THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
New Jaws Received by Middle Inlet Fire Dept.
The highlight of the Thursday, Jan. 10 meeting of the Middle Inlet Town Board was a report that the Middle Inlet Fire Department received shipment of their new Jaws of Life. Major pump and hydraulic problems with the unit led to a special meeting of the Town Board in mid December to approve the purchase of a used demo cutter, a spreader and pump unit, all with a total package price of $9,895.
Fire Chief John Coddington thanked the Board for approving the new Jaws and said the unit is now operational.
Coddington also reported the DNR Grant for the Fire Department arrived. The total of $1400 includes $700 from the department and $700 from the DNR. The money will purchase an 18 inch chainsaw, a cell booster, chaps, a helmet, and the balance will be spent on Class "A" Foam, which is used primarily for fighting wildfires.
The treasurer's report by Charles Stanek balances as of Dec. 31 were Money Market $361,791.23; General Checking $500.; Cemetery Savings $9,727.81; Fire Department Savings $32,891.11; Town CD $10,000.; and the Cemetery CD $27,000.
The vouchers approved totaled $231,531.66 and included the January tax settlements payments to the county, the school district, etc.
Stanek also reported the Fire Department received a donation of $200 from Everest and Thomas Bell and a thank you note was sent to them.
Chairman Richard Wade gave the Road Report, noting the snowplowing was getting better as the new company works out some of the bugs in their process. Any complaints should still be directed to Wade.
Supervisor Anthony Magerowski reported bids for the new storage building at the Crivitz Recycling Center were reviewed last Monday. Funding for the structure will be provided from the per-capita fees paid by members of the Northwoods Recycling Coalition. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring as weather permits. The new building will make the center totally self-contained.
The caretaker for the Town Hall reported the drinking fountain recently had a problem with a plugged drain. With the use of a de-clogging agent, the problem appears to be solved, but apparently some water had leaked into the basement and caused some staining on the unit, the wall, and the floor. She is working on removing the stains.
The caretaker also reported there is the probability that the hall will be rented out monthly to a group that wishes to use it for their line dancing club.
Stanek presented a notice regarding the April 2 Election for Town Office positions. Candidates were certified for the positions and their ballot placement, as determined by a random selection process.
Candidates and order on ballot are Town Board Chairman: Richard Wade; Town Board Supervisor: Kenneth Van Camp, Anthony Magerowski, Roger Leick with the two highest vote getters elected.
Town Clerk/Treasurer: Charles Stanek, Carol Bausch, choice of one. With the ballot set, there will be no need for a primary election Feb. 19.
Under elector participation, the subject of possibly placing an Automated External Defibrillator or AED in the town hall was again briefly discussed. Chief Coddington will seek quotes for the costs of such a unit for the next meeting. The Board discussed related issues like liability, misuse, vandalism and who would be trained to operate such a unit. No decisions were made, but the Board decided to place the matter on the next agenda.
The matter of missing metal chairs from the Town Hall was discussed. The chairs were borrowed, but the Town Board cannot remember by whom. If the person who borrowed them reads this, they are asked to bring them back.