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Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, March 14, 2018

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. 

Correspondence:  Nothing.

Adjournment: DeMet made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Hoffman.  Motion carried, All Ayes.  Meeting adjourned at 7:36 P.M.

Respectfully submitted:

Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk

 

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, February 14, 2018

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.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk

 

 

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, January 10, 2018

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.

Correspondence: None.

Adjournment:  Hoffman made a motion to adjourn, seconded by DeMet.  Motion carried all Ayes.  Meeting adjourned at 7:30 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, December 13, 2017

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.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk

 

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, November 8, 2017

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.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, October 11, 2017
Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, September 13, 2017

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.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, August 9, 2017

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.

Respectfully submitted                                                                                                                                              

Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk

 

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, July 12, 2017

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. 

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, June 14, 2017

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.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, May 10, 2017

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.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, April 12, 2017

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held their regular town board meeting on April 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 Parker and Michalsen, Treasurer Mike Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.

Chairman DeMet read the agenda of the Regular Town Board Meeting of April 12, 2017 and called the meeting to order at 6:59 P.M. and led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Approve the Agenda of 04/12/2017:  Motion by Michalsen to approve the Agenda of April 12, 2017 as read by the Chairman; seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Approve the Minutes of the regular Town Board Meeting of March 8, 2017:  Parker made a motion to approve the Minutes of the regular Town Board Meeting of March 8, 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 & EFTPS payments, check #’s 16772 to 16825 and payroll checks 3970 to 3994 for a Total of $78,637.56.  DeMet made a motion to approve the payment of bills and vouchers as read by the Clerk; seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Income for the Month of March totaled $16,486, which included $11,637 from the State for PILT, net of the payments to the schools and county.  $3.497 was received as refund for the Workers Compensation Insurance due to favorable claim history.  $500 was received for the sale of cemetery lots.  Expenses for the month totaled $33,753.  Road department expenses were $20,467 including $13,364 wages and benefits.  DeMet made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s report; seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

County Representative:  Bob Metropolis said they had a meeting in February regarding Open Meetings Laws.  The session was given by an attorney and they found it very interesting.  Bob had six points that were mentioned in the session.  The Attorney started out by saying, create safety by compliance.  To be safe and not get into trouble, read the manual and comply.  Be more open and give awareness to the public. That’s leaning to not having as many closed sessions.  Bob said the County has too many closed sessions.  The Attorney, said numbers and the purpose test.  The numbers are to make sure you have a quorum.  The purpose test is to have an Agenda and stick to it.   Make the meeting in a public accessible place.  You have to have a Committee/Commission quorum.  You have to be very careful about this.  Bob gave a list of the compliance rules to Chairman DeMet.  Bob congratulated the winners of the election.

Public Comment: Bob Williams said on Fawn Lake Road, there is a tree that broke off and is hanging from another tree where it could fall off and harm someone or something.  DeMet made a note of it.  The other thing is the post building.  The legion is going to put a new roof over the kitchen and restroom area as it’s still leaking.  They got a price of around $4,000 to fix it and they should start shortly. 

 

Approve Class BLB Combination License Application.  Name: Broley, LLC.   Agent: Joe W. Reed.  Trade Name: Bitters & Bull.  Location: 7255 Bradley Street, Lake Tomahawk, WI 54539:  We went through the background check, all the appropriate paper work has been filed, and we see no reason to deny it.  DeMet made a motion to approve the Class BLB Combination License for Broley, LLC, Agent Joe W. Reed.  Seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Approve Operator’s License, Christine Torkelson:  She will be one of the Managers of Bitters & Bull and also has passed the background check.  DeMet made a motion that the Board approve the Operator’s License for Christine Torkelson, seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Paul Schalkofske request to operate Town Clean-up:  Paul said he would be willing to do the town clean-up.  It’s a lot of work and time and he is asking if the town would consider paying him.  DeMet agreed that it was a lot of work.  The problem is that there was nothing put in the Budget to handle the clean-up.  DeMet suggested that we wait another year to see if the metal prices come up and possible look at it next year, with the idea of putting something into the budget for town clean-up.  The Board decided to look at the budget this fall and see if they could budget money for clean-up.  Parker mentioned Paul should get paid for it as it is a lot of work.  Paul said he has been getting a lot of requests for the clean-up so he said he would do it again this year, possibly the weekend of June 3rd and 4th and he asked if the town could put something on the web site.  Paul will get in touch with George when it gets closer. 

Proposal from Pitlik & Wick to repair parts of Rainbow Rd and Lily Street:  Greg contacted Pitlik & Wick.  He is concerned about coming off of Hwy 47 on Rainbow Rd and the intersection there by Lily Street.  It’s in pretty rough shape.  Pitlik gave him a Proposal for Lily Street of $9,500 and $13,525 for Rainbow Rd.  We could consider either one or both.  We could do this without going through the bid process because it is under $25,000.  We do have to put in a Class 1 Notice if we decide to do it.  This wasn’t in the Road Plan, but it needs attention.  Michalsen made a motion to have Pitlik repair the road as outlined by DeMet on Rainbow and Lily, for a total of $23,025.  Seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Additional road work projects for 2017, Crack sealing and Chip Sealing:  DeMet said he would like to put out for bids, Elm Road to pulverize and chip seal instead of blacktopping.  What the surface is right now is recycled blacktop from Hwy 47 when that project was done.  This is a less traveled road and we could pulverize it, grade it and then put the chip seal on top of the pulverized blacktop.

DeMet has received a lot of calls regarding Heron Road.  They all think it should be re-built, however, DeMet felt that it does not have to be reconstructed, but there are bumps on every crack line when you drive over it.  There is a process called ride Control where they grout out those cracks, fill it with blacktop and it smooths out the ride.  I talked to you in the past about longevity of the roads.  They spent a lot of money on River Rd and DeMet proposed that they put chip seal over blacktop to preserve it along with Brush Road and Maple Road.  The town will ask for bid proposals for chip seal on Elm, River, Brush, Maple and Heron Roads.  When the bids come in, if we can afford it, we will do all of them. Hopefully we can get bids in by the May Meeting.

 DeMet made a motion that we request bids on road projects covering Elm, River, Brush, Maple and Heron Roads.  Seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes.   

UWEX Town Officials Workshop:  May 11, 2017 in Minocqua:  DeMet brought up the workshop in Minocqua as he knew Stephanie would be in attendance.  There are two sessions, New Board Members and Continuing Board Members.  He asked Matt if he could get off from school.  Matt said he would try to get off.  DeMet mentioned that there was a session on open meetings.

Correspondence:  Chairman DeMet said that the Newbolt Outdoor Recreation association is having an open house April 28th, 6:00 to 7:30.  They have a disc golf course going so this could be a good one to attend.  Michalsen thanked Catherine for being on the Board and being great citizens in helping out with the various committees.  He also congratulated Stephanie for joining the Board.  Chairman doubled it. 

Adjournment: Parker made a motion to adjourn, seconded by DeMet.  Motion carried, all Ayes.  Meeting adjourned at 7:45 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, March 8, 2017

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held their regular town board meeting on March 8, 2017 at 6:59 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 George DeMet, Supervisors Parker and Michalsen, Treasurer Mike Lynch and clerk Nancy Schneider.

Chairman DeMet read the Agenda of the regular Town Meeting of March 8, 2017 and called the meeting to order at 6:59 P.M.  Chairman DeMet led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Approve the Agenda:  Motion by Matt Michalsen, seconded by Catherine Parker to approve the Agenda of 3-8-17.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Approve the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of February 8, 2017: Motion by Parker, seconded by Michalsen to approve the minutes of 2-8-17.  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 16735 to 16771 and payroll checks 3955 to 3969 for a total of $620, 817.79.  DeMet pointed out that there were large payments to Oneida County and the school districts.  DeMet made a motion to approve the payments as read by the Clerk, seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all ayes. 

Treasurer’s Report:  The Town collected property taxes totaling $191,378 in the first week of February and paid out $583,935 to the schools, state and county for the February Settlement.  Expenses for the month totaled $39,808.  The road Dept. expenses totaled $25,667 which included $15,537 in wages and benefits.  DeMet made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Michalsen.   Motion carried, all ayes.

County Representative: Not Here.

Public Comment:  Bob Williams asked about Fawn Lake road as he thought the Town did that last year.  DeMet said they did one intersection off of Fawn Lake Rd last year and now they want to do the Intersection off of Lakewood this year.  It’s the same thing as we did last year by those hills, we put blacktop down where the road meets the hills.  Bob said the Town was going to work on Windpudding last year, but couldn’t and asked how about this year.  DeMet said Windpudding was going to require a great deal a work so maybe it could come up in the 3 year road plan. 

Doris Vyvyan asked who makes the recommendations for the Fire Dept?  Do they have their own meetings? DeMet said they make their own decisions and they are completely separate.  The Road Dept makes their own recommendations  and as does the Fire Dept.

Appoint Room Tax Commission Representative (Mike Lynch):  DeMet made a motion that the Town appoint Mike Lynch as Room tax Representative, seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Ed Coffen request for excess right of way on rainbow Road:  Coffen had requested to purchase excess right of way from the county and he showed the Board the area in question on the map.  DeMet said he did not object to the purchase and he made a motion to allow Ed to proceed with the purchase of the land.  Seconded by Parker, Motion carried, all Ayes.  The town will notify the county.

Review Blacktopping bids for Fawn Lake, Rainbow and Big Buck Roads:  DeMet opened the Bids; the results are as follows:

Musson Brothers of Rhinelander – Rainbow Road - $115,827.52

                                                               Fawn Lake - $139,096.88

                                                               Big Buck - $6,655.56

 

Northeast Asphalt of Green Bay – Rainbow Road - $110,208.50

                                                              Fawn Lake - $122,411.60

                                                              Big Buck - $11,130.00

 

Pitlik & Wick of Eagle River – Rainbow Road -  $81,204.00

                                                             Fawn Lake - $96,013.00

                                                             Big Buck - $4,770.00

 

The Board reviewed the amounts and prices for blacktop and gravel and the price per ton on all bids.  DeMet said he was in favor of making a decision tonight with the contingency of having the Road Dept. look over the bids.  Michalsen made a Motion to approve the Bid of Pitlik & Wick for Rainbow Road, Fawn Lake Road and Big Buck for an estimated total of $181,987 and  the bids be taken to Greg to look over as a contingency.  Motion seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

 

Discuss 3 year road plan:  After reviewing the various Roads, DeMet did go to the Road Dept to see if they had any recommendations.  They didn’t have any objections with any of the Roads that the Board came up with.  DeMet suggested that maybe we should put Elm Rd on at some point.  The town has spent less than $200,000 so we have an estimated $320,000 to spend.  So we have other projects that we can accomplish.  Elm Rd would be a good one to do and then some other chip sealing and crack sealing projects for this year.  Some of the suggestions were Beaver Lake, West Rapids we were going to put on but wait until after the logging project.  Dove, Big Doe, Dorothy Lake, Sand, and Lumen Lake.  DeMet said it’s how the town should prioritize in a 3 year project.  Bob Williams asked about North Windpudding.  He said that the gravel from the road is washing down onto other properties.  Bob said if we had additional money, it would make sense to start the preliminary work because it’s probably won’t get down in one year.  George agreed that it probably won’t get down in one year and that the town should spend some money reshaping that road.  The issue is that the private driveways come down on one side and this could cause a problem with reshaping the road.  We should probably relook at this and it might be a good idea to hire someone to tell us the best way to approach it.  Michalsen said he was good with putting Elm road on for this year. 

 

DeMet said there is a 2 mile stretch on Fawn Lake from Big Buck down to Sand Lake where  from there on, we have new black top.  It was suggested that we do the other 2 miles towards D for next year.  The 2 miles we are looking at is approximately $200,000.  Every election year in the fall is when the TRIP money becomes available so we might qualify in 2017.  The way Oneida County does it is that they take that money and they divide it up to the 7 towns out of the 21.  The last couple of times some of the towns did not participate so our town may move up on the list.  In order to do that you have to have a 3 year road plan.  That’s part of their requirement.  We have one for 2017, so if we do 2018 and 2019 we would qualify.  DeMet said they could put N. Windpudding on the plan and there are roads that are still gravel like Big Doe.  Dorothy Lake and Dove will be put on for 2018 and Beaver Lake and Big Doe for 2019.  DeMet will talk to Greg about Windpudding, which would be an on-going project.  It was decided to put West Rapids on the plan for 2020, which would be after the logging project.  Lumen will be put on the plan for 2019.  DeMet made a motion to adopt a 3 year Road Project as discussed.  2018 being Fawn, Big Buck to Sand, Dorothy Lake and Sand.  2019 will be Beaver Lake Road, Big Doe and Lumen Lake Road.  2020 will be West Rapids.  Windpudding will be an on-going project that will go one over the 3 year period.  Michalsen seconded the motion.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

 

Issues with Legion Post Building:  The Chairman received a call last Friday from Mike Chevalier who is a legion member and a local builder.  He was concerned about the supporting members, the trusses, that hold up the roof.  He walked in the building and a large amount of ceiling tiles had fallen to the floor all in a line.  After closer review, there was cracking, the walls were out of plumb and you can actually see a wave in the wall.  I talked to Rick Clem, our building inspector, and he suggested Dale Blank who’s with Northern Design in Hazelhurst so I called him and he is going to come over tomorrow at 9:00 and look at the building.  He’s going to look at the building and see what is going on.  The building is close to a 100 years old. It was the original town hall. 

 

Correspondence:  We got a letter from Tammy Baldwin regarding our Referendum; the opposite that we got from Duffy.  We got letters now from Scott Walker, Duffy and Baldwin.  Baldwin is in favor of our referendum regarding Citizens United; Walker and Duffy are opposed.  Ron Johnson did not reply.  Parker indicated that he never does. 

 

DeMet said he had a letter from Lonna Grosskopf regarding the wolf summit on April 8th and asked if the supervisors were interested in going.  Michalsen may attend. 

 

Michalsen mentioned that the Parks Commission would be meeting on March 14th.  Parker indicated that she will be stepping down from the Cementery Board.  Sharon has agreed to be an interim president until we see what happens with the election.  The cementery is 3 people shy right now. 

 

Schneider asked Parker and Michalsen to please talk loader as they are impossibly to hear.  The Board meeting in April is the 11th and annual board meeting is one week later on the 18th

 

Adjournment:  DeMet made a motion to adjourn.  Motion seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes.   Meeting adjourned at 7:45 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, February 8, 2017

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held a regular Town Board Meeting on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at the Raymond F. Sloan Community Building. Chairman DeMet called the meeting to order at 6:59 PM. All Notices were posted to the open meeting law and the media was notified.

Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisors Catherine Parker and Matthew Michalsen, Treasurer Michael Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider. Chairman DeMet read the Agenda of the Regular Town Board Meeting of February 8, 2017 and led the people in the Pledge of allegiance. Michalsen made a motion to approve the Agenda of February 8, 2017 as read by the Chairman. Parker seconded the Motion. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Approve the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of January 11, 2017: Michalsen made a motion to approve the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of January 11, 2017; seconded by DeMet. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Approve the payment of Bills and Vouchers: The Clerk asked that ACH, EFT & EFTPS payments, check #’s 16695 to 16733 and payroll checks 3941 to 3954 for a Total of $32,764.30 be approved. DeMet asked if there were any questions and Parker asked what Transcendent Technologies was. DeMet said that it was the computer software that Treasurer Lynch had down loaded. Parker made a motion to approve the payment of bills and vouchers as read by the clerk; seconded by Michalsen. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Treasurer’s Report: During the Month of January, the town collected property taxes totaling $1,663,893 after refunds. We paid $771,278 to the schools, state, county and sanitary district. $3,527 was received from the County for timber sales. We received the quarterly State Highway Aid Payment of $33,344. Expenses for the Month totaled $35,346.

The Road Dept. expenses totaled $25,822 which included $23,003 in wages and benefits. Chairman DeMet made a Motion to approve the report as read by the Treasurer. Seconded by Parker. Motion carried, all Ayes.

County Representative: Bob Metropulos said there really wasn’t much at the last meeting. We had a consent agenda where you put a bunch of resolutions in and approved them all at one time. Some involved land transfers and Oneida County parcels that were transferred to people, etc. We did have 45 minutes of the meeting and an hour and half closed session. Bob indicated that they had two requests for lot splits, one on the Wisconsin River and the other on a lake. This Act 55 has created a lot of phone calls for us. We tell the individuals, that they need to start at the County first, not at the Town. The Town of Newbolt was going to talk to the Towns Association for advice. They sent an email to the Towns Assoc. Indicating that there is some confusion among folks as to how Act 55 impacts water front property. We have taken the position that our land division ordinance is not impacted by Act 55 which deals with counties. As indicated in our conversation, the proposed land division does not meet our frontage requirement or our minimum lot size. All new lots are required to be in residential area, single family, 90,000 sq. ft., with a minimum of 225 sq. ft. single family, residential zoning. Our standard is more restrictive than the county. This is the response that we got.

Where more than one governing body or other agency has authority to approve or object to a plat and the bodies to such plat are conflicting, the plat shall apply to the most conflicting requirement. The County went along with the Town. The individual wanted to subdivide his land into 230 and 250 feet lots.

Public Comment: Mark Barden of Town & Country Engineering, Inc. out of Rhinelander, introduced himself. They do sewer and water, storm sewer and municipal type work and road work also. Mark wanted to get the company name out there in case the town needed some special project work, such as drainage etc.

Reports on the WTA County Unit Meeting of January 25 and the District Meeting of February 3, 2017: George and Matt attended the one in Three Lakes on January 25th. It was interesting and three were two presentations, one by Thomas Rulsch of the Oneida County Biking, Walking Trails Counsel with Kyla Waksmonski of the Dept. of Health and they reiterated the importance of biking and hiking in Oneida County. They showed us a map they produced for all the trails in Oneida County. The counsel spent $5,000 putting together all the hiking, biking and water trails in county. They will have the maps available at the Information Center this summer. Broadband is coming to Oneida County. There’s a tower going up in Newbold by Black Lake. There’s one schedule for next year in Lake Tomahawk. Their bottom line rate is $28.95 a month for better service than Frontier is offering. The company is Northwoods Connect. Anyway there will be some competition for Frontier.

On the February 3rd meeting the main topic that George was interested in was the assessor’s contact. We need to talk to our assessor because we are not getting an annual assessor’s report. Which basically tells us what kind of a job he is doing and if he is in compliance with all of the things. Bob Metropulos indicated their assessor comes once a month to their meetings. DeMet indicated that the Town’s assessor comes once a year to the open book and Board of Review and that’s it. He is very difficult to contact. You call and get no response. This is the last year of his three year contract.

There was a presentation by the new person /commissioner who is in charge of public lands who talk about the loans that they give and there were legislature updates which George talked to the Fire Dept. on Monday night. There is a bill that will have to come before the entire legislature committee about giving the volunteer fireman a tax break of $1,000 a year plus $400 unreimbursed expenses.

March 15th is Capitol Day at the State Capitol; that is our Towns’ Association day that we can lobby at the capital. If you are interested in that, it’s $35.00 per person so if you want to go, let Nancy know. There’s even a sheet if you would like to speak on any of the subjects. George has a whole packet so if the supervisors would like copies they can make copies of it or take it home to read:

Wisconsin Act 211 regarding electronic filing of Building Permits and Delegation of Authority to RC Inspection Agency: This is something that I found out because Richard Clem is the Town Chairman of Winchester and he was there and he pulled me aside. All building permits must be electronically submitted now by the 15th of the Month for which they were applied for. Anyhow, we can now delegate that authority to him, otherwise it would be up to Nancy. Richard sent back with George a form that needed to be signed, stating that he will take over the issuance of these permits. DeMet made a motion that the Town delegate the Authority to RC Inspections that he act on our behalf to electronically submit all building permits that originate in the Town of Lake Tomahawk. Seconded by Parker. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Allocation of unused 2016 Road Department funds to 2017 Budget: We ended up with a surplus of $94,699.73 from the Road Dept. 2016 Budget that was not used. DeMet made a motion that we move the $94,699.73 to the 2017 Budget. Seconded by Parker. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Advertise 2017 Road Projects and set date for bid openings: This will be for Fawn Lake and Rainbow. George thought we should put the bid in the paper next week and open the bids at the March Board Meeting. Once we get the numbers back we will know what kind of money we have to spend on other projects. Parker made a motion that as soon as possible we advertise for bids on Fawn Lake and Rainbow and we set a date of opening the bids at our next Board Meeting which is March 8, 2017. Motion seconded by Michalsen. Motion carried, all Ayes.

Correspondence: If you will recall, we agreed to name the Island on Lumen Lake after Robert Krga, so it would be Krga Island. Well the DNR turned us down. Matt asked if there was any news on the Liquor License for Big Cat’s. George said nothing at this time. DeMet also received a Thank you note for the Christmas Party which was well attended. Jessica Kloes did a great job.

Adjournment: Michalsen made a Motion to adjourn, seconded by Parker. Motion carried, all Ayes. Meeting adjourned at 7:26 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, January 11, 2017

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held a regular Town Board Meeting on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at the Raymond F. Sloan Community Building.  Chairman DeMet called the meeting to order at 6:59 PM.  All Notices were posted to the open meeting law and the media was notified. 

Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisor Matthew Michalsen, Treasurer Michael Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.  Chairman DeMet read the Agenda of the Regular Town Board Meeting of January 11, 2017 and led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.    Michalsen made a motion to approve the Agenda as read by the Chairman.  DeMet seconded the motion.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Approve the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of 12/14/16, Special Board Meeting of 12/27/16 and the Budget Hearing of 11/15/16.  Chairman DeMet made a motion to approve the Minutes of the Regular Town Board Meeting of 12/14/16, the Special Board Meeting of 12/27/16 and Budget Hearing of 11/15/16.  Seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Approve the payment of Bills and Vouchers:  The Clerk asked that ACH, EFT & EFTPS payments, check #’s 16623 to 16690 and payroll checks 3928 to 3939 for a total of $829,980.01 be approved.   DeMet made a motion to approved the Payment of Bills and Vouchers as read by the Clerk; seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Treasurer Lynch reported that during the Month of December, the Town had income of 1,786.  Expenses for the Month totaled $50,837.  The Road Dept’s Expenses totaled $32,407.               

Expenses other than normal were $4,850 for the Assessor’s first payment in 2017 and $1,000 to the Snofleas. 

County Repesentative: No one present.

Public Comment: No one present.

Correspondence: DeMet wanted to point out that February 3rd is the WTA District Meeting in Minocqua and he is planning on attending.  Michalsen will also try to attend.  DeMet said one session that he plans on attending would be the job of the accessor.   

Chairman/Supervisor Reports: No Reports.

Adjournment: DeMet made a motion to adjourn.  Motion seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all Ayes.  Meeting adjourned at 7:03 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy J. Schneider

Town Clerk 

                                                                                                                                                   

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, December 14, 2016

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held a regular Town board Meeting on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. in the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center.  All Notices were posted to the open meeting law and the media was notified.

Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisors Catherine Parker and Matthew Michalsen, Treasurer Michael Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.  Chair DeMet read the Agenda of the Regular Town Board Meeting of December 14, 2016 and led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Parker made a motion that we approve the Agenda of the Regular Town Board Meeting of 12/14/16 with the order of items at the discretion of the Chair.  Seconded by Michalsen, Motion carried, all ayes.

Parker made a motion that we approve the Minutes of the Regular Town Board Meeting of November 9, 2016.  Seconded by Michalsen, Motion carried, all Ayes.

 

Approve the payment of bills and vouchers:  The clerk asked that EFT & EFTPS payments, check #’s 16569 to 16622 and payroll checks 3911 to 3921 for a total of $264,113.25 be approved by the Board.  DeMet mentioned that $127,000 to Pitlik & Wick was for blacktopping; and they added another $27,000 for cracksealing.  $63,000 was for the truck body.  Parker moved that the bills and vouchers as read by the Clerk be approved, seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

 

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Lynch reported that during the Month of November, the Town had income of $76,875 which included $11,646 from the State of WI for annual shared revenues and forest crop payments.  $64,175 was reported as income from surplus towards the purchase of the new town plow truck.  Expenses for the month totaled $263,045.  The Road Dept. expenses totaled $249,367, including $15,690 in wages and benefits.  $9,334 was spent on salt sand for the winter, $155,061 was paid for blacktopping and sealcoating roads and $63,868 was paid on the new plow truck.  DeMet moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report as read by the Treasurer, seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, All Ayes. 

 

County Representative:  Bob Metropulos said there has not been a lot going on, yet there has been since their last meeting.  At the last meeting, Bob brought in a pamphlet from David Noel regarding the Economic Impact of Lakes and Rivers in Oneida County.  Supervisors applauded it.  We had a resolution come in from Supervisors Jack Sorensen and Bob Mott regarding boat house sizes.  Planning and Zoning did a survey on boathouse sizes in 34 Counties and the boat house sizes ranged from 600 sq. ft. to 96 sq. ft.  There was only one at 600 sq. ft.  When I got this I looked at Oneida County.  It stood out like there were spot lights on it.   We allow 1,008 feet.  1,008 is the size of a small house.  Now what are the restrictions on that boat house?  Really none.  Karl gave a speech on it.  They can store gasoline in it, they can use it for storage.  Michalsen asked if that has always been?  Bob replied that this was passed just this year and not too many people know about it yet.  The resolution that Sorensen and Mott brought in was very reasonable, 480 sq. ft.  After about half an hour of discussion, some of them thought that we shouldn’t entertain this resolution as we would have to entertain another hearing and hearings are costly.  The vote passed 10 to 9 with two absent.  It’s a shame, we are a county with almost more lakes than any other county.  Vilas County, our neighbors is 300 sq. ft.  This can be kind of a flat roof.  It’s just not good.  This is crazy, like building two houses on one lot. 

 

Other than that, Bob had some statistics regarding back taxes and he asked George if he had received anything from the County regarding that.  George had not. 

Bob said Lake Tomahawk was up there and so was Newbold.  Bob will get it for George and drop it off.   It lists all the towns in Oneida County and goes back to 2012. 

 

Bob Williams said the Development Committee met today at Noon and they discussed the boat house issue at length.  The 1,008 sq. ft. is in the DNR’s model ordinance.  That’s the maximum size.  There was two motions made; one was Model A, which was a smaller boat house and the other was Model B, which would be 700 sq. ft.  There is going to be a public hearing some time in February.  Bob Metropulos said these meeting have become quite a problem because of quorums having to be posted if two or more supervisors attend.  Mazurczak said to Bob, that this has been the rule for years and years.  It just hasn’t been followed.  Bob agreed that Rick was right. 

 

Public Comment:  Rick Mazurczak said there were a number of people at the meeting that were interested in Item 12 of the Agenda and he asked the Chair if he was going to allow the people to speak during the discussion.  DeMet said the Board always allows the people to partake in the discussion.  Rick then said to Matt that he asked him last week about the $90,000 grader that has been sitting outside for the last 3 or 4 months in lousy weather.  We built the garage so the equipment does not have to sit outside.  The taxpayers spent the money to build the building so why is the equipment sitting outside?  Matt said he can’t drive it, he did ask.  DeMet said that right now they have one extra vehicle, because they did not sell the truck that they replaced.  They decided to keep it for one year which was a good idea because whenever you buy a new piece of equipment there are little quirks and the old truck has been used on and off while the new truck was in for service.  I believe that is the reason the new truck is parked inside and the grader is outside.  I leave those decisions to the Road Dept.  I don’t interfere with their daily decisions on what gets parked where. 

 

DeMet asked Darlene, if she had a question.  Darlene had a comment.  On December 1st they started a re-count down at the county and she served on the Board of Canvas.  Mary Bartelt organized it and she was very well organized.  They worked on different teams.  There was a team that did the tally sheets; the old fashion tally sheets and they borrowed machines and stuffed the machine with ballots for that week and a half and Darlene worked on a table where they were comparing the pool books. Lake Tomahawk, as we know, was one ballot short and Darlene was not allowed to work on Lake Tom.  We were short one and they couldn’t find it either even though they went over it with a fine toothed comb.

There was no fraud, no tampering of ballots which was no surprise to us.  One town had not turned in their ballots by that time and the woman had left on vacation.  Mary had called her and said get back here and get your ballots in and by the end of the week, the ballots were there and we were able to count them.  This was a real learning experience for Darlene and she had a few suggestions for the town for the next election.  It is too important, every town has to be right on.  This year, every town had an error and every town had a different error.  Darlene had a request for the simple things this town can do to make it better next time.  Some towns have a stamp that says absentee.  Rather than writing it all out, they can just stamp it with red ink.  Darlene showed the board numbered sheets that could be used which would make it easier for the election workers.  They also talked to Mary about classes for the election workers.  Mary said this was offered in the past and there were towns that refused to send their workers.  Darlene said that if this comes up again, please send the Clerk and not only the Chief Inspector, but the entire election board down there.  Chair DeMet agreed that it would be a good idea. 

 

Resolution to vacate alley between Main and Iris and located between Choate and Rainbow:   We took care of that already.  This is the alley across the street from the Community Building.

 It was petitioned a couple of Months ago that it be vacated and a public hearing was held right before our meeting and no one objected to the resolution so we adopted the resolution and the alley is officially vacated.  Matt said that each property owner gets half of it. 

 

Approve matching funds for VFD Length of Service Awards:  The State gives us $344.11 for each Fireman and we have always matched that.  Chairman DeMet made a motion that we do the same thing this year and we appropriate $344.11 per fireman to match the state funding for length of service awards.  Matt seconded the Motion.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

 

Approve any adjustments to the 2017 Budget:  There were two motions made at the budget hearing.  One was to add $1,500 to the $1,500 that was received for the Bike Trail.  The other motion was to take the $10,000 that was appropriated for the Parks Commission and give $5,000 to the Sno Fleas and $5,000 to the bike trail.  DeMet opened it up for discussion.  Michalsen wanted to say one thing.  When this was brought up at the Parks Commission, we tend to look to the future and see what other towns are doing. When the number of $20,000 was thrown out, Matt was adamantly against that number but he thought $10,000 was a good compromise and he was glad to see that other proposals were made at the budget meeting. 

 

DeMet asked if anyone here had anything to add to it.  Mazurczak said that part of the $10,000 was for Special Projects and one of the special projects was building a basketball court outside of the Community Building.  That property is not a park nor was it purchased for a park.  The property was purchased at a Special Town Board Meeting of the electors on October 15, 2014.  The land was specifically purchased to allow for more parking at the Community Building and to take care of the drainage problems that we had on Lily Street.  The property was not purchased for a basketball court and we have a basketball court in this building and arrangements can be made for it to be used. 

 

Kevin Krueger asked about the $1,500 matching the $1,500 Donation that was received from Oneida

County Biking and Walking Trails Counsel, what is the intention for those dollars?  DeMet said at this point the intent is to build up a fund and try to write a grant to improve that trail to connect to the State trail, but generally, you have to have matching funds for a grant.  This was just the first donation to get the ball rolling here so that we could connect to that trail.  We are connected to that trail, but it would be nice to make improvements to that trail.  The initial $1,500 was a private donation to the town to be used for the bike trail.  Krueger said the Town then matched that amount?  DeMet said that it was a motion that was made at the budget hearing.  DeMet said that there was another motion made by Rick who wanted to take the money set aside for the Parks Commission and move $5,000 to the Sno Fleas and $5,000 for the Bike Trail.  Rick asked where are you talking when you say the bike trail.  DeMet said we are talking about the railroad bed along Hwy 47.   From where to where?  DeMet answered from down town Lake Tomahawk to Indian Mounds Campgrounds, where the paved trail exists. DeMet had a letter from the Town of Woodruff, giving us their blessings on connecting to that bike trail.  George asked Rick if he had a problem with that.  Rick said that it is the town of Lake Tomahawk tax dollars that are being used.  DeMet agreed and said that it is the Town of Lake Tomahawk tax dollars that are going to the Sno Fleas and other organizations and causes that improve the life and business in Lake Tomahawk.  Rick said then maybe it would be a good idea that if the Town of Lake Tomahawk wants to fund that trail, that they give to the Oneida County Biking and Walking Trails Counsel.  DeMet said that they do not have the permission to use that trail, Lake Tomahawk does.  If you will recall back in 2015, when you were Chairman, Oneida County Biking and Walking gave a presentation here.   Rick gave George, as a Supervisor, permission to go ahead and see what needed to be done to connect to the bike trail.

 George said he did his job; he got permission from the DOT to connect to that trail.  Now we have money to do something with it.  We have permission from the Town of Woodruff; what more would you
like him to do?  Matt said wouldn’t the cost of maintenance be adding gravel and grading and didn’t we save the Town money by buying gravel in bulk.  DeMet said yes we did, but we haven’t decided whether or not we will use that.  None of those decisions have been made at this point.  Right now we have $1,500, that was donated, that’s it.  The ultimate plan is to connect all the way from Rhinelander to Woodruff.  If that happens, it would be great.  Woodruff has no consideration and has no interest in being part of this.  The trail is basically from Indian Mounds to Lake Tomahawk.  It’s another 8  to 10 miles up to Woodruff and there are private landowners in between and they have no desire to be involved in it.  Someone asked who was liable for the Trail.  Dan Dosemagon said that when you are on trail like this there is no liability.  It is public land and is a trail that is used by the public.  Dan said there is a state statute called the Berry Pickers Law and it covers it. 

 

Kevin Krueger said that since this is a multi-use trail, with hiking and biking in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter that the two groups get together regarding the maintenance of the trail.  DeMet fully agreed and he saw no conflict whatsoever. 

 

Rick wanted to make clear to George that when he was talking about the trail when Rick was the Chairman and George was a Supervisor, he was talking about the people in Lake Tomahawk, not the trail in the Town of Woodruff.  DeMet said the trails go to Indian Mounds that happens to be in the Town of Woodruff.  DeMet said that many of the trails are in the Town of Newbold, does that make any difference?  Rick said yes it does because the snowmobile trails are taken care of by the snowmobile clubs.  The Town of Lake Tomahawk as defined by the borders of the Town, is only for the Town of Lake Tomahawk.  DeMet said we have a decision to make as to how we want to adjust the budget, if we do want to adjust the budget.  A woman in the audience had a concern regarding the $10,000 that was taken away from the basketball court.  She said now we are taking away from the kids.  She said we have a basketball court that is not always accessible and when it is accessible, the kids are not accessible.  They ought to be able to come whenever.  George said that was the intent of the Park Commission that we provide something that is available year round.  Rick said that it might be a good idea if you are on the Park Commission to put in a basketball court, but you should be putting the basketball ball court in a park. 

 

Bob Williams was at the original meeting and he made a motion to buy the land to control the water problem that we had with the land.   It was not bought for a park.  George said this spring we had a great deal water, however, at the most the water sat there only half a day.  Is the problem solved no, but would the basketball court take away from that, George didn’t think so.  The plans were to put the court on this end of the piece of property that would be away from Lily Street so there still could be flood abatement on that part of the property next to Lily Street, so there shouldn’t be a problem at all.

DeMet said we are talking about 2 hoops and a blacktopped area where the kids can come and shoot some hoops.  Matt said it’s not like the one we currently have that every time you shoot you hit a car. 

 

DeMet said he would like to make a proposal that we take the $10,000 and divide it $3,500 for the Sno Fleas, $3,500 for the bike Trail and leave $3,000 for a basketball court.  Matt was in favor of splitting it up and keeping some money in the Parks for a special project.  Catherine said she would like to go $3,000 Bike, $3,000 Sno Fleas and $4,000 basketball court.  After general discussion, Catherine made a motion that $4,000 go to the Parks for special projects, $3,000 to Sno Fleas and $3,000 to Bike Trail.  Matt seconded the motion.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

 

HSA funding and Health Insurance Deductible:  As you will recall, we switched our health insurance policy and went to a higher deductible in order to save money.  There is a glitch, we are only allowed to contribute $6,750 into an HSA and the deductible is $7,000 and it has been the practice all along that the town matches that deductible.  So we are coming up $250 short on at least one employee and maybe two.  Catherine said that since $6,750 is the legal limit, we have to observe that.  This is for a family.  There is a gap in coverage since the policy runs from October to October and the deductible runs from January 1 to January 1.  One employee had to come up with a $1,000.  We will check with the insurance company and see if there is any way to change this.  The clerk will contact the insurance company.  George said we still have the $250 short fall.  Catherine said our hands are tied; it goes on to the employee.  George said we will attempt to resolve this be changing the date of the next insurance policy.  George will explain to the town crew.

 

2017 Road Projects: Chairman DeMet said he had conversation today with the acting chairman of the Town of Casian; apparently Larry Hendrickson has had health problems and was forced to step down.  Gail Winnie has taking over as acting chairman.  Anyway they are planning on doing their mile of Fawn Lake Road next year and are in discussion with Pitlik & Wick and George suggested that we do our mile to the Southeast, at the same time.  DeMet also suggested that we finish Rainbow Road from Dunham’s hill to Lark’s Road.  Both roads are a little bit more than a mile.  That’s two plus miles to start with.  Once  we get prices on these roads, we can see what else we can do.  Michalsen made a motion that we complete the little bit more of a mile left to do on Fawn Lake and that we finish Rainbow Road from Dunham’s hill to Lark Road in the 2017 Road Projects Budget.  Seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

 

Correspondence:  George had a letter from Sean Duffy in response to our request to adopt the Referendum, against Citizens United.  George also had a email from the County regarding the new GIS mapping system and he would be attending the demonstration tomorrow.  George said he was on the site and it’s awesome. 

 

Michalsen mentioned that the Meat Raffles put on by the American Legion,  benefiting the Veterans will start up January 22 and go through April.  The first one will be held at Lizzy T’s. The raffles help the Veterans so it’s a good thing.

 

Adjournment:  DeMet made a motion to adjourn; seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, November 9, 2016

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held a regular Town Board Meeting on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. in the Raymond F. Sloan Community center.  All Notices were posted to the open meeting law and the media was notified. 

Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisors Matthew Michalsen and Catherine Parker, Treasurer Michael Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider:  Chairman DeMet read the agenda of the Regular Town Board Meeting of November 9, 2016 and led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Michalsen made a motion to approve the Agenda of the Regular Board Meeting of November 9th; seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all ayes.  Parker made a motion to approve the Minutes of the Monthly Board Meeting of October 12, 2016 and the special Board Meeting of October 18, 2016; seconded by DeMet.  Motion carried, all ayes.

Payment of Bills and Vouchers: The clerk asked the Board to approve ACH, EFT and EFTPS payments, check #’s 16531 to 16567 and payroll checks 3887 to 3910 for a total of $43,665.22.  Parker made a motion to approve the bills and vouchers as read by the clerk; seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all ayes.

Treasurer’s Report:  During the Month of October the Town had income of $30,033 which included $33,189 from the state for the quarterly highway aid payment.  The Town paid the sanitary district $6,444 in delinquent sewer user fees paid to us by the county in the August settlement.  3rd quarter room tax collections totaled $6,397 with $4,797 being paid to the chamber.  Expenses for the month totaled $37,520.  The Road Dept. Expenses totaled $25,125, including $14,160 in wages and benefits.  As always the books have been reviewed and approved by our CPA whose documents are attached.  DeMet made a motion to accept the report as read by the Treasurer, seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Committees and Commissions Reports:  Parker said she will talk about the Plan Committee Meeting that they had last night when they get to Item #10 of the Agenda.  Michalsen said that the Parks Commission will possibly be dealing with a new basketball court, paved, out behind the Sloan Center.  They have $10,000 in the budget allocated for that.  People should show up next Tuesday to express any pros or cons.  Through campaigning and phone calls, Matt indicated that he did have some people express negative views regarding the basketball court.   The Parks commissions will be mostly in charge of that.  Matt asked if there was a date set for the tree lighting and Chairman DeMet indicated he thought it was December 3rd

County Representative:  Bob Metropulos indicated that he had a Report that Dave Noel did on the Economic Value of Lakes & Rivers in Oneida County that was quite extensive and well done.  The Chair and Supervisors had seen this report and agreed that it was good and had a lot of great information.  

Public Comment: Bob congratulated Matt on doing a good job by running for election and said he should go after the position in 4 years.

Administrative Review Permit for Tina Rydzik to open a pizza parlor located at 7241 Bradley Street:  Parker said the Plan Commission met the night before and it doesn’t conflict with anything in their comprehensive plan.  Steve had sent an email that the Plan Commission approved it and found no reason to deny it.  DeMet made a motion that based on the Plan Commission’s decision, that the Town Board approve Tina Rydzik’s conditional use permit to open a pizza parlor at 7241 Bradley Street.  Seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Fill Vacancy on the Sanitary District Commission:  DeMet said that there was a letter from Gregory Dexter who indicated that he would like to be considered and appointed to the position of Sanitary District Commission.  Parker moved that the Town approve Gregory Dexter’s request to be part of the sanitary district commission, seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried all ayes. 

Request for Geographic Name Proposal;  Krga Island, Lumen Lake:  This came from Wisconsin DNR at the request of Matthew Elman in Valparaiso, Indiana.  The proponent has asked that the island be named Krga Island after Robert Krga and his family who were the first residents on Lumen Lake.  Mr. Krga passed away in 1988 and Oneida County records call this island Lone Island.  DeMet said he was familiar with Lumen Lake and the Krgas, and he felt it would be very fitting to name this nameless island Krga Island.  Michalsen made a motion to name the Island Krga Island, seconded by Parker.   Motion carried, all Ayes.

Correspondence:  Michalsen wanted to thank everyone for their support in the recent election.  DeMet had a Thank You for the recent Halloween party.  The kids had a great time.

Future Agenda Requests:  Parker said the Annual Budget Meeting was next Tuesday at 7:00 P.M.

Adjournment:  Parked made a motion to adjourn, seconded by DeMet.  Motion carried, all Ayes;

Meeting adjourned at 7:15 P.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, October 12, 2016

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held a regular Town Board Meeting on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. in the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center.  All notices were posted to the open meeting law and the media was notified. 

Present: chairman George DeMet, Supervisors Matthew Michalsen and Catherine Parker, Treasurer Michael Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.  Chairman DeMet read the agenda of the regular Town Board Meeting of October 12, 2016 and led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Parker made a motion to approve the Agenda of the Regular Board Meeting of October 12th; seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all Ayes.  Michalsen moved to approve the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of September 14, 2016, seconded by DeMet.  Motion carried, all Ayes.  Parker made a motion to approve the Minutes of the Special Board Meeting of August 16, 2016; seconded by DeMet.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Approve the payment of Bills and Vouchers:  Schneider asked the Board to approve ACH, EFT and EFTPS payments, check #’s 16500 to 16530 and payroll checks 3876 to 3894 for a Total of $35,696.36.  DeMet made a motion to approve the payment of bills and vouchers as read by the clerk.  Motion seconded by Parker.   Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Treasurer’s Report: During the Month of September, the Town had income of $4,358 which included $2,439 from the State in a recycling grant.  The Parks took in $798 in Launch Permits and Fees.  Expenses for the month totaled $39,312.  The Road Dept. Expenses totaled $25,007 including $15,083 in wages and benefits.  DeMet moved that the Board approved the Treasurer’s Report as read, Seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all ayes. 

Supervisors’ Reports on Committees and Commissions:  Michalsen had an update on the Parks.  We had a nice Fall Festival, looking to expand as well next year with the businesses.  Car show is always a hit, nice turn out.  We are looking into having a basketball court with two nicer hoops right behind the Sloan Building.  Michalsen would like to move on that most likely by May of next year. The Parks have asked for $20,000 that is in the Budget, however, there is still grant money from the DNR that would go back to the town from the fishing pier grant in the amount of around $21,000 to $22,000. The Parks talked to kids, and other people and they all thought it would be beneficial to the Town.  We also talked to other towns that offered this type of recreational type of equipment, such as tennis courts and they thought it was very beneficial for their towns.  Also we are looking at starting an Archery Range at Rainbow Park.  That is to be discussed. 

County Representative:  Not Present.

Public Comment:  Doris Vyvyan had a concern regarding the Fall Festival.  There were a lot of business people that were on the Street instead of in the Park.  Doris went on to say that the Town had said in the past that it would be safer in the park instead of the street.  The Lioness organized the people that were in Snowshoe Park and the business people put on their own festival on the street. 

Doris felt it would be a good idea to contain everything to the Park as it would be safer.  DeMet said that we do not control the Fall Festival.  It is not a Town sponsored event, it is a Lioness event.  Parker suggested to Doris that she may want to speak with Pat Duncan as she organized the fall fest.  It was also suggested that the Lioness may want to coincide fall festival with colorama, as they would be getting more people there with the car show and the fall motorcycle ride.  DeMet said that this is what they try to do.

Tomahawk Lake Association Budget Request and Report:  Ned Greedy gave his report on Tomahawk Lake Association.  He mentioned that with all the storms there were drawbacks in some areas.  They run a two tiered program to control the growth of Aquatic Invasive Species, which is a Hydraulic Conveyor system which is run by two divers and is highly successful when they focus on new areas of infestation and areas that experience high boat traffic.  The other treatment plan is Chemical Treatments.  TLA tries to decrease the chemical treatments on the lake and to increase the amount of work the hydraulic conveyor does on the lake.  This year they hired two new divers, girls with incredible diving experience from around the world. They set a new record of the amount of Milfoil we harvested since 2008 of over 2,000 pounds for the season.  We did over 28,000 of drained Eurasian Water Milfoil and we did over 119 sites so we had just a great summer that way.  On the Chemical Treatments we treated over 30 polygons, which is 25.75 acres.  Next year we reduced the total number of acres to 14 .84.  We talked to the DNR and it may be that we discontinue chemical treatment next year. 

As you know we operate a Purple Loosestrife Control Program around the Lake and many other programs that we are active in, such as Citizens Lake Monitoring Organizations, and Good Lake Stewardship education.  In 2016, we added new multiyear initiatives to aid shoreline owners in restoring shoreline issues.  Tomahawk Lake and Little Tomahawk Lake are two of the top 97 Lakes in
Wisconsin which are rated as “outstanding Resource Waters”.  Greedy said they appreciate the support that they get from Lake Tomahawk and would appreciate any support they may give them next year.  Of course, the costs continue to rise. 

Resolution to Vacate alley between Main and Iris Streets by request of adjacent property owners: DeMet has the resolution that we received from the Town’s attorney.  All of the property owners have agreed that they would like us to vacate that alley and there has to be a public hearing.  We have scheduled the public hearing before our December Board meeting on December 14th at 6:45 P.M.  There has to be a 40 day waiting period from the time we adopt the resolution until the time of the public hearing.  Michalsen made a motion to approve the resolution to vacate the alley between Main and Iris Streets by request of adjacent property owners and to hold the public hearing at the December Board Meeting.  Seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes. Chairman and Supervisors signed resolution.  Witnessed by clerk.  Clerk will fax the signed resolution back to the Town’s attorney. 

Consider amendments to Oneida County Zoning Ordinance Chapter 9, Article 7 (Highway Setbacks):  Michalsen said that this was for mostly fences and garages.  DeMet said the Planning and Development Committee wants to make certain amendments to allow certain types of structures to be closer than 20 feet from the right-of-way. 

This would include (1) entrance gates, columns, walls and landscaping structures zero feet from the highway. (2) On-premise free standing signs are currently being allowed to be placed up to the right-of-way as long as they are sixty-four square feet or less.   (3) Open fences are currently allowed to go closer to the right-of-way pursuant to Section 9.74(E).  (4) Driveways connecting to private roads are allowed to be closer than twenty feet from the right-of-way.  The proposed language clarified this. 
The major change the committee would like your input on is whether or not a detached garage, which is considered an accessory structure, could/should be placed five feet from the right-of-way line.  The department and the committee has seen various requests over the years to allow structures to go closer than the 20 feet right-of-way for accessory structures such as garages.  Principal structures, homes and businesses would be required to be 20 feet from the right-of-way.  Michalsen had no objections to the proposal.  Parker had no objections as long as the road crew didn’t have a problem.  DeMet said that a motion did not have to be made.  He will just communicate to the County that they had no objections.

Consider County Zoning request to extend for six months the Moratorium on Livestock Facilities Licensing (9.57):  DeMet said that this really doesn’t pertain to our town that much, as what they are  talking about is livestock facilities of 500 animals or more.  Lake Tomahawk doesn’t have any zoning areas that provide for more than one head of livestock per acre.  So we have no objection to extending this moratorium either. 

Administrative Review Permit for Amy Monday and Robert Nevaroski to use a portion of 7225 Bradley for a printing business:  Amy said she had been operating out of her house, with the printer in her bedroom and there is just no way that she could print banners in the small space that she has.  She talked to Bob and there would be room in his building to operate her printing business.  Basically she just needs a space to work.  There are chemicals involved, such as inks, dyes and liquid laminates.  This has come before the Lake Tomahawk Plan Commission.  Their suggestion was that the Town of Lake Tomahawk support the Administrative Review Permit of Amy Monday and Bob Nevaroski, and that Amy Monday comply with any recommendations made by the Lake Tomahawk Sanitary District, with regard to the handling and disposal of chemicals at this location..  It is further recommended that the owner of the building, Robert, either keep all garage containers of garbage inside of the building or  erect a fenced area for garbage as required by town ordinance.  With those two conditions, Chairman DeMet said that he was all for it.  Parker asked Monday if she had seen what the sanitary operator was talking about.  Monday had not and Parker gave it to her to read.  Parker mentioned that there should be some sort of monitoring to be sure that conditions are met.  Monday questioned if she should set up the drums and
DeMet indicated that Monday should have a conversation with Shane and that would take care of whatever.  Parker asked that Shane report back to the board after two months of operations.  The rest of the Board agreed.  Michael made a Motion to grant the Administrative Review Permit for Amy Monday with the conditions proposed by the Plan Commission and Lake Tomahawk Sanitary District.  Parker seconded.  Motion carried, All Ayes. 

Set Date for budget preparation Meeting:  The date set was October 20, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. 

Correspondence:  DeMet had a discussion with Ron Rickman from the World Musky Hunt, who donated 100 chairs last year.

 Ron felt that the town needs an additional 50 chairs and because they don’t have the money to purchase 50 chairs he was wondering if they bought 25, would the town be willing to purchase 25 also.  It would cost the Town roughly $400.00.  The Board decided to go  with Ron’s suggestion and purchase the extra chairs.   DeMet will contact Ron. 

Agenda requests:  Parker said, Budget, budget, budget.

 Michalsen asked if we wanted to say anything about the Just Fix It campaign.  DeMet went to the meeting.  There was an estimated 30 people in attendance.  Presently the Town gets $2,290 per mile of town road to work with.  They made a resolution to send to the legislators that the amount be increased to $5,000 per mile.  55% of the roads are town roads and we get about 4% to fix the roads.  Doris asked if they had made a decision of what roads will be worked on.  DeMet said they did a road inspection about a month ago and they made an inspection.  They haven’t finalized which roads will be fixed.  They did highlight those roads which they would like to put in a 3 year plan.  However, like all plans, some changes may need to be made, but they are working on it. 

Adjournment:  Parker moved to adjourn, seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, September 14, 2016

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held a regular Town Board Meeting on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at 7:00 P.M. in the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center.  All notices were posted to the open meeting law and the media was notified. 

Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisor Matthew Michalsen, Treasurer Mike Lynch and Deputy Clerk Patricia Christy.  Chairman DeMet read the Agenda of the regular Town Meeting of September 14, 2016 and led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Motion by Michalsen, seconded by DeMet to approve the Agenda of September 14, 2016.  Motion carried, all Ayes.  Michalsen made a Motion to approve the Minutes as written, of August 10, August 16, August 24 and August 25, 2016.  DeMet seconded the motion, however, the Minutes for August 16, 2016 were not approved because Matt Michalsen was not at that meeting.  The Minutes for August 16th will be on the Agenda for approval at the October 12, 2016 meeting.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Motion by DeMet, seconded by Michalsen to approve the ACH, EFT & EFTPS payments, Check #’s 16433 & 16435, and 16444 to 16499 and payroll checks 3838 to 3875 for a Total of $87,450.94.  Motion carried, all Ayes.   

Treasurer’s Report:  Treasurer Lynch reported that during the Month of August the Town had income of $216,960 which included $213,575 from the county for the second half of property tax payments.  The Parks took in $1,908 in launch permits and fees.  Expenses for the month totaled %66,607.  The Road Dept. expenses totaled $27,240 including $18,216 in wages and benefits.  $4,000 was paid to the Tomahawk Lakes Association.  $29,441 was paid for the Town Insurance and Workers Compensation.

Approve appointment of Stephanie Sowatzka to Parks Commission:  Motion by Michalsen, seconded by DeMet to the approve appointment of Stephanie Sowatzka to the Parks Commission.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Approve Operators license for Kyle Wojtzlewicz:   DeMet made a motion to approve the license for Kyle; seconded by Michalsen, Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Hunter Tingley’s Eagle Scout Project:  Hunter Tingley told the Town Board that as part of his Eagle Scout Project, he is going to put a plaque on the rock by the American Legion building. 

Correspondence: None

Future Agenda Items: None

Adjournment: Michalsen made a motion to adjourn, seconded by DeMet.  Motion carried, All Ayes.

Respectfully submitted:

Nancy J. Schneider

Town Clerk

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, August 10, 2016

The Lake Tomahawk Town Board held a regular Town Board Meeting on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. at the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center.  All notices were posted to the open meeting law and the media was notified.

Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisors Catherine Parker and Matthew Michalsen, Treasurer Mike Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.  Chairman DeMet read the Agenda of the regular Town Meeting of August 10, 2016.  DeMet called the meeting to order and led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.

DeMet started the meeting by congratulating Michalsen on his recent win. 

Motion by Michalsen, seconded by Parker to approve the Agenda of the regular Town Board Meeting of  August 10, 2016.  Motion carried, all Ayes.  Parker made a Motion to approve the Minutes of the Special Town Board Meeting of July 7, 2016, the Regular Board Meeting of July 13, 2016 and the Board of Review Meeting of July 13, 2016; seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Approve the payment of Bills and Vouchers:  The Clerk asked the Board to approve ACH, EFT & EFTPS payments, Check #’s 16402 to 16443 and payroll checks 3810 to 3837 for a Total of $46,945.77.  DeMet pointed out that Check 16441 in the amount of $1,528.22 was voided.  DeMet then made a motion to approve the payment of Bills and Vouchers as read by the Clerk.  Motion seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Treasurer’s Report:  Treasurer Lynch reported that during the Month of July the Town had income of $38,879 which included $35,051 from the State for shared Revenues and Quarterly Highway Aid.  The Town collected $2,053 in room taxes, out of which we paid the Chamber $1,502.

The Parks took in $2,465 in launch permits and fees and concession rentals.  Expenses for the Month totaled $55,194.00.  The Road Dept. expenses were $28,408.00, including $17,712 in wages and benefits.  The Town also paid the Lions Club $5,000 for the annual 4th of July Parade.  DeMet made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s report, seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Chairman/Supervisors’ Reports on Committees and Commissions:  Parker indicated that she didn’t have anything, however, there will be a bunch of meetings in September to prepare for the Budget Year ahead. 

Michalsen indicated he would talk a little bit about Web Site, Parks, and Lake Associations and he would talk a little bit about the Wisconsin Towns Association meeting that they attended last month in Pine Lake.  Web Site Committee, they are in the process of compiling photos for web site different categories.  It’s still a process in work, and people have indicated that they are able to get around the web site easier.  There are still difficulties with the Calendar in not putting all the events in.  I am sure we are working with the Minocqua Commerce on this.  Another thing, tourists seem to like the web site and praise the info booth workers.   There have been some studies done on tourism; it’s improving.  On average they spend $67.00 a day in our area and it’s a very important part of our economy.

Parks: We are going to explore Art in the Park and possibly, Music in the Park.  Other towns in the area do this and we would get more people in town, to support the businesses, younger and older.

  I spoke with a young lady about Art in the Park.  She is part of a business incubator in Eagle River.  She has been booked constantly; she not only goes around to parks, but she also goes to Taverns and Restaurants.  We are looking for new playground equipment and possible new projects and we would like the peoples’ input in that as well.  Moving forward, people have liked the new handicapped accessible, wheel chair accessible fishing pier down at the boat landing.  We praise Tom and the Parks Committee for all their work on this.

 Snowshoe Baseball: Weather has been great, attendance has been great and the Clubs in the area have been making money, so that is good. 

Lake Associations:  Tomahawk Lake Assoc. had their annual meeting on the  July 2nd and Horsehead Lake will be having their annual meeting on the 20th of August.  A few things within the State Legislature, brought to you  by our assemblyman and state senator.  I have been on this endeavor and I have learned quite a bit.   Many of the lake associations are upset about the shoreline zoning issues that have been pushed through and I have been speaking with a lot of DNR, Wildlife Biologists, Fish Biologists and if they were funded more correctly, they could work together within the lake associations and there is an actual shoreline zoning initiative put forth by multitude lakes in our area and spearheaded by John Richter of the Plum Lake Association and there are just a few things that I want to read.

Within this 2015/16 Shoreline Status Report, what we had last summer local control, a lake classification system based on the size of the lake, lakes are protected by data driven, uncontroversial regulations and a setback minimum on lake frontage, all aspects of regulations of local zoning operations went through towns and counties.  Town and County Boards are upset with that and Matt is hearing a lot from frustrated citizens as well.  What we are losing with that is putting the water quality at jeopardy to where if water quality goes down property assessments go down, the ability to dredge within lakes, our fisheries will be affected by that, clarity of the water.  How properties get assessed is by the clarity of the water.  The more the development, it is detrimental to  ground water and the closer you get to the lake the more you have high, expensive wells.  The more you dredge you change the habitat of it, lack of funding for the DNR, these shoreline zoning issues are hurting the lake associations and the character of the northwoods.  Look into the last assembly/senate budget hearing for more information. 

DeMet added that this Saturday, 8/13/16 is the last Parks Committee Children’s’ Special Projects event.  This will be at 10:00 and the  Northwoods Wildlife Center is putting on a program called Turtles and Reptiles.

Bob Williams asked Matt if he was going to make the next web site meeting in September as they had to table the budget review because Matt wasn’t at the last meeting and they didn’t have the data.  Matt said he would have the information as soon as possible or by the next meeting and he would be there. 

County Representative:  Bob Metropulos said it has been slow.  The department heads are working on their 2017 budgets and they have already received some preliminary numbers from some departments.  They are also required to turn in a priority list of importance of various divisions in their department.  Bob said he had nothing new to report other than what you read in the paper.  Some of it he cannot talk about.  They have been in closed sessions for a couple of items. 

By May, with Matt’s comments here,  on NR115, Bob was county supervisor at that time also.  Bob didn’t want to mention any names but one representative said we have to give the property rights back to the property owner.  Bob has always said zoning creates property rights, what’s good for you as a neighbor may not be good for me and vice versa.   If someone wants to put a junk yard next to my property, I really have no control unless we have zoning.  It’s really getting to the case, I believe, that the State wants to control and even get rid of town government. We have no control over our lakes.   I would be very cautious and if this man gets on, you have your  work cut out for you. Bob offered Matt, his congratulations.

 Bob asked if anyone had any questions, and Doris Vyvyan said she thought it was illegal to dredge in front of someone’s property. 

Matt said one bill would have allowed lake property owners to dredge lake bottoms in front of their homes, remove spawning habitat, allow removal of up to 30 cubic yards a year for in-land lakes and 100 cubic yards a year on the great Lakes.  This is property owned by the people of the State of Wisconsin.  The destruction would have been immediate and irreparable.  This is what counties have fought against and Matt believes that they have gotten it reduced. 

Bob asked if there were any Vets present.  There is a resolution coming in from the State and what they want to do is regionalized the Veterans’ Service Offices.   In other words, they could have one in Wausau that would serve the whole northern section, one down in Fond du Lac that would service four different sections.   This is ridiculous; they are having enough problems now, keeping up with matters.  Waiting lists are long, trips are long and they are going to get a lot longer if that goes through.  We are just waiting now to see what happens.  Bob happen to be on the the Social Services, VA Committee, and Tammy Walters is just working her fanny off.  We are losing control.  Doris Vyvyan said that she thought the Veterans should be able to use any Medical Facility that they choose.  They should not have to go hundreds of miles for medical treatment. 

Public Comment: Doris Vyvyan wanted to ask if there was extra cost to put the referendum deal on the ballot.  DeMet said that yes, there would be a cost, but it is not a big deal and it would not be a significant amount of money.  Doris also asked if DeMet was going to discontinue the “Correspondence” part of the Agenda.  DeMet said No, he just forgot to put it on. 

Bob Chrobak introduced himself and his neighbor, Karl Olson.  They live on Elm Road on Little Carr Lake.  They are concerned about Elm road, not just the paved portion that starts at D, but where the paving stops, we have unpaved portion and then we have a paved portion to the end of the road, where a private homeowner paved his portion.  In between there are pot holes, tremendous draining problems near Karl’s property, and we are trying to get some conformity through the entire road.   DeMet said he spent some time on this problem last year.  It appears that there is about 160 Ft. that is in question.  The bad news is that it is not on the list of roads to be fixed this year.  It is something that will be addressed, but it probably won’t happen this year.  Karl has been maintaining the unpaved portion, every time there is rain, he may have to pull rocks, grade the road, all at his own expense and it is not fair.

 There are basically 5 taxpayers on this road that have to drive through puddles.  DeMet said he understood and it is on the radar.  Someone asked how they picked what roads they will work on and DeMet said that North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning go around from year to year and rate the roads.  The Town uses that information plus what our Road Crew has to say about the different roads as they are out there all the time.  The Board will also make occasional road surveys themselves, which is sometime later on the Agenda that we will be talking about.  What we do is put all of it together and see what needs work most and what we have money for.  Chrobak asked about the culvert on D that needs work and what was happening there.  DeMet indicated that the County would be taking care of it, as it’s their road.  The work probably won’t begin until after Labor Day and the entire Culvert will be replaced. 

Resolution 2016-2 Supporting an Amendment to the constitution of the United States to provide that corporations are not persons:  As an explanation for those that don’t know, it you know about the Supreme Court decision, commonly referred to as Citizens United, which rolled back restrictions on the amount of money that can be spent on elections, there is a movement among the states and 17 states have passed the resolution.  75 towns in Wisconsin have already passed the resolution and 15 towns plus Lake Tomahawk will have the referendum on the ballot this fall.  It’s a grass roots effort to get big money out of politics is what it boils down to.  So we propose to have a referendum on the November ballot to allow the citizens of the Town of Lake Tomahawk to weigh in on that.  We have a resolution that the Town Board has passed and this will get forwarded to our State and Federal representatives and legislators and see if they will do their job to overturn this.  Parker said it is more fair and we will be posting the resolution as well as ballots initiatives.  Parker then went on to read Resolution No. 02-2016.   (The entire Resolution No. 02-2016 appears in the Minutes of July 13, 2016.)  Parker moved that the Town adopt this Resolution, seconded by DeMet.  Motion carried, all ayes.

November Ballot Referendum Question:  Parker indicated that the following is what we want to have on the Ballot of November 8, 2016.  “Shall the Town of Lake Tomahawk, adopt the following resolution?  Resolved, that “We the People” of the Town of Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin, seek to reclaim democracy from the expansion of corporate personhood rights and the corrupting influence of unregulated political contributions and spending.  We stand with communities across Wisconsin and the country to support passage of an amendment to the United States Constitution stating:

1.  Only human beings are endowed with constitutional rights – not corporations, unions, nonprofits or other artificial entities and

2. Money is not speech and therefore regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting speech.”  There will be a box for Yes or No.  So it’s up to everyone in the Town of Lake Tomahawk to have their say.  DeMet said back in June, they made a motion to put the referendum question on the ballot.  Parker said the language was slightly different.  DeMet then made a motion to adopt the new referendum question that Parker read on the November 8th Ballot.  Seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

 

Institute a 3 year road plan: DeMet put this on to see how the Board wanted to handle this.  One of the reasons why he wants to get this done is because we may be eligible for Trip money.  This normally is on a 6 year cycle, but last time around, some of the Towns did not apply for Trip and we may be eligible again in the next two year cycle.   In order to apply for Trip funds, you have to have a road Plan.  Parker indicated that she like the idea of a 3 year Road Plan and that they review it on a yearly basis. Some roads worsen by natural conditions and others come to our attention that need even more attention.  So we can alter them every year, but we have a more future plan, taking care of our roads and maintaining them ahead of time because replacing them is 100 times more expensive.  Michalsen added, if we have the funds.  Parker said we usually don’t have the funds to replace roads.  DeMet asked the board members if they would like to get together and do a road tour for later this fall and go over all of the roads.  Parker and Michalsen agreed that this was a good idea and the board will set up a date. 

Bike Trail Development: As you know from last month’s meeting, we were finally approved to use the Highway 47 corridor right of way to establish a bike trail connection to the State Trail at Indian Mounds.  Yesterday, I received our first donation from Oneida County walking & biking trail council in the amount of $1,500.  DeMet thought it was time to set up a fund as we don’t have any money budgeted.  The first thing that we should do is get some signage up.  We can put a sign up at Indian Mounds indicating Lake Tomahawk this way.   The signs can’t have advertising, but it can have directions.  We should think about putting a line item in the budget for next year so we can get serious about this.  Parker made a motion to add a line item to the 2017 budget to cover the bike trail.  Seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all Ayes.  DeMet mentioned that our friends at Wisconsin Valley Improvement are already on board with this and they have already mowed the trail. 

Future Agenda Items:  DeMet mentioned the road review and he also asked if Parker or Michalsen are available, they will be meeting with the Insurance Representative regarding the Health Insurance Plan for the Town Crew, which is coming due. That would be on the 16th of August at 10:00 A.M.  DeMet said he and Nancy would be there and if Parker and Michalsen were there, he would have to post it.  Parker and Michalsen, both said they would be there. 

Correspondence:  DeMet forgot about Correspondence, but Parker questioned whether or not anyone had responded to the email question regarding trash.  DeMet indicated that he had responded to Wollenberg, the original person who asked the question.  He did not respond to the second email.  DeMet asked if there was anything else.  Michalsen said, that being at the county fairs and speaking to some of them and setting it up, some people brought up budget expenditures and town funds to help fund the county fairs.  If all the towns got together and budgeted a small amount it would help out greatly.  DeMet said that we can talk about that at budget time.

Adjournment:  DeMet made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Parker.  Motion carried, all Ayes.  Meeting adjourned at 7:40 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy J. Schneider, Clerk

Town of Lake Tomahawk Regular Town Board Meeting, July 13, 2016

The Lake tomahawk Town Board held a regular Town Board Meeting on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. at the Raymond F. Sloan Community Center.

All notices were posted to the open meeting law and the media was notified.

Present: Chairman George DeMet, Supervisors Catherine Parker and Matthew Michalsen, Treasurer Mike Lynch and Clerk Nancy Schneider.  Chairman DeMet read the Agenda of the regular Town Board Meeting of July 13, 2016.  DeMet called the meeting to order and led the people in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion by Parker, seconded by Michalsen, to approve the Agenda of the regular Town Board Meeting of July 13, 2016.  Motion carried, all Ayes.  Parker made a Motion to approve the Minutes of the Regular Town Board Meeting of June 8, 2016 and the Special Town Board Meeting of June 29, 2016.  DeMet seconded the Motion of the Regular Town Board Meeting of June 8, 2016.  Motion carried, all Ayes.  Michalsen seconded the Motion to approve the Minutes of the Special Town Board Meeting of June 29, 2016.  Motion carried, all ayes. 

Approve the payment of Bills and Vouchers: The Clerk asked the Board to approve ACH, EFT & EFTPS payments, Check #’s 16346 to 16401 and payroll checks 3786 to 3809 for a Total of $47,185.26.  DeMet made a motion to approve the payment of Bills and Vouchers; Seconded by Parker.  Motion carried all Ayes. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Treasurer Lynch reported that during the Month of June, the Town had income of $13,159, which included $7,149 from the State for Fire Insurance Dues, $965 for Forest Crop Income and $2,800 was received for Liquor Licensing.  The Parks took in $1,939 in launch permits and fees and concession rentals.  Expenses for the Month totaled $46,018.  The road Dept. expenses were $26,320, including $20,630 in wages and benefits.  DeMet made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all ayes.

Chairman/Supervisors reports on commissions and committees:  Michalsen said the web site committee has not met for two or three months, however, they did have a meeting last night which he  couldn’t attend.  The Parks Commission is probably going to pursue something like music in the park or art in the park.  That is to be determined.

DeMet said the only thing that he had was that since March of 2015 he has been working on the connection of the bike trail and that this is the final approval.  DOT and the Town of Woodruff has accepted our application to maintain and improve the trail that connects to the State trail so he hopes to start work to improve that trail, which connects to the Indian Mounds Trail.  A mile and one half is in the Town of Woodruff so it was necessary to get their permission as well. 

County Representative:  Not present.

Public Comment:  A member of the audience said she thought George was great and that we were lucky to have him. 

World Musky Hunt temporary Class B License:  This will be from August 25th through the 27th.  They have been renting the Community Center for the last several years and they get a temporary license.  DeMet made a motion that the Board approve the temporary Class B License for August 25th through the 27th, 2016.  Michalsen seconded the Motion.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Room Tax Law changes in accordance with WI Act 55: George and Mike attended the meeting on the room tax changes along with Crystal Westphal and Steve Peterson of the Chamber.  Mike said if we did not belong to the Room Tax Committee and we had our own, we would be responsible for a five member board and one of them would have to have property that they rent to others.  So we do not have to do anything at this time, but we do need to change our ordinance.  George said he had an opportunity to read the ordinance and it’s almost word for word of Minocqua’s ordinance, so he doesn’t know if we need to make any changes.  Mike said he would talk to the chamber and see what needs to be done.  Michalsen said that someone that owns a resort has to be at the meeting and DeMet indicated that they must attend the meetings at least four times a year.  Lynch said that we do not have to do this because we belong to the Chamber Group, however, we do need to find someone that rents out property from this area to belong to the group.  DeMet said the only one that they came up with who lives here all year round is David Sloan.  Crystal Westphal who runs the Chamber was going to get in touch with him and some other people and see what she can come up with.  After some discussion it was decided to do nothing until the next Room Tax meeting.

WTA Resolution to provide proper funding for Wisconsin’s transportation system:  DeMet read the Resolution, which is attached to the Minutes.  Parker made a motion to adopt the Resolution, seconded by Michalsen. Motion carried, all Ayes to adopt the Resolution and to forward it on to the Wisconsin Towns Association, our State Legislators and to Governor Scott Walker.  Motion carried, all Ayes. We need to number the Resolution.

November Ballot Referendum Resolution:  Parker stated that last month the Board approved to put a advisory referendum on the November Ballot to see what the people of the Town of Lake Tomahawk think.  The Referendum states, “Shall the Constitution of the United States of America be amended to stat that:

1. Only human beings – nor corporations, limited liability companies, unions, non-profit organizations,      or similar associations – are endowed with constitutional rights , and;

2. Money is not speech, and therefore regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting political speech.

3. That our state and federal representatives shall enact resolutions and legislation to advance this effort.

YES

NO

 

The County Clerk was sent a copy of the Referendum.  She indicated that she would need a resolution from an organization, committee who represents this referendum, as it cannot be placed on the Ballot as it currently stands.  There also must be an explanation of what YES stands for and NO stands for.  Also, a Type A will have to be published in the paper prior to the election on November 8, 2016.  Parker indicated that there have been 73 other municipalities in Wisconsin plus ten to twelve States that have passed this.  Parker checked with the Towns’ Attorney and because this is Advisory, everything is good.  Parker then read the Resolution, which is attached to the Minutes.  This has to be done 70 days prior to the November 8th to get on the ballot.  The advisory referendum question was sent to the County Clerk on June 13, 2016.  Parker questioned whether or not the Town would like to have a public hearing on this or if it is enough to put it in the paper and post it in our regular places.  Parker said it’s good to know what is on the ballot before you go in there.  The Resolution is too long to be on the Ballot.  Parker said she would like to adopt the resolution after the referendum.    

2016 Crack Sealing and Chip Seal Projects:  DeMet said that he talked to the Road Dept. and they came up with a list of possible projects.  DeMet said they came up with Maple Rd, Brush Rd, Birch, Bear, Soyck Ct, Pike, Fawn Lake Rd from Sand Lake to Town Line Road for Crack Seal and it was mentioned that Fawn Lake Rd to County D to Big Buck Rd for possible Chip Seal.  DeMet asked for permission from the Supervisors to finalize the list with the Road Department and then put it in the paper and put it out for bids.  Parker moved that the Chair finalize the list with the Road Department, and put it out for bids.  Seconded by Michalsen.  Motion carried, all Ayes.

Future Agenda Requests:  DeMet mentioned the Resolution that Parker is working on.  Parker said that it would have to be finalized by the August Board Meeting.  Also more information is needed regarding the room tax. 

Adjournment: Parker made a motion to adjourn, seconded by DeMet.  Motion carried, all Ayes. 

Meeting adjourned at 7:28 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy J. Schneider,

Clerk