Town reviews planning options

by Sabrina Nucciarone
Review Correspondent

GREENBUSH - Almost ten years has passed since the town updated its comprehensive plan that includes changes such as new businesses, any natural impact that affects agricultural or environmental concerns, and an increase or decrease in population as recorded by the U.S. Census.

The deadline to adopt addendum changes is March 24, 2018.

With three addendum options that can be added to the existing plan to update any changes that have occurred, Kevin Struck, the UW-Extension Sheboygan County representative, reviewed them for the Town Board and indicated each of the three has its own timeline for completion.

Given that there are only six months before all three addendum options expire, according to a written flyer Struck provided citing the statute, the consequence for the town would result in the inability “to rezone property until an update is adopted.”

The basic addendum allows the existing plan to remain “as is,” according to the flyer. The board voted unanimously to have Struck follow up by starting the project format that includes key data and maps, but help from the public is requested.

There will be a meeting consisting of a committee made up of board members and the Planning Commission, and as it falls under the open meeting law, the public is welcome to attend. The tentative schedule for the meeting is Oct. 30 at 10 a.m.

Even though the basic addendum adds updated information and maps that can be provided by the town clerk and board members, any information and updates the public can provide may be helpful to complement the existing plan.

With the information gathering and meetings that are necessary for public hearing, the update would need to be finished by February 2018 to meet the March 24, 2018 update deadline.

Board members discussed directional signs painted directly onto town roads for a recent bicycle race, such as Arrows and smiley faces painted with bright colors, including the orange similar to the color used by utility companies. The board was not given any indication the paint would be permanent and thus cause a problem.

Needing to research who put on the bicycle road race, the painted markings will still need to be removed. Action will be taken as there is no right known for any entity to paint on public roads, at the very least without written permission; at this time it is being called graffiti.

Supervisor Beth Lagacy wondered if there was any statute regarding making markings on a road for an event. She said that she spoke with the board’s lawyer. “He said he couldn’t believe that it was done,” Lagacy said.

It has been some time since the markings were made and they are still clearly visible.

The town can power wash or resurface the markings and they intend to pass the cost on to the entity responsible.

The town received $12,000 from Sheboygan County sales tax revenue-sharing intergovernmental cooperative agreement and the board voted to keep the fire protection fee for town of Mitchell at $8,200.

In expenditures, the board agreed to purchase a new walk behind snow-blower based on three different brands Supervisor Daniel Klahn reviewed. The three brands Klahn reviewed were Cub Cadet, Husqvarna and Ariens. He told the board that John Deere does not make a walk-behind unit so that brand could not be considered.

The board considered buying a used snow-blower, but Klahn said dealers rarely carry them because of the ice-melting salt that accumulates and degrades the unit.

Since the unit the town has is approaching 20 years old, a motion was made to approve the purchase of a new snow blower and to see if any municipality discount is given and/or the removal of sales tax for an Ariens unit.

Noting that Ariens is a national company based in Brillion, Steve DeMunck, who does maintenance for the town, said it is a “really well-built machine. Day and night difference to what we’ve got.”

In a separate possible expenditure, a steel door that required painting has been determined to need replacing.

Many factors affect the cost of a similar style door: whether or not it will have a glass window, the lock mechanism, the hinges, and the replacement of the threshold.

Lagacy said that not all things may need replacing, like the hinges and the threshold.

If everything needs replacement, Lagacy reported it could be between $2,200 and $2,800, installed. “When the cold weather comes, prices may go up,” she said.

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