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To:                  Town Board Members

From: John Olson, Town Administrator

Date:   February 27, 2015    



Please take time to read this week’s Friday Memo- -a general recap of the week and upcoming news.  As always, should you like more information, I ask that you call the office, e-mail or stop in.  Thanks for your continued support. 



  1. Planned options for the Fire Truck financing (580K) and new Plow Truck (160K) will be a local lender or the State Trust Fund with 10 and 20 year loan amortizations to consider.  We will obviously not finance these purchases until we actually need to pay for the equipment in 1-2 years.  Larry Malsch will have the specs for the Fire Truck to review and discuss at the next COW on March 9. 
  2. The Bid Opening for the 2015 Road Improvements will be next Wednesday, March 4 at the Public Works Committee.
  3. The Residential Rental Property Inspection Ordinance has received another legal revision following comments at COW.  At the next COW on March 9, you will be reviewing the new ordinance covering registration only with no inspection requirements.  Independent Inspections has also responded with a minimum “must have” inspection checklist option for further discussion as well.          
  4. Governor Walker’s Budget proposal included eliminating the Local Govt Property Insurance Fund where all our property has been insured the past few years.  We may be in the market for new property (buildings) insurance with our 8/2017 renewal.  And his budget proposal also includes making property assessment a county function.  According to Richard Chandler, WDR: “Property owners would still have local open book assessment review meetings where they could discuss changes to their values with an assessor, and they would be able to appeal their assessments to a Board of Review, which would meet at several locations in each county.”  Obviously, we would no longer contract with Accurate Appraisal for property assessment services.
  5. There will be no Park & Tourism Committee meeting in March due to the lack of agenda items.
  6. Assessor claim mediation is scheduled for this afternoon in Racine.
  7. All Assessed Values for the Town are available online at accurateassessor.com.    
  8. The Highway Shop is a “free drop-off site” for Waste Oil that is used for heating purposes.  We are currently in low supply.
  9. Enjoy your weekend with a little more snow on the way. 



Meetings next week:  Administrative, Monday at 4:00pm

                                     Police & Water Safety, Monday at 5:30pm

                                     Plan Commission, Tuesday at 7:00pm

                                     Public Works, Wednesday at 1:15pm

                                     Lake Committee, Wednesday at 7:00pm

                                     Fire & Rescue, Thursday at 7:00pm