The town of Bayfield will implement a new strategy to assess the budgetary needs of its different departments.
"We will be having the different department heads interact with each other to come to an agreement on what is the number one priority of the town," Town Manager Justin Clifton said Tuesday night at the Town Board Meeting.
This will be a way for the departments to reach consensus and to realize the needs of the town and each other, Clifton said. He invited trustees to a meeting Aug. 6.
Board members said they are pleased with the new way to approach the budget.
"This really eliminates any need for the departments to bring a wish list to the board," Trustee Debbi Renfro said. "It really prioritizes what everyone's needs are."
The board also has plans to look at building guidelines and regulations after residents of the Dove Valley subdivision brought to their attention that Artistic Builders Inc. has been working after hours.
"Work crews showing at 6 a.m. has become normal," David Hardy, a resident of Dove Valley, said. "It also becomes very inconvenient when you want to relax, and the work continues on until 8 or 9 at night."
Residents of the area said they also have to deal with mud and nails in the streets, loud music and cursing from crews.
"I think what half the problem is, is that the crews are used to building developments where the residents aren't living there," Hardy said.
Residents said they wanted to make it known to the trustees that they were dealing with these issues even though they already had contacted town officials and the Bayfield marshal.
Clifton said the town marshal has not indicated that any citations have been issued.
"We have had the marshal's office do more patrolling of the area, but I have not heard back from them since the first intervention," Clifton said.
He said he has plans to follow up with the marshal's office today.
The board offered suggestions to site managers and developers on how to manage the problem, and trustees said they hoped the management takes the necessary steps to help the residents coexist with the construction.
Mark Iuppenlatz, the managing partner of the subdivision who is with Carbon Lake Partners, said he wants to make sure that residents know problems will be addressed.
"We want to do anything and everything we can to help alleviate the residents concerns," he said.
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