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August 21, 2013 Board Meeting Minutes


TOWN OF ARBOR VITAE  - General Meeting - August 21, 2013 

CALL TO ORDER: Chairman Bauers called the general meeting to order at 7:00PM. It had been properly posted and the media notified.

ROLL CALL: Present Frank Bauers, Jeff Hunter, Richard Held, Brian Nerdahl and Steve Perry.   Brian Jopek from the Lakeland Times and 5 others were also present.  

AGENDA: Motion by Held, second by Perry to approve the agenda.  Motion carried. 

MINUTES:  Motion by Nerdahl, second by Hunter to approve the minutes of the August 7th, 2013 meeting. Motion carried.

TREASURER’S REPORT:  The July report was reviewed by the board. GTA funds were deposited on July 7th. Motion by Nerdahl, second by Bauers to approve the report as presented. Motion carried.

PUBLIC COMMENTS / CORRESPONDENCE: 1) Vilas County Zoning will have a Public Hearing on 9-5-13 at 9:00AM on the Floodplain Zoning Ordinance. 2) Vilas County will only participate in ½ funding if the culvert being replaced is 36” or larger. 3) WTA workshop on 9-11-13 in Minocqua. 4) Baur & Poupart properties in Arbor Vitae are abandoned or foreclosed properties that need to be cleaned up. 5) Kim Baltus asked Bauers to serve on the Chamber Board. 6) Resident at 10136 Little Arbor Vitae Dr. reported that since the road work was done he can’t get to his pier.  7) The 100’ communication tower will be put up in October behind the Vilas County Shop on Hwy 70E.

CLASS B COMBINATION LIQUOR LICENSE – PREUSS’S PUB:  Becky Rattenbach and Deb Preuss purchased Little Musky Bar and have applied for the liquor license. All requirements have been met. Motion by Held, second by Perry to approve the Class B Combination license for Preuss’s Pub as presented. Unanimously approved.

CLASS B BEER LICENSE – BAD BONES BBQ INC: Sean Hobena purchased the old Auggie’s Restaurant and is applying for a Class B Beer License. All requirements have been met. Motion by Hunter, second by Bauers to approve the Beer license for Bad Bones BBQ, Inc.  Unanimously approved. The license will be issued on August 28th after the waiting period.

LAKELAND ROTARY PICNIC LICENSE: The Lakeland Rotary is applying for a Picnic License for the Harley Davidson Fall Ride that will be in September. Motion by Bauers, second by Perry to approve the license as requested. Motion passed with Nerdahl abstaining.

TROUT LAKE SUBSTATION: Ryan Gehrig and Devin Roach came to talk to the board about a possible Fire Dept. substation in the Trout Lake area. Gehrig started gathering information after the purchase of the new fire truck. He felt the old truck with about $3000.00 in repairs was too good of a truck to sell. He contacted insurance companies and 6-10 miles from the fire station insurance rates either doubled or the homes were uninsurable. He then talked to a resident in the Trout Lake area about the donation of land and to the Town of Boulder Junction for mutual-aid or a joint venture. He talked to builders and got estimates and talked with another town with a substation for operating costs. The last time we had an ISO Audit was 6-1-1993 to be certified.  They will take this to the Sept. Fire Dept. meeting and then bring it back to the town board.

MEDICAL INSURANCE: Insurance rates have steadily increased over the years and that has forced the town to go to an HRA(Health Reimbursement Account) high deductible plan. This will lower the monthly premium over the current plan but make the deductible much higher. All employees were hired with a no expense medical insurance plan but the board felt a change was needed. A motion by Nerdahl was seconded by Perry to have all employees pay 10% of their premium and the first $1500.00 of their deductible with the town paying the balance. Unanimously approved.


TRID PROJECT – OLD HWY 51N:  Pitlik & Wick will change their plans to blacktop so that they can be done by 4:00 on Thursday do to the Harley event. Reports of cracks in the blacktop will be addressed by Nerdahl in an email.

BUILDING REPORT:  1-stick house $152,000.00, 2-mod./manf. homes $292,531.00, 1-garage $3,000.00 2-additions $58,826.00,  2-lake path/steps $15,000.00,  Months total $521,357.00. Years total $2,103,657.00. 

APPROVE CHECKS & VOUCHERS:  Checks 35301 to 35375 were approved for August in the amount of $126,117.80.  

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 8:15PM. The next general meeting is September 4th, 2013.