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Wagner Sportsmen Sponsor Roadside Cleanup On April 25th

Issue Date: April 21, 2021

Town Chair Steve Renikow, Sr. announced at the Town of Wagner annual and regular monthly town board meetings on Wednesday, April 14, that spring road bans had been lifted earlier that day. Those present were informed that the Wagner Sportsman's Club is doing a road cleanup on Sunday, April 25. Anyone wanting to help can join them at the Town Hall at 10 a.m. The cleanup is to start with Caylor Road and Old Rail Road. Anyone who knows of large items discarded along the roadsides is asked a club member and the town skid steer will be sent to pick it up.

The evening started with a brief Annual Meeting at 6 p.m. that was followed 15 minutes later by the monthly board meeting.

At the start of the evening, Renikow Sr. noted the Town Hall can again be rented for gatherings and events since the state has a less than 5% COVID positive test rate. Clerk Cassie Brown noted hall rental fees are $25 fee and $25 deposit for residents, and for non-residents, it is $50 for the rental and a $50 deposit.

Renikow Sr. said the Wagner Sportsman's Club would be installing the dock on Lake Mary on Thursday, April 15, and will turn it over to the town once the work is done. The Wagner Sportsman's Club will also mow the grass at Town Hall again this year for the same price as last year.

Sam Marzahl, from the audience, asked who will be responsible for maintaining the dock. Renikow Sr. stated the dock will belong to the town and upkeep will be the town's responsibility, but the club will take it out again in Fall, even though it is the town's property.

The only other business at the Annual Meeting was reading of last year's Annual Meeting minutes by Supervisor Mollie Arthur and presentation of the 2020 financial report by Cassie Brown, who noted they had a 2 percent increase in spending. She said increasing recycling fees had brought in $3,800 of additional income. Election expenses were high because there were four elections in 2020 in addition to Covid-19 expenses to deal with. The town spent $143,000 for road repairs. Capital Outlay funds were used to purchase a truck for Public Works, a fire truck, and a laundry extractor for the fire department.

The town had begun the year with a total of $368,156.83 in all accounts and ended with $266,143.41.

"I think overall we did pretty good," commented Arthur.

The Wagner Fire Department Annual Finance report showed they started the year with $32,756.12, had an income of $24,220.33 and expenditures of $29,291.44, and ended the year with $27,265.

The Fire Department operating budget showed expenditures of $43,244.64, compared to the 2020 budget of $40,505.

There were 24 calls during 2020, with a total of 546.25 man-hours in addition to the time spent on vehicle and equipment weekly inspections, mechanical work, office hours, work sessions, committee meetings, and fire inspections.

After the 13-minute annual meeting adjourned the monthly board meeting was called to order by Renikow.

Those present were Town Chair Steve Renikow, Sr., Supervisors Ed Delfosse and Mollie Arthur, Clerk Cassie Brown, Treasurer Margo Renikow, Mike Caylor, Rita Renikow, Gerard Micksch, Kathy Philipps, Julie Brown, Don Willan, Tina Davis, Sam Marzahl, Howie Anderson, Jim Ring and a Peshtigo Times reporter.

Renikow, Sr., Arthur and Delfosse had all been re-elected at the Spring election on April 6 and were sworn in by Margo Renikow for new 2-year terms.

The town had received an offer from Ayres Associates to do the DOT-mandated road rating report for $2,500. Chair Renikow, Sr. said he had filled out the report himself last year. He said it only took him a couple of hours to check out the roads and fill out the forms and he didn't think it was worth $2,500 to have someone else do it.

A person from the audience said the Town of Middle Inlet Fire Department is starting a dive team, and anyone who wants to donate can do so through the Town of Middle Inlet. he said the Sheriff's Department has a dive team, but there is no other county-wide water rescue dive team. He said their new organization will not get involved if there is a crime associated with the rescue.

To questions about the possibility of dividing work on one of the town roads into two segments, Renikow said the bids are already advertised so breaking the project into two sections now is out of the question. He said if there is money left after other jobs are done they could work the remaining bad section into gravel for the winter, which would make it better than it is now.

The Fire Department had four calls in the past month, one each for a lift assist and trees on wires, and two for MABAS assistance to calls in the Town of Wausaukee and Town of Mellen in Michigan.

The first Fire Department meat raffle of the year had gone well, and the next one will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at The Heritage on Saturday, May 1.

There was a brief discussion on MABAS, since Michigan and Wisconsin do not technically have an agreement, but the comment was that, "...the laws say we can make agreements and to what we have to do to protect lives and properties on both sides of the river."

Public Works reported two loads of patch had been put on Old Railroad, and grading will start as soon as weather permits.

Animal Control Officer Jerry Micksch reported there were two animal control calls, one for a dog chasing chickens, in which the chickens were on the dog's property and he was chasing them off, and the other for a dog with no tags found on Twin Island Road. Micksch said the Sheriff's Department says if you own any animal that is running off your property you can be fined for having an animal at large. He had told the dog owner if he doesn't have tags on his animal the next time he picks it up he will take it to the dog pound and it might cost $80 to pick it up instead of the $3 it costs for a tag. He said any dog running on a road without its owner is "at large."

There was discussion about rumors that Wagner was asking Marinette County to open County X for ATV/UTV travel. The issue had been discussed at the March meeting of the Middle Inlet Town Board, and Town Chair Rich Wade said they were considering the same request for the part of County X that goes through Middle Inlet.

Delfosse felt it was not a good idea to have the recreational vehicles on the busy county road, especially in view of the many hills and curves. Arthur agreed it did not seem like a good idea. Renikow agreed, "For safety, I don't think it's a good idea." He said the reason for allowing the vehicles on portions of county roads is to connect ATV/UTV trails, and Wagner has no trails, although every town road is open as an ATV/UTV route. He said the Wagner town board had opened its roads to ATV/UTV travel so residents could visit their neighbors, not to connect trails. Routes are on paved roads, and trails are off-road.

Renikow summarized it is the opinion of the Wagner Town Board that they will not ask to have County X opened for ATV/UTV travel.

Clerk Brown said she had a public records request for copies of all 129 absentee ballots and the envelopes they had come in. She had never before been asked to provide so many copies. She had learned they cannot charge more than 25 cents per copy, and the charges cannot include time, just printing and paper. The bill she calculated would have come to $79.50, and she has not yet had a response to her price quote. However, she felt they should have a policy, or an ordinance, covering open records request fees. Arthur said she would like copies of ordinances from other municipalities. Brown said they could table her request for a month and she will do more research.

In a discussion of bridge aid applications for 2022, Renikow felt Cottage road with three culverts might be eligible. The application must be in by June 6. He wondered if the aid could help pay the cost of moving the road to the right place. He said the road was not built where the town owns the land, and in any case, it's curvy and dangerous there, and the culverts are not long enough for where they have been put. He said they're okay for now, but eventually, need to be replaced.

That report was met by a quip, "We'll cross that bridge when we come to it."

A motion to designate the Peshtigo Times as the official paper of record was unanimously approved.

The next monthly meeting will be on Wednesday, May 12.

Future agenda items include fees for copies of town records and an update on the application for 2022 bridge aid.


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