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November 19, 2013 Meeting Minutes


MEETING MINUTES                                           NOVEMBER 19,

A regular meeting of the Town of Winter Board of Supervisors was
called to order by Chairman James Genrich at 7:00 P.M.  Present were
supervisors David Kinsley, Helen Dennis, Clerk-Treasurer Lori Van
Winkle and 8 citizens.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited, Chairman
Genrich welcomed everyone.

Motion by Helen Dennis, second by David Kinsley to approve the agenda,
motion carried.

Motion by David Kinsley, second by Helen Dennis to approve the meeting
minutes from October 9, 2013 monthly meeting and budget meetings on
October 14, 21 and 25, 2013, motion carried.

License / Zoning:  4 land use permits were issued this month by the
County with a total value of $410,000.00 in new construction in the

Highway / Road Report:   Work has been done on Old J, from Thornapple
Grade to Jim Falls town line.  Gravel has been hauled to several roads
in the area.  The crew has the snowplow equipment on the trucks and
will be doing the grader next.

Unfinished Business:  We previously approved the grant for the road
project on West Lane; tonight we have the resolution prepared for
approval. Project construction cost will be $171,206.40, Grant
allowance is $34,926.11, Town of Winter share of the cost is
$136,280.29 of which the Town has already completed approximately
$85,776.00 to this project, and over half paid for already.  Motion by
David Kinsley, second by Helen Dennis to approve the resolution for a
grant on West Lane Road as stated, motion carried.  Chairman Genrich
stated the Town planned to do this project regardless if we received
the grant dollars and plan to finish the work in 2014.   

New Business:  The Wisconsin Towns Association has asked for Town
support in opposition to SB 349 relating to regulation of Nonmetallic
mining with a resolution.  SB 349 basically removes any town authority
on mining activities. This resolution authorizes the town to have
authority and regulate mining activities.  Motion by Helen Dennis,
second by David Kinsley to approve the WTA resolution in opposition to
SB 349 relating to Regulation of Nonmetallic Mining.  

Correspondence / Contacts:  A letter was received from Department of
Revenue that we are in non-compliance of our assessed value on
residential and personal property for 2013.  WI Statutes require
assessed value must be within 10% of the full value at least once
during a four-year period consisting of the current year and three
previous years.  If this is not done a full re value will be required.
 We will be contacting our assessor to get this in order, David
Kinsley added under our current assessor contract.

A letter was received and read from Mr. Darwin Hintz requesting the
town consider passing an ordinance to allow ATV/UTVís access from a
place of residence or place of rental to the nearest trail or route. 
Discussion took place; the townsí current ordinance states roads can
be used by ATVs if they lead to a trail, therefore additional
information will be needed to clarify Mr. Hintz request.  It was
decided that this letter should be forwarded to the ATV club.

A letter was received and read from Winter EMS Association thanking
the Town for past support and requesting release of any budgeted
amounts in 2013 and to consider them in our 2014 budget too.  Helen
Dennis expressed her dis satisfaction with this letter stating their
were red flags all over it.  The Town did provide support in February
2013; they referred to first responders which we do not have.  The
letter is not signed, the address on the letter is the treasurersí
address however the treasurer did not write this letter and did not
know about the letter. Helen spoke to the treasurer who stated the
AEDs mentioned in the letter are becoming obsolete and some need to be
replaced and that is what they would like the Town to contribute to. A
financial report was not included with the letter and the Town will
not offer financial support without first reviewing a financial
report.  The treasurer told her to date they have $247.20 in their
account.  Helen told the treasurer that itís difficult to donate to
something when we know things in the letter donít exist.  The
treasurer stated they would be following up with another letter that
will clarify things and will include a financial report.  Helen
stated, it is just hard to make a motion and approve things that we
know are not accurate.  

A Thank you letter was received and read from the Winter Public
Library for the Towns support.

Regarding disbursements, Chairman Genrich expressed this month we will
be paying Monarch for blacktopping work that was done.  The town is
over budget on blacktop and will be requesting to move funds from
other accounts over to the blacktop account so we can pay the balance
off in December.  Motion by Helen Dennis, second by David Kinsley to
approve the disbursements as presented, Check # 16200 through Check #
16220 in the amount of $121,524.05 were approved, motion carried. 
Account balances as of October 31, 2013 General Account $47,315.67,
MMA Savings Account $111,730.28, LGIP Machinery Account .10, LGIP
General Account $79,660.29.

General Public Concerns:  Chairman Genrich asked County Supervisor
Warren Johnson about last monthís meeting where Warren stated he may
be able to get some county funds for the UTV for the Fire Department? 
 Warren stated, he said there may be grants available and he looked
into that.  He stated Round Lake has a UTV and he checked into how
they raised the funds for it.  Round Lake has someone like David
Martin on their staff and with his knowledge he developed a crew and
built a UTV themselves, he added with the mutual aid agreement their
unit is available anytime we need one.  He mentioned that Pat Sanchez
is looking into grants for this and it would make it nice to have more
of these units in the county available when needed.

Chairman Genrich commented that prior to our meeting tonight, he,
Helen Dennis and Fawn Buckholtz had a chance to look at a used demo
fire/brush truck on display at the fire department.  He stated that he
didnít want to refer to it as a Brush Truck because it was much more
advanced than a brush truck.  Itís capable of getting into narrow
driveways and equipped with foam, water and compressed air and pumps
more water than the big engine truck, if needed it could easily
replace the main truck.    Helen Dennis stated the price range on this
unit was $240,000.00 with room for negotiation but we are not to that
point at this time, all the board was asked to do was look at it and
they did that.  Warren Johnson stated there are DNR and FEMA grants
for these.  Helen stated our current brush truck because of its
condition is basically used only for transporting personnel.  The demo
truck could be the first truck out there, but itís a spendy unit. With
the grant we would pay 5% and it would be an unbelievable machine to
have.  Warren Johnson stated it would be well worth the $12,000.00 our
share to pay if awarded.  Chairman Genrich stated until some grant
funds come through, it would be out of our price range.

Warren Johnson asked why we were having two meetings this week, why
didnít we combine them the same night?  Chairman Genrich stated, we
could have but, we would not have met the 15 day notice in the paper
for the Budget Hearing meeting, we tried to get it done quickly, but
felt it was important to spend the time needed on the budget.  

With no further business to discuss, the next meeting date was set for
December 11, 2013.  Motion by David Kinsley, second by James Genrich
to adjourn the meeting.
                                                 Lori Van Winkle,
                                                 November 25, 2013    


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