Frank Bauers is not only the chairman of the town of Arbor Vitae, he’s also the chief of the town’s volunteer fire department.
At the latest meeting of the Arbor Vitae town board, Bauers relayed some of that fire chief experience to his fellow board members as they addressed an ordinance for fire alarms.
“I couldn’t tell you how many times we’ve been to certain locations in our town with faulty fire alarms,” he said.
Bauers mentioned a couple roads that had these private residences on them.
“Usually, we’re there around two or three o’clock in the morning,” he said.
An ordinance change pertaining to the false alarms was discussed and ultimately approved by the board at the meeting.
Bauers indicated he’d like to see each case of whether or not an alarm that the department responds to ends up being false and could’ve been easily prevented if left up to the discretion of the department.
“Obviously, you could have a malfunction once,” he said. “Those people, you don’t want to fine.”
He said in that case, if it’s a mechanical problem or electrical issue, it should be repaired.
“But if it persists two or three times, then I think we need to make sure that problem is remedied,” he said.
“I agree,” supervisor Steve Perry said. “You guys can’t be running around in the middle of the night for false alarms.”
Bauers said other area towns already have an ordinance placing a cap on false fire alarms in place.
On other items, the town board approved:
• The inclusion of the town of Lake Tomahawk into the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce.
• The move of a house from Manitowish Waters to a vacant lot on Englewood Road.
• An increase to $5 for a dog license if the dog is spayed or neutered and $10 if the dog isn’t. The rates had been $3 and $8, respectively. “If you can afford a dog, you can afford five bucks,” supervisor Richard Held said.
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