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April 11, 2005 Town Board Meeting Minutes

Town Board Meeting Minutes
Dated: April 11, 2005

With all notices having been properly posted, Ed Montsma, Chairman called the April meeting to order at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room at 7:30 Pm. Supervisors Mike Suprenand and Frank Bartzen were in attendance at this meeting. Ed led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Ed called for any corrections or additions in the February Board Meeting minutes. This item was tabled at the March Board Meeting to check out what the right of way had to be for County approval. Ed noted a correction in the minutes under—Rezoning Decision—Jack Leden Petitioner: The third sentence read; There has to be a 50-foot right of way to serve the two (2) lots on this property. Ed asked for a correction in the minutes to read; each of the two (2) lots must have a separate 50-foot right of way. Mike made a motion to accept the February minutes with the above noted correction. Frank seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

Ed called for any corrections or additions in the March Board Meeting minutes. Frank made a motion seconded by Ed to approve the March Board Meeting minutes. Motion carried 2-0. (Mike did not vote, as he was not in attendance at the March meeting).

Ed then called for any corrections or additions in the Special Town Board Meeting Minutes dated: 3/220/05. Mike made a motion to accept the minutes as presented. Frank seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

Ed asked Greg to read the March Treasurer’s report. The Treasurer’s report was read aloud with an ending balance of $431,733.84 as of 3-31-05. Frank moved to accept the Treasurer’s report as presented. Mike seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.


A citizen inquired if the Lamartine section of Brown Road had a 45 mph speed limit or if the speed limit was just lowered to 45 mph from Townline to Hwy 151 (Town of Fond du Lac section). Ed explained that the Town of Lamartine section of Brown Road (Townline Road west) remained at a 55 mph speed limit.


Birschbach rezoning request—Ed explained that the Birschbach rezoning was not held due to too few Plan Commission members attending the meeting. The Birschbach petition to rezone approximately 3.717 acres of land from Exclusive Agricultural to Residential will be rescheduled. The cost of publishing a class II notice and the zoning administration fee will be waived for this hearing, as Birshbach’s have already paid these fees and were unable to have their hearing. Mike made a motion that Tom Kramer and Randy Abitz, Plan Commission Members that appeared for the meeting, be paid $15.00 each by the town. Frank seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

Conger Rezoning request—Dean Birschbach Acting Chairman for the Plan Commission reported that the Plan Commission at a hearing held at 6:45 Pm this same night voted 2—Yes and 1—No to recommend this rezoning to the Town Board. He further explained that due to the fact that the Plan Commission had only three (3) members of the five (5)-member board that attended the hearing the vote had to be unanimous to recommend this rezoning. Therefore the Plan Commission could not recommend that the Town Board grant this rezoning.

Chairman Montsma wished to address an issue regarding the Stormwater drainage plan of the Conger’s current sub division “ Hickory Heights” before the Town Board made a decision regarding the Conger rezoning request to rezone 15.791 acres (Out Lot 1 of Hickory Heights) from Exclusive Agriculture to Residential. Ed explained that there was a water problem on Treptow Lane and he and County Conservationist, Lynn Mathias had gone out to look over the problem. Mathias at this time noted that there were changes in the Hickory Heights drainage plan that he believed had not been approved by the County. Ed suggested that the Town table the Conger rezoning decision until the Stormwater concerns were taken care of. Discussion took place with the Town Board, Mr. & Mrs. Conger and their attorney Patrick Madden and their engineer David Jacob regarding the Stormwater plan and tabling the rezoning decision. Mike made a motion that the Town Board moves ahead on the rezoning decision with the Stormwater plan problems being irrelevant. Frank seconded this motion.

Ed then asked if there was an amendment to that motion to go ahead with a discussion contingent that either way of the outcome of the decision that this gets straightened out. Mike stated Yes. Ed stated that the motion to go ahead with a discussion on the rezoning with the understanding that the two (2) situations with the Stormwater plan--#1 Stormwater plan changes be approved by the County as the original plan a drainage ditch was between existing lot 5 and lot 1 and now goes down a different route. #2 In relation to drainage on Treptow Lane, Lot 3 needs to have proper grade to drain to retention pond A all at the developers expense. Frank seconded the motion. Motion carried.3-0.

Discussion took place regarding the Congers rezoning request. Mike made a motion to approve the request to rezone 15.791 acres of land from exclusive Ag to residential. Frank seconded the motion. Let the record show that three paper ballot votes were cast with the following results: Frank—YES, Mike—NO, Ed—NO. Motion did not carry 1—Yes and 2—No votes. The following reasons were stated for denying this rezoning request.

From the TOWN OF LAMARTINE Zoning Ordinance Pages 27 & 28

70.6 Standards for Rezoning

2. Provision of these facilities will not be unreasonable burden to local government.

6. The need of the proposed development location in an agricultural area.
7. The availability of alternative locations
8. The productivity of the agricultural lands involved.

Ed and Mike stated that they felt that there is adequate land to build on in the township, as there are lots available in Woodland Estates and Fairview Estates. The majority of the Ag land involved is rated over 70, which is good farmland, and the township wants to preserve good farmland. This rezoning does not meet with the Town’s plan or the survey of the town residents.


A. Road report—

1. Roadwork for 2005—TRIP Program Funds to be used for one (1) mile of new asphalt on Forest Ave from CTH Y west. Forest Ave west of CTH C—An area 1000 feet by 10-feet wedge chip seal coated. Brown Road from Townline west to the bridge chip seal coating. Towne Road from CTH TC to CTH T—wedge chip seal coating. Fairview Road from CTH T to Orchard Road—wedge seal coating.

2. Crack filling for 2005—Crack filling will be done on the roads that will be chip seal coated, the municipal building parking lot, Orchard Court, West Lane and part of Hillcrest.

3. Ditch Cleaning—Ditch cleaning will be done on parts of Treptow Lane, Grandwood Drive and East Lamartine Drive.

B. Property Clean-ups

1. Treptow Property— N6345 Hillcrest Road—This property is in the County Code Enforcements hands. Dan Hanks was scheduled to look at this property very soon. At this time there is no report on the status of this property.
2. Jahns Property—N6998 CTH I –There are still several unlicensed cars on this property. The Board will give the owner until the May meeting to comply.

C. Update on the Adopt a Town Road Program—Mike reported that the clean up is planned for April 30th at 9:00 Am. A lunch will follow at the Municipal Building Meeting Room. Mike wanted to thank the following businesses/people for donations made for this program.

* Knaus Cheese—Cheese trays and $200 for the purchase of meat from Brandon Meats.
* Pinno Construction--$50.00
* Lyle Birschbach—American Family Ins.--$60.00
* Wal Mart--$25.00
* Boy Scouts and leaders will be donating their time to cook the food.

Volunteers are needed. If interest call Mike Suprenand at 923-5987 or Dolores Braun at 929-0663.

D. Park Committee Meeting Update—Stephanie Babler reported that at the last committee meeting held April 4th Dolores Braun, Master Gardener, discussed different plants and flowers they might want to consider planting at the park. The park sign has been ordered and is ready to install as suitable ground is found to install it. Martha Laudolff will be donating a bigger size tree to the park and the committee will be replacing any of the new trees planted that did not make it through the winter.

E. Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 18-22. A mock tornado watch & warning will be conducted on Thursday—April 21, 2005 beginning at 1:00 PM.

F. Date for next Town Newsletter—End of June.


A. Setting a meeting date for the Board to review the Town Ordinances—The Board will meet May 2, 2005 @ 7:00 Pm at the Municipal Building Meeting Room to review the current Town Ordinances.

B. Discussion/decision regarding additions to the Town Developers Agreement—The Board is waiting for information from the Town Attorney regarding some changes to the agreement. The Town will have developers sign the draft document of the Developers Agreement in the mean time.


1. The Chairman and Clerk signed the Weber Certified Survey Map (CSM) being Part of the NW ¼ of the NW ¼ of Section 24, T15N, R16E, Town of Lamartine, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin Lot 4 & 5.


Frank made a motion to accept the monthly vouchers as presented. Mike seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

Frank made a motion seconded by Mike to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried 3-0.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jill Randall, Municipal Clerk



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