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St. Joe township explores disposal of mystery chemicals

The Town Board of St. Joseph discussed possible action on the disposal or sale of cleaning chemicals that were previously purchased by the town. Former Town Board Chair Theresa Johnson and Clerk Marie Schmit were not in attendance at the Thursday, Nov. 3, board meeting despite being scheduled by the Town Board on the official agenda.

The problem with the chemicals is the fact that there is no documentation accompanying them, so the chemicals must be treated as if they are hazardous. There are processes which can positively identify the roughly 400-pounds chemicals, 50-pounds of which has recently gone missing, and deem them either hazardous or not, but this would cost the town for each test.

An unnamed party has expressed interest in the chemicals, however, Supervisor Kevin Adkins, and the town attorney, has suggested not selling the chemicals, but to rather give them away, and draft a document to hold the town "harmless" should anything happen with the chemicals, or the handling of which, after they have been taken away from the town.

Nomination change

Currently, the town of St. Joseph is in the minority of Wisconsin principalities who still use a caucus nomination system and it will be changed for future elections. Under the current system, to be nominated for a town position, one must be nominated, and seconded, by members of the public during the official town caucus.

Depending upon the number of people nominated to a current position, the attendees then vote on the nominations until only two individuals remain for each position, and they would then appear on the ballot come voting day. One does not need to be in attendance at the caucus meeting to be nominated, but if one is, the town will confirm his or her intent to run, as was the case with current town Board Chairman Dan Gavin.

The new system acts like a primary, and will be balloted. To be placed on the ballot, a citizen must gather 20 signatures, and turn the signatures in to the clerk's office. His or her name would be added to the primary ballot and would be voted on in a primary, with the top two vote-getters having names on the final election ballot.