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Mar 14, 2017



March 14, 2017



The meeting was called to order by Chair Gerald Luke at 6:10 PM. Chair Gerald Luke stated all officers were present, with exception of Supervisor Lepper, who is on his way. Supervisor Lepper arrived at 6:13PM. Chair Luke verified the agenda was placed in 4 locations and on the website. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


PUBLIC COMMENT & QUESTIONS – Nancy Osgood provided information on a suggestion for a yard light which would be on from dusk to dawn on Price Electric pole, for which Price Electric would provide installation and maintenance for $15/month on a 3 year contract with the town. Chair Luke stated he would put this on the next meeting’s agenda. James Wilson mentioned that Charnley Lake Road, notices tears on it and wonders about when crack sealing may be done


Discussion & Presentation by Representative of Xcel Energy – Construction of New Dike at Turtle Flambeau Reservoir

Dean Steines, principal plant engineer of hydro operations for XcelEnergy presented information on upcoming project and the evaluation they had performed in preparation. 200 feet of Dam road in the Town of Sherman will be affected as it needs to be elevated to provide flood protection. The current timeline is to begin the project right after Labor Day if all permits and easements can be obtained. The project will likely take 2 months and the road and boat landing would be closed.



CLERK – Amy Slone reported the election notice has been posted for the Spring Election which will be held on April 4th. The public test of the voting machine will be held on Wednesday March 29, 2017 at 4:30PM. Early absentee voting begins on Monday, March 20th. No town building permits have been issued since October. A representative from Pieper Power will be at the town hall on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 10:00 AM to look at and answer questions regarding possibility of installing a multiline phone system, which would ultimately save the town money on phone bills.


TREASURER - Jerry Murrin presented the monthly financial report for the month of February.


CHAIRPERSON – Gerald Luke provided information on Chair's activities and correspondence.


SUPERVISOR LEPPER – Supervisor Lepper stated Mark S. passed his driving and written test and he will be a fill in snow plower along with Dennis M. next Winter. He received a follow-up from Pitlik and Wick for Flowage Road project with a $600,000 budget if we had the gravel.


SUPERVISOR MIKULA - Supervisor Mikula stated there was no county recycling meeting this month. Last month at the county board meeting the new Waste Management contract was approved. He shared that he has been advocating for better cell phone coverage.


FIRE DEPARTMENT – Fire Chief Ron King stated there was a lawn fire due to a fallen tree and Price Electric responded quickly. Saturday the DNR put on a good program. The fire department had a practice excavation training session with an old car.

FIRST RESPONDERS – No report; not present.

IRON COUNTY SUPERVISOR –No report; not present.

PLANNING COMMISSION – Peter Hatch reported on the process for the acceptance and review of a conditional use permit application. Peter has been involved in research for a proposal of a possible generic tourist rooming house town ordinance.


SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER–James Wilson thanked Supervisor Lepper for all of his years of service and wishes him well in retirement. He shared the financial reports for January. Operating cost for month of January was $811,996 and payroll was $409,000. For the 2017-2018 school year, the school will not need to pursue a referendum as the school district is financially sound. He shared information about current projects and programs including: plans for a mobile science lab, updated shop classes, STEAM classroom, cooperation with NTC, FabLab, Isle Royale wilderness trips, incentives and contracts for continuing education reimbursement for current teachers, and charter school with nontraditional classroom.


ACOUSTIC REMEDY COMMITTEE -Helen Van Prooyen reports being happy with the carpet and feels the acoustics have improved. They are waiting for Jeff B. to arrive to do an acoustic evaluation. Helen thanked Nancy Osgood for all of her work on the project.


Chair Luke made a motion to table the CUP Application by Kurt & Heidi Meyer to operate a tourist rooming house as plan commission did not meet on this as the application is incomplete. Supervisor Lepper seconded; motion passed.


Chair Luke made a motion to table consideration of membership in the WI Independent Assessing Association. Supervisor Lepper seconded; motion passed.


Supervisor Mikula made a motion to approve attendance to Pitlik and Wick workshop for 3 people. Supervisor Lepper seconded; motion passed.


Supervisor Lepper made a motion to approve minutes as presented. Supervisor Mikula seconded, motion passed.


Supervisor Mikula made a motion to pay vouchers as presented. Supervisor Lepper seconded, motion passed.


PUBLIC COMMENT/FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS- Nick Sprangers asked: Regarding the MSHA refresher class: does the new highway department crewman have the new miner training with paperwork? Supervisor Lepper responded and will look into what the new employee will need. Nick S. has offered to continue to be on the call list as he is a current fill-in town road crew person and would be willing to help in the event of an emergency. Peter Hatch asked about what the chemical content of highway road treatment is. Supervisor Mikula asked the chair if he had received a letter from the Flambeau Hospital nurse.


Supervisor Mikula made a motion to adjourn. Supervisor Lepper seconded, motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 8:14 PM Amy J. R. Slone, Clerk Minutes approved on 4/11/2017

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