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Minutes of the meeting of the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors

Thursday, February 19, 2004, 9:00 a.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

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

x

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 January 15, 2004

03.       Zoning Committee report, including:

  • parcel zoning amendments and ordinance to amend zone district maps
  • proposed text amendment to Sawyer County Citation Ordinance

04.       Courthouse Committee report, including Airport liability insurance coverage

05.       Public Safety Committee report, including Animal Control Officer overtime payout

06.       Health and Human Services Board report, including 161 agreement with the LCO Tribe

07.       Finance Committee report, including 2004 audit services

08.       Personnel and Administrative Committee report, including:

  • 2004 compensation for non-represented employees
  • agreement with law enforcement employee bargaining unit regarding Truancy Officer

09.       Jail Modification Committee report, including Law Enforcement Center modification and addition project

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

11.       Closed session, pursuant to sections 19.85(1)(e) and (g), Wisconsin Statutes, to discuss labor negotiations and to discuss the James Hausman v. Sawyer County (Round Lake water level) litigation with Sawyer County’s legal counsel

 

Motion by Miller, 2nd by Suhsen, to approve the meeting agenda.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Miller, 2nd by Suhsen, to approve the minutes of the meeting of January 15, 2004.  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 January 16, 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 BASS LAKE

1) Robert W. Bergum et al. Part of the NE¼ NE¼, S 7, T 40N, R 9W, Parcel .1.1, excepting therefrom the wetlands as indicated on the Wetland Inventory Map. Vol 756 Records Page 284. Approximately 18.25 acres to be rezoned out of the total 31.25 acres. Change from District Forestry One to District Residential/Recreational One. Purpose of request is for the creation of four (4) residential homesites. The Town Board has approved the application with conditions. The Zoning Committee approved the application with the conditions of the National Park Service as stated in the letter of December 4, 2003 (attached); and with the conditions suggested by the Town of Bass Lake. 1. Only four lots, to be divided with one single-family dwelling unit on each lot. 2. The lots are to be divided equally using the width of the parcel to Rohlf Rd. 3. A covenant to be placed on the deeds that the lots cannot be further subdivided or used for additional dwellings. 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, and with the Town of Bass Lake comprehensive plan.

 

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

 

TOWN OF COUDERAY

2) Sawyer County. Part of Blocks 14, 15, 18, and 19, Ashegon Heights Subdivision, S 24, T 39N, R 8W, Parcels –1.14.65 through 86, -1.15.87 through 104, .1.18.149 through 162, and –1.19.163 through 183. Vol 75 Records Page 255. Pit area is east of an unnamed creek running north of Ashegon Lake, and north of Bag-Waki Drive, containing approximately 20 acres. Change from District Residential/Recreational One to District Forestry One. Purpose of request is for the location/operation of a non-metallic mineral extraction (sand and fill only). Said operation has existed pre-zoning. The Town Board has approved the application with conditions. The Zoning Committee approved the application as follows: 1. Reclamation plan to be submitted within six months. 2. Town of Couderay to have the first opportunity to purchase the property from the County for the fair market value. Findings of Fact: It would not be damaging to the rights of others or property values.

 

Motion by Vitcenda, 2nd by Romnes, to approve the Zoning Committee recommendation.  Motion carried.  Mr. Miller noted the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe’s concerns expressed to the Zoning Committee, and that the Tribe wished to have the first opportunity to purchase the property from the County, and voted no.  Mr. Lacapa was not present for the vote.

 

TOWN OF DRAPER

3) Patrick M. Weyer. Part of the NE¼ NE¼, S 5, T 39N, R 4W, Parcel .1.6, excepting therefrom the wetlands as indicated on the Wetland Inventory Map. Document #317312. Approximately 3.02 acres to be rezoned out of the total 4.46 acres. Change from District Forestry One to District Residential/Recreational One. Purpose of request is for the construction of a residence on a parcel less than 5 acres in size. 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 Olson, 2nd by Vitcenda, to approve the Zoning Committee recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

TOWN OF EDGEWATER

4) Ronald A. Zook et ux. A parcel of land located in the SE¼ NE¼, S 20, T 37N, R 9W, described as follows: The north 100' by 500' in depth, being Part of Parcel .4.4. 1.15 acres to be rezoned out of the total 23.14 acres. Change from District Agricultural One to District Residential/Recreational One. Purpose of request is for residential use of an existing structure on a parcel of land less than 5 acres in size. 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 Bassett, 2nd by Hirschfeld, to approve the Zoning Committee recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

TOWN OF WINTER

5) David J. Post et ux. Part of the NW¼ NE¼, S 11, T 39N, R 5W, Parcel .2.6. Vol 843 Records Page 793. 4.13 acres total. Change from District Commercial One to District Residential/Recreational One. Purpose of request is for the construction of a single family residence, not being engaged in commercial activities. 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 Pydo, to approve the Zoning Committee recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

The Zoning Committee presented the following resolution:

RESOLUTION #3-2004

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 W. Bergum et al. Part of the NE¼ NE¼, S 7, T 40N, R 9W, Parcel .1.1, excepting therefrom the wetlands as indicated on the Wetland Inventory Map. Vol 756 Records Page 284. Approximately 18.25 acres to be rezoned out of the total 31.25 acres. Change from District F-1 to District RR-1.  Conditions of rezoning: The conditions of the National Park Service as stated in the letter of December 4, 2003; The conditions suggested by the Town of Bass Lake. 1. Only four lots, to be divided with one single family dwelling unit on each lot. 2. The lots are to be divided equally using the width of the parcel to Rohlf Rd. 3. A covenant to be placed on the deeds that the lots cannot be further subdivided or used for additional dwellings.

TOWN OF COUDERAY

2) Sawyer County. Part of Blocks 14, 15, 18, and 19, Ashegon Heights Subdivision, S 24, T 39N, R 8W, Parcels –1.14.65 through 86, -1.15.87 through 104, .1.18.149 through 162, and –1.19.163 through 183. Vol 75 Records Page 255. Pit area is east of an unnamed creek running north of Ashegon Lake, and north of Bag-Waki Drive, containing approximately 20 acres. Change from District RR-1 to District F-1. Conditions of rezoning: The conditions as suggested by the Town of Couderay: 1. Reclamation plan within six months. 2. Town of Couderay to have the first opportunity to purchase the property from the County for the fair market value.

TOWN OF DRAPER

3) Patrick M. Weyer. Part of the NE¼ NE¼, S 5, T 39N, R 4W, Parcel .1.6, excepting therefrom the wetlands as indicated on the Wetland Inventory Map. Document #317312. Approximately 3.02 acres to be rezoned out of the total 4.46 acres. Change from District F-1 to District RR-1.

TOWN OF EDGEWATER

4) Ronald A. Zook et ux. A parcel of land located in the SE¼ NE¼, S 20, T 37N, R 9W, described as follows: The north 100' by 500' in depth, being Part of Parcel .4.4. 1.15 acres to be rezoned out of the total 23.14 acres. Change from District A-1 to District RR-1.

TOWN OF WINTER

5)  David J. Post et ux. Part of the NW¼ NE¼, S 11, T 39N, R 5W, Parcel .2.6. Vol 843 Records Page 793. 4.13 acres total. Change from District C-1 to District RR-1.

 

Motion by Trettin, 2nd by Vitcenda, to approve RESOLUTION #3-2004.  Motion carried.

 

Mr. Lacapa entered the meeting.

 

Zoning Administrator William Christman presented the following proposed text amendment to the Sawyer County Citation Ordinance 89-1:

 

The Sawyer County Zoning Committee, having held a public hearing on January 16, 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 approved.

 

Section 11.18 Onsite Waste Disposal Systems

Create:

6) Failure to submit a private sewage system certification form attesting that the system is in proper operating condition.

 

DEPOSIT: $50.00

COURT COSTS: $100.50

TOTAL: $150.50

ORDINANCE SECTIONS:      Comm 83

 

The Zoning Committee presented the following resolution approving the proposed text amendments:

RESOLUTION #4-2004

AMENDMENT TO THE SAWYER COUNTY CITATION ORDINANCE

     WHEREAS, Sawyer County has adopted and is enforcing the Sawyer County Citation Ordinance; and

     WHEREAS, this amendment was drafted to promote and protect the public’s health, safety, and general welfare; and

     WHEREAS, the Zoning Committee, on due notice, conducted a public hearing on the proposed amendment to the Sawyer County Citation Ordinance and filed their recommendations with the Board; and

     WHEREAS, this Board has the legal authority to amend the Sawyer County Citation Ordinance pursuant to Section  Wisconsin Statutes.

     NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the following amendment to the Sawyer County Citation Ordinance is hereby adopted and shall take effect upon its passage by the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors.

 

Re:  Public Hearing

       16 January 2004

 

Section 11.18 Onsite Waste Disposal Systems

Create:

6) Failure to submit a private sewage system certification form attesting that the system is in proper operating condition.

 

DEPOSIT: $50.00

COURT COSTS: $100.50

TOTAL: $150.50

ORDINANCE SECTIONS:      Comm 83

 

Motion by Suhsen, 2nd by Miller, to approve RESOLUTION #4-2004.  Motion carried.  Mr. Voight, Mr. Olson, Mr. DeLong, and Mr. Vitcenda voted no.

 

The Board reviewed the Courthouse Committee recommendation to approve a proposal for renewal of the County’s liability insurance coverage for the Airport from Wing’s Insurance Agency.  The Committee had reviewed the renewal proposal ($4,800 annual premium with an additional $5,000 for terrorism coverage) and an alternative proposal from Aegis Corporation, the administrator for the Wisconsin County Mutual Insurance Corporation, ($7,500 annual premium, excluding terrorism coverage) for the policy period of March 15, 2004 through March 15, 2005.  Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Pydo, to approve the recommendation for renewing the coverage with Wing’s Insurance Agency, and to authorize a waiver of the terrorism coverage.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the recommendation of the Public Safety Committee and the Finance Committee that the Animal Control Officer be paid $2,430.08 for overtime hours worked in 2003 with the funds to come from the Contingency Fund Account of the 2003 Sawyer County Budget.  Motion by DeLong, 2nd by Olson, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.  Mr. Vitcenda and Mr. Trettin voted no.

 

The Board reviewed the recommendation of the Health and Human Services Board to approve the 2004 agreement between Sawyer County Health and Human Services and the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians.  The purpose of the agreement is:

·         to clarify relationships between the Tribe and the County in providing for the health, safety, welfare, and maintenance of Indian children residing on the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation

·         to provide and improve systems for services, referral, and mutual assistance between the Tribe and County

·         to establish procedures and standards under which the parties shall implement the provisions of 1983-1990 Wisconsin Act No. 161, while being consistent with the Tribal Court Children’s Code

Motion by Suhsen, 2nd by Miller, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the recommendation of the Finance Committee to approve the proposal of Certified Public Accountants Anderson, Hager, & Moe for the 2003 Sawyer County financial statement and audit.  The proposal is for an hourly charge (not to exceed $57.50 per hour), and not a lump sum amount, due to the new and uncertain requirements of the Government Accounting Standards Board.  The recommendation includes a request that Anderson, Hager, & Moe provide the County with an hourly breakdown of their charges with the final billing.  Motion by Brandt, 2nd by Vitcenda, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the recommendation of the Personnel and Administrative Committee for 2004 salary adjustments for the non-represented employees of Sawyer County.  Motion by Miller, 2nd by Suhsen, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed and discussed a petition to the State of Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission by the law enforcement employees bargaining unit to have the Truancy Officer position recognized and placed into the bargaining unit, and the recommendation of the Personnel and Administrative Committee for an agreement to voluntarily recognize the position as a bargaining unit position contingent upon the approval by all parties of a Side Letter of Agreement setting forth the terms and conditions of the agreement.  Motion by Kelsey, 2nd by Pydo, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed and discussed the results of the February 17, 2004 referendum approving a $3,000,000 addition and modifications to the Sawyer County Law Enforcement Center to house more prisoners.  The Board determined to refer the project to the Jail Modification Committee to develop specifics to move the project forward.  Motion by Suhsen, 2nd by Pydo, to commend those involved with presenting information about the jail project to the public, including Maintenance Department Supervisor Dennis Erickson, County Clerk Kris Mayberry, and Health and Human Services Department Director Pete Sanders.  Motion carried.

 

District 15 Supervisor William Voight reported that he would be attending Superior Days events scheduled for next week in Madison.

 

Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Vitcenda, to convene into closed session, pursuant to section 19.85(1)(g), Wisconsin Statutes, to discuss the James Hausman v. Sawyer County (Round Lake water level) litigation with Sawyer County’s legal counsel.  Motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

[Minutes of closed sessions are kept in a confidential file in the County Clerk’s Office.]

Motion by Miller, 2nd by Vitcenda, to reconvene into open session.  Motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

 

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

 

 

Minutes prepared by Kris Mayberry, Sawyer County Clerk