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February 14, 2018 Monthly Meeting Minutes

TOWN BOARD MEETING  TOWN OF WINTER  N4680 CTY RD W  WINTER, WI
FEBRUARY 14, 2018

Chairman David Kinsley called the meeting to order at 4:30 p.m. 
Present were board members Ronald Barnaby and Terry Patenaude, Clerk 
Treasurer Lori Van Winkle and 8 audience members.  The Pledge of
Allegiance was recited, Chairman Kinsley welcomed everyone.

A change in the agenda was made to move item # 8a Unfinished Business,
Board to vote on the 4% Room Tax for rentals in our municipality to
item 4, motion to approve this change was done by Barnaby/Patenaude,
motion carried.

Chairman Kinsley asked if anyone in the audience had anything to
discuss other than the room tax issue; there were no comments. 
Chairman Kinsley then allowed comments from the audience regarding the
room tax issue.   6 audience members who are also business owners that
would be affected by the room tax were allowed to speak. Lengthy
discussion and comments took place.
5 of the audience members were not in favor and 1 was in favor of room
tax.  Local resident  and County Board member Helen Dennis stated she
was not here to speak as a county board member she we here to speak as
a resident of Winter and she cannot understand why the HLVCB are not
going to the businesses that would be affected and talking with them
instead of the Town.  Helen stated last year we had very little snow
which reduced winter seasonal activities in our area.  The locking of
the gates on the forest lands has also caused us to lose hunters in
our area, Helen stated years ago Winter was blaze orange with hunters,
our local businesses are suffering and adding another tax is only
going to hurt the local economy more because people will vacation
elsewhere.  Local resident and County Board member Bill Voight was
asked by Chairman Kinsley if at this time the County Board absolutely
said they are not going to fund the HLVCB?  Bill and Helen both stated
at this time no.  Chairman Kinsley commented that if the County does
continue to provide funding to the HLVCB, he would ask that Helen and
Bill work to get some funding for the Winter Area Chamber of Commerce
too.   Kris Treeland Johnson owner of Pats Landing on the Chippewa
Flowage and a resident of the Town of Hayward, stated they have had a
room tax since 2006 and have not had any problems with it.  The room
tax has been significant for the Town of Hayward and the HLCVB of
which she is the treasurer.  She feels strongly in favor of room tax
and states it would be a great thing for every municipality in Sawyer
County and understands there may not be many rentals here but it has
been very beneficial for the Hayward area and has allowed them to do
many things that their normal budget would not allow them to do.  Kris
stated the State Statutes explains room tax and she encouraged the
board to review how it could be beneficial to our municipality and our
local Chamber and how it could help to keep our area on the map.  It
was explained that room tax dollars must be used for advertising
purposes only.  Robert Biller spoke stating VRBO, Air B&B and Home
Away are some of the larger advertisers that hes been using for
approximately 10 years and spends approximately $2500.00 per year and
added in that 10 years not one person has told him they were sent to
him from the HLVBC.  Kris Treeland Johnson asked if he is a member of
the HLVCB of which he replied NO.  Chairman Kinsley stated he felt
enough was discussed and it was time for the board to vote on the 4%
room tax.  He asked if there was a motion not in favor of the 4% room
tax, Barnaby replied he would make that motion not in favor of the 4%
room tax, Patenaude second the motion, motion carried.  Chairman
Kinsley stated at this time we have voted this down but this does not
mean it could not be brought up again in the future and added that in
his opinion they should be talking with the business owners who would
be affected by room tax because we are looking out for our business
owners and so far what weve heard is not in favor of it.

January 10, 2018 meeting minutes were approved by Patenaude/Barnaby,
motion carried.

There was no license or zoning items to discuss.

Highway/Road Report:  Frost heaves are beginning and roads are
slippery.  Patenaude asked if they could cut some of the snow piles
down on some of the area roads.  

There was no correspondence or contacts to discuss.

County Board member Bill Voight spoke of the safety measures they will
be taking for the Birkie and some of the items discussed at a recent
conference he attended in Madison.

Approval of Disbursements:  There were no questions regarding the
disbursements, motion by Barnaby/Kinsley to approve check # 18858
through check # 18817 in the amount of $17,266.78, motion carried.

Chairman Kinsley stated the online auction went well.  Chairman
Kinsley and Dave Martin reviewed information and purchased a brush
mower that attaches to the excavator that will allow them to extend
their reach with mowing, it should have arrived today.  Barnaby stated
hes heard a lot of positive comments regarding snowplowing for the
crew.  Chairman Kinsley asked Patenaude what the county policy is on
mailboxes damaged by snow plowing?  Patenaude states if the plow hits
the mail box they will contribute to the cost of repair, but if it is
the weight of the snow hitting the mail box that is the responsibility
of the home owner to repair.  Patenaude stated this was discussed at
the recent WTA meeting too with the same comments  

Next meeting date was set for March 14, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.  Meeting
adjourned. 

                                                                      
                                       Lori Van Winkle, Clerk
                                                                      
                                       February 19, 2018

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