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‘We have to call a special meeting’

September 17, 2019 by Brian Jopek

The addition to the community center in the town of Manitowish Waters approved by voters at a special town meeting earlier this year is underway, but electors will be asked once again to vote on the new fire station they approved at that same town meeting. 

Voters at that time approved a new building to cost no more than $2,496,048. 

However, town chairman John Hanson informed town supervisors Bob Becker and Mike Kramer at the Sept. 10 meeting the bids came back $300,000 over that. 

He said he felt there could be some other items to look at in the building’s plans that could be eliminated to bring the amount down. 

“So, the first thing that would have to be done at that town meeting is a motion would be made to rescind that resolution (authorizing construction) ... and then a resolution would be presented to appropriate $2,796,48,” Hanson said. “So, we have to call the special meeting.”

That meeting would be Tuesday, Oct. 1. 

“We would have to have in attendance at that meeting as many or more people than were at the original meeting,” Hanson said. “That was 135 people. So, if we don’t get the 135 people, to attend the meeting, nothing can happen.”

In order to keep the project moving, he said the town board would have to pass a resolution calling for a special meeting of the electors on Oct. 1. 

Becker made the motion to adopt the resolution and Kramer seconded. 

That meeting of the electors is scheduled for 7 p.m. 

Other matters

The town board also last week:

• Heard an aquatic invasive species update from Amy Heald of the North Lakeland Discovery Center. 

Along with the update, Heald was requesting on behalf of the NLDC a request for $32,000 from the town for its 2020 AIS program. 

• Set Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. as the time for a meeting with property owners along the third of a mile of Manitou Road and Manitou Drive. 

Vilas County wants to turn the road over to the town and some of the residents there contend they’ve been paying taxes and for things like snowplowing with their own equipment for years, but have seen no benefit from the county in the way of maintenance and repair.  

• Approved a total bid from Pitlik and Wick of $22,380 for a new sand shed pad and garage apron. 

• Established a water safety committee. 

• Scheduled a budget work session for Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m.

Brian Jopek may be reached via email at [email protected]

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