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May 11, 2017 Town of Dewey Board Meeting

May 11, 2017 Town of Dewey Board Meeting
Note: These are the proposed Minutes that will be approved at the next Board meeting.

Thursday, May 11, 2017
430 Dewey Drive-Stevens Point WI 54482

Call to Order: Meeting was called to order by Chairman King at 10:00 am and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Roll Call: Chairman Maurice King, Supervisor Dennis Meis, Supervisor Kristine Klish, Clerk Angie Lochinger. 7 Town Residents\Visitors.

Approval of April 12, 2017 Minutes: Clerk Lochinger read the Minutes. Supervisor Meis motioned to approve the April 22, 2017 Minutes as read. Supervisor Klish seconded. Motion passed 3-0.

Supervisor Klish motioned to approve the April 26, 2017 and April 27, 2017 Road Inspection Minutes as presented. Supervisor Meis seconded. Motion passed 3-0.

Citizens wishing to Address the Town Board: Chris Konkol inquired if the Board had any plans for dust control on Haymeadow. Chairman King replied that was something we could add as an agenda item for the next meeting. Mr. Konkol also commented how bad Haymeadow has been this spring as far as potholes and the need for grading. Chairman King explained we are working on getting some road work help to take care of this and that the Town should see improvement soon.

Jerry Kizewski expressed concern over the tires and garbage behind the shed. He also inquired about the new board meeting dates and times. He feels that this should have been an agenda item stating that the old set time for board meetings, which was every third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. has now been changed to mornings on random dates. Chairman King explained meeting times and dates can be set at any time by the Board and that “set meeting dates and agendas” is listed on every agenda for this purpose. Chairman King agreed to look into it.

Vicky Napiwocki inquired if the town meetings are always going to be scheduled during the daytime now? She feels this makes it inconvenient for people who want to attend. Chairman King stated some meetings will be held during the day and some possibly on Saturdays. Supervisor Meis pointed out that now people who work second shift can have a chance to attend the meetings. Jerry Kizewski argued that looking around the room, the people who have been coming to meetings and are still coming are not people who work second shift.

Vicky Napiwocki pointed out she had not been able to attend the last meeting due to working days, but had some concerns about what she read in the minutes regarding how Chairman King’s salary had previously been paid from the road budget. Mrs. Napiwocki stated we are always scrambling for road money, so this seemed concerning. Chairman King explained this is how the Towns Association recommends it be done as well as a portion of the clerk’s salary, as some of the chairman and clerks duties are roadwork related. He explained you want to claim as many things as you can under roads so that when the Towns Association goes to Madison and argues we need more money for roads, they have more expenses to show. Chairman King went on to explain in order to get more money, you need to show you are spending more money. The Board explained no matter what, you only have so much money in the total town budget. No matter which line item you take it out of, it’s all coming from the general budget. This way would make it appear you are spending even more on roads, which could help us to qualify for more grant money. Mr. Kizewski feels this is an outdated way of doing things as no town has any excess money to spend on roads as it is.

Supervisor Meis stated we need to post for the one to two opening in the Planning Commission. Chairman King stated he has contacted the Planning Commission Chair, Kathy Girolamo to discuss this.

Supervisor Meis reported a hole on Dewey Drive about 100 yards east of the bridge. He filled it with two buckets of granite. He also mentioned there are tires that need to be picked up on the corner of Sunset Drive and DB. Supervisor Meis also stated that a “fire trucks entering” sign on Dewey Drive is barely visible anymore as it is covered with trees.

Rivers Edge Campground Variance to Allow Two Residences on One Property: Supervisor Meis recused himself from this agenda item due to conflict of interest as he is on the Portage County Board of Adjustment.

Jerry Fahrner attended the meeting to discuss a tourism lodge he recently purchased for Rivers Edge Campground. The tourism lodge is slightly larger than the 400 square feet maximum allowed by Portage County Planning and Zoning for a camping cabin so they are considering it two residences on one parcel. He was informed after an inspection that this will need to go through the Board of Adjustment. Mr. Fahrner explained this isn’t two residences, it’s a cabin that will be used as a tourism lodge like 87 of his other properties at Rivers Edge Campground. The board agrees the intention is not to be used as a permanent residence.

Supervisor Klish made a motion allow two residences on one property. Chairman King seconded. Motion passed 2-0.

Rivers Edge Campground Special Exception to Allow for a Boarding/Rooming House (Tourism Lodging) at the Campground: Supervisor Meis recused himself from this agenda item.

Mr. Fahrner applied for a tourism lodge permit as he was advised to do by Portage County Health and Human Services. He then received a tourism rooming house permit.

Supervisor Klish made a motion to allow a special exception for a boarding/rooming/tourism lodging house at the campground. Chairman King seconded. Motion passed 2-0.

Liquor License Application for Shipyard, Kevin Hoyt Agent: The Board reviewed the New Alcohol Beverage License Application for Class B Combination Beer & Liquor License.

Supervisor Meis made a motion to approve the liquor license application for Shipyard. Supervisor Klish seconded. Motion passed 3-0.

Fireworks Permitting Process for the Town of Dewey: The Board discussed the current permitting process and who would handle this duty. Supervisor Klish motioned to have Chairman Maurice King approve the fireworks permits for 2017. Supervisor Meis seconded. Motion passed 3-0.

Fireworks Permit Form: The Board discussed options on which form to use for the fireworks permitting process. Chairman King showed the Board what he had previously used as a fireworks permit. Supervisor Meis motioned to use the fireworks permit on file on the computer. Supervisor Klish seconded. Motion passed 3-0.

Hiring a Firm to do an Underwater Inspection of Bridge on Haymeadow Drive: Chairman King explained he spoke to the Highway Commissioner regarding the Haymeadow Bridge. The next cycle of grant applications is going to start soon. Grant money depends on how many bridges there are to be done, and is based on a rating scale. It depends how you get rated and classified as to whether you qualify for grant money. Chairman King stated in discussing this with the Highway Commissioner he learned the only real way to know the structural stability of that bridge is to do an underwater inspection. The advantage of doing this inspection is that if you find out the base of the structure is good, then you know you have a longer life on the bridge. If the base is becoming faulty however, it will increase your chances of receiving the bridge aid.

Supervisor Meis made a motion to hire a firm to do the underwater inspection on Haymeadow Drive. Supervisor Klish seconded. Motion passed 3-0.

Wages for Temporary Town Workers: The Board discussed wages for the temporary help. Supervisor Meis made a motion to pay the temporary town workers $14 an hour and the temporary grader operator $18 an hour. Supervisor Klish seconded. Motion passed 3-0.

Review of applications for Town Road and Maintenance Employees positions: The Board reviewed the applications and resumes received for the full and part-time town road and maintenance positions. The Board narrowed it down the most qualified applicants, which will be contacted for interviews.

Road Work Projects for 2017: After the road inspection meetings, Chairman King put together a list of roadwork priorities. Copies were passed out. The Board reviewed and discussed the list.

Chairman’s Report: Chairman King reported that Chief Leroy Pukrop has been working on patching the roads. Ken Hintz is back part-time helping out with grading. The air conditioner isn’t working on the grader. On the Sterling there is a piece of exhaust flexible hose that needs to be replaced. On the Peterbilt the door to the tool box is rusted off, Chief Pukrop is getting price quotes on a replacement door. Chairman King and Clerk Lochinger reviewed and updated the Garbage and Recycling list. Chairman King delivered a new garbage cart to a resident with a damaged cart. Chairman King reported after checking town fire signs he discovered one that isn’t visible due to trees covering it. Supervisor Meis will try to contact the resident to request it be moved so it’s visible. Lastly, Chairman King reported he was contacted by Consolidated about a meeting on May 18, 2017 at the Portage County Annex, to go over their emergency plan and procedures for the dam. Chairman King will attend the meeting.

Correspondence: The Board reviewed correspondence.

Approval of Payment of Bills: None

Set Meeting Dates & Agendas: The next meeting will be a Board of Review Adjournment meeting held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Dewey Town Hall with the regular Town Meeting to immediately follow.

Adjournment: Supervisor Meis motioned to adjourn. Supervisor Klish seconded. Motion passed 3-0. The meeting adjourned 12:18 p.m.


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