STATE OF WISCONSIN
Town of Spring Prairie, Walworth County
Every person is required by law to destroy all of the following noxious weeds growing on land in the Town of Spring Prairie, Walworth County, Wisconsin, owned, operated, or controlled by that person:
1. Canada thistle.
2. Leafy spurge.
3. Field bindweed (Creeping Jenny).
4. Musk Thistle
5. And any other weeds that have been declared noxious by the Town Board or County Board by resolution or ordinance.
This action is required by Wisconsin Statute 66.0407. Noxious weeds shall be destroyed in such a manner as to prevent plants from maturing to the bloom stage.
Dated this 29nd day of June, 2020
Town of Spring Prairie
/s/ Thomas C. Bolfert, Chairman
For the past two months we have been holding abbreviated Board meetings and no Planning Commission meetings. Now that the Safer at Home order has been lifted statewide, we will once again be conducting full meetings but with certain safeguards in place in order to practice social distancing. For the Board meetings, there will be the usual three Board members as well as Debbie Collins, Curt Fredrich, Sheriff Deputy Shaw and Bob Collins. In addition, we will allow up to 12 residents to attend on a first-come basis with priority given to individuals or couples with issues pending before the Board. Chairs are currently spaced around the meeting room at six-foot intervals, however couples may sit together and will be counted as one individual.
Planning Commission meetings will be similarly conducted with a quorum of Commission members and two Board members in attendance. Additionally, up to 12 residents will be allowed to attend with priority given to individuals or couples with an issue before the Commission. If a quorum is not reached (at least 4 of the 7 Commission members) no meeting will be held and any pending issues will be deferred to a later date.
On a different note, our Town Hall is now 135 years old and is definitely showing its age. Nine years ago we performed a number of repairs and modifications that not only made the building conform to the Americans With Disabilities Act, but helped prolong its useful life. It now needs more repairs, if even possible, and as recent meetings have shown, is inadequate to hold all the potential meeting attendees. It is time to think about replacing it with a new building better suited to today’s requirements. If done correctly, it can be accomplished without raising taxes.
Later this year, when people are more comfortable moving around and mingling, the Town Board would like to appoint an investigative body of residents to look into the feasibility and potential costs of a new town hall to be built some time in the next few years. This is something the Chairman would normally be expected to do, but my term ends next April and I don’t want to start a project I won’t be around to bring to fruition. It would not be fair to my successor. With Board elections next April, we don’t know who will still be in office; therefore, in order to maintain continuity with this project, it is important it be conducted by a separate body.
I ask that interested residents, for now, consider being a member of this body and be ready, when asked, to contact the Town Hall and include any personal information that may aid the Board in selecting applicants. To maintain objectivity, no Board members or Planning Commission members will be part of this body. The Board will select residents at a future meeting and appoint a task force of perhaps 4 to 6 residents to look into a new town hall.
Now that the state is opening up, it is still a good idea to maintain social distancing and be mindful of other people’s personal space. Stay safe, stay healthy and enjoy the spring and summer.
If you have not responded to the 2020 Census, please take a few minutes now to do so. Your response to the census affects the government aids (school aids, transportation aids, general shared revenues, etc.) received, not only at the local level, but at the state level, too!
At the first reporting on April 6th, Walworth County was leading the nation in responses returned and the Town of Spring Prairie was fifth in the nation in returned responses. As of today, Monday, May 4th, Wisconsin has dropped to 41st in the nation, Walworth County has dropped to 45th in the state and the Town of Spring Prairie has dropped to 415th in the state in response returns. Tracking it on the national level was just too daunting to chase down!
Here in Spring Prairie we pride ourselves on being over-achievers…we turn out better for elections, we pay our taxes faster, more of our students graduate from high school than our surrounding communities…let’s get that same theme going with responses to the 2020 Census. We can do this! By this time you’ve no doubt received at least your 3rd reminder…dig it out and respond, either via the internet, which takes less than 5 minutes, or by mail. We’ll all be glad we did!
CHAIRMAN’S UPDATE #8
As of this writing, there is an election scheduled for April 7. This will be a presidential primary as well as final elections for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Walworth County Supervisor, and local school boards. The Town Hall has been receiving a number of inquiries regarding precautions being taken to prevent the potential spread of the Covid-19 virus. Our current plan is to give each voter a pen when they present their ID to vote. This pen will be used to sign the poll book and mark the ballot and can then be taken with the voter.
We will regularly sanitize the voting booths, door handles, restrooms and all flat surfaces in the voting area.
There is the possibility that Governor Evers will postpone the election for a period of time, however, that would be problematic since the State and County terms of office expire in April and newly-elected officers need to be sworn into office in a timely manner in order to provide a seamless transition. A further possibility might be if the Governor decreed all voting to be by means of absentee ballots. If either of these scenarios come to pass, we’ll advise you as soon as possible.
I personally find it heartening to see so many residents taking an interest in Town government by attending the Planning Commission meetings and Town Board meetings. At the present time, I don’t intend to suspend either of the next two meetings because town business still has to go on. In the interim, I would strongly urge you to not attend either meeting unless you have a vested interest in the subjects being considered, at least until this current health issue abates.
As the whole Covid-19 virus continues to spread throughout the state, we should all refrain from unnecessary assemblies, if at all possible. If any important business or decisions are made, we will advise you by means of these updates and by posting minutes on the Town website in order to keep you informed.
For now, stay healthy, wash your hands often, avoid crowds and try to enjoy Spring.