Town of Bell Annual Town Meeting – Minutes – April 19, 2022
TOWN OF BELL
ANNUAL TOWN MEETING
7:00 PM Tuesday, April 19, 2022
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. Officers present were R. Lindgren,
- Kaseno, Allen Hahn, Jackie Eid, Andrew Sauter Sargent, MaryBeth Tillmans and Janice Olson. The Pledge of Allegiance was said.
ANNUAL MEETING MINUTES
- Approval of Minutes of Last Meeting – J. Eid made a motion to approve
the minutes and Pauline Colamatteo 2nd the motion. Unanimous decision.
- Annual Treasurers Report – M. Tillmans made a motion to approve the report and
- Kaseno 2nd the motion. Unanimous decision. Approved.
- Selection of Town Attorney – J. Kaseno made a motion to continue using
Spears, Carlson Coleman. J. Eid 2nd the motion. Unanimous decision.
- Selection of Town Assessor – M. Tillmans made a motion to have Greg Gardiner-
Gardiner Appraisal Service as the assessor and Y. Fleming 2nd the motion.
Unanimous decision. Approved.
- Selection of Bank – J. Olson made a motion to have Chippewa Valley Bank as the
town bank and A. Hahn 2nd the motion. Unanimous decision. Approved.
- Selection of Official Newspaper – J. Kaseno made a motion to have Ashland Daily
Press as the official newspaper and J. Eid 2nd the motion.
Unanimous decision. Approved.
- Review of 2021 – R. Lindgren gave a report.
- Swearing in of Town Officers
The following officers were sworn in:
Jesse Kaseno – Supervisor
Gordon Anderson – Supervisor
- Set Date for 2022 Annual Town Meeting – April 18, 2023
- Status of Planning for Scenic Byway Visitor Center Grant – A presentation was
given by R. Lindgren. The Scenic Byway overall vision is to create a distinctive
collection of American roads and share their stories of their treasured places.
The Byway is a seventy mile stretch that starts just before the Brule River
and ends by the Ashland round about. The Fish and Wildlife and the US Forestry
are also submitting projects along the Byway. The Town of Bell is forming
jointly with them for the same grant. The Town of Bell has submitted the LOI to
meet the initial April 19, 2022 deadline. The deadline to submit the grant is June
20th. The joint name of the grant is the Wisconsin Lake Superior Byway Visitor
Amenities. The Town of Bell of proposes to build a visitor center, which will
serve as a rest area, museum and an interpretive facility. It will provide information
about the byway south shore communities, including an exhibit featuring the
Red Cliff Band of Superior Chippewa and the abundant natural amenities along
the shores of Lake Superior. For the Town of Bell byway portion, a group began
meeting March 22nd and hashed out features of a potential floor plan and selected
an engineer(C&S). To aid in preparing an application and funding, ownership and
ongoing maintenance need to be considered. The preliminary plan is for a 3000
- ft building located by the toilets. It will include scenic byway information,
interpretive displays, a presentation performance area, 1200 sq foot space for
the museum, space for regional artifacts and exhibits. The additional features will
be four unisex toilets (two inside & two outside), two coin or card operated
showers and free foot showers outside, electric field charging stations, kitchen and
food serving area, improve waking trail along the beach to flowing well and
historical site and other things to be defined. The town is preparing for state
funding with the DNR Knowles Nelson Stewardship Fund for the town’s local
match. The town will be seeking private donations too. There will need to be
contracts for ongoing maintenance.
Mary Motiff, Chair of the Scenic Byway counsel spoke about the project.
- Town Road Presentation – The presentation was given by M. Hipsher
- Open Period for Questions/Comments
-Open House for Celebration of Life for Janette Fanta at the Fanta House 2-4pm
on May 28th
-Questions about the Visitor Center
-Catherine Tietze made a motion that the Town of Bell establish a 6 month
moratorium on Class A Special Use Short Term Rental permit, to allow
the Town of Bell and Planning Commission additional time to make a more
informed and objective decision regarding the rapidly increasing number of
Class A Special Use short-term Rental permit applications within our small
community. Y. Fleming 2nd the motion. Discussion was held. C. Tietze
withdrew her motion and Y. Fleming withdrew her 2nd. Short term rental
is on the Town Board meeting following the Annual meeting. This concern
will be addressed there.
- Person of the Year/Good Citizen Award
The award was given to Mark Ehlers and Pauline Colamatteo. They are always
there to greet new people. They are very supportive of so many things that
have happened in this town for years.
At 8:46, Phil Moye made a motion to adjourn the meeting and A. Hahn 2nd the
motion. Unanimous decision. Approved.
MaryBeth Tillmans – Clerk