THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Wagner Fire Department Annual Picnic July 27th
Issue Date: July 18, 2019
The Town of Wagner monthly board meeting was held Wednesday, July 10t at 6:30 pm at the Town Hall. Present were Chairperson Steve Renikow, Sr., Supervisors Mollie Arthur and Ed Delfosse, Treasurer Linda Larochelle, Clerk Cassie Brown and 14 members of the public.
Renikow requested a moment of silence for the former Chairperson Kurt Konell and Pledge of Allegiance was said.
The agenda was approved and in correspondence, easement was requested from WPS to run power underground on JJ by placing a transformer on the west side of the property.
Public input included Bruce Meyhoff was questioned if minutes from prior meetings were available. Arthur stated a request can be made to the Clerk for the information. Mike Caylor stated the ATV signs are up. Signs were not placed on short roads or areas with excessive signage, but a sign will be added by specific request.
Linda Larochelle stated the "stop ahead" sign on Four Lakes Road by Co Rd X is covered by branches. Public works will clear it. Harold Anderson questioned the status of the misappropriation of funds. Renikow stated the compactor was returned and the DA has not provided an update. Also, Anderson stated the grass on Highway 180 and Old Railroad will be cut a second time.
Discussed June 12th meeting minutes.
Discussion only treasurer's report ended June 30. Treasurer Linda Larochelle discussed the cash summary and stated the Town should find out in three weeks when the $9,000 escrow will be used for NWTC.
In Fire Department updates, Mike Caylor stated there were two calls for the month. One call was for a lift assist and the other was for an alarm activation and 77 hours were spent on maintenance and training. Engine 1 was in the Wausaukee 4th of July parade. The bed is on the new brush truck and it is operational. The lights and sirens are ordered, and the Fire Department is waiting for quotes on various other components. Public bids will be held for the current brush truck once the new one is fully operational. The annual Fire Department picnic is on July 27.
For Public Works, William Woodward stated two trees were cut down on Bruette Road. Two loads of scrap metal were hauled, and the majority of road patching is complete. Several signs were installed and there was extra clean up at the dump due to the holiday weekend. There has been an issue with residents dumping after normal business hours. Renikow requested that recyclables not be placed in a plastic bag, and to separate these items into a container that can be easily dumped and / or recycled itself. Patty Michels suggested extended hours for holiday weekends to avoid excessive dumping after hours.
Animal Control update was one call on July 5 for a dog running on Wagner Rd. with no tags.
A new housekeeper, Renikow said the board decided to re-hire Patty Anderson. Arthur spoke with Christina at Kerber Rose CPA Firm. She has offered to help reconcile the books and will charge by the hour. Clerk Brown will contact Christina to discuss an action plan for reconciliation. Once the records are up to date she will quote the Town for the audit. A full audit versus a review has been recommended at this time.
Discuss/consider update on changing town hall locks. Delfosse stated that S&O lock will install a keyless lock on July 10. These will be placed on both the front and back doors, and all other locks will be changed.
Renikow stated that three additional operator's license applications were received and approved.
Budget transfer for utility bills will be done by Don Willan and Cassie Brown for the Fire Department utility bills.
Country Visions new program annual contract was received. The locked in price of $1.299 with a monthly budget payment of $294 was approved.
Discuss/consider wage increase for public works employees after one year of employment. Renikow stated Jimmy Brown and Debora Olson are approaching their one year anniversary for employment. A dollar amount for wage increase could not be found in prior minutes. A $1 raise after one year of employment was approved by the Board.
Discused open bids for chip seal on roads. Scott Construction, Inc. placed a bid price per 20FT mile of $21,600. Aggregate will be 3/8" 100% fractured slag and asphalt MAC-5 will be applied at .32 gallons per square yard. Pat Schlies stated that chip sealing is used as preventative maintenance and can extend road life by 6-10 years. Quotes were provided for the roads:
Bruette Rd " 3.58 Mile X 20FT single chip seal cost $77,400; Old Rail Road Near Wagner Rd .25 Mile X 20 FT single chip seal cost $ 5,400; Rademaker Road (Snyder Rd. South) .66 Mile X 0 FT single chip seal cost $14,300.
Patty Michels questioned if a committee would be beneficial for recommendations on road repair. Renikow explained the Board will review the budget to make a decision. Bruce Meyhoff questioned why the Town only received one bid. Pat from Scott Construction explained there are limited companies in the area that do chip sealing. Motion to accept bid at $21,600 per 20FT mile Arthur/Delfosse. Anticipated start date is August .
Discussed naming a zoning board of appeals committee. Renikow stated this committee will vote on variances from zoning ordinances. Delfosse, Julie Brown, Jessica Lawrence, Darcy Hermes, and Caylor were appointed. Ordinance book states the committee is paid $25 per meeting, and the term is for two years. Clerk Brown administered official oath.
Future agenda items are audit and fire department budget transfer.
Consider processing current and outstanding vouchers.
Upcoming events are Wagner Fire Department Annual Picnic: Saturday, July 27 from 11 AM " 8 PM; and monthly Board meeting Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 6:30 PM.