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Lac du Flambeau postpones annual meeting tentatively to July 20

April 28, 2020 by Kayla Houp

The Lac du Flambeau Town Board approved a motion to reschedule the board’s annual town meeting to the tentative date of July 20.

“At our last meeting, we just postponed it, but with the way that the rules go for this postponement, they want us to have a date,” town chair Matt Gaulke said. 

According to Gaulke, the board had set a tentative date for May 19 due to COVID-19.

“The Wisconsin Towns Association sent out a letter indicating that, in our case, the earliest we could have an annual meeting is July 12,” town resident Norm Wetzel said. “We can’t pick a date until the whole issue has expired.”

Gaulke said with new updates being issued every day, he hadn’t seen the one from the Wisconsin Towns Association.

Wetzel said the letter was dated April 15.

The letter from the Wisconsin Towns Association outlines a new option for town boards in setting the date for their annual meeting created by the 2019 Wisconsin Act 185 that allows town boards to postpone their annual town meetings to a new date “60-plus days beyond the date the current public health emergency ends.”

According to the letter, with the addition of this new options, towns now have three options for the timing of their 2020 annual meetings.

“Finally, under new 2019 Wisconsin Act 185, the town board or, if the town board is unable to promptly meet, the town chair may postpone the annual town meeting to a date “that is not during the period beginning on the first day of the public health emergency declared on March 12, 2020 by Executive Order 72, and ending 60 days after the termination of that order,” the letter read.

“At this time, it is not clear what date the annual meeting would need to be postponed to as it is not certain when Executive Order #72 will end,” Gaulke read. “Under Wis. State 323.10, a state of emergency shall not exceed 60 days, unless the state of emergency is extended by joint resolution of the legislature.”

The letter continues, stating Governor Tony Evers “may end the state of emergency before the 60 days have elapsed.”

“If we assume that the state of emergency will expire when 60 days have elapsed, Executive Order #72 would expire on May 12, 2020, and the earliest the annual meeting could be held would be 61 days after that (July 12),” the letter read.

“Well, we have it sent on here to set a tentative date for the annual town meeting, so if that’s what they’re suggesting,” Gaulke said.

“That’s why it’s tentative. We could change it,” town clerk Nancy Edwards said.

After some more discussion, the board approved a motion to tentatively set the town’s annual meeting for Monday, July 20 at 10 a.m.

Kayla Houp may be reached via email at [email protected]

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