07/10/2018 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Town of Clinton Board Meeting July 10, 2018
Properly posted meeting was called to order at 7 pm with the pledge of allegiance. In attendance were Supervisor Dan Chaulklin, Supervisor James Chapiewsky, Clerk Sandy Schweiger, Treasurer Jan Clark, Patrolman John Adams, Ken Adams, Renee Adams, David Clark, Jane Clark, Mava Clark, Paul Clark, Frank Easterday, Amy Evans, Doug Ewing, Pandora Flores, John LaDue, Wayne Leis and Lonnie Muller.
Supervisor Chaulklin commented on the resignations of former chairman Monte Dahlen and assistant patrolman Tyler Clark.
Following the financial report, Supervisor Chaulklin made a motion to accept, 2nd by Supervisor Chapiewsky; all ayes, motion carried. Supervisor Chapiewsky made a motion to transfer $33,680 from savings to checking and $44,800 from the machinery fund to checking 2nd by Supervisor Chaulklin; all ayes, motion carried. Supervisor Chapiewsky made a motion to pay the bills; 2nd by Supervisor Chaulklin; all ayes, motion carried.
Patrolman Adams tendered an oral resignation; he will complete FEMA 2017 projects this week and take vacation next week. He also noted the town would need to make arrangements regarding stray dogs.
Cashton Fire Chief Dennis Dickman made an inspection of the town hall which had not been done since 2012. At the town shop, it was noted the chainsaws should be in sealed cases; old freezers can be utilized for this.
An old Wang Ridge Road sign was found by the sheriff’s department in the back of a pick-up.
Just before leaving, Mr. Adams offered his assistance with the transition, noting it had been his pleasure to serve the town over the past few years.
Supervisor Chaulklin asked for public comment; Supervisor Chapiewsky mentioned that applications were being accepted for the patrolman position. Although the wages may be lower than some expect, there is the benefit of working autonomously while Frank Easterday noted the wages are competitive with the county. The new hire will have a probationary period and his phone number will not be available to the public as this was an issue; comments and criticisms must be directed to the board members.
Supervisor Chapiewsky attempted to cancel the gutter project for the town hall, but they had already been installed. The final bill is $350, to be paid next month. Going forward, bills will be handled differently in order to save time during the meeting; bills will still be read off, but the signing will be done prior. Three signatures will still be required: a supervisor, the clerk and the treasurer.
Road projects for the remainder of the year will be contingent on filling the patrolman position. There is the possibility of paying a really good candidate more and not hire an assistant, with board members lending a hand when needed. Mr. Adams is willing to plow snow this winter.
Doug Ewing wondered why three people had quit since last month. Frank Easterday noted there is turnover at the county all the time, while the position of chairman comes with too many headaches. He also acknowledged that Mr. Adams was self-motivated, a good employee who would be hard to replace.
The town will not submit a culvert cost-share request this year; the request for a signature on the “Hold Harmless” agreement will wait until next month. Also postponed will be any addition to the town shop.
As for Irish Ridge, it would be more practical to seal-coat a longer stretch than originally planned while all the equipment is in that location. Supervisor Chapiewsky would like to see more hand-patching to better target potholes.
When an inquiry was made regarding replacement of the chairman, Supervisor Chapiewsky emphasized that the priority at the moment is finding a patrolman; ads will be placed in the local papers.
Supervisor Chapiewsky made a motion to approve the minutes, 2nd by Supervisor Chaulklin; all ayes, motion carried. At 8:20 pm Supervisor Chaulklin made a motion to adjourn, 2nd by Supervisor Chapiewsky; all ayes, motion carried.