TB Minutes February 11, 2014



The meeting was called to order by Chairman Hull at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Office. Roll call was taken with Hull, Uecke, Lauterborn and Kauzlaric present, as well as 12 in attendance. The agenda was posted on February 8, 2014; with an Amended Agenda posted on February 10, 2014. Motion to approve the Amended agenda by Lauterborn. Seconded by Uecke. Motion carried. The Pledge of Allegiance is said.

Treasurer’s Report was given by Kauzlaric with bank statements available for review. Motion to approve Treasurer’s report by Hull. Seconded by Uecke. Motion carried.

Minutes of the Town Board meeting held January 14, 2014 were available for review. Motion to accept minutes by Uecke. Seconded by Lauterborn. Motion carried.

Budget Amendments

REVENUE – DECREASE – Deliquent Tax, Penalty ; Fire Dues ; National Forest ; Business License ; Non-Business License ; Interest income ; INCREASE – PILT (Payment in lieu of Taxes) +$5,000; MFL/FC (Manufactured Forest Land/Forest Crop) +$500; Building Permits +$200; Animal Control +$500; Ambulance Delinquent Account Fund +$4,000; Cemetery/Animal Control +$3,000; Fire Calls (DNR) +$500.

EXPENSES – DECREASE – Joint Municipal Court ; Other Insurance ; Highway Maintenance ; Street Lights ; Parks ; Capital Outlay-Fire Protection ; Capital Outlay-Parks ; Capital Outlay-Community Center ; Contingency ; INCREASE – Legislative +$2,000; Legal +$1,000; General Administration +$12,000; Town Office/Shop +$900; Highway Insurance +$900; Fire Protection +$15,000; Ambulance +$6,700; Solid Waste/Recycle Center +$4,700; Tax Over/refunds +$1,500

Motion to accept Budget Amendments by Lauterborn. Seconded by Hull. Motion carried.

Disbursements were available for all to review; checks #21375 to and including #21430 for disbursement of $46,383.70, which includes auto withdrawal of payroll taxes; plus late checks #21431 to 21438 in the amount of $6,034.76 for a total disbursement of $52,418.46. Motion to approve by Hull. Seconded by Uecke. Motion carried.

Ambulance Report – Chairman Hull reviewed information from January meeting; costs for EMT & AEMT courses are split evenly between the three Towns; 90% AEMT coverage compared to 60% in September; AEMT can provide services and medications that EMT is not allowed to. No motions are entertained.

Fire Department Report – report given by Chief Harkema with 1 assist in January for power pole hit by plow truck; MABAS assistance with structure fire on Sunday night in Townsend; cold temperatures created equipment failures; disappointed at turnout of only 1 fire department member besides himself; has 2 new members available and requested to be hired.

–          Equipment Purchase – Chief Harkema discussed 2005 Ford Excursion available at Greenfield Fire Department which has extrication equipment included with vehicle purchase; stated this was about a $40,000 value offered for $15,000; help with training transportation instead of paying mileage; would be considered emergency vehicle and could assist with transportation of firefighters (holds 4-5 members with equipment; would carry extra firefighters when Fire Engine used that holds only 2-3 (required to have 4 with MABAS calls); there was $4,000 in budget for equipment and would move $5,000 from regular budget to capital expenditure; Town Board questioned brush truck replacement, Chief Harkema stated it is used about 2 times per year and he plans to equipment Ford Excursion with tanks. Motion to buy the truck for $15,000 by Lauterborn. Seconded by Uecke. Motion carried.

Humane Officer Report is given by Humane Officer Bubb with 5 calls for the month or January. No motions are entertained.

Cemetery Report – Sup. Uecke had nothing to report. No motions are entertained.

Planning Commission Report – No meeting.

6 Town Board Meeting Discussions – discussions included continued review of moving Northern Satellite office to building that the Towns would own instead of renting; Sheriff Jansen & Pat Virtures, Oconto County Planning & Zoning, attended meeting to offer comments; other groups would also utilize building; there is a need for storage. No motions are entertained.

Communication File is reviewed and list is signed.

Community Center Remodel bids – Town Board discussed possibility of being General Contractor and seeking individual bids to save money; discussed immediate needs (doors; toilets and restroom remodels). Motion to reissue our specifications for individual bids (not from General Contractors) by Hull. Seconded by Uecke. Motion carried.

Recycle Center Hours – discussed that there is not adequate lighting at this time; will get pricing and look at in spring; possible option to offer in summer only hours. Tabled until April.

Operator’s License – Trever – application available for review. Motion to accept by Hull. Seconded by Uecke. Motion carried.

Applications – Janka, Stockton (Fire Department) – applications available for review.

–          Motion to accept Janka application by Uecke. Seconded by Hull. Motion carried.

–          Motion to accept that (Stockton application) by Lauterborn. Seconded by Hull. Motion carried.

OCEDC Marketing Partner request – request received from OCEDC for $500 annual fee to become Marketing Partner; members discussed have local associations that provide advertising. Motion that we don’t follow thru with the OCEDC Marketing Partner by Lauterborn. Seconded by Uecke. Motion carried.

Road Department Equipment Purchase – Sup. Lauterborn discussed need for new Pick up truck and front end loader; quotes provided for both to get estimate of costs; discussed options and need to look at government sites. Tabled for further research.

Resolution #01-2014 for Public Depository – Town Board members discussed information received last month; FirstMerit offered Government accounts and provided references of other local governments working with; Wells Fargo is waiving fees for months of tax collection to reduce fees. Motion that we go with FirstMert Bank by Lauterborn. Seconded by Uecke. Motion carried.

Hearing of the People brought about concerns relating to reason for Dead End sign as soon as you turn on Hillside/Y Camp Road; website calendar still not working; individuals insurance company stated Town has high ISO rating; Recycle Center budget amendments; reference of mechanic that works on trucks/hydraulics onsite; question if Packer City Truck payment made for invoice on hold; any updates on Bonita Lane.

MABA Snowmobile Drags Saturday, February 8th @ Chute Pond
Doze Inn Kids Fish-o-ree Saturday, February 22nd @ Chute Pond
Planning Commission Tuesday, March 4th 7:00 p.m. @ Town Office
Town Board Meeting Tuesday, March 11th 7:00 p.m. @ Town Office

Motion to adjourn by Lauterborn. Seconded by Hull. Motion carried. Time is 8:24 p.m.

Respectfully submitted for approval by,


Lynn Kauzlaric, Clerk

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