Town of Bell Parks and Lands February 4th Minutes

Town of Bell Parks and Lands Meeting Minutes   at the Cornucopia Community Center

February 4, 2022       9:30 am

Committee Members Present: Doug Becker, Judy Becker

Community Present: Judy Kerr, Supervisor Allan Hahn


Doug called the meeting to order at 9:39 am.

Minutes could not be approved due to insufficient Committee members present.


  1. Campground Vault Toilet
    1. Gordon Anderson’s report stated that Olson Building Supplies in Washburn does not supply building design nor plans, only materials. Further plan designs will be sought.
    2. Allan Hahn will check with Town Clerk about creating a separate budget fund entitled “Campground Vault Toilet Fund” for current 2022 budgeted funds, future grant funds and other funds raised. Judy Kerr will seek a donation from the Lions Club.
    3. Doug Becker sent the application request for State and Federal funding through Bayfield County to Town Chairman for submission.
  2. Committee Term dates
    1. Gordon Anderson, Position One Term expires April, 2022.
    2. Gina Emily, Position Two appointed and Town Board qualified replacement for Yvette Fleming’s remaining Term expires April, 2022.
    3. Sarah Norton, Position Three expires April, 2023. Committee Chairman, Andrew Sauter Sargent appointed Judy Becker to fill this vacancy in April, 2021.
    4. Doug Becker, Position Four expires April, 2023.
    5. Supervisor Andrew Sauter Sargent, Position Five expires April, 2022.
  3. Summer Sea Kayak Symposium
    1. Greg Weiss’s emailed ideas were discussed. Tabled until Greg submits a formal business proposal to the Committee for discussion.
  4. Forestry Report
    1. Allan Hahn presented his ideas. Tabled until March for Committee to discuss:
      1. Who will actually manage Town of Bell land for tree harvesting
      2. Plans for proceeding
  • Potential areas to consider managed harvesting
  1. Long range plans and budget
  1. Allan will send his report to all Committee members
  1. Siskiwit Lake Campground Ordinance
    1. Correspondence from Judy Kerr expressing concerns over Ordinance changes was acknowledged.
    2. Town of Bell Board approved the changes on June 8, 2021 but website wording was not updated.
    3. Committee approved camping fees and amenities on January 7, 2022 and seek Town Board approval:
      1. Increase the tent daily use fee from $15 to $20.
      2. Increase the daily use fee for hard-sided camper trailers from $15 to $30.
  • After several amendments, limit hard-sided campers to 26 ft. or less.
  1. Motion passed. Further discussion ensued about adding RV/Trailer sites between the road and Sites 5-10 this spring.
  1. Campground Rules on Website are outdated. Committee needs to update wording at next meeting and make changes to the website information.
  1. Other Business
    1. Allan Hahn presented proposed changes to the existing Transient Vendor Ordinance:
      1. Renamed to Transient Vendor and Commercial Use of Public Land Ordinance.
      2. Alter language that pertains to “brick and mortar” business exclusions.
  • Provide guidelines for Special Event vendor requests.
  1. Allan will consult with the Town lawyer about wording changes and submit to the Committee for review at the next meeting.

Next meeting will be on Friday, March 4, 2022 at 9:30 am at the Community Center.

Meeting was adjourned at 10:45 am.

Submitted by Secretary, Judy Becker, on Saturday, February 5, 2022.