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Athelstane Tables Action on Court Co-Op Plan

The monthly meeting of the Athelstane Town Board was called to order by Chairman John Dobratz on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 7 PM in the town hall. All officers were present along with 11 people. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Gary Jobelius questioned the quality of the work done on Benson Lake Road. The road was paved with oil tar and stone to seal the fine cracks in the blacktop and to protect the blacktop.

John Walsh asked what the procedure is to address complaints and ordinance violations. Someone from the board will look into his issues.

Greg Reinhardt gave a report from Bill Stankevich, county supervisor, regarding an update on ATV's on county roads. Reinhardt attended a county highway meeting as a representative from the Ranger City Snowmobile Club. He gave a presentation on connecting ATV trails from the south to the north. The county administrator drafted a proposed ordinance that will be presented at the next county board meeting.

A correction on the presentation of the Treasurers Report noted it was given by Clerk Duchateau but was given by Reinhardt.

Bills with checks numbered 15092 thru 15145 were approved and Fire Chief Scott Durian gave his department report. The department had one meeting, two training meetings, a UTV accident on Smiley Road and a car fire at a residence. There will be a meat raffle at the Bull Pen on Nov. 4 at 2 PM.

The Plan Commission report given by David Jose noted it met on Oct. 2 with four members present. Kelly Barnes resigned. Discussed was the minimum dwelling size and the eye sore ordinance. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 6 PM.

The Treasurer's report noted Aug. 31 balance of $465,970.56, receipts to number 339 $ 13,194.10, disbursements $54,643.71 and month ending Sept. 30 $424,520.95.

Checking had $9,365.75, Tax Money Market $136,713.49, General Money Market $162,807.52, and $115,634.19 Certificate of Deposit for $424,520.95 total.

Public Works employee, Kelly LaCount, reported salt should be here soon and they will start making salt and sand mix. They will touch up some of the roads with gravel and grading. The town will be eligible to receive $26,313 in TRIP funds next year. The TRIP now allows double chip sealing, so the funds could be used to double chip seal 1⁄2 of Northway Drive next year. Reinhardt mentioned a check was received from the county for approximately $13,000 for culvert aid.

Chair Dobratz mentioned there are signs at the Recycling Center to help people to know where to put the recyclables and garbage in the compactors. It will take time for the public to adjust to the changes.

There was discussion on purchasing a forklift to use at the Recycling Center to stack the bales of cardboard and to move refrigerators and couches. On motion of Harold Tesch to purchase a hard-tired forklift in the amount of $5,000, which includes a 1-year warranty.

There was no action taken on adopting an amendment to Ordinance #19-A: TERMINATION OF CO-OP AGREEMENT WITH THE MARINETTE COUNTY NORTHERN JOINT MUNICIPAL COURT to change the effective date to April 30, 2019. The issued is tabled until the next meeting.

Kelly Barnes resigned from the Planning Commission.

The Budget Workshop is Oct. 30 at 9 AM with the Budget Hearing and Special Meeting Nov. 14 at 6 PM.

The application for the Local Road Improvement Program was to be completed.


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