THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
3 Reps from School Address Town Board
Issue Date: January 23, 2019
Athelstane-Prior to calling the meeting to order, Athelstane Town Board Chair Kelly Barnes called for a moment of silence in remembrance of John Dobratz, previous chairman, who passed away in December.
The regular monthly meeting was on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7 PM in the Town Hall. All officers were present along with 18 people. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Harold Tesch approved the agenda with second by David Jose.
Greg Reinhardt complemented the road crew for the fine job being done on town roads.
Tricia Greben, Marinette County Supervisor, reminded everyone that starting in January, Marinette County offers free radon test kits that can be picked up in Niagara or Marinette. Also, if anyone has any events coming up, the information can be put on the Marinette County website at no charge. She mentioned the county has had no complaints regarding the county roads closed to ATV/UTV's from Dec. 1 thru March 31.
Minutes and checks were approved.
Three representatives from the Wausaukee School District gave a presentation on "The State of the School". The district continues to be financially stable and debt free. They thanked the crew for clearing the roads and keeping it safe for the kids to get to school.
Due to the two recent ice storms, Barnes mentioned an increase of requests to sand driveways. Some driveways are too narrow or too steep to safely do the sanding. It will be the judgement call of the road crew to decide. Barnes also mentioned there has been an increase of people plowing snow from their driveways across town and county roads. It is unsafe, it makes it difficult for the plow drivers and it is against state law.
Barnes said town board is statutorily required to do certain jobs. Historically, Supervisor II overseea the Planning Commission, He took care of Department of Public Works and the Chairman is in charge of Recycling. Supervisor I and the Chairman have switch roles. The Chairman will now be in charge of Public Works and Supervisor I will be in charge of the Recycling Center. The reason for the change is because Kelly Barnes holds a degree in Civil Engineering and his work experience with the Engineering for Green Bay.
Barnes mentioned that 10% of the total revenue of the timber sales is divided up with the 18 towns in Marinette County. The Town of Athelstane has 17.5% of the total county land. The reason we get a percentage of the revenue is because we cannot collect taxes on county owned land.
Fire Chief, Scott Durian said the fire department had one meeting, two trainings, one body recovery and a meat raffle that netted $1,300.
No Plan meeting was held in January because there were no agenda items.
Treasurer Reinhardt's report was for $ 1,630 Checking, $123,583.13 General Money Market, $245,935.25 Tax Money Market, and $118,175.39 Certificate of Deposit, for a total of $489,323.77.
Kelly LaCount reported they used 1⁄2 of the sand/salt mixture already this year, but more can be mixed, if needed.
On motion of Tesch, up to three meals for the poll workers on Election Day.
Job descriptions were created and approved for the Public Works employees to protect, not only the town, but also the employee for approval.
At the last meeting of the fire department, by-laws were changed to increase the on-scene pay to $15 per hour. Sup. Tesch checked with other departments and two departments are paid $10/hour and one department gets paid minimum wage for on-scene calls. Approval followed.
Approved was the Silver Cliff Rescue Squad contract of $8,000 and Operator's License for Cheryl Brojanac.