putting a concrete pad and a pergola, which is a roof of sorts, which can be opened or closed, and seating. He plans on having live music on occasion. The Plan Commission would limit the hours of entertainment from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM on most nights and to 11:00 PM on Holidays. The other concerns were parking and noise and that the proposed fence be built as shown in the application and that all required permits be obtained prior to installation.
Nancy Woller had concerns in regard to the parking. She said people had parked in their parking lot and in the handicapped parking space. When asked to not park there, she was insulted. They don’t want to have to mark their lot “customers only”, but they need to be able to move heavy furniture out, plus have access to their boat and home. They are getting large pot holes in their parking lot and in the handicapped parking space and have been parked in on different occasions. There is also a parking problem in the alley behind Bitters & Bull. DeMet said that the alley behind Bitters & Bull is clearly marked “No Parking” and as he drove by it tonight, there were 4 or 5 vehicles parked in the alley, and it is the employees. What we need to do is to inform Management that the employees need to find someplace else to park.
Oneida County needs to bring that up in their hearing on July 19th for the Conditional Use Permit; that Bitters & Bull has to find alternate parking, at least for the employees. Michalsen stated that he would go over to Bitters & Bull and introduce himself and explain about the parking situation. He would do so that night. DeMet made a motion that the board approve the Conditional use application with the three stipulations that were just discussed and forward it on to Oneida County for their public hearing on July 19th. Seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Consider additional paving project on ROW behind Gregory Realty and BP Station: DeMet said he was throwing this out there because the Town does have sufficient money assuming that the rest of the projects get done. None of the projects have been completed or even started, because of the weather. If you notice the gravel area behind Gregory gets chuck holes and they could grade it every day and it would still be a mess. The proposal that George got from Pitlik & Wick to do the whole strip behind there would be $13,485. DeMet said that when Pitlik comes to do the intersection of Rainbow and Lily, we could have them pave that section as well. Kevin Krueger questioned where it would start and end. DeMet said it would start at Rainbow, go behind Gregory Realty and BP and end right there. It probably would not get plowed in the winter. Krueger was concerned that it would get beat up because of the snowmobiles when they stop to get gas, the snowmobile equipment and tract. DeMet said that the Town has graded 3 or 4 times this year and have dumped gravel and it still hasn’t solved the problem. Michalsen suggested that the Town just continue to grade and gravel instead of paving. Sowatzka agreed.
Update on BB court/Parking Project: Michalsen had provided the town with drawings. Two different options were offered, one going 90 feet and the other going 75 and the parking on both sides. DeMet wanted to make sure that this was being done on the Town’s property. DeMet said it will be necessary to get a surveyor as we have 240 feet back there, but where does it start.
Nancy Woller said that whoever cuts the town’s grass, collects it and then dumps it on her property. DeMet said he would check on that. Jessica Kloes questioned whether the basketball hoops have officially been approved. DeMet said it was still in the planning stages. A gentleman from the audience said he felt parking is a little bit more of a concern than the basketball court. Jessica said the land was purchased to fix the water problem and provide parking and that was done 4 years ago. Nothing has been done in that period of time to fix the water drainage problem. Jessica’s concern was the basketball court being so close to the alley and all the cars and the safety of the children. Other members expressed concern of the children playing in the area with the cars that speed on Rainbow and Lily. Others mentioned a basketball court next to a basketball court, meaning the Sloan Building. DeMet said there would have to be adult supervision if it was in the Sloan Building, and that would be hard to get. Someone suggested putting up cameras in the Sloan Building. Michalsen said that if it was on Town’s property the Town’s insurance would come into play.
People questioned the use of Rainbow Park and why wasn’t the Volleyball court by boat launch kept up. Jessica again stressed the problem the Town is having with Parking and why should a Basketball Court be put in when parking is such a problem. Michalsen also said the Police are parked in Town often and if people are having a problem with parking, they should talk to them.
In spite of the questions raised, Michalsen said he is still in favor of going ahead with the basketball court. They haven’t ordered the hoops, but there is money in the budget to do so. They still have to get the surveyor and get estimates on paving, etc.
Jessica suggested that they take care of the water problem first as it does affect the other buildings in the area. Jim Soyck brought up the fact the basketball court would only be used 4 to 5 months a year while parking would be used all year. Again there was discussion from the audience in favor of the parking. Michalsen, said he was going to go ahead with the surveyor, figure out the water and this year, get started on paving for the parking. DeMet said that the way things are going there may not be any paving this year.
Procedure for filing vacancies on Town Board: DeMet said that Michalsen has not officially given notice and Michalsen agreed that he has not. DeMet said that coincidently in this month’s Town’s Association magazine, there is a whole article for filling vacancies. Once we receive a date there is a procedure to follow under Wisconsin Statutes 17.25. The remaining Board and the Town Clerk will be responsible for appointing someone to that position. We will put an Ad in the paper for potential candidates that would interview for us and then, George, Stephanie and Nancy will vote on the person to take over the position.
Correspondence: Chairman DeMet had two things. One of which was a Thank You Note from a gentleman who was here last month. It says, “I realize far too often people are much quicker to complain than say a good word which is unfortunate. We want to thank you for the quick response to our concern on Bertland Rd.”
The second letter, maybe not so nice from the Lake Tomahawk Sanitary Commission that says “The Commissions would like to bring up a new situation we are running into at the Lake Tomahawk Sanitary District. Currently our grinder pumps use 120 volt electrical wiring; the new grinders that fit into our pits are 220 volt. What this means to the user is that at some point the electrical will have to be u updated at a cost to each user as new grinders are installed into the individual pits. According to the Operator the cost will be approximately $400 per grinder. The Operator and Mechanic are working hard to keep the current grinders repaired and usable; but as time goes on this will become less and less possible. We foresee this cost coming up in approximately 4 or more years from now; but felt this was information that needed to be passed on.
Future Agenda Items: You will remember that last month we started talking having an ordinance and “slow no wake zones”. DeMet did a little research and the only lakes we would have any control over would be ones that lie completely in our township. The lake that brought this matter to the chairman’s attention was Bird Lake. DeMet thought Bird Lake was in the Town’s jurisdiction, but it could be toughing Hazelhurst. He wanted to bring this to the board’s attention for in the future.
DeMet asked if there was anything else. Jim Soyck brought up ATV’s; all of the towns around here are connecting to the trails, and it would help the businesses in town with the added income. Michalsen said Corky Shephard and Mike Timmons from Woodruff said they sent a letter to the DOT to utilize the railroad grade up to Halverson Road which is about a mile from where the Woodruff and Lake Tomahawk trail cuts off. They have not come to Lake Tomahawk with an okay since the last time Matt discussed it with them. DeMet said the Town has no control over what the DOT does with that Right of Way. Matt gave Jim Corky’s number.
A gentleman asked if North Windpudding was going to be paved this year. DeMet said no, but it will be on a future plan.
Adjournment: DeMet made a Motion to adjourn, seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes. Meeting adjourned at 7:55 P.M.
Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk
The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held their regular town board meeting on June 14, 2017 in the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center. All notices were posted according to the open meeting law and the media was notified.
Present: chairman George DeMet, Supervisors Michalsen and Sowatzka, Treasurer Mike Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.
Chairman DeMet read the Agenda of the Regular Town Board Meeting of June 14, 2017, and called the meeting to order at 6:59 P.M. DeMet led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Approve the Agenda of 6/14/17: Motion by Michalsen to approve the Agenda of 6/14/17 as read by the Chairman; seconded by Dave Olsen. Motion carried, all Ayes:
Approve the Minutes of the regular Town Board Meeting of May 10, 2017 and the Special Board Meeting of May 25, 2017: Motion by Michalsen, seconded by DeMet to approve the Minutes of the regular Town Board Meeting of May 10, 2017 and the Special Board Meeting of May 25, 2017. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Approve the payment of bills & vouchers: The Clerk asked the Board to approve the ACH, EFT and EFTPS payments, check #’s 16852 to 16900 and payroll checks 4021 to 4033 for a Total of $41,407.69. DeMet made a motion, seconded by Sowatzka, to approve the payment of bills and vouchers as read by the clerk. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Lynch said income for the Month of May was $18,117 which included $11,256 from the DNR for PILT, $2,322 from the State for recycling grant. The Parks Commission collected $758 in Launch fees and permits. Expenses for the Month totaled $42,442. Total Road Dept. expenses totaled $23,238 including $14,631 in wages and benefits. $5,000 was paid to the Lions’ Club for the 4th of July Parade. DeMet made a Motion seconded by Sowatzka to approve the Treasurer’s report. Motion carried, all Ayes.
County Representative: Bob Metropulos said there was not a lot happening. A resolution was brought up in open session. The Public Safety Committee is planning to have one entrance, ingress and egress, to the court house. There have been a couple of horrific events that have happened and this may cut down on it in the future. The term came up, “that’s going to be inconvenient”. Bob said safety supersedes inconvenience. The Sheriff’s Dept. has talked about putting in a metal detector. It would be less expensive than putting in bullet proof glass. They also talked about putting up a building addition southeast of the parking lot. They would want everyone, including employees to use the entrance. The resolution will be coming up for vote next week.
Public Comment: Bev Fagan said she was on the Beautification Committee and they did get all the barrels planted. The committee was started on June 12, 2003, but Bev now needs to give it up so she wants to tell the Board they will have to get three or four people for next year’s committee. Basically they mainly plant the Barrels. Beverly has been chairperson for the last 13 years.
The committee has put up the signs on both ends of Town, plus the signs on the light poles. They are very proud of what they have done. Chairman DeMet thanked Bev for all the work she has done, as did others on the Board. Michalsen mentioned that they may want to tie the Parks and Beautification together.
Eric Anderson has property on Bertland Road and he wanted to talk about the water problems and it washing out other roads. Chairman DeMet said that he did take a ride out there with the Road Supervisor. They can’t do anything about it at this time, but will take another look.
A gentleman who lives on Alta Vista spoke about the same problem, with the gravel being washed away; Alta Vista and Everlasting. DeMet said they would take a look at that problem too.
Doris Vyvyan said that the Town has outsourced the sweeping of some Roads. DeMet mentioned that the County sweeps all intersections off of county roads. Doris said River Road was a big waste of money and it wasn’t discussed that work was going to be done it. DeMet reminded Doris it was discussed that it was in the plan to get chip sealed; you have to follow up with maintenance in order to keep the roads for a longer period of time. Chip Sealing is the best way to preserve that road and it will give you 10 or 20 more years for a very minimal cost
Lakeland Senior Center Request/Janell Schroeder: Janell is the new Executive Director of the Lakeland Retirement Foundation and they are in the process of raising funds to build a new senior center to replace the one that burned a couple of years ago. It will serve the entire Lakeland Area. It will double the size of the old building so it will be about 14,000 sq ft. They will have indoor pickleball courts. They will also have an auditorium that they plan to rent out to community members. They are going to all of the municipalities in the area and are asking for funding. Many of the communities have put money in their budgets every year to help out the Center. The foundation will be able to bring the meals back to the center. They will have health programs, fall prevention classes and a lot of different card games.
They also will have a Café where people can come in and buy lunch. DeMet said the Center had been in the budget in previous year and they will definitely put it in the budget this year and see what they can come up with. DeMet made a motion that they sign the letter in support of the Lakeland Retirement Foundation; seconded by Michalsen. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Approve BLB Combination Licenses, ALB Combination Licenses, Cigarette and Tobacco License and Operators’ Licenses for the period from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018: Background checks have all been done including for the operators’ licenses. Basically we are renewing the current licenses for another year. Michalsen made a motion to renewal the various businesses and operators’ license in the Town of Lake Tomahawk for the period July 1, 2017 to June 30 2018. Seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Planning Commission recommendations regarding Administrative Review Permit application by Barbara Spears-Ehler to operate a tourist rooming house on property at 7932 Violet Dr.: The Plan Commission agreed to grant the permit, with a cavetti to pay attention to noise, parking and garbage.
Michalsen made a motion to approve the operation of a tourist room house at 7932 Violet Dr., seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Proposal to construct a basketball court/parking lot on town property behind the Sloan Center: Michalsen said the Plan Commission agreed to go along with the proposed basketball court/parking lot. He met with the Parks Commission and they agreed to allocate funds in the amount of $2,020 for two basketball hoops. They will go out for bids to put in the court and lines and for parking spots. DeMet said that they will have to have drawings as it would need to come before the county. DeMet asked Matt to do the drawings as they would also need them to go out for bids. A member of the audience questioned the location, but Michalsen said it was a central location and we could decorate the tree for Christmas . The drawings are needed as soon as possible so we can go forward.
Correspondence: DeMet received a report from the Tomahawk Lake Association about updates they are doing, such as the diving from the pontoon and the hydraulics weed thing and chemical control as much as possible.
DeMet received a telephone call from a gentlemen that will be here next month for a self help group that wants to rent the Peterson Room. However, the gentleman didn’t think he could afford the fee as he was going to pay for it himself, out of pocket. DeMet said they would bring this up next month when the gentleman could be here.
Chairman DeMet contacted a gentleman that is going to trap some Beavers for us on West Bluebird Road. They are plugging up the culvert every day and the town crew has to go out there every morning to unplug the culvert.
Michalsen said he would be serving on the rural broadband committee which is part of the Oneida County Economic Development. There has been some conversation that they want the various towns to give anywhere between $7,500 and $10,000 for these projects. That’s something we will be talking about in September or October for the Town’s Budget or $7,500 allocation. They have put Michalsen in charge of trying to get $2,500 from business owners, tourism property owners as well. That can be a charitable donation, business write off or things like that.
Michalsen said he also had phone calls, business discussions and the Woodruff Town Board about an ATV Trailhead. Michalsen would possibly like to put that on the Agenda for next time.
DeMet received a request for boating ordinances, particularly , “Slow, No Wake”. We would have to adopt an ordinance indicating what particular Lakes and what areas would have the Slow, No Wake and there is always the problem of enforcement. On smaller lakes it is a big problem.
Adjournment: DeMet made a Motion to adjourn, seconded by Michalsen. Motion carried, all Ayes. Meeting adjourned at 7:40 P.M.
Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk
The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held their regular town board meeting on May 10, 2017 in the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center. All notices were posted according to the open meeting law and the media was notified.
Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisors Michalsen and Sowatzka, Treasurer Mike Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.
Chairman DeMet read the Agenda of the Regular Town Board Meeting of May 10, 2017, called the meeting to order at 6:50 P.M. and led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Approve the Agenda of 05/10/2017: Motion by Michalsen to approve the Agenda of May 10, 2017 as read by the Chairman; seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried all Ayes.
Approve the Minutes of the regular Town Board Meeting of April 12, 2017: DeMet made a motion to approve the Minutes of the regular Town Board Meeting of April 12, 2017; seconded by Michalsen. Motion carried all Ayes.
Approve the payment of bills and vouchers: The clerk asked the Board to approve the ACH, EFT and EFTPS payments, check #’s 16820 to 16851 and payroll checks 3995 to 4020 for a Total of $40,162.00. DeMet made a motion; seconded by Michalsen, to approve the payment of bills and vouchers as read by the clerk. Motion carried, All Ayes.
Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Lynch said income for the Month of April totaled $40,767, which included $6,764 from the State for annual lottery credit and $33,344 for the Quarterly Highway Aid Payment. Expenses for the month totaled $37,387. Road Department expenses were $17,630 which included $14,298 in wages and benefits. $7,500 was paid for the annual 4th of July Fireworks. DeMet made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report, seconded by Sowatzka; Motion carried, all Ayes.
County Representative: Not here.
Public Comment: Chairman DeMet was told he was doing a good job from the audience.
Minocqua Area Chamber Report/Krystal Westphal: Krystal indicated that there have been a lot of great things and progressive changes happening with the Chamber in the past year. Regarding the County numbers, we are in National Travel and Tourism Week and Krystal is currently the President of the Chamber. In 2015, there were a record number of visitations as a whole in Oneida County as we were coming out of the recession and tourism numbers were beginning to rise. In 2016, all numbers were surpassed. There was record spending by visitors in the county, $5,000,000 plus, and this was a direct reflection of how much Oneida County Tourism Office and the various chambers have been putting in marketing and investing in Oneida County as a whole. In 2016, the Commission collected over $372,000+ in room tax expenditures. That means that anyone coming to the area has to pay a 4% room tax over and above what their actual bill is. The room tax is collected in the communities of Minocqua, Arbor Vitae, Woodruff and Lake Tomahawk. That money is redistributed back to the communities and the Chamber.
The chamber wants to attract younger folks that are more mobile friendly. In the past the Chamber marketed mainly in Milwaukee, Madison and Chicago, but they have found that there is a hugh market in St Louis as it’s only an 8 ½ hour drive so they will be marketing heavily there also. The Chamber will also be investing in Snap Chat. They also want to buy another web camera so people watching from where ever can see where they are traveling to. They are especially interested in getting younger people to the area.
Request to renew Land Use Agreements with the DNR: We have three land use agreements with the DNR; Rainbow Park, yard waste collection site and the stump dump. These are 15 year agreement and the time is due this year. Michalsen made a Motion to renew the 15 year agreements as read by the Chairman, seconded by Sowatzka; Motion carried, all Ayes.
Culvert Replacement on Rainbow Road: The County will take care of the culvert and everything else that needs to be done in connection with it for a price of $8,848.17 complete. They will need to do it after school is out as the road will have to be closed for a day. Michalsen made a motion to have the County replace the culvert for the price indicated; seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Request to waive $100 Deposit for Nicolet College exercise classes at Sloan Center: Exercise class is mostly comprised of local people and there has never been a problem. DeMet made a motion to waive the $100 Deposit for Nicolet College exercise classes at the Sloan Center. Seconded by Sowatzka. Motion carried, all Ayes.
Review Bids for various other 2017 Road Project: From Fahrner, level cracks on Heron Rd., $14,280. Another from Fahrner, this is single Chip Seal on Brush, Maple and River, $52,587. Add $14,060 to level cupped cracks.
Pitlik & Wick, this is Heron Road, Ride Control, $31,585. This is Pitlik & Wick for Brush, Maple and RiverRoads, $54,444.75. DeMet suggested that he take the bids to the Road Department and have them review it.
Report on Rural Broadband Grant: Michalsen reported that he was approached by David Noel of the Oneida County Rural Broadband initiative. They help a lot with Oneida County Economic Development. There is talk about two towers going up in the Lake Tomahawk area, possibly in the North Two and South Two area. What they would like is a $7,500 allocation of funds from our town and other towns that will be in the 2018 project. This would have to be discussed in the budget later this fall. What generally happens is that the State puts in an amount and the local communities have to match it. Usually, the State puts in 47% and the towns and local communities would put in 53%. The County is putting in $100,000. Individually, it would cost the consumer between $35 to $75 for high speed. If an individual would allow a tower to be on their land, the service would be free. This would impact Oneida and Vilas Counties. Each tower would cost roughly $30,000 plus equipment of an additional $30,000 which Northern Connect would provide. Again this comes up in the budget of 2018.
Parks Commission update on Basketball Court/Parking area project: Michalsen said that after hearing that the original intent of the purchase of the land was to enhance the parking area behind the Sloan Building he has come up with a compromise that would provide roughly 25 or more additional parking places, with a court with actual grass and 1 or two trees. The trees could be the focal point for our Christmas celebration. Mazurczak asked why nothing has been done since the land was purchased 3 years ago and why now is the basketball court coming first. DeMet said the land was purchased first to alleviate the water problem; parking was secondary. The Town will be working on the intersection of Lily and Rainbow this year and that should take care of the water problem. Basketball court would not interfere with Rainbow and Lily; the court would be on the other end of it. As far as parking, it does not seem to be a big issued. There are only 1 or 2 weddings a year and there is the parking area where the church used to be. Michalsen checked out pricing and came up with a figure of $2,020 which is less than the $4,000 that was allocated. The next steps would be dimensions and paving. It would have to go to Planning as it is a Town project even though the Parks Commission came up with the idea.
Committee Assignments: Matt will handle the Cemetery, Parks and Horsehead Lake; while Stephanie will handle Planning, Web Site and Beautification. George will handle the Information Booth. Extra members are needed on Parks and Web Site. We will advertise for members for Parks, Web Site and Beautification. Matt will check with Catherine on Cementery.
Correspondence: George had a letter from the DNR stating they will be applying herbicides to the planting site of Northern Highland American Legion State Forest, McNaughton Creek, South of Wolf Road in the spring of 2018.
Adjournment: DeMet made a motion to adjourn; seconded by Michalsen. Motion carried, all Ayes. Meeting adjourned at 8:03 P.M.
Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk