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January 12, 2022 Jan 12, 2022 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm by chairman Paul Toft.
Meeting was noticed at the town shop and on the town web page.
Members Present: Dave Wellsandt, Paul Toft, Steve Schultz, Kathy Willger and Lisa Blechinger.
Meeting minutes from December read by clerk and accepted as read.
Clint Scribner was not available for town road report he was supposed to report back this month on the cost of a plow. Randy Mancl was at the meeting and he provided feedback regarding different types of plow brands and the pros and cons. It was recommended to possibly wait to find something used in the coming months rather than spending money on a new plow.
Treasurer’s report: Money market and checking account balances reviewed and December bills were read as paid. Steve made a motion to accept the report this was seconded by Dave- no further discussion motion carried.
Fire Protection Ratio no new discussion- this will remain on the agenda for future meetings.
Steve brought up the driveway permit ordinance- he felt that it would be easier to re-do the ordinance as opposed to amend the current ordinance. Discussion ensued about where ordinances are housed and what the proper protocol for publishing these on the website is. It was recommended that the clerk touch base with Pam Gannon regarding ordinances on the website and report back next month. For the personal appearance ordinance- requested that the clerk find the signed ordinance.
New Business: Lisa attended training at Barron County for the new election equipment on Friday January 7th and picked up the new equipment. Nancy Jilek and Cheryl Gabriel both attended the training as well. The old voting equipment needs to be brought to the Barron County Incinerator in Almena. Paul made a motion that Clint bring the equipment to the incinerator this was seconded by Steve no further discussion the motion carried. The second item brought up was securing the new election equipment in an area where nobody other than the clerk has access to. This was discussed and will be brought up at a future meeting.
A Variance & Special Exception Town Consideration Form was submitted to the clerk by the A.J. Shiely Revocable Trust. Mary Ann Montgomery is the family member that submitted this request to turn a cabin on Bear Lake into an AIR BNB/VRBO short-term rental property. Steve made a motion to submit a neutral opinion on this special exception this was seconded by Dave. No further discussion the motion passed. Lisa will sign this document and send it back to Mary Ann Montgomery so that she can continue with the Barron County requirements for this type of business.
Re-Financing the municipal fire hall loan has been discussed. Lisa followed up with Josh at CCF and Steve followed up with Dairy State Bank. CCF had not followed back up with Lisa by the time of the meeting. Dairy State offered 1.9% loan on the estimated $317,000.00 that we have loaned at CCF. It was brought up to see if it would be possible to roll the grader loan in with that so that there would be 1 large payment fully amortized over a 10-year period. Steve will follow up with Dairy State Bank to see if that would be possible as it is an advantageous time to borrow due to favorable interest rates.
Levy increase this was brought up by Steve. Dave had looked up some rules about levy increases- which are typically done in the fall when the budgets are being done. Steve feels that it should be brought up at the Annual Meeting so that residents would be aware of this possibility in the fall. The fact that short-term loans needed to be secured the last three years was brought up as key indicators of a possible need for a levy increase in the future- fuel prices have gone up in addition to many key services that the Town depends on to function on a day-to-day basis. Steve mentioned that he would like to have this as a discussion topic next month and explore what a 2% or 5% levy increase would mean for example- a $150,000.00 house.
Computers require annual updates- Steve brought this up having the computers updated February or March every year- keep on a regular schedule. Treasurer’s computer still needs to be updated- Lisa’s laptop has already been updated and the bill was brought to the meeting.
Trip Discretionary Money- funds that are available that don’t benefit communities unless they re-pave a road. Repaving has gotten so costly that it is getting financially more out of reach for smaller towns.
Payment of bills.
Next meeting February 9, 2022 at 7 pm.
Meting adjourned at 8:34 pm.

Paul Toft; Chairman___________________________________________ Date_____________________

Lisa Blechinger, Clerk __________________________________________ Date_____________________


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