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Wagner Sets New Recycling Hours, Oct. 31 Trunk Or Treat

Issue Date: October 21, 2021

Wausaukee Rescue Squad issues, status of the Old Depot, and uses for ARPA funds occupied much of the discussion at the Town of Wagner regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13 at the Town Hall. The Fire Department's third annual "Trunk or Treat" will be held at the town hall from 4 to 6 p.m. on Halloween, Sunday, Oct. 31, and anyone who wants to be part of handing out treats can come at 3:30 p.m. to set up.

There will be new winter hours at the Recycling Center starting Nov. 1. Wednesday hours will be from 2 to 5 p.m. The Recycling Center will be closed the first day of deer season, Saturday, Nov. 20, for safety reasons, but otherwise Saturday hours remain the same.

The town's Annual Meeting and budget hearing will start at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10, and be followed by the next regular board meeting.

Present for the Oct. 13 board meeting were Town Chair Steve Renikow Sr., Supervisors Mollie Arthur and Ed Delfosse, Clerk Cassie Brown, Treasurer Margo Renikow and eight members of the public.

Clerk Cassie Brown stated there are still several items needed to complete the full proposed budget to be presented for approval at the Nov. 10 meetings. Levy limit for the 2021 levy payable in 2022 was presented to show the variance. The allowable levy limit variance allows a 43 cents increase per hundred thousand dollars due to a slight net equalized value increase due to new construction. This levy limit will be presented at the Special Meeting of the Electors and Budget Hearing in November.

Reporting on Rescue Squad issues, Renikow noted the town's tax levy was increased last year to cover the expense of hiring paid employees to run Wausaukee Rescue Squad 24/7. The contract proposed for next year by Wausaukee Rescue Squad, Inc. officials had increased significantly again. Financial information was not provided when requested, so the Wausaukee Village President and Town Chairmen from all the impacted municipalities agreed to not sign the new contract.

A meeting was held that resulted in current leadership of the squad resigning, so Tom Arthur (who is Town of Wagner Fire Chief as well as a Rescue Squad official) was appointed the President. A new contract is being negotiated and the Town of Wagner is expecting a 6 percent increase, Renikow said. Terms will remain the same but this increase will cover payroll taxes not accounted for in the prior contract. The price increase will be accounted for in the budget, and will not be added to the levy at this time, Renikow said. The new contract is expected to be finalized within the next few months.

Renikow Sr. said he and the other town chairmen had agreed to hire a lawyer who will draft bylaws to protect the Town. Mike Caylor has been appointed representative for the Town of Wagner on the Rescue Squad's governing board.

At last month's meeting Supervisor Mollie Arthur had been authorized to consult legal counsel in regard to demolition of the Old Depot. She reported at Wednesday's meeting that there were no new updates. A Deputy Sheriff has been given paperwork and will notify the Town after three attempts to serve the notices on the Old Depot owners have been made. Arthur said if no contact is made after three attempts the lawyer will be notified.

There also had been discussion at previous meetings on putting up signs or taking other steps to preserve the history of the railroad and the Old Depot. At the Oct. 13 meeting Julie Brown stated she was asked by to help with this project, and will verify where a sign can be placed. Renikow stated he was contacted by Ember Rickaby and the Historical Society would also like to be involved. Lynda Caylor asked if a sign could be placed at both Depot stops within the Town. There was also a stop by the Wagner Church. Howie Anderson stated he would like the signs to be of good quality. Chair Renikow asked if the Town would be interested in financing the signs. Julie Brown suggested using signs similar to the historical sign on Rustic Road, and said she will provide cost quotes at the next meeting.

Renikow stated a letter had been received from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue regarding appraisals in the Town for the 2022 equalized value certificate. These will be roadside evaluations and will not impact assessed value. Also, a notice was received from Wisconsin Public Service regarding the rebuilding of underground electric facilities in the area. The Town will be notified if access to the property will be required.

He reported two windows were replaced in the meeting room, and work on Broennenberg Rd. is complete. Renikow said brushing has been done by Public Works, but the Town is still planning to hire Butch Wortner.

Renikow said Franklin Suennen agreed to plow snow for the town again this year. This would include the parking lot at Town Hall and the Recycling Center. He will also plow roads that don't have a turnaround for Road King. Renikow said he would like the town to pay $15 per hour for this task only, with other Public Works functions remaining at the current rate.

Mike Caylor reported the Fire Department had one call for a lift assist since the last meeting. Year to date, the Fire Department has responded to 26 calls. 144 hours were spent on training and maintenance. Most of this was spent on state mandated testing. Hose and pump testing is complete, and the ladder test will be done next week. DOT testing will be completed in December. The fire prevention program in Wausaukee was successful.

Supervisor Mollie Arthur stated Tom Arthur is continuing to research the possibility of buying a defibrillator for Town Hall, and this will be addressed at the November meeting.

Supervisors Mollie Arthur and Ed Delfosse had researched air purification systems and agreed the town should get one installed if grant money is available. Motion to approve putting the job out for bids was approved. Lynda Caylor asked how the system is maintained. Renikow explained it requires no maintenance. It self-cleans and does not require energy while running, he said.

There also was discussion on buying a water softener for the Town Hall. Renikow stated Brix Plumbing took a water sample for testing, and found that the iron threshold is not above where an iron remover is needed. A water softener will be sufficient. Brix Plumbing provided a quote for $1,300 labor and material only. The ARPA grant money can be used for this item, as it is meant to stimulate local economy. Motion to approve using ARPA grant money to fund this project, and to hire Brix Plumbing for installation was approved without dissent.

Supervisor Mollie Arthur stated more information is needed about proposed CPR classes and this will be discussed at the next meeting. These classes are offered through NWTC and should be minimal cost, she felt. The ARPA grant should cover this cost.

The board was told that Recycling Center employees had voiced concern about operating hours, since it is dark by 6 p.m. during the Winter. The board agreed the new Wednesday hours will be from 2-5 p.m. beginning in November. Saturday hours will remain the same at this time. Renikow thanked town residents for their cooperation. Recycling has been coming with fewer plastic bags.

Clerk Cassie Brown stated that Marinette County redistricting as a result of the 2020 census has been completed . The only change for the Town of Wagner is the supervisory district number went from 11 to 10. Boundaries remain the same. Motion to approve a resolution creating election wards as part of the 2020 decennial census as recommended was approved without dissent.

The contract allowing Marinette County to collect property tax payments for the town was up for renewal. Cost per parcel remains the same as prior years, at 85 cents per parcel and a $250 administrative fee. Brown commented this process is efficient and streamlined through the County. Motion to approve Marinette County collecting property tax payments by Arthur and Delfosse.

Lynda Caylor asked if there were any updates on the tree and flowers to be planted at Town Hall, and Renikow said there is nothing new.

The Treasurer's report ending Sept. 30 was accepted as presented, and Treasurer Margo Renikow discussed the Town's ending cash balances. There were no budget adjustments or transfers.


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