January 2022 Minutes



January 10, 2022


The regular Town Board Meeting was held at the town hall on Monday, January 10, 2022, and was called to order by Chairman Barry Carlson with the pledge of allegiance at 7:30 p.m. Other officers in attendance were Wes Koehler and Tim Haskins, Supervisors, Stephanie Lintula, Treasurer and Tamara Johnson, Clerk. Constable, Jay Burfield, Interim Fire Chief, Dave Dittbrender and town employees, Bruce Sutherland and Alec Fowler were also in attendance along with a few town residents.


Notices of the meeting with the agenda were posted on the Town Hall, Recycle Center, and the Town Website on January 3, 2022 and a Revised Agenda was posted on January 7, 2022.


MINUTES: The minutes of the December 13 board meeting were read by the clerk.  Moved by Tim, seconded by Wes to approve as presented.  Motion Carried.


APPROVE BILLS FOR PAYMENT:  Moved by Wes, seconded by Tim, to pay the bills, checks #18525-18566, ACH payroll dated 11/11/21, 11/24/21 & 12/11/21 and December automatic tax withholding payments to Wisconsin Department of Revenue, IRS, & Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS). Motion Carried.



TREASURER: Treasurer Stephanie Lintula reported that the December 31, 2021, balance of the Checking Account was $11,545.89, Money Market was $74,018.34, ARPA Grant Funds--$31,609.90 and ICS Account had a balance of $1,033.42. The accounts balanced with the bank as of December 31, 2021. Moved by Tim, seconded by Wes to accept the report as presented. Motion Carried.


FIRE DEPARMENT: Interim Fire Chief, Dave Dittbrender gave a written fire department report summarizing 2021.  His report is attached to the original of these minutes.


Highway Department: Bruce gave a report on roads and equipment.  It is attached to the original of these minutes.


CONSTABLE: Jay Burfield gave his report for December 2021. It is attached to the original of these minutes.





Highway Equipment Repair/Replacement: Bruce asked the board if he and Alec should research a dually and dump truck for purchase.  There is a 36-week backlog on the dually and a approximately a 2 ½ year back log on the purchase of new dump trucks.

Tim Haskins moved that the Highway Department start searching for a dually and a dump truck for the board to purchase.  Seconded by Wes. Motion Carried.


Budget Amendment: Wes moved approve the Budget Amendment to carry-over $13,000 from the 2021 Gravel Budget to the 2022 Gravel Budget. Seconded by Tim.  Motion Carried.


Clear Trees at Bennett Cemetery:  Terry Priem had indicated to Bruce that he thought he could clear the newly surveyed part of the Bennett Cemetery for the wood.  Moved by Wes, seconded by Tim that Bruce contact Terry Priem about clearing the stumpage in the Bennett Cemetery.  Motion Carried.


ARPA Funds:  The clerk updated the board that there has been a final decision from the U.S. Department of the Treasury on uses for the ARPA Grant we have received. The Wisconsin Town’s Association has indicated that those funds may now be used for provision of government services.  This would include the purchase of a rescue truck as the board has discussed in the past.


Mark Stensvold also stated that the Grant he was working with Astrea to provide broadband service in Bennett was denied.  He recommended that the board commit to a larger contribution and seek a matching contribution from Douglas County.


Correspondence: Nothing


Review Permits Issued by Douglas County: No action needed.


Public Comment: 

Both Jay Burfield and Travis Theien asked the board to continue to seek better internet for Bennett and support the Astrea Project. More people working from home and students on the internet has shown the need. They stated that the real estate market will be affected by the lack of internet speed.


ADJOURNMENT: Being there was no further business Wes moved to adjourn at 8:30 p.m.  Seconded by Tim. Motion Carried.



Respectfully submitted,

Tamara Johnson, Clerk

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