THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Town of Stephenson Board Satisfied With Employees
Issue Date: January 9, 2019
The Town of Stephenson Closed meeting had committees meet Jan. 2. Building and Grounds Committee meeting called to order at 7 pm by Stradal, with Chair Kudick, Supervisors Kikulski, Lieuwen, and Solway, Clerk Elaine Olson, and five others present.
Supervisor Lieuwen informed the committee they are waiting for information from the State to complete the changes to the manufactured home inspection report.
Motion to adjourn at 7:01 pm was made by Supervisor Kikulski with Kudick's second, and carried.
Solway called the Ordinance, Finance, and Public Safety committee to order at 7:01 pm with above Committee members, Clerk Olson, and five others in attendance.
Solway had given each committee member a copy of his proposed changes to the dog licensing ordinance. It will take the impoundment facility out of licensing and give the Canine Officer more control. He also presented a form for the impoundment facility to give persons so they know exactly what the regulations are and whom to contact. He said Attorney Kim Coggins will review everything before the Board accepted it. The Board asked if there should be some verbiage added concerning a chip number and Solway stated he would add that to the form before the Board approves it.
Jon Kleuskens and Steve Marvin asked for permission to apply for a grant if one comes up for air packs. Solway stated he does not believe it takes Board approval to apply for the grant but it would take Board approval to accept the grant. It may take the Fire Chief's approval to apply for the grant. He asked if it could come out of the 2% account and the Chief stated it could. Solway stated that if it within budget and beneficial to the department he wouldn't have a problem with it, but we must understand all the requirements of accepting it.
Solway explained that there was a mistake in the property taxes collectable for 2018. An incorrect number was given to the County Property Listings and when the taxes were figured, they were $137,633.16 more than should be collected. Clerk Olson contacted the State and they said since the tax bills were already printed and distributed, we just need to place the money in an escrow account to be used for next year, because our levy will be decreased by that much for 2019 tax collections. So, taxes are a little more this year but will be less next year. The Clerk and I just wanted to make sure the taxpayers were aware of it. After next year, it will be back to normal.
At the Town of Stephenson Board session Kudick called the meeting to order at 7:18 pm and led everyone in the pledge of allegiance. Roll call showed Chairman Kudick, Kikulski, Solway, and Stradal, Clerk Olson, and five others in attendance.
The agenda was adopted and Kudick asked for a motion to convene in closed session pursuant to WSS #19.85(1)(c) for the purpose of considering employment, promotion, compensation, or performance evaluation date of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility. Considering performance evaluation of an employee. Supervisor Solway made the motion with a second by Stradal. A roll call vote showed all in favor.
In closed session the Board evaluated performance in 2018 and discussed wages and benefits for the Superintendent of Public Works for 2019. They invited the Superintendent of Public Works to the meeting, as per his request.
Motion by Solway to adjourn the closed session and reconvene in to open session with a second by Supervisor Lieuwen. The roll call vote was favorable.
Solway in open session made a motion to give the Superintendent of Public Works a 2.5% raise and an additional week of vacation, over and above, the regular vacation schedule. A second was offered by Lieuwen. Solway stated that the Board is very pleased with the Superintendent's performance and thanked him. A vote showed all in favor.