THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Athelstane Older Ordinances Corrected, Easier to Read
Kelly Barnes, Plan Commission chair, commented at the Athelstane Town Board meeting on Tuesday, July 11 that he was asked to correct the ordinances that were in place years ago. The ordinances have been corrected and there are fewer ordinances and they are less restrictive and easier to read and understand. When asked to work on the ordinances, he had one stipulation and that was that the board enforce them.
Based on that, he asked the board to repeal Ordinance #8- Eyesore " because it is not being enforced.
The meeting was called to order by Chairman John Dobratz and all officers were present along with 23 residents. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and John Dobratz verified the meeting notices. The agenda was approved.
During public comment Leon Loose asked if anything could be done about dust control on Firelane Road and Sharon Lyons hoped plowing of private driveways and roads would continue.
Kelly LaCount stated if the town continues to plow private driveways, there should be no "custom plowing", because it would save wear and tear on the equipment. Driveways should be plowed in and out.
Minutes were read and bills approved.
Gary Welsch in the fire department report stated they had two drills and meetings and were called out for trees down on roads after all the storms.
The Planning Commission report given by David Jose noted all members and two guests were present. Discussed snowplowing of driveways and private roads and there was a recommendation to discontinue plowing driveways and to continue to plow private roads. This will be discussed more at the next meeting on Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. along with raising the park rental fee.
Greg Reinhardt in the Treasurer's report said May 31 Balance was $395,433.22, Receipts to number 894 $35,628.24, Disbursements were $33,905, and Month ending June 30 $397,156.46. Checking had $27,574.08, Tax Money Market $92,255.47, General Money Market at $162,684.03, and Certificate of Deposit $114,642,88 for the $397,642.88 total.
Public Works employee, Kelly LaCount, reported limestone has been put on Firelane Road and gravel put on Davis Road. Ditching will be started on Bennet Road and work needs to be done on Bolander Landing Road.
There was discussion on acquiring a compactor for garbage and a compactor for recyclables at the Recycling Center but no action was taken.
Under New Business there was discussion on plowing private roads and driveways. Barnes, chairman of the Plan Commission, made a personal recommendation to continue to plow private roads and to discontinue plowing driveways. If plowing private roads and driveways continue, ordinances would need to be amended.
On recommendation of Jose, the town will continue to plow private roads and driveways for the 2017-2018 season. The mileage will be kept track of along with the other expenses to determine if the fee should be increased or the practice discontinued in the spring of 2018. No custom plowing will be done.
The Planning Commission was asked to propose an amendment to the ordinances affected.
A propane contract from Countryside Propane for .97 per gallon was accepted along with Operators' licenses for Mary Ann Schultz, Renee Kaufman and Mandy Huber.