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THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
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Grover Residents Advised To Keep Fire Signs Visible

Issue Date: June 14, 2018

At the monthly meeting of Grover Town Board on Monday, June 11, Eugene Bancroft reported that he is retiring this year after working more than 16 years for the town as a public works employee. LeRoy Spitzmacher, currently the town's main public works employee, said they need to hire another person because he is getting busier at his full time job.

Joe Cerney, the town's other part time public works employee, is currently on medical leave.

Spitzmacher also said pay for his town work is low in comparison with similar positions in nearby communities. Supervisor Kim Kittredge assured him the town would like to pay more, but their budget is limited in comparison with the other towns that he mentioned.

There was considerable discussion on need for town residents to keep grass and brush cleared from the area around their fire number signs to they can be read by emergency services drivers, including firefighters and rescue squad services. Many of the signs are in poor condition. Residents whose signs are not readable were advised to contact Kittredge, who also serves as Building Inspector, to order new ones.

Firefighter Dan Johnstone told of an instance on Boat Landing Road in which firefighters had to dig fire signs out of the ditch. There were well hidden and couldn't be seen from the road.

Supervisor Brad Wyss suggested they should send notices advising all town residents to keep their fire number signs visible, and get them replaced if necessary. Witak said she generally sends bulk mailings out once a year, when she sends trash and recycling stickers. She said the mailing alone costs $484 in addition to cost of printing. She does the folding and envelope stuffing herself at no extra charge to the town.

The town is in a five or six year program of getting the old fire number signs replaced with the new two sided reflective versions. This year the fire number signs on Hwy. 64, the oldest in the town, are all scheduled for replacement. Clerk/Treasurer Lisa Witak reported the new signs for that project are in and now need to be put in place.

In her report as treasurer, Witak noted the April blizzard was costly for the Highway Department, bringing expenditures for snowplowing and sanding to $101,789 so far this year. Total budget for the year, which would include any plowing or sanding needed in November and December, was $70,000, so transfers will be needed. There has already been $23,093 spent for parts and supplies for the public works department and entire budget for the year is $25,000.

Prior to the 6 p.m. start of the regular meeting board members met to open bids for this season's road projects. There were three bidders for the road work. Prices were close on all of the bids, and jobs were awarded to each of the three companies that submitted bids.

Red School Road from County W to England will be pulverized, paved and shouldered by Northeast Asphalt, and gravel will be provided by Richlen Excavating, and contract to gravel Kushman Lane was awarded to Road King.

Townline Road is also scheduled to be redone this year in a joint project with the Town of Pound, but bids were not let for that job at this time.

During time for public comment a speaker from the audience declared that a culvert pipe on West Town Hall Road has caused such a bump that "you could launch yourself at 25 miles per hour." Then, he said, about another quarter mile down the road there are two sink holes that are getting worse. He said he had complained about the road two years ago, and felt the three-foot culvert there is too big.

Town Chair Wayne Staidl said the clay base under that road shrinks in winter and expands in summer, which causes repeated problems there.

Supervisor Wyss said he will look at the road and bring it up for discussion at the board's July meeting, but in the meantime felt they should put up "bump" signs at each end of the bad area. There also was discussion about a bad section with loose gravel on Forest View Road, which already has signs at each end.

The sign on South Harmony Road was downed by high winds earlier this year and a resident asked when it will be replaced. It is ordered, and Spitzmacher said he will need to get a locate to be sure he puts the new sign post where it will not interfere with underground wires.

Johnstone noted Marinette County is replacing culverts on County W and expressed hope they will blacktop it this year. He also hoped they will bring any leftover to the Fire Department's nearby fill pond as they did two or three years ago.

Witak noted the county has issued delinquent tax liens against four properties in the Town of Grover, "in addition to the landfill one that they don't ever take."

She had received a letter from Coleman School District wanting to know who are the largest tax payers in the town.

Wyss reported the bridge inspection report started last year is finished, and no structural issues were identified. He said the inspector did take a close look at the bridge over Little River on Townline Road.

Spitzmacher said he had gone to Fond du Lac to pick up the town's new tractor, and declared it dos a super job of cutting but could be two feet wider. The rear view TV is a great extra feature, he said. The Town's new trailer also had some repair issues but is in service.

Kittredge reported issuing two fireworks permits, three building permits and receiving one variance application.

She said there had been questions of whether or not a conditional use permit stays with the property if it goes to new owners. She felt it does, and will handle it without a charge. However, the town attorney has advised that they should require both the previous owner and the new owner to provide letters that the new owner was informed of permit conditions prior to the sale, and understood that the conditions go with the property and the permit. Witak said the Plan Commission will need to meet to make that a requirement.

Johnstone reported the fire department will be receiving new vehicles soon, and the Town of Grover will see a difference in vehicles assigned at their town hall. The new brush and utility truck will be delivered din October.

There were no responses to requests for bids to replace roofing on the town hall, so that was tabled without action.

The DNR has told the town they need to control ant hills on the former town dump property and may eventually get to testing for contaminants just once a year. For now they need to test four times a year for VOCs and sulfates.

Beer, liquor and bartender licenses were approved for renewal, except for a hold action placed on a bartender license for Michael Gaillard, who has been charged with allowing an underage customer to remain on a licensed premise. He has reportedly entered a not guilty plea and the board was reminded he must be considered innocent unless and until he is proven guilty.

The board approved purchase of a chain saw from Robert's Hardware in Oconto for $399.95.

Kittredge suggested they could look into the cost of hiring a professional firm for tree cutting and trimming jobs, and that option is to be investigated.


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