Town Meeting Minutes October 9, 2017

October 9, 2017 MONTHLY MEETING       The monthly meeting of the Town Board was held on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 at 6:30 PM at the Cedar Lake Town Hall in Mikana.  Board members present were Ken Leners, Chairman, Kory Weiss, Tony Wolff, Supervisors, Maryhelen Drew, Clerk, Gladys Roux, Treasurer and Mike Gallo, road person.  RJ Severude, Police Chief was absent due to training.  Also attending were 33 other persons.  The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance.     The minutes were read from the previous monthly meeting.  These were approved as read by Kory, seconded by Tony and approved by all.     As there was no public input at this time, Gladys and Maryhelen gave the financial reports balancing with each other and the bank accounts.  Ken then did a budget summary to date.  There should be a reimbursement from Barron County for the Mikana Dam of $3000. Kelly wondered about the investment of the $50,000 CD which the Town has at this time.  Maybe this should be used instead of borrowing money.  The Board will research this and bring a decision back at the next meeting.     The road report was than given by Mike for the past month.  They have been clearing many trees, attending to washouts, fixing culvert failures, working with the blower at shop and the DOT paperwork.  Ken will be attending the Town Road Improvement Program (TRIP) meeting to be able to submit for next year.     At this time, Scott is taking time off to accommodate his farming.  He will be talking with Ken regarding hours in the future.  Scott had injured his elbow, but was released today to go back to work.  Scott has about ¼ of the mowing complete.  Mower had an issue with blown hoses.  Discussion of machine maintenance.       As RJ was absent, Ken gave a police report.  There have been 5 cabin calls, 9 ATV/UTV checks, 2 temperature checks, county sign damage, 2 medical calls, 1 -911 call, children playing, 4 calls on community service.  Due to laws, not able to go into details on any of these items.     Mark Pagenkopf wondering when we would be issuing the Amish tickets for manure on the roads.  This has been discussed by many other towns.  There followed discussion in regards to this issue as well as determining of cameras are legal to be used as well.     As the Birchwood Four Corners Emergency Services District (BFCESD) has not met at this time, there is no report. Jon Sleik was absent.  Ken will be attending the meeting.     The Board then addressed the contract from the BFCESD for 2018 budget.  Ken read the resolution.  Ken made the motion to approve the resolution as presented  by the BFCESD for the fire and ambulance services for 2018.  This was seconded by Kory and approved by all.     Next item for discussion is the loan for the fire truck of $70,104.15.  Ken has three bids at three different banks.  Dairy State Bank which is 1% lower than other places and we are already a customer there.  The other places, the Town would need to start accounts.  Maybe use the CD for this payment.  Ken tabled this decision until next month.     Ken has attended the County Hwy. meeting in regard to the crossing of the bridge in Mikana for ATV/UTV. The county does approve the crossing, the property  committee also approves.  The next step is to put it on the agenda with Jeff French at the County, then it would go to Madison for State approval. Also, the DNR would need to do their review also.  Discussion was held regarding signage of this crossing.     The next item was the update from Kory regarding the Town Hall entrance.  When Kory met with the contractors recently, the cost had gone up $8000 per the Spooner Lumberyard.  Contractor is trying to work with them, but to no avail. Kory had added two elective updates, if the Board decides to complete them, such as skirting around the outside and potential change in decking to make it less slippery.  After some discussion, Ken made the motion to allocate an additional $6000 which will not be exceeded if needed.  Tony seconded and all approved.     Under new business, Ken spoke about the law contract in connection with the budget.  Ken stated that there had been 3 meetings held in regard to this contract, Aug. 29, Sept. 16, and Sept. 28.  A contract was offered and accepted by RJ on Sept. 30th.  Late Nov. or early Dec. the contract will be updated for 2018 beginning January 1st.     The Board then discussed the furnace check in the Town Hall. In the past Lund has done the Town Hall.  Paul’s Sheet Metal does both of the shops.  Tony will check with Paul’s to see if they would be able to do the Town Hall as well.  Board approved.   The Board then went thru the correspondence received during the month.  The population for Town of Cedar Lake was 948 in 2010, now 973 in 2017.  Tax Bond arrived for Treasurer.  Kory asked when statements would need to go out for taxes. There followed a discussion.     Need to post a special meeting to set date for Budget Hearing.  It will be Oct. 11, 2017 at the Town Hall on Wed.     Tony made the motion to adjourn the meeting.  Seconded by Kory and approved by all. (8:00 PM)   SPECIAL MEETING OCTOBER 11,2017     The Town Board met at the Cedar Lake Town Hall on Wed., Oct. 11,2017 to set the date and time for the 2018 Budget Hearing.  All Board members were present.       The budget hearing will begin at 6:00 PM on Nov. 13, 2017. Following the close of this meeting, the Board will then open the meeting to approve the Town tax levy.     The monthly meeting will begin at the adjournment of the budget hearing.     Tony made the motion to adjourn.  Kory seconded and all approved.]]>

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