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Centurytel Requests Bases in 3 Locations

Issue Date: January 23, 2020

The regular monthly meeting of the Town of Athelstane was called to order by Chairman Kelly Barnes on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 7 PM in the town hall. All officers were present along with 11 people in attendance. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Kelly Barnes, Chairman, verified the meeting notices were posted.

The agenda was approved with a correction to item 2 under "New Business" to correct the ordinance number from 11 to 12. Minutes were also approved as presented. Bills with checks numbered 16697 thru 16771 were approved.

Under Communications, Barnes received a call from Centurytel asking if they could install some bases in the town's right of ways in three locations at the corners of Spinner Road and Perch Lake Road, Northwoods Drive and Eagle River Road and Northwoods Drive and Becker Road. This will give people access to high speed internet if they are located within 10,000 feet of these bases.

Barnes received a notice from the government regarding the MLS program in which they applied for funds to blacktop a portion of Northway Drive. There is $28 million available for the grants. There are 1,030 applicants requesting $568 million which means 95% of the applicants will be denied.

He also mentioned the town has not received the TRIP money for the portion of Northway Drive that has been blacktopped.

Barnes said the Land Information Director has the paperwork to be completed for the grant on the Bolander Landing project.

Supervisor DeJardin commented there has been a drastic decrease in the number of people coming into the Recycling Center since the implementation of the new cards for Athelstane property owners only.

During public comment, Tricia Grebin, Marinette County supervisor, gave an update on the broadband issue, indicating the town should receive a map with proposed tower sites to consider. She said the county approved funds to purchase a BearCat and the old law enforcement building will be renovated for offices. An in-house economic development position has been approved and a job description is being developed for tourism.

Fire Chief, Scott Durian, in his Fire Department report stated the department had one meeting, and two training meetings. The meat raffle held at Crazy Guyz netted $1,000. The repairs on the fire truck should be completed in a week.

The Planning Commission met on Jan. 7 to discuss snowplowing snow across town roads and possibly issuing a fine of $50.

Greg Reinhardt in his Treasurer's report stated there was $5,039.18 in Checking, $184,924.17 General Money Market, $202,988.97 Tax Money Market, $120,516.25 Local Government Investment Pool, totaling $513,468.57. The Treasurer's report was accepted.

Scott Durian gave the Hi-Way report stating they are plowing snow and sanding roads as needed.

Under new business,there was discussion on creating an ordinance addressing the action of plowing snow across town roads. If an ordinance is created and passed, the town board must be willing to enforce it equally, fairly and consistently. More discussion and possible action will continue at next month's meeting.

On motion of Denis DeJardin to amend Ordinance #12: PRIVATE DRIVEWAY STANDARDS to issue a fire number concurrent with a driveway permit, was approved.


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