Sawyer County Forestry Committee
January 2, 2004
Committee Members Present: Shirley Suhsen Bill Voight Frank Romnes Nate DeLong
County Personnel Present: Michael Kruger Peter Sievert Don Mrotek
DNR Personnel Present: Pete Wisdom Kim Lemke
Others Present: Jeremy Hartzell Terrell Boettcher Anthony Arts
Denny Gingras Dwaine Musser Robbie Raske
Ken Raske Brandon Raske Bert Bischoff
Jerry Marynik Sherry Marynik Robert Fuller
Robert Hughes Larry Popp Paulette Popp
Dustin Smith Tammie Johnson Jeff Doohr
Will Bischoff Jeremy Bischoff Robert Joles
Ron Peterson Dave Johnson
The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m.
Motion by Voight, second by Romnes to approve the agenda. Motion carried.
Motion by Romnes, second by Voight to approve the minutes of the December 3, 2003. Motion carried.
1) Request from Cable Area Chamber of Commerce to hold the Cable Off-Road Classic mountain bike race on Saturday, May 15, 2004. The course does not use any of the Birkebeiner Trail.
Motion by Voight, second by Romnes to approve request contingent upon receiving certificate of insurance. Motion carried.
Status of Recreation Camp Permits
As a follow-up to last months meeting, a letter was sent out to the camps which has received citations and warnings. A number of people were present representing these camps. A lengthy discussion ensued and the committee assured those present that we are not trying to get rid of the camps, and, in fact, need help from every camp permit holder regarding following the rules established for the camps.
Bill Voight also suggested that camp owners contact the Town of Winter Board and let them know that ATV/snowmobile trails (on roads) are needed.
Truck Bid Proposals
Bid proposals for a new truck were sent out to four companies. A motion was made by Voight to purchase the Dodge truck from Ewald Motors. No second. Motion by Romnes to purchase a Chevy truck from Gillis Motors. No second. Mike was asked to call Ewald to find out if the price included delivery to Hayward. Ewald said it did include delivery. Motion by Voight, second by Romnes to accept bid from Ewald Motors. Motion carried. Delivery will be in 60-90 days.
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Recommend updated ATRV section of the Sawyer County Land Ordinance to County Board for approval
Corporation Counsel approved ordinance. The definition of "roadway" was discussed and the wording was changed to read "A roadway is defined as an open lane that is wide enough for a 4-wheeled licensed automobile to travel."
Motion by Romnes, second by Voight to approve change of wording and send to full County Board for approval. Motion carried.
Approve annual County Forest work plan
Motion by DeLong, second by Romnes to approve plan and recommend approval by full County Board.
Snowmobile/ATV trail maintenance and grooming contract
Mike Kruger reported that the contract had been sent out for signature, but has not been returned yet.
Snowmobile Coordinator report
Don Mrotek reported: 1) trails are fairly good but we need snow. 2) Radio has been reporting that Sawyer County trails are closed. He will check on. 3) Loggers have scraped a snowmobile trail on private property down to gravel across from Power Sports. 4) DNR may not approve trail by Rock Lake due to wolves.
Sawyer Forestry Report
Mike Kruger: 1) He has been on vacation. 2) No crews are cutting timber as the present time - first time ever.
Pete Sievert: 2) Setting up sales for April bid opening.
DNR Forestry Report
Kim Lemke: 1) County personnel are setting up sales. 2) He has taken over some sale administration duties. 3) Looking forward to getting out and setting up sales. 4) ATV problems - should look at other counties and see what they are doing.
Motion by Suhsen, second by Romnes to approve the vouchers. Motion carried.
Motion by Voight, second by Suhsen to adjourn meeting. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 11:07 a.m.