Burnett County Board of Supervisors
April 21, 2020
CALL TO ORDER Chairman Taylor called the April 21, 2020, Burnett County Board of Supervisors meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. in Room 165 of the Burnett County Government Center, Siren, Wisconsin.
REMOTE MEETING SCRIPT FOR BURNETT COUNTY Chairman Taylor read the script pertaining to running Burnett County Committee meetings and County Board of Supervisor meetings when conference calling and/or Zoom meetings are being used for remote attendance.
ROLL CALL Present, 21 supervisors onsite and remote; called during the remote script agenda item.
District 1 (Ward 1, Village of Grantsburg) Brent Blomberg
District 2 (Ward 2, Village of Grantsburg; Ward 1, Town of Grantsburg) Jim Paden
District 3 (Ward 3, Village of Grantsburg; Ward 2, Town of West Marshland; Ward 3, Town of Grantsburg) Gene McLain
District 4 (Town of Anderson; Ward 1, Town of Grantsburg; Ward 2, Town of Grantsburg; Ward 2, Town of Trade Lake) Ramona Moody
District 5 (Ward 1, Town of Trade Lake) Dorothy Richard
District 6 (Ward 1, Town of Wood River) Donald Chell
District 7 (Town of Lincoln; Ward 1, Town of West Marshland; Ward 2, Town of Wood River) Gene Olson
District 8 (Ward 1, Town of Daniels; Ward 3, Town of Wood River) Chuck Awe
District 9 (Ward 1, Town of Oakland; Town of Union) Chuck Anderson
District 10 (Ward 2, Town of Meenon; Ward 2, Town of Oakland) Edgar Peterson
District 11 (Ward 1, Village of Webster; Ward 3, Town of Meenon) Norman Bickford
District 12 (Ward 1, Town of Meenon; Ward 2, Village of Webster) Christopher Sybers
District 13 (Ward 1, Town of LaFollette; Ward 2, Town of Siren) Bert Lund, Jr.
District 14 (Ward 1, Village of Siren) Emmett Byrne
District 15 (Ward 1, Town of Siren; Ward 2, Village of Siren) James Pearson
District 16 (Ward 1, Town of Rusk; Ward 1, Town of Scott) Gary Lundberg
District 17 (Town of Dewey; Town of Roosevelt) Duane Johnson
District 18 (Ward 2, Town of LaFollette; Town of Sand Lake) Don Taylor
District 19 (Town of Jackson) Craig Conroy
District 20 (Ward 1, Town of Swiss) Gerald Pardun
District 21 (Town of Blaine; Ward 2, Town of Scott; Ward 2, Town of Swiss; Town of Webb Lake) Steve Austin
Excused, two student representatives; Jordan Webster, Siren and William DeBlieck, Webster.
INVOCATION Pastor Roger Pitman gave the invocation.
Burnett County Board of Supervisors
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE Chairman Taylor led in the Pledge of Allegiance.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA ORDER Motion to approve the agenda order was made by Supervisor Byrne, seconded by Supervisor Bickford. Motion carried, voice vote.
OATH OF OFFICE County Clerk Wanda Hinrichs administered the Oath of Office to all Supervisors.
ELECTION OF CHAIR, FIRST VICE-CHAIR AND SECOND VICE-CHAIR Supervisor Taylor called for nominations for County Board Chair. Supervisor Byrne motioned to nominate Supervisor Taylor for Chair, seconded by Supervisor Richard. There were no other nominations. Motion to cast a unanimous ballot for Supervisor Taylor for Chair was made by Supervisor Johnson, seconded by Supervisor Conroy. Motion carried, voice vote. Chairman Taylor called for nominations for First Vice-Chair. Supervisor Bickford motioned to nominate Supervisor Peterson for First Vice-Chair. There were no other nominations. Motion to cast a unanimous ballot for Supervisor Peterson for First Vice-Chair was made by Supervisor Pardun, seconded by Supervisor Bickford. Motion carried, voice vote. Motion to nominate Supervisor Chell for Second Vice-Chair was made by Supervisor Paden. Motion to nominate Supervisor Sybers for Second Vice-Chair was made by Supervisor Austin. Motion to nominate Supervisor Conroy for Second Vice-Chair was made by Supervisor Moody. There were no other nominations. Motion to close the nominations and cast a secret ballot for Second Vice-Chair was made by Supervisor Byrne, seconded by Supervisor Johnson. Chairman Taylor called for a recess while County Clerk Hinrichs and Corporation Counsel Grindell contact the remote supervisor attendees to the meeting to collect their vote for Second Vice-Chair while the supervisors in attendance recorded their secret vote. All cast votes were collected and tallied by the Clerk and Chair. Mr. Chell received three votes. Mr. Conroy received five votes. Mr. Sybers received 13 votes. Supervisor Sybers was elected Second Vice-Chair.
PUBLIC SPEAKING There were no public speakers.
APPROVAL OF PROCEEDINGS OF THE MARCH 19, 2020, MEETING Motion to approve the proceedings of the March 19, 2020, Burnett County Board meeting was made by Supervisor Peterson, seconded by Supervisor Blomberg. Motion carried, voice vote.
COUNTY BOARD CHAIR REPORT Chairman Taylor recently attended the Wisconsin Counties Association Board of Directors meeting by Zoom. Chairman Taylor shared information and updates on state activities and the plan to try and move forward to start opening up Wisconsin businesses. The last estimate for Wisconsin was $144 billion lost in revenue so far. Administrator Ehalt reported on meetings with the state and Northwest Regional Planning Commission on what northwest Wisconsin can do collectively to try and recover as this is such an evolving issue. The county will plan to resume standing committee meetings in May.
STANDING COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS Chairman Taylor read the appointments to the standing committees. Administration Committee: Don Taylor, Jim Paden, Donald Chell, Edgar Peterson, Christopher Sybers, Gerald Pardun and Gary Lundberg; Infrastructure Committee: Ramona Moody, Chuck Awe, Bert Lund, Jr., Emmett Byrne, Jim Pearson, Don Taylor and Duane Johnson; Health and Community Services Committee: Steve Austin Brent Blomberg, Duane Johnson, Bert Lund, Jr., Ramona Moody, Dorothy Richards and Christopher Sybers; Natural Resources Committee: Chuck Anderson, Steve Austin, Norman Bickford, Craig Conroy, Gene Olson, Gene McLain and Edgar Peterson; Public Safety Committee: Emmett Byrne, Don Chell, Gary Lundberg, Gene McLain, Gene Olson, Gerald Pardun and Dorothy
Richard; Land Use and Information Committee: Chuck Anderson, Chuck Awe, Brent Blomberg, Norm Bickford, Craig Conroy, Jim Paden and Jim Pearson.
STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIR REPORTS
Administration Committee No report given as there was no meeting held.
Public Safety Committee No report given as there was no meeting held.
Infrastructure Committee No report given as there was no meeting held.
Health and Community Services Committee No report given as there was no meeting held.
Natural Resources Committee report was given by Supervisor Peterson. Although there wasn’t a meeting held, the Forestry Department did open timber bids and Forest and Parks Administrator Jake Nichols reported on that activity. Approximately $445,000.00 in sales were recorded. Boat landings are open but not restrooms. Mr. Nichols answered supervisor questions, mostly on the Devils Lake landing. Mr. Nichols won’t know if we will receive the grant to fix the landing until July or August.
Land Use and Information Committee No report given as there was no meeting held.
OTHER COMMITTEE, BOARD AND COMMISSION REPORTS
Land Information Council report was given by Supervisor Blomberg. The meeting was cancelled but they are supposed to start the aerial photography project today.
Northwest Wisconsin Concentrated Employment Program (NWCEP) report was given by Supervisor Blomberg. A meeting was held by WebEx.
ADMINISTRATOR REPORT Administrator Ehalt expressed his gratitude to the COVID-19 Response Team that meets daily to assess and plan for county operations. He also thanked the County Clerk’s office for their additional help with county duties during this time. Many employees are working from home which is going well. To date there are approximately $6,000.00 additional expenses the county has incurred due to COVID-19. The budget guidelines were distributed and Mr. Ehalt reviewed them with the supervisors.
FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS The MAP amendments for Land Use and Zoning will come to the full Board for consideration at the May 21, 2020, County Board of Supervisors meeting.
ADJOURNMENT Motion to adjourn the April 21, 2020, meeting was made by Supervisor Paden, seconded by Supervisor Byrne. Motion carried, voice vote. Chairman Taylor adjourned the meeting at 10:40 a.m.
State of Wisconsin
County of Burnett
I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the Proceedings of the Burnett County Board of Supervisors Meeting held on the 21st, day of April, as recorded by Wanda Hinrichs and kept by me as County Clerk. Corrections or additions to these proceedings will be in the proceedings of the next succeeding meeting of the Board of Supervisors.
Burnett County Clerk