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Athelstane Acts On New ATV Trails On Trial Basis

Athelstane—Alert on license plate renewal scam, new ATV trails, Plan Commission election, and possible stop sign site were among items of business when the Athelstane Town Board met Tuesday, May 13, with 18 other persons in attendance.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, Treasurer Greg Reinhardt warned the public to be aware when using the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website for license plate renewal. If you click on DOT.org, it is a scam. They ask for your credit card number and send you a manual for $18 that tells you how to renew your plates on line. The state is aware of this and say there is nothing they can do about it.

Fire Chief Phil Jacobs reported the fire department responded to two incidents in April. On April 26 the department responded to Perch Lake Road for a wild land fire with 13 members using six pieces of equipment for a total of one hour. On April 17 they responded to Northway Drive for a vehicle accident with eight members using two pieces of equipment for a total of one hour.

The Department also held two meetings with drills with 24 members attending for a total of 48 hours of training.

David Jose gave the Planning Commission report. Appointments to the Planning Commission are Gary Jobelius, Irvin LaCount, Dan Johnson and Kelly Barnes who was elected chairman and Jose is the town board member. They discussed what direction the Town Board wanted them to go with the ordinances and they will be working on them as needed.

Accepted was the report of the treasurer showing a balance on hand as of April 30 at $251,437.22. It consists of $2,279.23 in the Checking Account, $92,249.36 in Tax Money Market, $46,592.39 in General Money Market and $110,316.24 in Certificate of Deposit.

Supervisor Harold Tesch reported new tires have been installed on the grader and two culverts that need to be replaced.

Also there are new reflective “Welcome” signs to be installed on the roads entering the town, and magnetic emblems to be put on the trucks.

Tesch also reported the DNR received an anonymous phone call saying that Town gas tanks were leaking. They have been inspected and there are no leaks.

He also commented on a meeting with Marinette County regarding putting curb and gutter along County Road C in front of the businesses. There are also plans for a stop sign on the corner by Layton Coles property, which will be safer for the school buses and fire trucks entering and leaving the fire station.

Chairman John Dobratz gave the Recycling report and thanked Jim Vandenack for finding a company that will pick up almost everything for no charge, except tires and furniture.

Marinette County Ellen Sorenson was not in attendance to give a presentation. It was reported that she resigned her position on May 13.

In other action, the Board approved opening Flom Road, Deer Lake Road and N. Lost Lake Road to ATVs on a temporary trial basis for one year.

Discussion was held on possibly hiring students for part-time summer work. Applicants must be at least 16 years old and be able to obtain a work permit and reside in the Town of Athelstane. Pay will be minimum wage.

The Board also approve minutes of their April meeting as presented by Clerk Janice DuChateau.


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