THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Residents to Receive Census Questionnaires
Issue Date: February 20, 2020
Chair Kelly Barnes presided at the regular monthly meeting of the Athelstane Town Board on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7 PM in the town hall. All officers were present along with 11 people. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
The agenda, minutes and checks were approved.
Barnes said the US Census Bureau will mail a questionnaire to people who have a physical address. The Bureau is looking for census takers to determine those who live in retirement homes, nursing homes or here and have a P. O. Box for an address. The hourly rate of pay is $19-$21.
Barnes also clarified how Nelson Road is maintained. It is a border road between the towns of Stephenson and Athelstane with the south half Stephenson's responsibility and the north half is Athelstane's.
There is a verbal agreement between the two towns and Athelstane will plow from County A to the east and Stephenson will plow from County A to the west. The Town of Stephenson will cut the grass along the road west of County A and Athelstane will cut the grass east of County A. Each town is responsible for signage on the side of the road of their jurisdiction. The south side of the road is signed by Stephenson and the north side of the road is signed by Athelstane. The cost for all road work/construction work is split 50/50. The Town of Athelstane is not responsible for any construction on the south half of Nelson Road from the shoulder to the south right-of-way line.
Barnes also mentioned the issue on Tetlow Terrace and the attorney will file a lawsuit to get it into compliance.
He had an update on the archway on Nelson Road and is waiting for a title search to be done and thenwill proceed.
On the Glen Lake Road issue, Barnes said there will be a meeting with Hugh Guy to start the vacation process and the transfer of deeds.
Sand is at the town garage for property owners for personal use only. The town will sand driveways and private roads providing it is safe for the trucks to do so, and as long as there is enough.
The grant money in the amount of $24,455.95 was received for the Boland Landing Road project and the TRIP money for Northway Drive is delayed because there was a change order on it.
For the MLS program the state is trying to award one grant per county.
The Planning Commission did not meet in February because nothing was on the agenda. They did have a 3-town meeting with Silver Cliff and Amberg to discuss road damage and plowing snow across the roads.
Greg Reinhardt's Treasurer's report noted $4,802.37 Checking, $227,197.68 General Money Market, $827,614.06 Tax Money Market, $120,683.32 Local Government Investment Pool, total $1,180,297.43.
Barnes said roads are being plowed and sanded on a regular basis.
Pat Brien and Ruth Schroeder spoke on behalf of "The Friends of the Library" to ask for help to fund the library move from the building by the fairgrounds to the downtown area. In 2014 they asked for a five year extension of the agreement and was told no because it was a county library and they should talk to the county about it. The old Stephenson Bank building is being purchased by the Village of Wausaukee and the library would like to move into that building and rent from the village. Currently, the rent is $1,650/month and the county pays $650/month leaving a $1,000/month shortfall. They asked the board if they would consider rejoining the efforts to support the library.
An ordinance addressing the action of plowing and leaving snow and other debris on the town roads was adopted.
Also discussed was to seek bids for lawn service for 2020 to keep Klaver Lawn Service again.