THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Middle Inlet Fire Department To Sell Three Out-Of-Service Trucks
Issue Date: February 20, 2020
At the Middle Inlet Town Board meeting on Thursday, Feb.13, Town Chair Richard Wade reported that the snowplowing issues about which he had received calls and complaints have been resolved. He noted that the salt-sand mixture in the containment area on Town Road 37 behind the fire station has been replenished and property owners can get salt/sand there for their driveways and walks.
Wade reported the town has submitted two applications for he Wisconsin MLS (90%/10%) Grant program for town road improvements. Wisconsin towns submitted a total of 1,030 applications requesting $568 million dollars in funds, so only 5% of the projects will be funded. Recipients and award amounts will be announced at the end of February.
Wade, Supervisor Don Van and Clerk/Treasurer Virginia Hines were present. Supervisor Ron Wenzel was excused.
Hines reminded the public that statutes require dogs to be licensed, and licenses can be obtained at her office during regular office hours at the town hall. Vouchers were reviewed and approved for payment as presented. The Planning Commission had nothing to report.
Fire Chief Dave Johnston reported the department had no calls since the last meeting.
The board approved a request from the fire department to advertise for sealed bids to sell three out of service fire department trucks.
They requested that the department be allowed to obtain one credit card for each truck from the BP service station in Crivitz. However, Wade and Van were opposed to that idea, and instead suggested limited access for the Chief and Assistant Chief to have a "gas card". Hines will apply for the account on their behalf.
Assistant Chief Rob Wentzel said the department was in need of gloves, flashlights and traffic signs. Van and Wade approved purchase of ten pairs of gloves at approximately $117 per pair, two traffic signs at $345 each, and flashlights at approximately $130 each, for a total cost of approximately $2650.
Assistant Chief Wenzel also requested that the department be allowed to implement two software programs that would use smart phone platforms for call/response for fire fighters and provide address and GPS guidance on finding locations. Cost of the software programs is $600 and $1000 respectively. Frank Klister recommended the use of the software. Klister said he had used a similar program while a fire fighter with another department. Jerry VanDeElsen said the rescue squad uses a similar program with success. There were several questions seeking clarification, and after department members addressed them Wade and Van both voted to approve the purchase. Hines will help the fire department complete purchase orders.
Hines was authorized by the board to attend the second year of Clerk's Institute training, with the town to pay tuition and travel expenses). Hines said the institute is a five-day event to address the multiple facets of the position of municipal clerk and treasurer. Motion by Supervisor Van to approve, Seconded by Chairperson Wade, Motion carried.
Van reported two complaints regarding garbage pickup had been resolved. The recycling center unit was emptied for the third time since its opening.
Hines reported there had been a winter burial in the cemetery and three burial plots were sold.
The board was advised the Hoskins right away dispute has been turned over to legal counsel, and due to the civil disagreement nature of the dispute, the town is no longer a party.
In November the clerk had received an e-mail from the current owner , Lora Haskins, over difficulties the family was having gaining access to the property on Quarry Road that she inherited from her father, Leland Haskins. She stated that new owners have denied the family use of a verbally agreed upon easement between her now deceased father and that property's former owner, and asked the board to extend Camp 5 Road to facilitate access.
During time for public comment later in the November meeting, the Haskins further explained the problem to the board. She said they had been trying unsuccessfully for over two years to work with neighbors to get access to their now land locked property. They are not even allowed to walk back to their land, but do walk a snowmobile trail to get there.
Supervisor Wenzel noted the property has a fire number, and if there were a fire even the fire department would not have access.
Haskins said the electric and gas companies also cannot go there. She explained the property and the cabin on it are very important to her and her family since her father built that cabin himself. She noted by Wisconsin law properties cannot be left land locked. She lives in Fond du Lac and a sister lives in Stevens Point. Wade told her he would talk to Town Attorney Kim Coggins to clarify the town's role in this issue, and have him call her. Haskins said she had two attorneys working on the case.