Resolutions sail through County Board

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By Warren Bluhm/Kewaunee County Aggregator

The purchase of a new piece of highway equipment, a loan to the new owners of Ahnapee Brewing Co., and rejection of a name change for the East Twin River are among seven resolutions unanimously passed Tuesday by the Kewaunee County Board.

+ Supervisors OK’d the purchase of a single-axle Freightliner truck already outfitted with winter maintenance equipment for $161,055, including an extended warranty, from Truck Country of Wisconsin Inc. in Appleton. The funds will be drawn from the Highway Department’s internal services fund.

The county plans to buy a second, similar truck in a month, and Supervisor Dennis Cravilion asked why both trucks weren’t purchased right away to take advantage of a multiple vehicle discount. Highway Commissioner Todd Every said there will be such a discount, which would be applied toward the second truck if the county goes ahead with the purchase.

He told the board that the department didn’t have two trucks they wished to buy right away.

“We decided to purchase this one truck at this time that was already outfitted and ready to go for winter season and available,” Every said. The other new truck will be basically the same Freightliner “with subtle differences.”

+ The board formally went on record as opposing a proposal to change the name of the East Twin River to the Mishicot River.

A Manitowoc County man submitted the name change proposal to the state Department of Natural Resources on the basis that the 41-mile-long river “was originally named Mishicot after a local leader of the indigenous people living in the area and was used by the native population and European settlers,” according to a DNR document reviewed by the Personnel, Advisory and Legislative Committee.

The committee had unanimously recommended telling the Wisconsin Geographic Names Council that the board rejects the proposed change.

+ The Revolving Loan Fund Committee recommended approving a 10-year, $105,000 loan to Ahnapee Brewing Co. at a 3.5 percent interest rate. The loan is personally guaranteed by brewery owner Nick Calaway, and the agreement is that the funds will create three full-time equivalent jobs.

The resolution states that the loan will “assist in the purchase of Ahnapee Brewery from its current owners and for equipment and inventory.” Calaway is the head brewer of the brewery, a spinoff of von Stiehl Winery in Algoma.

+ An update to the county’s 20-year comprehensive plan received final approval.

+ The board gave county officials authority to take 10 properties whose owners are currently delinquent in paying their property taxes, although Supervisor Chuck Wagner said such a resolution is not unusual this time of year.

“The treasurer is trying to work with the people and convince them that this could happen,” Wagner said. “When we make this move, it gives them a bigger kick in the pants, and a lot of times then people come forward and pay their back taxes.”

The county treasurer “bends over backwards” to help people keep their property with payment plans, Wagner said.

+ Supervisors approved the sale of a small, triangular piece of land in the town of Pierce to the adjacent property owner for $1. Every said the property is less than 0.1 acre and has no value to the county for highway purposes.

+ An agreement with the city of Algoma to build sidewalks on both sides of the new County S bridge over the Ahnapee River was approved. Construction is scheduled in 2019.

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