The Board recognized Jerry Schoepke 10 years at the Highway Department; Grant Peterson, 20 years in the Sheriff’s Office; and Christine Imhoff, 30 years Lincoln Industries.
Dan Leydet gave updates and answered questions on the budgets from last year, this year and next year. He said some figures are still being entered and he hopes to have the final report on 2012 by May, and also offered clarification to questions regarding the contingency fund. For 2013, he says no concerns have been expressed. Lastly he offered some concerns towards the 2014 budget and those of the future. Issues include flat levy and state aid with increased costs. Board members were also urged to express concerns about the budget earlier so they can discuss concerns.
After some discussion about the process of negotiations, the board approved the Local Siting Agreement for the Lincoln County Landfill North Expansion. Some board members also raised concerns about the payment increase to the townships involved.
The board unanimously approved the purchase of a truck chassis and equipment after a brief summary from Highway Commissioner Jerry Jagmin. He deemed the truck useful as the county replaces outdated and old equipment. The new truck would be classified as a transformer in that it can be used year round for various purposes based on the equipment attached. Four bids came in within$800 and it was recommended to accept the bid of Scaffidi Motors for the truck at $117,000 and Truck Equipment Inc. for the various equipment at an additional cost of $100,000.
More than half of the two hour meeting was spent on a resolution to send a letter to US congressional members urging support of the 2nd amendment of the constitution. The emotionally charged discussion was multifaceted with various discussions and personal anecdotes on both sides of the issue. Four members of public also spoke out against the resolution as constituted. This included what was described as decisive and politicized language and included an amendment striking some of the most politicized language. Even more members questioned whether this was an issue for the county board to be spending time on, or something between an individual and their elected federal officials. In the end, the resolution was defeated with by a 10-8 vote.
Finally the board approved amending the ATV code by unanimous voice vote. The amendment will open Highway Y from Highway 8 to the Oneida County line. This was at request from the Nokomis ATV club, who will be responsible for signage. The move is said to link Tomahawk with the Willow and Nokomis region.