08/08/12 – Town Board Meeting Minutes

AUGUST 8, 2012

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

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

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Motion to approve the Town Board minutes of 7-11-12, 7-19-12 and the Plan and Review Commission minutes of 6-6-12 was made by McGuiness and 2nd by Brandt. All in favor. Motion carried.

The Treasurer’s report was given by Overman. July 2012 receipts were $62,046.30 and expenditures were $115,809.70 leaving a balance of $341,277.17. It was noted that the contingency fund balance should be $29,500.00 instead of $26,000.00 as shown on the report. Motion to approve the Treasurer’s report as amended was made by McGuiness and 2nd by Cerman. All in favor. Motion carried.

The vouchers were presented for payment. Motion to approve checks numbers #019116 through #019161 in the amount of $119,653.41 was made by Brandt and 2nd by Cerman. All in favor. Motion carried.

An offer to purchase the used fire truck in the amount of $3,000.00 was made by Fred Hanley. The board discussed whether to deny the offer, counter-offer, or to continue to advertise (possibly on internet sites such as Craig’s list, etc.). Motion was made by McGuiness and 2nd by Cerman to reject the offer of $3,000.00 at this time and to continue to advertise. All in favor. Motion carried.

Roger Stahl is seeking permission from the town board to install a gate adjacent to the Town garage area instead of the snow fence that was used last year. He is concerned about snowmobilers that wander off the trail. A motion was made by Cerman and 2nd by McGuiness to authorize Mr. Stahl to install a gate on the dead end road that abuts both his property and the town’s property allowing both parties access. All in favor. Motion carried. The gate will cause no issues for the road crew.

An approval letter was received today from the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands regarding the $82,000.00 loan for the replacement of the tractor/mower.

Motion to amend the zoning fee schedule to increase inspection fees to $60.00 was made by McGuiness and 2nd by Brandt. All in favor. Motion carried.

Regarding the status of the lease/purchase of a new dump truck, Kelly Woods of Navistar Capital advised the clerk that he had just received the invoice from Meyer Sales Company and he would be sending the documents shortly.

Motion was made by Brandt and 2nd by Cerman to approve the issuance of a Temporary Class “B”/”Class B” Retailers License to the Spider Chain of Lakes Association for their annual picnic to be held on
9-2-12. Motion carried. 3 aye votes, 0 nay votes and 1 abstention by McGuiness.

Hucker received a joint request from the Spider Chain of Lakes Association and the Quiet Lakes Association to address the town board regarding aquatic invasive species issues. No representatives from either association were present. A motion was made by McGuiness and 2nd by Cerman to table the matter. All in favor. Motion carried.

After discussion, a motion was made by Brandt and 2nd by McGuiness to approve a $5.00 increase from $80.00 to $85.00 to Judy DeTray for mowing effective 8-8-12. All in favor. Motion carried.

Discussion was held regarding amending the existing ATV Ordinance to allow for UTV use. This item was tabled at last month’s meeting. Hucker, who attended the WTA county meeting, reported that there is confusion at the highest levels of the state on the intent and meaning of the statute. The DNR initially issued a directive stating that any route that had ATV route signs did not need to put up UTV use signs if the town approved the routes for UTV use. That has been called into question because of the plain reading of the act and the inclination is that the act is intended to require separate signage if both ATV’s and UTV’s are allowed. Hucker also noted that the adjacent towns to Spider Lake have not taken action on approval of the routes that enter and leave Spider Lake through the town of Namekagon. As the town’s ATV ordinance may need to be amended in October (due to the temporary use of certain roads in the town) and due to the confusion in the statute, a motion was made by McGuiness and 2nd by Cerman to table this matter at this time. All in favor. Motion carried.

Hucker attended a meeting on 8-7-12 regarding the USFS ATV Trail Development Plan. Significant progress has been made in terms of laying out the preliminary development of the plan. At the previous meeting, two or three alternate routes were being considered, one of which was located more in the Town of Spider Lake and the other was located more in the Town of Namekagon. Due to residents’s concerns and the close proximity to the elk herd, it appears the northern route has been chosen. Portions of FR 203 in the Town of Spider Lake will still need to be used. Other forest roads in the town will be used, but the town does not maintain them. An environmental assessment sill needs to be done and how to fund the project needs to be decided.

Overman gave a report on the WTA county unit meeting held on July 30, 2012. Dale Olson advised that any towns interested in chain saw training for their road crews to contact him. Kim Senne, mobility manager at Namekagon Transit, gave a presentation regarding the services they offer. A video regarding the WTA’s webinars (video training) was presented and attendees were asked to fill out a survey. If there is no interest in the webinars, WTA may reconsider the video training as it is very costly to operate.

Plan & Review Commission

The town has received approval from the DNR for the Local Ordinance Development Grant regarding Shoreland Ordinance modifications. It begins on 9-1-12 and ends 6-30-13. The town will probably have to request an extension because it is not known when the DNR will amend NR 115. The town’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan may also need to be amended.

The County is proposing changes to its Shoreland-Wetland Ordinance. The proposed changes address issues with respect to Act 170. Cerman & Zoning Administrator Boss will attend the public hearing on
8-17-12 and will report back to the PRC next month.
The County is proposing to amend its Cell Tower Ordinance as it relates to the setbacks the County now requires. They are receiving feedback that these setbacks are impractical.

Mr. Trombello suggested at last month’s town board meeting, that the town board should consider adopting a cell tower ordinance. The PRC may be engaging in future discussions regarding this matter. In February of 2010, the consensus was not to have an ordinance because of having to use a conditional use permit approach in any event and to allow greater flexibility as technology changes. There is a draft cell tower ordinance in the town’s comprehensive land use plan that has never been acted upon. Hucker suggested that it be removed from the plan or it could be used as an initial template to create a new ordinance. When asked, Hucker advised that it is his understanding that Norvado is still looking at multiple options for cell towers, both in and out of town.

Hucker advised that an amendment to Act 30 of the Wisconsin Statutes now allows Counties to issue permits (instead of the DNR) for grading in excess of 10,000 square feet. The Commission’s recommendation is to let the County handle these permits as the town does not have the manpower or the expertise. Zoning Administrator Boss will still issue grading permits that are required by the town.

Violation: – Lost Land Lake Lodge Condominium Association – Removal of trees in shoreline vegetation protection area. Upon further investigation, the trees were removed because they were either diseased or dead. The owners are planting new vegetation; therefore, there is no violation.

Committee Reports

Roads – McGuiness reported that the Brandt Road reconstruction project would begin after Labor Day and the crack sealing of Murphy Blvd. would begin in late September or early October.

Three culverts (two on Town Hall Rd. and one on Duncan Point Rd.) have been replaced by the County.

McGuiness reported that the new tractor/mower should be ready in three weeks.

McGuiness, Hucker and Diem (road crew) drove Lake Helane Rd. to assess its condition because the fire department may need to access this road for water in case of a fire. The road crew was advised to apply more gravel. Hucker advised that this is not a long term solution and other avenues need to be pursued.

Fire Chief Brandt advised that the “stop sign ahead” sign is missing on FR 206 at the intersection with
FR 203 and that this area needs to be brushed.

Hucker advised that a seasonal resident inquired whether or not the town could install a dangerous intersection sign on both sides at Balsam Road and Murphy Blvd.

Health & Safety – Cerman reported that the $1.28 a gallon price for propane that the board accepted last month has been renegotiated to $1.235 per gallon as a lower bid from Ferrell Gas for $1.18 per gallon was received after last month’s meeting.

Fire Chief Brandt reported that all the fire equipment passed inspection. The new brush truck chassis was inspected by Timber Ford. The new truck in now operational. A brush truck will be located at Station 2.

Fire Chief Brandt and Overman are seeking clarification with the DNR, the State and WTA regarding the law that about using water from a lake in a fire truck and returning the water to the lake from a fire truck.

A mutual aid agreement with the Town of Round Lake is in the process of being drawn up.

Hucker and Fire Chief Brandt attended the Community Wildlife Protection Plan meeting last month. The town’s data has been filed. Brandt will attend the meeting next week (Namekagon Town Hall) and the topic for discussion will be hazardous fuel reductions. An invitation is being extended to the ATV clubs, the Lakes associations and the Resorts associations for public input.

Cerman advised the board that he will contact a carpenter to check the doors of the town hall so the locks will work better. He is also going to have a motion sensor light installed outside of the Clerk’s and Treasurer’s office door. A mailbox will be installed at the town hall by the next meeting.

Insurance & Finance – The board decided to leave insurance coverage on the fire truck that is for sale.

Clerk’s Report

A letter was received from the Sawyer County Highway Department regarding County Bridge/Culvert Aid for 2013. McGuiness advised that the town does not have any existing culverts or bridges that qualify for aid at this time.

A motion was made by McGuiness and 2nd by Brandt to authorize up to two elected officials to attend the annual WTA Convention in Appleton on October 14-16, 2012. All in favor. Motion carried.

Ferda read an e-mail received from the Chequamegon Resource Advisory Committee seeking project proposals for funding through the Secure Rural Schools Act. Funds can be used for projects that improve the maintenance of existing infrastructure (e.g. roads, trails and campgrounds), enhance forest ecosystems and restore and improve land health and water quality, the control of exotic weeds and the re-establishment of native species and/or the improvement of wildlife and fish habitat. Proposals will be accepted through August 20, 2012. Hucker suggested that in the future it is possible that this type of program could be used for invasive weeds along the forest roads in the town and to possibly improve roads such as Lake Helane Rd. It also might be something that the Fire Department could seek to use.

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

Christine Ferda

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