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Peshtigo Town Clerk Reports Increase In Absentee Ballots

Issue Date: October 21, 2020

At the Town of Peshtigo Board meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 20, Town Clerk Clarence Coble announced, "As of 6 p.m. tonight there were 1,090 absentee ballots received of a total of 2,800 registered voters. We are closing in on almost half of our registered voters already voting. We had a line up in the parking lot on Tuesday, Oct. 20 until 2 p.m."

The office will be open to in person voters on Thursday, Oct. 22, Tuesday, Oct. 27 and Thursday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and also on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Before approval of the agenda, Supervisor Kayla Furton mentioned there was a motion made at the Tuesday, Sept. 15 meeting to approve to put on the Oct. 20 agenda discussion of virtual meeting capabilities. Coble clarified that they listened to the recording from last meeting and there was a motion made to add virtual meeting capabilites to the last meeting but it was never seconded. Furton then thanked Coble for clarifying.

Supervisor Kristin Edgar also challenged Coble by making a motion not to approve the minutes of the Tuesday, Sept. 15 meeting and amend them due to minor errors of the count of yays and nays on several agenda items. Without being able to provide a list of items that were incorrect, the agenda was approved and the Sept. 15 agenda will be amended with a list of issues to be provided by Edgar prior to setting of the minutes of the next meeting and will be discussed at the Tuesday, Nov. 17 meeting.

Good news was announced by Coble with a grant received that he applied for from the Road 2 Recovery grant program in the amount of up to $67,000 (RESEARCH). Coble was looking for approval of the expenditures with $20,000 to Marinette County to purchase new voting machines for next year. The machines will be uniform across the County with touchless voting with paper ballots scanned through the machines. That leaves $47,000 for expenditures with requests from Town Fire Chief Mike Folgert, miscellaneous town needs and additional miscellaneous expenses. Anything to do with COVID19 is covered and any money not used will be transferred to Marinette County for election expenses to be used throughout the County. Coble also put in another request for a private $5,000 grant that Kathy Brandt advised me of and we were approved for that as well.

Furton added, "I would like to advise we use part of that grant for virtual meeting equipment to allow residents to have virtual access to meetings which would equate to approximately between $2,000 and $3,000". Coble added, "I will need invoices of whatever our expenditures are". A motion was made and approved for approval of expenditures for the Road 2 Recovery grant as discussed.

Furton provided a handout outlining committee and communication protocol and policies in an attempt to streamline communication and increase transparency and accountability by the board. She mentioned the outline would help for any future board changes. After further discussion it was suggested to table the item and further define each topic and board members are to provide input to Furton for discussion at the November meeting.

With an item continually on the agenda for several years for clean up of the former A to Z building located on Highway 64, only one quote was received from Behrend Construction. After discussion, the Board agreed this needs to be taken care of but decided the bid was way too high and a motion was made to secure more quotes. Supervisor Jon Drees will do research to get more information on what a fair price would be for the clean up and bring to the Nov. 17 meeting along with possible quotes.

After discussion of how to proceed with needed repairs on Spitzmacher and Hale Roads at last months meeting, it was carried forward for discussion and researched by Drees of how to move forward. The decision was made to continue to maintain the bad spots on the two roads until Spring of 2021 when they will have more money in the budget to completely repair both roads.

Two donations were approved including $5,000 to the Emergency Rescue Squad. The amount for the Animal Shelter was listed on the agenda as a $2,000 donation. Chairman Herman Pottratz asked to double or increase the amount for the shelter. With the Pandemic they were unable to do their normal fundraising events and are struggling to keep up with the upkeep and care of the animals without the ability to do their normal fundraising efforts. After discussion it was approved to donate $4,000 to the shelter.

Edgar also mentioned it would be nice to have a collection area setup at the recycle center for donations of daily needed items for the Animal Shelter and make it a community effort to help the them in this time of need. After approval from the Board, Edgar took on the task of making posters and purchasing of a bin for collection of the donations to be located at the center.

A brief discussion was held to discuss standardized pricing for the Recycling Center. Resident Cindy Bauer asked if it could be better defined the sizing of small, medium and large brush / tree waste disposal and the roll-off items. It was decided to table until November meeting to better define the pricing structure. Edgar and Pottratz will look at defining standard pricing and sizing and bring to the meeting for finalization so the Town can start taking brush and tree waste again.

Another item approved for the recycling center was for purchase or repair of a shelter to provide workers protection in inclement weather. If the existing shelter cannot be repaired at a reasonable cost, the Board authorized a budget between $3,500 to $4,000 for a new shelter. Supervisors Dan Staudenmaier and Edgar will work together to determine the best option.

In other news at the recycling center, an amount of $300 was approved to purchase safety gloves, vests and jackets.

Several election inspectors were appointed and approved including Lloyd DeBlois, Patricia Pottratz, Darla Springer, Eileen Ceranski, Katlynn Schaal, Miriam Schahczenski, Dave Halfman and Deb Bordeau.

The Town meeting and public hearing for 2021 budget will be held Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. prior to the monthly board meeting.


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