Nearly the entire Board of Public Works meeting was updates from Public Works director Mike Tolvstad. He said they are moving forward with the hiring of a public works superintendent. There were 22 initial applicants which has been narrowed down to 5. Those 5 will have interviews this weekend.
Last week a firm worked on sealing road cracks throughout the city including CC, Spirit Avenue and Lincoln Avenue. They also went over the plans for next year.
Tolvstad said the paving program came off well and that the work was excellent on Cash and Mohawk. He says they came real close to the budget and suggested the city allow the road budget to roll over from one year to the next. The New plow truck is 99% complete and new windows were installed at the city garage.
In his director’s report, he said an engineer and DNR reps will be in town this week to look at the designated ATV route from Wheeler to Mohawk and what the city can and can’t do. There will also be a meeting later this month to look at the plans for SARA Park campgrounds and a also a meeting on bike trails.
The License and Permits Committee meeting followed. The committee approved 5 new operator licenses. They discussed the two proposed routes for the Chamber Christmas Parade. With the new DOT regulations in place, they are not allowed onto the Highway 86 route, which both proposed routes did. One route was along Fourth Street from River Street to Somo Avenue and the other was on Wisconsin Avenue from Fourth Street to Tomahawk Avenue. The Committee approved either route with the caveat that they must end before and not disperse onto Tomahawk Avenue or Somo Avenue.
The rest of the meeting time was used to discuss the Fall ride and their work session earlier this week. Members said the work session went well and there were a lot of positives. Most of the issues came back to communication between the many groups involved in the planning of such a large event. They will be getting a cost analysis to the city for the event. Police Chief Al Elvins said that they receiving $9,600 in vendor permits which was down this year, and with grants the police coverage is still at a slight loss for the event. The final two points were to start the planning process earlier and to find a central point of contact person or group.
The Finance Committee sent a resolution creating a community development authority to the common council. They are once again looking into the Environmental TIF after a rep from MSA had a different opinion on what can or can’t be done and they may have some sort of plan by next month.
Finally the committee approved a request for an easement across city property with some amendments. The property included three 40 acre parcels of land near the city’s shooting range, which lead to concerns. In the end, they approved a revocable easement which prevents any structures being built on the two 40’s downrange. Because of the restrictions placed on the properties, the committee did not seek a fee to allow for the easement.
Finally the Common Council met beginning with a public hearing adding 5 minute parking on North 4th Street between Washington Avenue and Somo Avenue. With no public comments they ultimately approved the change. They also approved a resolution adopting the Lincoln County All Hazard Mitigation Plan Update which was necessary; a resolution creating the Community development authority and allowing the land easement, both forwarded by the finance committee. They also approved a resolution extending gratitude and appreciation to Retired Police Chief Don Johnson for the time and energy he dedicated to the city of Tomahawk.
In the Mayoral report Bob Lee said that they had a great time with third grade classes from Tomahawk elementary. They came through city hall on a field trip and spent around 2 hours learning how government works. The students were chosen into a mock council with a mayor who were allowed to go through a formal meeting process while asking questions.