TOWN OF SPIDER LAKE, SAWYER CO., WI
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MONTHLY MEETING
MAY 8, 2019
The Town of Spider Lake Board of Supervisors monthly meeting was called to order by Town Chair Leighton at 7:00 PM. Present were Leighton, Brandt, Lemminger, Martin, Clerk Ferda, Treasurer Overman, Fire Chief Nelson and Road Superintendent Fogal. Supervisor Huot was absent.
Motion was made by Brandt and 2nd by Martin to approve the agenda. All in favor. Motion carried.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Motion was made by Brandt and 2nd by Lemminger to approve the Town Board minutes of 4-10-19 and to accept the Plan & Review Commission minutes of 4-3-19. All in favor. Motion carried. Leighton stated he was not appointing any elected officials to the PRC and that the PRC must report its reasons for approving or not approving any matters that come before them.
Overman presented the Treasurer’s report. April 2019 receipts were $64,048.11 and expenditures were $35,778.43 leaving a balance of $728,707.24.
The vouchers were presented for payment. Motion to approve checks numbered #023491 through #023528 (including EFT checks) in the amount of $27,722.22 was made by Brandt and 2nd by Lemminger. All in favor. Motion carried.
Ferda read a letter from eighteen property owners urging the Board to continue to support, maintain and enforce the current town ordinances related to boating and slow no wake areas. Leighton advised he would answer the letter. He also stated that the chair has considerable discretion with respect to the agenda and in his opinion the lakes associations are really a special arm of administration of the town. So any item that would come to the agenda specifically to a lake, he would ask that this be initiated by the lakes associations unless a board member approaches him regarding lake matters. There may be circumstances where a person wishing action is somehow denied due process by going through the lakes associations. In that case, he would certainly consider taking action.
A reminder that the Board of Review adjournment meeting will be held on 5-15-19 at 5:00 pm. Leighton advised that a Special Town Board meeting will also be held immediately following to address reviewing updates for the website and to authorize notice to bidders for road projects.
Open book will be held on 6-5-19 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and board of review will be held on 6-12-19 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Motion was made by Brandt and 2nd by Lemminger to adopt the Wisconsin Municipal Records Schedule for the destruction of records. All in favor. Motion carried. Once the form is approved by the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Public Records Board, an ordinance will be presented to the Board.
Leighton outlined his approach to Board meetings and organization. The outline is listed on the agenda.
On the recommendation of Leighton, a motion was made by Martin and 2nd by Lemminger to appoint Bobbi Huot as Chairperson of the Plan & Review Commission (5-8-19/5-7-22) and to appoint Jonathan Parr as a member of the Plan & Review Commission (5-8-19/5-7-22). Carol Alcoe stated that she thought it was inappropriate for Bobbi Huot to be on the PRC because her husband is a supervisor. Quentin Johnson stated that Bobbi Huot clearly has personal opinions on zoning matters that are not particularly held by everyone in the community and to have the appearance of a connection between the board of supervisors and the chairman of the PRC is inappropriate. The vote was taken. 3 aye votes and 1 abstention by Brandt.
A motion was made by Brandt and 2nd by Lemminger to grant permission to use town roads for the Chequamegon 100 mountain bike race on June 15, 2019 subject to receiving a certificate of liability insurance. All in favor. Motion carried.
Motion was made by Leighton and 2nd by Lemminger to approve the town’s annual website maintenance contract (5-16-19/5-15-20) for Kyle Froese in the amount of $580.00. All in favor. Motion carried.
Motion was made by Leighton and 2nd by Martin to adopt Resolution #2019-03 (copy attached) to allow the Teal, Lost Land & Ghost Lakes Improvement Assoc. to surface dispose mechanically harvested hybrid Eurasian water milfoil & other aquatic plants at the town’s 40 acre site on Trappe Rd. Discussion was held regarding how to safely transport the milfoil and the cleaning of the transport vehicle to keep the milfoil from spreading. All in favor. Motion carried.
Motion was made by Lemminger and 2nd by Martin to allow for the disposal of plastic bags of yellow flag iris (invasive species) collected by SCLA at the town’s solid waste site at no charge and this approval will automatically renew annually unless revoked by the majority of the town board. All in favor. Motion carried.
Plan & Review Commission
Conditional Use Permit – Owner: Timothy Hyde & Laura Inda – Building a vacation cabin on vacant land currently Zoned Agricultural 1. Based on the recommendation from the PRC, a motion was made by Leighton and 2nd by Lemminger to accept this CUP without conditions for perpetual duration and running with the land. All in favor. Motion carried.
Zoning Administrator Report – There three land use permits were issued.
An email was received from ZA Olson advising that the County approved the town’s Metallic Mining Ordinance and the rezone for Swift.
Based on the recommendation from the PRC, a motion was made by Leighton and 2nd by Brandt to approve the County’s proposed amendments to Section 4.26 (accessory structure exemptions) of the Sawyer County Zoning Ordinance. All in favor. Motion carried.
The PRC’s recommendation to the town board was to deny the proposed amendments to Section 4.211 (reducing setbacks to the right-of-way of 10.5’ in order to build at a closer ROW setback) of the Sawyer County’s Zoning Ordinance. A motion was made by Leighton and 2nd by Brandt to approve the amendments to Section 4.211 contrary to the PRC’s recommendation. Discussion was held. All in favor. Motion carried.
Motion was made by Leighton that Sections 11,13,14,17 and 18 of the town’s Land Use Ordinance be referred to the PRC for recommendations as to update, amendment or repeal in fairness to residents and to conform to Chapter NR115 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code. After discussion, Leighton revised his motion to add the phrase as it relates to shoreland zoning. 2nd by Lemminger. All in favor. Motion carried.
Lemminger is requesting that review & discussion be held regarding proposed amendments to the ATV ordinance (#01-01) that would allow a resident to access a designated road or trail directly from his or her residence and to allow users of designated trails or roads to access commercial establishments from designated trails or roads. Leighton has emailed information to the supervisors from the WTA as to how an ATV ordinance can be changed. It is rather simple and doesn’t require a public hearing; however, he stated that the way he is conducting this meeting ends up being pretty close to a public hearing anyway. Don Mrotek, the trail coordinator from the Sawyer County Snowmobile & ATV Alliance, advised that there is no access law for ATV’s. Other options include opening up designated roads or a new law (Act 193) was passed on 4-3-18 that allows a town, city, village or county to place a sign on each road that crosses its boundary alerting all motorists that all roads under the jurisdiction of the municipality as designated ATV routes. The Alliance will pay for signage that connects trails and routes to businesses. They do not pay for signage for residential access. It is too costly. Mrotek suggested asking residents that want access to provide the money for signs. Discussion was held. Leighton stated he has read the town rules and the town has the authority to open its roads in whole or in part by board action without a public hearing. He also stated that the town has the right to open roads within its jurisdiction that are not town roads. Terry Conroy (Boulder Lodge) is concerned about what roads and trails will be opened because he doesn’t want ATV’s on his property. Mrotek and Lemminger will work together to formulate a plan to bring before the board. Motion was made by Brandt and 2nd by Martin to table this matter indefinitely until Lemminger brings it back to the board. All in favor. Motion carried.
Motion was made by Martin and 2nd by Brandt to allow the SCLA to use the town hall facilities for a plant pick-up site on June 8th from 9 am to noon. All in favor. Motion carried.
Health & Safety – Fire Department Information Update – Fire Chief Nelson reported that there are currently no issues within the fire department. There is a possible new member. The temperature control alarm system needs to be updated at Station #2. The picnic will be held on July 7th.
The spring brush collection will be held from May 18th through June 2nd from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Motion was made by Leighton and 2nd by Brandt to approve a temporary Class “B” picnic license to the Fire Department for its annual picnic to be held on July 7th. All in favor. Motion carried.
Nelson advised that burning permits are required. But having a burning permit doesn’t allow anyone to burn at any time. The DNR’s website must be checked daily to see if burning is allowed on that particular day.
Roads – Road Information Update – Fogal reported that the contract has been awarded for the work on Upper A and work should be completed by November.
Motion was made by Leighton and 2nd by Martin to approve the contract from the USFS for the culvert work on Mathey Rd. (FR336). All in favor. Motion carried.
Fogal reported that the Town Hall Rd. project is done except for the silt work and clean-up of the area. This should be completed within two weeks.
Fogal presented a list of roads that need asphalt maintenance such as crack sealing and fog sealing. These items require a bid. This matter will be on the Special Town Board Meeting agenda on May 15th.
Solid Waste – Discussion was held regarding the proposed fee schedule for electronics, TV’s and appliances. Martin suggested adding $5.00 to the flat screen TV’s and Brandt suggested adding $5.00 to the CRT TV’s and monitors 25 inches and over. Motion was made by Brandt and 2nd by Lemminger to adopt the revised fee schedule. All in favor. Motion carried.
Questions from Audience and Other Matters for Discussion Purposes Only – None
Leighton read a poem he wrote entitled Mother’s Day.
Motion was made by Leighton and 2nd by Martin adjourn. All in favor. Motion carried.