Arbor Vitae Town Office
10675 Big Arbor Vitae Dr
Arbor Vitae WI 54568

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2015 Annual Meeting Minutes




CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Chairman Bauers. It had been properly posted, published and the media notified. Chairman Bauers explained to the audience that this was their meeting, a meeting of the electors of the town to exercise powers directly.


PRESENT: Frank Bauers, Jeff Hunter, Brian Nerdahl Steve Perry and Richard Held.  Heather Holms from the Lakeland Times and 24 others were present.


SWEARING IN OF BOARD MEMBERS: Brian Nerdahl and Richard Held won the election as Supervisors and were sworn in.  


APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes of the April 16th, 2013 Annual meeting were read. Motion by Dan Reuland, second by Richard Held to accept the minutes as read. Unanimously approved by a voice vote.


DESIGNATE TOWN’S LEGAL NEWSPAPER:  Motion by Mike Welch, second by Harry Griswald to designate the Lakeland Times as the town’s legal newspaper. Unanimously approved by a voice vote.


DESIGNATE TOWN’S LEGAL BANKS: Motion by Mike Cady, second by Diane Shay  to designate 4 banks, First Merit, River Valley, BMO Harris and Associated as the town’s legal banks. Unanimously approved by a voice vote.


AV-W SCHOOL PRESENTATION: Teachers Jeremy Jorgenson and Barry Siedel along with 4 students representing the AV-W Tech Masters gave us information on coding or programing that they do. Throughout the year AV-W brings different classes to board meetings to keep us connected with the school.


CHAMBER OF COMMERCE REPORT: Beth Wetsler reported there are 475 members in the Chamber and gave an overview of the structure of the Chamber. The chamber partnerships with event coordinators and promotes the event such as the Devil’s Elbow.


FIRE AND RESCUE REPORT:  The Arbor Vitae Fire Dept. reported to 69 fire calls and 42 First Responder calls last year. A question was can First Responders transport and Chief Bauers told the group that only EMT’s can transport. The new Fire Truck was on display and the old fire truck has not been sold as of yet. In keeping up with technology the fire dept. uses compressed air foam which is 10x’s more effective than water.


ROAD REPORT/TOWN SHOP REQUESTS:  Mike Welch, road crew foreman gave the road report and with the increase in repairs he requested consideration for a new town truck. They have had good luck with the Kenworth and would like to spec out another. A motion by Mike Cady was seconded by June Schmaal to bid out a new truck not to exceed $230,000.00 not counting the trade in. Unanimously approved by a voice vote.


BRANDY PARK REPORT:  Bauers gave the park report. Disk Golf is a huge addition to the park. People have been using it even in the winter. A long term goal would be to resurface the tennis courts that would cost approximately $60,000.00.


POSSIBLE SALE OF THE TOWN’S 8-ACRE PARCEL: We have owned the land on Hwy 70E for about 20 years and we believe that its sale would generate approximately $60,000.00. Bauers suggested that the proceeds could pay for the landscaping at our new sign and to create a parking area on the land we just got next door to the town hall. Motion by Harry Griswald, second by Mike Welch to use the money from the sale of the 8-acre parcel to landscape and make the parking lot. Unanimously approved by a voice vote.



1. Financial Reports were available for inspection.

2. Rocky Cafferella, County Supervisor, very disappointed in the ATV Trail decision.

3. Thank you for our new sign and advertising.   

4. A letter in dire opposition of a round-a-bout on Hwy 51. Support for 4-lanes to Airport     Rd. and Old Hwy 51 N. DOT future plan is for 5-lanes with a center turn lane. Public informational meeting in the future.

5. Request for gas to be buried along with the WPS line and to expand charter so more people can get boardband. 


ADJOURNMENT: Motion by Rocky Caffarella, second by Mike Cady to adjourn the meeting at 8:45PM. Unanimously approved.


Mary Reuland, Clerk

These are the approved minutes of the April 15th, 2014 Annual Meeting