TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF FLORENCE
Monday, February 13, 2017
6:00 p.m. Florence Community Center – 749 Central Avenue, Florence
1.Meeting called to order 2.Adoption of agenda 3.Approval of minutes of previous meeting(s) held on January 23rd, 2017 4.Communications from the floor (up to 30 minutes) 5.Discussion and possible action Resolution #02-13-2017 Authorizing Execution of the DNR Principal Forgiven Financial Assistance Agreement relating to the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP), Robert Friberg, Florence Utility Manager.
6.Discussion and possible action update on RDA Project and Safe Drinking Water Loan Program Project with Robert Friberg, Florence Utility Manager 7.Clerk/Treasurer’s report which include review of all January 2017 bank reconciliation reports, voucher approval, reports, notices, letters/correspondence/applications, and inquiries 8.Board member concerns 9.Adjournment
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Information on the Town Board & Proceedings
TOWN BOARD MEETING
JANUARY 9, 2017
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, the Board of Supervisors, Town of Florence met on the 9th day of January, 2017 with Chairman Tim Bomberg and Supervisors John Holbrook and Shane McLain present.
On a motion by Holbrook and seconded by McLain the agenda was approved as posted. All in favor, motion carried.
The minutes of the previous meeting, held on December 12, 2016, were approved on a motion by McLain and seconded by Holbrook. All in favor, motion carried.
Peter Doperalski who resides at 4840 Bush Lane was in attendance to express concern about a property owner who is preventing him from accessing property beyond the town road of Cecelia Drive, because the property owner is stating it is a private road. Doperalski submitted a map of the McIntyre plat which shows a public access road in the area in which the town road ends. The board agreed to forward this to Florence Title and Abstract to research if this public access road was ever laid out.
On a motion McLain and seconded by Holbrook a 2016 tax refund in the amount of $334.58 to Thomas Brandt (parcel # 010-01207-0200) for illegal taxes was approved. Brandt letter stated this should have been entered into MFL for 2016 and was not. R&R Assessing and the Florence County Treasurer agreed. All in favor, motion carried.
Clerk/Treasurer Shelly VanPembrook informed the town board that she was asked to assist the county with the statewide recount of the Presidential Election, which she did and took vacation time for the hours spent working on the recount. VanPembrook stated that the county submitted a check in the amount of $425 to the Town of Florence, because the counties legal advice stated that it was the clerk duties as an elected official and therefore the town would be reimbursed. VanPembrook stated that she disagreed with this opinion but is asking the town board to allow the clerk to retain the two days vacation that was used. On a motion by Bomberg and seconded by McLain it was approved to retain the vacation that was used for the recount. All in favor, motion carried.
Robert Friberg was in attendance with a report on the RDA Grant project reporting the project is over on sewer costs and under on the water costs. Friberg stated all of Schedule C remains which is the curb/gutter, street light replacement on the south side of Central Avenue and restoration of landscaping and seeding to take place in the spring. Discussion was had as to a joint Town Board and Utility Commission meeting in the near future to discuss what should be the official way of sharing of the finances of the project between town and utility.
Friberg stated that the Safe Drinking Water Loan program is making progress with gathering pay request documentation and issuing temporary payments to contractors until reimbursement thru the loan comes through. Friberg stated that there are an additional 100 resident lines to be replaced in 2017 under the program.
Friberg reported that the new street lights on the north side were turned on for one night and he is looking for feedback from the board and public. Friberg explained that the lights are not staggered correctly as they are, so that you have a light, dark and light, dark when traveling on Central. The board asked Friberg to leave the old and new lights on for a couple of weeks as to ascertain if the lighting is safe.
JANUARY 9, 2017 CONTINUED…………………………………………………………..
Discussion was had as to a joint town/utility purchase of a Trackhoe with the board asking that this item be put on the January 23rd agenda.
VanPembrook informed the board that on December 28th, 2016 Bomberg approved voucher payments in the amount of: Checking $32,896.07; Automatic Withdrawals $14,564.37; RDA Project $1,025,085.68 and Fire Dept. $26.44.
VanPembrook submitted all December bank reconciliation reports for board review and a Thank you to the town from Rose and Bill Panek for support and visits during Rose’s illness this past year. Also submitted was a letter received from State of WI Military Affairs –Emergency Management denying eligibility for funding for the Community Center generator, but that the application will automatically be re-submitted for funding through another program.
VanPembrook reported that the WTA 2017 District Meeting will be on February 4th in Carter and asked for board members to inform her if attending, so she can file the registration form.
Fire Department bills totaling $35.73 were approved on a motion by McLain and seconded by Holbrook. All in favor, motion carried.
Monthly town bills totaling $883,678.69 were approved in a motion by McLain and seconded by Holbrook. All in favor, motion carried.
Under board concerns Bomberg instructed VanPembrook to inquire with a GAD dumpster at 732 Chapin Street that is overflowing with garbage.
There being no further business it was moved by McLain and seconded by Holbrook to adjourn until January 23, 2017, at 6 p.m. at the community center. All in favor, motion carried.
Town Board Meeting Information
Town board meetings are held every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center located at 749 Central Avenue, Florence. Meeting agendas will be posted online no later than the Friday before the meeting. Agendas are also posted at the Florence Post Office, Courthouse, Spera's and at mBank--Spread Eagle Branch.
Minutes are posted after they are approved from the most recent meeting only. For copies of minutes prior to those posted online, please contact the Town Office.
Agendas for Upcoming Meetings
TOWN OF FLORENCE -- FLORENCE COUNTY
PROPOSED TOWN BUDGET FOR THE FISCAL YEAR
JANUARY 1, 2017 – DECEMBER 31, 2017
Submitted by the Town Board of Supervisors for Consideration at
the Special Town Meeting held on November 15, 2016
SUMMARY OF BUDGET
Total Expenditures$1,398,968 Less Revenues (excluding property taxes)$584,270 Property Taxes for Town Purposes $814,698
For a complete copy of the 2017 Town of Florence Budget, please contact the Town of Florence Office. Contact Information for the office can be found on the "home" page of this website.
This page was last updated: February 9, 2017
2015 Financial Report -- Approved at Annual Meeting 04-19-16
Town of Florence, Wisconsin
The documents below are copies of the 2015 Audited Financial Report, which was presented (and approved) at the Town of Florence Annual Meeting on April 19, 2016. The 2016 Financial Report will be posted after the 2016 Audit and 2017 Annual meeting are completed in April.
The Annual Meeting will be held on April 18, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Town of Florence Community Center.