A former town chairman in Dayton will replace Lee Schroeder as a supervisor on the Dayton Town Board.
Town Chairman Chris Klein, Supervisor Glen Newsome and Clerk Judy Suhs elected Peglow in a secret ballot Tuesday, Feb. 18.
Klein said Steve Arndt also applied for the position which Schroeder vacated last month.
At the Feb. 18 town board meeting, Klein discussed a possible agreement between Dayton and Waupaca County for the county’s Park and Recreation Department to lease and manage boat landings on the Chain O’ Lakes.
“The county has a person and a vehicle dedicated to going to the launches,” Klein said.
He noted that the county employee is responsible for cleaning up trash, checking on reported disturbances, ensuring vehicles and trailers have permits and are parked in designated areas, and collecting fees from the collection boxes at the ramps.
Klein said the county and the town are also negotiating other issues related to the boat launches on lakes in Dayton, such as parking along one side of Long Cove Road near the landing at Dake Lake.
Although a plan authorizing the town board to hire an ordinance enforcement officer passed unanimously, citizens attending the meeting questioned the proposal.
“Do we have enough in the budget to hire another employee?” Diane Pinkalla asked. “I think we need to know what it’s going to cost to have an employed person do that.”
“Parking fines, I expect, would exceed the costs,” Klein said.
Klein said 30 to 40 vehicles were parked illegally during the July 4 weekend. If each vehicle had been issued a $20 ticket, the town’s total revenue would have been $800 in fines.
Casey Plunkett asked how many hours and how much per hour would the town be paying to employ an enforcement officer.
Klein estimated that a typical round-trip to inspect all the town roads with no parking signs would take about two hours. He estimated the employee would work about 20 hours during the busiest weeks of the summer.
“We have to enforce the ordinances,” Klein said. “If we don’t enforce the ordinances, then the ordinances shouldn’t be on the books.”
The town board tabled a motion to amend an ordinance listing all the Dayton roads where parking is prohibited.
Noting he was new to the board, Peglow said he would like the opportunity to drive out and investigate the roads and the enforcement costs before voting on the issue.