TOWN OF BELL BOARD MEETING
7:00 PM Tuesday, September 14, 2021
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.
-Board Meeting Minutes-
Board Meeting -A. Sauter Sargent made a motion to approve the minutes and J. Eid 2nd the
motion. Unanimous. Approved.
-Treasurer’s Report –J. Eid made a motion to approve the report and J. Kaseno 2nd
the motion. Vote (4-1) Yes- R. Lindgren, J. Eid, Andrew Sauter Sargent & J. Kaseno.
No- Allen Hahn. Approved.
- Lindgren – He has received numerous comments about the appearance of the Community
Center. He thanked the gardeners for their beautiful work. The art crawl was successful.
He was quoted in the Ashland Daily Press about why Cornucopia may be the fastest
growing town in Bayfield County.
The Scenic Byway ribbon cutting is tomorrow at 3:00 p.m.
- Recycling center – There is a job posting for a relief operator. Things are starting to
Public Comment Period – J. Sauter Sargent – Gave a profit report for Cornucopia Day.
Approximately $20,000 was raised.
- BIG, RBF Award, HAP Grant Award – waiting for Feds to review BIG, additional funds awarded to RBF, HAP on hold.
HAP will be sending an updated agreement.
- Commercial use of Public Lands – update
- Hahn met with the Planning Commission and the Parks and Lands committee.
There were good discussions. He has spoken with the town’s attorney about how
to treat different classes of vendors.
- Sidewalk Ordinance – purpose- uniform application/enforcement – public comment
The Planning Commission met on Sept. 8th to walk down Superior Ave. from Hwy 13
to Hwy C. Observations were made. These observations will be discussed by
the Planning Commission. There are some issues to be resolved.
- Parking at CC and boat launch – deferred to October
- Status of crosswalk at STH 13 and potentially C and Superior Avenue- No update
- Rumble Strips – STH13 – DOT reply attached
A resolution requesting a 1000’ gap east of Old Highway 13 and a 800’ gap
between West Road & Tina Road, that was passed last month was sent to the Wis.
Dept of Transportation. They replied and adopted what was in the resolution.
- Dog Ordinance – order larger sign and post – signs on order
The signs have arrived and will be posted.
- Siskiwit River Preserve – Orchard – public comment
The county is working on improving the orchard and walk between the orchard and
and the meadow. A. Hahn will work as lead for volunteers.
- CC rules re COVID variant(s) – Masks are required at the community center.
- Swim Platform at Lake Siskiwit Campground
Rural Insurance will not insure the platform. They could get different insurance,
but it would be expensive.
- 2021 Board of Review, Sept. 13th, 9a.m. – 11 a.m.
The Board of Review has held with no objections filed.
- Commercial Leases – Harbor, Halvorson Fisheries Lease 2022
The leases received from the Harbor Commission were reviewed. A. Hahn
made a motion to the have the Harbor Commission continue the work to
complete the contracts and J. Eid 2nd the motion. Unanimous decision. Approved.
- Submit/ Develop list of 2022 projects.
A list of projects with costs need to be done by board members or committees for
the 2022 budget.
- Set dates to work on the 2022 budget
The dates for the budget meetings are Tues., Sept. 28th and Weds., Oct. 6th
at 6:00 p.m.
- Propane Bids
The following bids were received:
Como – $1.28
Midland – $1.49
Ferrell Gas – $1.90
- Hahn made motion to accept Como propane bid at $1.28 per gallon and
- Kaseno 2nd the motion. Unanimous decision. Approved.
- Town Board Roads “Ride Around” – discussion of impressions
The town board rode around with Matt Hipsher, the town road foreman.
A long term plan is needed for the roads. A committee will be formed to look
for grants. Engineering for roads will be on the budget.
- Request Nominations for Harbor Commissioner
Kristine Anderson has resigned as harbor commissioner. Her term was to be until
April 2023. Nominations can be sent to R. Lindgren or M. Tillmans. They must
be received on or before Oct. 1st.
8) Consider Demand Star as a purchasing aid
Demand Star is an automated bid advertiser network for government procurement.
Permanent records are kept of all bids. R. Lindgren recommended trying it on next
9) County Planning and Zoning Ordinance Amendment
The amendment was eliminating bottling plants and appeals. The ordinance has
about a hundred activities that are permitted. Bottling plants is in it, but it does not
say bottling of what. The not accepting of appeals had to do with sanitation or
sewage. The county was eliminating this part because they don’t have any authority
on this. It has to go to a different agency.
10) Enforcement of Ordinances – proposed citation attached. Need to develop list of fines.
A ticket book was used in the past to issue citations. The ticket books are no longer
printed. A list of fines needs to be produced from the ordinances. M. Tillmans will
make the list. The court prefers a citation to be used for violators. R. Lindgren
provided a citation for review. A. Hahn made a motion to adopt the uniform
ordinance citation as proposed with typo correction and J. Kaseno 2nd the motion.
Unanimous decision. Approved.
11) Adopt completed West Sunset Drive as a Town road.
- Hipsher examined the road and it fully meets the town’s specifications. R. Lund,
an engineer verified that it was built in conformance with the Town of Bell’s
specifications. A. Hahn made a motion to adopt West Sunset Drive as a town road
and J. Eid 2nd the motion. Unanimous decision. Approved.
12) Cornucopia Club proposal to build a Picnic Pavilion just north of CC playground.
The Cornucopia Club is proposing to build a picnic pavilion north of the CC playground
and west of the community center. A. Hahn made a motion to agree in principal to
the Cornucopia Club’s plans for a picnic pavilion, subject to approval of plans.
- Kaseno 2nd the motion.
Vote (4-1) Yes – R. Lindgren, J. Kaseno & A. Hahn. No – J. Eid. A. Sauter Sargent
abstained from voting. Motion passed. Approved. When plans are received, they will
be given to the Parks and Lands to review.
13) Relocate message board to C Store.
- Hahn made a motion to relocation the message board from Ehlers Store to the Star
North C Store and J. Eid 2nd the motion. Unanimous decision. Approved.
14) CWD Prevention
Bayfield Co. is asking towns to contribute $150 towards CWD Prevention. J. Eid
made a motion to make a $150.00 contribution for a dumpster for preventing
CWD and J. Kaseno 2nd the motion. Unanimous decision. Approved.
15)Set snowplow rates for 2021/2022 season- Deferred to Sept. 29th meeting
Bills were paid. At 8:30 p.m., A. Hahn made a motion to adjourn the meeting and A. Sauter Sargent 2nd the motion. Approved.
MaryBeth Tillmans – Clerk