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Athelstane Prohibits Nearly All Parking On Town Roads

Issue Date: July 27, 2022

Town Chair Kelly Barnes commented at the Athelstane Town Board meeting on Tuesday, July12 that the recent Athelstane Volunteer Fire Department fund raiser picnic was a huge success, thanks to the fire department members and volunteers who put in hundreds of hours prior to the picnic, on the day of the picnic and cleaning up on the day after the picnic.

There were 12 people in attendance for the 7 p.m. meeting in addition to town officials, who were all present.

By unanimous vote, with supervisors David Jose and Denis DeJardin present along with Barnes, the board approved changes to three town ordinances.

The Land Division Ordinance was amended to require a minimum of 150 feet of road frontage on all newly created lots; the License/Registration and Permit Ordinance changes increase the building permit fee to $75, the "After the Fact permit fee" to $300 and the variance fee to $200; and an amendment to the parking regulations in the Motor Vehicles and Traffic ordinance states that parking is not allowed within any and all Town of Athelstane road right-of-ways, deeded or undeeded, with the exception of the adjacent property owners, who are allowed to park along the roadsides for short term parking only.

There was one bid received, opened and discussed for the Recycling & Garbage Disposal Costs. After some discussion the board agreed to table the issue and readvertise, in hopes of attracting more bidders.

Propane contract for the coming season was awarded to Countrystyle Propane at $1.84 per gallon.

On motion of Kelly Barnes to accept an application from Peter Gorr to be a member of the Athelstane Fire Department was approved without dissent, subject to acquiring his signature on the application and passing the drug test.Fire Chief Scott Durian reported the Fire Department had one meeting and two trainings, in addition to dealing with many power lines down due to the tornado, a false alarm brush fire, a cancelled lift assist call and an ATV accident on Forest Roads 202 and 206.

Durian reported the town workers are going to do some wedging on Northway Drive to get it ready for chip seal and fog seal. Summer maintenance is being done such as hauling gravel, cutting weeds and grading roads.

The Planning Commission had no meeting this month.

Town Treasurer Greg Reinhardt reported the town had a balance of $563,841.25 as of May 31. Receipts for the month totaled $62,666.71 and disbursements were $44,418.52, leaving a June 30 balance of $582,089.44. The report was accepted as presented, as all bills were approved for payment as presented.

Marinette County Board Supervisor Bill Stankevich advised the group that camping permits in the Marinette County Forest are soon going to be for only a two-week period. He also mentioned the county will be talking about a wheel tax proposal to raise money for the highway department. This could be accomplished with an annual tax per vehicle.

During time for public comment, Reinhardt commented there is a small area of a floating mess of pond weeds on Glen Lake and he had been told by a county representative that it is uncontrollable. He also mentioned that Stephenson National Bank & Trust now requires a letter from the board of directors of any business or organization that wants to open new accounts at the bank, and this includes the town.

Peggy Johnson asked what utility work was being done on Duck Lane and Dolan Lake Road. She was told the town has no ordinance controlling utilities so they don't check in with town officials prior to utility work.

Randy Miller and Chris Lesperance, candidates for Marinette County Sheriff on the Republican ticket, introduced themselves and each gave a presentation on his experience and qualifications for the position.

Later in the meeting, Carrie Brazeau, a candidate for Marinette County Clerk of Courts, introduced herself and gave a presentation of her experience and qualifications for the position.

The regular meeting date for the Athelstane Town Board is the second Tuesday of each month, however, Aug. 9, the second Tuesday of August, is Election Day, so the August meeting of the town board will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10.


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