Town Athelstane Takes Down Hills for Safety Issue Date: July 22, 2020
The regular monthly meeting of the Town of Athelstane was called to order by Chairman Kelly Barnes on Tuesday, July 14, at 7 PM in the Town Hall. All officers were present and 10 people in attendance. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Barnes verified the meeting notices were posted.
Approved were agenda, minutes of the prior meetings, and all bills were paid.
In Communications, Barnes said the pier at the end of Bolander Landing Road will not be done this year. When he went to the County in the middle of June to sign the contract, as was planned, he was told the deadline for the County to submit the paperwork was June 1 - not June 30. So, the County dropped the ball on this-not the town.
Barnes commented on the issue east of Firelane Road known as "Blueberry Hill", where people go to shoot at targets. They are bringing in anything they don't want to pay to get rid of such as TV's, computers, etc. to use as targets and the garbage stays. This is county land and the county will be putting up signs to try to control the situation.
Barnes explained that the hill being taken down on Benson Lake Road by the fire station is being done for safety reasons only, to provide proper sight clearance.
Denis DeJardin said the attendant shack at the Recycling Center is about half done.
During Public Comment, Leon Loose commented on the "Blueberry Hill" issue. He said it appears that the County is moving the shooting range south of the current location.
Greg Reinhardt commented on taking the hills down for safety reasons. He asked what thought has gone into taking the hills down by peoples' residences that are dangerous.
Bob Johnson asked when work will be done on Eagle River Road to fix the huge potholes.
The Fire Department report was given by Dan Johnson. The department had one meeting, two trainings and one fire call for lift assist. Firelane Bar donated the meat for a brat fry held on July 4th and they made $1,600. In lieu of the picnic, they held a Raffle Drawing Party, and so far the proceeds are $1,438.
The Planning Commission report was given by Dan Johnson. They met on July 7 to review Ordinance #5: Building " and discussed the meaning of "any structure".
Greg Reinhardt gave the Treasurer's report: May 31, 2020 balance, $ 492,045.75, Receipts to number 0126, $30,587.34, Disbursements, $39,735.19, Month ending June 30, 2020 $ 482,897.90. In Checking is $ 20,565.94, General Money Market $235,402.95, Tax Money Market,$105,738.69, $121,190.32 in Local Government Investment Pool. TOTAL $482,897.90.
Kelly LaCount gave the Hi-Way report. They are working on taking down the hill on Benson Lake Road, by the fire department, to increase sight clearance for safety reasons turning into the fire department. They moved a huge rock on Mathis Road because it was so close to the road that the wings on the plow truck would hit it in the winter and it was hard on the equipment. They will be working on Eagle River Road next.
In Old Business, amended was Ordinance #5: BUILDING " to reinstate the minimum living space requirement of 576 square feet for construction of any dwelling.
Amended was ordinance #22: ALL-TERRAIN & UTILITY TERRAIN VEHICLE ROUTES, to include Kunkel Lane.
A motion was made on June 9 to accept the bid from Insight FS for purchasing unleaded gasoline, clear diesel and off-road diesel. They misunderstood what the Town was asking for and later submitted a revised price list which we cannot accept because it needs to be a sealed bid.
Under New Business, Denis DeJardin requested bids for purchasing unleaded gasoline, clear diesel and off-road diesel which carried.
A bid from Countrystyle Propane in the amount of $.95/gallon for LP gas for the season was accepted.
The date was set for the Annual Road Tour for Aug. 3 at 9 AM.
Due to the election on the second Tuesday in August, a motion was made by Denis DeJardin to hold the monthly meeting of the Town Board on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020 which carried.
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