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Minutes of the meeting of the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors

Thursday, January 20, 2005, 6:30 p.m., Large Courtroom, Sawyer County Courthouse

 

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

present

district

supervisorT = Town, V = Village, C = City, W = Ward

x

01

Frank Romnes – 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

Patricia Aderman – T of Hayward W 3 and 4

x

04

Arlene Mizerka – T of Hayward W 1 and 2

x

05

Elgin Gunderson – T of Hayward W 5 and 6

x

06

Nate DeLong – C of Hayward W 1 and 2

x

07

Shirley Riedmann – C of Hayward W 3 and 4

x

08

Shirley Suhsen – T of Bass Lake W 1 and 2

x

09

Bruce Miller – 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

x

14

Robert Vitcenda – T of Meadowbrook, T of Radisson W 2, T of Weirgor, V of Exeland

x

15

William Voight – 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, and audience recognition

02.   Minutes of the meeting of December 16, 2004

03.   WITC report – Dr. Hurley

04.   Jail Modification Committee report, including review and approve plans for an addition and modifications to Sawyer County Law Enforcement Center

05.   Zoning Committee report, including:

  • parcel zoning amendments and ordinance to amend zone district maps
  • amendment of rules and by-laws of Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Carmody Data Systems contract to provide maintenance and inspection-tracking program for operations and management data of onsite wastewater treatment systems

06.   Forestry Committee report, including:

  • resolution for commitment for County Forest sustainable forestry initiative
  • proposal for legal review of County’s rights and responsibilities regarding Wisconsin County Forest Law

07.   Courthouse Committee report, including proposed agreement for the computer consulting services of Lewis and Associates for 2005

08.   Property and Airport Committee report, including landowner decision not to sell parcel of real estate adjacent to runway at Sawyer County Airport

09.   Health and Human Services Board report, including proposal for an additional special grant employee – Diversionary Dispositional Worker position

10.   Finance Committee report, including:

§         selection of payment option for 2005 Sawyer County Platbook

§         designation of $10,000 from 2004 excess sales and use tax revenue for economic development and planning functions

11.   Personnel and Administrative Committee report, including:

§         Revision of wording in introduction to Personnel Administration Policies

§         Resolution placing referenda question concerning whether the State of Wisconsin should pay the costs of the court system and human service programs on the April ballot

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

 

Motion by Vitcenda, 2nd by Miller, to approve the meeting agenda as presented.  Motion carried.

 

Alan J. Reinemann, a member of the Round Lake Property Owners Association Board of Directors, presented his letter to the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors objecting to a letter written to the County Board (dated January 18, 2005) as a formal complaint against the County by the Association as to the management of the water level on Round Lake and as a threat to take a more legalistic approach to addressing the matter.  Mr. Reinemann asserts in his letter that:  “there has been no official action taken by the Round Lake Property Owners Association Board of Directors or the full Membership to support Mr. Strachota’s formal complaint or threat of legal action”.

 

Motion by Vitcenda, 2nd by Kinsley, to approve the minutes of the December 16, 2004 meeting.  Motion carried.

 

Dr. Hank Hurley, President of the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, presented information about the history, enrollment, utilization, programs, services, benefits, and goals for the future of the College.

 

Representatives of Market & Johnson (the construction management firm) and of Ayers & Associates (the architectural firm) presented the latest draft of plans for an addition and modifications to the Sawyer County Law Enforcement Center.  The plans would be used to advertise for bids for the project’s construction.  Motion by DeLong, 2nd by Miller, to approve the recommendation of the Jail Modification Committee to proceed with the project.  Motion carried.

 

Zoning Administrator William Christman presented the following Zoning Committee report:

The Sawyer County Zoning Committee, having held a public hearing on December 17, 2004, 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 DRAPER

1) Gerald W. Frederick et ux. The west 660’ of the SE¼ SW¼, S 35, T 40N, R 4W, Part of parcel .12.1. Vol 223 Records Page 350. 20 acres to be rezoned out of the total 40 acres. Change from District Forestry One to District Residential/Recreational Two. Purpose of request is to conform with the rest of the property, and for building residences for family members. The Town Board has approved the application. Findings of Fact: It would not be damaging to the rights of others or property values.

 

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

 

TOWN OF DRAPER

2)  Darrel T. Grahovac. The south 600’ of the NW¼ NW¼, S 12, T 39N, R 4W, Parcel .6.2. Vol 851 Records Page 253. 600’x1000’ containing approximately 13.75 acres out of the total 28.23 acres, excepting therefrom the wetlands as indicated on the Wetland Inventory Map. Change from District Forestry One to District Residential/ Recreational One. Purpose of request is to conform with the zone district on the north 660’ of said property. The Town Board has approved the application. Findings of Fact: It would not be damaging to the rights of others or property values.

 

Motion by Voight, 2nd by Vitcenda, to approve the Zoning Committee recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

TOWN OF ROUND LAKE

3)  Mitchell F. Blankenburg et ux. Part of the SW¼ NW¼, S 13, T 41N, R 6W, Parcel .7.1. Vol 442 Records Page 364. 0.9 acres. Change from District Commercial One to District Residential/Recreational One. Purpose of request is to conform with surrounding zoning and existing use. The Town Board has approved the application. Findings of Fact: It would be compatible with surrounding uses and the area.

 

Motion by Mizerka, 2nd by Vitcenda, to approve the Zoning Committee recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

TOWN OF ROUND LAKE

4)  Robert Kaehler et al. Part of the SW¼ NW¼, S 13, T 41N, R 6W, Parcel .7.8. Vol 421 Records Page 135. 1.45 acres. Change from District Commercial One to District Residential/Recreational One. Purpose of request is to conform with surrounding zoning and existing use. The Town Board has approved the application. Findings of Fact: It would not be damaging to the rights of others or property values.

 

Motion by Vitcenda, 2nd by McCoy, to approve the Zoning Committee recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

The Sawyer County Zoning Committee, having held a public hearing on December 17, 2004, 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 petition described as follows be denied.

 

TOWN OF BASS LAKE

1)  Gayle Naegeli. Lots 1-4 and Lot 42, Block 1, Abendpost Beach 2nd Addition, S 31, T 40N, R 8W, parcel -14.1.1. Document #326062. 0.529 acres. Change from District Forestry One to District Commercial One. Purpose of request is to operate a beauty salon within an existing structure. Also to conform with the surrounding zoning and the Bass Lake Town plan. Proeprty does not meet the dimensional requirements of the Forestry zone district. The Town Board has denied the application with additional recommendations.  The Zoning Committee determined to deny the application, and to allow Naegeli to proceed until April while applying for change of zone district to RR-1 and conditional use. Findings of Fact: Not in compliance with the Town Board.

 

Motion by Suhsen, 2nd by McCoy, to approve the Zoning Committee recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

The Zoning Committee presented the following proposed resolution:

RESOLUTION #1-2005

AMENDING SAWYER COUNTY ZONE DISTRICT MAPS

     WHEREAS, the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors has heretofore been petitioned to amend the Sawyer County Zone District Maps; and

     WHEREAS, the petitions have been referred to the Sawyer County Zoning Committee for public hearings; and

     WHEREAS, the Zoning Committee, on due notice, conducted a public hearing on the proposed amendments and filed their recommendations with the Board; and

     WHEREAS, this Board has the legal authority to amend zone districts pursuant to Section 59.69 (5) (e), Wisconsin Statutes.

     NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Sawyer County Zone District Maps, adopted March 1, 1971, be and the same are hereby amended as follows:

TOWN OF DRAPER

1) Gerald W. Frederick et ux. The west 660’ of the SE¼ SW¼, S 35, T 40N, R 4W, Part of parcel .12.1. Vol 223 Records Page 350. 20 acres to be rezoned out of the total 40 acres. Change from District F-1 to District RR-2.

2)  Darrel T. Grahovac. The south 600’ of the NW¼ NW¼, S 12, T 39N, R 4W, Parcel .6.2. Vol 851 Records Page 253. 600’x1000’ containing approximately 13.75 acres out of the total 28.23 acres, excepting therefrom the wetlands as indicated on the Wetland Inventory Map. Change from District F-1 to District RR-1.

TOWN OF ROUND LAKE

3)  Mitchell F. Blankenburg et ux. Part of the SW¼ NW¼, S 13, T 41N, R 6W, Parcel .7.1. Vol 442 Records Page 364. 0.9 acres. Change from District C-1 to District RR-1.

4)  Robert Kaehler et al. Part of the SW¼ NW¼, S 13, T 41N, R 6W, Parcel .7.8. Vol 421 Records Page 135. 1.45 acres. Change from District C-1 to District RR-1.

 

Motion by Miller, 2nd by Kinsley, to approve RESOLUTION #1-2005.  Motion carried.

 

The Zoning Committee presented the following proposed resolution to amend the rules and by-laws of the Sawyer County Board of Appeals:

RESOLUTION #2-2005

AMENDING RULES AND BY-LAWS OF THE SAWYER COUNTY BOARD OF APPEALS

     WHEREAS, Sawyer County has adopted and is enforcing the Rules and By-Laws of the Sawyer County Board of Appeals;

     WHEREAS, these amendments were drafted to promote and protect the public’s health, safety, and general welfare and to clarify other sections of the ordinance in the best interest of Sawyer County residents; and

     WHEREAS, the Zoning Committee on due notice conducted a public hearing on the proposed text amendments and filed their recommendations with the Board; and

     WHEREAS, this Board has the legal authority to amend Sawyer County ordinances pursuant to Section 59.69 (5) (e), Wisconsin Statutes.

     NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the following amendments to the Rules and By-Laws of the Sawyer County Board of Appeals are hereby adopted and shall take effect on passage by the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors.

TEXT AMENDMENTS TO THE RULES AND BY-LAWS OF THE SAWYER COUNTY BOARD OF APPEALS (These are on file in the Sawyer County Zoning Department and County Clerk’s Office.)

 

Motion by Miller, 2nd by Mizerka, to approve RESOLUTION #2-2005.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed a proposed Government Service Contract between Sawyer County and Carmody Data Systems.  The contract provides for the terms and conditions for Carmody to provide Sawyer County with a maintenance and inspection-tracking program for operations and management data of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems.  Motion by Miller, 2nd by Romnes, to approve the contract, and to authorize that the contract be signed on the County’s behalf.  Motion carried.

 

The Forestry Committee presented the following resolution:

RESOLUTION #3-2005

COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY INITIATIVE AND FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL

     WHEREAS, Sawyer County has land enrolled in the County Forest Law program commonly referred to as the Sawyer County Forest; and

     WHEREAS, pursuant to section 28.11 of the Wisconsin Statutes, this land is managed in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, on a sustainable basis for maximum public benefits; and

     WHEREAS, Sawyer County and the Wisconsin County Forests Association have deemed the process of Forest Certification to be in the best interest for sustaining forest industry and the many benefits of county forest lands in Sawyer County and the State of Wisconsin as a whole; and

     WHEREAS, the Sawyer County Forest was included in the group audit pool for the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Forest Stewardship Council Forest Certification system and found to be in conformance with the standards of those programs; and

     WHEREAS, it is proposed that the direct costs of forest certification are to be paid by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and if not, participation in the forest certification program will be brought back to the County Board for acceptance and approval.

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SAWYER COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AS FOLLOWS:  That Sawyer County accept and commit to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Forest Stewardship Council and that the management of the Sawyer County Forest be consistent with the standards set forth.

 

Motion by DeLong, 2nd by Vitcenda, to approve RESOLUTION #3-2005.  Motion carried.

 

The Board discussed a proposal that Sawyer County obtain a legal review of the County’s rights and responsibilities regarding the administration of county forests (section 28.11 of the Wisconsin Statutes).  Forestry Committee Chair Shirley Riedmann noted that interpretation of this section of the Statutes has been the subject of discussion by the Forestry Committee, and that there are members of the Committee that are not in agreement with representatives of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in their the interpretation of certain provisions of the section, particularly the interpretation that counties are not authorized to issue permits for sites in the county forest for private recreation camps.  The Board discussed whether to determine if a majority of the Board supports continuing to issue permits for sites in the Sawyer County Forest for private recreation camps before deciding whether to expend County funds to obtain a legal review of the County’s rights and responsibilities regarding the administration of county forests.  Motion by Gunderson, 2nd by McCoy, to phase out the issuance of permits for sites in the Sawyer County Forest for private recreation camps by the end of the year 2010.  Motion carried.  Mr. Romnes, Mr. DeLong, and Mr. Voight voted no.  Ms. Riedmann abstained.

 

Motion by Vitcenda, 2nd by Bassett, to authorize Forestry Committee Chair Shirley Riedmann to advise the Forestry Department to hold off on sending out information about the annual renewal of recreation camp permits until after the next Forestry Committee meeting to allow the Committee to add information about phasing out the permits.  Motion carried.  Mr. Romnes, Mr. DeLong, and Mr. Voight voted no.

 

The Courthouse Committee presented its recommendation to approve a proposed agreement for the computer consulting services of Lewis and Associates for 2005.  The agreement provides for the payment of $2,600 per month (a decrease of $170 per month from 2004) and a mileage rate of $.37 per mile (an increase of 3 cents per mile from 2004).  Motion by Vitcenda, 2nd by Bassett, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

County Clerk Kris Mayberry reported that Susan Duffy informed him that she now declines to sell the County the approximately 8.83 acre parcel adjacent to the runway at the Airport.  

 

Health and Human Services Board Chair Shirley Suhsen presented the recommendation of the Health and Human Services Board and the Personnel and Administrative Committee to approve a proposal for the addition of a Diversionary Dispositional Worker special grant position in the Health and Human Services Department.  The proposal indicates that the position would provide supervision services to Native American youth and their families in an attempt to divert the youth from the juvenile justice system through early intervention and that funding for the position would come from a Juvenile Accountability Block Grant.  Motion by Miller, 2nd by Kinsley, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the following options for payment of the $50,000 to Rockford Map Publishers for the production of the 2005 Sawyer County Platbook.   

- standard option – 25% at contract signing, 25% upon completion of advertising, and balance (50%) prior to shipment of platbooks to Sawyer County

- full payment option – 100% at contract signing.  Sawyer County would get 100 free books (street value probably $3,500) or 5% cash discount ($2,500)

-  50% at contract signing and 50% at completion of ad sales.  Sawyer County would get 50 free books (street value probably $1,750).

Motion by Miller, 2nd by McCoy, to approve the recommendation of the Finance Committee to approve the full payment option.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the recommendation of the Finance Committee and the Economic Development and Planning Committee for the designation of $10,000 for the economic development and planning functions of the County.  The Finance Committee determined to recommend approving the designation of $10,000 from 2004 excess sales and use tax revenue for the purpose.  Motion by Miller, 2nd by McCoy, to approve the Finance Committee recommendation.  The roll call vote was as follows:  DeLong – yes; Riedmann – yes; Suhsen – no; Miller – yes; Helwig – no; Bassett – no; Kinsley – no; Olson – yes; Vitcenda – no; Voight – yes; Romnes – no; McCoy – yes; Aderman – yes; Mizerka – yes; Gunderson – yes.  The motion failed to obtain the two-thirds (10) votes that section 65.90 of the Wisconsin Statutes requires to approve changing the purpose of an expenditure not anticipated when a municipal budget is established, including for the expenditure of contingency funds established in an annual budget.

 

Human Resource Manager Carol Larson presented the recommendation of the Personnel and Administrative Committee to approve a proposal for an amendment to the introduction to Sawyer County’s Personnel Administration Manual.  The amendment would delete the word “obvious” from the following sentence:  “In case of obvious conflict, the latest negotiated labor agreement shall take precedence.”  Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Vitcenda, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

The Personnel and Administrative Committee presented the following resolution:

RESOLUTION #4-2005

PLACING REFERENDA QUESTIONS ON THE APRIL BALLOT

  WHEREAS, county government acts in partnership with state government in Wisconsin to provide programs and services for the citizenry; and

  WHEREAS, state government requires county government to provide programs and services that are not always funded by the state government; and

  WHEREAS, the major funding source for county government is the county property tax; and

  WHEREAS, some mandated programs and services are not funded or fully funded by the state, causing the county property taxpayer to supplement funding with property tax dollars; and

   WHEREAS, the public has an increased concern over how property tax dollars are being expended; and

  WHEREAS, two statewide commissions (Kettl and Sheehy) suggested that the circuit court system and human services should not be funded by the property tax; and

  WHEREAS, Chapter 59.52 (25) of the State Statutes states “the board may conduct a countywide referendum for advisory purposes or for the purpose of ratifying or validating a resolution adopted or ordinance enacted by the board contingent upon approval in the referendum.”; and

  WHEREAS, the following advisory referenda questions are an effective way to determine how the citizenry believes the court system and human services should be funded:

            - Should the State of Wisconsin, not the county taxpayer, pay for the cost of the

            state mandated court system in Sawyer County?

            - Should the State of Wisconsin, not the county taxpayer, pay for the cost

            of state mandated human services in Sawyer County?

     NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Sawyer County will place the above mentioned questions on the April ballot as advisory referenda questions.

  BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Wisconsin Counties Association.

 

Motion by Vitcenda, 2nd by Suhsen, to approve RESOLUTION #4-2005.  The roll call vote was as follows:  Riedmann – yes; Suhsen – yes; Miller – yes; Helwig – yes; Basset – no; Kinsley – yes; Olson – yes; Vitcenda – yes; Voight – yes; Romnes – yes; McCoy – yes; Aderman – yes; Mizerka – yes; Gunderson – no; DeLong – no.  Motion carried with 12 voting yes and 3 voting no.

 

Sawyer County resident Robert Washkuhn addressed the Board concerning the diminishing funds available for the local mentoring program.  Health and Human Services Department Director Pete Sanders explained that the same level of funding ($1,000) for the program was included in the 2005 Health and Human Services Department budget.  Mr. Sanders added that additional funds were available in past years from private donations to fund the mentoring program.  The Board determined to refer the matter to the Health and Human Services Board for further discussion.

 

Adjournment.

 

 

Minutes prepared by Kris Mayberry, Sawyer County Clerk