Town of Cooks Valley

Regular Town Board Meeting

July 14, 2008

Chairman Ron Fanetti called the meeting to order on July 14, 2008 at 8:03 pm.  The supervisors present were: David Clements and Gary Yakesh.  Delegation present were:  Victoria Trinko-clerk, Eunice Steinmetz-treasurer, Glenn Sarauer, William Schindler, Tom Short, Peter Friberg, Robert Stearns, David Jaenke, and David LaGesse.
PUBLIC COMMENT:  There was no public comment.
Gary Yakesh made a motion to accept and place on file the minutes of the June 9, 2008 regular meeting.  David Clements seconded the motion.  The motion carried 3-0. 
David Clements made a motion to approve the July financial report.  Gary Yakesh seconded the motion.  The motion carried 3-0. 
Gary Yakesh made a motion to approve the payment of the June bills.  David Clements seconded the motion.  The motion carried 3-0.  
There was no action taken on budget categories.
There was discussion on the roadwork on 148th/150th Avenue in relation to grinding the road.  There are layers that should make a good base.  David Clements made a motion to put 2 inches of gravel over the existing blacktop on 148th/150th Avenue before grinding by Monarch Paving. Gary Yakesh seconded the motion.  The motion carried 3-0.  Monarch paving will pulverize the blacktop for .34 per square yard [19,500 yard] for approximately $6630.00 on 148th/150th Avenue.  The Monarch Paving bid for asphalt on 148th/150th Avenue-8700 feet, 20 feet wide, 2 ¼ inches after compaction was $103,431.57.  Two estimates from the Chippewa County Highway Dept. with the specifications of 8700 feet 20 feet wide., 2 ¼ inch after compaction ½ inch, 12.5 millimeter rock was $114,715.00  or ¾ inch rock or 19 mm. with the same specifications for $99,931.50. Terms for payment for paving: Payment will b e made in installments when the township receives Transportation Aids from the State with the total paid in December of 2009.  David Clements made a motion to accept Monarch Paving’s bid of $103,431.57 for paving and terms of payment of 148th/150th Avenue.  Gary Yakesh seconded the motion.  The motion carried 3-0.  The clerk will publish a bid notification for the shouldering on 148th/150th Avenue.  The township can not change the address or name of 148th/150th Avenue as it would involve 911 numbers, tax rolls, etc.  It was suggested to erect a sign “To 148th/150th Avenue” to indicate the change in the name at each end of the road.
Discussion on the closed Bloomer Municipal Landfill included the minutes filed from the City of Bloomer indicating the percentage of residents of the Town of Cooks Valley who could purchase stickers to use the landfall.  The clerk received information from Mike Meindel, Public Works Administrator for the City of Bloomer.  He indicated there has been a southeast migration of gases into wells, so the City of Bloomer has initiated a passive ventilation system which involves holes drilled with piping to allow gases to vent for the cost of $20,000.00.  Testing has indicated the gases are okay.  This process has been reported to the DNR and shows progress made by the City of Bloomer which may stall the process of dealing with these gases.  The City of Bloomer pays $12,000-$13,000 yearly for testing and more tests may be required.  If the passive ventilation system does not work, a system with motors to ventilate the area will be established at the cost of $70,000.00.  The City of Bloomer is looking for funding sources so this is what prompted the letter to the townships to accept partial responsibility for payment of the cleanup process and the City of Bloomer is applying for grant money from the Federal and State government.  The actions taken are meant to be proactive and divert a legal battle similar to the one in New Richmond and the surrounding townships.
Ron Fanetti made a motion to accept the preliminary Chapter 19 Mining Ordinance.  Gary Yakesh seconded the motion.  Ron Fanetti-aye, David Clements-aye, Gary Yakesh-aye.  The motion carried 3-0.
Gary Yakesh made a motion to approve the operators applications of David J. Huse, Jeffrey C. Harm, Jeffrey W. Steinmetz.  David Clements seconded the motion. The motion carried 3-0.  
PUBLIC COMMENT Eunice Steinmetz reported Trout Creek Inn has not paid their license fees at this time.



Gary Yakesh made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:21 p.m.  David Clements seconded the motion.  The motion carried 3-0.

Typed July 25, 2008                                                                              Respectfully submitted,

Approved August 11, 2008                                                                                 Victoria Trinko, town clerk