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Athelstane Board Okays New State MLS Grant

Issue Date: September 26, 2019

A new grant available from the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation called the Multimodal Local Supplement (MLS) program, it is a 90/10 split so there will be a lot of competition. It can be used for public buildings, parks, bicycle trails and roads. On motion of Sup. Denis DeJardin, Kelly Barnes will apply for funds through the program to be used on Northway Drive. Vote was unanimous at the Athelstane Town Board meeting on Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall. All officers were present along with 16 m

On motion of David Jose to approve the agenda, minutes and bills were approved.

Chairman Barnes noted the town is waiting to hear from the attorney regarding the gate issue on Nelson Road and grant for improvements on Bolander Landing Road for 50/50 shared cost is pending.

Marinette County supervisor Bill Stankevich commented the county is reorganizing maintenance and turning it into facilities. They plan to hire another rec officer to replace two part-time men county employees that cruise the woods, but have no authority. The rec officer will have authority to issue tickets to violators.

Also Marinette County Supervisor Tricia Greben mentioned that Packerland has a bigger, newer grant coming out for Broadband. She will present it to the county to see if they are interested, otherwise maybe multiple communities can get together to pursue this. They are still looking for a provider to work with them on a pending grant. She also mentioned any events can be put on the Marinette County website with no charge.

Bob Jesko asked if he could put a sign for an event on the corner of County Road C & County Road A which he was told is a county issue.

Fire Chief Scott Durian reported the department had one meeting, and two training meetings. One of the pumpers was tested and passed and they had one lift assist. The recently purchased pumper will be going for service in October to have the transfer case repaired.

The Planning Commission on Sept. 3 discussed two variance requests and their recommendations will be given to the town board for discussion.

Treasurer Greg Reinhardt reported $ 5,855.83 in Checking$296,565.12 in General Money Market, and $151,360.90 Tax Money Market for a total of $ 453,781.85.

Kelly LaCount in the highway report said the gravel pit is finally dry so salt and sand can be mixed. Shouldering work is being done on Northway Drive and prep work for the blacktop.

The bids were opened for hot mix bituminous pavement on Northway Drive. A bid was received from Northeast Asphalt in the amount of $73,250 which includes shouldering. The Marinette County bid of $62,000 does not include shouldering. On motion of David Jose the Marinette County bid was accepted.

Jose also moved to give blanket permission to Chair Kelly Barnes to proceed with any and all decisions to correct the issues on Glen Lake Road to make the deeded road match the traveled road.

On motion of Barnes, posted was a 35 MPH speed limit on the west tangent of the second curve on Northway Drive going west out of town and to amend the ordinance to reflect this.

There was approval on a variance request on Holly Road to build within 75 feet from the center of the road. The proposed structure is 65.5 feet and the current structure is 52.5 feet from the center of the road. By granting this variance the town would be gaining 13 feet closer to compliance.

There was discussion on a variance request on Glen Lake Road to build a garage 3 feet from the adjoining property owner. More information is needed before making a decision. On motion of DeJardin to table this item until it can be field checked.

Jose said the agreement to have Marinette County collect the first installment of real estate taxes at $0.85 for each taxable parcel and a $250 administrative fee was approved as was to apply for a Recycling grant, the date on resolution for the responsible person for the responsible unit needs to be updated.


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