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Peshtigo Town Board Discusses Road Issue

Issue Date: October 21, 2021

The Town of Peshtigo Tuesday, Oct. 19 board meeting started with announcements from Supervisor Kayla Furton advising the DNR Listening Sessions are being held on Wednesday Oct. 20 at noon and 6 p.m. Supervisor Kristin Edgar added that residents receiving bottled drinking water has been extended and the DNR will continue to provide bottled drinking water to the affected residents.

A Public Hearing was held pertaining to a Conditional Use Permit for a pond for property located at N3068 County Road RW in Peshtigo on property that is 12.4 acres in size. Plan Commission recommended to issue the permit and it was then approved by the board to allow the request.

Former Town of Peshtigo Chairman Herman Pottratz was present to speak in Public Comment of several items of concern he had starting with commenting on the many meetings and special meetings that are being held with no minutes being posted in the paper. Chairperson Cindy Boyle did respond saying that minutes are available on their website for anyone to access.

Boyle replied, I do believe the Peshtigo Times is on the list to receive meeting minutes. Minutes are not published in the paper unless requested by the government entity and the Peshtigo Times is not mandated to put minutes in without charging. If the Town would like the minutes to be posted in the paper it is at the expense of the Town. The Peshtigo Times uses the minutes as a reference guide only and do not post minutes unless requested by the entity as paid.

Pottratz continued, "In reference to Roads and Ditches, Road King is raising their rates or snowplowing which they have a right to do per their contract. On the Schacht Road culvert, that was put in to replace a culvert that wasn't working, the Town is not going to be pulling out culverts. Also, roads are being fixed in a less costly manner. For the water report, there was a good article in the Peshtigo Times referencing four different options of how to get a settlement of up to $50,000 so that is pretty good. The testing at the landfill sight should be paid for by the DNR and not by the Town. As far as the key policy the only ones that need keys to the office are the people doing work there in the office. We cant have people randomly entering the office". In ending, Pottratz said goodbye to Marsha and wished her well.

Kristine Eggener then spoke about the THC Dispensary opened in Bayer Garage saying, "I understand the THC being sold there is legal to be sold in Wisconsin but I am hoping they have a plan to monitor that since none of the neighbors were notified of that going in there and there are small children in the neighborhood. I hope that everything going out of that door is legal. Clerk Clarence Coble replied, "When they came to the Town they came in for a tobacco license and if he is selling illegal that is up to the Sheriffs Department to take care of, not us". Coble did assure her that it is being closely monitored.

Resident Gordon Wicklund then spoke to Boyle saying, "When you ran for Chairperson, you ran on the ethic of transparency. Why are we paying $200 for someone to fill in at the recycling center" Boyle responded that was one occurrence where we had no staff and we used Manpower Services to fill the void. Wicklund continued, "In the interest of the budget I don't think we need our Supervisor running back and forth to the recycling center and to pick up items and parts at Walmart and charge back $400 to the Town. Boyle responded, "I think that dollar amount is overrated and since that time we have implemented caps that limit the amount of mileage". Wicklund added, I have the voucher in front of me, it was $400, Marsha, do you have the treasurers report"? Rettke replied, "It was $380" Wicklund replied, "If you want to save some money that is a good way to do it by cutting mileage money".

Baur said, "I was going there to work, I didn't charge any labor time". Wicklund said, Going to work is different than going to Walmart to pickup tools and mileage in the amount of $400". Boyle defended Baur saying that at the time Baur submitted the mileage it fell under the realm that allowed that and we have since implemented a cap amount for mileage and changed the resolution and policy and we created a spending form that needs to be filled out and approved for purchases. It has been brought to our attention and we made the proper adjustments. Wicklund ended with thanking Rettke for all of her service.

Boyle announced that Road King submitted an increased rate request for snowplowing due to the way of the world with all the increases in gas prices, parts, labor and supplies. A discussion was had as to if the contract is valid through the term of May 2022 or if increases were allowed in the current contract, should they go out for bids or what increases are allowed in the contract. The item was tabled to be reviewed, discussed and finalized at an upcoming meeting to be announced. Drees will follow up with Road King and get more information.

A Culvert issue on Schacht Road was discussed in detail by residents whose property and trees were damaged by a culvert being put in that shouldn't have been put in. It stopped the water from flowing from their property and flooded their land, killing all of their hardwood white pine, oak and maple trees that they will now never see again in their lifetime. Drees said he had met with Marinette County and removal of the culvert wouldn't help. Their recommendation was to dig out the area and do some ditching and cleaning out of the culvert. After further discussion it was decided to send this back to the committee level for options to be discussed. Supervisor Edgar asked the residents if they would please share the information that they already have so the Town does not have to do all the extra work and duplicate the efforts that have already been done. The committee will gather all the facts before jumping into a quick fix.

Resolution #102021-2 has been approved to adopt the resolution as read at the meeting to accept a Citizens Participation Plan for the Community Block Grant-CV (CBG-CV). Along with this approval to acquire bids for the grant opportunity to be used for the Town Hall ventilation and fire hall drain issue and office area was also approved. Members approved for the Ad-Hoc CBG-CV Committee include: Fire Chief Mike Folgert, Pat O'Hara, Rose O'Hara, Karen Sylvester, Jennifer Friday, Melissa Freeman, Lauren Williams, Brandy Gromala and two Board Supervisors.

With the Recycling Center Landfill being non compliant, the Town needs to move forward quickly to be in compliance per DNR guidelines. Edgar advised three engineers that were contacted to help with the process and recommended to choose Robert E Lee and Associates which will be a cost of $4,550 to to bring it to compliance with the DNR. There were no major concerns from the DNR but they need more data points to confirm. Edgar added, we will only need to come into compliance for this year and we shouldn't have to do this every year.

In Public Projects, Edgar was proud to announce that the benches for the Kowalski walking trail have been installed on the trail. Edgar asked the board if they would approve $50 for plaques to be put on two benches with one stating donated by: Wendell Johnson and the other by LaCourt . The board approved the request.

At the end of the meeting, Boyle thanked Treasurer Marsha Rettke for her service and commended her for being such a great resource for the Town as well as thanking her for assistance in training incoming Treasurer Kelsey Lassett. Boyle then introduced Lassett as well as Kayla Okins as Executive Assistant replacing Linda Larsen.

The next regular Town Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 16
















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