05/02/18 – Plan and Review Commission Meeting Agenda

MEETING NOTICE
Town of Spider Lake
Plan and Review Commission Meeting
Town Hall
10896 W Town Hall Road
May 2, 2018
6:00 P.M.

Agenda is as follows:

1. Call to Order.

2. Pledge of Allegiance.

3. Approval of the minutes of the April 4, 2018 meeting.

4. Tabled to this meeting from April 4, 2018 Public Hearing

Request for Conditional Use Permit to repair exiting boat launch ramp so that it is usable for boaters while the public boat launch ramp is under repair.

• Land owner: Totem Pole Lodge Condominium Association – Ralph Hlavin Owner, Site Address: 9216W Brandt Road, Located in the SW 1/4 – NW 1/4, Sec 29, T42N, R6W., Totem Pole Condo Lot 2 CSM 7227. Zoned RR-2, 10.17

5. Zoning Administrator’s Report.

6. Discussion Regarding Comprehensive Plan Update

7. Any other business that may come before the Commission for discussion.

8. Adjournment.

 

Posted this 28th day of April, 2018
Christine Ferda, Clerk

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04/17/18 – Town of Spider Lake Annual Town Meeting

TOWN OF SPIDER LAKE, SAWYER CO., WI
ANNUAL TOWN MEETING – APRIL 17, 2018

The Town of Spider Lake Annual Town meeting of the Electors was called to order by Town Chair Hucker at 6:00 PM. Fifteen electors, which included five elected officials, and the fire chief were present. Clerk Ferda and Treasurer Overman were absent.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

The minutes of the Annual Town meeting held on 4-18-17 were reviewed. Motion was made by Patrick Delaney and 2nd by Peter Huot to approve the minutes. All in favor. Motion carried. 15 aye votes and no nay votes.

The 2017 financial report that was distributed to the electors was reviewed. Hucker noted that the 2017 budget carried through as anticipated. There is a concern of the projected cost for repairs on Town Hall Rd. which are going to be significant. Hopefully, enough funds have been budgeted in 2018 to proceed as long as clarification is received from the engineers to the town’s satisfaction. Since the last town board meeting, a report has been received that is less than clear in terms of what the engineers are going to propose and the risks for differential settlement and at what magnitude. The engineers have been advised that the board doesn’t want what has happened to County Road A. As a result, the engineers are reviewing several different options but have not made a recommendation at this time. This is still in the theoretical phase based on the soil borings taken last year. Hucker asked if any electors had questions regarding the revenues or expenses.

Hucker updated the Landing Camp boat access project. The DNR will start construction on July 15th and construction will take four to six weeks and possibly up to eight weeks. The town is requesting that a replacement dry hydrant be installed for the fire department if there are enough funds. The DNR has asked that the town assist with signage limiting traffic on Landing Camp Rd. to local traffic only. The DNR will provide reroute signs if approved by the Plan Commission and the town board next month. Huot stated he would not push for the installation of a dry hydrant as it is a lot of upkeep for the fire department. Chief Nelson advised that dry hydrants can be problematic; however, due to state grant funding to help fire departments access water, certain dry hydrants must be maintained. Hucker reported that the DNR will install a kiosk for DNR and town information to be posted. Charlie Brandt asked since the parking lot will be blacktopped, is Landing Camp Rd. going to be blacktopped at the same time. Hucker replied that it is not in the Town’s plan to blacktop Landing Camp at this time. The boat ramp will be concrete.

Sara Delaney asked what the options are for Town Hall Road. Option 1 is to lift the road and add aggregate to see what the differential settlement would be. This is basically what was done on County Road A. Option
2 would use geo fabric in selective spots where the greatest weaknesses are. This process would cost approximately $200,000.00. Option 3 would use geo fabric on the entire area (approx. ½ mile) which would
cost approximately $600,000.00. Hucker stated that the engineers are debating what the relative differential would be if Option 2 was selected. The lake elevation also plays a role. More discussion continued.

Jim Nickel asked if any funds were allocated in the 2018 budget to improve communications. Hucker reported funds have been allocated in the fire department budget and he has learned through meetings that it will cost more than originally anticipated. The board is currently waiting on a study to see what coverage can be anticipated.

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

Christine Ferda
Town Clerk

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04-17-18_atm.pdf

04/24/18 – Road Committee Meeting Agenda

TOWN OF SPIDER LAKE
ROAD COMMITTEE MEETING
APRIL 24, 2018

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Town of Spider Lake Road Committee will hold a meeting at the Town Hall located at 10896W Town Hall Road on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 2:00 PM.

Agenda is as follows:

Call to Order

Discussion of Summer Projects

Update on Town Hall Road Project

Inquiry from Milestone Materials regarding gravel

Invoice from Jump River Electric

Any Other Business that may come before the committee for discussion purposes only

Adjournment

 

Posted this 21st day of April, 2018
Christine Ferda, Clerk

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04-24-18_rcm_agenda.pdf

04/11/18 – Board of Supervisors Meeting Minutes

TOWN OF SPIDER LAKE, SAWYER CO., WI
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MONTHLY MEETING
APRIL 11, 2018

The Town of Spider Lake Board of Supervisors monthly meeting was called to order by Town Chair Hucker at 7:00 PM. Present were Hucker, Brandt, McGuiness, Cerman, Huot and Treasurer Overman. Fire Chief Nelson and Clerk Ferda were absent.

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

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

The Town Board minutes of 3-14-18 need to be amended to include that Brandt requested a motion to rescind and replace the STR ordinance be placed on the April agenda. Motion was made by Brandt and 2nd by Huot to approve the Town Board minutes of 3-14-18 as amended. All in favor. Motion carried. Motion was made by Cerman and 2nd by Brandt to approve the Plan & Review Commission minutes 3-7-18. All in favor. Motion carried.

Fire Chief Nelson arrived.

Overman presented the Treasurer’s report. March 2018 receipts were $23,482.81 and expenditures were $41,709.21 leaving a balance of $754,717.56. Hucker noted that a check in the amount of $15,182.00 was received from FEMA (through Wisconsin Emergency Management) for the 2016 storm damage.

The vouchers were presented for payment. Motion to approve checks numbered #022806 through #022861 (including EFT checks) in the amount of $33,383.29 was made by McGuiness and 2nd by Huot. All in favor. Motion carried.

Hucker presented the first quarter budget report. He reported that some revenue items are a little behind where they should normally be in March. Grant monies received were marginally higher. Expenses for the Operations & Equipment Repairs line item for roads is higher due to repairs to the trucks. There is every indication that the fuel budgets for both fire and roads will be used based on prices. Salt/sand expenses were also higher than expected. Hucker suggested that a road committee meeting be scheduled in the next couple of weeks to discuss summer projects. The town is still waiting on what the engineering costs for the Town Hall Road project will be. Cerman asked if the check from WEM will actually cover the cost of repairs. Hucker advised that it covered the cost of the repairs on Pederson and Rock Lake Roads and will defer some of the cost on the replacement of the culverts on Upper A. The Forest Service should also cover some of the culverts expenses.

Motion was made by Huot and 2nd by McGuiness to authorize the clerk to issue a “Class B” Liquor License to Ghost Lake Lodge, LLC, Agent Rachel Hursh, (owner’s Andrew & Rachel Hursh) subject to all requirements being met. All in favor. Motion carried.

Motion was made by Brandt and 2nd by Huot to authorize the clerk to issue operator’s licenses to Andrew and Rachel Hursh. All in favor. Motion carried.

Motion was made by Huot and 2nd by Cerman to grant permission to use town roads for the 23rd Annual Seeley Lions Pre-Fat Mountain Bike Race on August 18, 2018. All in favor. Motion carried.

Hucker noted that both Brandt and Huot were elected to a new two year term. The Republican candidate for Justice of the WI Supreme Court won in Spider Lake and the County. Bill Voight was elected for the office of County Supervisor and is Spider Lake’s County representative. All three candidates for Hayward School Board were elected. There were 105 voters. In the absence of the clerk, Hucker administered the Oath of Office to Brandt & Huot.

Resolution 2018-01 was introduced which would designate Supervisor George Brandt as a person authorized to sign checks on behalf of the town during his term of office beginning April 17, 2018 and ending on April 20, 2020. A roll call vote was taken to approve Resolution 2018-01. 5 aye votes and no nay votes.

Hucker reported that the State has passed new requirements regarding Board of Review. The BOR is required to meet annually during a 45 day period starting the fourth Monday in April and no sooner than seven days after the last day the assessment roll is open for examination (Open Book). This means there must be a seven day gap between Open Book and the date of the BOR meeting. In the past, Open Book and BOR were held on the same day to address any appeals. Claude Riglemon, the town’s assessor, is hoping to schedule BOR meetings for his Sawyer County municipalities during the week of June 11th. Open Book will be scheduled during the week of June 4th. The first meeting of the BOR will be convened and adjourned on May 9th before the Town Board meeting to meet state requirements. Hopefully, at that time, the exact dates for Open Book and BOR will be known.

Hucker is recommending that the current committee appointments remain the same. McGuiness will chair the Road Committee with members Hucker and Brandt. Brandt will chair the Solid Waste Committee with members Hucker and Huot. Huot will chair the Insurance & Finance Committee with members Hucker and Cerman. Cerman will chair the Health & Safety Committee with members Hucker and McGuiness. Motion to approve these appointments was made by Huot and 2nd by McGuiness. All in favor. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Huot and 2nd by Cerman to reappoint Brandt to a two year term (beginning 4-17-18 & ending 4-20-20) to the Plan & Review Commission.

Cerman reported on the Ad Hoc Committee meeting held on March 23rd regarding changes to the short-term rental ordinance. Ground rules were set and any changes to the existing ordinance had to be by total consensus, not majority vote. The template used for the new draft ordinance is a sample from the Wisconsin Towns Association. Every line of the sample ordinance was reviewed. A spokesperson for the group that is against the current STR ordinance was unable to attend tonight’s board meeting. Brandt suggested taking a month to review the draft and to table his motion to rescind and replace the existing STR ordinance until the May meeting. Hucker clarified that the new draft does not require 180 consecutive days, just states 180 days per year. He stated that this would allow for a STR every weekend of the year with approximately 30 some odd days leftover. He questioned the fact that it would take three convictions of illegal activity before the town could revoke the license, stating that this was too lenient. Also he questioned that if a state license is revoked, shouldn’t there be an automatic revocation of the town license. Both Brandt & Cerman agreed that that provision should be in the ordinance. Cerman stated that when putting this abbreviated ordinance together, they tried to make sure there wasn’t anything redundant with the state.

Motion was made by Brandt and 2nd by McGuiness to table the motion to rescind and replace the STR ordinance until the May meeting so everyone has time to review the new draft. Hucker asked where any comments should be directed. It was decided to send comments to Cerman. Huot suggested tabling until June. All in favor. Motion as made carried. 5 yes and no nay votes.

Plan & Review Commission Report
Hucker reported that a Public Hearing was held regarding a conditional use permit application (Ralph Hlavin) to repair an existing boat launch ramp at what was previously the Totem Pole Lodge so it is available to boaters while the Landing Camp boat access is under reconstruction. This would be a permanent improvement. This matter was tabled to the May meeting because commission members received the preliminary plan ten minutes before the meeting and had no time for review.

Zoning Administrator Report – A new permit application has been received.

The Commission is accepting comments on the town’s comprehensive plan. Please forward comments to Hucker so that the commission can review them. He has asked both lake associations for comments.  A public hearing will be held sometime this summer and a vote on an updated comprehensive plan will hopefully be in September.

Committee Reports
Roads – McGuiness reported interviewing Robert Hamblin for the part-time position on the road crew that was authorized by the Board in September of 2017. The position guarantees a minimum of 800 hours and there are no benefits. Rate of pay is $17.00 per hour and after a successful six month probationary period, the rate will increase to $19.50. Discussion was held. Motion was made by Huot and 2nd by Brandt to offer Hamblin a written offer of employment. All in favor. Motion carried.

Nelson reported that the pump in the pressure washer had to be replaced. A sensor light (check engine light) in the pick-up is related to the ignition system. Truck 4 has a fuel pump issue.

There is no update on the Town Hall Road project.

Regarding the USFS repairs to culverts on FR 205 (Upper A), McGuiness reported that there is no new update.

Hucker noted receiving a letter from the USFS granting permission to RM Bay Logging to haul during the road bans. The town approved this matter last month.

Health & Safety – Fire Department Report – Fire Chief Nelson reported that yearly burning permits are required. Spider Lake and Round Lake purchased an inflatable boat for water and/or ice rescues. The boat can also be used in very shallow water. It will be stored in Round Lake.

Regarding communications, Hucker reported that Spider Lake and Round Lake will share in the cost of a computerized study of the potential effectiveness of where the tower is located and where the repeater would be placed on the tower so there is a realistic sense of what kind of improvements will be realized with regards to the road crews and fire departments being able to communicate within each town and with each other.

Hucker reported that the DNR has advised that applications must be very specific for any 2019 fuel reduction grants. Nelson and Matchett will review which areas of the town need to be addressed. Hucker is also hoping to obtain a chipping grant.

Cerman will check with Rasmussen & Sons regarding the annual inspection of the furnace.

Solid Waste – Brandt reported that he is having a problem receiving the correct 2017 recycling tonnage figure from Republic Services. Discussion was held regarding the expansion of the solid waste site. Brandt will obtain an estimate from D & D Excavating.

Insurance & Finance – Huot had nothing to report; however he did attend the Law Enforcement Round Table in March and learned that 18%-20% of folks in the tribe are responsible for 77% of offenders in the area. That is due to the Mexican drug cartels that are operating up here which puts a huge burden on law enforcement and a huge cost to the taxpayers.

Clerk’s Report
The Chequamegon Lions are requesting permission to use the solid waste site on June 9th to pass out information on Diabetes Awareness. Permission granted.
The annual meeting will be held on April 17th at 6:00 PM.

Questions from Audience and Other Matters for Discussion Purposes Only
Patrick Delaney read a statement in support of the existing STR ordinance which is attached to the minutes.

Dr. Johnson stated he is a permanent resident on Spider Lake and feels that Delaney greatly understated the number of people who may be interested in renting their property and has misrepresented their case. It is a free country and everyone should have the right to rent their property if they choose to do so. He hates to see bureaucracy of a few control the whole area.

Mike Wheeler stated that the atmosphere of this meeting is 100% different than the meeting in January. The board acted in an extremely swift way and there was no opportunity for discussion. It was done through one person in a very intimidating and unethical fashion. He wanted to know if this is the norm. Does the board act one way if there are only twenty people present instead of eighty or fifty people present. If there are only twenty people present, does the board think they can just walk all over them.

Bobbi Huot asked the board if they realize how many businesses (Canine Cottage, Lost Land Lake Lodge, Timber Bay Resort) a short-term rental ordinance would hurt. They will all be hurting financially. That doesn’t seem to matter to a small number of people in the community. But the majority feels something needs to be worked out so everyone can get along in the community. She asked the board to please take these businesses into consideration.

Wendy Wood stated that she and her husband purchased a home in a residential area, not next to any kind of commercial entity on purpose. We didn’t purchase a commercial entity, nor do we plan on creating a commercial entity. I think the compromise that this group came up with to be consistent with state law that was shoved on them last fall is an amazing compromise and if anybody who says I don’t have a right to enjoy my property that I bought on purpose in a residential neighborhood is wrong. You can call it divisive in the community. There has been a lot of bad behavior about this issue and I don’t want this room to dismiss without realizing that people have a right to enjoy their own property and not sit next to a commercial entity in a residential neighborhood.

Parker Chandler is concerned about the DNR closing the Landing Camp boat ramp for repairs. This will impact Totem Lodge. He needs access to the lake and is concerned there will not be any access. Hucker advised that the DNR gave the town notice about a year ago that the Landing Camp access will be closed four to six weeks and possibly up to eight weeks. That is why the DNR is supportive of having Totem Pole Lodge be allowed to have public access for a period of time. It is a privately owned launch site. There would be free access when the Landing Camp access is closed and Totem Pole Lodge can charge a nominal fee after the state access is reopened. Hucker believes that if Totem Pole Lodge submits the materials that have been requested at the May PRC meeting, there should be adequate time to upgrade its boat launch before the state boat launch is closed for repairs.

Janet Brandt thanked Cerman, Brandt and all the committee members for the work they did on the revised STR rental ordinance and she thinks it is fabulous.

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

Christine Ferda
Town Clerk

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04-11-18_tbm.pdf

Click the link below to download a PDF statement regarding Ordinance 2018-1.
04-11-18_tbm_statement.pdf

04/04/18 – Plan and Review Commission Meeting Minutes

Town of Spider Lake
Plan and Review Commission Meeting Minutes
April 4, 2018

The Plan and Review Commission meeting was called to order by Chair Hucker at approximately 7:40 p.m. with Cerman, Mazik, Ross, Hucker, alternate Thearin along with Secretary Tripodi and Zoning Administrator Boss. Thearin will sit as Brandt was absent. Pledge of Allegiance Motion made by Mazik and seconded by Cerman approve the 3-7-18 meeting minutes. MC 5-0

Zoning Administrator Report

Boss handed out his monthly report. There was one Non-Shoreline Land Use Permit issued.

Discussion Regarding Comprehensive Plan Update

The Northwest Planning Commission is currently working on the revisions to the towns Comprehensive Plan. The Planning and Review Commission encourages the public to review the plan and bring forward any ideas you have for the updated plan. You can email them to Chris Ferda. There will be a public hearing scheduled during the summer months. The current Comprehensive plan can be found online on the Town of Spider Lake website under Select Town Ordinances. The PRC sent some notes that were compiled from last month’s PRC meeting to the Northwest Planning Commission.

Any Other Business That May Come Before the Commission for Discussion

There was none.

Motion to adjourn by Cerman and seconded by Thearin, MC 5-0

Chelsea Tripodi
Secretary

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04/04/18 – Public Hearing Meeting Minutes

Minutes of Public Hearing
April 4, 2018
Town of Spider Lake
Sawyer County, WI
6:00 P.M.

The Purpose of this Public Hearing was to obtain public comments regarding a request for a Conditional Use Permit submitted by Land Owner: Totem Pole Lodge Condominium Association- Ralph Hlavin Owner requesting to repair existing boat launch ramp so that it is usable for boaters while the public boat launch ramp is under repair. Site address 9216W Brandt Road, Located in the SW 1/4 – NW 1/4, Sec 29, T42N, R6W., Totem Pole Condo Lot 2.

The meeting was called to order by Hucker at 6:00 p.m. All commission members were in attendance, with the exception of Brandt. Alternate Thearin, along with Secretary Tripodi and Zoning Administrator Boss were also present. Alternate Thearin sat in for Brandt. Hucker opened the public comments section. (The sign-in sheet will be attached to the minutes.). The notice was published in the Sawyer County Record on 3-21-2018, and 3-28-2018. There are eleven property owners within 500 feet of the property. Once the public input segment is complete, the PRC will deliberate on the proposal.

Patrick Delaney expressed concern for the invasive species control, in regards to adding more access to the lake by boat launch ramps.

Dave Neuswanger represented the Quiet Lakes Improvement Association gave testimony that the public boat launch ramp for Lost Land Lake and Teal Lake will be out of service during the time from July 16th to approximately August 19th. Mr. Neuswanger explained that while the public boat launch is under repair Ralph Hlavin from the Totem Pole Lodge offered to open their boat launch ramp to the public. The current boat launch ramp at the Totem Pole Lodge is in disrepair. The site plan was provided to the Town shortly before the hearing began. The DNR would be issuing a General Permit under the condition that the public is given free public access during the time the public boat launch ramp is under repair. The DNR is also offering to post signs to help reroute traffic. After the work is complete, Mr. Hlavin could charge a nominal fee for use of the launch site. Mr. Neuswanger indicated that based upon his training over the years and work with the WDNR that he saw nothing to suggest that the proposed repair would adversely affect the lake water.

He also described what the WDNR repair will be.

Boss stated that out of the eleven notices sent out to adjoining property owners, 5 were not returned, 4 do not object, 1 objected with comment, and Sawyer County also provided comments. Boss summarized the comments. All written comments will be attached to the minutes.

Thearin questioned what was going to be done to facilitate launching of larger boats at the proposed site. The contractor indicated that there would be some dredging as permitted by the WDNR.

There was substantial discussion, including some discussion of potential conditions that would be applied to the permit. These conditions would include:

1. Setting a time limit or expiration date on the CUP as the county has done in some cases;

2. That the conditions of this CUP are binding upon any heirs, successors or assignees. In the event of the sale or transfer of the property, the land owner or successors will disclose the existence of the CUP to any prospective buyers.

3. The CUP itself will be recorded with the Sawyer County Register of Deeds and a copy of the recorded CUP shall be provided to the Spider Lake Zoning Administrator;

4. A mitigation plan developed with the assistance of Sawyer County will be provided;

5. Development will be in accordance with the site plan provided to Boss;

6. No parking will be allowed within 35 feet of the shoreline;

7. If any of the conditions of this permit are violated, the CUP may be revoked by the Town Board (resulting in the need to remove the toilet, the sink, the hose connection and the shower at the owner’s expense) and the land owner is subject to the fines, forfeitures, and penalties as allowed by law

Before Boss can issue a Conditional Use Permit he will need to be supplied with disclosure, location of signage, mitigation plan, and an accurate drawing of the parking area and turn around area.

After further discussion a motion was made to table until the May 2nd meeting. Motion carried 5-0.

Chelsea Tripodi
Secretary

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03/14/18 – Board of Supervisors Meeting Minutes

TOWN OF SPIDER LAKE, SAWYER CO., WI
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MONTHLY MEETING
MARCH 14, 2018

The Town of Spider Lake Board of Supervisors monthly meeting was called to order by Town Chair Hucker at 7:00 PM. Present were Hucker, Brandt, McGuiness, Cerman, Huot, Treasurer Overman and Fire Chief Nelson. Clerk Ferda was absent.

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

Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Motion was made by Huot and 2nd by McGuiness to approve the Town Board minutes of 2-14-18 and the
Plan & Review Commission minutes 2-7-18. All in favor. Motion carried.

Overman presented the Treasurer’s report. February 2018 receipts were $260,524.33 and expenditures were $1,932,128.56 leaving a balance of $772,943.96.

The vouchers were presented for payment. Motion to approve checks numbered #022759 through
#022805 (including EFT checks) in the amount of $40,934.26 was made by McGuiness and 2nd by Huot. All in favor. Motion carried. It was noted that due to a glitch in the software program, the balances on the
check register are incorrect. This matter will be resolved shortly.

Hucker reported that the 2017 year-end financial report has been submitted to the state.

Scott Crosby introduced himself and stated that he has been asked to speak on behalf of the people who own property in Spider Lake and who are opposed to the short-term rental ordinance (Ord. #2018-01). His presentation is summarized as follows. He said at last month’s meeting that many questions were asked but few, if any, answers were given by the board including how many property owners are engaged in renting their properties – answer no idea, how many complaints have been received – answer according to the town chair you wouldn’t believe the number of complaints, was there any attempt to interview owners who are currently renting their homes – answer nobody knows who there are, was there any effort to understand the economic impact of this ordinance – answer no answer. Crosby stated after much research and contacting the Sawyer County Sheriff’s office, he received six documents from the clerk’s office of which only one was a complaint. The other five documents were elaborate lobbying documents imploring the board to ban all short-term rentals. Out of 160 calls between 1-1-17 and 2-28-18, only two complaints could possibly be contributed to short-term rentals. In order to be a legitimate complaint, it must be documented and verifiable. He stated that approximately 18 owners openly advertise, 6 or 8 are managed by property companies and 3 or 4 rent to the same family every year. This ordinance has generated over 200 responses in opposition to this ordinance. The economic impact of this ordinance was not even considered by the board. Businesses in the area will not survive without tourism dollars. The largest single and most pervasive economic issue is the erosion of property rights. When property is purchased, the buyer is purchasing a bundle of rights. If you allow your rights to be eroded or reduced, it will quickly have a negative impact on your property value. These rights are right of possession, the right of control that allows the title holder the right to manage and to use the property in any means that are deemed legal, the right of exclusion that allows the title holder to limit who may or may not enter the property, the right of enjoyment that allows the title holder to participate in any activity that is pleasurable while on his property as long as the activity falls within the confinements of the law, right of disposition that protects the title holder to transfer the ownership either permanently or temporarily to another qualified party at will as long as the mortgage is paid in full and subject to no liens on the property. Condos are usually worth less money than a free standing home. This is due to restrictive covenants. Imagine a town which turns into an owner’s association by putting on so many restrictive covenants that buyers would not be interested in purchasing. This would impact all property owners. The language in the 2017 state budget bill gives towns certain authority to create ordinances and restrictions on short-term rentals. The ordinance and restrictions must be reasonable and align with existing laws. Crosby said he sought the opinion of four attorneys, who specialize in STR’s statewide, and they came to the same conclusion that several areas of this ordinance are outside those directives. Crosby stated that he learned the board was not supplied with copies of the state budget language. The board was not supplied with any information except the admitted hatred of the chairman for short-term rentals and the six lobbying letters. He stated that there are a few common themes in these letters. There is an emphasis on “residents” as if they are some kind of superior class of taxpayers. Residents have no more important rights than your neighbor that may not be a resident. Residency allows you the right to vote. The state defines a legal resident as a person who maintains his domicile in Wisconsin whether or not he is physically present in Wisconsin or lives outside the state. Another recurring theme is conducting an enterprise in a residential area. Having people living in your home as you would is not a common business such as a beauty shop or repair shop. Health & safety concerns are also a recurring theme. The activities of short-term renters are no different than property owners. There is no evidence to support the claim that renters create a higher risk or increased threat to health and safety. There were numerous comparisons made to cities who have banned STR’s. These cities have nothing in common with Spider Lake. What is relevant is what is going on in our neighboring towns. Other than Cable, all boards have decided not to impose an ordinance, fee or restrictions but to refer all matters to Sawyer County. Cable has adopted the state’s program word for word and has established a fee for each rental unit at two dollars. Since Sawyer County’s attempt to restrict STR’s was defeated, they have applied and received agent of the state designation which means Sawyer County will act on behalf of the state in all matters regarding STR’s and tourist rooming houses. The County will grant licenses, do inspections, collect taxes and fees and provide enforcement by the sheriff’s office. The most troubling theme are trigger words such as transient, these type of people, negative elements which only further displays the author’s bias, ignorance and bigotry. These letters do not display the opinion of the vast majority of the taxpayer’s in Spider Lake. Nowhere in a democratic society do we allow a small minority to decide policies, nor should fear or gossip or intimidation influence the people elected to represent all the taxpayers, not just residents. The group I represent feels the board has failed to deliver in its fiduciary responsibilities by not executing due diligence by not researching the facts on STR’s prior to adopting this ordinance. This ordinance is not a compromise. It was devised as a workaround to create a de-facto ban. It features restrictions so tight to discourage taxpayers from exercising their right to rent their property. The County is fully equipped to administer STR’s and this would save the town a lot of money. Cerman & McGuiness have both stated that they voted for the ordinance because it could be changed if necessary. This is your opportunity to make changes. All events that take place in the Hayward area require lodging. The group I represent are firm in its resolve and will bring a legal suit should it become necessary. It would be a shame to spend the taxpayer’s money defending this ordinance when a vast majority of taxpayers are opposed. This ordinance is prejudicial, punitive and discriminatory to taxpayers that want to rent their property. It has damaged the public trust in this board. It is trying to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. On behalf of the group I represent, I am demanding a motion be made to rescind Ord. #2017-01 in its entirety and refer all short-term rental issues to Sawyer County. Hucker asked if the board had any questions. A very lengthy and contentious discussion ensued. Cerman stated he would like some time to prepare a rebuttal to Crosby’s presentation as he feels some of Crosby’s remarks are baloney. Hucker stated he didn’t recall anyone on the board saying what Crosby suggested was said or done. Hucker explained that the board unanimously passed an amendment to the zoning ordinance last year to address the short-term rental issue. Then in September 2017, the state legislature eliminated that option through the zoning ordinance. The town’s counsel recommended using Ashwaubenon’s short-term rental ordinance as a guide. In February 2018, the WTA has distributed a form of ordinance for consideration. This ordinance is similar to what the town adopted with some exceptions. The state solved the problem at the Sawyer County level because it is clear that municipalities can issue their own licenses dealing with STR’s. That’s why the County chose to rescind its ordinance. The town’s ordinance matches up with what the state allows. Crosby disagreed. Hucker further explained that the town enacted its own ordinance rather than going with Sawyer County because the town has its own zoning and does not follow the County’s zoning. The town has continued to maintain the integrity of its zoning system in ways very different from what the County has done. Huot stated that this ordinance is unfair and unjust to many law abiding taxpaying residents or nonresidents. A motion was made by Huot and 2nd by Brandt to rescind Ord. #2018-01. Hucker advised that this was not on the agenda. Huot stated a committee should be formed to work on the ordinance with the community being involved. Brandt stated that the WTA ordinance is shorter and fairer and could be used as a guide. He also stated that input is needed from our constituents. Cerman stated the ordinance should not be rescinded and that a committee should be formed to make any necessary changes. Hucker also was not in favor of rescinding the ordinance and is concerned because this matter is not on the agenda. Someone could claim later that this was an inappropriate motion. Vote on the motion was taken with Huot and Brandt voting aye, Hucker and Cerman voting nay and McGuiness abstaining. Motion failed. McGuiness stated he abstained because he is concerned that this motion was not on the agenda which the board is to follow. This item could be placed on next month’s agenda. More contentious discussion ensued which included whether or not any of the board members votes are biased (Hucker does not believe his vote is biased, stated he is not anti STR and has not changed his position from the beginning), putting this issue to a referendum, trust in the board is gone, this ordinance should be rescinded and replaced with a fair and equitable ordinance, rescind the ordinance and use the state STR program and whose authority does the town operate under. Hucker asked Cerman to form a committee to see if any progress could be made and report back to the board next month. He suggested that Brandt also be on the committee. Brandt requested that a motion to rescind and replace the STR ordinance be placed on next month’s agenda.

Plan & Review Commission Report
Zoning Administrator Report – Hucker reported that the 2017 report was updated and corrected.

The Commission discussed changes that need to be made to the town’s comprehensive plan. Hucker will
forward the items that were discussed to the Northwest Planning Commission.

Committee Reports
Roads – Matchett reported that a fuel filter was replaced on Truck 4; however, if this does not correct the problem, the fuel pump may have to be replaced. The Ford pick-up’s mass air flow sensor has been reset and may need to be replaced.

McGuiness reported that road bans will go into effect at noon on March 15th. The town has a six ton limit. Exempt from the bans are milk trucks, septic trucks, school busses and propane trucks. The state has changed its weight limitations on propane trucks. They can deliver any time providing the trucks are only half full and meet other conditions in the new statute.

Hucker reported that a complaint was received regarding a mailbox being knocked over due to snow pressure while plowing. Matchett advised that if this particular mailbox could be moved to the other side of the driveway, the driveway would create relief from the snow pressure. The town does not have a formal policy regarding mailboxes. Matchett distributed copies of the county’s policy and the WIDOT guidelines. Hucker suggested that homeowners should be advised in the December annual letter, that when replacing mailboxes, they should follow the US Postal Services’ guidelines.

A motion was made by McGuiness and 2nd by Brandt ratifying Hucker’s action giving permission to allow RM Bay Logging, Inc. to haul during the road bans on Short Rd., FR174 & State Highway 77. Hucker advised that Bay Logging has posted a $5,000.00 cash bond and he must obtain permission from the USFS. All in favor. Motion carried.

There is no update on the Town Hall Road Project.

Regarding the USFS repairs to culverts on FR 205 (Upper A), McGuiness reported that the project should be bid in June and work should start in July. No permit is needed for detour signs.

Hucker reported that Pat Sanchez has received notice that payment is in the mail from FEMA for Rock Lake
Rd. and Pederson Rd.

Health & Safety – Fire Department Report – Fire Chief Nelson reported that people can still burn as there is still snow on the ground.

Regarding communications, Hucker reported that a decision needs to be made on which town will take the lead on the repeater. The Forest Service wants one town to be responsible for the paperwork, frequencies, FCC license, etc. Hucker suggested that DSC Communications should be involved in the process with respect to the sales people and technical people. Hucker stated that if Spider Lake takes the lead, the FCC license and frequency would be in the town’s name and a cooperative agreement would need to be worked out between Spider Lake and Round Lake to share it. Discussion was held. Motion was made by Huot and
2nd by Brandt for Spider Lake to take the lead on this project and to authorize the town chair to sign any paperwork. Hucker noted that this will be on a cooperative basis with Round Lake. All in favor. Motion carried.

Solid Waste – A request has been made by Northwest WI Regional to use the town’s dump site on 7-28-18 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm for a hazardous waste site collection. It was noted that the collection will be held at the upper parking lot.

Clerk’s Report
Other Correspondence – Hucker noted that he and Ferda have received emails and letters regarding short- term rentals. He will give this information to Cerman.

A letter was received from Lulich Implements promoting Diamond Mowers.

A letter was received from the Attorney General regarding a round table to be held on March 22nd for improvement of the criminal justice system in Sawyer County. Hucker noted that there has been discussion about adding another judge because of overload. Huot may attend the meeting.

The spring election will be held on 4-3-18.

The annual meeting will be held on 4-17-18.

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

Christine Ferda
Town Clerk

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03-14-18_tbm.pdf

04/11/18 – Amended Monthly Town Board Meeting Agenda

AMENDED MEETING NOTICE
April 11, 2018
10896W Town Hall Rd.
TOWN OF SPIDER LAKE MONTHLY TOWN BOARD MEETING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Town of Spider Lake Board of Supervisors will hold its Monthly Town Board Meeting on April 11, 2018 commencing at 7:00 P.M. at the Town Hall.

Agenda is as follows:

1. Call to Order
2. Approval of the Agenda
3. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Approval of Minutes: TBM32/14/18 and PRC 3/7/18
5. Treasurer’s Report
6. Vouchers
7. First Quarter Budget Report
8. Liquor License for Andrew and Rachel Hursh for Ghost Lake Lodge
9. Individual Bartender Licenses for Andrew Hursh and Rachel Hursh
10. Permission to use Town Roads in part 23rd Annual Seeley Lions Prefat Mountain Bike Race 8-18-18
11. Election Results/Oath of Office
12. Resolution 2018-01 Authorizing George Brandt to sign check on behalf of the Town
13. Changes for Board of Review
14. Setting Dates for Open Book and Board of Review (BOR to be between 4-23-18 and 6-6-18)
15. Board Committee Appointments
16. Reappointment of George Brandt to a two year term on the Plan Commission (4-17-18 to 4-19-18)
17. Discussion of Short Term Rental Ordinance Draft Prepared by Ad Hoc Committee Led by Jack Cerman
18. Motion to Rescind and Replace the Short Term Rental Ordinance

19. Plan & Review Commission Report

• Public Hearing re Conditional Use Permit Application to Repair Existing Boat Launch Ramp so it is Available to Boaters While the Landing Camp Boat Access is Under Reconstruction—Owner Totem Pole Lodge Condominium Association—Ralph Hlavin Owner
• Zoning Administrator’s Report
• Work on Town Comprehensive Plan Update

20. Committee Reports

Roads

• Recommendation to Hire Robert Hamblin to Fill Part Time Position Authorized by the Town Board in September of 2017
• Equipment Status
• Update, if any, on Work Plan for Town Hall Road
• Update Regarding USFS Work Plans for Upper A
• FEMA Payment Update

Health and Safety

• Fire Department Report
• Continued Discussion With Round Lake re Communications
• Planning for 2019 Grant Applications

Solid Waste

Insurance and Finance

21. Clerk’s Report

• Other Correspondence
• Chequamegon Lions Requesting Permission to Use Solid Waste Site June 9th for Diabetes Awareness
• Annual Meeting 4-17-18 Reminder

22. Questions from Audience and Other Matters for Discussion Purposes Only
23. Adjournment

Posted this 10th day of April 2018
Brian Hucker, Town Chair

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04/11/18 – Monthly Town Board Meeting Agenda

MEETING NOTICE
April 11, 2018
10896W Town Hall Rd.
TOWN OF SPIDER LAKE MONTHLY TOWN BOARD MEETING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Town of Spider Lake Board of Supervisors will hold its Monthly Town Board Meeting on April 11, 2018 commencing at 7:00 P.M. at the Town Hall.

Agenda is as follows:

1. Call to Order
2. Approval of the Agenda
3. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Approval of Minutes: TBM32/14/18 and PRC 3/7/18
5. Treasurer’s Report
6. Vouchers
7. First Quarter Budget Report
8. Liquor License for Andrew and Rachel Hursh for Ghost Lake Lodge
9. Individual Bartender Licenses for Andrew Hursh and Rachel Hursh
10. Permission to use Town Roads in part 23rd Annual Seeley Lions Prefat Mountain Bike Race 8-18-18
11. Election Results/Oath of Office
12. Resolution 2018-01 Authorizing George Brandt to sign checks on behalf of the Town
13. Changes for Board of Review
14. Setting Dates for Open Book and Board of Review (BOR to be between 4-23-18 and 6-6-18)
15. Board Committee Appointments
16. Reappointment of George Brandt to a two year term on the Plan Commission (4-17-18 to 4-19-18)
17. Discussion of Short Term Rental Ordinance Draft Prepared by Ad Hoc Committee Led by Jack Cerman

18. Plan & Review Commission Report

• Public Hearing re Conditional Use Permit Application to Repair Existing Boat Launch Ramp so it is Available to Boaters While the Landing Camp Boat Access is Under Reconstruction—Owner Totem Pole Lodge Condominium Association—Ralph Hlavin Owner
• Zoning Administrator’s Report
• Work on Town Comprehensive Plan Update

19. Committee Reports

Roads

• Recommendation to Hire Robert Hamblin to Fill Part Time Position Authorized by the Town Board in September of 2017
• Equipment Status
• Update, if any, on Work Plan for Town Hall Road
• Update Regarding USFS Work Plans for Upper A
• FEMA Payment Update

Health and Safety

• Fire Department Report
• Continued Discussion With Round Lake re Communications
• Planning for 2019 Grant Applications

Solid Waste

Insurance and Finance

20. Clerk’s Report

• Other Correspondence
• Chequamegon Lions requesting permission to use Solid Waste site June 9th for
• Diabetes Awareness
• Annual Meeting 4-17-18 Reminder at 6 PM

21. Questions from Audience and Other Matters for Discussion Purposes Only
22. Adjournment

Posted this 7th day of April 2018
Christine Ferda, Town Clerk

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03/14/18 – Monthly Town Board Meeting Minutes

TOWN OF SPIDER LAKE, SAWYER CO., WI
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MONTHLY MEETING
MARCH 14, 2018

The Town of Spider Lake Board of Supervisors monthly meeting was called to order by Town Chair Hucker at 7:00 PM. Present were Hucker, Brandt, McGuiness, Cerman, Huot, Treasurer Overman and Fire Chief Nelson. Clerk Ferda was absent.

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

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Motion was made by Huot and 2nd by McGuiness to approve the Town Board minutes of 2-14-18 and the Plan & Review Commission minutes 2-7-18. All in favor. Motion carried.

Overman presented the Treasurer’s report. February 2018 receipts were $260,524.33 and expenditures were $1,932,128.56 leaving a balance of $772,943.96.

The vouchers were presented for payment. Motion to approve checks numbered #022759 through #022805 (including EFT checks) in the amount of $40,934.26 was made by McGuiness and 2nd by Huot. All in favor. Motion carried. It was noted that due to a glitch in the software program, the balances on the check register are incorrect. This matter will be resolved shortly.

Hucker reported that the 2017 year-end financial report has been submitted to the state.

Scott Crosby introduced himself and stated that he has been asked to speak on behalf of the people who own property in Spider Lake and who are opposed to the short-term rental ordinance (Ord. #2018-01). His presentation is summarized as follows. He said at last month’s meeting that many questions were asked but few, if any, answers were given by the board including how many property owners are engaged in renting their properties – answer no idea, how many complaints have been received – answer according to the town chair you wouldn’t believe the number of complaints, was there any attempt to interview owners who are currently renting their homes – answer nobody knows who there are, was there any effort to understand the economic impact of this ordinance – answer no answer. Crosby stated after much research and contacting the Sawyer County Sheriff’s office, he received six documents from the clerk’s office of which only one was a complaint. The other five documents were elaborate lobbying documents imploring the board to ban all short-term rentals. Out of 160 calls between 1-1-17 and 2-28-18, only two complaints could possibly be contributed to short-term rentals. In order to be a legitimate complaint, it must be documented and verifiable. He stated that approximately 18 owners openly advertise, 6 or 8 are managed by property companies and 3 or 4 rent to the same family every year. This ordinance has generated over 200 responses in opposition to this ordinance. The economic impact of this ordinance was not even considered by the board. Businesses in the area will not survive without tourism dollars. The largest single and most pervasive economic issue is the erosion of property rights. When property is purchased, the buyer is purchasing a bundle of rights. If you allow your rights to be eroded or reduced, it will quickly have a negative impact on your property value. These rights are right of possession, the right of control that allows the title holder the right to manage and to use the property in any means that are deemed legal, the right of exclusion that allows the title holder to limit who may or may not enter the property, the right of enjoyment that allows the title holder to participate in any activity that is pleasurable while on his property as long as the activity falls within the confinements of the law, right of disposition that protects the title holder to transfer the ownership either permanently or temporarily to another qualified party at will as long as the mortgage is paid in full and subject to no liens on the property. Condos are usually worth less money than a free standing home. This is due to restrictive covenants. Imagine a town which turns into an owner’s association by putting on so many restrictive covenants that buyers would not be interested in purchasing. This would impact all property owners. The language in the 2017 state budget bill gives towns certain authority to create ordinances and restrictions on short-term rentals. The ordinance and restrictions must be reasonable and align with existing laws. Crosby said he sought the opinion of four attorneys, who specialize in STR’s statewide, and they came to the same conclusion that several areas of this ordinance are outside those directives. Crosby stated that he learned the board was not supplied with copies of the state budget language. The board was not supplied with any information except the admitted hatred of the chairman for short-term rentals and the six lobbying letters. He stated that there are a few common themes in these letters. There is an emphasis on “residents” as if they are some kind of superior class of taxpayers. Residents have no more important rights than your neighbor that may not be a resident. Residency allows you the right to vote. The state defines a legal resident as a person who maintains his domicile in Wisconsin whether or not he is physically present in Wisconsin or lives outside the state. Another recurring theme is conducting an enterprise in a residential area. Having people living in your home as you would is not a common business such as a beauty shop or repair shop. Health & safety concerns are also a recurring theme. The activities of short-term renters are no different than property owners. There is no evidence to support the claim that renters create a higher risk or increased threat to health and safety. There were numerous comparisons made to cities who have banned STR’s. These cities have nothing in common with Spider Lake. What is relevant is what is going on in our neighboring towns. Other than Cable, all boards have decided not to impose an ordinance, fee or restrictions but to refer all matters to Sawyer County. Cable has adopted the state’s program word for word and has established a fee for each rental unit at two dollars. Since Sawyer County’s attempt to restrict STR’s was defeated, they have applied and received agent of the state designation which means Sawyer County will act on behalf of the state in all matters regarding STR’s and tourist rooming houses. The County will grant licenses, do inspections, collect taxes and fees and provide enforcement by the sheriff’s office. The most troubling theme are trigger words such as transient, these type of people, negative elements which only further displays the author’s bias, ignorance and bigotry. These letters do not display the opinion of the vast majority of the taxpayer’s in Spider Lake. Nowhere in a democratic society do we allow a small minority to decide policies, nor should fear or gossip or intimidation influence the people elected to represent all the taxpayers, not just residents. The group I represent feels the board has failed to deliver in its fiduciary responsibilities by not executing due diligence by not researching the facts on STR’s prior to adopting this ordinance. This ordinance is not a compromise. It was devised as a workaround to create a de-facto ban. It features restrictions so tight to discourage taxpayers from exercising their right to rent their property. The County is fully equipped to administer STR’s and this would save the town a lot of money. Cerman & McGuiness have both stated that they voted for the ordinance because it could be changed if necessary. This is your opportunity to make changes. All events that take place in the Hayward area require lodging. The group I represent are firm in its resolve and will bring a legal suit should it become necessary. It would be a shame to spend the taxpayer’s money defending this ordinance when a vast majority of taxpayers are opposed. This ordinance is prejudicial, punitive and discriminatory to taxpayers that want to rent their property. It has damaged the public trust in this board. It is trying to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. On behalf of the group I represent, I am demanding a motion be made to rescind Ord. #2017-01 in its entirety and refer all short-term rental issues to Sawyer County. Hucker asked if the board had any questions. A very lengthy and contentious discussion ensued. Cerman stated he would like some time to prepare a rebuttal to Crosby’s presentation as he feels some of Crosby’s remarks are baloney. Hucker stated he didn’t recall anyone on the board saying what Crosby suggested was said or done. Hucker explained that the board unanimously passed an amendment to the zoning ordinance last year to address the short-term rental issue. Then in September 2017, the state legislature eliminated that option through the zoning ordinance. The town’s counsel recommended using Ashwaubenon’s short-term rental ordinance as a guide. In February 2018, the WTA has distributed a form of ordinance for consideration. This ordinance is similar to what the town adopted with some exceptions. The state solved the problem at the Sawyer County level because it is clear that municipalities can issue their own licenses dealing with STR’s. That’s why the County chose to rescind its ordinance. The town’s ordinance matches up with what the state allows. Crosby disagreed. Hucker further explained that the town enacted its own ordinance rather than going with Sawyer County because the town has its own zoning and does not follow the County’s zoning. The town has continued to maintain the integrity of its zoning system in ways very different from what the County has done. Huot stated that this ordinance is unfair and unjust to many law abiding taxpaying residents or nonresidents. A motion was made by Huot and 2nd by Brandt to rescind Ord. #2018-01. Hucker advised that this was not on the agenda. Huot stated a committee should be formed to work on the ordinance with the community being involved. Brandt stated that the WTA ordinance is shorter and fairer and could be used as a guide. He also stated that input is needed from our constituents. Cerman stated the ordinance should not be rescinded and that a committee should be formed to make any necessary changes. Hucker also was not in favor of rescinding the ordinance and is concerned because this matter is not on the agenda. Someone could claim later that this was an inappropriate motion. Vote on the motion was taken with Huot and Brandt voting aye, Hucker and Cerman voting nay and McGuiness abstaining. Motion failed. McGuiness stated he abstained because he is concerned that this motion was not on the agenda which the board is to follow. This item could be placed on next month’s agenda. More contentious discussion ensued which included whether or not any of the board members votes are biased (Hucker does not believe his vote is biased, stated he is not anti STR and has not changed his position from the beginning), putting this issue to a referendum, trust in the board is gone, this ordinance should be rescinded and replaced with a fair and equitable ordinance, rescind the ordinance and use the state STR program and whose authority does the town operate under. Hucker asked Cerman to form a committee to see if any progress could be made and report back to the board next month. He suggested that Brandt also be on the committee.

Plan & Review Commission Report
Zoning Administrator Report – Hucker reported that the 2017 report was updated and corrected.

The Commission discussed changes that need to be made to the town’s comprehensive plan. Hucker will forward the items that were discussed to the Northwest Planning Commission.

Committee Reports
Roads – Matchett reported that a fuel filter was replaced on Truck 4; however, if this does not correct the problem, the fuel pump may have to be replaced. The Ford pick-up’s mass air flow sensor has been reset and may need to be replaced.

McGuiness reported that road bans will go into effect at noon on March 15th. The town has a six ton limit. Exempt from the bans are milk trucks, septic trucks, school busses and propane trucks. The state has changed its weight limitations on propane trucks. They can deliver any time providing the trucks are only half full and meet other conditions in the new statute.

Hucker reported that a complaint was received regarding a mailbox being knocked over due to snow pressure while plowing. Matchett advised that if this particular mailbox could be moved to the other side of the driveway, the driveway would create relief from the snow pressure. The town does not have a formal policy regarding mailboxes. Matchett distributed copies of the county’s policy and the WIDOT guidelines. Hucker suggested that homeowners should be advised in the December annual letter, that when replacing mailboxes, they should follow the US Postal Services’ guidelines.

A motion was made by McGuiness and 2nd by Brandt ratifying Hucker’s action giving permission to allow RM Bay Logging, Inc. to haul during the road bans on Short Rd., FR174 & State Highway 77. Hucker advised that Bay Logging has posted a $5,000.00 cash bond and he must obtain permission from the USFS. All in favor. Motion carried.

There is no update on the Town Hall Road Project.

Regarding the USFS repairs to culverts on FR 205 (Upper A), McGuiness reported that the project should be bid in June and work should start in July. No permit is needed for detour signs.

Hucker reported that Pat Sanchez has received notice that payment is in the mail from FEMA for Rock Lake Rd. and Pederson Rd.

Health & Safety – Fire Department Report – Fire Chief Nelson reported that people can still burn as there is still snow on the ground.

Regarding communications, Hucker reported that a decision needs to be made on which town will take the lead on the repeater. The Forest Service wants one town to be responsible for the paperwork, frequencies, FCC license, etc. Hucker suggested that DSC Communications should be involved in the process with respect to the sales people and technical people. Hucker stated that if Spider Lake takes the lead, the FCC license and frequency would be in the town’s name and a cooperative agreement would need to be worked out between Spider Lake and Round Lake to share it. Discussion was held. Motion was made by Huot and 2nd by Brandt for Spider Lake to take the lead on this project and to authorize the town chair to sign any paperwork. Hucker noted that this will be on a cooperative basis with Round Lake. All in favor. Motion carried.

Solid Waste – A request has been made by Northwest WI Regional to use the town’s dump site on 7-28-18 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm for a hazardous waste site collection. It was noted that the collection will be held at the upper parking lot.

Clerk’s Report

Other Correspondence – Hucker noted that he and Ferda have received emails and letters regarding short- term rentals. He will give this information to Cerman.

A letter was received from Lulich Implements promoting Diamond Mowers.

A letter was received from the Attorney General regarding a round table to be held on March 22nd for improvement of the criminal justice system in Sawyer County. Hucker noted that there has been discussion about adding another judge because of overload. Huot may attend the meeting.

The spring election will be held on 4-3-18.

The annual meeting will be held on 4-17-18.

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

Christine Ferda
Town Clerk

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03-14-18_tbm.pdf