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Town Chair Warns Plowing Snow Across Roads Could Bring Citation

Issue Date: January 23, 2020

Snow and garbage removal were two of the major discussion topics at the Town of Pembine regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 14, along with changing the name of Whitetail Lane and purchase of a gravel crusher.

Town Chair Ross Bole stated he has two pages of people that have been pushing snow across roads, leaving windrows and snow banks on edge of roads, where the town's plow wings are hitting them. This is causing damage to the wings, he said, noting they just had to fix one of them.

Asked if people get a warning at the first offense, Bole stated they do. He also stated he is making this the warning for everyone that pushing snow across the road must stop. He will be sending out warning letters to those on the list he currently has informing them that at the next offense citations will be issued.

Bole reported town workers are still cleaning up trees that fell during the early December snow storm. He said they will be starting to brush out and clear right of way on Crowe Road and Holmes Junction where the paving will be done later this year. He has been getting some different estimates from loggers on clearing out Wiggins Lake Road, which he felt will get that road better for next spring and summer.

Repeated theft of the road name sign for Whitetail Road led the board to decide that rather than simply replace the sign they should change the road name to make the sign less attractive to potential thieves. The issue came up when Bole reported that it had been brought to his attention by the residents of Whitetail Lane that their street sign has been gone for years. Every time the sign gets put up it gets taken away. Bole suggested rather than putting up a new sign, which costs $70 every time, the board should consider renaming the road.

Supervisor Vincent Czahor recommended contacting the residents of Whitetail Lane for suggestions on a new name. After some discussion the Board approved sending a letter to the residents of Whitetail Lane to get the process started for renaming their road. Bole said they would send a letter to each of those residents asking for first, second and third choices for a new name. Then it will be passed off to the Plan Commission for review, after which the board will continue the process.

During discussion on garbage pickup and recycling issues, Czahor reported he has been in contact with Supervisor Mike Newingham, who was absent from the meeting. He said Newingham had spoken with GAD (Great American Disposal) regarding the garbage carts, which are on order but so far no delivery date has been set. They should hopefully arrive in February.

Once the carts come in garbage pick-up will switch to weekly pick-up and will remain on Fridays. Bole stated once the carts arrive they will need to wheels put on. He said the town got a cheaper price by agreeing to assemble them after delivery.

"After they are assembled between our crew and GAD, we will get them delivered to each of the parcels, " Bole said. He reiterated that the garbage fee is basically $1 a week for weekly pick-up with a 95 gallon cart included. The cart will hold eight regular kitchen sized bags.

It was also noted that any garbage that does not fit in the cart will not be picked up. No bags may be placed on top of the cart or on the ground along side it.

It was noted that each year the garbage fee will be revisited and refigured based on costs.

A citizen had some questions and concerns regarding recycling. There was a brief discussion on how recycling is handled.

Bole said people can put out as much recycling as they want, in any container they have, except bags.

Speaking on behalf of the Plan Commission, Dave Johnson said there had been many complaints in regard to the garbage collection fee that was added to the property tax bill. He said the Plan Commission was asked if they would be willing to form a committee to review garbage tax appeals, and they declined. It was decided that property owners can petition the board in writing and the petition will be taken up with the board for review.

Johnson said the Plan Commission had discussed sidewalks, abandonment and ordinances, as well as street lights at their meeting on Monday, Jan. 6. He added that Plan Commission recommendations regarding abandoning sidewalks and the sidewalk ordinances and street lights are unnecessary. However, they provided meeting minutes outlining the recommendations. The Board will need to review these recommendations.

The Board agreed to table discussion on abandonment of sidewalks and sidewalk ordinances until the next meeting, to allow time to review recommendations made by the Plan Commission.

Bole noted that at its last meeting the board had neglected to include Crowe Road in the spring paving bid notice. Bole said they need to do that now so so they can get that notice in. The Board approved putting out a notice for bids for Crowe Road with the intent of getting that project finished this year.

Bole said he had talked to Mark and Rahn regarding cutting trees in the park. He said as time permits they will be cutting some of the marked trees, especially in the swing set area, and dead trees. He stated that hopefully in spring they can get Mike Berg to start ripping out some of the stumps.

After discussion, the board agreed to purchase a screener so the town crew can make its own gravel. Discussion on that issue was started by Bole, who stated that two years ago the Town of Dunbar purchased a screener, which is used for pit run, making gravel, etc. Screeners are even cheaper now, Bole said, and Pembine could purchase one for about $12,000

Bole stated that for most Pembine roads this would help, as our guys could make the gravel instead of us having to crush gravel. He stated this has worked tremendously in Dunbar and their crusher paid for itself almost twice over in two years.

Bole stated the reason he brings this up now is because the town had received a letter from the State that there was money left over, money that was supposed to have gone to the towns and wasn't put where it was supposed to be.

Pembine, along with 708 other towns in Wisconsin, were going to be getting a supplement payment this year. "Our Town is getting $31,000," Bole said, adding that this is money they did not plan on in the budget.

The board then approved purchasing a screener, and it was noted that part of the money Pembine received could go toward a truck for employees, which would alleviate the use of personal vehicles for town business.

Czahor reported he was working on the Transportation Alternative Grant for the sidewalk across the railroad tracks. He spoke with the NE WI DOT office and found out the grant has a $300,000 minimum so this grant will not work for Pembine this grant cycle. Czahor also mentioned other information and recommendations obtained from his discussions with the DOT.

Clerk/Treasurer Suzanne Allen reported there were four new permits issued in December, two land use, one seasonal dwelling, and one outbuilding. The town hall was used 10 times in December.

Allen said they would need to change dates for the April and August board meetings. The April meeting will need to be moved to April 21, due to coinciding with the annual meeting. The August meeting date needs to be moved due to the partisan primary election. The Board approved changing the April meeting to April 21 and the August meeting to August 4. Czahor noted the agendas and meeting minutes are being posted on our website: townofpembine.com, and said Allen has also been updating the Town Hall Calendar on the website so everyone can see what is happening at the Town Hall.

Bills were audited and paid and the meeting was adjourned at 7:02 p.m.

The meeting had been called to order by Bole at 6:02 p.m. with Chairman Bole, Supervisor Czahor, Clerk/Treasurer Allen and 5 citizens present.

The next regular town board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 11, at 6 p.m. at the town hall.


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