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THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
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Athelstane Will Only Salt/Sand Private Drives For Emergencies

Issue Date: February 21, 2019

The snowstorm on Tuesday, Feb. 12 caused a delay of the regular monthly Athelstane Town Board until 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Town Treasurer Greg Reinhardt mentioned that the town board has an obligation for the health and welfare of all its taxpayers. He had an incident last week where his daughter's cabin, which is located on a hill, was running low on propane. He called and asked if the road could be sanded for the propane truck to get in and was told that incident didn't qualify as an emergency. He asked what the town's policy is and what obligation the town has to the citizens and the taxpayers.

Reinhardt was told the policy was made to continue to sand private roads and private driveways upon request when the decision was made to discontinue plowing private driveways and private roads. Unfortunately, this year the town was only able to get 50 per cent of the salt it normally gets, and, normally there is only one ice storm per winter. This year there have been four ice storms already, so the salt/sand mix is depleted to the point where they will need to get more from the County. So, the town had to discontinue sanding private roads, private driveways and parking lots to conserve the material we have.

The Town is responsible for public roadways, not for driveways, parking lots and private roads, Reinhardt was told. Taxpayers may still come to the shed and get buckets of sand, if needed. In the event of an emergency, the Public Works employees will plow and/or sand to get the emergency vehicles in " law enforcement, fire and rescue.

Dave Polzin thanked the road crew for the great job done on the roads during all the storms.

There were nine people in the audience in addition to all town officers.

Town Chair Kelly Barnes verified that the meeting had been properly posted. Clerk Janice DuChateau said radio and television stations were informed that the meeting, which had been posted for Tuesday, Feb. 12, was being postponed to Wednesday, Feb. 13.

During time for public comment Gary Jobelius asked if there was any more information on the Broadband project. He was advised that the town has formed a committee, which is waiting for the providers to contact them for a meeting.

Gary Welsch mentioned he talked with CenturyLink and was told that Fiber Optic will be installed on Northway Drive this year.

Chairman Barnes mentioned that at the last meeting the fire department had presented a proposed by-law change to increase the on-scene pay for firefighters from $10 to $15 per hour. The request was denied by the town board. Barnes said unfortunately, it was misprinted in the Peshtigo Times in an article that said the proposal was accepted. The Peshtigo Times ran a correction the following week.

Fire Chief Scott Durian reported the department had one meeting, two trainings and a fire in Crivitz on Tuesday, Jan. 29. A crew of five were on scene there Tuesday night and a crew of six were on scene Wednesday morning. The Village of Crivitz sent a letter of appreciation for providing assistance and for their willingness to respond in such dangerous & extreme conditions.

Scott Durian also gave the Planning Commission report. There was no meeting in February because there were no agenda items. The commission did meet with the towns of Amberg and Silver Cliff to discuss issues with lot lines.

On motion of Harold Tesch the Treasurer's report was accepted as presented.

In his Highway report Scott Durian said they were busy plowing snow.

On motions by Harold Tesch, with a second from David Jose, the board approved the part-time job descriptions for Public Works employees and approved drug testing for all new hires.

There was discussion on the town's website, which was created and is maintained by a property owner in the town who does not charge the town for his services.

On motion by Jose, seconded by Tesch, and all in favor, the board agreed to give the webmaster a $100 gift certificate on an annual basis starting this year.

After discussion on issuing Operators Licenses for two years instead of one year effective July 1, 2019 the board agreed to table this item until next month so more information can be obtained.

Treasurer's report and minutes of the prior meeting were approved as presented and bills were approved for payment. The meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m. The next regular meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m.Tuesday, March 12.


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