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Town of Stephenson Committees Held Meets

Issue Date: May 10, 2017

The Town of Stephenson Committees met at the Town Hall. Buildings and Grounds CSM # 2017-3 was presented by Hugh Guy Surrveying for George A. Shaffer. This is for 1 lot in part of the NE of the SE of Sec.23, T32N-R19E in the Town with ingress and egress to Shaffer Road.

Personnel discussed issuing golf cart permits ended with a motion to take to the Board to have Tall Oaks and The Big Dipper both do it for convenience. Chairman Kudick thought that it might be to confusing to have more than one place issuing. A vote showed 4 in favor.

Town employees are to be compensated at their normal wage while on call for Twin Bridge Rescue or the Town Fire Department. If employees are not responding during their regularly scheduled work hours, they will be paid by the department they are responding for.

Ordinance Committee stated Jane Meissner and Kevin Solway are still working on the garage ordinance and asked that it be tabled until the next Committee meeting.

Solway believes all the job descriptions are in now and have been sent to the Board for inspection. They will need to be approved at the next meeting. Craig Baeten, the Public Works Superintendent, compiled a "light duty" work description. The Board will look at this at their next meeting.

Road Committee: Scott Construction was the only bid received for the wedge, seal, overlay, and paving on Noquebay, town line to west, Konstad Ln. and St. Paul, W south, Newton Lk Rd (X north), Parkway (Silver Cliff line south), and Townline Rd (St Paul east). Townline would be a shared project with Middle Inlet costing the town 1/2.

There were three applications for the part-time Public Works summer help. The Public Works Superintendent WILL interview and choose one to bring back to the Board for approval.

Chair Mike Kudick stated that there are some private roads that the town plows can't get into without causing damage. Solway stated that in the new contract, that is something is covered now. It states that it is at the discretion of the Public Works Superintendent and the Road Supervisor.

Sup. Rick Kikulski stated that Middle Inlet had requested to share in the expense of Townline Road. If not this year, then next year. Solway feels do it this year if can split it. Stephenson does not believe it should be turned into gravel. Athelstane will discuss.

There was a lengthy discussion on a referendum to raise taxes for five years so the Town can repair roads. Kikulski is looking at $500,000 a year. Solway stated if there is a referendum and it passes, he would like to see the town continue to allocate money for roadwork as they always have in their regular budget, not use that money to complete a wish list. He would also like to see the roads intended to be done identified to the public. There would be no hiring of extra town employees or equipment purchases to get the roadwork done. He would also like to see a cap put on all other budgeted amounts, beyond highway work, including wages.

The monies would be used solely for road replacement and nothing else. The current levy is 1.55. The proposed $500,000.00 per year would raise that over 11.5%. Kudick stated the town may have to do something about rescue if Twin Bridge goes down. Solway suggested that this be brought back to next months meeting with the list of roads to be done and then they will talk about authorizing a referendum. Clerk Olson stated there are specific timelines that need to be followed for a referendum. Those will need to be looked in to. Solway said the wording in the referendum is of utmost importance also. That may have to be done with the help of the Attorney. Kikulski is going to check with Wisconsin Towns Association.

Recycling/Recreation Committee had eight applications for Recycling Attendant. Jeff Lieuwen will help with interviews.


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