THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Town Misses Chance For Land Purchase
Issue Date: January 17, 2018
Sale to someone else of a property they had hoped to purchase for a new town Fire Department/Building complex and ways to assure that this does not happen again on another potential site generated some discussion but no specific action at the Town of Wagner's January Town Board meeting.
Present for the meeting were supervisors Mollie Arthur and Allen Sievert and chair Lynn Hickey. Treasurer Bruce Meyhoff was absent and excused. Others attending were Public Works Director Jim Hickey, Fire Chief Thomas Arthur, Bill Woodward, Todd Hermes, William Labunski, Mike Caylor, Steve Renikow, Sr., Linda Wilke, Gerard Micksch, Don Willan, Darcy Hermes, Todd Hermes, Jim Wortner and Janice Wortner.
A state law that requires final approval of a property purchase by referendum vote or a special election before the town can purchase real estate means the town cannot move quickly on a purchase.
During discussion, Caylor questioned looking for more property. Arthur suggested setting a dollar amount so the town does not miss out on another potential property. Hermes raised the possibility of setting aside a dollar amount in advance for a down payment if a suitable property comes up for sale.
The board approved Wisconsin Towns Association quarterly for board members Sievert, Hickey and Wilke will attend the training in Wabeno on Saturday, Feb. 3.
Chief Arthur reported the fire department had a total of 36 calls in 2017. There had been three calls since the December Town Board meeting. They were for a lift-assist, a potential propane leak, and a mutual aid call for a structure fire in Porterfield. Department totaled 52 hours for combination of maintenance and training for the month. Tender No. 2 is back in operation.
Public Works included plowing roads, scraping black top and cutting up downed trees.
Current work injury cards were handed out to all employees.
There was no town hall maintenance to report, and nothing to report from Animal Control. No budget transfers or adjustments were required. The board approved the 2018 town calendar.
The next board meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13. Future agenda items include Fire Department by-law changes and updates and officer pay adjustments.