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October 15, 2014 meeting minutes


TOWN OF ARBOR VITAE  - General Meeting - October 15, 2014

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, Steve Perry and Brian Nerdahl. Brian Jopek from the Lakeland Times and 10 others were also present.   


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


MINUTES:  Motion by Hunter, second by Nerdahl to approve the minutes of the September 17th, 2014 meeting. Motion carried.


TREASURER’S REPORT:  The September report was reviewed by the board. Motion by Held, second by Hunter to approve the report. Motion carried.


PUBLIC COMMENTS / CORRESPONDENCE: 1) There was no meeting on October 1st, 2014 due to lack of an agenda. 2)There is a Brandy Park Commissioner that does not like the language in the Brandy Park Agreement and has a letter addressing their concerns. 3.)The house that was torn down next to Preuss’s Pub may contain asbestos. Fred McCue, DOT, will look into it.


AVW SCHOOL PRESENTATION: Some 6th graders from AV-W gave a presentation on water quality in Brandy Lake and Lake Towanda that they have been studying about. These presentations are to keep communications open between the school and the town.


OPERATOR’S LICENSES: There were 1 applicant and everything checked out. Motion by Nerdahl, second by Held to approve the Operator’s license as presented. Unanimously approved.


POINT AND PAY SYSTEM: Freudigmann did some research on a web-based credit card system that would be free to the town by charging the user a convenience fee. It costs nothing to maintain and there are 0 start-up costs. Motion by Bauers, second by Perry to hold off and to table this. Unanimously approved.


HWY. 51 PROJECT – D.O.T.:Matt Bronson, Robin Stratford, Jed Peters and Fred McCue were here from the D.O.T and handed out updated plans for the 2018 reconstruction of Hwy 51 in Arbor Vitae. The Board asked questions like why we were still talking about a round-a-bout when the board and every resident that they’ve talked to is totally against it. Where will we put the snow from sidewalks? Why does the Town have any responsibilities on US Highways? The majority of owners are happy with 5-lanes to Arrowhead Dr. and sidewalks. The D.O.T before going to the next PIM meeting would like to hear from the board their preferred plan, signalized or round-a-bout, sidewalks, and how far the 5-lane should go? The board will meet at 6:00PM to come to some conclusions before meeting with the D.O.T at 7:00PM General Board meeting.


BRANDY LAKE INVASIVE SPECIES – TED RITTER: Ted Ritter was not here but sent some information with concerns to the Equatic Invasives found in Brandy Lake. They have no lake association but could join with Arrowhead but they need a sponsor so they can schedule the clean-up ASAP. Bauers will call Ritter tomorrow for further detail.


TRUCK LOAN: Freudigmann got rates for the new truck loan from First Merit and from Peoples State Bank. Motion by Nerdahl, second by Held to go with Peoples State Bank due to slightly lower rates. Unanimously approved.


NEW CEMETERY PRICING: Bob Butzer would like to retire and is having trouble finding a replacement. He feels some of the problem is the pay is too low for the work that’s done. Motion by Bauers, second by Nerdahl to approve the increase of $200.00 for winter burials, $100.00 to open and close for a full burial and a $50.00 increase to open and close for cremains. Motion passed with Perry voting no.


BUILDING REPORT:  5-stick house $1,575,000.00,  5-additions $207,289.00,  1-site prep $15,000.00, 1-deck $1,500.00,  1-fence $500.00,  2-steps $80,000.00, 1-basement $25,000.00.   Month’s total $1,903,789.00.  Year’s total $7,435,285.00.


APPROVE CHECKS & VOUCHERS:  Checks 36507 to 36582 were approved for October in the amount of $64,596.04.


BUDGET REQUESTS / BUDGET WORKSHOP: The board address the budget requests and worked on the 2015 budget.


ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 10:00PM. The next general meeting is November 5th, 2014.