Jerusalem town fence law turned down by 3-2 vote

John Christensen

After a year of work by the committee, Board Member Pat Killen, and attorney Phil Bailey, the Jerusalem Town Board narrowly defeated the proposed fence law at their March 20 meeting. In a 3 to 2 vote, Max Parson, Mike Folts, and Mike Steppe voted against the law, saying that the majority of residents they had heard from were opposed to it as too restrictive and too complicated.

The board unanimously approved refinancing three bonds, two for water and one for sewer, totaling about $5,750,000. The new single bond will have a 3.5 percent interest rate rather that the 4.5 and 4.25 rates the current bonds hold, as well as fewer fees and administrative costs. Town engineer Wayne Ackart says the savings should exceed $575,000.

Other business at the March 20 meeting:

• ELECTIONS: Election Commissioners Amy Daines and Bob Brechko outlined coming changes in election laws, plans for consolidation of districts, and other efforts to keep down costs. County Chairman Taylor Fitch, who represents Jerusalem in District I, praised them, saying no county department has done more to streamline and reduce spending. “We’re lucky to have them,” said Fitch.

• TIME CLOCK: Max Parson brought up the issue of the town employees punching the time clock, and the confusion over those who must and those who do not. He believes it should be all or none. The personnel committee will discuss and come forward with a recommendation.

• SECURITY: an $800 Sensaphone security system was approved for the town barns to detect fire, as was installation of electrical disconnect switches on the plow trucks and the grade-all. Several recent fires in neighboring towns’ barns have prompted this. The $1,300 to $2,000 cost will be paid out of the existing budget.

• TRACTOR: the town will advertise for bids for a new tractor with flail mowers.