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March 16, 2022 Town Board Meeting
March 16, 2022 Town of Dewey Board Meeting
Note: These are the proposed Minutes that will be approved at the next Board meeting.
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
430 Dewey Drive-Stevens Point WI 54482
Call to Order: Meeting was called to order by Chairman King at 6:30 pm, the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Verify Open Meeting Notice & Roll Call: Open meeting notice was verified. Chairman Maurice King, Supervisor Dennis Meis, Supervisor Dennis Hintz, Clerk Angie Lochinger and Treasurer Josie Napiwocki were present. 11 Town Residents\Visitors.
Approval of Minutes from the meeting of February 16, 2022: Supervisor Meis motioned to approve the February 16, 2022 Minutes as presented. Supervisor Hintz seconded. Motion passed 3-0.
Candidates for Judge: Stephen Sawyer and Louis Molepske Jr. were present to introduce themselves as candidates for Portage County Circuit Court Judge, Branch 2 in the upcoming Spring Election. You can see more information on their candidacies at sawyer4judge.org and molepskeforjudge.com.
Citizens wishing to address the Town Board: Autumn Polumn from Girl Scout Troop 6260 discussed putting up a Smokey the Bear sign in the parking lot of Rivers Edge Campground, which would be visible from the highway. Malayna Polumn explained they have approval from the Girl Scout Council and Rivers Edge Campground. The sign would be paid for by the Girl Scout troop and a grant they will be applying for with the DNR.
Supervisor Comments/Concerns: Supervisor Hintz inquired if sand on the blacktop intersections would be swept off. Chairman King explained they will wait to make sure there isn’t more snow coming first. He also inquired about a 7 ½ ton weight limit on Torun Road and stated the County Highway Department has brush cut County Road Y, but still needs to take care of some hand cutting.
Supervisor Meis reported that the Portage County Ground Water Citizen Advisory Committee has ARPA funds to use for the cleanup of nitrates in well water. He explained there will be a press release coming this June with more information. He discussed a skid steer with a mulcher he saw in a recent WTA magazine, suggesting the board keep it in mind when doing their road inspections to see how many places they could use something like that. He also mentioned a road groomer he saw at a WTA convention, explaining with the current cost of fuel this could be a more cost effective way to grade roads. Lastly, he requested to receive a list of anyone who has special exception road permits.
Outdoor entertainment/music at establishments on Lake Dubay: Supervisor Hintz motioned to send a reminder letter to Barb-B’s Sunset Bay Grill, Tiki Beach Bar & Grill and Bullheads Bar & Grill, regarding noise level concerns. Supervisor Meis seconded. Motion passed 3-0.
Options for the furnace in the town garage: The board discussed recent repairs to the town’s aging garage furnace. They talked about getting quotes for opinions on what type of system would work best.
2021 Year End Financial Report: Supervisor Meis motioned to approve the 2021 Year End Financial Report as presented. Supervisor Hintz seconded. Motion passed 3-0.
Preparing of bids/quotes for road work projects for 2022: The board discussed preparing road work equipment rate quotes, crushed granite and road base quotes, crushed granite delivered bids and chip seal bids for 2022 road work projects.
BIL Grant for road work in the Town of Dewey: The board discussed whether to proceed toward applying for a BIL Grant for road work. Chairman King stated he has attended webinar meetings to learn about this Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Grant. Explaining the grant offers federal funding up to 80% of the cost of eligible local road or bridge improvements, but that we would be required to hire a grant writer to assist with the application.
Supervisor Meis motioned to proceed with applying for a BIL Grant for road work in the Town of Dewey (starting by looking for a grant writer). Supervisor Hintz seconded. Motion passed 3-0.
Update on possible grant opportunities to extend fiber optic service through Amherst Telephone Company to the remaining unserved/underserved areas of the town: Chairman King reported he spoke to Amherst Telephone Company. It will cost over $300,000 to cover the few remaining areas of the town. They are still looking into getting more federal funding. He also contacted TDS but has not heard back from them.
Updating the town ordinances: Chairman King provided a report on the process of updating the town ordinances.
Closed Session: Supervisor Hintz motioned to enter into Closed Session per Wis. Stats. 19.85(1)(c) to perform town road & maintenance employee evaluations and review employee compensation and to consider compensation of a public employee at 8:05 pm. Supervisor Meis seconded. Motion passed 3-0.
Chairman King brought the meeting back into open session at 9:02 pm.
Compensation for town road & maintenance employees: Supervisor Meis motioned to raise the pay for full-time road and maintenance employees by $2.00 for a wage of $23.00 an hour. Supervisor Hintz seconded. Motion passed 3-0.
Supervisor Hintz motioned to raise the pay for part-time road and maintenance employees with a CDL by $1.00 for a wage of $17.00 an hour. Supervisor Meis seconded. Motion passed 3-0.
Supervisor Meis motioned to raise the pay for grader operator employees by $1.00 for a wage of $21.00 an hour. Supervisor Hintz seconded. Motion passed 3-0.
Setting salary for the Fire Chief: Supervisor Meis motioned the fire chief will no longer be part of the fire department points system and this year’s fire chief salary will be paid from the existing fire department budget. Supervisor Hintz seconded. Motion passed 3-0.
Treasurer/Clerk Reports for February: The board reviewed the February Treasurer and Clerk reports, and February’s reports balanced.
Supervisor Meis motioned to accept the Treasurer and Clerk reports as presented. Supervisor Hintz seconded. Motion passed 3-0.
Correspondence: The board reviewed correspondence.
Chairperson’s Report on town work and activities: Chairman King reported they got new tires on the tractor, the radiator is out on the Peterbilt, town employees contacted Pat Tryba to order John Deere parts, but he can’t order the parts until he takes the tractor apart. They have been brush cutting, testing reflectivity on town road signs and the County steamed a culvert on the intersection of County Road DB and Sunset Drive.
Set Meeting Dates & Agendas: The next Town Board Meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, March 30, 2022 and Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 6:30 pm at the Dewey Town Hall.
The Annual Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 6:30 pm at the Dewey Town Hall.
Approve and Pay Bills: Supervisor Hintz motioned to approve and pay the bills. Supervisor Meis seconded. Motion passed 3-0.
Adjournment: Chairman King adjourned the meeting at 9:46 pm.
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