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3/27/2014 3:31:00 PM
In response on St. Germain

To the Editor:

There have been several letters lately concerning integrity and lying. In an email dated June 8, 2012, Robert Fasick from the DOT suggested that there be a meeting with the DOT, the property owners, Vilas County and the Bo-Boen Snowmobile Club to try to resolve the issues with the STH155 snowmobile trail. Vilas County refused to attend a meeting and in an email dated June 15, 2012, Al Clemmenssen, president of the Bo-Boen Snowmobile Club also refused to attend. The meeting never took place. The issues were never resolved.

Vilas County contracted with MSA Engineering to do a study to determine the safest possible crossing of STH 155. In the MSA report, dated June 22, 2012, the results showed that the crossing near Sixteen Road could be made to meet the minimum requirements of the DOT.  However, the report states, “That in the interest of safety alone, the preferred crossing is crossing #2.” Crossing #2 is the crossing that at the May 22, 2012 town board meeting, Tom Christensen, incoming president of the Bo-Boen Snowmobile Club, led the town board into believing was going to be used when he persuaded them to open Sixteen Road to snowmobiling (the town board meeting recording is available).

On October 30, 2012, Ms. James Wendt (Jennifer) filed a complaint against me with the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department stating that I had threatened her husband at the August 16, 2012 meeting of the Vilas County Snowmobile Safety Committee. She stated that “she was very concerned for her husband’s safety.” She stated that her husband had not attended the meeting and that she had been recently notified of the threat. Obviously the informant didn’t know that I had made a recording. I in no way threatened Mr. Wendt. And, after I spoke at the meeting, so did Mr. Wendt. He was in attendance. Nothing in that complaint was true (again, the recording is available).

On Sunday, January 12, 2014, my wife and I asked town supervisor, Alan Albee to stop over to view the proposed snowmobile trail crossing. As a relatively new town board member, I thought that he might not be aware of the situation. At 10:47 a.m. that day, town chairman Walter Camp distributed the agenda for the January 13, 2014 town board meeting. There was nothing on that agenda concerning town roads for snowmobiles. 

Mr. Albee must have had some concerns because at 2:09 p.m. that same day, chairman Camp distributed a revised agenda after being asked by Mr. Albee to include a discussion of the proposed crossing on the agenda. Neither Mr. Camp nor any other supervisor initiated the item being on the agenda of the January 13, 2014 town board meeting.

 Before you judge others, you need to walk a mile in their shoes. You can always remember the truth, but it is very easy to get caught up in the lies.

Tom Martens
St. Germain

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