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5/19/2014 4:17:00 PM
Town of Lake Tomahawk to plant centennial tree

Jamie Taylor

The Town of Lake Tomahawk hopes to dedicate a newly planted tree to commemorate the town’s centennial at the Ray Sloan Community Center during the Memorial Day activities.

The plan was announced by the beautification committee at the regular meeting of the town board last Wednesday.

The tree the committee selected is an Autumn Blaze Red Maple that is about four inches in diameter and 14 feet tall already. The tree will be purchased from Northern Pines Greenery on Highway 70 West. Because the Beautification Committee was able to get a discount on the tree, the price does not include planting or transporting it from the greenhouse to the town.

Town Chairman Rick Mazurczak said that either the local water shed or the cemetery should have the equipment needed to dig the hole once Digger’s Hotline has marked the area where the tree would be planted. 

“I’m pretty sure one of the two has something that can be used for this,” he said.

The problem of getting the tree to the town hall was solved when supervisor George DeMet said he had a trailer that should be large enough to haul the tree.

“If it’s big enough, that will solve the problem,” DeMet said.

Digger’s Hotline had already been called and all obstacles to digging the hole would be identified sometime this week.

Mazurczak said the tree has to be planted far enough from the community center so as not to be damaged by snow falling off the steep, steel roof of the Sloan Center.

Also related to the town’s centennial celebration, the board voted to explore having two banner signs made highlighting the centennial for placement next to the signs welcoming people to town along the state highway.

The town originally wanted something big enough to hang over Highway 47, but Wisconsin Department of Transportation regulations and the proposed size made such a sign too expensive for the town to purchase.

“It had to be two-sided and be able to withstand high winds,” Mazurczak said. 

Opting to go with two much smaller banners on the side of the highway would be much more affordable, they agreed.

Quotes will be solicited from area businesses that make such banners and the best price would be picked.

In other business, the board:

• Agreed to provide training for DeMet and fellow supervisor Catherine Parker on how to post notices to the town’s electronic marquee at the information center.

• Discussed the proper procedures for getting something placed on the town website.

• Authorized the Soliciting of Bids for paving and reconstruction of Rainbow Road from McNaughton Camp to approximately 8189 Rainbow Road, and a portion of Snipe Road.

• Approved an application for Class B Liquor License for Lloyd Hinzman. 

• Agreed to maintain a scheduling calendar to keep track of reservations and rentals of the community center.

• Appointed Rose Bean to the park’s commission.

Jamie Taylor may be reached at jtaylor@lakelandtimes.com.

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