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Town of Stephenson Okay Well Testing Contract Hike

Town of Stephenson Board Chairman Mike Kudick called a meeting to order at 7 pm. Everyone said the pledge of allegiance. Roll call showed Chairman Kudick, Supervisors Kikulski, Lieuwen, Solway, and Stradal, Treasurer Kempka, Attorney Coggins, and Clerk Olson, along with nine others present.

Lieuwen moved to adopt the agenda and Kudick asked for approval of the minutes of the meetings of the Regular Board on Feb. 8, and the Committees on March 1.

Treasurer Kempka's financial report showed Feb. 28 balances.

Bank North General Fund $123,081.76; Bank North Money Market Fund 546 $311,843.12; Bank North Fire Dept. Money Market Fund 362 $71,147.81; Nicolet Bank Tax Money Market $561,449.53; F & M Bank Depreciation Account $542,289.69; and Bank Mutual Investment CD $50,000.

Solway reviewed the statement and made a motion to approve the Treasurer's financial statement.

Vouchers presented were approved for payment as well as EFT payments and withdrawals through March.

Clerk Elaine Olson stated a letter was received from a citizen requesting a "Sharp Curve" sign on High Falls Road. It will be placed on the committee agenda for April meeting.

Department reports given were by Fire, Public Works, and the Code Enforcer. Kudick read reports for Canine, Building Inspector, and Recycling and Lieuwen informed the Board that the preliminary approval is in for the compost pile at Twin Bridge. He is completing the last of the paperwork for the permit.

Tower lease addendum agreement with Marinette County for five years at $500 per year was approved.

Solway made a motion to accept the insurance quote for April 1, 2017 through March 30, 2018 from EMC Insurance for $48,562. This is $360 lower than last year and includes an approximately $4,000 dividend on the Worker's Comp.

The well testing contract quote increased $124.80 for 2017, a service required for the old landfill testings. It is done twice per year for each site. Approval was given for $1,704.80 for the yearly contract.

Supervisors Solway and Kikulski met with the DPW employees and the Union representative and agreed on a 1/5% increase for 2017. Part will be a base wage adjustment to meet the Act 10 requirements. He then made a motion to approve the increase.

There was discussion on hiring someone to remove dead animal carcasses from along the roadsides in the town. Mike Kozak stated that he would do it for the Town for $20 per carcass. The usual fee is $300. Solway asked how they are removed now. Chairman Kudick stated the DPW does it if they have time, but more often than not they are just left to lie. Supervisor Solway asked about how many there are per year. Public works guessed maybe 100. Supervisor Solway stated there was no money put in the budget for that purpose. Supervisor Lieuwen asked that it be sent to committee for discussion.

Kikulski would like an ad to be placed in the Peshtigo Times, concerning heavy trucking, was given to Board members and Attorney Kim Coggins for approval. After some discussion, it was decided to change some of the verbiage and have Kikulski place it in letters to the editor if possible. Lieuwen made a motion to place the ad in the paper twice if necessary.

Solway moved to place an ad for a limited, part-time person for Public Works, with amount not to exceed 240 hours at $10.65 per hour.

An ad for crack filling for 2017 will be placed for bid also. There we no Public comments.


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