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Town Of Grover Has Road Issues

Issue Date: October 28, 2021

Lisa Witak opened the Thursday, Oct. 14 Town of Grover meeting announcing the assets of the Town are $752,419.60 plus Transportation Aid they received that is not reflected in the budget at this point.

In Public Comment, Jeff Beyer of Peters Concrete commented, "Last year there was some discussion about road limits between County M and Quarry Road. There hasn't been any weight limits but I am just here to find out what the limits are so we don't run into issues". Chairman Brad Wyss asked if they have County approval for that short section of road and Beyer replied yes. Wyss replied, "I can't see us having an issue with that road in its entirety because it was the old highway". Beyer then left his card with the Town and advised if anything comes up to give him a call.

Resident Gordy Klimek then spoke in public comment stating, "A couple years ago, we talked about cleaning the ditch in Harmony from resident Scott Tebo's house, south to Harmony road. It is nice and dry right now and would be a good time to do that. There is a big lake on each side and it is going to ruin the road if it doesn't get fixed. The water cannot run at all, it has been going on for three or four years now without being cleaned or fixed, I think this is ridiculous". Supervisor Butch Wortner added, "It is a great idea to get it fixed while it is dry". The board agreed to take care of the situation.

Town resident Dawn Wortner asked a question why her boyfriends ballot wasn't counted which was noted in public comment at a prior meeting and why this discussion was not listed in the meeting minutes for that meeting? Wortner commented, "This is a big deal, he voted and his vote didn't get counted. It is what it is, but the vote should have been counted and the comments should have been listed in the meeting minutes. Obviously it got misplaced somewhere but I still think it should be listed in the minutes and should be something of public knowledge. My concern is why it didn't show up in the minutes". Later in the meeting, the board amended the motion approving the prior meeting minutes to include the discussion of the missing ballot under public comment and be added to those meeting minutes.

Monica Schwittay, Town resident asked, "Where are you at with getting the 45 mile per hours speed limit being posted? The reason I ask is because when we had our previous meeting, the discussion was to try to get those signs up as soon as possible because we had to chop corn silage and now we are wrapping up corn silage and we still don't have the signs up". Wyss said, "They were on backorder and are in now and we have everything for them". Supervisor Wortner added, "I don't have time to put them up right now, I think you should call the Highway Department and have them put them up. They are located and marked and would get up a lot faster that way".

Klimek also commented, asking if anything could be done with the trees in the creek here. "The water is going to start backing up and people are going to be upset that the water isn't flowing. It is dry and a good time to get those trees out of there". Supervisor Wortner added, "It is that way all the way down the road".

In officer reports, Witak announced there will be an increase in garbage/ recycling from GAD when their contract ends at the end of December. She will get more information and discuss at the November meeting. Wyss added, "Two driveway permits, one fire number sign and four building permits were issued. Also the cutting of ditches would have been completed but the belt broke on the machine and took out the radiator. The plan is to have it fixed immediately and be in operation within a couple days".

Schwittay then asked Wyss, "Where are you at with process of hiring of the Zoning Administrator and what is the time frame?" Wyss replied, "We did hire someone but haven't started working with that person yet. I don't have a time frame but he does want the position. I will reach out to him again". Witak replied, "Tell him he needs to start and you need to start working with him".

In unfinished business, there was discussion of a new office desk to be built. The way the office is positioned, it would have to be a custom made unit. A quote was received for a total cost of $2,300 from the Woodshop. After further discussion a motion was made and approved to go forward with the Woodshop for building and installation of a new desk area in the office, not to exceed $2,300. Other interior repairs needed are for the ghostly toilet that flushes by itself. Wyss stated, "I have a service call into Dama Plumbing and waiting to hear back". The office door also needs to be replaced with various contact names given and they will work on contacting people for the repair.

Wyss stated there are a couple culverts that are starting to fail that we will have to address in Spring. We filled in with gravel for now and will address them in Spring. We won't be able to get to them this year, we are still waiting for delivery of the culverts.

There are seven culverts on Powers Road that are bad. The majority of the culverts are small and we will be transitioning to plastic ones. There are also several other roads that need culverts replaced including three on Schonfeld Lane, five on Bundy Road, one on Mortinson Lane, three on Hanek Lane and one on Brumm Lane.

Supervisor Wortner added, "We don't have time and are running out of time, I would check with the County to see if they can replace them. It is getting close to winter and you are flirting with danger to put them in now". After further discussion it was decided to replace the culverts this year. A motion was made and approved to replace the culverts this year with their likeness with Wyss contacting the County to get them done. They will be replaced based on which are of the most extensive need replaced first. It was also approved to hire Road King to clean out the ditches at the section between the Fire Department and South Harmony area.

Another area of discussion was about the Black Bridge and Boat Landing parking issues. There was a lot of discussion of how to control the parking including mark as a no parking fire zone, fill in and make parking spots or widen the road for parking. Roger Michalski who owns both sides east and west of the bridge, said do what you have to do, parking lot, road wider or whatever you want to do. Depending on what the DNR says, it may get costly. No decision was made and Wyss stated, "We will see where this takes us and hopefully get something accomplished. We are hoping to be able to use some of the money from the ARPA funding to help with the cost of fixing this bridge issue of which we have been saving money for in hopes to fix it by 2024".

In new business, repair and painting to the truck box will be delayed until Spring. Witak advised she talked briefly to Andy of Ayres and Associates about Town Hall Road bridge repair. He wasn't able to get all the information for this meeting but is hoping to come to the November meeting with thoughts, options and costs.

There is a resolution, map and description of what the new wards would be. Every time there is a census we have to do a redistrict based on population. The Town has to do a resolution to approve the districts and give that to the County. Wards one and two will be in Supervisory District 16 like they are now and wards three and four will be in District 17. The population numbers now are Ward two, 379, Ward one, 335, Ward four, 533 and Ward five, 484.

Supervisor Wortner met with opposition in approving this without being able to do further research and thought they should have gotten the information ahead of time. Witak responded that she didn't get it until Tuesday. The board then approved Resolution # 21-03 creating election boards as part of the 2020 Decennial Census with a two to one vote with one nay from Supervisor Wortner.

Witak talked about the importance of changing the domain website address to a .gov domain for more security. A motion was made and approved to authorize Kerber Rose Accounting to go forward with creating a new domain for the Town.

Ditching concerns were discussed for Schonfeld Road and Des Jarlais Lane. Supervisor Wortner said, "There are some huge trees in the ditch and I received an estimate of $1,500 to knock the trees down and shove them in the field. Mr. Lempke will burn the trees and stumps this winter and clean it up. While he is there with the excavator I suggest cleaning the ditch out also. I didn't get an estimate on that but I don't think it will take very long". Wyss said, "I appreciate the assist and think it should be something that should be done. I did contact our DNR guy and he will be coming out on Tuesday to make sure before we put the culverts in that everything is copacetic, are located where they should be and the size of the culvert is the right size". Wyss made a motion to also approve Road King to do the ditching to remove debris and trees for proper ditch flow.

There was a Plan Commission meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. with a pre-budget meeting held prior at 5:30 p.m. to finalize the details of the budget before the Tuesday, Nov. 9 Public Budget meeting, which is statutorily held on the second Tuesday in November. The regular Town Board meeting will remain at the normal date being the first Tuesday in November to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m.




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