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Middle Inlet Weathers Storms, Road Work Still On Schedule

Issue Date: August 23, 2018

As in all of northeast Wisconsin, weather has not been kind to the Town of Middle Inlet this year, but all road projects are on schedule, Town Chair Richard Wade reported to the town board at its monthly meeting on Thursday, Aug. 9.

Wade said recent storms had again caused numerous downed trees and washouts throughout the town. He expressed thanks to Northeast Tree Service and individual residents for helping with the removal of downed trees and branches and Richlen Excavating for promptly addressing the road washouts.

The old DNR fishing pier at the boat launch area at the end of Boat Landing Road is gone and the new, fully handicapped accessible fishing pier has been installed and is being used, Wade said. Improvements to the parking lot area at the boat landing are also completed.

Brushing on town roads has ended for the year due to the need to stay within budget limits, Wade said. Brushing has been done on Hwy. X, Wayside, Boat Landing, Maple Beach, Lake, Lake Mary, Sweetheart City, Pines, Raven, McMahon and Creek roads. The second mowing of town roads will be done about the first week of September.

Due to the horseback riding trail and horse camp in the Marinette County Forest, horse crossing signs are to be installed on Maple Beach and Lake Mary roads. Wade said Marinette County has been doing locates, after which they have to wait three days before installing signs, so they should be installed during the week of August 18.

Road improvement/maintenance projects are all on schedule, Wade said. Short Road, Deer Lake Road, Elinor Drive, Ledvina Road, Wayside Road, and the cul de sac on Birch Hill Road have all been completed.

Wedging is completed on Quarry, Pleasant, and Camp 5 roads. Chip sealing on Just Road, Lake Mary Road, Pines Road South, Pleasant and Camp 5 roads will be done around the first week of September, and the Kennedy Drive and Western Avenue project is to be completed by about the end of August.

Those projects are on a time and materials basis with estimated costs, and completion depends on the weather, Wade plans Meyer Road and Meyer Lane work as fall projects.

Chuck Stanek reported work is underway for constructing the town's new recycling facility behind the fire station next door to the Town Hall on Hwy. 141. He predicted it will be up and running by about the first week in September.

Stanek and board members agreed prior to the opening the facility they will put a notice in the paper listing hours and what materials will be accepted. They will also post signs to that effect. They know already that plastic bags, twine and foam products will not be accepted for recycling.

Stanek said the town had not yet received its recycling grant money, but excavation was complete for the compactor's concrete pad for the compactor to be poured just west and north of the fire house building. He said the compactor can be placed after the concrete cures for 10 days.

Stanek said the town owes a big "Thank You" to Middle Inlet Concrete/Gillett Cement Products, which has a factory just across the street from the fire station. "We went across the street and asked for a deal on cement, and they gave us a price that's so low it's unbelievable," Stanek said.

Supervisor Don Van suggested people can still bring their cardboard to the Town of Stephenson Recycling Center in Crivitz, but Stanek felt it would not be fair to ask people to go to two places to dispose of recyclables.

Wisconsin Public Service will bring in 3-phase wiring in two to three weeks, Stanek said. Biehl Construction is to do the blacktopping, since Scott Construction doesn't have small enough equipment, and will also need to put in a ramp and entrance and exit driveways. Stanek suggested somewhere down the road it might be nice to have a little pavilion for the attendant.

Supervisor Don Van asked if they will have a stop sign at the ends of the little street that will access the recycling facility and Wade said he will take care of getting that done.

Stanek noted he is working with County Clerk Kathy Brandt on ballots and getting voting machines set up for the November election, when there will be a referendum asking the public to approve making the position of town clerk/treasurer appointed rather than an elected position.

"On the November ballot, we want everybody consider letting the board appoint this person," Wade said. He added people have been concerned that the action is taking away people's right to vote, "but this position is so complicated today that we've got to have somebody who knows what they're doing."

In the audience was a representative of Custom Cutting, and everyone complimented them on doing a good job.

Another speaker from the floor suggested the town should consider a little building for the recycling attendant, perhaps a little fishing shack or garden shed.

Times and days for the center to be open were also discussed, as was the possibility of having collection only every other Saturday, from perhaps 9 a.m. to noon. There was a comment that Wausaukee does this and their site is not overrun. There was also a suggestion that volunteer firefighters would perhaps man the center as a fund raising venture for the department.

Wad reported he has a draft of the survey for the Brad Smart property so the town can finally finish Rector road with room for a cul de sac turnaround.


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