April 14th, 2020 – MONTHLY TOWN BOARD MEETING FOR TOWN OF FRANKLIN
The April monthly meeting for the Town of Franklin was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Dick Wochos followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Officers present: Dick Wochos, Jim Wacek, Katie Duckart, Sandy Smidle and Todd DeGrave.
Jim Wacek made a motion to approve the agenda with amendments, Katie Duckart seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Agenda items added:
-Discuss and sign fire protection contracts
-Approve/disapprove proposal for town hall grass cutting and maintenance
-Review proposal for ditch grass cutting
Katie Duckart made a motion to accept the minutes as printed from the March Town Board meeting. Jim Wacek seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Treasurer Sandy Smidle presented the Treasurer’s Report, which shows a balance of $115,957.92 Katie Duckart made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report, Jim Wacek seconded the motion, the motion carried.
Zoning Administrator Sandy Lemens. Not present. Issued 1 building permit, April 13th.
County Board Supervisor Tom Cretney’s final report.
March 17, 2020 County Board Minutes
- County support for National Marine Sanctuary. Failed
2. Designation of Worker Zone Awareness Week. Passed
3. Purchase Highway Equipment. Passed
4. Confirmation of tax deed sale 40 A. for campground business. Passed
5. County support for preservation of 420 A of Black Ash Swamp dependent upon continued taxes. Passed
6. Declaration of Public Health Emergency. Passed
Cindy Kinnard of County Health gave discussion concerning Corona Virus.
Thank you for allowing me to serve as County Supervisor to Franklin Town. Be well and stay safe. Tom Cretney
First Responder Suzi Sevcik was not present but reported via email that there were no calls last month and they are still working on renewals.
Katie Duckart made a motion to accept the proposal from Mark Raisleger for grass cutting and outside maintenance of the town hall. Jim Wacek seconded the motion. Motion carried.
There was discussion about the proposal submitted by Shaun Wendt for cutting the grass in the ditches. After much debate it was agreed upon to pay $7,000 for the first cutting and $13,000 for the second fence to fence cutting. Jim Wacek made a motion to approve the proposal. Katie Duckart seconded the motion. Motion carried.
The plan for road work for the 2020 season was discussed. The current plan includes some crack sealing, a culvert on Bolt Road (West of Curran), a culvert on Manitowoc Road (South of J) and seal coating on Sleepy Hollow Road and Harpts Lake Road.
Rural Mutual insurance coverage was reviewed and discussed. No changes required so the clerk will file the statement of coverage from Rural Mutual.
Fire service contracts from both Denmark Fire Department and Tisch Mills Fire Department were reviewed and signed. Both contracts were very close to the same cost as last year.
The April election was discussed and increased costs were review. There was debate about paying the election workers extra because of the COVID-19 risks. It was decided that the election workers be paid the usual amount and the increased pay subject will be brought up at the annual meeting for approval by the Town.
A draft copy of the Annual Report was reviewed and some of the expenses were re-categorized to break out the amount spent on snow plowing vs normal road maintenance.
Town Orders #65 to # 92 were discussed, approved and paid.
Our next monthly Town Board meeting will May 11, 2020. at the Franklin Town Hall.
There being no further discussion, the April Town Board meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m.
Todd DeGrave Town Clerk