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Stephenson Town Board Okays Plan Commission Appointments

Issue Date: December 17, 2020

After a 15-minute closed session discussion at its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 9, the Town of Stephenson board returned to open session and unanimously approved a motion to give the town's union employees a raise for cost of living and a supplemental amount to equal 5%, and also to give non-union employees a 5% raise.

Under Public comment immediately following that action, Don Weinhart requested that the board consider giving the Temporary Public Works employees a raise, and added that they have not had a raise in several years.

Correspondence included a letter commending Public Works Department workers for repairs done on East Butler Rock Road.

Steve Marvin gave information on a controlled house burn to be held Saturday, Dec. 19 on Waboose Lane. Asbestos has been removed from the structure and he has all the proper paperwork in order. Several other area fire departments will be on the scene, as will Crivitz Rescue. A hold harmless agreement has been received from the insurance carrier for signatures from the town and the property owner. Town Chair Mike Kudick stated that Town Attorney Kim Coggins had asked that the Town Board approve the Fire Department attending this burn. Supervisor Andrew Rogers then made a motion to approve, which was seconded by Supervisor Jeff Franzmeier and carried without dissent.

Other action at the meeting included approval of Kudick's appointment of Bob Doctor to replace Jerry Ronowski for his term on the Plan Commission ending in April of 2022, and Mark Cates and Tony Van Laanen to renewed three year terms, ending in April of 2023.

Meetings for the evening had begun at 6:35 p.m. when Kudick called a public hearing on a zoning variance to order. Present in addition to Kudick were Supervisors Supervisors Franzmeier, Jeff Lieuwen, Rogers, and Jim Stradal; Treasurer Mary Jane Kempka, Clerk Elaine Olson, and ten other individuals.

Kudick stated that a petition had been filed by Jessie Bohm for property located at lot No. 8 on Abbey Road, requesting a variance relating to Title 12 Chapter 1, of the town's Code of Ordinances.

The petition stated Bohm is not able to separate the cabin from the camper, and was requesting to keep the existing structure but finish it according to the Uniform Dwelling Code, and also stated he is willing to pay all fees for permits needed, taxes, and any violation charges assessed.

Bohm gave the Board copies of paperwork showing the structure on his property and gave his explanation that he became owner of the property when filing all the correct paperwork after his father passed away. He did not erect the building on to the camper. His father did the work before he passed away. Bohm stated he just wants to be able to keep the structure and do all the improvements needed to make it compliant with all the building codes.

Diane Baeten, an adjacent property owner, stated she has no problem with the variance. She just wants him to have to follow all the same rules and regulations everyone else has to follow such as obtaining a fire number, paying taxes, and following the building codes. She would also like to see him put in electricity and water as the generator he runs is extremely loud for the neighborhood.

Kudick stated that the town cannot require him to have electricity and water.

Jane Meissner, Building Inspector, gave information concerning the petition. She stated that Mr. Bohm inherited "the mess that is there." She has viewed the building and it is very nice. She does not believe that the camper can be removed from the built structure. It would have to be completely taken down and it is in too nice of a condition to do that. She is the one who suggested to Mr. Bohm that he come to the Board for a variance, and said he is willing to bring the place up to code.

Kudick asked what kind of timeline he is looking at, adding he would like to see it finished by the end of summer in 2021. Bohm stated he thought that would be possible for him.

There were no further questions so Chairman Kudick closed the hearing at 7:15 p.m., after which he called the regular monthly board meeting to order. At that meeting Stradal made a motion to approve the variance requested by Bohm, Lieuwen offered a second and all voted in favor. Kudick asked Bohm to sincerely consider getting electricity installed to keep peace with his neighbors and that he get the updates completed by the end of summer 2021.

The board also approved a certified survey map presented by Thomas McGuire, Professional Land Surveyor, for Boss Storage LLC, for two lots with egress and ingress to Red Fox Circle and Loon Lane, was approved without dissent.

The Crivitz Rescue Squad and Twin Bridge Rescue contracts for 2021 were unanimously approved as presented.

After discussion on the Aramark contract, Supervisor Lieuwen made a motion to approve it, contingent to the contract being changed to read one year rather than 60 months, and that it be at the current price of $150.66. Supervisor Franzmeier gave a second and the motion carried. Kudick asked that the Clerk contact Aramark and get the above request of the Board to them.

Stradal moved to accept a request for Joyriders Snowmobile Club to use the Town road and received a second from Rogers. The motion carried without dissent.

The board was advised there will be no increase in the airport leases for 2021.

A Combination Class B liquor license was granted to Paul Oates, who is doing business as "Smoke and Spice," for the period of Jan. 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021, contingent to the Clerk receiving his Beverage Server certificate, FEIN number, and Sellers Permit.

Treasurer Kempka's financial report was approved as presented, as were all vouchers presented for payment.

The Clerk stated correspondence was received from Kevin Solway reporting that all the required paperwork and forms for 2020 have been completed and submitted along with necessary patrol forms for 2021.

Department reports were given by Fire Chief Jim Stradal, Building Inspector Jane Meissner, and Code Enforcer by Diahann Graham. Public Works, Recycling, and Canine reports were not given.


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