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To:                  Town Board Members

From: John Olson, Town Administrator

Date:   March 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.  If you would like to review the full set of truck specifications, please contact Larry Malsch.  Consideration of the Fire Truck was tabled at the March Board Meeting until the April Meeting Calendar.  Fire & Rescue, 4/9 @ 7:00pm, COW, 4/13 @ 6:00pm, Town Board immediately following the Annual Town Meeting, 4/21 @ approx. 6:30pm. 
  2. Road Crack Filling Bids will be opened and considered at next Wednesday’s Public Works Committee at 1:15pm.
  3. At Tuesday’s Walworth County Intergovt Meeting, I was greatly outnumbered in my support for county assessing.  Most of the other munis represented were commenting about the loss of local control and overall assessment costs increasing.  If I was confident we could avoid all future tax assessment litigation, I may be persuaded to agree with them.  I’m not, so I will continue to support the county approach.
  4. Following recent mediation, the Town reached a settlement with the previous assessor, National Appraisal, for $150,000.  The 2009 – 2011 Tax Assessment Litigation is now over.  Approximate net cost to the Town is $220,000.
  5. The date and time for the upcoming Annual Town Meeting will be Tuesday, April 21 at 6:00pm in Town Hall.  We will need elector approval to sell the Del-Aqua Apartment lot and adjacent lots.  The survey is in process by Doug Olson and Corley Appraisal will then be completing the appraisal before listing the property for sale with the Rauland Agency.  All of this is contingent upon receiving elector approval at the Annual Town Meeting.    
  6. The Lake Committee will not meet in April and most all other committee meetings will be scheduled the week of April 5-11.
  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 and Town Hall will be closed next Friday in observance of Good Friday. 



Meetings next week:  Public Works, Wednesday at 1:15pm