TOWN OF BELL BOARD MEETING
Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021
at the Community Center
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. Board members present were Roger Lindgren,
James Kaseno, Allen Hahn, Jackie Eid, Andrew Sauter Sargent, MaryBeth Tillmans and Janice Olson. The meeting was available with Zoom.
-Board Meeting Minutes-
Board Meeting -J. Eid made a motion to approve the minutes with revisions and J. Kaseno
2nd the motion. Unanimous. Approved.
-Treasurer’s Report –J. Eid made a motion to approve the report and J. Kaseno 2nd
the motion. Vote (3-1) Yes-J. Eid, Andrew Sauter Sargent & J. Kaseno.
No- Allen Hahn. Abstained – R. Lindgren. Approved.
- Hahn – The Turkey Feed by the Cornucopia Fire was success. Many compliments
were received about it being a wonderful family event. Compliments were also received
about the community center being a great facility.
- Kaseno – Thank the fire department and the volunteers for their help and success of
the Fire Dept’s Thanksgiving dinner.
- Lindgren – He thanked the volunteers for the decorations at the community center and
Correspondence– – Reviewed
- Recycling center – Tires are being collected until Dec. 20th. There will be a collection
for small batteries. A. Hahn is looking into providing new services at the center.
Public Comment Period –
Nancy Moye – Has an opinion that Lost Creek Beach should be closed to commercial
. Y. Fleming – Offers her support to vote yes to support the Cornucopia Club Trails
Incorporated joining Bayfield Area Trails Committee (BATC).
- BIG, RBF Award, HAP Grant Award – update
Additional Funds were approved for the RBF grant. The town did not receive the
matching grant from BIG. The HAP grant was withdrawn because of the
expense. The match could not be met. R. Lindgren is talking with the Army Corp of
Engineers about some money being available for this type of project.
- Commercial use of Public Lands – table until next meeting
- Parking at CC and boat launch – table until next meeting
- Enforcement of Ordinances – Progress on list of fines.
- Lindgren put together a list of ordinances with fines. The board will review it.
- Siskiwit Lake Campground
Previous letters received from citizens were reviewed by the board. Doug Becker
spoke about changes to the campground. The Parks & Lands is working on site fees
and the campground layout. They are putting together a plan for pit toilets.
- Broderson Class A Special Use permits – Jackie Eid
- Lindgren and J. Eid were in contact with Matt Broderson about his Class A permit
for shoreland grading. At the last board meeting, the board voted not to recommend
approval of it to Bayfield County Zoning. Bayfield County Zoning did contact the town
and asked them to reconsider approving it. Discussion was held. A. Sauter Sargent
made a motion to approve recommending approval of the permit to the county with
applicable fines. J. Kaseno 2nd the motion. Vote (4-1) Yes-R. Lindgren, J. Eid,
- Kaseno and A. Sauter Sargent. No- A. Hahn. Approved.
- Tillmans Rezone – Jackie Eid
The Planning Commission recommended approval of the rezone the parcel to R-4.
The lot size is conforming. A. Sauter Sargent made a motion to recommend approval
of the rezone and J. Eid 2nd the motion. Unanimous decision. Approved.
- Clarification of North Stone Road adoption – Matt Hipsher
- Hipsher spoke. It is native soil and will remain that way. At the last meeting, the
town board approved adopting it with the understanding that it would meet the
town roads specifications. This will not be the case. A. Hahn made a motion to
rescind his motion from last month to adopt the road with the requirement that
it met town road standards. A. Sauter Sargent 2nd the motion. Unanimous decision.
Approved. A. Hahn made a motion to adopt North Stone Road after the
improvements are completed by the county. A. Sauter Sargent 2nd the motion.
Unanimous decision. Approved.
- Decision to join/support BATC – Gordon Anderson
A local group of citizens have formed the Cornucopia Club Trails Incorporated. Their
purpose is to develop and promote trails in the Town of Bell. They have been invited
to join BTAC. A town board representative is needed to sign the Memorandum of
Understanding with BTAC. A. Hahn made a motion to join and support the BATC.
- Sauter Sargent 2nd the motion. Unanimous decision. R. Lindgren will be the
town board representative.
- Lost Creek Beach – Doug Becker – Tabled
The land was surveyed. There is a concern of private use of the public land.
- STH13 – Superior Avenue Crosswalk – Jackie Eid
An official crosswalk will be placed crossing Hwy 13 from Superior Ave. The
estimated cost is $10,600. The DOT wants it to be a 90 degree angle crossing the
road. R. Lund wrote WI DOT a letter to do it the DOT way and asked for funding to
do it their way.
- Whitecap Kayak – request for use of public lands – lost creek beach
A letter was received from Whitecap Kayak asking to use the Lost Creek property.
- Becker spoke with neighbors. The road is narrow and there is insufficient parking.
The Parks and Lands Committee asked the board to deny permits for commercial use
of Lost Creek. A. Hahn made a motion to deny Whitecap Kayak use at Lost Creek.
- Sauter Sargent 2nd the motion. Unanimous decision. Approved.
- Road Committee – should have budgeted some engineering – table
Looking for members to help find funding and improving the roads in the Town of
- Finance Committee – focusing on where $$ spent and critique – search for resources –
Looking for members. R. Lindgren has found out that it is possible for the Town of
Bell to be considered a premier resort area and collect a sales tax. The tax would be
.5% tax that would come to the town. He will be researching this more.
- Recycle – Changes in waste categories/ charges/our fees – mattresses, large furniture,
tires and batteries, formation of oversight committee
The costs of waste are going up. A. Hahn made a motion to increase the rate of
mattresses and large furniture to $30.00. R. Lindgren 2nd the motion. Unanimous
decision. Approved. A. Hahn is trying to add services. He will keep the board
informed. He proposed an oversight committee of decision making at the recycle
center. The purpose is for proposing policy, fact finding and finding funds. It can
be formed, if he can find members.
- Coffee Hour Thursdays
- Lindgren is proposing The Cornucopia Coffee Cart have a coffee hour open to all
persons with current and up to date vaccinations. He is recommending people not
attend if they are sick. Masks will not be required. He did send the proposal
request plan to Sara Wartman, the county nurse. He has not heard not back from
- Approval of Election Officers
- Tillmans read the list of election officers. A. Sauter Sargent made motion
to the approve the list as edited and J. Kaseno 2nd the motion. Unanimous decision.
- Set date for annual caucus – January 11, 2022
- Hahn made a motion to approve the date for the caucus and J. Eid 2nd the motion.
Unanimous decision. Approved.
- Town of Bell Sanitary District – Mark Ehlers
The same collection system that was created when the town started sewage
collection is still being used today. The town has seen an increase in population and
summer residents. Today, there are more residents living outside the district that
have holding tanks, that need to be pumped. There is increased usage and more
holding tanks. The current pond is not sufficient. The sanitary district is looking into
adding an additional pond. Currently, there is no funding available. The amount
needed is approximately $950,000. It would be for a separate collection system. The
sanitary district has applied for a loan from the WI DNR for the fiscal year
2022-2023. They need the town board to support the project. They can use it to
help find funding. The town board does acknowledge the problem for the town and
approves of the Town of Bell Sanitary District applying for loans and grants.
The Sanitary District is in need of a commissioner. The commission consists of three
commissioners. Currently, the commissioners are Mark Ehlers and Jesse Kaseno.
If someone is interested, they should contact M. Ehlers – email@example.com .
- Proposed additions to Bayfield County Forest
A proposal from Jason Bodin, of the Bayfield Co. Forestry Dept. was received.
They are proposing a project for Bayfield Co, along with the Bayfield Conservancy
of adding 2,017 acres to the County Forest. They want to include two parcels,
that total approximately 600 acres, that are in the Town of Bell. One parcel is
440 acres near Siskiwit Lake. It is at the end of Rocky Road and southeast of Siskiwit
Lake. An additional project in conjunction with Landmark Conservancy is a is 160
acre parcel north of Kaseno Road near Lost Creek Falls. The current total
value on the tax role for the parcels in their current classification is $617.00
($1.03 acre) a year. If put in the county’s project, approximately $1700 a year would
be received. Discussion has held. Board questions will be given to J. Bodin. He will
be asked to attend the January board meeting. A. Hahn made a motion to support
in principle Bayfield Co. Forest Department’s proposal for the land acquisition as
part of their project in the Town of Bell. A. Sauter Sargent 2nd the motion.
Vote (3 -0-2): Yes(3)-R. Lindgren, A. Hahn & A. Sauter Sargent; No(0);
Abstained (2)- J. Kaseno & J. Eid. Approved.
- Goveia Short Term Rental – Jackie Eid
The Planning Commission recommended to approve the permit to the Bayfield
County. A. Sauter Sargent made a motion to approve recommending the permit to
Bayfield Co. Zoning and A. Hahn 2nd the motion. Unanimous decision. Approved.
- Board may entertain a motion to move into closed session pursuant to §19.85(1),(f),
pertaining to financial, medical, social or personal histories or disciplinary data of
specific persons, preliminary consideration of specific personnel problems or the
investigation of charges against specific persons except where par. (b) applies which,
if discussed in public, would be likely to have a substantial adverse effect upon the
reputation of any person referred to in such histories or data, or involved in such
problems or investigations.
At 9:30, A. Sauter Sargent made a motion to go into closed session and A. Hahn 2nd
the motion. Unanimous decision. Approve.
Bills were paid. At 12:15 a.m., A. Sauter Sargent made a motion to adjourn the meeting and A. Hahn 2nd the motion. Approved.
MaryBeth Tillmans – Clerk