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May 14, 2014 Meeting Minutes

MEETING MINUTES                                                       
                                   MAY 14, 2014

A regular meeting of the Town of Winter Board of Supervisors was
called to order 
By Chairman David Kinsley at 7:00 P.M.  Present were board members
Helen Dennis and Ronald Barnaby, clerk treasurer Lori Van Winkle and 6
audience members.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  

Chairman Kinsley asked to amend the agenda to include a Special Use
Permit application for Rhandi L. Ehn that came in after the agenda was
printed.  Motion by Barnaby, second Dennis to approve the agenda with
the addition of the Special Use Permit as # 6 c. to the agenda, motion

Chairman Kinsley stated if anyone wished to speak to please raise
their hand for the opportunity.

Motion by Barnaby, second by Dennis to approve the meeting minutes
from April 15, 2014 as presented, motion carried.

License/Zoning:  A variance request for Mark Riebau was received from
the county.  Mr. Riebau was in the audience and given the floor, he
explained it was his intent for many years to retire in the area but
those plans have changed.  He has two lots on Black Dan Lake, one is
½ an acre the other is 1.5 acres, he would like to have it
surveyed so the lots would be roughly equal in size to make them more
conformable for future owners to allow the area needed for septic and
well setbacks etc.  There were no objections from area land owners and
a letter of support from one land owner.  Board discussion took place,
motion by Dennis, second by Barnaby to approve the variance request,
motion carried.  Mr. Riebau thanked the board.  The Clerk will forward
the board decision to the county.  

County Proposed Ordinance Changes:  The definition of #48 Industrial
Sand is an addition to Section 2.0.  This was included to make us
aware of the addition and that it was renumbered.    #73 Private
Driveway Easement, #74 Private Road Easement.  These are being created
to correspond with Sawyer County Subdivision Control Ordinance and
renumbering will also occur.  The language will better define access
easements and split them into two categories, Private Driveway and
Private Road easements.  Telecommunications Facilities Ordinance
setbacks, the changes are a result of the 2013 WI Act 20, basically it
prevents counties from mandating setbacks for towers if an engineered
design is provided with proof the tower is designed to collapse within
a small area (fall zone) than what the county’s required setback is. 
Sawyer County Board of Appeals Rules and By-Laws, changes to fees
charged to an applicant or appellant who files an appeal.  Currently
it only applies to applications resulting from a decision made by the
Zoning Committee.  The amendment is to also include variance decisions
made by the Board of Appeals.  Discussion took place among the board
and all were in agreement with the proposed changes.  Motion by
Dennis, second by Barnaby to approve the County Proposed Ordinance
Changes, motion carried.

Special Land Use Permit for Rhandi L. Ehn, requesting approval for the
construction of a home in an AG 1 Zone District.   The board was
familiar with the location and there were no objections, motion by 
Barnaby, second by Dennis to approve the Special Land Use Permit for
Rhandi L. Ehn, motion carried.  

Highway/Road Report:  County Road Bans will be lifted at midnight
tonight, Town road bans will be lifted on Monday the 19th.  Chairman
Kinsley stated most of the roads he has inspected seem to be shaping
up well.  There were washouts on Thornapple Grade and West Lane the
crew worked on.

Unfinished Business:  Approval of Roads for crack sealing; Chairman
Kinsley stated he made an error and told 2 of the vendors we would not
be approving these until our June meeting, therefore, he requested
that we table crack sealing for the June meeting.  Motion by Barnaby,
second by Dennis to table crack sealing until the June 2014 meeting,
motion carried.  Helen Dennis mentioned we have several road signs
missing again, a list is being compiled and Lori will place an order. 
Chairman Kinsley stated he spoke with Dave Martin and advised him if
Chris Veness from Monarch Paving stops by to ask him to take a look at
the 3 roads off Lake Winter Road for black top estimates, just
estimates only at this time.  Bowmar Appraisal Reval information; a
proposal was received from Bowmar Appraisal for a Maintenance Contract
and Interim Revaluation for the years 2015 through 2017.  The
revaluation is for an external revaluation which would bring the Town
into compliance in 2016.  Fees apply as follows: 2015 Maintenance Year
$22,400.00, 2016 Maintenance and Interim Revaluation $22,400.00, 2017
Maintenance Year $22,400.00.  Discussion took place among the board it
was decided to approve the contract, motion by Dennis, second by
Barnaby to approve the Bowmar Appraisal Maintenance Contract and
Interim Revaluation for the years 2015 through 2017, as presented,
motion carried.

New Business:  A letter was received from the Winter Senior Center
thanking the town for the funds provided toward fuel bills at the
center last year and asked the town to again include them in our
budget for this year.  Last year the Town sent a check directly to the
fuel supplier of the Senior Center.  Motion by Dennis, second by
Barnaby to approve the funds to be paid to the fuel supplier for the
Senior Center, motion carried.  A letter was received from the Winter
Lakes Alliance with a request for the Town to supply a porta potty for
the Kids Fishing Contest on Lake Winter Road on June 14, 2014.  The
Town has provided this service for the past 3 years, motion by
Barnaby, second by Dennis to approve the cost of a porta potty for the
June 14, 2014 kids fishing contest on the flats of Lake Winter Road. 
The alliance has also requested the road be closed during the event,
which the fire department will be handling.  Town Boat Landing porta
potties, the Town has provided a porta potty at the Rustic Inn and
Price Dam Boat landings and also in July at Bluegill Lake, the board
feels this is a good service and should be continued, motion by
Dennis, second by Barnaby to approve the porta potties at the
specified locations, motion carried.  Lori will contact the vendor.

Correspondence/Contacts:   Board discussion took place regarding
future snow plow services provided by the Town of Winter.  This past
Winter was an exceptional year with the heavy snowfalls, but there
were numerous problems with people who want to be plowed only
occasionally for various reasons and also late in the year requests
after snowplow lists and routes had already been established.  It is
impossible with the number of roads and driveways the town maintains
to meet special requests of everyone it just becomes problematic.
Future snow plowing will be done by a contract secured in the fall
prior to snowfall which allows inspection of the driveways before
snowfall.  Audience comments state there are several area people that
provide snow plow services and folks with special requests should
contract with a private snow plow service provider.  A letter was
received from Dale Olson, Sawyer County Zoning Administrator dated May
9, 2014 regarding proposed changes to their by-laws.  The letter
indicates Mr. Olson was directed to make these changes, which the
board believes was not a board decision. There is also opposition to
the changes from other townships and organizations.  Helen Dennis
offered her opinion stating she does not feel the City of Hayward
should have any authority to make any decisions related toTown zoning
issues.  Board member Barnaby and Kinsley agreed with this as well. 
County Board Rep Warren Johnson was in the audience and asked his
opinion on this;  Warren stated he felt exactly the same as the Town
Board members.  All board members were unanimously opposed to the
change in the by-laws and asked that a letter be written to Mr. Olson
to express this, Lori will write the letter.

There were two land use permits issued by the County for the Town of
Winter which totaled $45,500.00.

Approval of Disbursements:  There were no questions on the
disbursements, motion by Barnaby, second by Dennis to approve the
disbursements as presented, Check # 16532 through 16554 in the amount
of $21,896.87 was approved, motion carried.  Account balances as of
April 30, 2014 General Account $17,933.33, MMA Savings Account 
$221,511.89, LGIP General Account $82,902.62.

Board Concerns:   Dave Martin spoke with Chairman Kinsley stating
while they are waiting for things to dry up, there’s a half mile
stretch on Thornapple they could finish ditching with the dozer and
then finishing widening the banks with the excavator.  This is an area
they worked on previously when the excavator broke down and they were
not able to finish up.

Chairman Kinsley asked for a moment of silence in memory of Meredith
Rickert.  Chairman Kinsley spoke of the good things Meredith has done
for the community and we all agree that he will be missed.

Next meeting date is set for June 11, 2014.  Tomorrow May 15, 2014 is
Board of Review from 2 to 4 PM.  

There being no further business to discuss, motion by Barnaby, second
by Dennis to adjourn, motion carried.
						Lori Van Winkle, Clerk
						May 21, 2014




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