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Town Grover Approves Tree Trimming Proposal

Overhanging maple trees on Red School Road in the Town of Grover will soon be trimmed back to the right-of-way (ROW) line, according to a decision made by the Grover Town Board at their Monday, Feb. 11 meeting.

The trees, which are often hit by passing milk and fire trucks, are legally planted on the other side of the town’s 33 foot right-of-way but their size and width are causing problems. Town Ordinance allows the town to trim them back to the ROW line. To do that, the Town approved a proposal from Frank’s Tree Service for $1,325.

Since the landowner has the right to the wood from the trimming, Town Chairman Wayne Staidl will make sure the landowner is contacted before the work begins.

Another decision made by the Board was to authorize Supervisor Kim Kittredge to contact the town attorney in regard to the building formerly known as the Blue Ribbon Casino on Highway 64. Kittredge favored working with the attorney to make sure state and county statutes are followed correctly as the town continues to force the owner of the building to do something about its very poor condition.

A matter of unfinished business will remain unfinished as the Board tabled any action on possibly selling plots at the town cemetery. The hold-up is the need to precisely locate existing plots. Kittredge said some plots date back to the 1870s, but most records on the lay-out of the cemetery are incomplete.

Kittredge said she was working with Ted Sandberg of the Harmony Cemetery on the matter. A Solar Ground Scanning System may be able to locate unmarked graves and plots, but the costs could be quite high for such technology. Another possibility is to contact an expert at “witching” for the buried caskets.

A great unknown at the cemetery is the verbal history that some very old burials may have used wooden caskets, which by this time have probably decomposed. This would leave just the remains, something undetectably by neither witching nor scanning.

The Board discussed the possibility of expanding the cemetery, which currently is only 500 feet by 500 feet. Before considering that further, Kittredge was asked to keep investigating for a solution.

In other matters, Marinette County District Attorney Allen Brey introduced himself during the Public Comment section, stating he was a candidate for Circuit Court Judge in the April 2 election. He said he would appreciate Grover’s support.

Also during Public Comments, Karl Stibbe commented on the water/ice mess on Stibbe Lane. He suggested someone may have been filling in a ditch, thus creating the problem. Staidl responded that filling in a ditch would be illegal. He said he would take a look at that situation, but that something may not be able to be done until Spring.

This led other residents in attendance to mention several places in the town that have water crossing or standing on the roads from the recent heavy rain/melting. Another resident asked if the plowers could salt/sand more frequently near the intersection of Kamm Road and Hwy 41.

Throughout the meeting, every supervisor mentioned that he or she had received complaints about the roads in light of the most recent storm. The reminder was given that it has been a while since there has been a winter like this, nor can contracted snow plowers plow out everyone first.

Staidl brought up the fact that town cannot afford to salt/sand as often as people would like because the cost is prohibitive. When the town surpasses the budget for winter maintenance, the excess is then taken out of the reconstruction/paving budget, and that has to be a priority, too. Staidl continued that he has talked to a person who drives many town roads because of his job and this person is willing to serve as a “spotter” to let Staidl know when it might be time to call out the plows.

As for communication, Clerk Lisa Witak reported the town received a thank you note from the Emergency Rescue Squad for a recent donation. A letter was received from the county’s Land Information Department regarding perpetuating county survey markers during the coming construction season. The report arrived on last year’s bridge inspections, noting several bridges need some maintenance. The report will be placed on the next meeting’s agenda.

Witak also reported she even though the treasurer’s report shows a balance of over $1 million, she recently paid taxes owed to the county, the five school districts in the town, NWTC, etc., leaving about $200,000 in the coffer.

Kittredge said as Zoning Administrator, she has recently approved one conditional use permit and one building permit. Road Crew Supervisor Buzz Davis reported in his capacity of keeping the roads in good repair, he received no complaints or threats. But he added that Spring was coming, eventually.

As a final item of business, the Board approved officer attendance at a district Wisconsin Towns Association meeting. Also approved were early hotel reservations for the October WTA convention which cheaper and is a savings to the town.


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