Annual Meeting Minutes April 21, 2018

ANNUAL MEETING    APRIL 21, 2018     The Annual Meeting for the Town of Cedar Lake was held at the Cedar Lake Town Hall in Mikana on Saturday, April 2, 2018. The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Present were Ken Leners, Chairman, Supervisors, Tony Wolff and Kory Weiss, Clerk Maryhelen Drew, Treasurer, Gladys Roux,. Also present were Dan Thole,from Clifton, Larson,Allen and Jon Sleik, representing the Birchwood Four Corners Emergency Services Dist.  Also attending were 55 other persons.     Ken introduced Dan Thole from Clifton, Larson,Allen as the Town’s auditor.  Dan will discuss the annual financial report. Dan was able to answer questions regarding 2017 finances.       Ken then explained the budget for 2018 showing that we are tracking funds on a monthly basis.  Would like to brief everyone on a quarterly time frame. Jon Sleik asked if the Town had borrowed funds to pay for the new fire truck?  No, the Board made the decision to cash in the $50,000 CD and add $20,000 to pay for the the truck. The red truck loan was retired last month.  We have adjusted the loan to be a two payment loan per year due to cash flow. It was requested, by Sue Sleik that paper budgets be supplied to the attendees at next meeting.     The minutes were then read from the Annual Meeting for 2017.  Louie Okey made the motion to approve these as read. Mary Hele seconded and all approved.     The date was set for 2019 Annual Meeting as motioned by Jon Sleik for Saturday, April 20th, 2019 at 10 AM.  Lanny Loew seconded and all approved.     Next Jon Sleik spoke for the Birchwood Four Corners Emergency Services Dist.  He presented the plans and approximate cost of the proposed new fire hall. He gave special recognition to Ryan Vanderlandyt for creating the video for all to present to their town boards and residents.  Of the cost of the project, Town of Cedar Lake would pay 31% of the cost which is based on EPV. There will be donations, grants and possibly FEMA to help with the funding. Ken asked if we would have some information about these funds by the Oct. budget time for the towns.  The lot for the fire hall has been paid for and has an existing building which is able to be used for storage already. The lot which had been donated is for sale at this time. Ken thanked Jon for the report.     Discussion then turned to police protection with much discussion.  The May 14th meeting will discuss the options available for police protection. Also discussed the BFCESD volunteers.  It is noted that 80% of America has fire and ambulance based on people volunteering.     Ron Richlick asked what was going to happen to the private funds which had been raised to support the canine program in our town?  Ron suggested that maybe send the funds to Nathan Emmons, City of Barron, canine officer, as RJ was helping with the training of his canine. Steve Carlson made the motion to retain the funding locally within the county.  Mike Wolff seconded this. All approved. Liz Drew asked who had managed the funds? It was managed by the Board as the bills were submitted. Ron Richlick again mentioned Nathan Emmons. Steve Carlson amended his motion to send the funds to Nathan Emmons,City of Barron to keep it locally.  Dave Strand seconded this. A show of hands was taken: yes 41, no 0.       Sue Sleik recognized that Louie Okey had again been elected to the Barron County Board of Supervisors.     Mark Pagenkoph made the motion to adjourn the meeting.  This was seconded by David Strand. All approved. (12:10)]]>

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