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Town Board of Athelstane Rescinds Eye Sore Ordinance

Issue Date: August 30, 2019

Ordinance #8: Eye Sore and Blighted Property is very lenient. There can be anything in yard but the only restriction is that it is not visible from the road or the adjoining property owners. Ordinances need to be enforced equally, fairly and consistently and this ordinance is not being enforced that way. The ordinance was rescinded.

The Athelstane Fire Department will purchase a 1998 pumper truck from the Village of Crivitz for $15,000. The truck is in need of $6,000 for repairs for a total outlay of $21,000. The truck would be purchased with funds raised with no cost to the taxpayers.

The original fire truck that was donated to the fire department by the Wausaukee Club has been located. It is a 1947 Dodge and the asking price is $3,500. Action was taken at the Athelstane Town Board meeting on Aug. 13.

Chairman Kelly Barnes presided at 7 PM in the town hall. All officers were present along with 16 people. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

The agenda, minutes and bills were approved.

Gary Jobelius thought the town should keep the attachment on the backhoe for the Kubota tractor and sell it with the tractor.

Greg Reinhardt asked if he could debate the Eyesore & Blighted Property ordinance.

Fire Chief Scott Durian reported one meeting, and two training meetings. They responded to a head on collision on Northway Drive, a wildland fire on Halhweg Road and an ATV accident on the trail just off of Benson Lake Road.

The Planning Commission did not meet.

Treasurer Reinhardt reported $2,281.25 in Checking, $183,929.11 General Money Market, $133,150.90 Tax Money Market, and $119,197.25 Certificate of Deposit for total of $ 438,558.51.

Kelly LaCount in the highwa report stated shoulder work is being done and a culvert put in on Jones Road. Cold mix was put on Nelson Road, which is a shared road with the Town of Stephenson. Cost is divided.

Options were discussed for investing the C.D. that matured on Aug. 5. It was agreed to invest it in the Local Government Investment Pool for a better rate than a C.D. and the funds can be withdrawn at any given time with no penalty.

In discussion of the encroachment on a strip of land owned by the Town on Nelson Road the Chair and attorney will make decisions to proceed with the gate issue on Nelson Road.

Glen Lake Road survey is completed and there are multiple problems. There are buildings on county owned land and also on town owned property. One option would be to do land and deed exchanges with the town and county so the property owners would have a deed to the property that have buildings on them. Issue was tabled.

TRIP funds will be used on Northway Drive.

Grants will be used to improve Bolander Landing Road at little or no cost to the town.

Prices will be received for a new snow blower to be used at the Recycling Center.

There was discussion on selling the backhoe attachment for the Kubota tractor and town will probably keep the tractor until there is no value in it, so the backhoe attachment will not help the sale of the tractor. The attachment is small and is not used very often. It is more advantageous to the town to rent a mini excavator and save on labor costs.

An Operators' license for Marlene Krebs was approved.


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