02/08/12 – Board of Supervisors Monthly Meeting

FEBRUARY 8, 2012

The Town of Spider Lake monthly meeting was called to order by Town Chair Hucker. Present were Hucker, McGuiness, Meyer, Cerman, Treasurer Overman, Clerk Ferda and Fire Chief D. Brandt. Supervisor Brandt was absent due to recent surgery.

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

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

It was noted that the dates of the minutes on the agenda for approval were incorrect. The dates should read 1-11-12 and 1-4-12 instead of 1-11-11 and 1-4-11. Motion to approve the Town Board minutes of 1-11-12 and the Plan & Review Commission minutes of 1-4-12 as amended was made by McGuiness and 2nd by Cerman. All in favor. Motion carried. Motion was made by McGuiness and 2nd by Meyer to amend the agenda with the corrected dates of the minutes. All in favor. Motion carried.

The Treasurer’s report was given by Overman. January 2012 receipts were $1,547,894.68 and expenditures were $353,782.03 leaving a balance of $1,831,822.76. Motion to approve the Treasurer’s report was made by Meyer and 2nd by Cerman. All in favor. Motion carried.

The vouchers were presented for payment. Meyer questioned check #018786 in the amount of $4,803.52 made payable to the Sawyer County Treasurer for back taxes for Ross. Overman explained she retained the personal property taxes owed to the town, but the balance of the check was sent to the county treasurer for back real estate taxes that the town had previously received from the county. Motion to approve checks numbered #018768 through #018819 in the amount of $392,983.01 was made by McGuiness and 2nd by Meyer. All in favor. Motion carried.

Overman has asked for clarification of Ordinance #03-01 as it relates to the issuing of liquor licenses when delinquent taxes are owed. Specifically, what being current on “all local taxes” means. As the county pays the town 100% of its share of local real estate taxes, this would apply only to delinquent personal property taxes and any other local tax remaining unpaid. Personal property taxes must be current before a liquor license can be issued.

Regarding the Lahti appeal, an amended administrative order (written by Zoning Administrator Boss) to cease and desist was sent to the Lahti’s. The town’s attorney (John Carlson) has sent the entire file to the Lahti’s attorney (Michael Best & Friedrich). The Lahti’s have appealed the administrative order to the Board of Appeals and a meeting will be set for sometime in late March.

Janet Bewley spoke at the WTA quarterly meeting. The main topic was the mining issue in a neighboring county and how it could affect the water tables in our area. Redistricting was also discussed. Spider Lake is currently in Bewley’s district and will remain in her district. Rose Lillyroot spoke on EMS issues.

Hucker reported that the town’s web-site is being upgraded. He asked the supervisors to look at the new version and to make any comments and suggestions. He feels the site should be government focused. The new web-site will have a welcome page, a page on how local government operates, pages for the various town departments, an events page, contact list for elected officials, selected town ordinances and area links to the DNR, Sawyer County and the Lakes Associations. Although it is not mandated by statute, public hearings and Board of Appeals matters will be posted on the new web-site along with meeting agendas and minutes which are currently posted. Keeping a list of local business’ on the site was discussed as it would be very time consuming and/or costly to keep it updated. Carol Alcoe advised it originally was posted on the web-site to promote the town’s economy.

Motion to approve the purchase of office furniture (for the clerk and treasurer’s office) from George & Dolores Brandt in the amount of $100.00 was made by Cerman and 2nd by McGuiness. All in favor. Motion carried. (Brandt was absent and therefore did not vote). Overman contacted WTA regarding the purchasing of property from board members. As long as the purchase price is under $15,000.00, it is allowed.

Ordinance #12-01 (extending town officer terms in response to election law changes) was presented. Town officials elected in April 2012 and thereafter will now have their terms of office commence on the 3rd Tuesday in April instead of the 2nd Tuesday in April because of the time extension provided to provisional voters. Motion was made by McGuiness and 2nd by Meyer to table this ordinance until the March meeting as the state legislators have not passed the legislation that corresponds to this ordinance. All in favor. Motion carried. Starting in 2013, by state statute, the annual town meeting will be held on the third Tuesday in April or within ten days after that date.

Motion was made by Meyer and 2nd by McGuiness to grant permission to the ATV Nation to use sections of FR 203, FR 204 and FR 328 that are used as part of an ATV trail during the summer in the Town of Spider Lake for their annual ATV ride on 3-10-12 as the town’s ordinance currently has these routes closed until spring. All in favor. Motion carried. The DNR, County Sheriff and the Forest Service will be informed.

Plan & Review Commission Report

CSM for Dawn R. Duven Revoc Trust – Located in Prt Govt Lot 6, Prt Govt Lot 7 of Section 22 and Prt Govt Lot 1 of Section 27 all in Town 42N. Range 7W. The proposed CSM would divide the property into five lots. The town’s attorney advised that the proposed CSM overlaps onto four properties to the west not owned by the trust and it creates by default a nonconforming lot to the east. The Commission decided that the affected property owners should be notified by the owner. Motion was made by Mazik and 2nd by Ross to table this matter until the March meeting. Motion carried. Hucker recused himself as he is a neighboring property owner.

Boss reported that there was a slight increase in permits for 2011. There were nine violations in 2011 making it the highest amount in any one year. He also reported that the 2011 Conditional Use Permit granted for Ross/Cheqtel (Norvado) has been abandoned and a new application has been filed and is currently under review.

Work continued on incorporating the new County Zoning Shoreland-Wetland Protection ordinance into the town’s comprehensive zoning ordinance. Key issues such as reconciling definitions, how to calculate lots, how to interpret issues as they relate to back lots and lake access lots were discussed. As this will be a long process, Cerman will apply for a grant through the DNR for assistance because of possible special meetings and/or public hearings. Some sections of the town’s comprehensive land use plan may need to be amended.

Committee Reports

Roads –

McGuiness reported that the salt/sand shed will be inspected by the state in the near future.

One of the dump trucks is currently in the shop being repaired because it was difficult to start.

Dennis Diem asked Ferda if a charge account for the town departments could be opened at the new F & M Fleet Supply store in Hayward. Permission was granted.

Health & Safety –

Fire Chief Brandt reported the new fire truck chassis from Timber Ford will cost $40,635.00 and Monroe Equipment will install the additional items that are needed at a cost of $46,018.00 for a total cost of $86,653.00 which is approximately $2,000.00 over budget. The additional funds needed could come from the contingency fund and would be replaced when the old fire truck is sold. The old truck has been advertised in several publications.

Hucker & Fire Chief Brandt attended the Community Wildfire Protection Plan meeting. This plan is authorized and defined under Title 1 of the Healthy Forest Restoration Act passed by Congress in November of 2003. The purpose of the meetings is to implement a community action plan to keep the community safe from forest fires. Having a plan establishes a baseline for the community area to be eligible for fire prevention grants and also to educate the community. These meetings will be open to local governments, local fire authority, local DNR, the Forest Service and any other interested parties. Meetings will be held every other month and either Hucker, D. Brandt or Cerman will attend. If anyone wishes to serve as a local representative, contact Hucker or D. Brandt. The next meeting will be held on 3-8-12 at 6:00 p.m. at the Namekagon Town Hall at the intersection of County M and County D in Bayfield County. A motion was made by Meyer and 2nd by McGuiness to adopt Resolution #12-01 – Intent to Participate in the Development of a Community Wildfire Protection Plan. All in favor. Motion carried.

New fire department radios have been installed in the vehicles. New pagers need to be purchased.

Fire Chief Brandt advised that raffle tickets for the annual picnic cannot be sent through the mail. Other arrangements are being made for the purchasing of the tickets.

A monthly report of the fire department’s fund-raising account will be given to Cerman.

Insurance & Finance –

Meyer reported that the new Fire Dept. UTV and accessories have been added to the insurance policy.

Solid Waste –

The Lions Club will hold a Diabetes Awareness Day at the solid waste site on 3-24-12.

Members of the club will hand out a diabetes risk brochure.

Clerk’s Report

A letter of support, written by Hucker, was sent regarding the grant request for Development of an Aquatic Plant Management Plan for the Spider Chain of Lakes Association.

A motion was made by McGuiness and 2nd by Cerman to grant permission to the Cable Area Chamber of Commerce to use Rock Lake Road from the Sawyer County line to the intersection with Spider Lake Fire Lane also known as Telemark Road beginning May 1, 2012 to May 26, 2012 for the Off Road Mountain Bike Race subject to shared use of the road, subject to receiving the Chamber’s one million dollar liability certificate of insurance and providing any closure of the road would require further town board approval. All in favor. Motion carried.

Sawyer County Health & Human Services has extended an invitation for local elected officials to attend a seminar on alcohol policies in Wisconsin to be held on 2-28-12.

There will be three WITC board member vacancies as of 7-1-12. Information will be posted at the town hall. Applications must be received by 2-22-12.

Judy Detray will be having knee surgery on 3-6-12 and will miss two weeks of work.

Overman advised that in 2007 there were 12 people who came to the office to pay their taxes and this year there were 82 people.

Spider Lake will be using a channel on the Moose Lake tower which will improve communication for the road crew.

Motion to adjourn was made by Meyer and 2nd by McGuiness. All in favor. Motion carried.

Christine Ferda
Town Clerk

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