Town of Clover – Meeting Notice — Board Meeting       

February 12, 2020 at 7:00 pm in the Meeting Room of the Town of Clover Town Hall (The Gym).

NOTE:  feel free to come in to the Meeting Room any time, the door may be closed to conserve heat.

The public is invited to attend, you may walk at any time even though the door is closed—for heat conservation–, you will need to sign for the record, but there is no requirement to sign in separately if you wish to speak.   You will not be limited to a three (3) minute time if responding to a particular agenda item during the discussion regarding that item.  Should it seem the point of your speaking to an agenda item is not evident, you may be asked to clarify what your purpose is.  When speaking to any agenda item, should it seem to the Chair that the same points are being repeated without additional information; the Chair will interrupt and list the points that have been heard to check that our hearing is accurate and asked if there are further points to be made.

NOTE:  The packets will be available to the public 1/2 hour prior to the meeting (that is 6:30pm).


Call to order:

Roll Call:

NOTE:  The Regular Town of Clover Meeting will be adjourned at 8:00 pm unless there is a motion to extend the meeting some stated amount by 8:00 pm.  The Chair may reorder the agenda to accommodate the time limit.

Public Comment:

Review of Minutes with any corrections: (see packets)

  • January

Treasurer’s Report for:

  • January

ExpendituresMotion to approve the expenditure Batch

  • T-0212


  • Elections at Polls: February 18, 2020.  Polls open from 7:00am to 8:00pm in the Meeting Room of the Historic Gymnasium
  • Flood Awareness Week: February 9 to the 15th has been declared Flood Awareness Week in Wisconsin.  It is anticipated that there will be flooding this Spring.  Consider if Flood insurance would be good a good purchase (see poster in the Community Bulletin Board in the Foyer of the Gym).
  • Transfer Station: Winter hours are in effect (Saturdays only, 9:00am to 1:00pm) outside the Town Garage
  • South Shore Senior Meal Program: every Tuesday from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at Bear Paw.
  • Golden Shoes: Every Monday & Thursday from 10:00am to 11:00am at the gym
  • Wednesday Women’s Walking/Running Group: Every Wednesday from 5:00pm to 6:00pm at the gym
  • Dominos: Every other Wednesday in the meeting room from 1:00pm to 4:00pm next, Wednesday, February 12
  • Pickle Ball: Every Thursday at the Gym from 3:00pm to 5:00pm and multiple other times (see the calendar to the right in the foyer as you enter)
  • Coffee, Treats and Fellowship: every Thursday from 8:00am in the meeting room

Announcements:  (Please see Announcements below the agenda for further Announcements)

  • Gym lot: The Gym parking lot is the preferred helicopter landing site.  If parking your car and leaving the Gym area, please park your car on Wee Avenue.
  • Gym Users: PLEASE change into gym shoes prior to using the gym.  PLEASE put the equipment away after use.  Assure ALL faucets are turned off.   There have been some mornings when the Town Officials have come in and found balls lying around on the floor or stage, and the pickle ball net has not been returned to its carrier.  There is no employee available to pick up after your use.  There is no fee for use of the gym.  You are responsible for picking up after your use.
  • Gym Users: Planning an Event in the Gym?  Please let Tracy know so that she can have you complete the event form for use of the Gym.  This applies to both residents and non-residents of Herbster.
  • Gym Users: Please consult the Calendar to the right of the lobby doors as you face the gym.  If persons or groups are signed up for any of the time that you wish to use the gym, PLEASE yield the gym to those users at the appointed hours without delay.

Reports:  (Please see Reports below this agenda for anything further regarding the Reports).

  • Town Planning Commission: Feburary meeting cancelled no  agenda items—Koenning, Chairperson
  • Fire Department: Rebak (see packet)
  • Ambulance: Stemwedel (see packet)
  • Town Park/Campground including ADA Compliant restroom & shower update: Smith
  • Play Ground: Isaksson
  • Roads including BPR & Park Ave Updates: Steele
  • Boat Parking: Isaksson
  • Transfer Station: Steele (see announcement above)
  • Cemetery: Rebak
  • Gym: Steele
  • Bark Bay Slough: Steele
  • Task Forces:
    • Upkeep of Historic Gym kitchen, likely annual cleaning: TBD
    • Recommend Actions regarding attracting tourists: TBD


  • Government:
    • Fees: Discussion/Perhaps Action related to:
      • Campground
        • Campers
          • Tents
          • Hill with electricity
          • Motor Homes including water
        • Snow Plowing Late Fees
      • PayPal: Further Discussion/Perhaps Action regarding opening a PayPal account for Town of Clover
      • Emergency Government: Process for updating the Emergency Government Ordinance—Steele
    • HCC Request: Donation Request for Smelt Fry of Camping Package—S. Nelson
    • HVFD: Discussion/Possible Action related to repair of the Pumper back part/brackets injured in an accident during the parade for Corny Days
    • Future Agenda Items:
      • Discussion/Perhaps Adoption related to: Ordinance Prohibiting Motorized Vehicles upon Beaches within the Township of Clover (Adopted March 9, 1988)
      • Large Pavilion:
        • Campsites around Large Pavilion
      • SSAA
        • Coverage Agreement follow-up
        • Charging for non-transport calls
      • Motion to Adjourn


Agenda prepared by the Town Chair

Notice and agenda posted by the Clerk on or before 7:00 PM Tuesday, February 11, 2020.  Posting is at the Town Hall, Fire Hall and Post Office.  Notice and agenda are also distributed via email.  Other Announcements and Reports to follow.

The Town Hall is accessible to those persons with physical disabilities.  For assistance please contact the Town Office at 715-774-3780.



Announcements, Reports and Notes:


South Shore Senior Meal Program:  The Senior Dining site is at the Bear Paw Restaurant at 8805 State Hwy. 13 in Port Wing every Tuesday from 2:00 Pm to 4 PM.  All seniors 60+ are welcome regardless of your ability to donate.  Recommended donation is $4.00 per meal.  Donations are confidential.  Meal cost is paid by the Bayfield County Senior Nutrition program.

Good nutrition is critical to good health-no matter what your age. Studies show that the right diet and adequate intake are especially important for older people and that poor nutrition is the biggest threat to an older adult’s independence.  Wisconsin’s Elderly Nutrition Program is a step in that direction.  The program offers tasty, nutritious meals to anyone age 60 and older along with a chance to socialize with friends.



Town Planning Commission:  –-K. Koenning (February Meeting canceled due to lack of agenda items)

HVFD:  Rebak (for Minutes & Treasurer’s Report(s) of the Volunteer Fund–see packet)

SSAA:  Stemwedel (for Minutes & Treasurer’s Report(s) of the Volunteer Fund–see packet)

Town Park/Campground:  Smith

  • Gates for Fencing around Dumpster: Will likely be completed prior to May 15, 2020
  • Work Orders awaiting completion:
    • Building and installing board walk and stairs for entry to the beach across from the large Pavilion secondary to the October 2017 storm.
    • New campsite signs where lost by storm
    • Stakes are refined and Rope is present for replacing barrier between campsites and erosion protection areas
    • ADA compliant restroom including shower in the process of being designed—may be completed prior to May 15, 2020. NOTE:  Just one (1) complaint to the ADA from a person with a disability regarding the lack of accessible restroom and shower facility could close the entire campground.
  • Large Pavilion: Fuller will orchestrate the repairs to the Large Pavilion under the egis of the HCC.  Let him know if you are willing to volunteer time to this effort.  It will likely happen as soon as possible (weather cooperates) in spring of 2020.
  • Roads Report:
  • Road Maintenance (through January 31)
    • Cleaned Culverts:
    • Culvert Rehab:
    • Culvert Replacement:
    • Cleaned Ditches:
    • Graded:
    • Graveled:
    • Mowed:
    • PACER Assessment: Bark River Road=1; Lenawee Road (FR 262)=2; Lenawee Tower Road (FR 424)=1; Sand Trap Road (FR 683)=1; Seven Mile Road (FR 433)=1
    • Pothole Repair:
    • Rebuilt and Fortified:
    • Rehabed:
    • Removed Rocks:
    • Sign Replacement/installation:
    • Snow Blowing:
    • Snow Plowing: Clearing roadways of snow and providing ice control as needed.  All Town Roads, except Bell/Clover Town Line Road.  Town Roads to date=17; Forest Roads (Battle Axe (FR246), Blueberry Rd (FR 692), Boundary Rd (FR 439), Bratley Rd, Sand Trap Rd (FR 683), Seven Mile RD (FR 433)=4 times
    • Spot Gravel:
    • Tree Removal:
    • Road Patrol:
  • Garage & Equipment Maintenance (Thru January 31)
    • Coordination of Activities Planning: x’s 5
    • Worked on items like logs: x’s 6
    • Maintenance on:
      • Back Hoe: x’s 1
      • Dump Truck 2019: x’s 4
      • Dump Truck 2006: x’s 2
      • Grader: x’s 1
      • Leveler: x’s
      • Mower:
      • Old Trailer: x’s
      • Pickup Truck 2008: x’s
      • Shop: x’s 8
      • Snow Blower: 2 hrs
      • Steamer: x’s
      • Tractor: x’s
      • Other: x’s 3
    • Equipment Use:
      • Dump Truck 2019: x’s 12
      • Dump Truck 2006: x’s 9
      • Pick Up Truck: x’s 4
      • Back Hoe: x’s 7
      • Grader: x’s 6
      • Road Snow Blower: x’s
      • Tractor: x’s
      • Leveler: x’s
      • Steamer: x’s
    • Boom Mowing: The boom mowing will be in the spring or early summer of 2020.  You will be notified prior to this occurring to facilitate removal of all personal items from the ditches as the boom mower will likely harm them if they remain
    • Bark Point Road Beach Erosion: Phase A is now complete and submission to WIDOT of various expenses with further refinements as requested by WIDOT is done and submitted.  We are told that we will be eligible for 75/25 DOT moneys for bring back the road to its previous condition, and 50/50 for mitigation to prevent future damage.  The Town Labor and Town Equipment has been figured into the Town’s portion of the repair costs as in-kind.  The exact amount that will be received from the DOT will not be determined until after the DOT has finalized their reviewed and acted upon the request for reimbursement from the Town.  The DOT is very specific that reimbursement is confined to damage caused to the roadbed and threat to the roadbed along Bark Point Road by the storm of Oct. 25-27, 2017.
    • Park Avenue from State Highway 13 to the intersection with Frontage Road is not listed as an official roadbed by the DOT. Ordinance #20190625-1 was passed for adding this section of Park Avenue to the official list of Town Roads.  The DOT has OK’d us going forward with this initiative.  The paperwork has been completed and submitted for adding this portion of Park Avenue to the official Town Roads.  There is a chance that this will begin with the 2020 funding and in any event will be added as a town road with the 2021.  Steele is told by the Engineer that bringing this intersection up to specs will roughly be in the neighborhood of $5,000 to $10,000.  The road will need to be brought up to specs by the time State Highway 13 is repaved.  At the present time it is not known when State Highway 13 is scheduled for repaving in the area of Park Avenue.  The projects for repairing State Highway 13 have been posted for 2021 and do not include State Hwy 13 by the intersection with Park Avenue.
    • Possible 90/10 DOT Grant: The Grant proposal to pave Lenawee Road from the intersection of Cranberry River Road south to Makoswki Road was submitted to the DOT by the Town with the assistance of Cooper Engineering and thus far the Town has heard nothing regarding either the project being funded or turned down.  The request was submitted for funding with the Town’s cost not to exceed 10% of the costs.  There needed to be justification of the project in terms of economic growth with the results to be measurable.  Should the proposal be funded the Town can still turn down the project.  This was all verified prior to submission of the proposal (deadline was December 6 2019 @ 5:00pm).   The total estimated cost of this project is $334,574.86 with the Town’s Share projected at $33,458.  This portion of Lenawee Road takes more grading and gravel to keep it in good condition than any other single portion of roadway in Town.  Should the Town be awarded funding for this project, there would likely be a Public Hearing on the project prior to accepting or denying the project.  It is recognized that currently paved roads need repaving badly, but in none of these cases could potential economic growth to the Town be entertained.  Steele does not believe that it is likely that the project will be funded as the Towns were encouraged to check a box stating that the Town would accept greater than 10% of the cost as the competition is anticipated to be tough.  The box was checked for the Town of Clover stating that the Town would not accept greater than 10% of the cost.

 Boat Parking:

  • Construction and redesign of the floating walkway was and continues to be done by the crew in moments of down time. They continue to work with Tim Fleming on redesign as the lake levels continue to rise, presenting ever new challenges.
  • With the lake level so high, the main dock is not high enough to stop sand from being flung on the dock and over it onto the boat launch ramp.


  • The playground continues with its winterization for the season.

 Transfer Station:

  • The Transfer Station is at the garage location. We are on Winter hours (Saturdays only from 9:00am to 1:00pm.
  • What can and cannot be accepted at the Transfer Station:
    • Metal: NOTE:  Please place only metal items in the metal dumpster or metal recycling designated location.  The Town employees should not need to sort the material in these dumpsters to be sure that they are metal.  No electronics or appliances please.  If in doubt talk to either Glenn, Dan “Slappy”, Rocky, or one of the crew before dumping into the metal dumpster.
    • Small Batteries are accepted at the Town’s Transfer Station
    • Electronic, cathode ray tube and florescent bulb waste CANNOT be accepted at the Town of Clover Transfer station but the Town has a cooperative agreement with the Town of Bell (Cornucopia) Transfer Station to accept our waste at the same fee as their residents pay.
    • Corrugated cardboard waste CAN be accepted at our Transfer Station, but the Town of Bell Transfer station has a cardboard bailer and accepts this waste free of charge without breaking down the boxes. They make money off this waste.  Wet corrugated cardboard is not accepted to be bailed and sold.  It needs to go into our recycling bin.
    • All Paper—including white and slick is no longer being recycled for the South Shore School fund raiser band trips. It is to be placed in the Transfer Station Recycle Dumpster.
    • Aluminum cans are recycled separately for the playground


  • 4x4s are present and awaiting installation at the corners of each section of the new portion of the Cemetery. Caps for these corner markers are present and need to be engraved with the various blocks prior to instillation on top of the 4x4s.
  • To purchase a lot(s) in the Cemetery, please call either Tim Nicoletti, Sextant at the Garage (715-774-3882) or Tracy Pope, Clerk (715-774-3870). All maps including blocks of lots are now available for your selection.  Please contact the Garage if you wish to select a lot(s).
  • Old Cemetery Reconciliation
    • Nothing new here until the spring thaw is complete. Rebak and Steele took the original map, one redone in the 80’s and the official record book up to the cemetery and reviewed each and every headstone, lot and block.  We now have a fairly good account of all unmarked graves, where trees and or their roots are intruding preventing full use of the blocks involved and which blocks are full or can only receive cremains.  Steele and Nicoletti are completing a final inspection of these records with measuring devices prior to final reconciliation.  Steele and Nicoletti have completed one Section of the Cemetery and have two more sections to finalize.  The weather prevents further work on this project until Spring.  The wooden crosses have been for the unmarked graves.  A person has generously volunteered to make the crosses.  The crosses should be ready for installation in the Spring.  Future recommendations regarding planting trees may be forth coming.


  • Continuing notices:
    • PLEASE change shoes from outdoor shoes to indoor shoes (gym shoes) to preserve the finish on the floor. Refinishing the floor is expensive and there is no need to refinish it because folk do not use the proper shoes when using the gym.
    • Please Replace Equipment after use. There is no one employed to pick up after equipment has been used in the gym.  There is a rack for storing the larger balls and there is a cabinet for storing smaller items including ping pong and pickle ball equipment, children’s toys, and table games.  This is your gym, respect it by putting things away after use.
    • Assure that all faucets are turned off prior to leaving the gym.
    • The White Tables are not play things and thus should not have any activity like banging occurring on their surfaces. Already 1 table has permanent divots in it’s surface.  These tables are to be used for meetings and other activities like funerals, weddings, and the like.
    • When restacking the tables please stack the tables directly on top of each other with the grooves around the edges matching, else the legs of the tables create dents in the table tops.
    • Piano Use: The piano is not a plaything.  It was donated for use at functions such as funerals, and thus needs to be maintained intact.  It is OK for a piano student to practice ongoing lessons, but no random playing or banging.
      • One time the cover to the keyboard was found displaced from its useful location and required money to repair it.
      • Following that the music holder was found in multiple pieces and is currently out for repair. The repairs are extensive.  We are not yet sure what this expense will be.
    • Refinishing of the outside of the gym remains to be done. This would protect the logs from deterioration.
    • Grants:
      • Bayfield County forestry and Parks Dept. awarded the Town of Clover $4,500 for 2019 Town Road Improvement Aids. This grant is for improvements to Campbell Road.  The Town donated manpower and equipment as in-kind contributions to this grant.  The work is now complete and the report of expenses, both out of pocket and in-kind is being submitted to the County for reimbursement.  We are awaiting reimbursement
      • The Town in coordination with the Town of Bell received a grant from the National Forest for removing stumps from of the Forest Roads. This work is now complete.
      • The Town is awaiting a decision from DOT regarding the 90/10 Grant request.
    • Bark Bay Slough: The dock is now removed and stored for the winter.
      • Taskforce: Issues related to unpermitted transient merchants have again cropped up late this season.  A request for permit form has been received from an outfitter in MI and a letter with the application has been sent, as have letters and applications been sent to 3 other outfitters with hoped for responses prior to the March Board Meeting.
    • Town Web Site: Iva Morelli is maintaining the Web site on an ongoing basis.  Check it out.  Town meeting agendas and minutes are posted there along with posting in the usual 3 official sites and email list distribution.  The most recent Ordinances on any subject are now posted on the web site.  Other either official and/or interesting material is being added as available.