TOWN BOARD MEETING
AUGUST 26, 2019
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, the Board of Supervisors, Town of Florence met on the 26th day of August, 2019 with Chairman Tim Bomberg and Supervisor John Holbrook present. Supervisor Shane McLain was excused.
On a motion by Holbrook and seconded by Bomberg the agenda was approved as posted. All in favor, motion carried.
The minutes of the previous meetings, held on August 12, 2019, were approved on a motion by Holbrook and seconded by Bomberg. All in favor, motion carried.
John Baumgart and Larry Yarck residents of Town Road AA were in attendance to discuss their belief that the pavement stops short approximately 100’ of the .20 mile on the town road which causes washouts, additional town maintenance and safety concerns. Bomberg stated that the DOT maps do show the town did stop short of the .20 mile when paved 4 years ago and discussion took place as to what is the best solution to correct the drainage issue, realizing there could be considerable work to correct the problem. Supervisor John Holbrook and Highway Foreman, Chris Steber will look at the site and determine a solution. Both Baumgart and Yarck thanked the board for their time and maintenance of the road.
Robert Friberg, provided an update on Industrial Park project stating that there is a hold up with awarding the grant because the state needs to approve. Friberg stated that calls are continuing to be made to expedite the process and to not hold up the contractor. Discussion was had to the time frame of paving Mud Lake and when electric will be put in to the saw mill, with it being decided to not pave until the utility has completed underground. It was noted that property owners will be frustrated and that Friberg will communicate with the property owners and explain why this decision was made.
Clerk/Treasurer, Shelly Van Pembrook informed the board of a grant that the Florence County Health Department has received for a bike rack that will be installed at the post office and the town is being asked to store it for the winter, with the board agreeing that the park pavilion be the best location. VanPembrook informed the board that letters were sent to all residents of Vivio Road informing them that the town is not responsible to maintain driveway culverts. Van Pembrook provided Timber Cut Notices for board review and Bomberg expressed concern about the road of travel noting that the logger stay off of Lake Edith Road and instructed Van Pembrook to write a letter stating they travel Goodman Grade to Hwy 70.
Fire Department bills totaling $327.83 were approved for payment on a motion by Holbrook and seconded by Bomberg. All in favor, motion carried.
Monthly town bills totaling $60,272.46 and automatic withdrawals in the amount of $13,172.41 were approved on a motion by Holbrook and seconded by Bomberg. All in favor, motion carried.
Bomberg informed the board that he will be attending a County Highway Traffic meeting to discuss the speed limit on N Montgomery Lake road and will be suggesting it be lowered to 25 mph. Current speed limit is 45 mph.
Bomberg also stated that a coordinated letter between Towns of Commonwealth and Florence being addressed to the WI DNR that opposes the Northeast Sands Regional Master Plan will be sent. The letter requests the DNR to delay the approval of the plan and insists that a government to government coordination meeting be held in Florence County with the DNR in September.
Steber informed the board that Cecelia Drive is in extremely bad condition and stated he believes the road is sinking, as the water is 4” from the culvert. The road is scheduled to be paved this week, and Steber added the pavement will not hold up. Discussion was had and Bomberg instructed Van Pembrook to draft an Ordinance limiting traffic to 5 Tons all year round.
There being no further business it was moved by Holbrook and seconded by Bomber to adjourn until September 9, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at the community center. All in favor, motion carried.
Shelly Van Pembrook
TOWN BOARD MEETING
AUGUST 12, 2019
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, the Board of Supervisors, Town of Florence met on the 12th day of August, 2019 with Chairman Tim Bomberg and Supervisors John Holbrook and Shane McLain present.
On a motion by Holbrook and seconded by Bomberg it was moved to amend the agenda to include approval of the August 8th, 2019 Special Joint Town Board and Florence Utility Commission meeting minutes. All in favor, motion carried.
On a motion Holbrook and seconded by McLain the agenda was approved. All in favor, motion carried.
The minutes of the previous meetings held July 22 and August 8, 2019 were approved on a motion by Holbrook and seconded by Bomberg. All in favor, motion carried.
Rick Enderby of First Crossing Road was in attendance to inquire about additional calcium chloride for the year. The board stated there isn’t any plan to order another load this year, but stated the town would apply additional chloride next year.
On a motion by Holbrook and seconded by McLain a Memorandum of Understanding between the Town of Florence and the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Florence County regarding the Rental of the Community Center was approved. All in favor, motion carried. (For a copy of the MOU please contact the town office)
On a motion by Holbrook and seconded by McLain it was approved to give a credit of $800.00 to ADRC due to the staffing issues from January thru June 2019. All in favor, motion carried.
Susan Theer, County Board Supervisor Committee member for ADRC Department was in attendance to discuss a reduction to the quarterly rent of the community center for the Senior Meal Site because they have reduced to 4 days a week operation. On a motion by Holbrook and seconded by McLain it was moved to reduce the rental rate to $725/qtr. with the condition if ADRC returns to 5 days per week the rental rate would be $800/qtr. All in favor, motion carried.
On a motion by McLain and seconded by Holbrook it was approved to acceptance land from Florence Hardwoods and JALO Real Estate for the purpose of a town road named Sawmill Road was approved and is referenced by Quit Claim Deeds Doc# 285436 and Doc# 285437. There was no cost to the town for this land. All in favor, motion carried.
Robert Friberg, Florence Utility Commission Manager stated that the bids received for the Industrial Park Road expansion project were favorable with them coming in lower than anticipated. A pre-construction meeting is scheduled for August 28th at 1 p.m. with the contractor starting the first week in September. Discussion was had as to items for additional savings. Friberg stated that the utility began the electric on Mud Lake Rd.
Clerk/Treasurer, Shelly Van Pembrook submitted Utility Commission minutes from July and all July bank reconciliation reports for to the board for review.
Van Pembrook also informed the board that residents from Town Road AA will be in attendance at the August 26th, 2019 regular town board meeting to discuss wash outs and extending pavement to the .20 of the town road, as it appears the blacktop stops short of .20.
VanPembrook stated that a citation was issued for a Nuisance Violation at 608 Spring Avenue and the property owner has not yet removed the garbage bags.
Fire Department bills totaling $880.00 were approved for payment on a motion by McLain and seconded by Holbrook. All in favor, motion carried.
Monthly town bills totaling $85,949.78 and automatic withdrawals in the amount of $3,212.00 were approved on a motion by McLain and seconded by Holbrook. All in favor, motion carried.
Under board concerns discussion was had to the recent WDNR public meeting to obtain public input on the Northeast Sands Regional Master Plan. For those who attended, it appears that the DNR is considering removing the Pine River Hydro Facility, which causes great concern. The deadline to submit comments is August 21st, 2019. Bomberg stated we need to get on record that our community is against the removal of the dam. Friberg will work on a letter to submit with Bomberg suggesting contacting our representatives as well. Theer stated she would also bring this to the attention of Florence County Forestry Department meeting on Wednesday.
There being no further business it was moved by McLain and seconded by Holbrook to adjourn until August 26, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at the community center. All in favor, motion carried.
Shelly Van Pembrook, Clerk/Treasurer