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Minutes of the meeting of the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors

Thursday, January 17, 2008, 6:30 p.m., Large Courtroom, Sawyer County Courthouse

 

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

present

district

supervisor - T = Town, V = Village, C = City, W = Ward

 

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

x

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

 

07

Shirley Riedmann – C of Hayward W 3 and 4

x

08

Doug Mrotek – T of Bass Lake W 1 and 2

 

09

Bruce Miller – T of Bass Lake W 3 and 4

x

10

Hal Helwig – T of Couderay W 2, T of Sand Lake

x

11

James Bassett – T of Couderay W 1, T of Edgewater, T of Meteor, V of Couderay

x

12

Ron Kinsley – T of Hunter W 2, T of Ojibwa, T of Radisson W 1, V of Radisson

x

13

Melvin Olson – T of Draper, T of Hunter W 1, T of Round Lake W 2, T of Winter W 2

x

14

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

x

15

William Voight – T of Winter W 1, V of Winter

 

The agenda for the meeting was presented as follows:

01.   Call to order, roll call, Pledge of Allegiance, meeting agenda, audience recognition

02.    Minutes of the meeting December 20, 2007

03.   Drug Court program report

04.   Zoning Committee report, including:

·         petitions for change of zoning for parcels in Town of Bass Lake, Town of Edgewater, Town of Hayward, and Town of Round Lake

·         Town of Spider Lake zoning amendments

05.   Forestry Committee report, including 2008 Sawyer County Forest annual work report

06.   Courthouse Committee  report, including discontinuance of filing, in Register of Deeds Office, of certificates for indigent beneficiaries of county or state payments for legal representation

07.   Highway Department report, including recommendation from Highway Committee to fill vacancy in budgeted position – Highway Department Mechanic

08.   Finance Committee report, including:

·         Maximus proposal for cost allocation plans through 2010

·         American Transmission Company environmental impact funds

09.   Personnel and Administrative Committee report, including update to appendix A in Personnel and Administrative Policy Manual to reflect 2008 rates

10.   Wisconsin Bureau of Geographic Names request for approval to name Kocmoud Lake located in the Town of Winter and the Town of Draper (west of North Clover Road)

11.   Reappointment of Kathy McCoy as representative to Northern Waters Library Service Board of Directors

12.   Appointment of David DiSera as education representative to Sawyer County Highway Traffic Safety Commission

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

14.   Closed session, pursuant to section 19.85(1)(g), Wisconsin Statutes, to discuss potential litigation with legal counsel

 

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

 

Motion by Vitcenda, 2nd by Aderman, to approve the December 20, 2007 meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

 

Sawyer County Community Service Coordinator provided a report on Sawyer County’s Drug Court Program. 

 

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

The Sawyer County Zoning Committee, having held a public hearing on December 21, 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 BASS LAKE

1)  Steven K. Sletner et ux. Part of Gov’t lot 7 and that part of the SW 1/4 SE 1/4, S 26, T 40N, R 9W, lying south of the south right-of-way of County Highway K and excepting that portion designated as Wetland One zone district. Parcel 5702. Doc#341636 and Doc#346784. Approximately 2 acres to be rezoned out of the total 10.58 acres (approximately 8.58 acres is zoned wetlands). Change from District Agricultural One and Wetland One to District Residential/Recreational One. Purpose of request is to conform with the surrounding residential zone district and to create a residential lot. The Town of Bass Lake has approved the application.  The Zoning Committee recommends approval of the application with the conditions that the lot cannot be further subdivided and there is to be placement of only one single family dwelling on the lot. Findings of Fact: It would not be damaging to the rights of others or property values. It would not be detrimental to ecology, wildlife, wetlands or shorelands. It is approved with the conditions requested by the Town Board.

 

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

 

TOWN OF EDGEWATER

2)  John A. Paul. Part of the NW 1/4 NW 1/4, S 30, T 37N, R 9W; Part of Parcel .6.4.  Doc#323268; CSM Volume 10 page 347; Aff. CSM Volume 10 page 351.  Approximately 5 acres to be rezoned out of the total 31.44 acres. Change from District Agricultural One to District Commercial One. Purpose of request is for the location/operation of a retail sporting goods business by the purchaser. The Zoning Committee recommends approval of the application with the conditions that the lot cannot be further subdivided without the approval of the Zoning Committee and County Board; lighting is to be shielded and focused down from adjacent properties; if there is a change from agricultural use within 100’ of the north border then a coniferous barrier at least 3’ in height is to be established. Findings of Fact: It would not be damaging to the rights of others or property values. It would not be detrimental to ecology, wildlife, wetlands or shorelands. It would not create an air quality, water supply, or pollution problem. It would be compatible with surrounding uses and the area. It would be compatible with the Town comprehensive Plan.

 

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

 

TOWN OF HAYWARD

3)  Thompson & Sons, Inc. The SW 1/4 NW 1/4, S 32, T 41N, R 9W; Parcel 2301.  Volume 724 Records page 130.  40 acres total. Change from District Forestry One to District Industrial One. Purpose of request is for the location/operation of a wood pellet manufacturing company by the purchaser. The Town of Hayward has approved the application. Findings of Fact: It would not be damaging to the rights of others or property values. It would not create traffic or highway access problems. It would be an appropriate place. It would be compatible with surrounding uses and the area. It would be in conjunction with the Town plan.

 

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

 

TOWN OF HAYWARD

4)  Paul A. Thompson. Part of the SE 1/4 SW 1/4, S 29, T 41N, R8W; Parcel 3405.  Volume 652 Records page 331.  25.51 total acres. Change 22.14 acres from District Agricultural One to District Residential/Recreational One, and change 3.43 acres from District Agricultural One to District Commercial One. Purpose of request is to create lots for resale. The Town of Hayward has approved the application with additional comments. The Zoning Committee recommends approval of the application with buffer zone restrictions stated by the Town; with a County Plat. 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. It would be compatible with the Town plan.

 

Motion by Aderman, 2nd by Vitcenda, to approve the Zoning Committee recommendation.  Motion carried.  Mr. Zietlow abstained from voting.

 

TOWN OF ROUND LAKE

5)  Hayward T-1, LLC, c/o Ted Thompson. The SE 1/4 NW 1/4, the NE 1/4 SW 1/4, the NW 1/4 SW 1/4, and Gov’t Lots 1 & 2, all being in Section 31, T 41N, R 7W; Parcels 8.1, 9.1, 10.1,:1.1 and :2.1, excepting therefrom the wetlands as indicated on the Wetland Inventory Map. Doc#314266. 119.9 acres to be rezoned out of the total 198+ acres. Change from district Forestry One to district Residential/Recreational One. Purpose of request is to create 25 residential single family condominium dwelling units within 7 clusters. Also application made for Conditional Use and application for Variance. Variance is requested for the creation of 25 residential single family condo units with 7 clusters with each unit not being located on its own minimum parcel area. Variance is requested as Section 4.423(1), Sawyer County Zoning Ordinance, would require that each dwelling unit meet the requirements for residential dwelling construction with each dwelling unit being located on its own minimum parcel area. This application has been tabled from the April 20 public hearing. The Town Board has denied the rezone, conditional use and variance applications. The applicant requested the application be tabled/postponed until the September or October public hearing. The Zoning Committee tabled to no later than the September public hearing. The Town Board again denied all applications. The Zoning Committee approved the application with conditions at the September 21, 2007 Public Hearing and referred the petition to the County Board. At the October 18, 2007 County Board Meeting, the County Board sent the petition back to the Zoning Committee to rehear the application.  The Zoning Committee recommends approval of the rezone and granted the conditional use and variance applications with the conditions put forth in Documents 1, 2 and 3; provided that the revised map be provided by the applicant to the County, the Town Board, LCO, and the Property Owners Assoc. within 10 days of the January 17, 2008 County Board meeting. Also if any one of the applications is appealed and overturned, the entire application becomes invalid. Findings of Fact: It would not be detrimental to ecology, wildlife, wetlands or shorelands. It would not create an air quality, water supply, or pollution problem. It would not create topographical problems such as run off, drainage, erosion, flooding, or vegetative cover removal. It is done in the spirit of public cooperation of all parties.

 

The Board reviewed a letter received from Attorney Bruce A. Marshall (Slaby, Deda, Marshall, & Reinhard) which discusses the negotiations and compromises resulting in amendments and conditions established for the Osprey Lake Preserve development project.  Carole Dannehl, on behalf of the Osprey Lake Property Owners Association, confirmed the Association’s involvement in the negotiations and compromises.  Motion by Zietlow, 2nd by Bassett, to approve the Zoning Committee recommendation with the amendments and conditions established by the Zoning Committee and with the following clarifications cited from Mr. Marshall’s letter: 1) The amended request (and its included restrictions) is not tied to any specific number of acres but simply applies to all of the developer’s property included  in the Osprey Lake Preserve but excludes property from the original 198 acres now owned by other, third parties and excludes any lots still owned by developer Ted Thompson in the earlier “Shores of Osprey” development. 2) Units may be rented to tenants; however, rentals may only be for ninety (90) days or more to a single tenant.  No sub-rental/sub-lease shall be allowed by a tenant.  Motion carried.

 

Zoning Department Administrator William Christman presented the Zoning Committee recommendation to approve the following proposed amendments to the Town of Spider Lake Zoning Ordinance:

 

4.4 Shoreland Regulations

      Reads:

4.4 J) b)  The use corridor(s) shall be:

(1)   more or less perpendicular to the shore,

(2)   at least 70 seventy feet from the nearest use corridor on the same lot,

(3)   set back at least 15 fifteen feet from the side lot line.

(4)   Use corridor shall not exceed 30 thirty feet in total width

(5)   For lots having less than 100 one hundred feet of water frontage, the use corridor(s) width shall be reduced proportionally (e.g., a lot with 70 seventy feet of water frontage would be restricted to a 21 twenty-one feet wide use corridors(s) [70’x0.30=21’])

Change to read:

4.4 J) b)  Establishment of use corridor(s) for each lot by mowing, pruning and selective removal of trees, stumps and shrubbery.  The use corridor(s) shall be more or less perpendicular to the shore, shall not exceed 30 feet in total width in any 100 feet of shoreline and shall be set back at least 15 feet from the side lot line.  For lots having less than 100 feet of water frontage,  the use corridor(s) width shall be reduced proportionally (e.g., a lot with 70 feet of water frontage would be restricted to a 21 feet wide use corridor(s) [70’ x 0.30 = 21’]).  A use corridor(s) shall not be established where the absence of vegetation provides a similar naturally occurring opening.

 

Entire Land Use Ordinance

            Delete:

            All Manufactured Home(s) text in entire Land Use Ordinance including definition.

 

Note: The following is for information only and will not be included as a text amendment. Manufactured Homes will be allowed in the Town of Spider Lake. Manufactured Homes shall meet all other applicable requirements of The Town of Spider Lake Land Use Ordinance. Mobile Home(s) to remain unchanged in ordinance.

 

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

 

Forestry Committee Chair James Bassett presented the Committee’s recommendation to approve the Sawyer County Forest Annual Work Plan for 2008.  Motion by McCoy, 2nd by Vitcenda, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

Courthouse Committee Chair Bruce Miller presented Register of Deeds Paula Chisser and the Committee’s recommendation to discontinue the filing, in the Register of Deeds Office, of certificates stating the name and residence of indigent beneficiaries that are provided legal representation by the County or the State of Wisconsin.  Ms. Chisser had indicated that the information contained in these certificates is already filed in the Clerk of Circuit Court’s Office and provided an opinion from Sawyer County Corporation Counsel Thomas J. Duffy stating that the “duplicate filing in the Register of Deeds Office is not required nor is it necessary”.  Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Aderman, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

Highway Committee Chair Nate DeLong presented the recommendation of the Highway Committee and the Personnel and Administrative Committee to approve a request to fill a vacancy in a budgeted Highway Department Mechanic position at such time as the Committee deems necessary during 2008.  The Highway Committee intends to utilize other Highway Department personnel to maintain and repair Highway Department vehicles until the Committee deems it necessary to fill this position.  Motion by Kinsley, 2nd by Mizerka, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

Finance Committee Vice-Chair Kathy McCoy presented the Committee’s recommendation to approve a proposed agreement with Maximus Financial Services for Maximus to provide Sawyer County with professional consulting services including:

·         Development of a central services cost allocation plan each year for a period of three years which identifies the various costs incurred by the County to support and administer outside-funded programs.  Each plan will contain a determination of the allowable cost of providing each supporting service, such as accounting, legal counsel, data processing, etc.  The cost allocation plans will be based on the County’s actual year-end financial data for the years 2007, 2008, and 2009, and will be prepared in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

·         Negotiation of the completed cost allocation plan with representatives of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the State of Wisconsin Departments of Health and Family Services and Workforce Development, as well as others that may be required.

·         Assistance in preparing initial claims to the State for recovery of funds due the County and monitoring the progress of claims through the State to insure the County receives recoveries due it.

Sawyer County would compensate Maximus an amount not to exceed $3,500 each year for the services.  Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Olson, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed correspondence received from the American Transmission Company which enclosed a check for $59,162 as Sawyer’s 2007 annual impact fee payment for hosting a portion of the Arrowhead-Weston 345 kV transmission line.  Finance Committee Vice-Chair Kathy McCoy presented the Finance Committee recommendation to establish a non-lapsing account for this amount, plus the $359,971 remaining from the initial environmental impact fee, and any and all interest received from these funds.  Motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

 

Human Resource Manager Carol Larson presented the Personnel and Administrative Committee recommendation to approve a proposed amended Appendix A (Employee Benefits for Non-Represented Employees) to the Personnel and Administrative Policies of Sawyer County.  The amendments update compensation amounts to reflect 2008 rates.  Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Olson, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed a request for a recommendation as to naming an unnamed lake on the boundary of the Town of Winter and the Town of Draper to be known as Kocmoud Lake.  The request, dated December 3, 2007, was received from Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources IS Data Services Professional Kathy Shubak and concerns the geographic naming procedure of the Wisconsin Bureau of Geographic Names.  The Board, at their meeting held December 20, 2007, tabled consideration of the request until such time as the Town of Winter Board of Supervisors and the Town of Draper Board of Supervisors take action on a request for their recommendation.  Town of Winter Clerk Arlene Bishop provided a copy of Resolution 2003-4 of the Town of Winter Board of Supervisors approving and encouraging the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to establish “Kocmoud Lake” as the official name of the previously unnamed lake located in Sections 25 and 26, Township 40 North, Range 5 West and a copy of the minutes of the meeting of the Town of Winter Board of Supervisors held September 17, 2003 that included the motion to approve that resolution.  Town of Draper Clerk Brenda Adler had not yet provided documentation of any action of the Town of Draper Board of Supervisors concerning the naming of the lake.  Motion by Vitcenda, 2nd by Olson, to approve the naming of Kocmoud Lake, contingent upon receiving documentation of the approval of the Town of Draper Board of Supervisors.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Kinsley, 2nd by Mizerka, to approve the reappointment of Kathy McCoy as Sawyer County’s representative to Northern Waters Library Service Board of Directors.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by McCoy, 2nd by Mizerka, to approve the appointment of David DiSera as education representative to Sawyer County Highway Traffic Safety Commission.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Vitcenda, 2nd by Bassett, to convene into closed session, pursuant to section 19.85(1)(g), Wisconsin Statutes, to discuss potential litigation with legal counsel.  Motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

[Minutes of closed sessions are kept in a confidential file in the office of the Sawyer County Clerk.]

Motion by Vitcenda, 2nd by Aderman, to reconvene into open session.  Motion carried.

 

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

 

 

Minutes prepared by Kris Mayberry, Sawyer County Clerk