Meeting Agendas & Minutes

County Board 07/15/2010

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minutes of the meeting of the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors

Thursday, July 15, 2010, 6:30 p.m., Large Courtroom, Sawyer County Courthouse

 

Chairman Hal Helwig called the July meeting of the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors to order.  Roll call was as follows:

present

district

supervisor - T = Town, V = Village, C = City, W = Ward

x

01

Dale Schleeter – T of Lenroot W 1 and 2

x

02

Kathy McCoy – T of Lenroot W 3, T of Round Lake W 1, T of Spider Lake

x

03

Ken Maki – T of Hayward W 3 and 4

x

04

Walter Jaeger – T of Hayward W 1 and 2

x

05

Fred Zietlow – T of Hayward W 5 and 6

x

06

Dean Pearson – C of Hayward W 1 and 2

x

07

Thomas W. Duffy – C of Hayward W 3 and 4

x

08

Bruce Paulsen – T of Bass Lake W 1 and 2

x

09

Charles Gundersen – T of Bass Lake W 3 and 4

x

10

Hal Helwig – T of Couderay W 2, T of Sand Lake

x

11

James Bassett – T of Couderay W 1, T of Edgewater, T of Meteor, V of Couderay

x

12

Ron Kinsley – T of Hunter W 2, T of Ojibwa, T of Radisson W 1, V of Radisson

x

13

Melvin Olson – T of Draper, T of Hunter W 1, T of Round Lake W 2, T of Winter W 2

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14

Dale Thompson – T of Meadowbrook, T of Radisson W 2, T of Weirgor, V of Exeland

x

15

Warren Johnson – T of Winter W 1, V of Winter

 

The agenda for the meeting was presented as follows:

01.  Call to order, roll call, Pledge of Allegiance, meeting agenda

02.  Minutes of the meeting of June 17, 2010

03.  Concentrated Employment Program presentation

04.  Zoning Committee and Zoning and Conservation Committee reports, including:

·         petition for change of zoning for parcel in the Town of Hayward

·         appointment to Zoning Board of Appeals

·         Price (Lake Winter) Dam emergency

05.  Agriculture and Extension Education Committee report, including 4-H volunteer adult leader insurance endorsements

06.  Courthouse Committee report, including:

·         2010 Wisconsin Land Information Program grant agreement

·         appointment of land information council to comply with section 59.72(3m), Wisconsin Statutes

07.  Property and Airport Committee report, including up to $1,000 expenditure from contingency fund for smoke-free signs

08.  Highway Department report, including:

·         support for constitutional amendment to protect transportation fund

·         jurisdictional transfer of portion of County Highway NN

09.  Finance Committee report, including development of 2011 Sawyer County Budget

10.   Personnel and Administrative Committee report, including:

·         participation in Experience Works Program

·         County cell phone policy

11.  Forestry Committee report, including $500 expenditure from Resource Development Fund for Northern Regional Trail Advisory Committee annual dues for 2010

12.  Health and Human Services Board report, including Health and Human Services Department budget adjustments

13.  Correspondence, reports from conferences and meetings, other matters for discussion only

 

Motion by Kinsley, 2nd by Bassett, to approve the meeting agenda as presented.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Duffy, to approve the June 17, 2010 meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

 

CEP (Concentrated Employment Program), Inc Executive Director Steve Terry presented information about CEP and the Workforce Investment Board.  Mr. Terry indicated that CEP has been a leader in workforce development for over forty years, and that CEP offers the citizens in the ten counties of Northwest Wisconsin (Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, and Washburn Counties) a variety of services for job seekers, young people, and businesses, as well as innovative new initiatives, including the following:  training opportunities for job seekers and employers, life enriching programs for young people, job fit assessments, virtual job fairs, job skills development, and special initiatives geared to the workforce needs of Northwest Wisconsin.  CEP has offices in Ashland, Hayward, Ladysmith, Medford, Park Falls, Spooner, and Superior.  Mr. Terry introduced Hayward CEP office Employment Specialist Sandy Lang and Employment Specialist Assistant John Stack.

 

Zoning and Conservation Dept. Director Dale Olson presented the following Zoning Committee report:

The Sawyer County Zoning Committee, having held a public hearing on June 18 2010, pursuant to Section 59.69 (5) (e), Wisconsin Statutes, notice thereof having been given as provided by law and being duly informed of the facts pertinent to the proposed changes, hereby recommends that the petitions described as follows be approved:

 

TOWN OF HAYWARD

1)  Daniel Marks et ux. Proposed lots 1 & 2 and outlots 1 & 2 , being part of the NE 1/4 NW 1/4, S31, T 41N, R 8W; Part of Parcel 2101. Document #329147. 10 acres to be rezoned out of the total 32.07 acres. Change from district Residential One to district Commercial One. Purpose of request is for the location/operation of an auto body shop on proposed lot 1 and a towing and storage business on proposed lot 2. Outlots 1 & 2 are to be combined with corresponding lots 1 & 2. The Town Board has approved the application with additional comments. The Zoning Committee approved the application with the restrictions that the auto body business to be located on lot 1 and the towing and storage business to be located on lot 2 only.  A buffer area on both lots 1 & 2 consisting of dense trees or earth berm at least 50 feet wide on the west side of the property. No roads or buildings in the buffer area. A privacy fence on the west side of lot 2 no closer than 50 feet to the west boundary sufficient to shield the car storage area from view. And the change in zone district is only for lots 1 & 2 and not out lots 1 & 2. Findings of Fact: It would not be damaging to the rights of others or property values.

 

Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Zietlow, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

County Board Chair Hal Helwig presented his recommendation to appoint Town of Bass Lake resident Mark Olson as the 2nd alternate member of the Sawyer County Board of Appeals.  1st alternate member Jim Tiffany became a regular member of the Board of Appeals upon Howard Brossard’s resignation.  2nd alternate member Waldo Asp became the 1st alternate member in place of Jim Tiffany.  Mark Olson would become the 2nd alternate member of the Board of Appeals in place of Waldo Asp.  Motion carried.

 

The Board discussed the events that occurred June 21st through June 23rd at the Price Dam (Lake Winter) following storms that produced abundant rainfall that threatened the integrity of the dam.  Both Zoning and Conservation Department Director Dale Olson and Ambulance Service and Emergency Government Department Director Brian Cody were out of town at the time of the emergency.  County Board Chair Hal Helwig and Zoning and Conservation Committee Chair James Bassett established that Sawyer County Assistant Conservationist Tim Seidl take charge of responding to the storm emergency at the dam.  County Board Chair Hal Helwig, on behalf of the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors, extended thanks to those who assisted in responding to the emergency, including Mr. Seidl and Mr. Bassett, and including the Town of Winter road crew (Gary Kielcheski and Dave Martin), Town of Winter Board members Wayne Geist and Helen Dennis, the Sawyer County Zoning and Conservation Department, the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department, the Sawyer County Highway Department, County Surveyor Dan Pleoger, County Forestry Department employees Deloris Dobilas and David Todus, nearby residents Larry Petit and County Board member Warren Johnson, and a host of other unknown individuals who lent a hand.  Chairman Helwig then introduced Assistant Conservationist Tim Seidl and presented him with a certificate of appreciation for his primary and critical role in directing and coordinating efforts in responding to the storm emergency.  Motion by Olson, 2nd by Bassett, to approve letters of commendation for all who assisted in responding to the emergency.  Motion carried.

 

Agriculture and Extension Education Committee Chair Dean Pearson presented the Committee recommendation to approve a letter of agreement accepting coverage as offered through Sawyer County’s public entity liability insurance policy with the Wisconsin County Mutual Insurance Corporation to extend to Sawyer County’s 4-H Program.  The Courthouse Committee concurs with the recommendation.  Motion by Paulsen, 2nd by Duffy, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

Courthouse Committee Chair Dale Schleeter presented the Committee recommendation to approve the 2010 Wisconsin Land Information Program grant agreement with the State of Wisconsin Department of Administration establishing the terms and conditions for Sawyer County’s eligibility to receive funds for land records modernization.  Land Records Department Director Robyn Thake had reported to the Courthouse Committee that Sawyer County has been awarded $16,056 for 2010 which will be used for digital parcel mapping.  Motion by Kinsley, 2nd by Bassett, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

Courthouse Committee Chair Dale Schleeter presented the Committee recommendation for approval of the appointment of a land information council in compliance with section 59.72 (3m) of the Wisconsin Statutes.  Land Records Department Director Robyn Thake had reviewed with the Committee the newly enacted 2009 Wisconsin Act 314 with the Committee.  Among the changes to the land records program included in the legislation is a requirement for the appointment and composition of a land information council for counties that have established a land information office.  The requirement provides that the council consist of not less than 8 members including the register of deeds, the treasurer, the real property lister or their designees, and the following members appointed by the county board:  A member of the county board, a representative of the land information office, a realtor or member of a realtors association employed within the county, a public safety or emergency communications representative employed within the county, the county surveyor or a registered professional land surveyor employed within the county, and any other members of the board or public that the board designates.  Motion by Kinsley, 2nd by Jaeger, to approve the Courthouse Committee recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

The Board discussed the Finance Committee recommendation for approval to transfer an amount not to exceed $1,000 from the Contingency Fund Account of the General Fund of the 2010 Sawyer County Budget to expend to pay for the signs designating County-owned property as smoke-free.  The County Board approved a policy prohibiting smoking on County property without designating a source of funds for implementation.  Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Johnson, to approve the Finance Committee recommendation.  Motion carried.  Mr. Zietlow voted no.

 

The Board reviewed a proposed resolution to place the following advisory referendum question on the ballot during the November 2010 election:  Should the Wisconsin Constitution be amended to prohibit any further transfers or lapses from the segregated transportation fund?  The Highway Committee did not make a recommendation to approve or disapprove the resolution.  The Board discussed the costs associated with a referendum question (including publication and voting equipment programming costs), discussed that the referendum was advisory, and discussed developing a resolution in opposition to further transfers or lapses from the transportation fund without a referendum or constitutional amendment.

 

Motion by Maki, 2nd by Paulsen, to approve the proposed resolution.  The motion failed on a voice vote.

 

Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Zietlow, to refer the issue back to the Highway Committee for further discussion and for the development of a resolution in opposition to further transfers or lapses from the transportation fund without a referendum or constitutional amendment.  Motion carried.

 

Highway Committee Chair Ron Kinsley presented the Committee recommendation to approve the following resolution:

RESOLUTION #11-2010

JURISDICTIONAL TRANSFER OF PORTION OF SAWYER COUNTY HIGHWAY NN

This resolution is to transfer of a portion of Sawyer County Highway NN from the Sawyer County Highway Department to the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Indians (LCO). The portion of road is County Highway NN, from the intersection of World's End Road to a point 300 feet North-west. This portion is located in the South-east 1/4 of the South-east 1/4, of Section 2, Township 40 North, Range 8 West.

     WHEREAS, County Highway NN in the Town of Hayward, Sawyer County, is functionally classified as a local road by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, and

     WHEREAS, LCO has already agreed to the jurisdictional transfer of .057 miles in the Town of Hayward, and

     WHEREAS, Sawyer County feels that this portion of roadway would be better served under the jurisdiction of LCO,

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that effective upon approval of acceptance of jurisdiction by LCO, Sawyer County will transfer the jurisdiction of County Trunk Highway NN, from its intersection with World's End Road to a point 300 feet North-west to the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Indians.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that said road will continue to be known as County Highway NN.

 

Motion by McCoy, 2nd by Schleeter, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

Finance Committee Chair Warren Johnson reported that the Committee discussed the process and a schedule for development of the 2011 Sawyer County Budget and reviewed and adjusted a proposed letter to the departments of the County with instruction for developing their 2011 budgets.  The Committee determined that departments should include a 0% increase for wages and a 14% increase for health insurance in their budgets.  Motion by Paulsen, 2nd by Zietlow, to approve the letter to the departments as adjusted by the Finance Committee.  Motion carried.

 

Human Resource Manager Carol Larson presented information about the Experience Works Program (senior workforce solutions) and reviewed the Public Safety Committee and Personnel and Administrative Committee recommendations for Sawyer County to participate in the program, including for administrative support for the Ambulance Service and Emergency Government Department.  Motion by Kinsley, 2nd by Schleeter, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

Human Resource Manager Carol Larson presented the Personnel and Administrative Committee recommendation to approve a proposed policy governing the use of cellular telephones and other personal communication devises such as smart phones, PDAs and Blackberrys by the employees of Sawyer County.  Motion by Kinsley, 2nd by Olson, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

Forestry Committee Chair Dean Pearson presented the Committee recommendation to approve the expenditure of $500 from the Sawyer County Resource Development Fund to pay Sawyer County’s Northern Regional Trail Advisory Committee annual dues for 2010.  Motion by Johnson, 2nd by Paulsen, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

Health and Human Services Board Vice-Chair Ron Kinsley introduced Health and Human Services Department Director Pete Sanders who presented the Health and Human Services Board’s recommendation to approve the addition of $448,512 to the expenditures and $448,512 to the revenues of the 2010 budget of the Sawyer County Health and Human Services Department to reflect funds received and spent in purchasing vehicles for Namekagon Transit.  Motion by Kinsley, 2nd by Schleeter, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.  Mr. Bassett and Mr. Olson abstained from voting.

 

County Board Chair Hal Helwig reported receiving a letter from Heinemann’s Spider Lake Condominium Grounds Committee Chairman Roger Stahl complimenting and thanking the Sawyer County Zoning and Conservation Department for their assistance in addressing a major beach erosion problem.  Mr. Stahl noted that Sawyer County Assistant Conservationist Tim Seidl diagnosed the problem, and then devised and implemented a plan to solve the problem.

 

Town of Edgewater landowner Linda Zilmer expressed concern with the Sawyer County and Adjoining Counties Bicycle Map in that some bicycle routes on the map are along roads (particularly Sawyer County Highway F) without adequate pavement width and shoulders.  Ms. Zilmer noted that recent storms have made the situation more dangerous by washing away materials from shoulders along some of these routes.

 

Economic Development and Planning Committee Chair Ken Maki reported that Wisconsin State Senator Bob Jauch wrote a letter dated June 30, 2010 to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Matt Frank urging the DNR to reconsider their recent decision to cease tree seedling production at the Hayward DNR tree nursery.  Mr. Maki indicated that he had written a letter requesting that the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board review the DNR decision at their next meeting.  Bruce Paulsen suggested that Sawyer County submits an open records law request for DNR records relevant to the basis of their decision to cease tree seedling production at the Hayward DNR tree nursery.

 

Motion by Kinsley, 2nd by Johnson, to adjourn the meeting.  Motion carried.

 

 

Minutes prepared by County Clerk Kris Mayberry