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Stephenson Board Acts On Two Squad Contracts

Contracts for two rescue squads, auditing contract, mechanic position, ATV routes and sale of timbers were among items of business when the Stephenson Town Board met Wednesday, Dec. 12, in a 32 minute session. Also present were 34 persons.

The Board approved 2013 contracts for two rescued squads to provide emergency services. They were Twin Bridge Rescue Squad for $19,000 and Crivitz Rescue Squad for $11,582.

Also approved was the 2013 auditing contract with Schenk Business Solutions not to exceed $3,700.

Two votes were required before a decision was made to hire one of two candidates for the mechanic position. The votes were on either hiring someone from Crivitz or someone from out of town. By a vote of 3 to 2 the Board decided to hire the out of town candidate following a criminal check by the clerk.

In the first vote, Supervisors Mike Kudick and Thomas La Susa were in favor of the Crivitz candidate. Solway felt it was important to hire someone from the community. The motion failed by a vote of 3 to 2.

Supervisor Thomas LaSusa moved to hire the candidate from out of town, which was seconded by Supervisor Joe Banaszak. The motion passed by a vote of 3 in favor and two opposed.

Accepted was the financial report of Mary Jane Kempka, treasurer as of Nov. 30. They were general fund $94,680.61; money market fund $295,879.97; Fire Department money market fund $30,133.58; tax fund money market fund $4,021.52; depreciation account $317,151.13 and certificate of deposit $50,000.

During the public comment portion of the meeting Darrell Pentico stated the voters of the town have voted many times not to have anything done with the airport except maintenance and would like to know why he has heard the town is looking at an airport commission.

He also asked why part-time people that were working in the Public Works office were getting paid snowplow wages.

Ron Matzke asked why his request to have the mileage for water patrol eliminated was not on the agenda.

Town Attorney Kim Coggins asked that the Board not address these concerns now. When questioned on it, he stated that the items in questions were not on the agenda and the Board must have items listed on the agenda in order to discuss or have action on them.

Coggins further stated that the electorate does not determine what goes on the agenda for a Board meeting. They do have say at the annual meeting or a special meeting of the electorate. The Board does not have to allow for Public Comments at their meetings, so they are being more than fair to listen to concerns that may be addressed at a later time.

In other action, the Board:

* Authorized the hiring of an additional person for the Public Works Department in 2013.

* Will seek applicants for the Canine Control position.

* Accepted the offer of $150 for old timbers at the town shop and delivered to the purchaser.

* Approved keeping the ATV road routes open for the winter.

* Accepted the minutes of a special Board meeting on Nov. 12, regular Board meeting of Nov. 14 and Personnel and Finance and Road Committee of Dec. 5.

* Approved certified survey maps for Ron and Donna Gantz, W13728 Hatchery Road, Crivitz for one lot near Frying Pan Lake. Also for Harry and Alice Tomaszewski revocable living trust for one lot.

* Operators licenses were approved for Roberta Nuoffer, Kathleen Oldenburg, and Daniel Weber, to expire June 30, 2014.




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