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Pembine Plans Road Improvement Projects

Issue Date: March 28, 2022

Deciding which of its town roads would benefit most from use of the latest round of funds to be obtained through the Bi-Partisan Spending Bill recently approved by federal legislators occupied most of the discussion at a special meeting of the Pembine Town Board on Monday, March 14 and the regular monthly board meeting on Tuesday, March 8.

After some discussion on March 8 the board agreed to schedule the March 14 special meeting for more discussion on projects and to discuss a 5-year road plan to see which projects would be a good fit.

Town Chair Ross Bole explained at the start of discussion that meeting that the infrastructure bill (BIL) includes a federal grant program which is allocating a serious amount of money to the State of Wisconsin. This money is to be divided between county, state and local roads.

Bole said the new BIL grant is available for projects to be done from 2023 through 2026. Pembine will skip 2022 projects due to a requirement that they would have to pay engineering costs. Bole said for 2023 through 2026 projects engineering is included, He said the town needs to look at which roads would be a good fit for projects under this grant. For these projects, 80% of the total cost will be paid by state (with the Federally allocated money) and 20% will paid by the Town.

It was noted that price estimates need to be close to what costs will be at completion of the projects because anything over estimates will be paid by the Town. It was also noted that roads done with this special funding must all be paved with hot mix, not chip seal.

After a lengthy discussion regarding which projects would best fit Pembine's needs, the Board decided to look at the following roads as possible projects for this grant:

*Horseshoe Road through Cemetery (which would be done in sections);

*Noyes & Jakups

*Reed Road, if they can connect with Beecher, and

*North Street, to maintain it as a Class A road.

Present for the 6 p.m. special town board meeting on March 14 were Bole, Supervisor Anthony Erno, Clerk/Treasurer Suzanne Allen and three citizens. Supervisor Heather Willis was absent.

At its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 8 the board had tabled action on renewing the town's CD investments to allow Allen to get CD rates from a few other banks. The town's current CDs through Incredible Bank earns a 0.5% interest rate. At the March 14 meeting Allen reported Forward Financial Credit Union currently has a rate of 0.3%, Stephenson National Bank and Trust has a rate of 0.2% and Incredible Bank still has a rate of 0.5%. The Board approved renewing the CD for another 12 months with Incredible Bank for the 0.5%.

Chairman Bole told the board he had met with Town of Beecher officials to discuss the salt/sand bunker roof bids. Beecher was in favor of having a metal roof over wooden trusses. The Pembine Board then accepted the bid of $32,393.84 from L&D White Builders for for the metal roof on wooden trusses, with the stipulation that it must pass state inspection.

The regular town board monthly meeting was called to order by Bole at 6:01 p.m. on Tuesday March 8, with Erno, Willis, Allen and eight citizens present.

Bole reported on effects of the ice storm. He said there were several calls received that Saturday regarding the icy roads, but the town had waited until Sunday to sand and salt roads due to the fact that more ice and snow were coming. He said the Rescue Squad and Fire Department personnel know who to call if there is an emergency.

Bole said the new truck is currently being built, and he and the road crew had gone down to go over pre-build with the company.

Allen reported the town hall was used four times in February, mostly for Town Board and Committee meetings. There were 10 permits issued in February, of which one was for a garage and nine were land use permits.

Terie Clark reported the Plan Commission continued reviewing ordinances at their March meeting. They will re-write the ordinances that can easily be written to supersede older ones. The Commission again noted they will need additional guidance from the Town Board on how to categorize some of the ordinances. Clark also noted they will need to begin looking at the next 20 year plan.

Bole said GFL had applied the full contract price increase of 10% for garbage pick-up this year instead of only a 5% increase, so next year's garbage fee may go up a little bit.

Bole reported there were three bids for the salt/sand bunker roof. They were from L&D White Builders, at $32,393.84 for a wooden truss style metal roof; Greystone Construction, at $51,950 for a steel structure fabric roof, and Structures Unlimited, at$48,620 for a steel truss fabric roof.

As this roof is a project shared with Beecher, the Board tabled a decision on the bids until they could be discussed with Beecher's Board. That discussion was held prior to the March 14 special meeting. Decision of the Pembine Board coincided with that of the Beecher board, to go with the low bid of $32,393.84 from L&D White Builders for the wooden truss style metal roof.

Clerk Allen reported that Tami England had sent the Relay for Life fundraiser information, and noted that every year the board gives a donation in honor of Sheri Stepien. The Board then approved a $200 donation this year in memory of Sheri Stepien.

Clerk Allen reported she had received two operator license applications. After review the board approved a 6 month provisional license for Danielle Almeida and a regular license for Lauren LaGest.

At the end of the meeting, Bole noted they would need to change the next meeting from the second Tuesday of the month to the third Tuesday, to coincide with the Annual Meeting. The next regular town board meeting was then scheduled for Tuesday, April 19, immediately following the Annual Meeting at the town hall.




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