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Minutes of the meeting of the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors

Wednesday, November 12, 2003, 9:00 a.m., Hayward Community Veterans Center

 

Chairman Hal Helwig called the November 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

Frank Romnes – T of Lenroot W 1 and 2

x

02

Arlene Brandt – T of Lenroot W 3, T of Round Lake W 1, T of Spider Lake

x

03

Don Trettin – T of Hayward W 3 and 4

x

04

John Hirschfeld – T of Hayward W 1 and 2

x

05

Thomas Lacapa – T of Hayward W 5 and 6

x

06

Nate DeLong – C of Hayward W 1 and 2

x

07

Mark Kelsey – 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

 

12

Thomas Pydo – 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 October 16, 2003

03.       Zoning Committee report, including:

·         parcel zoning amendments and ordinance to amend zone district maps

·         text amendments to Spider Lake Zoning Ordinance

·         appointments to Zoning Board of Appeals

04.       Forestry Committee report, including use of wildlife funds towards purchase of 40 acres within County Forest

05.       Land and Water Conservation Committee report, including Urban Rivers Program grant agreement for acquisition of Namekagon River frontage property

06.       Courthouse Committee report, including renewal of liability insurance for 2004

07.       Public Safety Committee report, including:

·         booking and alarm registration fees

·         agreement for Tribal law enforcement grant for 2004

08.       Highway Committee report, including:

·         application for gravel pit near Ashegon Lake

·         use of Highway Department trucks and drivers to assist with 2004 Birkebeiner events

·         proposal and agreement for Leadman and Head Lead Man positions in Highway Department

09.       Personnel and Administrative Committee report, including:

·         ratification of Law Enforcement Employees Bargaining Unit Agreement for 2004

·         Health and Human Services Department employee early retirement proposal

·         employee health insurance for 2004

·         County Board member compensation for next term

10.       Finance Committee report, including:

·         resolution authorizing deposit of County Funds for checking account

·         2004 Sawyer County Budget (public hearing at 10:00 a.m.) and designation of fund purposes

·         resolution opposing change of interest and penalties charged for late tax payments

11.       Resolution authorizing the Senior Resource Center to prepare and submit to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation an application for a specialized transportation services grant for 2004

12.       2004 agreement with Northern Waters Library Service for County library services

13.       2004-2007 Library Plan for Sawyer County

14.       Schedule for informational presentations about proposal for addition and modifications to the Sawyer County Law Enforcement Center

15.       Hausman vs. Sawyer County litigation (Round Lake water level)

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

 

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

 

Motion by Suhsen, 2nd by Miller, to approve the October 16, 2003 meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

 

Zoning Administrator William Christman presented the following report of the Zoning Committee:

The Sawyer County Zoning Committee, having held a public hearing, on October 17, 2003, 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 BASS LAKE

1) Robert R. Gersbach. Part of the NE¼ NW¼, and Part of the NW¼ NW¼, S 4, T 40N, R 9W, Parcels .5.1, .6.1, .6.8. Vol 582 Records Page 487. Approximately 25.11 total acres. Change from District Agricultural One to District Residential/ Recreational Two. Purpose of request is to create residential lots near the Hayward National Golf Course, and to comply with the surrounding zone district. The Town Board has approved the application. Action of the Zoning Committee: Recommends approval of the application with the Town's conditions: Plat to be submitted and development required to be as submitted. Findings of Fact: It would not be damaging to the rights of others or property values. It would be compatible with the surrounding uses and the area.

 

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

 

TOWN OF EDGEWATER

2) Donna J. Willis. Lot 13, being Part of an island located in Govt Lot 1, S 17, T 37N, R 9W, Part of Parcel :1.3. Vol 289 Records Page 530, Vol 711 Page 455; CSM Vol 25 Page 3&4. Lot 13 consists of 1.27 acres. Change from District Forestry One to District Residential/Recreational One. Said island lot does not meet the dimensional requirements of the Forestry One zone district. Purpose of request is for the construction of a dwelling on the island. Also, conditional use for mainland access by purchaser. The Town Board has approved both applications. Findings of Fact: It would not be damaging to the rights of others or property values.

 

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

 

3) Eric Nilson. Lot 4, being Part of the SE¼ NE¼, S 3, T 37N, R 9W, Parcel .3.1. Image #312562; CSM  Vol 24 Page 248. Approximately 4.85 acres to be rezoned of the total 14.94 acres excepting the wetlands as indicated on the Wetland Inventory Map. Change from District Forestry One to District Residential/Recreational One. Purpose of request is for the creation of 2 residential lots with frontage on an unnamed, class #3 lake. The Town Board has tabled the application. The Zoning Committee tabled the application at the September public hearing. The Town Board has now approved the application. Action of the Zoning Committee: Recommends approval of the application to rezone the 4.85 acres as presented on the proposed map and legal notice, the remaining parcel to remain F-1. Findings of Fact: It would not be damaging to the rights of others or property values.

 

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

 

TOWN OF ROUND LAKE

4) David A. Peterson et ux. Part of the SW¼ SW¼, S 12, T 41N, R 8W, Part of Parcel .11.1. Vol 701 Records Page 54, Vol 745 Page 198. Approximately 2 acres to be rezoned out of the total 29.91 acres. Change from District Agricultural Two to District Commercial One. Purpose of request is for the construction and operation of up to 3 commercial storage units. The Town Board has tabled the application. The Zoning Committee tabled the application at the September public hearing. The Town Board has now approved the application. Findings of Fact: It would not be damaging to the rights of others or property values.

 

Motion by Brandt, 2nd by Olson, to approve the Zoning Committee recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

TOWN OF SPIDER LAKE

5) Richard D. Thearin et ux. Part of the SE¼ NE¼, S 30, T 42N, R 6W, Parcel .4.2. Vol 611 Records Page 462. The west 200' of the east 1170' of said SE¼ NE¼ consisting of 4.7 acres. Change from District Residential/Recreational One to District Residential/Recreational Two. Purpose of request is to bring the property into conformity with the surrounding zone district and the existing use of the property as a resort. The Town Board approved the application July 24, 2003. Action of the Zoning Committee: Recommends approval of the application with the conditions that the dwelling next to Mr. Yagle is to be occupied by a non-rental/non-customer, a supervising person or family member; enforcement to be carried out by Town of Spider Lake. Findings of Fact: It would not be damaging to the rights of others or property values.

 

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

 

The Zoning Committee presented the following resolution:

RESOLUTION #31-2003

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 BASS LAKE

1) Robert R. Gersbach. Part of the NE¼ NW¼, and Part of the NW¼ NW¼, S 4, T 40N, R 9W, Parcels .5.1, .6.1, .6.8. Vol 582 Records Page 487. Approximately 25.11 total acres. Change from District A-1 to District RR-2 with the conditions that a plat is submitted and the development is as submitted.

TOWN OF EDGEWATER

2) Donna J. Willis. Lot 13, being Part of an island located in Govt Lot 1, S 17, T 37N, R 9W, Part of Parcel :1.3. Vol 289 Records Page 530, Vol 711 Page 455; CSM Vol 25 Page 3&4. Lot 13 contains 1.27 acres. Change from District F-1 to District RR-1.

3) Eric Nilson. Lot 4, being Part of the SE¼ NE¼, S 3, T 37N, R 9W, Parcel .3.1. Image #312562; CSM  Vol 24 Page 248. Approximately 4.85 acres to be rezoned of the total 14.94 acres excepting the wetlands as indicated on the Wetland Inventory Map. Change from District F-1 to District RR-1 for the 4.85 acres only, the remainder of the parcel to remain F-1.

TOWN OF ROUND LAKE

4) David A. Peterson et ux. Part of the SW¼ SW¼, S 12, T 41N, R 8W, Part of Parcel .11.1. Vol 701 Records Page 54, Vol 745 Page 198. Approximately 2 acres to be rezoned out of the total 29.91 acres. Change from District A-2 to District C-1.

TOWN OF SPIDER LAKE

5)  Richard D. Thearin et ux. Part of the SE¼ NE¼, S 30, T 42N, R 6W, Parcel .4.2. Vol 611 Records Page 462. The west 200' of the east 1170' of said SE¼ NE¼ consisting of 4.7 acres. Change from District RR-1 to District with the conditions that the dwelling next to Mr. Yagle is to be occupied by a non-rental/non-customer; occupied by a supervising person or family member; enforcement to be carried out by Town of Spider Lake.

 

Motion by Trettin, 2nd by Miller, to approve RESOLUTION #31-2003.  Motion carried.

 

The Sawyer County Zoning Committee, having held a public hearing on October 17, 2003, 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, recommends that the following resolution be approved:

RESOLUTION #32-2003

AMENDATORY ORDINANCE

     WHEREAS, Sawyer County has adopted and is enforcing the Spider Lake Land Use Ordinance;

     WHEREAS, this amendment was 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 amendment 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 amendment to the Spider Lake Land Use Ordinance is hereby adopted and shall take effect upon its passage by the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors.

Regarding the public hearing October 17, 2003:

 

PROPOSED TEXT AMENDMENT TO THE SPIDER LAKE LAND USE ORDINANCE #17.88

 

SECTION 5.0 SIGNS

The purpose of these sign design standards is to establish guidelines for regulating the placement, maintenance, size and visual character of signs in the Town of Spider Lake, which are visible from public roadways or navigable waterways.

 

5.1 GENERAL SIGN REQUIREMENTS

  A) Unless specified otherwise in this Ordinance, any sign preexisting that requires a permit in the Town of Spider Lake shall, within 3 years of the adoption of this Ordinance require a permit and comply with permit requirements including a fee and permit.  All new signs as of the date of adoption of this Ordinance that require a permit will display a permit sticker.

1) Any sign presenting a safety hazard or sign advertising a non-existent entity will be removed after 60 days of owner notification.

2) Upon the adoption of this Ordinance, no sign shall be enlarged or replaced without a new sign permit.

3) Signs shall be required to comply with all standards set forth in this Ordinance no later than 3 years from the date of adoption or they will be considered illegal and will be removed at the owner’s expense. 

4) A sliding fee scale will be established for these 2 classes of signs.

a) Way finding for businesses and residences

b) Off premise advertising for business.

c) On premise exterior advertising signs will require a permit, but it will be issued free of charge.

5) The Town of Spider Lake will issue permits according to this schedule:

a) Initial Sign Approval:  Prior to erection of any sign, the permittee shall provide the Town with a completed sign permit and permit fees.

b) Final Approval:  Upon finding that the erected sign meets all of the requirements of this Ordinance, the Town of Spider Lake shall issue the final sign approval and issue a permit sticker to the permittee with 30 days which will be affixed to the sign.

c) Town will maintain a photo file of approved signs.  Owner shall furnish photograph of completed installation within 30 days.

  B) Any change in a business or transfer in ownership will require existing signs be issued an updated permit and photograph will be required within 30 days.

  C) All signs are required to be kept in good repair and maintain a neat appearance.  Routine maintenance to an existing sign is allowed without a permit as long as there are no changes to the sign’s original design as specified in the sign permit.  Any changes, beyond routine maintenance, to an existing sign must be made compliant with this Ordinance and will require that the sign is re-permitted or the sign will be considered illegal and removed either by the owner or the Town of Spider Lake at the owner’s expense.

  D) Earth toned colors for sign backgrounds are required on all off premise signs.  Fluorescent colors, blaze orange, glitter, sparkles, flashing lights or beacons are prohibited.  Reflective materials for the sign lettering or trim are permitted.  Lettering may be of any other color except as noted above.

  E) Externally lit off-premise and on-premise signs are permissible where the source of light is designed and located in a manner that shields direct view of the light source from a highway driver and it is shielded above from illuminating the night sky.  This can be accomplished by using hoods (on or around the light), landscaping that shields the light source, or light placement that directs illumination onto the sign only.

  F) No part of a sign or sign structure shall exceed 15 feet above the ground’s surface.  Exception:  A sign in ditches or valleys, the top of the sign shall not exceed 15’ above roadway.

  G) The sign structures are the posts, poles, or materials used to support a sign. Sign structures must be a solid earth tone color or constructed of natural materials such as logs, stone or wood. Barber-poled striped, non-earth tone colored, and/or reflective materials or advertising used on supports are not permitted

1) No more than one sign, incorporating a maximum of two sign faces, may be erected for each sign structure.

2) Exception: Way-finding signs: more than two way-finding sign faces are permitted per each way-finding sign structure.

3) "V-shaped" sign structures, where a maximum of two signs is erected at a single location on two structures are permitted as long as the angle between the two structures does not exceed 90 degrees. V-shaped signs shall be counted as one sign with a total of two sign faces.  

  H) Prohibited signs in the Town of Spider Lake include:

1) Roof signs that are placed upon, project from, or are erected above the eaves of the roof or incorporated into the roof itself.

2) Billboards defined as by any sign or aggregate of signs sharing the same sign face whose dimension is greater than 16 sq. ft. in size.

3) Vehicles or trailers use for displaying advertising parked on the public right-of-way (ROW) or on private property as to be seen from the public ROW.

4) Posting of bills, posters, placards, and circulars within the public ROW or on public property.

5) Signs which all or parts thereof revolve, flash, blink, or incorporate moving or rotating lights.

6) Lights, or other illuminated devices, producing any type of motion.

7) Resemble traffic signs, except required signs on multiple use trails.

8) Block vision.

  I) Sign structures may be erected in the right-of-way but not closer than 18 ft. from a roadway centerline whichever is greater.

  J) A sign will be considered abandoned and subject to removal, 90 days after the adoption of this ordinance, if it:

1) Advertises a business that has ceased operation for a period of one year.

2) The sign's advertising space remains vacant of an advertising message for a period of one year.

3) Signs that have not obtained a permit according to the requirements of this ordinance.

  K) The posting of any sign to a tree or utility pole is prohibited.

1) Exception: "No trespassing signs", "closed area", "game farm", or "tree farm" signs that are in conformity with Wisconsin Statues.

  L) All types of ice fishing shelters used on any lake in the Town of Spider Lake are prohibited from displaying any information other than the mandatory minimum required by the Department of Natural Resources.

  M) Before installation, it is the responsibility of the sign installer to contact Diggers Hotline.

 

5.2 WAY-FINDING SIGNS

Way finding signs are used only for finding direction to a business or residence and may include a business logo but not include advertising. The intent of this ordinance is to establish uniformity in way finding signs throughout the town by grouping signs on collector boards.

A) Department of Transportation permitted signs on State right-of-ways, with the exception of recreational trail way-finding signs, will be white arrow type signs. 

B) Way-finding signs, located on roads other than state or federal highways, are permitted for both businesses and private residences.

            1) Size for residential signs will be 6 inches by 4 feet.

            2) Size for business signs will be 6 or 12 inches by 4 feet.

            3) Color will be dark brown with yellow letters and or arrows.

C) Way-finding signs may only be erected at intersections of state, county and/or town roads. A business will be allowed a maximum of one sign for each direction of travel at each intersection. Signs will be grouped into sign assemblies that arrange signs from the top of the mounting posts to the bottom.

D) Illumination or the use of reflectors, reflective tape, or paint on way-finding signs is not permitted.

E) Recreational Trail Way-finding signs, used on snowmobile trails or other recreational trails, must conform to state trail marker standards, but are not to exceed 6" x 24" in size.

F) Way finding signs installed on a collector board will not require a permit.  A (No Fee) permit will be required for the erection of the collector board.

 

5.3 OFF PREMISES ADVERTISING SIGNS

Off premise advertising signs are signs not located on the property where the business is conducted.

  A) A maximum of two (2) off-premise permanent signs within the Town of Spider Lake, advertising products or services are permitted for each business establishment.

  B) It is recommended that businesses group off premise signs in order to minimize visual clutter.

  C) Each off premise advertising sign may have an advertising space no greater than 16 sq. feet in aggregate, including the border and trim, but exclusive of supports. Only two sign faces are permitted per sign structure.

  D) Multiple smaller signs may be incorporated within a single sign face but will be subject to the 16 sq. ft. maximum sq. footage requirements. Neither the height nor the width of any off-premise sign shall exceed 8ft.

 

5.4 ON PREMISE SIGNS

On premise signs are defined as those signs located on the principal site where the business activity specified on the sign is normally conducted. Two on-premise signs are allowed per business property.

  A) Sign permits for on-premise exterior advertising signs are required but shall be issued free of charge.

1) Exception: “Occupational Signs" denoting only the name and profession of an occupant in a dwelling, commercial building, or institutional building and "Business Directory" signs that only list the services, hours of operation, or menus offered within a building shall not be required to obtain a permit provided that they are no more than 2 square feet in size and located in such a manner to be visible from the nearest public right-of-way.

  B) Floodlighting a building or sign, where floodlights are used to up-light the exterior is not permitted.

 1) General Requirements:  All lighting shall be controlled in such a way as to not shine up into the sky or onto any neighboring properties.  Examples of ways in which this shall be accomplished are:

a) Use of fully shielded cut-off fixtures

b) Directing light fixtures downward rather than upward

2) Specific Requirements

a) Where used for security purposes or to illuminate walkways, roadways, equipment yards and parking lots, only fully shielded cut-off style light fixtures shall be utilized. 

b) Where used for signs or for decorative effects or recreational facilities, such as for building, landscape or ball field illumination, the outdoor light fixtures shall be equipped with automatic timing devices and shielded and focused to minimize light pollution.

c) All outdoor lighted signs installed and maintained upon private property within all zoning districts shall be turned off between 11:00 P.M. and sunrise, EXCEPT when used for security purposed or to illuminate walkways, roadways, equipment yards and parking lots.

d) All illuminated signs for commercial purposed shall be turned off between 11:00 P.M. and sunrise, EXCEPT that signs may be illuminated while the business facility is open to the public.  All forms of flashing, rotating, moving or digital lights shall be prohibited.

e) All outdoor light pole fixtures shall not exceed a maximum height of thirty (30) feet. 

3) Exemptions:

a) All outdoor light fixtures producing light directly by the combustion of fossil fuels, such as kerosene lanterns or gas lamps are exempt from the requirements of this section.

b) Holiday lighting shall be exempt from the requirements of this section.

C) Fluorescent colors, blaze orange, glitter, sparkles, flashing lights, or beacons are not permitted. Reflective materials for sign letters or trim are permitted.

1) The use of earth-toned colors for on-premise signs is strongly encouraged

D) Internally Illuminated Signs

1) A maximum of two internally illuminated sign faces are allowed per business and must be located on the business's primary premise.

E) Internally illuminated vending machines, arcade machines, mechanical rides, and mechanical amusement devices shall not be viewable from the public right-of-way or a navigable waterway.           '

F) Neon Signs: Are encouraged as on-premise advertising signs as long as the neon sign complies with requirements of this ordinance.

1) Exception: Neon, externally illuminated, or non-illuminated signs that state the following messages: "No Vacancy", "Vacancy", "Closed", "Open" and "Immediate Seating", are not considered an advertising sign and are not subject to on-premise advertising sign requirements as long as the sign does not exceed 3 square feet.

 

5.5 TEMPORARY SIGNS

Temporary signs are signs that comply with the following requirements shall not require a sign permit.

  A) Special Event Signs that advertise a one time per year event, campaign, or activity that will occur within 30 days of the sign being erected must be removed within seven days of the completion of the activity they are promoting.

  B) Job-site Construction Site Signs denoting owners, occupants, architect, engineer, or contractors of improvements under construction must be located on the job site and may be limited to one and not exceed 8 sq. ft. in size. They must be removed upon completion of the construction. Construction signs for other than residential shall not exceed 15 sq. ft.  They must be removed within 7 days of the completion of the construction

  C) Real Estate Signs are not to exceed 4 sq. ft. in area which advertises the sale, rental, or lease of the premises upon which the said signs are temporarily located. All Real Estate Signs on or off premise must be removed within 7 days of the closing of the sale.

  D) Political Signs are signs conveying a political message for a public election or a referendum sign shall not exceed 4 sq. ft. in size and will be removed within seven (7) days following the election or referendum. Signs shall not be installed more than 30 days prior to the event.

  E) Banners, Bunting or Flagging: May be displayed on the exterior of a commercial or public building 30 days prior to and seven days after a commercial business's official grand opening or a recognized community event. Banners and signs furnished by beer wholesalers to Class B licensees are prohibited by Wisconsin State Statues 125.33 (1) and (2) from being displayed outside of these businesses.

1) Exception: Protective flagging for septic systems and other areas that requires marking for reasons of health, safety, or general welfare is exempt. 

  F) Circulars, Political Advertisements, Special Event Notices: The posting of circulars, political advertisements, special event promotions, placards on trees, traffic sign posts, and utility poles and way-finding signs are prohibited. The person(s) erecting these signs must provide their own post and remove this type of sign within seven (7) days of the completion of the event it promotes. Signs shall not be installed more than 30 days prior to the event.

  G) Signs not removed by the above-allotted time will be removed by the town and the expense billed to the person responsible for the sign.

 

Motion by Miller, 2nd by Romnes, to approve RESOLUTION #32-2003.  Motion carried.

 

County Board Chairman Hal Helwig presented his recommendation to appoint Larry Neff as a regular member of the Sawyer County Zoning Board of Appeals, Laura Rusk as the 1st alternate member the Sawyer County Board of Appeals, and Howard Brossard as the 2nd alternate member of the Sawyer County Board of Appeals.  Motion by Miller, 2nd by Romnes, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the recommendation of the Forestry Committee to expend wildlife grant funds, to the extent that they are available, instead of Resource Development funds, towards the recent purchase of 40 acres within the Sawyer County Forest from Terrance Roycraft.  Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Suhsen, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the recommendation of the Land and Water Conservation Committee to approve a grant agreement between Sawyer County and the State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources establishing the terms and conditions for Sawyer County to receive financial assistance in the amount of $82,950 from the Urban Rivers Program for the acquisition of the Raymond and Edith Vallem property on the Namekagon River (Project Number: URGP2-179; Project Name:  Sawyer County Vallem Property Acquisition, 2003-2004).  Motion by DeLong, 2nd by Miller, to approve the recommendation, and to authorize County Clerk Kris Mayberry to sign the agreement and other documents necessary to effectuate the agreement on the County’s behalf.  Motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

 

The Board reviewed the recommendation of the Courthouse Committee to approve the proposal of the Wisconsin County Mutual Insurance Corporation for renewal of the County’s public entity liability insurance coverage for 2004 with the selection of a $5,000 policy deductible.  Motion by Miller, 2nd by Bassett, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the recommendation of the Public Safety Committee to approve establishing a prisoner booking fee of $20, and to raise the alarm registration fee to $25, effective January 1, 2004.  Motion by Miller, 2nd by Olson, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.  Mr. DeLong and Mrs. Brandt voted no.

 

The Board reviewed the following resolution:

RESOLUTION #33-2003

TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT GRANT

     Be it resolved that the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors approves of entering into an agreement with the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of the Lake Superior Indians for the year 2004 for the purpose of obtaining State financial support for improving law enforcement of tribal areas.  [See Wisconsin County-Tribal Law Enforcement Plan for details.]

 

Motion by DeLong, 2nd by Kelsey, to approve RESOLUTION #33-2003.  Motion carried.

 

The Board discussed the request of the Sawyer County Highway Department to rezone parts of Blocks 14, 15, 18, and 19, of the Ashegon Heights Subdivision, located in Section 24, Township 39 North, Range 8 West, in the Town of Couderay, for the purpose of the location and operation of a non-metallic mineral extraction (sand and fill only).  Motion by Miller, 2nd by Suhsen, to refer the request to the Zoning Committee to be handled as any other application for rezoning.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the request of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation for use of Highway Department trucks with drivers to assist the City of Hayward as needed for placement and removal of snow for the 2004 American Birkebeiner skiing event.  Motion by Suhsen, 2nd by Miller, to approve the request providing that a legal opinion is obtained that the Highway Department may legally provide services to the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation to assist it in preparing the trail for the annual race.  Roll call vote:  Trettin – no; Hirschfeld – no; Lacapa – yes; DeLong – yes; Kelsey – no; Suhsen – yes; Miller – yes; Helwig – yes; Bassett – no; Pydo – absent; Olson – yes; Vitcenda – no; Voight – yes; Romnes – yes; Brandt – yes.  The motion carried with 9 yes votes and 5 no votes.

 

Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Vitcenda, to have a member of the Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci firm research and provide a legal opinion on the issue of whether the Highway Department may legally provide services to the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation to assist it in preparing the trail for the annual race.  Roll call vote:  Hirschfeld – yes; Lacapa – no; DeLong – no; Kelsey – yes; Suhsen – no; Miller – no; Helwig – yes; Bassett – yes; Pydo – absent; Olson – yes; Vitcenda – yes; Voight – yes; Romnes – yes; Brandt – no; Trettin – yes.  The Motion carried with 9 yes votes and 5 no votes.

 

The Board reviewed a proposed agreement between the Sawyer County Highway Department Employees’ Association and Sawyer County providing for the establishment of and terms for a Leadman position in the Highway Department.  Motion by Vitcenda, 2nd by Trettin, to approve the agreement.  Motion carried.

 

Beginning at 10:00 a.m. the Board convened the public hearing on the proposed 2004 Sawyer County Budget that was presented as follows:

 

GENERAL FUND EXPENDITURES

$

 

GENERAL FUND REVENUES

$

GENERAL

 

 

Interest on Taxes

172,000

County Board

92,901

 

Penalty on Taxes

43,000

Circuit Court

313,233

 

Tax Deed Collection Fees

3,000

Law Library

9,000

 

Advertising Fees

3,000

GAL Attorney Fees

15,000

 

State-Aid/Tax Exempt Computers

7,030

Family Court Commissioner

9,529

 

Interest on Investments

150,000

Coroner

22,892

 

Forest Crop Taxes

10,000

County Clerk

197,663

 

Managed Forest Land Program

25,000

Elections

12,950

 

Resource Aid / S. 23.09(18)

90,000

Information Technology Department

182,208

 

Federal Shared Taxes

3,500

Human Resource Department

90,000

 

Sales Tax Income

1,200,000

Real Property Lister

0

 

State Shared Taxes

95,201

County Treasurer

148,414

 

County Forest Stumpage

375,000

Tax Deed Expenses

8,600

 

Misc. General Revenue

400

District Attorney

106,331

 

Rent of County Offices

25,000

Register of Deeds

185,263

 

DNR Aid In-Lieu of Taxes

3,500

Land Records

200,612

 

Profit on Tax Deed Sales

20,000

Surveyor

154,447

 

State Aid / Guardian Ad-Litem

14,669

Mapping

0

 

Fines for County

85,000

Courthouse Maintenance

375,079

 

Circuit Court Fees

80,000

Legal Counsel/Personnel

20,000

 

State Grant Award / Court

52,275

CH-Sheriff 800 Phone

1,000

 

Register in Probate Fees

10,000

Corporate Counsel

18,000

 

Coroner's Fees

3,300

Auditing & Accounting

40,000

 

Sale of DNR Licenses

150

Property & Liability Insurance

      100,000

 

County Share / Marriage License

1,900

Workers Compensation

125,000

 

Misc. Clerk’s Fees

350

Cost Allocation Audit

4,640

 

Computer Material Sales

2,500

Contingency Fund

532,951

 

Treasurer’s Fees

1,250

Personnel Director

9,639

 

Co. Share / Real Est. Transfer Fees

65,000

Subtotal

2,975,352

 

Register of Deeds Fees

125,000

 

 

 

Sale of Maps & Plats

5,000

PUBLIC SAFETY

 

 

Extension Office Revenue

100

Sheriff's Department

    1,486,841

 

CNRED Agent LCO Reimbursement

10,726

Jail Operations

1,483,894

 

Zoning Fees

170,000

Jail Custodial Dept.

68,121

 

DNR Lakes Protection Grant

6,000

Dispatchers

351,252

 

Electronic Monitoring

20,000

Sheriff's Auto Expenses

171,150

 

Sheriff's Fees

25,000

Water Safety Program

57

 

State Aid-Bullet Proof Vests

0

K-9 Dog Expenses

0

 

State Aid / Police Training

0

Snowmobile Patrol

0

 

Probation & Parole

25,000

Purchase of Squads

100,000

 

Board of Prisoners

50,000

Diving Team

5000

 

Ambulance Fees

255,000

Ambulance Service

312,964

 

State Aid / Emergency Govt.

205,500

Emergency Government

225,545

 

State Aid / LEPC

4,572

LEPC Program

4,572

 

State Aid / Senior Center (DOT)

40,732

Fire Suppression

0

 

Airport Fuel Flowage fees

6,500

Civil Air Patrol

6000

 

Hanger Site Leases

16,000

Subtotal

4,215,396

 

Child Support Revenues

295,375

 

 

 

Veteran's Transportation Fees              

11,000

PUBLIC WORKS

 

 

Lapsed Severance Tax Liability

0

Airport

88,630

 

Septic System Aid

0

NW Regional Planning Comm.

34,017

 

DARE Account

0

Project ITBEC

10,466

 

CEASE Program Grant

0

Zoning

370,457

 

Refund/Prior Years’ Expenditures

0

County Advertising

62,582

 

Sale of Fixed Assets

0

Hayward Area Development Corp.

15,000

 

 

 

Indianhead Comm. Action Agency

1,500

 

Total General Fund Revenues

3,813,530

Clean Sweep Program

8,337

 

 

 

Subtotal

590,989

 

SPECIAL FUNDS – REVENUES

 

 

 

 

Jail Assessments

22,000

EDUCATION, RECREATION, AGING

 

 

Court Mediation

4,000

Northern Waters Library

21,864

 

Emergency Ambulance Assistance

4,000

Hayward Carnegie Library

135,000

 

Mining Reclamation

7,415

Tice Public Library

51,223

 

Land Records

50,000

Fairs & Exhibits

35,000

 

Land Information Grant

17,260

4-H Recognition & Awards

500

 

Veteran Grant

8,500

Univ. Extension Service

156,565

 

Veterans’ Relief

0

Senior Resource Center

118,921

 

Cop Risk Reserve

0

Historical Society

7,000

 

Human Services

5,710,140

Birkebeiner Trail Maintenance

13,000

 

W-2 Program

0

Subtotal

539,073

 

Home Health

0

 

 

 

Truancy Officer

32,968

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

 

 

Recreation Officer

54,828

Child Support Agency

294,875

 

Tribal law Enforcement

74,743

Veteran's Service

132,210

 

Canteen Fund

22,000

Purchase Vet’s Van

          6,000

 

LCO Special Tribal Program

0

Care of Veterans’ Graves

4,500

 

Recycling/Solid Waste Management

0

Veteran’s Monuments

400

 

UW Extension Fund Program

500

Subtotal

437,985

 

County Park Revenues

0

 

 

 

Pesticide Application Training

200

Total General Fund Expenditures

8,758,795

 

Birkebeiner Trail Usage

15,600

 

 

 

Resource Development Fund

465,000

SPECIAL FUND EXPENDITURES

 

 

UW Lab Fees

100

Jail Assessments

22,000

 

Wildlife Habitat

11,381

Court Mediation

4,000

 

Forestry Fund

30,000

Emergency Ambulance. Assistance

4,000

 

Land Conservation

125,200

Mining Reclamations

7,415

 

Wildlife Damage

29,618

Land Records

50,000

 

Surveyor Map Review Fund

           4,600

Land Information Grant

17,260

 

Dog Pound

13,500

Veteran’s Grant

8,500

 

911 System

12,000

Human Services

6,649,216

 

Fairground Development

0

W-2 Program

0

 

Ambulance Purchase

0

Home Health

0

 

Veteran’s Transportation Grant

12,128

Truancy Officer

62,204

 

Criminal Justice Facilities

0

Recreational Officer

64,503

 

Airport Improvement Project

0

Public Safety/Add. Personnel

0

 

Highway Department

3,939,474

Tribal Law Enforcement

74,743

 

 

 

Canteen Fund

22,000

 

Total Special Fund Revenues

10,667,155

LCO Special Tribal Deputy

0

 

 

 

Finger Printing Grant

0

 

 

 

Recycling/Solid Waste

2,000

 

Grand total of all Revenues

14,480,685

UW Extension Fund Program

500

 

 

 

County Parks

7,500

 

 

 

Pesticide Application Training.

200

 

SUMMARY

 

Birkebeiner Trail Maintenance

15,600

 

 

 

Resource Development

465,000

 

Expenditures

 

UW Lab Charges

100

 

General Fund

8,758,795

Wildlife Habitat

11,381

 

Special Funds

14,056,041

Forestry Fund

30,000

 

Total

22,814,836

Land Conservation

210,332

 

 

 

Wildlife Damage

29,618

 

Revenues

 

Surveyor Map Review Fees

4,600

 

General Fund

3,813,530

Dog Pound

43,947

 

Special Funds

10,667,155

911 System

52,600

 

Total

14,480,685

Fairground Development

45,000

 

 

 

Ambulance Purchase

38,000

 

Less Surplus Funds Applied

600,000

Veteran’s Transportation Grant

12,128

 

 

 

Criminal Justice Facilities

0

 

NET LEVY

7,734,151

Airport Improvement Project

0

 

 

 

Highway Department

6,036,607

 

 

 

Bridge Aid Program

40,087

 

 

 

Co. Bridge Repair/Replacement

25,000

 

 

 

Winter Shop Replacement

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Special Fund Expenditures

14,056,041

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand total of all Expenditures

22,814,836

 

 

 

 

County Clerk Kris Mayberry summarized modifications to the proposed Budget recommended by the Finance Committee following their meeting held November 10, 2003.  The recommended modifications are included in the proposed 2004 Sawyer County Budget set forth above and include restoring the following appropriations for new employee positions:

  • $  4,704 – District Attorney Secretary from 35 hrs to 40 hrs per week
  •     4,673 – Land and Water Conservation Technician from 35 hrs to 40 hrs per wk
  •   49,761 – full-time Sheriff’s Department Dispatcher position
  •   29,236 – County share of Sheriff’s Department Truancy Officer position
  •     9,675 – County share of Sheriff’s Department Recreational Officer position

         $  98,049 – total

Funds for the positions would come from the additional $150,000 the Committee recommends be applied to the 2004 Sawyer County Budget from the $1,140,089.85 excess of 2002 revenues over expenditures identified by the most recent County audit.  The Committee further recommends applying the balance of $51,951 ($150,000 minus $98,049) to the Contingency Fund of the 2004 Sawyer County Budget.

 

Town of Hayward resident Elgin Gunderson spoke on the proposed budget, including suggesting that Sawyer County does not need a large amount of funds in reserve in that the County has no debt.

 

Winter School District Administrator Elizabeth Sheridan, Hayward Community Schools District Administrator Michael Cox, Lac Courte Oreilles School Principal Craig Euneau, Town of Hayward resident Thomas Shuman, and Hayward Community School District Home School Coordinator Gary Girard spoke in support of restoring funds for the school truancy officer position.

 

Town of Spider Lake resident George Miller noted the rapid increase in the County’s levy and urged the County Board to establish a different process for the development and administration of the County’s annual budget.

 

Former Winter School District Administrator Edward Sheridan urged the County Board to provide sufficient funds for the enhancement and modernization of the Sheriff’s Department.

 

Town of Spider Lake resident Richard Hogue questioned some of the funding priorities in the proposed County budget.

 

Sawyer County Agricultural Fair Board member Elizabeth Metcalf expressed appreciation for the $45,000 included in the proposed 2004 Sawyer County Budget for the development of the Sawyer County Fairgrounds.  Ms. Metcalf was hopeful the County Board would restore the $45,000 that was cut from the Budget by the Finance Committee.

 

Sheriff James Meier, Town of Bass Lake resident Helen Chevrier, and an unidentified resident that had been victim of a crime in Sawyer County spoke in support of increased funding for the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department.

 

Department of Health and Human Services employee Joan Hare expressed concern that cuts in the proposed budget of the Department of Health and Human Services would adversely affect vital long-term health care programs administered by the Department.

 

Motion by DeLong, 2nd by Romnes, to review, amend, and approve each section of the proposed budget prior to consideration of the entire 2004 Sawyer County Budget.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the General Fund general expenditure section of the proposed budget.  Motion by Vitcenda, 2nd by Suhsen, to approve the section as presented.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the General Fund public safety expenditure section of the proposed budget.  Motion by Miller, 2nd by Bassett, to approve the section as presented.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Hirschfeld, to eliminate any appropriation in the Budget for the Hayward Area Development Corporation.  Roll call vote:  Lacapa – no; DeLong – no; Kelsey – yes; Suhsen – no; Miller – no; Helwig – no; Bassett – yes; Pydo – absent; Olson – yes; Vitcenda – yes; Voight – no; Romnes – no; Brandt – no; Trettin – yes; Hirschfeld – yes.  Motion failed with 6 yes votes and 8 no votes.

 

Motion by DeLong, 2nd by Miller, to increase the appropriation for the Hayward Area Development Corporation from $15,000 to $20,000.  Roll call vote:  DeLong – yes; Kelsey – no; Suhsen – no; Miller – yes; Helwig – no; Bassett – no; Pydo – absent; Olson – no; Vitcenda – no; Voight – no; Romnes – no; Brandt – yes; Trettin – no; Hirschfeld – no; Lacapa – no.  Motion failed with 3 yes votes and 11 no votes.

 

The Board reviewed the General Fund public works expenditure section of the proposed budget.  Motion by Miller, 2nd by DeLong, to approve the section as presented.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the General Fund education, recreation, and aging expenditure section of the proposed budget.  Motion by Suhsen, 2nd by Romnes, to approve the section as presented.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the General Fund health and human services section of the proposed budget.  Motion by Miller, 2nd by Bassett, to approve the section as presented.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the special fund expenditures section of the proposed budget.  Motion by Vitcenda, 2nd by Romnes, to approve the section as presented.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the special fund revenues section of the proposed budget.  Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Miller, to approve the section as presented.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the following resolution adopting the 2004 Sawyer County Budget and resulting levy:

RESOLUTION #34-2003

ADOPTION OF YEAR 2004 SAWYER COUNTY BUDGET

     BE IT RESOLVED by the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors, duly assembled this 12th day of November, 2003, that the proposed 2004 Sawyer County Budget is hereby approved and adopted and that there be appropriated the sum of $22,814,836.

     THEREFORE, there is hereby levied against all property in Sawyer County, except for those municipalities that are by law exempt from participating in certain items, the sum of $7,734,151 to be spread on the tax rolls for 2004.  The difference between the appropriation and the levy is due to anticipated revenue and the application of surplus funds in an amount totaling $15,080,685.

     This is a net increase of $426,083 from the 2003 levy.  This is a 5.83% increase from the 2003 levy.

 

Motion by Miller, 2nd by Vitcenda, to approve RESOLUTION #34-2003.  Motion carried. 

 

The Board reviewed the following recommendation of the Finance Committee for designation of the $1,140,089.85 excess of 2002 revenues over expenditures identified by the most recent County audit.

$ 1,140,089.85

undesignated General Fund balance

 -    600,000.00    

applied to reduce 2004 levy

$    540,089.85

balance of undesignated General Fund balance

 

 

 

further designation of County funds

$    263,089.85

additional General Fund cash flow reserve (new total - $1,025,115.85)

$    250,000.00

towards blacktopping County Highway M

$      27,000.00

Information Technology Department systems

                      0

 

Motion by Vitcenda, 2nd by Romnes, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

The Finance Committee presented their recommendation to approve the Chippewa Valley Bank proposal to provide the County with checking account services for 2004 and 2005, and to approve the following resolution:

RESOLUTION #36-2003

DESIGNATING PUBLIC DEPOSITORY AND AUTHORIZING WITHDRAWAL OF COUNTY MONEYS

     BE IT RESOLVED, that Chippewa Valley Bank (the “Bank”), qualified as a public depository under CH. 34, Wis. Stats, is hereby designated as a depository in which the funds of Sawyer County may from time to time be deposited; that the following described account(s) be opened and maintained in the name of Sawyer County with the Bank subject to the rules and regulations of the Bank from time to time in effect; that the person(s) and the number thereof designated by title opposite the following designation of account(s) is hereby authorized, for and on behalf of Sawyer County, to sign order checks as provided in s.66.042, Wis. Stats., for payment or withdrawal of money from said account(s) and to issue instructions regarding the same and to endorse for deposit, negotiation, collection or discount by Bank any and all checks, drafts, notes, bills, certificates of deposit or other instruments or orders for the payment of money owned or held by Sawyer County; that the endorsement for deposit may be in writing, by stamp, or otherwise, with or without designation of signature of the person so endorsing; and that any officer, agent or employee of Sawyer County is hereby authorized to make oral or written requests of the Bank for the transfer of funds or money between accounts maintained by Sawyer County at the Bank.

Sawyer County

checking account #

3 signature required

title of authorized signatories -

County Board Chair

County Treasurer

County Clerk

Motion by DeLong, 2nd by Brandt, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

The Finance Committee presented the following resolution opposing the change in the calculation of interest and penalties on delinquent property taxes.  Sawyer County Treasurer Dianne Ince advised the Finance Committee that if the Assembly Bill passes it is estimated that Sawyer County will lose approximately $21,192 in revenues.  The 2004 budget includes revenues based on the current calculation of interest and penalty on delinquent taxes.

RESOLUTION #37-2003

RESOLUTION OPPOSING MODIFICATION TO PROPERTY TAX PAYMENT SYSTEM

     WHEREAS, Assembly Bill 133, as amended proposes major modifications to the calculation of interest and penalties relating to delinquent property tax payments: and

     WHEREAS, as proposed, Assembly Bill 133, if approved by the Legislature and signed into law will result in a substantial decline in revenue to Sawyer County: and

     WHEREAS, additional staffing and program costs required by the proposed legislation are significant: and

     WHEREAS, the Sawyer County Treasurer would like to maintain uniformity in tax collections: and

     WHEREAS, the majority of taxpayers pay their property taxes in a timely manner: and

     WHEREAS, the Sawyer County Treasurer makes every effort to inform the taxpayers, through various media, of payment deadlines: and

     WHEREAS, the enactment of the proposed legislation into law would serve only a few taxpayers and penalize a majority of taxpayers: and

     WHEREAS, the present system for the payment of property taxes is adequate and in no need of change:

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors that the board strongly opposes Assembly Bill 133, as amended;

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the County Clerk is directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Governor, members of the Wisconsin legislature representing Sawyer County, and to the Wisconsin Counties Association.

 

Motion by Miller, 2nd by Vitcenda, to approve RESOLUTION #37-2003.  Motion carried.

 

The Labor Negotiations Committee presented their recommendation to approve the following resolution:

RESOLUTION #35-2003

SAWYER COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT EMPLOYEES BARGAINING UNIT AGREEMENT

     BE IT RESOLVED by the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors as follows:

     Section 1:  That the addendum to the collective bargaining unit agreement between Sawyer County and Sawyer County Law Enforcement Employees, Local 261, WPPA/LEER, for the wage and health insurance benefits for the period January 1, 2004, until December 31, 2004, is hereby adopted;

     That a copy of the Tentative Settlement of the Agreement is on file in the County Clerk’s Office and incorporated herein by reference as though fully set forth.

     Section 2:  That all resolutions or parts of resolutions contravening the provisions of this resolution are hereby repealed.

     Section 3:  That if any part of this resolution is invalid, it shall not invalidate the entire resolution.

     Section 4:  That the resolution shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

     This resolution was introduced at a regular meeting of the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors held this 12th day of November, 2003.

 

Motion by Suhsen, 2nd by DeLong, to approve RESOLUTION #35-2003.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed a proposed retirement agreement for an employee (Human Services Assistant III) in the Health and Human Services Department.  Motion by DeLong, 2nd by Bassett, to approve the agreement.  Motion carried.

 

The Board discussed the Wisconsin Counties Association Group Health Trust proposal for renewal of employee health insurance coverage for 2004 and alternative options for coverage.  Employee health insurance coverage is the primary issue to be addressed in employee labor negotiations and the mediation session scheduled for December 19, 2003.

 

The Board reviewed the results of a survey of compensation paid to county board members in Wisconsin.  The survey indicates that many counties provide for additional compensation if board members attend more than 1 meeting in a day or if a meeting surpasses an established number of hours.  The recommendation of the Personnel and Administration Committee is to establish compensation for Sawyer County Board members, effective with the commencement of the next term of office, as follows:

  • $50 for each meeting regardless of whether multiple meetings are on the same day (with the exception that any combination of 2 meetings on the same day of the Agricultural and Extension Education Committee, Forestry Committee, and Land and Water Conservation Committee shall be treated as 1 meeting)
  • $25 additional for meetings that last more than 4 hours
  • mileage and other expenses to be paid based on the rate provided to employees in the Courthouse Employees Bargaining Unit

Motion by Vitcenda, 2nd by Voight, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.  Ms. Suhsen  and Mr. DeLong voted no.

 

The following resolution was presented:

RESOLUTION #38-2003

SENIOR RESOURCE CENTER - DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SPECIALIZED TRANSPORTATION SERVICES GRANT

     WHEREAS, section 85.21 of the Wisconsin Statutes authorizes the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to make grants to counties of Wisconsin for the purpose of assisting them in providing specialized transportation services to the elderly or disabled; and

     WHEREAS, each grant must be matched with a local share of not less than 20% times the amount of the grant; and

     WHEREAS, this body considers that the provision of specialized transportation services would improve and promote the maintenance of human dignity and self-sufficiency of the elderly and disabled persons;

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors on this 12th day of November, 2003, authorizes the Senior Resource Center to prepare and submit to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation an application for assistance during 2004 under section 85.21 of the Wisconsin Statutes, in conformance with the requirements issued by the Department and also authorizes the obligation of county funds in the amount of eight thousand, one hundred, forty-six, and no/100 (8,146.00) dollars in order to provide the required match.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors authorizes the Senior Resource Center to execute a state aid contract with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation under section 85.21 of the Wisconsin Statutes on behalf of Sawyer County.

 

Motion by Miller, 2nd by Romnes, to approve RESOLUTION #38-2003, and to request that the Senior Resource Center work to coordinate their transportation services with the Sawyer County Transit.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the Northern Waters Library Service Sawyer County Library Service Agreement for 2004.  Motion by Miller, 2nd by DeLong, to approve the agreement.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the following resolution presented by Hayward Carnegie Library Director Molly Lank-Jones:

RESOLUTION #39-2003

LIBRARY PLAN FOR SAWYER COUNTY FOR 2004-2007

     WHEREAS, the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors, at their meeting held November 12, 2003, approved a 2004 appropriation of $135,000 for the Hayward Carnegie Library and $51,223 for the Tice Public Library as part of the 2004 Sawyer County Budget, and

     WHEREAS, the increase in Sawyer County’s annual appropriation for the Hayward Carnegie Library and the Tice Public Library addresses the need for a consistent and equitable local library funding arrangement, and

     WHEREAS, the increase in library funding will allow library services to continue to be provided to all of the residents of Sawyer County by the existing local libraries located in Sawyer County, and

     WHEREAS, the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors has reviewed the Library Plan for Sawyer County for 2004-2007 developed by the Sawyer County Library Planning Committee.

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, on this 12th day of November, 2003, that the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors approves the Library Plan for Sawyer County for 2004-2007.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors shall appoint 1 member to serve on the board of any library in Sawyer County that receives County funding, and that each library receiving County funds shall annually be required to provide Sawyer County with a copy of that part of the annual audit of their municipal sponsor pertaining to the library within a week of the printing of the audit.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the County funds appropriated for local libraries be dispersed to the municipality acting as the fiscal agent for each library in 4 equal amounts during the 1st week of each quarter of the calendar year.

 

Motion by Miller, 2nd by Vitcenda, to approve RESOLUTION #39-2003.  Motion carried.

 

The Board discussed the presentation of information concerning the proposal for an addition and modifications to the Sawyer County Law Enforcement Center.  Motion by Vitcenda, 2nd by Suhsen, that County Board Chairman Hal Helwig, County Clerk Kris Mayberry, and Maintenance Supervisor Dennis Erickson coordinate the presentation of information on the proposed project.  Motion carried.

 

The Board discussed the request of Attorney Matthew P. Dregne, of Attorneys Stafford & Rosenbaum, for the designation of a contact for his communications with the Board concerning the James Hausman v. Sawyer County litigation.  Stafford & Rosenbaum was retained by the Wisconsin County Mutual Insurance Corporation to represent Sawyer County in the litigation.  Motion by Miller, 2nd by DeLong, to designate County Clerk Kris Mayberry as the contact.  Motion carried.

 

Supervisor James Bassett reported continued complaints from the public about being unable to hear speakers at meetings and public hearings in the Large Courtroom.  Mr. Bassett urged that arrangements for an audio system for the Large Courtroom be expedited.

 

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

 

 

Minutes prepared by Kris Mayberry, Sawyer County Clerk