TOWN OF SPIDER LAKE, SAWYER CO., WI
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MONTHLY MEETING
MAY 9, 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 Cerman. All in favor. Motion carried.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Motion to approve the Town Board minutes of 4-11-12, the Plan & Review Commission minutes of 4-4-12 and the Road Committee minutes of 4-20-12 was made by Meyer and 2nd by McGuiness. All in favor. Motion carried.
The Treasurer’s report was given by Overman. April 2012 receipts were $67,851.14 and expenditures were $32,226.24 leaving a balance of $437,936.33. 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. Motion to approve checks numbered #018956 through #019001in the amount of $25,434.06 was made by McGuiness and 2nd by Meyer. All in favor. Motion carried.
Ferda gave the quarterly budget report. Expenditures appear to be on track except for the ordinance enforcement line item due to the costs of the Lahti zoning matter. Discussion was held regarding whether or not to have a separate line item in the budget next year for unemployment compensation.
Hucker recommended to the board to extend George Brandt’s appointment to the Plan & Review Commission by one year with the term ending 4-16-13 and to appoint Casimir Mazik to the Plan & Review Commission for a three year term (due to the resignation of Cynthia Woods) ending 5-9-15. Motion to approve the appointments was made by McGuiness and 2nd by Cerman. All in favor. Motion carried. This will create a vacancy in the #2 alternate position for the Plan & Review Commission.
Hucker recommended to the board to reappoint Judi Cliffton and Greg Topp to the Board of Appeals for three year terms ending 5-9-15, to appoint Steve Braddish (replacing Mary Witt) to the Board of Appeals for a three year term ending 5-9-15 and to appoint Jan Beatty (replacing Victoria Ross) to the Board of Appeals as first alternate for a three year term ending 5-9-15. Motion to approve the appointments was made by McGuiness and 2nd by Cerman. All in favor. Motion carried. Hucker received Scott Chapin’s resignation today. Chapin was serving as second alternate on the Board of Appeals. An appointment to fill this vacancy will be made at next month’s meeting and May Witt has agreed to fill out Scott’s term. Hucker thanked Victoria Ross for her service and also thanked Mary Witt for her many years of service serving on the Board of Appeals.
Hucker recommended to the board to reappoint Richard Thearin to the Board of Review as first alternate for a three year term ending 5-9-15. Motion to approve the appointment was made by McGuiness and 2nd by Meyer. All in favor. Motion carried.
Motion to table a liquor license request from Brian & Rozelle Smith for Brewers Bay Lodge (formerly Timber Bay Resort) was made by McGuiness and 2nd by Meyer. All in favor. Motion carried. The Smith’s were in the process of purchasing Timber Bay Resort; however, at the present time it appears the sale will not take place.
Motion was made by Meyer and 2nd by Brandt to approve an operator’s license for Rebbecca Kerner (Lost Land Lake Lodge). All in favor. Motion carried.
Motion to approve the web-site contract renewal for Phrazer Graphics Design (Kyle Froese) in the amount of $700.00 (5-16-12/5-15-13) was made by Meyer and 2nd by McGuiness. All in favor. Motion carried.
Regarding a designated swim area on Little Spider Lake at the North Star Camp, Hucker was advised by DNR Warden Sue Miller that an ordinance is not needed and that the DNR supports the proposed designated swim area. After discussion and reviewing the information that was submitted, a motion was made by Brandt and 2nd by McGuiness to approve the request of Andy Shlensky, owner of North Star Camp, to establish a designated swim area and authorize the Town Chair to sign the application on behalf of the town. All in favor. Motion carried.
Hucker, McGuiness and Overman attended the County WTA quarterly meeting. Lee Turonie, attorney for the WTA, provided a legislative update. 1. Changes have been made in ATV and UTV rules to allow UTV’s on designated ATV routes. In the near future, ATV’s and UTV’s will require rear license plates. Owners will be required to supply the plates and the numbers should correspond to their state provided stickers. 2. Legislation has been passed that defines the abilities of towns to pass moratoriums in certain circumstances but are very limited in terms of regulatory ordinances. The details of this legislation needs to be sorted out. 3. Act 170 – Hucker contacted Richard Stadelman of the WTA expressing concern and at the time of the meeting has had no response. Some sponsors of the act feel there will be very limited impact. It will provide the ability to build or rebuild on a specific dwelling site of an existing property provided the dwelling site is 35 feet or further back from the shoreline. It will eliminate inconsistencies from county to county on the question of whether or not there is a financial cap regarding the amount that can be spent on repairs. Others feel Act 170 will have a far reaching impact while others do not feel it will affect towns at all. It is confusing because there is so much conflicting information and towns are seeking guidance from the WTA as well as our attorney. The next WTA county meeting will be held on 7-30-12 at the Spider Lake Town Hall.
Plan & Review Commission Report
Hucker reported that the Commission is revising the Land Use/Building Permit and Conditional Use application forms to make them more user friendly. The forms will now be 8 ½ X 11 in size and posted on the web-site. The forms will still require an original signature.
Cerman has filed the Local Ordinance Development Grant. The town has received a letter of support from the Spider Chain of Lakes Association. At this time, there has been no response from the Quiet Lakes Association or the Resorts Association. Brandt will contact the Resorts Association for a letter of support.
Hucker reported on the proposed resolution of issues regarding the Lahti property. The Lahti’s agreed to remove the current cabin and will build a new cabin behind the 75 foot setback. There will be no appeal of the Board of Appeals decision issued 4-12-12. The Lahti’s applied for a building permit on 5-3-12. Boss is reviewing the permit and is coordinating with the DNR and with the county for the septic. The Lahti’s have been authorized to proceed with the repair of the shed building. Town permit (land use permit only) and inspection fees for the new cabin will be net of any permit and inspections fees already paid by the Lahti’s for the current cabin. This does not apply to UDC fees and inspections. Meyer questioned why this was not done by the Lahti’s in the first place which would have saved the town a lot of money. Hucker indicated that there apparently had been a belief that there was not adequate space on the lot. This turned out to be incorrect for the proposed size of the new dwelling. After discussion, a motion was made by Brandt and 2nd by Cerman to approve the net fee for the land use permit and inspection fees for the new cabin as set out in the term sheet. All in favor. Motion carried.
Unless circumstances suggest otherwise, the cell tower public hearing will be held on June 27, 2012 at 5:00 pm. Depending on whether or not there is any business to transact, there may or may not be a meeting on 6-6-12. No meeting will be held on 7-4-12.
Roads – McGuiness reported that the road crew have been cutting trees, grading and repairing potholes.
Regarding equipment status, McGuiness advised that he had no dollar amount for repairs as there has been no response from vendors to obtain estimates. Diem will continue to follow-up. Diem will also obtain cost estimates for mounting the broom assembly on a dump truck and a cost estimate for new dump trucks. A five year plan needs to be established for equipment repairs and/or replacement. The cost of repairs could impact the amount of work that can be completed for this year’s road projects.
Motion to authorize the road committee to advertise for bids for the reconstruction of a portion of Brandt Road and for crackfilling of Murphy Blvd. was made by Brandt and 2nd by Meyer. All in favor. Motion carried.
Cerman inquired about the mowing brush and logs that are along Upper A Road. The road crew will remove the debris when time allows.
Health & Safety – Fire Chief Brandt and Hucker gave a brief summary of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan meeting that was held at Spider Lake on 4-12-12. Clusters of areas were identified that may need specific attention. Some issues are roads that are too narrow, clearance and fire numbers. Many town roads are dead ends which creates difficulties for service and emergency vehicles. One possible solution would be to create turn outs and turn arounds. Many driveways are not maintained also causing difficulties for emergency vehicles. The next meeting will be 5-17-12 in Cable.
Fire Chief Brandt reported that the new fire truck should be ready for delivery by the end of May or beginning of June.
Cerman reported that he has contacted Zielie’s to apply the herbicide to the tree stumps at the Ghost Lake Dam. He was advised that the must be actively growing. He will follow-up with Zielie’s this week.
Cerman reported that there appears to be no oil leaking in the generator. He will contact Moberg Electric to see when or if the hose clamps have been replaced. He will advise the clerk when the bill can be paid.
Cerman will make arrangements to have the town hall septic tank checked and pumped if required.
Cerman, Overman and Ferda will meet to choose a locked mailbox to be installed at the town hall.
Cerman advised that Carol Alcoe will be planting the flowers at the town hall again this year.
Fire Chief Brandt advised that the fire department will be in Hayward on May 18th from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to recruit new members.
Insurance & Finance – The worker’s compensation audit for 2011 has been completed and has resulted in an additional $1,035.00 in premium. The clerk will contact the insurance company to have the town’s current policy endorsed to reflect these audited exposures which may reduce the possibility of substantial additional or return premiums on future audits. The clerk will now bill quarterly the Spider Chain of Lakes and the Quiet Lakes Associations for their portion of worker’s compensation that apply to the boat ramp monitors.
Solid Waste – Brandt reported he filed the annual report on 4-22-12. There were 32.74 tons of recycling picked up from the solid waste site and the town routes, 56 tons of garbage picked up from the town routes and 22 tons of garbage picked up from the solid waste.
Summer hours will begin on May 15th. The solid waste site will be open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Motion to authorize the use of portions of Lake Helane Road, Telemark Road and Fire Tower Road for the Telemark Forest MTB Race on 7-14-12, contingent upon receiving a certificate of insurance, was made by McGuiness and 2nd by Meyer. All in favor. Motion carried.
A letter was received from the Forest Service announcing the release of the 2011 version of the Motor Vehicle Use Map. This map displays the roads and trails that are available for public motor vehicle use. It is now available on line and hard copies will be available in mid-May.
The election results were read regarding the primary recall election for Governor and Lt. Governor.
A reminder that Open Book (3:00 pm to 5:00 pm) and Board of Review (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm) will be held on May 24, 2012.
Motion to adjourn was made by McGuiness and 2nd by Meyer. All in favor. Motion carried.