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Pembine Residents Ask For Input On Road Work

Issue Date: March 22, 2018

Spring has just arrived, but work on the Town of Pembine's summer picnic has started. At the regular monthly Pembine Town Board meeting on Tuesday, March 13, Amy Newingham reported there will be a Picnic Committee Meeting at the Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday March 29. Newingham said more volunteers are needed and invited anyone wanting to help to attend the meeting.

The town's Annual Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 17, 2018, to be followed immediately by the next regular Town Board meeting.

Present for the March 13 Town Board meeting were supervisors Michael Newingham and Vincent Czahor, Chair Louis Linsmeyer, Clerk/Treasurer Suzanne Allen, and ten citizens.

Town crew members reported they plowed or sanded the roads about eight times and spent a lot of time in the shop adapting a different plow to the loader as our old plow was worn out beyond repair; moved snow banks back; worked at and finished cutting trees on Crain Lane, and worked in the shop on maintenance, etc. when the weather was extremely cold.

The town hall was used 13 times in the month of February, which included the election on Tuesday, Feb. 20, as well as pre and post-election duties.

Supervisor Newingham noted that some trees were cut down and cleaned up. Chairman Linsmeyer stated they cut all the trees they were going to cut at this time.

Supervisor Czahor reminded the Board that the school was still looking to have kids volunteer to rake up the park in the spring and asked if that would be in April or May. It was noted that it would depend on the weather and whenever the ground is dry enough. It was asked what is done with the trees that are cut down; both in the park and on Crain Lane. Chairman Linsmeyer stated that the wood is left for the property owner of the adjacent land, unless the landowner gives it to someone else. As to trees from the park, most is taken to the town's waste area, unless there are some good logs, which are kept to use for various things for the town.

Clerk Allen stated there was one new building permit in February and seven land use permit payments were received.

Ordinance 18.01 Snow Plowing Across Street/Into Roadway was approved at the February meeting; however, it was not typed up and ready for signature until March. Home owners again were reminded they should try to keep the snow on their own property as much as possible. The issue is that snow is being left in the street, which causes a problem for the snow plows. The Town Chairman or any member of the Board can enforce this ordinance and issue citations. The Board accepted and signed Ordinance 18.01.

Chairman Linsmeyer talked to the Department of Transportation regarding the speed limit petition. He found that the Town will have to pay for all the signage and for all the work on where the signs should go. This could get costly for the town. Linsmeyer wants to petition the county to patrol more. It was noted that a State Patrol Officer that has been in the area recently.

There was discussion regarding the original intentions of the speed limit change and it was suggested that the town get a ballpark cost of a speed study, which the state could not do until April or May.

A citizen asked about getting a handicapped sign put up on Milwaukee Street, as people speed down that road all the time. Chairman Linsmeyer noted he will get a 15 mph speed zone sign put up. A citizen noted that enforcement is most important to getting the speeding under control.

Supervisor Newingham updated the Board on the street lighting status. He noted that each year WPS will exchange 20 fixtures that are 20 years old or older. This is done at no charge but the Town will need to sign a new contract on those lights. The Board will need to choose 20 lights to be exchanged each year until all 58 have been exchanged. It was decided to start exchanging the lights by businesses along the highway first.

Clerk Allen reported that there has been a rumor around town that Pembine is no longer having recyclables picked up. She stated that this is not true, Pembine is still doing recycling. She also noted there are recycling guideline flyers available to anyone who wants one. Supervisor Czahor stated that citizens may not realize that our recycling is single stream, which means you can place all recyclables into one bin for pick-up.

Clerk Allen reported that only one bid was submitted for chainsaws. This was from Country Side Lawn and Sport in Niagara WI. The bid was for $519.95 for a Stihl 18" chainsaw. A citizen asked a question clarifying how many chainsaws are owned by the town, as there had been a misunderstanding at last month's meeting. After a discussion the Board accepted the bid from Country Side Lawn and Sport for $519.95.

A citizen had a question regarding recent work done on Crain Lane. He noted this road was not discussed on the road tour last year, yet there has been extensive tree cutting done. He asked why this was done. Chairman Linsmeyer stated this road, as well as many others, have a lot of shade on them. The roads with a lot of shade maintain moisture, which causes the blacktop to deteriorate and break off on the edges. People are upset with the way this work was done and disappointed with the extent of the work.

There was a discussion regarding the amount of work that was done. It was suggested that in the future this type of work be discussed at the road tour and residents should be notified by letter, e-mail or in some manner that they can give their input on work to be done.

It was also noted that some citizens would like to see an estimate of the time and cost for the work done on Crain Lane. Chairman Linsmeyer stated he would have this information.

Supervisor Czahor noted that brushing projects do need to be done, but in future discretion should be used as to the extent. And he agrees that residents should be notified so they can give their input on the projects.

A citizen asked what can be done regarding semis using their jake brakes as they are going to the sawmill, as it is rattling his house. It was noted signs prohibiting this can be posted.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:37 p.m.


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