THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Town Of Wausaukee Adopts $474,754 Levy
Issue Date: December 6, 2018
After review by Town Chair Jeff Engelmann at the Town of Wausaukee's annual budget hearing and special town meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, electors voted unanimously to accept the town budget as proposed, with total expenditures of $744,688.40 and a town levy of $474,754.
Those present and voting were Engelmann, Supervisor 1 Bob Jicha, Supervisor 4 Dennis Taylor, Clerk Cheryl Stumbris, and Treasurer Celeste Hultquist, along with just three members of the public - Bob Wesolowski, Jack Zore and James Pociask. Supervisor 2 Dave Tomasino and Supervisor 3 Kurt Stumbris were absent.
A motion by Bob Wesolowski to increase board salaries by 10 percent was approved without dissent. Any raises for elected officials go into effect after the next election.
On motion by Supervisor Jicha, seconded by Wesolowski, the town's 2019 highway expenditures were set at $524,323.40.
The town's regular expenditures budget of $744,688.40 was approved on a motion from Supervisor Jicha and seconded by Supervisor Taylor.
Wesolowski moved to set the town levy at $ 454,754, Supervisor Jicha seconded and the levy was accepted.
At it's 6:30 p.m. regular monthly meeting prior to the budget hearing the board had voted without dissent to formally accept 2019 Budget.
Board members present were Engelmann, Jicha and Taylor, along with Clerk Stumbris and Treasurer Hultquist. Supervisors Tomasino and Stumbris were absent. Members of the public present were Zore, Wesolowski and Pociask, and Great American Disposal representatives - Sales Executive Steve Coron and Operations Manager Darrell Finley.
Coron addressed the board regarding contract concerns, and charges over the past years.
After all the facts were discussed, it was agreed that Great American Disposal will do more research regarding increased costs of labor, equipment, tipping and pickup over the years of service and more discussion will follow at the board's next meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 11.
The board accepted the Wausaukee Rescue Squad Contract for 2019, with payments to be quarterly.
The Wausaukee Fire District Third Quarter report was reviewed.
Election Hardware Service Agreement for 2019 was accepted.
The board agreed that Engelmann is to contact Marinette County Highway Commissioner Eric Burmeister about the county using Hillside Road (Old 38 Road) when hauling out of the gravel pit. There was concern about heavy trucks and board members agreed that there should be a contract or bond between county and town.
Supervisor Jicha reported he had some conversations with village officials pertaining to a proposal that the village purchase the old bank and library building, He said some options include the possibility of getting grant monies.
Financial reports showed the town had $14,512.12 in checking on Oct. 31, and $ 223,042.32 in the Money Market general account.
Clerk Stumbris distributed information from Wisconsin Towns Association (WTA) about "Empowering Town Officials" and copies of a letter from Ron Holmes, chair of the Marinette County Unit of WTA about implementing by-laws for the Marinette County unit that are consistent with the by-laws of the state WTA. Holmes urged all the towns to be represented at the next county WTA meeting, which is set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27 at Wausaukee Town Hall.