Meeting Agendas & Minutes

County Board 05/19/2011

Last Updated 6/4/2011 4:43:07 PM


Draft - minutes of the meeting of the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors

Thursday, May 19, 2011, 6:30 p.m., Large Courtroom, Sawyer County Courthouse

 

County Board Chair Hal Helwig called the May 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

 

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, audience recognition

02.   Minutes of the meeting of April 19, 2011

03.  Sawyer County supervisory district plan, including public hearing and adoption of tentative plan

04.  Zoning Committee report, including:

·         Town of Ojibwa – Plum Creek Timberlands property rezone application

·         proposed amendments to Sawyer County Zoning Ordinance - Section 17.4; A-1 Zone District

05.  Public Safety Committee report, including:

·         request for funds for County communications project

·         recommendation to fill vacancy in Sheriff’s Department resulting from vacancy in deputy position

06.  Courthouse Committee report, including contract with Point North Mapping for digital parcel mapping of Township 39 North, Range 5 West, Town of Winter

07.  Finance Committee, including:

·         establishment of fund for revenues and expenses for silent sports study

·         designation of Environmental Impact Fund for County projects

·         transfer of 911 Fund balance ($36,056), as determined by 2009 Sawyer County Financial Statement and Audit, to Public Safety Fund 221

·         appointment of ad hoc committee to review the option of developing a county library system

08.  Personnel and Administrative Committee report, including:

·         salary adjustment for 911 Coordinator

·         recommendation to fill position in Sheriff’s Department resulting from vacancy in Court Services Officer (Jailer) position

·         resolution in support of Indianhead Community Action Agency funding

09.  Highway Department report, including request to house global positioning equipment at Winter Highway Department facility

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

 

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

 

Sawyer County Highway Department employee bargaining unit steward Bret Danielson spoke in support of extending the bargaining unit agreement beyond its December 31, 2011 expiration date.

 

 

Motion by Johnson, 2nd by Kinsley, to approve the April 19, 2011 meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

 

Sawyer County Clerk Kris Mayberry presented the recommendation of the Personnel and Administrative Committee to approve a proposed Tentative Sawyer County Supervisory District Plan.  The Committee met May 6, 2011 in their role as the Sawyer County Redistricting Committee (as designated by the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors at their meeting held February 17, 2011) and reviewed maps and population information for several options for a supervisory district plan for Sawyer County.  The option recommended by the Committee retains a separate district for each current County Board member.  An opportunity was provided for the public to ask questions about or comment on the proposed plan.  Notice of the public hearing was published in both Sawyer County newspapers for the 2 weeks prior to the meeting and sent to the 21 municipalities in Sawyer County and the LCO Tribal Governing Board.  Copies of the plan and related information were available and distributed to the public present at the meeting.  The Board reviewed and answered questions about the plan.  There were no questions or comments offered by the public.  Motion by Zietlow, 2nd by Kinsley, to approve the Tentative Sawyer County Supervisory District Plan recommended by the Personnel and Administrative Committee.  Motion carried.

 

Zoning and Conservation Department Administrator Dale Olson presented the Zoning Committee report, including their recommendation to approve the following application for property rezoning:

 

Town of Ojibwa - Plum Creek Timberlands LP.   The NE NE and the S 1/2 of the NE; the N 1/2 of NW; the SE NW; the N 1/2 of the SW; the SE SW; and all of the SE 1/4 all in Section 19; and all of Sections 27, 28, 29; the E1/2 and the N 1/2 NW of Section 30; all of the NE 1/4 and all of the SE 1/4 of Section 31; and all of the NE 1/4 and all of the NW 1/4 and all of the SW 1/4 and the E 1/2 of the SE 1/4 in Section 32; all of the NE 1/4, all of the NW 1/4, the N 1/2 of the SW, the SW SW, the NE SE, the NW SE, the W 1/2 of the SW SE and the SE SE all in Section 33; and the N 1/2 of the NE, the N 1/2 of the SW NE, the N 1/2 of the SE NE and all of the NW 1/4 in Section 34; all of the above located in T 39N, R 6W.   MFL Volume 855 Records page 547.  Approximately 4,560 acres to be rezoned.  Change from District Residential/Recreational Two and Agricultural One (Section 30 & 31) to District Forestry One.  Purpose of request is to conform to the current and existing land use. The Town Board has approved the application.  Olson read the application into the record.  He read the town boards decision and stated that 38 opinion letters were sent out.  Of those, 16 were returned with no objection, 3 had additional comment.  One was returned with objection with comments.  No one was present to represent Plum Creek.  Gayle Johnson, Chairman of the Town of Ojibwa stated that the town is in favor of this rezone and that at a later date, will be asking Plum Creek to rezone other parcels that are currently zoned RR-2.  Findings of Fact: It would not be damaging to the rights of others or property values; it would be compatible with the uses in the area.

 

Motion by Kinsley, 2nd by Paulsen, to approve the Zoning Committee recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

Zoning and Conservation Department Administrator Dale Olson presented the Zoning Committee recommendation to approve the following proposed amendments to the Sawyer County Zoning Ordinance:

 

PROPOSED AMENDMENT – SECTION 17.4    A-1 ZONE DISTRICT

 

SECTION 17.0 ZONE DISTRICTS

Reads:

17.4: Agricultural One District

A) Permitted Uses

1) Year round dwellings, but only when occupied by owners and/or person engaged in farming activities on the premises.

 

Change to read:

1) Year round dwellings occupied by owners and/or person engaged in farming activities on the premises. Town Board and Zoning Administrator approval is required for owners and/or persons not engaged in farming activities on the premises.

 

17.4: Agricultural One District

Reads:

B) Uses Authorized by Conditional Use

1) One-family and two-family year round dwellings

 

Delete:

1) One-family and two-family year round dwellings 

 

Renumber [section to reflect deletion]

 

Mr. Olson had indicated to the Zoning Committee that:

·         This amendment is the result of the number of conditional use applications that have been approved by the committee.

·         All towns were polled and the majority of towns were in favor of this amendment.

·         If approved, a public hearing would not be necessary for those applicants who want to build a home who are not engaged in agricultural activities.

·         Towns would still be a part of the decision process prior to an approval. 

 

Town of Edgewater property owner Linda Zilmer spoke in opposition to the amendments.

 

County Board member Kathy McCoy spoke in opposition to the amendments and opined that the amendments will accelerate the fragmentation of agricultural lands in Sawyer County.

 

Motion by Pearson, 2nd by Zietlow, to approve the Zoning Committee recommendation to approve the amendments.  Motion carried.  Ms. McCoy voted no.

 

Public Safety Committee Vice-Chair Ken Maki presented the Committee’s recommendation for approval to expend up to $78,614 of County funds as the estimated additional funds needed for a comprehensive upgrade to the Wis/Comm radio and communication system in Sawyer County.  Ambulance and Emergency Government Department Director Brian Cody had presented the Committee with information and answered questions about the project.  The State of Wisconsin has committed to an $800,000 contribution to the project.  The Finance Committee, at their meeting held May 16, 2011, indicated support for the project and for a County financial contribution to the project, but expressed a need to receive a written confirmation of the State of Wisconsin contribution to the project and more information about the anticipated total cost of the project.  Mr. Cody indicated to the Finance Committee that a minimum of $54,000 (of the estimated $78,614) of County funds is needed at this time to proceed with a structure to house the communications equipment.  The Finance Committee recommends approval for the expenditure of the $54,000 for the project, contingent upon receiving a signed confirmation of the $800,000 State of Wisconsin funding.  The source for the funds would be determined at a later date.  Motion by Maki, 2nd by Bassett, to approve the Finance Committee recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

Public Safety Committee Chair Ken Maki presented the Committee recommendation to fill a vacancy in the Sheriff’s Department resulting from a current vacancy in a deputy position.  In the event that the current vacant deputy position is filled by the transfer of another Department employee, the recommendation is for approval to fill any position left vacant as a result of an employee transfer.  The Public Safety Committee approved extending the current patrol eligibility list until Labor Day for the purpose of filling predicted vacant positions in the Sheriff’s Department.  The Personnel and Administrative Committee concurs with the recommendation.  Motion by Maki, 2nd by Pearson, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

Courthouse Committee Chair Dale Schleeter presented the Committee recommendation to approve a proposed contract with Point North Mapping for the digital parcel mapping of Township 39 North, Range 5 West (located in the Town of Winter).  The project cost is estimated at $17,712.50 ($12.50 per parcel x 1,417 estimated parcels) to be paid from County retained fees of the Land Records Special Revenue Fund #210-51267.  Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Kinsley, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

Finance Committee Chair Warren Johnson presented the Committee recommendation for approval to establish a special fund for the revenues and expenses of a silent sports study planned to confirm the economic contribution of silent sports to the economy of Sawyer County with the intent of closing the fund upon the project’s completion anticipated by the end of 2013.  University of Wisconsin-Extension Community Resource Development Educator Dave Berard had presented the Finance Committee with the recommendation of the Agriculture and Extension Education Committee use the Sawyer County University of Wisconsin-Extension Department revenue and expense line items for the silent sports study.  Mr. Berard explained that no County funds will be expended for the study and that the recommendation is for funds to be received from other sources to pay the expenditures of the study.  Motion by Schleeter, 2nd by Paulsen, to approve the Finance Committee recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

Finance Committee Chair Warren Johnson presented the Committee’s recommendation to reserve the Sawyer County Environmental Impact Fund (funds received from the American Transmission Company as compensation for the environmental impact from the project adding to the capacity of the electric transmission line traversing Sawyer County) for County projects.  Mr. Johnson reported that the Committee reviewed the guidelines established by the County Board for the expenditure of funds from the Sawyer County Environmental Impact Fund at a meeting held August 21, 2008 and discussed that there are numerous County projects that will need funding.  Motion by Paulsen, 2nd by Jaeger, to approve the Finance Committee recommendation.  The roll call vote was as follows:  Helwig – yes; Bassett – yes; Kinsley – yes; Olson – yes; Thompson – absent; Johnson – no; Schleeter – yes; McCoy – yes; Maki – no; Jaeger – yes; Zietlow – yes; Pearson – yes; Duffy – no; Paulsen – yes; Gundersen – yes.  The motion carried with 11 voting yes and 3 voting no.

 

Finance Committee Chair Warren Johnson presented the Committee recommendation to transfer the $36,056 balance (per audit as of December 31, 2009) from the Sawyer County Emergency 911 System Fund to the Public Safety Grant Fund 211, provided the Property Address System Committee concurs with the transfer.  Motion by Paulsen, 2nd by McCoy, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

Finance Committee Chair Warren Johnson presented the Committee recommendation for the appointment of an ad hoc committee to explore the option of establishing a county library system for Sawyer County that would include representatives from the Hayward, Winter, and LCO libraries as well as Kathy McCoy (Sawyer County’s representative on the Sherman and Ruth Weiss Library Board of Directors), Jim Bassett (Sawyer County’s representative on the Northern Waters Library Board of Directors) and Dale Schleeter.  Motion by Pearson, 2nd by Schleeter, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

Human Resource Manager Carol Larson presented the Personnel and Administrative Committee recommendation to increase the compensation for the non-represented 911 Supervisor/Network Administrator position in the Sheriff’s Department to $24 per hour with the increase to be effective at the beginning of the next pay period following County Board approval.  The position was changed from a bargaining unit position to a non-represented position in March of 2011.  Human Resource Manager Carol Larson had presented the Committee with information on compensation for comparable positions in other counties and for other non-represented Sawyer County employee positions.  Motion by Johnson, 2nd Zietlow, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

Human Resource Manager Carol Larson presented the request of Sheriff Mark Kelsey and Chief Deputy Brigette Kornbroke for approval to fill a vacancy in the Court Services Officer (Jailer) position in the Sheriff’s Department which has resulted from the sudden death of the incumbent in the position.  In the event that the vacancy is filled by the transfer of another Sheriff’s Department employee, the request is for approval to fill any position left vacant as a result of an employee transfer.  Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Zietlow, to approve the request.  Motion carried.

 

The Sawyer County Board’s representative on the Indianhead Community Action Agency Board of Directors Warren Johnson presented the Personnel and Administrative Committee recommendation to approve the following resolution:

RESOLUTION #7-2011

A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF INDIANHEAD COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY FUNDING

     WHEREAS, Sawyer County continues to have a high incidence of poverty and unemployment and these conditions severely affect the quality of life for many of our neighbors; and,

     WHEREAS, Indianhead Community Action Agency, Inc. has utilized Community Services Block Grant and other funding leveraged from that source to successfully and efficiently provide services and opportunities to low-income and unemployed residents; and,

     WHEREAS, the Community Services Block Grant provides not only funding but by law assures local control through a mandated board structure and flexibility to address changing local needs; and,

     WHEREAS, funding for the Community Services Block Grant is targeted for drastic reductions in multiple federal budget proposals, putting the entire range of services and opportunities provided by Indianhead Community Action Agency, Inc. at risk;

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors is fully supportive of Indianhead Community Action Agency, Inc. and urges that adequate funding for the Community Services Block Grant be adopted in the congressional appropriations process to assure the continuation of so many vital services to the citizens of Sawyer County;

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the county's legislative delegation.

 

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

 

The Board reviewed a request for approval for the placement by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation of a Wisconsin Continuously Operating Reference Station (WISCORS) at the Winter Highway Department facility.  Sawyer County Surveyor Dan Pleoger had indicated to the Highway Committee that a secure location in that area is needed for the GPS equipment and that housing the equipment will have no impact on Highway Department communications equipment.  Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Zietlow, to approve the request.  Motion carried.

 

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

 

 

Minutes prepared by Sawyer County Clerk Kris Mayberry