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October 10, 2012 Meeting Minutes

TOWN OF WINTER

MEETING MINUTES                                                       
                             OCTOBER 10, 2012

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 Helen Dennis and David Kinsley, clerk-treasurer Lori Van
Winkle and 14 citizens.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

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

Motion by Helen Dennis, second by David Kinsley to approve the meeting
minutes from September 12, 2012.

License / Zoning Issues:  Because there were no objections from
neighbors or any other people a motion was made by David Kinsley,
second by Helen Dennis to approve the variance request of Brian and
Victoria Gutsch to erect a 309 sq. ft. deck less than 75’ from Island
Lake ordinary high water mark, motion carried.  The request will go
before the County Board on October 16, 2012.

Information was received from County Zoning regarding a resolution
from the Town of Winter requested back in 2009 that had not yet been
completed. The county requested the Town of Winter adopt a resolution
regarding raising chickens in nonagricultural zone districts.  The
board reviewed the options and asked county supervisor Warren Johnson
his opinion; Warren stated it was a very controversial issue at the
time; basically the chickens cannot be a free range situation.  
Motion by David Kinsley, second by Helen Dennis to adopt a resolution
choosing option 2 – of County Ordinance 4.52, to allow raising of
chickens in all nonagricultural zone districts, this would include
only hens, no roosters, motion carried.

Highway / Road Report:  Chairman Genrich expressed how pleased he is
with our town road crew stating they have been very busy graveling
roads, West Lane received 4 + miles of new gravel, Bissell and
Thornapple grades have been improved as well, removing some of the
bends and straightening them out.  Haystack will be improved next
week.  

Unfinished Business:   Chairman Genrich stated the Baseball diamond
has also seen improvements, the little league parents and children
refurbished the dug outs with new lumber, screen and painted, they did
a very nice job.  The Town purchased the lumber and supplies locally
through Winter Lumber who allowed a 20% discounted price on the items,
the total cost for lumber and supplies was $791.21.

Chairman Genrich stated we like to buy locally whenever possible but
for items not available locally, Lori has been purchasing items
through EBay auctions with substantial cost savings.  Some of the
recent purchases; a meeting minute book with paper that normally costs
around $180.00, was purchased for $17.00, other items that offer
substantial savings are ink cartridges and toner for our copy machines
and other office supplies.  We recently had to replace our vacuum
cleaner and were able to purchase a Dyson vacuum cleaner with a
savings of $330.00.

New Business:  Mimi Sward from Sawyer County Health and Human Services
representing Sawyer County & LCO Joint Injury Prevention Coalition was
introduced.  Mimi spoke about a program they have implemented working
to create a safer environment for residents and visitors by decreasing
alcohol related motor vehicle injuries and deaths and spoke of ways
they have reduced drinking and driving.  She provided handouts,
brochures and decal clings for vehicles to be distributed throughout
the community for information and awareness about their program.

Chairman Genrich introduced Donna Knuckey our Winter Public Library
Director who presented budget information from 2011 and 2012 and their
proposed budget for 2013.  She also provided statistics of library
circulation, computer usage, attendance in their programs for children
and adults and spoke of the many opportunities and services the
library offers.  Donna mentioned areas of required maintenance that
had been done this year and how the cuts made in wages helped to
offset those expenses and maintain their budget while still providing
quality services to the public.  Donna stated the Town of Winter has
supported the Library each year with a $5,000.00 donation and thanked
the town for their past support and asked the town for continued
support for the Library.  County Supervisor Warren Johnson was in the
audience and was asked if the county will continue to support the
Winter Library and the amount of support that will be provided. 
Warren stated the County Budget at this time will provide the same
amount as last year and perhaps a little extra, which was $53,358.00. 
  Helen Dennis stated that since she has been on the Library Board
almost 2 years now, she wanted to say that Donna has done an amazing
job with the library in all areas.  Members of the Library Board in
the audience agreed and stated that many of Donna’s hours are donated
hours.  The board thanked Donna.

Motion by Helen Dennis, second by David Kinsley to approve the
donation of $5000.00 to the Winter Library, motion carried.  Donna
thanked the board.

The 2013 Fire Dept. budget has been reviewed and set at $90,412.90, of
which the Town of Winters share will be $73,449.14.  Motion by David
Kinsley, second by Helen Dennis to approve the proposed final budget
of the Fire Department, motion carried.

David Kinsley stated that congratulations were in order for Sunday
Barnaby on her appointment as new post master of the Winter Post
Office.  The other board members and audience also congratulated her. 


Motion by Helen Dennis, second by David Kinsley to approve the $15.00
annual dues of the Winter Area Chamber of Commerce, motion carried.

Correspondence – Chairman Genrich stated the town has received from
Rural Insurance a Workers Compensation dividend in the amount of
$1304.00 for no claims, which says a lot for our work group and that
safety is a high priority for us.

Helen Dennis spoke about a Zoning/Camper situation on Lee Road and
also about a garbage problem on Johnson Road where a dump site has
been discovered where there are appliances, mattresses and vehicles
etc. that need to be cleaned up.  Helen expressed her frustration with
the County Ordinances that really can’t help us unless we have a local
ordinance at the Town level first.  Mimi Sward stated that if people
are living in this situation and there is a threat to them or others,
the county can step in.  Warren Johnson also stated the same. 
Chairman Genrich stated that the Town has adopted our own ordinances
related to these situations that will become effective in a week and
we will be enforcing them to the fullest.

Motion by Helen Dennis, second by David Kinsley to approve the
disbursements as presented, motion carried.  Check #15452 through
15483 in the amount of $76,304.27.  Account balances as of September
30, 2012 – General Checking $19,699.88, MMA Savings Account
$174,517.60, LGIP Machinery Account $4,883.62, LGIP General Account
$7,256.19, Grand Total $206,357.20.

General public comments, Richard Biebl commented, nice job!

Road Inspection meeting was set for Wednesday October 17, 2012 at
11:00 a.m.

Working Budget meeting was set for Friday, October 19, 2012 at 11:00
a.m.

Bowmar Appraisals has provided new contract costs, with a little lower
price than previously.  The board felt this should be advertised in
the event other appraisal companies would like to offer a price. An ad
will be placed in the newspaper.

With no further business to discuss, motion by Helen Dennis, second by
David Kinsley to adjourn, motion carried. 
                                                                      
                  
                                                                      
                               Lori Van Winkle, Clerk
                                                                      
                               October 15, 2012

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