THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Athelstane Town Road Ban Now in Effect
Issue Date: March 28, 2019
Chairman Kelly Barnes reported the town road ban was effective March 18, same day as that of Marinette County. He presided at the monthly meeting of the Athelstane Town Board on March 12 at 7 p.m. All officers were present along with eight residents. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
In public comment Treasurer Greg Reinhardt said he noticed other towns have a $250 fine for the first offense for dogs running at large and no dog tags, while Athelstane for the first offense is $25. He asked the board to consider this. He thanked the fire department for getting a lower ISO rating but his insurance rate was not lowered.
Leon Loose reported road signs are being shot at and signs are missing. Fritz Schneider asked the board to consider putting a blower on the loader to open up roads and the corners.
Bill Shaw thought it was a smart decision to discontinue plowing private roads and driveways to save money. However, he suggested the idea to widen private roads once a year for a fee. Also, he would like the board to consider liability factors in regards to the width of roads.
The agenda and minutes were approved and bills were paid.
Reinhardt made a pie-chart showing what percentage of where taxes goes to what government entity, noting only 14.4%of total tax bill stays in the town.
The Wausaukee School District thanked the Board for a donation to the swim program. The recycling center is still taking waste oil, but it must be kept separate from anything else. Fire Chief Scott Durian reported the department had one meeting, two trainings and a fire on White Lane which they responded to two different times.
Reinhardt for the Treasurer's report noted had $1822.63 in checking, $174,510.85 General Money Market, $138,119.93 Tax Money Marker, $118,693.67 certificate of deposit for $433,147.08 total.
In the Highway report Kelly LaCount said they only have three truckloads of sand left and hope to get through the rest of the winter. The new dump truck is working fine.
Sup. David Jose said Operators Licenses are for two years instead of one year and the fee is hiked from $5 to $10 effective July 1.
Sup. Harold Tesch motioned to adopt a new Employment Application policy for all employees, with one change. Under personal information, it should state "are you 18 or older". The Board agreed.
Funding was incurred for a chainsaw certification course in the amount of $1,200 plus expenses. Discussed was monetary appreciation for the outsourced typist to get Tina Barnes a VISA Gift Card in the amount of $150 in appreciation for doing typing for the board.
There was discussion by the public asking for recommendations on contractors who do certain types of work.Elected officials and public employees are not allowed to recommend anyone. A list can be generated of people who ask their name and business information be put on a list for plowing snow and the list can be given to anyone who asks. The Board approved.