TOWN BOARD MEETING
JULY 24, 2017
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, the Board of Supervisors, Town of Florence met on the 24th day of July, 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 meetings, held on July 11th, were approved on a motion by Holbrook and seconded by Bomberg. All in favor, motion carried.
Robert Friberg, Florence Utility Manager gave an update on the Safe Drinking Water Loan program stating that the first request for funding has been submitted to the DNR and an expected payment is suspected to arrive the third week in August.
Friberg and Bomberg stated that a walk thru of the RDA project area was done on Friday and a revised punch list for James Peterson and Sons has been submitted to them. A Sixth Pay Request has been approved and will be submitted to Petersons this week in the amount of $182,138.64.
Friberg stated that the Quit Claim Deed to the Utility for the old Fire Hall building is ready for execution by the town, with Bomberg stating tomorrow he will have time to sign.
Discussion was had regarding the platted town roads of Cyclops and Woodward Avenue with no action taken.
Clerk/Treasurer VanPembrook informed the board that Ron Skarda expressed concern of the food vendors in the town park during the summer months, questioning that these vendors may not be paying sales tax, don’t have to pay employees etc. and that it could have an impact on his business across the street. Skarda is trying to sell the business and potential buyers have raised the question. VanPembrook contacted the Florence County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Director, Wendy Gehlhoff, as to their opinion. Discussion ensued with the board stating, the activity during the summer months on Central Avenue once or twice a week is good for the community and these vendors are Florence Township tax payers. VanPembrook stated that the vendors make a $5 donation to the Florence Fire Department each week with the number of vendors varying from week to week.
VanPembrook informed the board that last week the USDA Community Facility Program has informed the town of a grant opportunity. If the town had a project that would be accepted, the town could be eligible for up to 75% of the total project costs up to $50,000 max grant. The clerk’s office is currently working on the application for a skid-steer with snow blower and other attachments. VanPembrook stating the application has a very quick turn-around and must be submitted this week.
VanPembrook informed the board of a Thank you received from the Janet Kelley Family and of a meeting with Jodi Traas, Risk Management Consultant with Community Insurance Corporation taking place on August 21st at 10 a.m. with the heads of departments for the town, fire department and the utility. Also attending will be Mike Martin, Regional Safety Coordinator for MEUW.
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Discussion took place of the UP Firemen’s Tournament this weekend with the utility and town highway being available later in the week to assist.
Fire Department bills totaling $124.43 were approved for payment on a motion by Holbrook and seconded by McLain. All in favor, motion carried.
Monthly town bills totaling $60,009.54 and automatic withdrawals in the amount of $21,839.45 were approved on a motion by Holbrook and seconded by McLain. All in favor, motion carried.
Bomberg provided an update as to a meeting with Dr. and Mrs. Hanson and Barb Blackburn at Middle Lake Road on July 21st. These residents contacted the town inquiring what needs to be done to provide highway service to the end of Middle Lake Rd. Bomberg stated that several trees were identified as having to be removed for a adequate turn around and to provide 2- way traffic. The property owners affected will be discussing these items and contact the town with what they decide.
There being no further business it was moved by Holbrook and seconded by McLain to adjourn until August 14th, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. at the community center. All in favor, motion carried.
SPECIAL TOWN BOARD MEETING
JULY 21, 2017
Special Town Board Meeting
Middle Lake Road
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, the Board of Supervisors, Town of Florence met on the 21st day of July, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. at the town garage at 950 Olive Avenue and then went to Middle Lake Road– Florence for the purpose of meeting with residents at the end of Middle Lake Road to determine what improvements to the road are necessary so that it can be maintained and serviced as a town road. Those in attendance were Chainman Tim Bomberg, Supervisor John Holbrook and Highway Foreman, Chris Steber. Supervisor Shane McLain was excused. Others in attendance at Middle Lake Road were Dr. & Mrs. Hansen and Barb Blackburn.
The end of Middle Lake Road was viewed and inspected. Discussion included the changes with setbacks, septic’s, etc. It was noted that there were 21 trees that need to be removed in order to make an adequate turn around and provide proper width for 2 way traffic on that portion of the road. Steber will mark the trees with ribbons on Monday. The residents in attendance at this meeting will be talking to the other property owner that would be affected and then they will let the Town know what is decided.
It was indicated that Town could take the trees down this coming winter, so the road improvements would not be able to happen until next year at the earliest.
There being no further business the meeting was adjourned on a motion by Holbrook and seconded by Bomberg. Al in favor, motion carried.