Minutes of February 11, 2009 Highway Committee Meeting
Draft: Subject to approval by the Highway Committee
Present: Ron Kinsley, Mel Olson, and Dale Schleeter
Absent: Ken Maki, and Bob Vitcenda
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman Ron Kinsley
1. Approve agenda and any additions
Motion by Olson, second by Schleeter to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
2. Approve minutes from January meeting
Motion by Schleeter, second by Olson to approve minutes from the January meeting. Motion carried.
3. Audience recognition
4. ATV Trail request on CTH OO
Gary met with Dan Dums from the Town of Lenroot in regards to an ATV route on CTH OO from Hwy 63 east to Old OO Road, approximately 2385 feet. Motion by Olson, second by Schleeter to grant the request for a one year agreement. Motion carried.
5. Fritz Luensman reference letter request
Gary received a request Fritz Luensman who owns property on Windfall Lake for a reference letter from the county. Motion by Schleeter, second by Olson to deny the request.
6. Discussion regarding interdepartmental cooperation for vehicle maintenance
The Finance Committee minutes from January indicated that this item should be put on the Highway agenda for discussion. The Airport Committee met on February 9th and from that meeting Dennis Erickson and Jim Meier are not in favor of consolidating the vehicle maintenance. Motion by Schleeter, second by Olson to oppose the consolidation and look to setup separate department accounts for inventory purposes. Motion carried.
7. Discussion on the grievance hearing regarding posting
Gary indicated that a letter was drafted that will be attached to the 2008-2009 Operating Engineers Contract.
8. Commissioners Report
Gary indicated that the crews have been out on snow and ice control and then will continue brushing on Hwy 27-70 and Hwy 70 East. Gary met with a representative from Dave Obey’s office in regards to CTH S. Gary informed the committee that the Operating Engineers voted yes to direct deposit. Randy Patrow will handle the paperwork and get it to Carol Larson. Gary indicated that if the stimulus package is passed that the money for Wisconsin will be used at the discretion of the Governor for projects that have completed that design package and have federal approval. Gary informed the committee that the WCHA Conference that he attended in January was the best convention that he has attended. Gary indicated that the snowmobile issue at the West Fork Bridge isn’t over yet. The trail is close to the road and there are large banks interfering with moving the trail. Gary handed out a sheet with the final costs for the salt shed moving. Gary informed the committee that the proposed bike trail will follow Chippewa Trail from Hwy B to the fairgrounds and the committee is looking at creating restrooms and water facilities at the fairgrounds.. Motion by Schleeter, second by Olson to accept the commissioner’s report. Motion carried.
9. Old business
The committee questioned if any progress has been made with the New World Financial System. Joanne indicated that she is still working on getting 2007 in balance with Dac Easy. The committee would like Joanne to have Mike Coleson come out and get him up to date on the situation with New World and then go the Personnel Committee meeting on Tuesday, February 17th at 9:00 a.m.
10. Other matters for discussion only
11. Out of county travel
Gary to commissioner’s meeting in Washburn County on Feb. 24th
John to Patrol Superintendent’s meeting in Ladysmith on Feb. 19th
Motion by Olson, second by Schleeter to approve out of county travel. Motion carried.
12. Review and approve January bills
Motion by Kinsley, second by Olson to approve January bills
13. Closed session
Minutes of closed session are kept in a confidential file at the Office of Highway Commissioner and Office of County Clerk.
Motion by Schleeter, second by Olson to return to open session and simultaneously adjourn at 8:22 p.m. Motion carried.