Town of Athelstane Okays Surveying RoadIssue Date: March 18, 2020
The regular monthly meeting of the town board of the Town of Athelstane was called to order by Chairman Kelly Barnes on Tuesday, March 10, at 7 PM in the Town Hall. Roll call of officers was taken. All officers were present. There were 10 people in attendance. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Kelly Barnes, Chairman, verified the meeting notices were posted.
The agenda, minutes and bills were all approved.
In Communications, Chairman Barnes acknowledged David (Bill) Jose on his 90th birthday. He is the oldest living person that resides in Athelstane.
Barnes commented that one of the reasons people from other areas were using their recycling center may be because some of the other recycling centers are only open a very limited number of hours.
He also mentioned there has been a rumor that computers have been sabotaged. That is simply not true. They did have some problems with the computers and they had computer experts and an electrician to check them out and what it amounted to was a faulty surge protector.
In Public Comment, Tricia Grebin, county supervisor, thanked everyone who signed the petition for the Second Amendment, however, it did fail. She mentioned there may be a referendum to downsize the county board to save money.
Fire Chief, Scott Durian, gave the Fire Department report. The department had one meeting, and two training meetings. The Outhouse races held at the Firelane Bar & Grill netted a profit of $3,200. The new truck is operational and has been put into service. The old truck has been sold for $4,000.
The Planning Commission did not meet in March. They did have a 3-town meeting with the towns of Silver Cliff and Amberg to discuss ordinances.
Greg Reinhardt gave the Treasurer's report: $2,637.82 in Checking, $235,088.39 General Money Market, $165,614.99 Tax Money Market, $120,848.18 Local Government Investment Pool, total $ 524,189.38. Treasurers report was accepted.
In Old Business, Barnes discussed the outcome of the MLS Program. All funds have been awarded statewide with three being awarded in Marinette County. Unfortunately, the Town of Athelstane was not one of the three. Hopefully this program will be expanded next year because it shows there is a desperate need for it.
Barnes gave an update on the library issue. The building will be purchased by the Village of Wausaukee and the rent for the library will be what is paid by the county. The only other library expense for the building will be electricity, heat and water, and that will be prorated.
In New Business, there was discussion on surveying Railroad Street, which is an old railroad grade and part of it is now being used as a public road. There is a no parking ordinance for that road, but the issue is the official length of the road. On motion of David Jose to have Rob Kamps Land Surveying to locate what is owned by the Town of Athelstane commonly known as Railroad Street.
Denis DeJardin made a motion to permit the clerk to appoint Election Registration Officials. Second David Jose.
David Jose made a motion to approve a Temporary Class B Beer license for the Near North Trail Riders of Athelstane snowmobile club. Motion carried.
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