Meeting Agendas & Minutes

County Board 08/19/2010

Last Updated 10/12/2010 4:09:58 PM


minutes of the meeting of the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors

Thursday, August 19, 2010, 6:30 p.m., Large Courtroom, Sawyer County Courthouse

 

County Board Chair Hal Helwig called the August 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

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01

Dale Schleeter – T of Lenroot W 1 and 2

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02

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

 

03

Ken Maki – T of Hayward W 3 and 4

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04

Walter Jaeger – T of Hayward W 1 and 2

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05

Fred Zietlow – T of Hayward W 5 and 6

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06

Dean Pearson – C of Hayward W 1 and 2

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07

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

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08

Bruce Paulsen – T of Bass Lake W 1 and 2

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09

Charles Gundersen – T of Bass Lake W 3 and 4

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10

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

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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

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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

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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 July 15, 2010

03.   Economic Development and Planning Committee report, including request for $5,130 for trail development at Ojibwa Park

04.   Courthouse Committee report, including:

·         transfer of $3,200 from contingency fund for expenses of survey corner restoration

·         Circuit Court Judge request for authorization for temporary employee

05.   Property and Airport Committee report, including:

·         letter to Xcel Energy regarding Airport as priority for restoring power during outage

·         land acquisition map for Airport improvement project

06.   Finance Committee report, including agreement for 2011 Sawyer County Platbook

07.   Health and Human Services Board report, including compensation for Public Health Officer/Supervisor

08.   Personnel and Administrative Committee report, including proposed settlement agreement with Courthouse, Paraprofessional, and Professional employee bargaining units regarding furlough day grievances

09.   Highway Committee report, including Highway Department fuel system replacement

10.  Sawyer County emergency services radio transmission on State WISCOM system

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

12.  Closed session, pursuant to sections 19.85(1)(e) and (g), Wisconsin Statutes, to discuss labor negotiations and for discussion of litigation involving Sawyer County (Round Lake Property Owners’ Association v. Sawyer County)

 

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

 

Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Johnson, to approve the minutes of the meeting of July 15, 2010.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the Economic Development and Planning Committee recommendation to approve a request from the Town of Ojibwa for $5,130 from the Sawyer County Environmental Impact Fund towards the expenses for the completion of a trail system in the Town of Ojibwa Park.  The Board discussed that the $6,500 that was designated for coordination and design as part of the $80,000 committed by Sawyer County for the Tuscobia Trail enhancement project has not been spent and that only $800 was provided with that project for Town of Ojibwa Park improvements.  The Finance Committee recommended denial of the request.  Motion by Kinsley, 2nd by Johnson, to approve the Economic Development and Planning Committee recommendation to approve the request.  The roll call vote was as follows:  Maki – absent; Jaeger – yes; Zietlow – no; Pearson – no; Duffy – no; Paulsen – yes; Gundersen – yes; Helwig – yes; Bassett – no; Kinsley – yes; Olson – absent at the time of the vote; Thompson – absent at the time of the vote; Johnson – yes; Schleeter – yes; McCoy – yes.  The motion carried with 8 voting yes and 4 voting no.

 

Courthouse Committee Chair Dale Schleeter presented the Committee recommendation to approve County Surveyor Dan Pleoger’s request for approval for $3,200 to be transferred from the Contingency Fund Account to the County Surveyor Account of the General Fund of the 2010 Sawyer County Budget to expend for payments made to private surveyors for survey corner restoration.  Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Johnson, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

 

Clerk of Circuit Court Judge Gerald Wright reported that the Register in Probate/Juvenile Court Clerk would be out on medical leave for up to 6 weeks and that Ricki Briggs is available to fill in during the absence.  Ms. Briggs is retired but had previously performed the duties of that position.  Judge Wright requested approval to hire Ms. Briggs for 20-30 hours a week.  Motion by Duffy, 2nd by Pearson, to approve the request with the rate of pay to be $16.82 per hour.  The approval would be until the next County Board meeting.  Motion carried.

 

The Board discussed the electric power outage at the Sawyer County Airport that lasted in excess of 30 hours following a severe storm in July.  The Property and Airport Committee discussed installing a generating system at the Airport and recommends County Board approval for the Board to request Xcel Energy to review its priorities for the restoration of electric power following an outage and to consider designating the Sawyer County Airport as a higher priority for future outages.  Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Johnson, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the Property and Airport Committee recommendation for County Board approval of a proposed land acquisition map for the Airport improvement project indicating projections for the interests in real estate necessary for the project.  County Board approval of the map and the County’s commitment to preserve the Airport property is necessary prior to commencement of the project, including negotiations for property acquisition.  Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Zietlow, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the Finance Committee recommendation for approval of a service agreement with Marceline Mapping for the production of a new Sawyer County platbook with a total cost of $34,750 for 2,500 copies and selecting the option of no advertising, no separate road map or aerial photo pages, and requiring a performance bond.  Delivery to the County of the proof of the platbook would be by December 31, 2010.  The Finance Committee had also reviewed and considered proposals from Rockford Map, Applied Data Consultants, Farm & Home Publishers, and Red Barn.  Motion by Bassett, 2nd by McCoy, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.  Mr. Zietlow voted no.

 

Human Resource Manager Carol Larson presented the Personnel and Administrative Committee recommendation to approve a proposed settlement agreement with the Courthouse, Paraprofessional, and Professional employee bargaining units regarding the furlough day grievances.  Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Zietlow, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the Highway Committee recommendation to approve the purchase and installation of a Fuelmaster Fuel Management System for the 3 Highway Department sites (Hayward, Winter, and Radisson) with a total cost of $26,032.  The cost will be divided proportionately between the users of the fuel system and the contingency fund account of the General Fund of the 2010 Sawyer County Budget as follows:

  $10,745.77 – Highway Department

  $  6,166.98 – Health and Human Services/Transit

  $  1,085.83 – LCO Police Department

  $     158.79 – Town of Hayward

  $     853.84 – Town of Radisson

  $     465.97 – Senior Resource Center

  $  6,554.82 – Contingency Fund

The Finance Committee concurs with the recommendation.  Motion by McCoy, 2nd by Schleeter, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

 

The Board reviewed an email from Sawyer County 911 Coordinator Rose Lillyroot who reported that:

·         Sawyer County submitted a concept paper to the State of Wisconsin for Sawyer County to utilize the State’s WISCOM system for day to day emergency services transmissions.

·         This concept paper has been accepted and is being moved to the next level which is a meeting with State employees and engineers to further review Sawyer County’s plans and to begin an implementation study.

·         The original concept paper requested $779,000 in funding.

·         There is around 5 million dollars to implement counties onto the WISCOM system and at this point only Sawyer County and one other County have been selected to move forward.

·         Sawyer County will still maintain its existing communications system as a backup system

Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Zietlow, to approve County Board support for Sawyer County’s application for the State funding to utilize the WISCOM system for day to day emergency services transmissions.  Motion carried.

 

County Board member Ron Kinsley noted that the Sawyer County Fair is being held this weekend at the Sawyer County Fairgrounds.

 

Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Kinsley, to convene into closed session, pursuant to sections 19.85 (1) (e) and (g), Wisconsin Statutes, to discuss labor negotiations and for discussion of litigation involving Sawyer County (Round Lake Property Owners’ Association v. Sawyer County).  Motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

[Minutes of closed sessions are kept in a confidential file in the County Clerk’s Office.]

Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Gundersen, to reconvene into open session.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Thompson, to adjourn the meeting.  Motion carried.

 

 

Minutes prepared by Sawyer County Clerk Kris Mayberry