TOWN OF BLAINE
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Chairman Jessica Estridge called the July 20, 2021 monthly board meeting to order at 7:04 p.m.
Present were Chairman Jessica Estridge, Supervisor Josh Fornengo, Supervisor Bryan Holter, Clerk Charla Zaccardi, Treasurer Mona Velebir, Ron and Sandy Gallagher, Bonnie Young, Klaus Nieder and Dori Willett.
Pledge of Allegiance
Clerk’s Report: Supervisor Josh Fornengo motioned to approve the June 15, 2021 meeting minutes. Supervisor Bryan Holter seconded. Motion approved.
Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Mona Velebir reported.
Expenses: Supervisor Josh Fornengo made a motion to approve payment of expenditures as submitted. Supervisor Bryan Holter seconded. Motion approved.
Citizen’s Input: Klaus Nieder mentioned a recent ambulance service request and the procedure to go to the medical facility of the patient’s choice. Chairman Estridge will inquire at the next Ambulance Committee meeting on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The recent procedure is to go to the nearest reasonable facility.
1) Chairman Estridge is still in negotiations to receive Federal grants for broadband services. SirenTel expressed they may be interested but have not agreed to apply with us yet. She is waiting to hear back from them.
2) Chairman Estridge mentioned that the FEMA project extension paperwork was submitted and up-to-date.
Road Equipment Update: Ron Gallagher reported that everything is good. He did mention the loaders brake line broke. Discussion took place about equipment replacement, but this has been pushed back due to road project spending.
Road Condition Report: Ron Gallagher reported that the Barrens is so dry. A request for a new road sign has been requested. Cockerham Road is mispelled and will be replaced. The county orders signs two times a year.
Northland Community Center:
Upcoming events are noted below:
July 25-30th Vacation Bible School 5-8 pm, July 30th, Friday 6 pm program
July 31, 2021 Celebration of Life for Peter Ellwein
August 11, 2021 Kinblom (Private Group)
October 16, 2021 DOVR fundraiser
A bid from Custom Design Painting and Drywall, Danbury, WI for interior and exterior painting of the NCC was approved. We will keep trying to get in touch with the company to set up a working timeframe.
Waste & Recycle Transfer Station: Now open Wed, 4-7 PM, Sat, 10 AM to 2 PM and Sunday, 11 AM to 3 PM.
1) Assess road spending. It was determined what could be spent before the end of this year. More information will be gathered for road repairs.
2) American Rescue/COVID 19 Relief Grant:
Chairman Estridge handed out information to the additional board members for review to determine town needs that would be eligible for the grant money use. Discussion of the septic system at the NCC took place. It was suggested the board look into the current system and make a determination if this grant money could be used for updating the restrooms at the NCC.
ITEMS TO BE PLACED ON THE AUGUST AGENDA:
Agenda items due Friday before each meeting.
Supervisor Fornengo made a motion to adjourn at 7:55 pm. Supervisor Holter seconded. Motion passed. Meeting was adjourned.
Charla Zaccardi, Clerk
Signed and dated this 20th day of July, 2021
Jessica Estridge, Chairman