TOWN OF BENNETT MONTHLY BOARD MEETING MINUTES
July 12, 2021
The regular Town Board Meeting was held at the town hall on Monday, July 12, 2021, and was called to order with the Pledge of Allegiance by Chairman Barry Carlson at 7:30 p.m. Other officers in attendance were Wes Koehler and Tim Haskins, Supervisors, Stephanie Lintula, Treasurer and Tamara Johnson, Clerk. A list of attendees is attached to the original of these minutes.
Notices of the meeting with the agenda were posted on the Town Hall, Recycle Center, and the Town Website on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.
MINUTES: The minutes of the June 14 Board Meeting were read by the clerk. Moved by Wes, seconded by Tim to approve as presented. Motion Carried.
APPROVE BILLS FOR PAYMENT: Moved by Tim, seconded by Wes, to pay the bills, checks #18305-18340, ACH payroll dated 6/21/21 & 7/8/21 and July automatic tax withholding payments to Wisconsin Department of Revenue, IRS, & Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS). Motion Carried.
The board directed the clerk to hold payment to Solon Concrete until DNR approves the Culvert Project on Bennett Road.
TREASURER: Treasurer Stephanie Lintula reported that the June 30, 2021, balance of the Checking Account was $13,556.17, Money Market was $79,588.59, and ICS Account had a balance of $1,033.36. The accounts balanced with the bank as of June 30, 2021. Moved by Tim, seconded by Wes to accept the report as presented. Motion Carried.
FIRE DEPARMENT: Travis Theien gave the fire department report in the absence of Chief Tom Avis. Travis will act as Interim Fire Chief until Tom Avis can return, or until October when Dave Dittbrender will act as Interim Fire Chief for October, November, December.
Travis reported that the 2021 Flea Market was a success and matched the 2019 results.
CONSTABLE: The constable sent his report via email to the clerk. The report is attached to the original of these minutes.
CEMETERY: Sexton, Glenn Khalar had nothing to report for June.
DOUGLAS COUNTY: N/A
Town Hall Holding Tank: Discussed project and date to be scheduled with plumber in August. Tim will set-up the project.
Recycle Shed Repair/Update: Glenn will start the recycle shed repair soon using brown metal siding.
Town Garage Electrical Issues: Nothing
Broadband Grant—ARPA Funds: Mark Stensvold has been researching how to apply for a broadband grant with Astrea who has also been working with the Town of Solon Springs and Town of Gordon. He explained the project and asked for a financial commitment of $1500 from the board. He also needs a letter from the chair, which he is willing to draft.
Wes moved to have Mark Stensvold pursue the grant with Astrea with a $1500 commitment on the town’s part. Seconded by Tim. Motion Carried.
Mark will draft the letter and email to the clerk for a signature.
American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA): The clerk updated the board on the ARPA funds. One-half has been received with the other half to follow in 2022. The board discussed ways to use the money and one suggestion was to check into the Friends of the Bennett Volunteer Fire Department as a non-profit. They were not able to hold the 2020 spaghetti supper or Flea Market to raise the usual funds so the town may be able to get the ARPA funds to them to help purchase the new Rescue Truck.
Bennett Volunteer Fire Department:
This was discussed under the BVFD report: Travis Theien will be interim chief with Dave Dittbrender filling in for October/November/December if necessary, until Tom Avis can return.
UDC Permit Submission Process Change—Rob Lietha, Inspector: Nothing
Budget Amendment: None
Budget Amendments: Nothing
Correspondence: No action taken
Review Permits Issued by Douglas County: No action needed.
Public Comment: Tim Haskins updated that the Bennett Road Culvert Project has been completed. He asked the clerk to hold the check for Solon Springs Concrete until the project has been approved by the DNR.
ADJOURNMENT: Being there was no further business Tim moved to adjourn at 8:32 p.m. Seconded by Wes. Motion Carried.
Tamara Johnson, Clerk