04/11/12 – Board of Supervisors Monthly Mtg Minutes

APRIL 11, 2012

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

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

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Motion to approve the Town Board minutes of 3-14-12 and the Plan & Review Commission minutes of
3-7-12 was made by Meyer and 2nd by Cerman. All in favor. Motion carried.

The Treasurer’s report was given by Overman. March 2012 receipts were $3,148.46 and expenditures were $46,433.09 leaving a balance of $402,311.43. Motion to approve the Treasurer’s report was made by McGuiness and 2nd by Meyer. All in favor. Motion carried.

The vouchers were presented for payment. Motion to approve checks numbered #018883 through #018955 in the amount of $28,388.42 was made by Meyer and 2nd by McGuiness. All in favor. Motion carried. Hucker noted that payment was made to Apex Surveying for the Ghost Lake Dam Survey. A copy of the survey will be sent to the DNR and the town’s insurance company.

Hucker recommended to the board that committee appointments remain the same as last year. McGuiness will chair the Road committee, Brandt will chair the Solid Waste committee, Meyer will chair the Insurance and Finance committee, Cerman will chair the Health & Safety committee and Hucker will chair the Plan & Review Commission.

A motion was made by McGuiness and 2nd by Meyer to set the 2012-2013 liquor license fees as follows: Class A Beer $25.00, Class A Liquor $70.00, Class B Beer $70.00, Class B Liquor $260.00, Cigarette $20.00 and an Operator’s License $20.00. 4 yes votes, 0 nay votes and 1abstenstion by Brandt. Motion carried. All licenses were increased by $10.00 except for the operator’s license which increased by $5.00. A temporary Class B beer picnic license is $10.00 which is set by state statute.

Hucker reported on the four hour Zoning Board of Appeals meeting held on 3-28-12. After review, the board voted 4-1 to uphold the Zoning Administrator’s decision to issue an administrative order directing the property owners and the contractor to cease construction on the site. A signed decision was sent earlier this week to the Lahti’s. They will have time to appeal the decision if they so choose.

Plan & Review Commission Report
Committee guidance on what can be done with 2 existing dwelling units on a single parcel, created by CSM in 1998 – After review with the attorney and the County, the conclusion is that if both dwellings are conforming structures for setbacks, one of the dwellings would have to be converted to an accessory building. If there is one conforming and one nonconforming , the nonconforming building would have to be converted to an accessory building which could no longer be used as a dwelling for habitable space. The conforming building that would be used as a dwelling could have an addition constructed if it meets town and county requirements. The owner would have the option of leaving both nonconforming dwellings on the site as long as they only do ordinary maintenance and repair. In some instances, the county ordinance appears to be more restrictive. Based on the revised county ordinance and NR115, additional limitations apply to any structure within 40 feet of the ordinary high water mark.

Hucker reported that the public hearing date for the 300’ multi-tenant communication facility was scheduled for 5-2-12, unless he or the clerk received notice by today from both Norvado and the persons representing groups questioning the proposed site and height of the cell tower, to have the hearing continued to a later date.

He did receive notice from both parties and the hearing will be scheduled between 6-20-12 and the end of June. Hopefully, the two groups can reach common ground on a number of open issues before the hearing.

Cerman is working on the grant application request for the Shoreland Regulation Amendments.
Regarding Shoreland regulations, Hucker reported that other changes are ongoing as a result of the governor signing legislation last week (Senate Bill 472) which could have a significant impact on some areas of regulations within the Shoreland district. In some instances, the towns, counties and villages will not be able to be more restrictive. It eliminates a cap of 50% of the assessed value for ordinary repair and maintenance. The town’s ordinance includes a provision that specifically provides that the town can apply the most restrictive regulations. Hucker attended a WISLINE presentation; however, less than a minute was spent on SB 472.

Hucker received and read the resignation of Cynthia Woods from the Plan & Review Commission, thanking her for her service.

Committee Reports
Roads – McGuiness reported that the road bans will be lifted at 12:01 a.m. on 4-16-12.
A road committee meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m. on 4-20-12.

Health & Safety – Cerman reported that the generator has been repaired and that the repairman will be returning to install the proper hose clamps. The bill will not be paid until the clamps are installed and it is established that the generator is not leaking any oil. Brandt stated that Northern Lakes Co-op in Hayward is now selling Kohler products and maybe they will have someone who can repair the generator which would be much closer than Rice Lake.

Hucker suggested that Cerman contact Zielie’s regarding the treatment for the tree stumps at Ghost Lake Dam.

Solid Waste – Brandt reported that the white goods program will remain in effect this summer at the solid waste site.

Brandt will be filing the yearly report which is due by 4-30-12.

The Community Wildfire Protection Plan meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on 4-12-12 at the Spider Lake Town Hall. This plan will facilitate access to federal funds if and when grant monies become available.

Clerk’s Report
The election results were read regarding the presidential preference, county, judicial, town supervisors and school board races.

A motion to approve a change of agent for Lost Land Lake Lodge’s liquor license was made by McGuiness and 2nd by Cerman. All in favor. Motion carried.

A motion to hold the annual Open Book and Board of Review on 5-23-12 was made by Brandt and 2nd by Meyer. All in favor. Motion carried. The clerk will contact the assessor to arrange the time.

The date for the annual health fair is 10-12-12.

A brief report was given regarding the annual meeting held on 4-10-12. Two donations were approved – $300.00 to the Sawyer County Canine Initiative and $200.00 to the Hayward Library Foundation.

On 4-28-12, a free and safe disposal of unwanted medications program will be held at various locations. The information has been posted on the website and posted at the three posting locations in the town.

Charlie Brandt asked who was the previous owner of the Lahti property and what did the Lahti’s do wrong? He was advised that the property was previously owned by Mike and Marilyn Wood and that the Zoning Administrator, backed up by an inspection by the County, discovered that all the walls on the building were removed, reconstructed and were reinstalled. This is a violation of the town and county zoning ordinances and NR115.

This month’s Sawyer County WTA meeting will be held at the Sand Lake Town Hall. Attorney Lee Turonie
will be present to discuss SB 472.

Meyer reported that he has received information regarding a proposed gypsy moth spray site. Approximately 600 acres north of Rock Lake Road and east of the Spider Lake Fire Lane will be sprayed. It is not hazardous to humans and the spraying will be done by the end of May.

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

Christine Ferda
Town Clerk

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