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January 2023 Board Meeting Minutes

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TOWN OF BENNETT MONTHLY BOARD MEETING MINUTES

January 9, 2023

 

The regular Town Board Meeting was called to order following the Town Caucus by Chairman Barry Carlson on Monday, January 9, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. Other officers in attendance were Wesley Koehler and Timothy Haskins, Supervisors, Tamara Johnson, Clerk and Stephanie Lintula, Treasurer.

 

Notices of the meeting with the agenda were posted at the Town Hall, Recycle Center, and the Town Website on January 3, 2023.

 

MINUTES: The minutes of the December Regular Board meeting were read by the clerk.  Moved by Wes, seconded by Tim to approve as read by the clerk.  Motion Carried.

 

APPROVE BILLS FOR PAYMENT:  Moved by Tim, seconded by Barry, to pay the bills, checks #19032-19074, ACH payroll dated 12/22/22 & 01/05/2023, and January automatic withholding payments to Wisconsin Department of Revenue, IRS, Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) and Nationwide 457B plan payments. Motion Carried.

 

REPORTS:   

TREASURER: Stephanie Lintula, Treasurer, gave the December financial report. The

December 31, 2022, balance of the Checking Account was $38,382.19, Money Market was $157,007.63, ARPA Grant Funds--$63,219.80 and ICS Account had a balance of $0.01. The accounts balanced with the bank as of December 31, 2022. Moved by Wes, seconded by Tim to accept the report as presented. Motion Carried.

 

FIRE DEPARMENT: Chief Travis Theien gave the fire department report.  It is attached to the original of these minutes.

 

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT: Bruce Sutherland gave the highway department report.  It is attached to the original of these minutes. Alec Fowler stated that Messany Road needs a solution for a turn-around.

 

CONSTABLE: Constable Jay Burfield gave his report.  It is attached to the original of these minutes.

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY: N/A

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Lawn Mowing--2023: Wes moved to prepare a bid for the lawn mowing position. Tim seconded. Motion Carried. Tim and Wes will prepare a bid notice for the February meeting.

 

Cemetery Sexton Replacement: Wes has checked with a few people but has not found anyone willing to take on the cemetery yet.  He commented that a job description should be made for the sexton position. Wes moved to publish the opening of the sexton position.  Tim seconded.  Motion Carried. 

 

Water Test at Town Garage: No new action taken.

 

 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS

Bennett Volunteer Fire Department Constitution and Bylaws:

Wes moved to approve the Bennett Volunteer Fire Department Constitution and Bylaws as prepared by Fire Chief, Travis Theien and the fire department. Seconded by Tim. Motion Carried.

 

Wages for Recycle Center, Janitor, Election Officials:  The clerk presented a request that the board increase the wages for Elections: Chief Inspector and Assistant Chief Inspector to $15 per hour, Inspectors to $14 per hour as well as Recycle Attendant increase to $15 per hour and Janitor to $15 per hour as the board had budgeted for 2023. Wes moved to approve those wage increases, seconded by Tim.  Motion Carried.

 

Official Approval to Renew Tractor Loan: Tim Haskins moved to renew the loan with National Bank of Commerce for the New Holland Tractor and the mower. Seconded by Wes Koehler.  Motion Carried.

 

Budget Amendments for Year-end Funds: Moved by Wes, seconded by Tim, to adopt the budget amendment #TB-2023-01-R, moving the year-end balance of $26,236 to the following accounts: #52210-05 $1,236, #57220—Fire Truck Outlay $5,000, #57324—Highway Equipment Fund $20,000 and to move the Flex Grant funds of $44,075 back into the Fire Department budget for 2023.  Motion Carried.

 

Joint Powers Agreement:  Wes moved to approve the annual joint powers agreement for emergency services. Seconded by Tim.  Motion Carried.

 

Review Permits Issued by Douglas County: No action needed.

 

Correspondence:

 

Public Comment:  Ron Johnson started a discussion on it being the board’s responsibility to figure out what to do about the turn-around on Messany Road as it is needed for safety of all.

 

There also was discussion about the price and process for ordering a new dump truck.

 

ADJOURNMENT: Being there was no further business, Wes moved to adjourn at 8:16 p.m.  Seconded by Tim. Motion Carried.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Tamara Johnson, Clerk

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