01/09/19 – Board of Supervisors Monthly Meeting Minutes

JANUARY 9, 2019

The Town of Spider Lake Board of Supervisors monthly meeting was called to order by Town Chair Hucker at 7:00 PM. Present were Hucker, Brandt, McGuiness, Cerman, Huot, Clerk Ferda, Treasurer Overman and Fire Chief Nelson.

Motion was made by Cerman and 2nd by Huot to approve the agenda. All in favor. Motion carried.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Motion was made by Brandt and 2nd by Cerman to approve the Town Board minutes of 12-12-18 and the Plan & Review Commission minutes of 12-5-18. All in favor. Motion carried.

Overman presented the Treasurer’s report. December 2018 receipts were $440,796.81 and expenditures were $106,759.20 leaving a balance of $931,367.24. The receipts included $362,214.72 of property tax collections.

The vouchers were presented for payment. Motion to approve checks numbered #023310 through #023349 (including EFT checks) in the amount of $424,506.92 was made by McGuiness and 2nd by Brandt. Discussion was held regarding the maintenance and repair costs to the tractor/mower. All in favor. Motion carried.

The 2018 year-end financial report was reviewed. Hucker noted that revenue was received from FEMA and the Federal PILT revenue was more than anticipated. Numerous transfers were made throughout the year for unexpected and rising expenses. Much of the surplus from 2018 has been applied to the 2019 budget.
Any excess in the 2018 Fire Protection line item may be transferred to the 2019 budget to help pay for communication improvements for the fire and road departments. This is a joint project between Spider Lake and Round Lake. Hucker announced that the FCC license for the Moose Lake tower has been approved and is registered under the Town of Round Lake’s name. Construction must be completed by November 2019.
Motion was made by Brandt and 2nd by McGuiness to adopt Resolution #2019-01 (copy attached) amending the 2019 budget by transferring $3,500.00 from unallocated surplus to the 2019 Capital Outlay Roads budget. The transfer is needed because the new garage heater that was originally scheduled to be installed and paid for in December will not be installed until January. A roll call vote was taken. 5 yes and no nay votes. Motion carried.

On the recommendation of the Plan & Review Commission, a motion was made by Brandt and 2nd by Cerman to adopt the addition of Section 6.25 Metallic Mining into the town’s zoning ordinance. All in favor. Motion carried. This new section will be inserted into the zoning ordinance that already deals with mining.

Plan & Review Commission

Zoning Administrator Report – Hucker reported that ZA Olson is working on a couple of compliance issues. He is using the town hall as his office.

Committee Reports

Roads – Equipment Status – McGuiness reported that all equipment is up and running.

The final calculation for transportation aids was received for 2019 in the amount of $243,214.18.

Hucker reported receiving an email from the Forest Service stating that due to the partial shutdown of the government, there is no guarantee payment will be made for any work down by the town on forest roads in town. Brush clearing of forest roads has been put on hold at this time. This could also impact the CWPP plan. A meeting has been tentatively been scheduled for January 24th; however, this meeting may also be put on hold.

Health & Safety – Fire Department Report – Fire Chief Nelson reported that there are currently no issues within the fire department. He stated that a new member has joined the fire department and there is the possibility of two more members joining. DNR training may take place within the next two months.
Hucker advised that a meeting should be scheduled next month with Round Lake to discuss communication improvement plans for the Moose Lake tower.

Cerman reported that the new heating equipment will be installed at the garage on January 10th.
Hucker reported that the 2019 CWPP grants were approved by the DNR.

Solid Waste – Brandt reported that updated information has been posted on the town’s website.

Insurance & Finance – Huot reported that the annual premium for the backhoe is $83.00. It was decided not to cancel coverage until the backhoe is sold.

Clerk’s Report

Other Correspondence – An email was received from Tom Weber regarding a book he has written entitled “Eddie Matthews: Why He Was the Greatest Third Basement of All Time.”

A letter was received from Jump River Electric regarding tree clearing, trimming and brush control in the right-of-way.

Motion was made by Brandt and 2nd by Cerman to authorize one elected official to attend the WTA workshop on February 15th in Cable. All in favor. Motion carried. Huot will be attending the workshop.

Questions from Audience and Other Matters for Discussion Purposes Only – None

Motion was made by Huot and 2nd by Cerman to adjourn. All in favor. Motion carried.

Christine Ferda
Town Clerk

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