Special Meeting Minutes – Jan. 12, 2024

January 12, 2024

Special meeting called to order at 8:00 am. Present: Kerry Tetzner, Sandy Raspotnik, Scottie Sandstrom, and Jim Park.

The reason for the meeting was to declare a Winter Weather Emergency under the following conditions: Two or more inches of snow, high winds, and rain and sleet conditions.

The Chair stated that she talked to the Wisconsin Towns Association and stated that it is a gray area on the ability for the person to drive without a CDL.

The Clerk read a response from Rural Insurance Company on the eligibility of an employee not having a CDL, but in the process of getting one. They said,” If the person does not have a CDL, they cannot operate any equipment on the roads that require a CDL. If they were to get a ticket, you do not want to go down that road. If there was an accident the Town would be 100% liable.” They will be checking with the under writer and get back to us but, until that time he cannot drive a CDL required vehicle. They can drive the Frontend Loader and Grader.

Supervisor Sandstrom stated that he felt that not having a CDL, not being covered by the insurance company, and it being a gray area, he was not comfortable with this.

Jim Park felt the same way.

The Chair said she would call Rural Insurance Company and adjourned the meeting for a couple hours.

The meeting has been rejourned to meeting at 12:30 pm.

Sandy reported on the call to Rural Insurance and stated that Matt Lippo could not be covered by the insurance company because of past issues. He would not be able to drive any of the equipment that the Town has. He could go to the underwriters and appeal. She said she would call a meeting the first part of next week to decide what the Board would do.

A motion by Jim Park and a second by Scottie Sandstrom to approve the Winter Weather Emergency Policy which can be found on the Town of Washburn Website. Motion carried. All Ayes.

A motion and a second to adjourn.


Kerry Tetzner, Clerk