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July 20, 2016 board meeting minutes


TOWN OF ARBOR VITAE  General Meeting  July 20, 2016

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, Steve Perry and Ryan Johnson. Brian Nerdahl was absent. Brian Jopek from the Lakeland Times and 6 others were also present.


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


MINUTES:  Motion by Johnson, second by Bauers to approve the minutes of the June 15th, 2016 meeting as read. Motion carried.


TREASURER’S REPORT:  The June report prepared by Peterson-Metz was reviewed by the board.  Motion by Hunter, second by Johnson to approve the report as presented. Motion carried.


PUBLIC COMMENTS / CORRESPONDENCE: 1) Jane VanWormer is running for Vilas County Register of Deeds and came to introduce herself. 2) Martha Milanowski is running for Vilas County District Attorney and was present to introduce herself.  3) Lakeland Retirement is looking for a new Board Member. 4) Our Electronic and White Good Cleanup program cost the town $6856.40. 5) Vilas County Zoning Committee is having a Public Hearing on the proposed amendments to the Vilas County Subdivision Control Ordinance 81, on 8/1/16 at 9:00am at the Courthouse. 6) Resident came to complain about the ATV’s and ask who he should call with violations. With the trails not being open they would be breaking the law. Call the DNR Warden or the Vilas County Sheriff. Bauers will call the ATV Club President and register the complaints. 7) There was no July 6th meeting due to lack of an agenda.


LAKELAND AIRPORT FENCE: Arbor Vitae is the last owner of the Lakeland Airport to approve the building of a fence around the airport to keep out deer and other wildlife that are a concern for the safety of planes. Jon Schmitz supplied the numbers for the cost of the fence with approx. 60,000.00 being paid by the existing revenues of the Lakeland Airport. Motion by Perry, second by Johnson to conceptually approve the fence contingent on the final numbers. Unanimously approved.


MINOCQUA LIBRARY BOARD MEETING: There will be a joint meeting with the Minocqua Library Board of Trustees and the Town Board for a discussion on the payment and agreement for library service on Monday, July 25th, at 7:00PM


TRIP FUNDS REPORT: Nick Scholtes, Vilas County Highway Commissioner has taken over for Jared and is trying to solve the problem of no TRIP fund meeting causing Vilas Towns to lose their funding. It will be on the Vilas County Board meeting on 7/26 where a vote will be taken to remedy the problem.


PICNIC LICENSE – AVFD & CCC: The Arbor Vitae Fire Department has applied for a Picnic License for their Annual Summerfest. The Cross Country Cruisers have applied for a Picnic License for Harley Davidsons Fall Ride Fundraiser. Motion by Perry, second by Johnson to approve both of the licenses. Unanimously approved.  


ATV CROSSING: The crossing at Vilas County and Trapp Bros. have been approved but the crossing at Rudolph has not been approved by the DOT as of yet. Bauers would like to see the crossing closer to the Tannah property. The worst case scenario would be that the ATV’s would use the same route as the snowmobiles, through our parking lot.


RESOLUTION 1-16 JUST FIX IT:  Wisconsin Towns Assoc. requested that every town do a Transportation Resolution because the Governor has indicated that there will be no new funding for roads without a tax decrease somewhere else. Motion by Bauers, second by Hunter to approve Resolution #1-16 urging the Governor and Legislature to Just Fix It and agree upon a solution to adequately and sustainably fund Wisconsin’s transportation system. Unanimously approved.


MEDICAL INSURANCE:   This year we will shop medical insurance carriers. Our current company and one other submitted quotes but we are still waiting for 1 carrier. The board felt we had time and it will be on the next agenda.


OPERATOR’S LICENSES: There was 7 applications and a previous one that was denied. The Arbor Vitae bar where she is employed requested that we reconsider based on the reclassification of her 2nd OWI to a lesser offense. The bar is aware of her other charges. Everything checked out with the other 7. Motion by Johnson, second by Hunter to approve all 8 of the licenses as presented. Unanimously approved.


BUILDING REPORT:  1-stick house $200,000.00,   4-decks $6,700.00, 1-garages $12,000.00, 1-storage $18.000.00,  1-addition $22,000.00, 1-demo $9,000.00. June’s total $267,700.00. Years total $1,026,380.00. 


APPROVE CHECKS & VOUCHERS:  Checks 38546 to 38647 were approved for July in the amount of $91,760.97.


ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 8:10PM. The next general meeting is August 3rd, 2016.

These are the unapproved minutes of the July 20th, 2016 meeting.


Mary Reuland, Clerk