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Minutes of the meeting of the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors

Thursday, February 15, 2007, 6:30 p.m., Large Courtroom, Sawyer County Courthouse

 

Chairman Hal Helwig called the February 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

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

 

03

Patricia Aderman – T of Hayward W 3 and 4

x

04

Arlene Mizerka – T of Hayward W 1 and 2

x

05

Fred Zietlow – 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

Doug Mrotek – 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

 

14

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

x

15

Joseph Eichinger – 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 January 18, 2007

03.    Zoning Committee report, including parcel zoning amendments and ordinance to amend zone district maps

04.   Land and Water Conservation Committee report, including Round Lake watershed

05.   Property and Airport Committee report, including:

·         City of Hayward Fifth Street and Kansas Avenue pavement, sewer and water project, including County assessment and Law Enforcement Center parking area

·         Appraisal and purchase of hangar at Airport

·         Airport improvement projects, including petition for future improvements

·         Airport liability insurance

06.   Public Safety Committee report, including resolution regarding State reimbursement to counties for State prisoner holds

07.   Finance Committee report, including Courthouse telephone system modifications and equipment purchases

08.   Highway Committee report, including resolution designating work zone safety awareness week

09.   Personnel and Administrative Committee report, including:

·         pay rate for casual/occasional employees in Veterans Service Office

·         side letter of agreement with Professional Employees Bargaining Unit regarding reassignment of duties and reduction of hours

·         County Board and committee meeting schedule update

·         WCA Group Health Trust benefit plan amendment for Law Enforcement employee bargaining unit agreement

10.   Confirm approvals for February 24, 2007 American Birkebeiner event, including use of Courthouse grounds and parking and use of Highway Department trucks

11.   Appointments, commendations, correspondence, reports from conferences and meetings, other matters for discussion only

 

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

 

Motion by Miller, 2nd by Eichinger, to approve the January 18, 2007 meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

Zoning Department Administrator William Christman presented the Report of the Zoning Committee:

The Sawyer County Zoning Committee, having held a public hearing, on January 19, 2007, 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 HAYWARD

1) Craig N. Cooper. The W½ of the NW¼ NE¼, S 13, T 41N, R 9W; Parcels 1202 & 1203. Vol 638 Records Page 338. 20 acres total. Change from District Agricultural One to District Residential/Recreational One. Purpose of request is to create residential lots for family members. This application has been postponed from the November public hearing. The Town Board has approved the application. The Zoning Committee approved the application with the stipulation that no more than 6 total lots are formed and there is no more division of those lots. Findings of Fact: It would not be damaging to the rights of others or property values. It would be compatible with surrounding uses and the area.

 

The Board reviewed a letter received from Wisconsin Department of Transportation Bureau of Aeronautics Aviation Consultant John M. Dorcey recommending against the proposed zoning change for the Cooper property located adjacent to the north end of the runway at the Sawyer County Airport.  Mr. Dorcey indicates in his letter that the Bureau of Aeronautics’ recommendation is based on public safety concerns and assurances provided for federal and state airport improvement grants received by Sawyer County “to take the appropriate action, to the extent reasonable, including the adoption of zoning laws, to restrict the use of land adjacent to or in the immediate vicinity of the airport to activities and purposes compatible with normal airport operations”.  The letter continues that “failure by the county to comply with these conditions could place future funding in jeopardy”.  Motion by Zietlow, 2nd by Bassett, to deny the zone change requested in that the requested land use is not compatible with existing surrounding land uses.  Motion carried.

 

TOWN OF ROUND LAKE

2)  S&N The Oaks LLC, c/o Fred C. Scheer. The SE¼ SE¼, S 30, T 41N, R 7W, Parcel .16.1, excepting the wetlands as indicated on the Wetland Inventory Map. Doc #340603. Approx. 25 acres to be rezoned out of the total 40 acres. Change from District Forestry One to District Residential/Recreational One. Purpose of request is to create 14 lots for residential use. In October the Town Board tabled the application. This application has been tabled from the December public hearing. The Town Board has now denied the application. The Zoning Committee approved eight lots total, six on water; with all covenants; and with the following restrictions to be recorded on the county plat:

1. Each lot shall not be subdivided.

2. Lake setbacks shall be increased from 75’ to 100’ to the ordinary high water mark.

3. Septic setbacks shall be increased from 50’ to 150’.

4. Shoreland buffer shall be increased to 50’ from 35’. This shoreland buffer shall not have any soil disturbance ever and the trimming of vegetation in the allowed viewing corridor shall not occur until the principal dwelling is completed and any disturbed soils from construction are stabilized.

5. Lots shall not be clear cut of trees. Trees that are diseased, blown down or dead may be removed. There shall be 30’ no-cut zone per lot for trees along adjacent lot lines unless there is a shared driveway along the lot line.

6. There shall be a 50’ no-cut zone vegetative buffer on lot lines that adjoin the township and private road. No cutting of any kind will be allowed in this strip, except for diseased and/or hazard trees.

7. Lots shall not have any building set closer than 30’ to any lot line. Homes to be built within 30’ of pre-determined building site. Building site to be determined at the time of land purchase.

8. No use of fertilizers.

9. No docks, walkways.

Findings of Fact: It would be compatible with surrounding uses and the area. It would not be detrimental to ecology, wildlife, wetlands or shorelands.

 

Motion by Riedmann, 2nd by Miller, to approve the Zoning Committee recommendation.  Motion carried.  Mr. Bassett voted no.

 

The Sawyer County Zoning Committee, having held a public hearing on January 19, 2007, 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 WEIRGOR

1)  Secluded Land Company, LLC. Part of Govt Lot 2, lying south and east of the Chippewa and Brunet Rivers, S 24, T 37N, R 7W, Part of Parcel 5201. Vol 564 Records Page 389, Doc #331912. 38.59 acres. Change from District Agricultural One to District Agricultural Two. Purpose of request is for the development of 5 acre rural home sites. Findings of Fact: The surrounding area is all A-1. There is no reason to change zone district other than to circumvent the CUP application process.

 

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

 

Zoning Department Administrator William Christman presented the Zoning Committee recommendation to approve the following resolution:

RESOLUTION #4-2007

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 ROUND LAKE

1)  S&N The Oaks LLC, c/o Fred C. Scheer. The SE¼ SE¼, S 30, T 41N, R 7W, Parcel .16.1, excepting the wetlands as indicated on the Wetland Inventory Map. Doc #340603. Approx. 25 acres to be rezoned out of the total 40 acres. Change from District F-1 to District RR-1 for eight lots total, six on water; with all covenants; and with the following restrictions to be recorded on the county plat:

1. Each lot shall not be subdivided.

2. Lake setbacks shall be increased from 75’ to 100’ to the ordinary high water mark.

3. Septic setbacks shall be increased from 50’ to 150’.

4. Shoreland buffer shall be increased to 50’ from 35’. This shoreland buffer shall not have any soil disturbance ever and the trimming of vegetation in the allowed viewing corridor shall not occur until the principal dwelling is completed and any disturbed soils from construction are stabilized.

5. Lots shall not be clear cut of trees. Trees that are diseased, blown down or dead may be removed. There shall be 30’ no-cut zone per lot for trees along adjacent lot lines unless there is a shared driveway along the lot line.

6. There shall be a 50’ no-cut zone vegetative buffer on lot lines that adjoin the township and private road. No cutting of any kind will be allowed in this strip, except for diseased and/or hazard trees.

7. Lots shall not have any building set closer than 30’ to any lot line. Homes to be built within 30’ of pre-determined building site. Building site to be determined at the time of land purchase.

8. No use of fertilizers.

9. No docks, walkways.

 

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

 

Land and Water Conservation Committee Chairman James Bassett reported that the Committee, at their meeting held February 6, 2007, authorized Sawyer County Land Conservationist Dale Olson to apply, on the County’s behalf, for a permit from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to abandon the Lake Placid Dam with the understanding that this is the initial step in determining stream history and potential future DNR requirements if the project is implemented.  Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Zietlow, to approve the Land and Water Conservation Committee action.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed a report from the Property and Airport Committee concerning information presented to them by Maintenance Department Supervisor Dennis Erickson about the City of Hayward’s Fifth Street and Kansas Avenue pavement, sewer, water, and sidewalk project and the assessment of costs to the County for some of the improvements along County-owned properties in the project area.  Mr. Erickson informed the Property and Airport Committee that the County has the option to have improvements done to the Sawyer County Law Enforcement Center parking area in conjunction with the City project at an estimated cost of $20,000.  The Finance Committee approved the Property and Airport Committee’s recommendation for County Board approval of that option, with the funds to come from the Contingency Fund Account of the 2007 Sawyer County Budget.  Motion by Miller, 2nd by Bassett, to approve the recommendations.  Motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

 

The Board reviewed a report from the Property and Airport Committee concerning the opportunity for the County to purchase the hangar owned by W.D. Larson at the Sawyer County Airport which is being offered for sale at the price of $425,000.  The hangar is located adjacent to the main runway apron at the Airport and next to the hangar owned by the Airport’s fixed-base operator L & L Aviation.  Due to the strategic location of the hangar the Property and Airport Committee expressed some interest in the County’s acquisition of the hangar.  The Wisconsin Bureau of Aeronautics has indicated that state and federal loans and/or grants may be used for the purchase of hangars, but only if the hangars are used for purposes specified in the funding provisions.  The Property and Airport Committee had reviewed a proposal received from Solum & Associates with a cost of $2,500 for an appraisal of the hangar, discussed whether the hangar could be used to enhance the prospects for a medical evacuation helicopter base at the Airport, and determined to bring the information about the opportunity to the Finance Committee and County Board.  Motion by Miller, 2nd by Kinsley, to approve the Finance Committee recommendation to refer further discussion of the hangar purchase back to the Property and Airport Committee for further consideration.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the Property and Airport Committee recommendation to approve a proposed petition for federal and state funds for additional improvements at the Sawyer County Airport and to hold a public hearing on the proposed petition at the County Board meeting scheduled for March 15, 2007.  Motion by Miller, 2nd by Zietlow, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the Property and Airport Committee recommendation to approve a proposal for renewal of Sawyer County’s Airport liability insurance coverage which expires March 15, 2007.  Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Miller, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.  

 

The Board reviewed the Public Safety Committee recommendation to approve the following resolution:

RESOLUTION #5-2007

STATE COMPENSATION TO COUNTIES FOR PROBATION AND PAROLE HOLDS

WHEREAS, state statute requires the Department of Corrections (DOC) to reimburse counties $40 per day for probation and parole holds; and

WHEREAS, no reimbursement is received for holds that have pending criminal charges; and

WHEREAS, if the appropriation is insufficient to provide complete reimbursement at that rate, DOC is required to prorate the payments to counties; and 

WHEREAS, counties were recently notified that their reimbursement for SFY 06 is $31.94 per day; and

WHEREAS, over the past 10 years, counties have received the statutory payment rate of $40 only three times; and

WHEREAS, counties are providing a service to the state by allowing probation and parole violators to be held in county jail.  DOC does not under-fund private contractors that provide services for the state; and

      WHEREAS, in 2005, the Badger State Sheriffs Association surveyed their members on probation and parole holds.  The top problems, which lead to an increased number of hold days, are as follows:

  • the revocation process is slow;
  • the use of jail as a “weekend babysitter;”
  • use of jail as short-term or temporary punishment;
  • holds on frivolous issues;
  • many holds are placed on misdemeanor charges; therefore the county receives no reimbursement.  If the misdemeanor would have been committed by an individual not on probation or parole the individual would not be in jail; and

WHEREAS, the cost to fully reimburse counties for FY 06 holds is $1,244,060, a small percentage of the state’s overall corrections budget; and

WHEREAS, state funds available for reimbursement have been stagnant since FY 02.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors requests that state legislation be introduced and adopted that rescinds the statutory proration language and replaces it with mandatory payments at the full statutory rate; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to all area legislators, Governor Jim Doyle, Secretary Matt Frank and the Wisconsin Counties Association.

 

Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Zietlow, to approve RESOLUTION #5-2007.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed a report from the Finance Committee concerning proposals received by Information Technology Department Director Mike Coleson for the purchase and installation of a new telephone system for the Courthouse.  Proposals were received from CenturyTel, Cheqtel Communications, and KB Telecom & Data Services.  Representatives of these companies presented and explained their proposals to the Finance Committee at their meeting held February 13, 2007.  Following these presentations the Finance Committee determined to have Mr. Coleson review the County’s telephone system requirements and prepare more specific specifications for the installation of a new Courthouse telephone system with options for connections to other County offices not included in the original proposals.  The Committee also determined to recommend County Board approval to rescind approval of KB Telecom’s proposal from the January County Board meeting.  Motion by Miller, 2nd by Riedmann, to approve the recommendation and to refer the matter back to the Finance Committee for further consideration.  Motion carried.

 

Highway Committee Chairman Nate DeLong presented the recommendation of the Highway Committee to approve the following resolution:

RESOLUTION #6-2007

DESIGNATING THE WEEK OF APRIL 2ND THROUGH APRIL 6TH

AS “WORK ZONE SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK” IN SAWYER COUNTY IN 2007

     WHEREAS, in 1999, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) partnered with American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHTO) to create the National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week campaign, held annually in April prior to the construction season in much of the nation, and

     WHEREAS, in a typical year, over one thousand people are killed in work zones nationwide, either as drivers, passengers, or pedestrians, and

     WHEREAS, in the past few years Wisconsin work zones have averaged approximately 1,200 accidents annually with an average of 15 fatalities per year, and

     WHEREAS, through their enforcement activities and other participation, the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, and Sawyer County Highway Department worked to make “Work Zone Safety Awareness Week” a success, and

     WHEREAS, the County Sheriff Department is committed once again in 2007 to conduct enforcement activities and work jointly with the Highway Department to make “Work Zone Safety Awareness Week” a success, and

     WHEREAS, the Federal Highway Administration has designated April 2nd, 2007 through April 6th, 2007 as National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week,

     NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors that the week of April 2, 2007 through April 6, 2007 be designated “Work Zone Safety Awareness Week” in Sawyer County.

 

Motion by Miller, 2nd by Kinsley, to approve RESOLUTION #6-2007.  Motion carried.

 

Human Resource Manager Carol Larson presented the recommendation of the Public Safety Committee and the Personnel and Administrative Committee to set the hourly rate for casual, occasional office help in the Veteran’s Service Office at $12 per hour.  Motion by Miller, 2nd by McCoy, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried. 

 

Human Resource Manager Carol Larson presented the recommendation of the Health and Human Services Board and the Personnel and Administrative Committee to approve a Side Letter of Agreement with 1213-D, Professional Employees, regarding reassignment of duties and reduction of hours.  Motion by Eichinger, 2nd by Bassett, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.  

    

County Clerk Kris Mayberry reviewed the March County Board and Committee meeting schedule and calendar and noted that the Public Safety Committee would meet March 7th and the Property and Airport Committee would meet March 8th instead of in their usual order.

 

The Board reviewed amendment #17 to the WCA Group Health Trust health insurance benefit plan for changes to health insurance coverage to reflect the Law Enforcement Employees Bargaining Unit agreement effective January 1, 2007.  Motion by Miller, 2nd by Riedmann, to approve the amendment.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the American Birkebeiner Foundation request for use of the Courthouse lobby, commons, and bathroom as a medical area; use of Courthouse parking areas and grounds; use of portions of the County Forest and other County lands (Birkebeiner Trail and related areas); and use of Highway Department trucks and drivers to assist the City of Hayward as needed for placement and removal of snow for the 2007 Birkebeiner Ski Race.  Motion by Miller, 2nd by McCoy, to approve the request.  Motion carried.

 

County Board Chairman Hal Helwig presented his recommendation for the appointment of Supervisors Joe Eichinger and Nate DeLong to represent the County Board in discussions with representatives of the LCO Tribal Governing Board concerning recent developments, including legislation and/or agreements, pertaining to counties and tribal gaming proceeds.  Motion by Bassett, 2nd by McCoy, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the Finance Committee and the Personnel and Administrative Committee reports concerning the development of a procedure for County departments and committees to begin a process of evaluating and prioritizing services provided by each department of Sawyer County.  Both committees determined that department heads and County Board members have different concepts as to what should be included in the process and recommend that a special and less formal County Board meeting be held to discuss the development of a procedure.  County Board Chairman Hal Helwig and University of Wisconsin-Extension Agent Dave Berard were to develop a proposed outline of topics for the meeting for review by the Personnel and Administrative Committee prior to setting a date for the meeting.

 

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

 

 

Minutes prepared by Sawyer County Clerk Kris Mayberry