We have received notice from Vilas County that road limits will be in force beginning mid-to-late next week (week of March 8th). Please make plans accordingly. The Town of Plum Lake weight limit restrictions follow Vilas County - when they go on (or off), so do we.
Weight Limits for Town of Plum Lake
In September, 2020, the Plum Lake Town Board put together a Broadband Committee and we are interested in learning more from our community about your thoughts regarding internet in the Town of Plum Lake. Please take a moment to visit the below google survey to share your thoughts and help drive the town's direction in broadband expansion and availability.
Please click on the above link or copy and paste into your search bar to access the survey. Thanks for your help!
Taxes and Result of TB Meeting on Rec Building
I have been getting lots of questions about getting tax bills submitted before the end of 2020. Any tax payments POSTMARKED by the end of December will be processed with a December Date!!
At the Town Board meeting last night, December 29th, there was no motion made either for or against building the Rec. Building. This had the same effect as the Board making a motion to NOT go ahead with the Rec Building. There will be no further action on moving ahead with a new Rec. Building at this time.
SPECIAL ELECTORS MEETING
There will be a Special Electors Meeting held on Thursday, December 17th, beginning at 6 pm. This meeting will be held at the Rec. Building/Community Center. There will only be one item on the agenda for this meeting:
Discussion and Action on Possible Building Projects for the Town of Plum Lake - Rec Building
The Town Board wants the hear the opinions of the electors to help them make a decision on moving forward with a new Recreation Building. Please help spread the word to your friends and neighbors and we look forward to seeing you there!
Social Distancing will be followed and masks will be required.
This year I will not be having any office hours to collect taxes due to Covid.
11.12.2020 Meeting 4 PM
Special Town Board meeting that was postponed as of Monday, November 10, will now be held as scheduled, at 4 p.m.
We were fortunate to have the Town Hall sanitized completely as of Wednesday, November 11, and have decided it would be safe to have the meeting. I apologize for any confusion the postponement memo may have caused.
Will Maines, Chairman
Town of Plum Lake
Town Hall Locked Indefinitely
I just found out today that I tested positive for Covid. I currently am experiencing only mild symptoms but have made the decision to stay home the rest of this week. I was instructed to quarantine at home until at least Monday. The meeting that was going to be held this Thursday to open the bids for the salt/sand shed has been postponed indefinitely. I still need to finish up the details on the budget worksheets before I make copies available, so those will be delayed.
The Town Hall will remain locked indefinitely also. There will be a note posted on the door.
Please say a prayer for me that this is a mild case and I do okay. I'd sure appreciate that! Thank you!
Trick or Treat with "Boo Thru" at the Library
“Boo Thru”: Halloween will be a little different this year. Instead of Trunk-n-Treat, the Sayner Star Lake Lioness and the Plum Lake Library will have a “Boo-Thru” on Friday October 30th from 4 – 5:30 PM. Celebrate Halloween with this drive-thru event. Halloween blow ups and other fun decorations will add to this unique holiday event. Dress up in your costumes and drive thru the Plum Lake Library parking lot to pick up a bag of goodies and a new book for each child. Books have been donated by the Sayner-Star Lake Lioness. Anyone wishing to donate wrapped treats can drop them off in the orange tub by the library door. Monday thru Friday between 10 -2. Store bought treats only. House to house trick or treating is not recommended this year.
Voter Photo ID Information
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Reid.Magney@wi.gov or 608-267-7887 October 7, 2020
Voters Still Have Time to Get a Free Photo ID for the November 3 Election
MADISON, WI – The Wisconsin Elections Commission reminds voters that if they don’t have an acceptable photo ID, they still have time to get one to vote. “If you don’t have an acceptable photo ID, you can get one for free after just one visit to a Wisconsin DMV office through the ID Petition Process,” said Meagan Wolfe, Wisconsin’s chief election official.
“Just bring whatever identifying documents you have like a birth certificate and proof of your current address,” said Wolfe, administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission. “However, if you don’t have everything necessary, the DMV will still mail you a document with your photo that you can use for voting.”
Photo ID Required to Vote
To vote in Wisconsin, whether at the polls on November 3 or absentee in-person at their clerk’s office starting October 20, voters must show an acceptable photo ID. Wolfe said most people already have the photo ID they need to vote like a Wisconsin driver license, state ID card or other DMV-issued photo ID document. Voters can also use a U.S. passport, military and veteran’s IDs, some student IDs, tribal IDs, or a certificate of naturalization. The full list is available at https://bringit.wi.gov/.
“Your photo ID does not need to have your current address, and your name on your ID does not have to exactly match the name on the poll list,” Wolfe said. “Your driver license or state ID card may even be expired, but it must have expired after the date of the most recent general election, which was the November 6, 2018.”
Make Plans Now to Get a Photo ID
Wolfe urged voters who do not have an acceptable photo ID to make plans now to get one for free from the DMV. For security reasons, the DMV does not issue driver licenses or state ID cards the same day but mails them to customers.
Voters who find they do not have an acceptable ID on Election Day can still cast a provisional ballot that will be counted if they bring an acceptable ID to their city, village or town clerk’s office by 4 p.m. the Friday after the election. Voters who cast a provisional ballot should go to the DMV as soon as possible.
All Wisconsin DMV service centers are now open for driver license and ID card customers. To find your nearest DMV service center or a list of all locations and service hours, please visit the DMV website: https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/online-srvcs/find-dmv/default.aspx.
How to Get a Free Photo ID to Vote with Wisconsin’s ID Petition Process
Because some citizens do not have access to their birth certificate or would have to pay to get a copy, the State of Wisconsin developed the ID Petition Process (IDPP) to assist them in getting photo identification necessary to vote.
The Wisconsin DMV will provide a state ID card for free to any person who needs it for voting purposes. If an applicant does not have all the required documentation to get a regular state ID card, DMV has an ID Petition Process available if fees arise in order to obtain a free ID card for voting. This petition process is available for applicants unable to provide proof of name and date of birth, United States citizenship, identity, or other required documentation.
Just bring what documents you have to the DMV, fill out two forms, and you will get a photo ID document in the mail that you can use in time for voting. Starting the week of October 19, the DMV will send customers their photo ID document by overnight delivery.
The DMV photo ID document can be used for up to 60 days for voting. At the same time, the DMV staff will search for official birth records and other documentation needed to issue the applicant a regular state ID card, if possible. If DMV cannot authenticate the information on the IDPP receipt, the customer will continue to get receipts as long as he or she remains in contact with DMV regarding their application. If DMV finds someone is not eligible for a Wisconsin ID card (because he or she is not a Wisconsin resident or not a US citizen), DMV will cancel the IDPP application.
Voters who need assistance can call the DMV’s voter ID hotline toll-free at (844) 588-1069.
The Wisconsin Elections Commission is responsible for administration and enforcement of election laws in Wisconsin. The Commission is made up of six Commissioners – four appointed directly by the State Senate Majority Leader, Speaker of the Assembly and the Minority Leaders in the State Senate and Assembly. The remaining two Commissioners are appointed by the Governor with confirmation by the State Senate from lists of former municipal and county clerks submitted by the legislative leadership in each party.
Bid Notice for Camp 2 Road
Notice is hereby given that the Town of Plum Lake will be accepting bids for road repairs for a portion of Camp Two Road in Star Lake. This will include pulveriziing the current pavement and reconstructing a gravel road. For specifications, please contact Sharon Brooker, Town Clerk, at (715) 542-4531 or (715) 892-7049. The deadline for receiving the sealed bids is 4:00 PM on Friday, October 16, 2020.
Please submit your sealed bids to: Town of Plum Lake, CAMP TWO PROJECT, PO Box 280, Sayner, WI 54560 Sealed bids will be opened on Friday, October 16, 2020 at the Town Board Meeting beginning at 4:30 pm. The Town of Plum Lake reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids.
Dated this 2nd Day of October, 2020
There is a lot of concern with absentee voting today for a lot of different reasons. Please be assured that we are doing whatever we can to make the process work seamlessly. On election day, we have taken lots of steps to safeguard everyone. We have all poll-workers behind sneeze shields, all pollworkers are masked, gloves are available for the pollworkers, all pens are sanitized between voters, hand sanitizer is available for both pollworkers and voters, and pollworkers sanitize all surfaces between voters. If you come in to vote and see anything that concerns you, please bring it to our attention. Anyone who has requested an absentee is welcome to physically bring their voted ballot back in to the Town Office when I am here instead of mailing it in.
"In-person" absentee voting - where you come in to my office and ask to vote absentee that day - is only available from October 20th to October 30th. I am not allowed to do in-person before October 20th. If you would like to do this and are unable to come in to cast a ballot in the afternoons, please give me a call and we can make other arrangements.
Also, I will have absentee applications out for those who are interested in voting absentee for the two spring elections in 2021 (February and April). These will include our local elections (town board and Clerk/Treasurer). Paper copies of those absentee requests will be available on election day or from my office prior to that. You can also go on-line and request absentee ballots for next year, but will probably need to wait until after the November election. You can request either one or both of those elections for next year. You can also go to https://myvote.wi.gov/ and request an absentee ballot from there.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have. You are welcome to call the office at (715) 542-4531 or my cell phone at (715) 892-7049.
EMS Building Repairs Notice
BID NOTICE FOR REPAIRS TO PLUM LAKE EMS BUILDING
The Town of Plum Lake is seeking proposals to renovate the Plum Lake Emergency Services Building. A full list of work to be done on this building, along with architectural drawings, can be found on this website. All proposals must be submitted by 4:00 PM on September 21, 2020.
Supervisor Appointed to Fill Wiggenhauser Term
At the Town Board meeting held on Tuesday, August 18th, Kevin Rasmussen was appointed to fill the term of Vern Wiggenhauser. He will then have the option to run for the position in the Spring Election for Town Officials. Thank you to the other folks who expressed an interest in this position! Welcome back to the Town Board Kevin!
Three Meetings on August 18th
On August 18th, three meetings will be held at the Town Hall. They will begin at 1pm with the Board of Review.
That meeting is scheduled to be completed at 3 pm.
Immediately following the Board of Review, there will be a Special Electors Meeting to ask residents to approve the Sayner-Star Lake Lions Club building a Pavilion in the Old Schoolyard Park. After the building is completed, it will become the property of the Town of Plum Lake.
Immediately following the Special Meeting, the Regular Town Board Meeting for August will be held.
Absentee Ballots for November Election
Public Service Bulletin: I understand all the conflict about absentee voting and the concerns that folks have. Right now, I have approximately 200 absentee requests out of just over 400 voters in the Town of Plum Lake. Because of COVID, when anyone requested absentee ballots earlier this year, I encouraged them to request absentees for the rest of the year because no one knew what was going to be happening. I had almost 50 absentee ballots for this last election that were not returned. That's around $60 that the town could have saved. I absolutely don't mind sending out the absentee ballots, but I would really appreciate it if folks would let me know ahead of time that they plan on coming in to vote that day instead. I have had several folks tell me already that they want to come in to vote in November and not to send out their absentee ballot. I will be getting and sending out the absentees for the November election in late September so it would be awesome if I could hear from folks soon if they won't need that absentee ballot! Send an email or call the office please! On the other hand, if you want to vote absentee and have not yet requested that ballot, please let me know and I can get you set up! Just an FYI - the Town of Plum Lake was, as usual, the best turnout for the August Primary out of all the towns in Vilas County! We were at 47% and the closest town behind us was at 39%!!! Plum Lake ROCKS!!
Letters of Interest to Replace Supervisor Wiggenhauser
At its August 18th, 2020 Town Board Meeting, the Plum Lake Town Board and Town Clerk, will appoint a new Supervisor to fill out the term of Vern Wiggenhauser, who passed away on Saturday, July 18th. Persons interested in filling out the remainder of his term should submit a letter of interest by Friday, August 14th. Letters may be sent to: Town of Plum Lake, PO Box 280, Sayner, WI, 54560 or sent via email to email@example.com or dropped off at the Town Office.
Annual Meeting Attendees Approve New Buildings!
At the Annual Meeting held tonight, May 26th, the electors in attendance (51 of them), approved replacing three buildings:
The Town Garage, the Sand/Salt Shed and the Rec. Building/Community Center
The Town Board's next step will be to consult with Blue Design Group to find out how to start the building process.
A meeting has tentatively been set for Thursday, May 28th, at 4:00.
(At this time, the Town Board will also meet to Adjourn the Board of Review to a later date.)
Thanks to all who attended the Annual Meeting and participated in this process.
Building Plan Info for Annual Meeting
At the Special Town Board Meeting held on Tuesday, May 14, the Town Board made a decision on what to present to the electors at the Annual Meeting relating to possible new town buildings. There are three buildings right now that are being considered for replacement and the Board prioritized them in this order: (1) Town Garage, (2) Sand/Salt Shed and (3) Recreation Building/Community Center.
I have attached some information here on the website for you to review before the meeting. (If you click on "Town Business", a link should come up for that information.) Or you can pick up a copy of this information from the town office . We are hoping to have them available at a couple of other places also. Please feel free to contact any of the town board members if you have questions.
The Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 26, at 6 pm and will likely be held at the Community Center instead of the Town Hall so that we can practice social distancing as much as possible. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Town of Plum Lake Referenda Question on Ballot
Shall the Town of Plum Lake adopt the following resolution?
"Resolved, that "We the People" of the Town of Plum Lake, seek to obtain guidance on two issues that affect our elections and
our democratic institutions. The two issues we wish to get public input on are regarding corporate personhood rights and
the influence of unlimited political contributions and spending. We are asking the electors of the Town of Plum Lake if they
support the passage of an amendment to the United States Constitution stating:
1. Only human beings are endowed with constitutional rights - not corporations, unions, non-profits or other artificial
2. Money is not speech, and therefore limiting political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting speech."
ELECTION RESULTS AS OF APRIL 13, 2020 ARE (for April 7th Election):
YES: 189 votes NO: 41 votes
ELECTION IS ON!!
The Wisconson Supreme Court has rules that tomorrow's election
is to proceed as planned.
There will be an election tomorrow, April 7, 2020 and the polls
are to be open from 7 AM to 8 PM.