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January 26, 2020

10/17/2017 7:27:00 AM
ATV ordinance to be discussed at Oct. 26 Newbold meeting

Evan Verploegh
Special to the River News

The Newbold town board held a relatively light meeting on Oct. 13. Discussion and action at the meeting included approval of an aquatic invasive species (AIS) prevention grant for Two Sisters Lake and approval of the purchase of a new voting machine. While present on the agenda, the hot-button issue of revisions to the town's all-terrain vehicle (ATV) ordinance was pushed to the Oct. 26 meeting due to the excused absence of town supervisor Ed Hammer.

Two Sisters Lake Association Grant application

The Two Sisters Lake Association sent an application to the town of Newbold to be involved in the Department of Natural Resources sponsored 2018 Clean Boats & Clean Waters program, which relies on volunteer boat inspectors to ensure the there is no transfer of AIS between bodies of water.

The grant amounted to $4,000 for 2018, with a remaining $5,200 being raised entirely by the Two Sisters Lake Association. No taxpayer dollars were committed in the Clean Boats, Clean Waters program. Town chairman Dave Kroll referred to Two Sisters Lake as a "model" for prevention for AIS. Newbold has traditionally supported their efforts in the past, which the board unanimously voted to continue next year.

New ballot machine

Upon learning that Newbold's "Eagle" model voting machine would become decertified come 2019, the matter came to the table to purchase a replacement machine. Concerns arose about that model machine were uncovered during the presidential election recount, which determined absentee ballots created issues due to not being filled out with an official marking pen.

As a result, after research conducted by town clerk Kim Gauthier, she recommended the purchase of a refurbished machine for the price of $1,950 and a anticipated certification for at least 10 years. Other model offered for purchase sat closer to the $10,000 mark. The board approved Gauthier's recommendation unanimously.

The matter of the finalizing ordinance revisions to Chapter 7.10 regarding ATVs will be discussed and acted upon at the Oct. 26 town board meeting which is to take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Newbold Town Hall.

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