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March 8, 2017 Meeting Minutes


MEETING MINUTES                                                       
                                     MARCH 8, 2017

The regular business meeting of the Town of Winter Board of
Supervisors was called to order at 3:45 p.m. by Chairman David
Kinsley.  Present were Supervisors Ronald Barnaby and Terry Patenaude,
Clerk-Treasurer Lori Van Winkle and 5 audience members.  The Pledge of
Allegiance was recited and Chairman Kinsley welcomed everyone.

Motion by Barnaby, second by Patenaude to approve the agenda as
presented, motion carried.

Regarding audience recognition, Chairman Kinsley stated if there are
questions regarding agenda items; please raise your hand to be

Motion by Patenaude, second by Barnaby to approve the meeting minutes
from February 8, 2017 as presented, motion carried.

License/Zoning:  Sawyer County Zoning provided a list of Proposed
Amendments to their Zoning Ordinances for the Towns approval involving
R1, RR1, RR2, A1, A2 and F1. The information stated they have been
approved for several years but never codified.    The board members
have reviewed these and were in favor of approval on all amendments,
motion by Patenaude to approve all the proposed zoning ordinances in
one motion, second by Kinsley, motion carried.

Highway/Road Report:  Chairman Kinsley reported Gary is doing ditching
work on Bear Lane and Dave is doing stripping in the pits. Patenaude
stated he spoke with Dave Martin and the Town didn’t have anything
setup for steaming culverts and maybe we should look into a self-
contained unit like the county has, not as big but one that can be
trailered.  Chairman Kinsley said he could have Dave look into it.
Chairman Kinsley stated outside of crack sealing, he and Dave Martin
have been working on a list of work/road projects for this summer and
advised the board members if they had any ideas to leave a note on his

Unfinished Business:  Audience member Dave Schiotz was given the
floor, Dave spoke on behalf of a group of property owners’ on Johnson
Road along with Dan Shauder and the Loretta Trail Blazers who had
requested Johnson Road be opened for ATV use in April 2016.  The Town
board approved this and Dave reported that they have gone through a
summer and 3 main holidays and hunting season and to his knowledge
there have been no problems at all.  He has spoken with a number of
people who have reported they rarely see any ATVs and what they have
witnessed is they are all traveling slow which is exactly what we
hoped for, safe access. Dave wanted to publically thank the board for
allowing them to do this and stated they will continue to monitor and
if something is happening that shouldn’t be they will address it.
Chairman Kinsley added that we have not received any complaints at the
Town either, so they must be doing things right.  

New Business:   The town received our renewal of the Wildlife Control
Contract used for beaver control; the costs have increased from
$650.00 to $1950.00.  The reasons were that they are now basing the
costs upon individual use and Chairman Kinsley added we have used it a
lot in the past few years.  Chairman Kinsley stated they take care of
contacting all the land owners, destroying the dams etc. and he still
feels it is well worth the cost.  Motion by Barnaby, second by
Patenaude to approve the renewal of the Wildlife Control Contract,
motion carried.

Dan Gustafson the engineer for the Hanson Bridge project advised
Chairman Kinsley the Town would need to hire a firm to temporarily
lease the road right of ways for the project.  Two proposals were
received, Solum and Associates and Corre, Inc.  In review Chairman
Kinsley felt Solum was the best option for us at a price of $3480.00
and asked for a motion to approve Solum and Associates, motion by
Patenaude second by Barnaby to approve Solum and Associates proposal,
motion carried.

Chairman Kinsley discussed gravel crushing with Dave Martin; the town
would like to crush approximately 10,000 yards at the town shop pit,
8,000 at Haystack and 8,000 at Thornapple.  Dave and Gary have done
more digging in the pit at Thornapple and feel there is at least 5,000
to 8,000 yards in there, this means we would crush what’s there. 
Chairman Kinsley asked the board if they were in favor of advertising
for crushing in these 3 pits, motion by Barnaby, second by Patenaude
to approve advertising and crushing in these locations, motion

Regarding mowing at the Town Hall, little league diamond and boat
landings and shop, Chairman Kinsley stated we had Matt Cecil last
year; he did a very good job and asked the board if they wanted to
continue with Matt or advertise it.  Patenaude stated he thought we
should advertise it and motioned for this, second by Kinsley, motion

Correspondence/Contacts:  The list was read by the Clerk as follows: 
Notice was received of WITC 3 year term board vacancies, if anyone is
interested she has the information available and posted.  Sawyer
County Zoning sent notice of approval of the 3 year Conditional Use
permit for Flambeau River State Forest gravel pit.  Complaints were
received of camper trailers not in compliance and pipes extending from
them running onto the ground and into a lake, Chairman Kinsley spoke
with Sawyer County Zoning regarding this.  Pat Sanchez from Sawyer
County Emergency Government sent a reminder to update our Emergency
Plan of operations, the town has an existing plan and will just need
to update it, Lori will take care of this.  Greg Parker with North
Central Power spoke with Chairman Kinsley and thanked the town and
crew for their cooperation with the cutting and clearing trees on the
right of ways on Universal.  The Town has received notice from the
Department of Revenue that our assessor has updated them and the town
is in compliance with municipal assessments.  Supervisor Barnaby
attended a meeting with the DNR in Park Falls, regarding the
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and Town Cooperative Efforts with
roads located in forest lands; he provided Lori information to
register the town with the government before any agreements/projects
can take place.  Road Bans went into effect February 20, 2017.

John Holm was on our agenda for the Winter Little League, but was not
in attendance therefore this item was tabled.

Approval of Disbursements:   There were no questions regarding the
disbursements, motion by Barnaby, second by Kinsley to approve the
disbursements as presented, motion carried.  Ck#18304 through #18324
were approved in the amount of $20,646.84.

There were no board concerns; the next regular meeting date was set
for April 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. 
Audience member and county board member Helen Dennis asked Chairman
Kinsley if she could speak and stated she wanted to clarify
information circulating in the community regarding the ambulance
situation.  Helen stated two things have been done regarding the
ambulance, approval of full time and 8 paramedics and 16 EMTs.  Helen
stated the rumor of the county spending $150,000.00 on the Winter Fire
Department to house EMTs has not come before the board and is not
true.  Ron Barnaby stated that if there is any discussion of making
changes to the Winter Fire Hall, he feels the ambulance director
should discuss this with the Fire Chief and/or the Fire Board members,
Helen agreed and she thanked Ron and Dave for their continued support
with the ambulance.                                                   

With no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned.
Lori Van Winkle, Clerk
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