Greenbush looks at fire hall’s heating system

by Sabrina Nucciarone
Review Correspondent

In an attempt to collect back personal property taxes from former residents at a mobile home trailer park in Town of Greenbush, board members were faced with and ultimately voted to write off taxes owed the town.

With over $6500 owed to the town from former residents prior to 2015, Clerk Treasure Brenda Phipps needed Social Security numbers and current addresses of those delinquent on their financial responsibility. The attempt to collect past due property taxes was through a skip tracer type of service, however, without the necessary information, the board was compelled to write off the amount.

After 2016, there is a new owner of the trailer park. It was decided at a previous town meeting, by passing an ordinance, that the new owner would collect taxes for all park residents and pay the town, rather than the town collecting from individual owners.

With that decision, which the new owner of the residential area is okay with, Phipps said, “We can start fresh.”

The town fire hall has experienced heating issues the past few months, at a time of year when heating is most important.

In the January minutes, recorded by Town of Greenbush Clerk/Treasurer Brenda Phipps, Chairman Mike Limberg said, “The heating system in the fire hall is still a work in progress.” The fire hall opened in 1999. The January minutes identify a section of pipe and possibly more than one relay switch needing replacement, and the wiring checked on the series of heating units throughout the building to ensure the system works to its full potential.

The town will bear the cost of checking the heating system thoroughly, and repairing it as needed, as the system is well out of warranty. Supervisor Beth Legacy inquired about the price of a heating system review with Aldag & Honald, a commercial heating contractor. This company would charge $105 per hour minimum; if a lift is needed, the cost is an additional $170.

Considering that information and the age of the building, Terrance Doyle, who is familiar with heating systems, was able to get five of the six units back up and running for the time being. With the age of the units and unavailability of brand parts, Doyle suggested to the board in the February meeting that they consider looking into a pressurized heating system.

The fire hall also has had a problem with one of the garage doors opening on its own. Of the unusual occurrences, it was “just the right radio wave,” Town of Greenbush Fire Chief Steve Dickman said. Reporting his action at the January meeting, Dickman reconfigured the numerical code sequence on the garage door opener and there has not been any random openings of the door near Tender 4 since.

Whether damage to Ridge Road was caused by recent logging activity may be difficult to prove if there are no before and after pictures, according to the Sheboygan County Highway Department in a report given by Chairman Limberg for recording in the February 26 meeting minutes. Though members of the town board and community have seen the progressive damage, without pictorial proof as the county suggests, Supervisor Ken Stemper indicated he would look further into the matter. Stemper and Supervisor Beth Lagacy were both recorded as saying at the February meeting that the logging company is responsible for the damage and should pay to fix the road.

With warmer Spring temperatures coming and maintenance of the grounds of Town of Greenbush Town Hall on the mind of Steve DeMunck, tree stumps on the property may need to be removed. DeMunck, who provides ongoing upkeep services, noted “there are stumps at the fence line that are rotten.”

Between commercial companies or the county that have the equipment to remove the stumps, Legacy also noted that anthills are around the stumps that are not at the base of growing trees.

“I don’t mind mowing around a tree, it’s a living thing, but not a stump,” DeMunck said. He will also look into replacing the stumps with new trees.

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