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Athelstane OKs ATVs On Northway Drive

Issue Date: May 17, 2018

During time for public comment at the regular monthly meeting of the Athelstane Town Board Fire Chief Scott Durian reminded everyone to clean out their fire number signs so they are visible from the road and also to clean out their ditch lines forappearance, fire control and visibility.

Commenting as a member of the public, Treasurer Greg Reinhardt urged the town board to continue plowing driveways. He also urged them to consider opening Northway Drive, in its entirety, to ATVs for the benefit of tourism.

Leon Loose asked if speed control signs could be put on Firelane Road. He would like to see the speed limit at 10 MPH for ATV's.

Fritz Schneider said if Northway Drive is opened to ATV traffic, the board might consider lowering the speed limit on that road to 45 miles per hour.

Gary Jobelius, regarding opening up Northway Drive to ATV traffic, mentioned there are 10 places from Track 13 Road to Becker Road and 60 places from Becker Road to Benson Lake Road.

John Walsh discussed an issue with ordinance violations.

Durian reported the fire department had one meeting, two trainings and two wildland fires in the past month.

Later in the meeting the board agreed without dissent to provide partial financing for fire department purchase of a used equipment tuck costing $30,000.

Reporting as Planning Commission chair, Durian said they met on Tuesday, May 1, with five members and one guest present. He said a variance on Northway Drive was discussed and will be recommended to the town board for approval. Also discussed was opening Northway Drive to ATV traffic, which will also be recommended to the town board for approval. Raising the park rental fee was discussed and they will ask for discussion on that to be put on the agenda.

Treasurer's report by Greg Reinhardt showed $ 4,165.81 in checking; $283,691.13 in general money market; $126,478.69 in tax money market, and $116,650.69 in a Certificate of Deposit for a total of $ 531,986.32.

Public Works employees reported they are maintaining all the trucks and equipment, making repairs as needed and grading the roads. The 2009 Ford pickup has been sold for $8,000.

On motion of Supervisor Harold Tesch, seconded by David Jose and approved by Town Chair John Dobratz, the board agreed to eliminate plowing private driveways and private roads.

On motion of David Jose, seconded by Harold Tesch, the board voted two to one to open all of Northway Drive to ATV traffic. Dobratz cast the opposing vote.

By unanimous vote the board approved the variance on Northway Drive as recommended by the Planning Commission.

Also by unanimous vote the board approved a motion increasing the park rental fee to $125.

All officers were present for the meeting, including Dobratz, Jose, Tesch, Reinhardt and Clerk Janice DuChateau, as well as 19 members of the public.


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