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April 11, 2006 Annual Town Meeting
LAMARTINE ANNUAL TOWN MEETING Minutes
Dated: April 11, 2006
With notices of the Annual Meeting having been posted and published, Ed Montsma, Chairman of the Town of Lamartine, called the 2006 Annual Town Meeting to order at 7:30 PM at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room.
Present at this meeting were Supervisors Mike Suprenand and Frank Bartzen; Treasurer, Greg Michels; Clerk, Jill Randall, Constable Harold Birschbach and Assessor Gilbert VanderGalien. There were 11 people signed in at this meeting.
Ed led the Pledge of Allegiance.
MINUTES—The minutes of the 2005 Annual Town Meeting were read aloud. Greg Michels seconded by Peter Braun made a motion to approve the 2005 Annual Town Meeting minutes. Motion carried.
DESIGNATING OF DEPOSITORY FACILITY—Ed called for a motion to designate a Public Depository facility, per SS 60.46. Frank Bartzen made a motion that the town continues to use US Bank. Greg Michels seconded the motion. Motion carried.
ALLOWING THE TOWN BOARD TO BORROW MONEY—A motion was called for to allow the Town Board the right to borrow up to $100,000 if necessary to continue to operate the town. Ed explained that this is sometimes necessary to get a short-term loan to pay bills for the town while waiting for tax dollars to be received. Dolores Braun made a motion the town be allowed to borrow up to $100,000. Harold Birschbach seconded the motion. Motion carried.
2005 FINANCIAL REPORT—Greg read the 2005 Financial Report. Questions or concerns were called for from the residents. Frank Bartzen seconded by Gilbert VanderGalien made a motion to approve the 2005 Financial Report as presented. Motion carried.
A. Roadwork completed in 2005—Trip funds were used to mill and blacktop one mile of Forest Ave Road west of Woodhull. Wedge and seal coating were done on Towne Road from CTH TC to Rogersville, on Fairview Road from CTH T to Orchard Road a and half mile on Brown Road from Townline Road west to the new bridge. Crackfilling was done on several roads.
B. Roadwork for 2006—Ed reported that the town has $113,500 in the 2006 road budget—the road work planned for this year is: wedging and seal coating two, half-mile stretches of road, Forest Ave Road a half-mile West of CTH C, and Triple Kay a half mile West of CTH C. One mile on Forest Ave Road West to Townline will be milled and blacktopped. The Forest Ave Rd Bridge will be included in this project. Crackfilling where needed and ditch cleaning on Grandwood Road and Thomaswood Road will also be done in 2006.
OLD BUSINESS—Resident Concerns—
A. Update on Advisory Referendum held April 4, 2006—Town residents were asked at this election to vote on an Advisory Referendum Question whether they felt the Town should increase the number of Town Board members from three to five. The results of the vote were NO—132 and YES—63.
A. Date for 2007 Annual Town Meeting—Larry Conger made a motion seconded by Roger Grade that the 2007 Annual Town Meeting be held as always on the second Tuesday of April being April 10, 2007 @ 7:30 Pm. Motion carried.
B. EMSAC Update—Frank explained that the Town contracts with North Fond du Lac for ambulance service. The committee that reviews and makes decisions regarding the ambulance service is referred to as EMSAC. Things have improved with the ambulance service and things are going very well now. Concerns about response time to the farthest parts of the Town are being addressed with better maps and directions for the ambulance drivers to follow. They will soon be at a full paramedic status. Life Quest continues to be very successful at collecting fees from people who do not pay their ambulance bills. The Town pays a contract fee for ambulance service as well as the patient using the ambulance. The City of Fond du Lac Ambulance Service charges a higher rate than we currently pay along with other fees we currently do not have to pay.
Eric Fowler from the East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (ECWRPC) gave a presentation regarding what they have to offer to the local units of government. He explained that the ECWRPC was designated in 1972 and was created by order of the Governor under what is now State Statue 66.0309. There are several functions of the ECWRPC including but not limited to, conducting all types of research studies, collect and analyze data, prepare maps, etc. to make plans for the physical, social and economic development of the region. Provide advisory services on regional planning problems, and may act as a coordinating agency for programs and activities of local units and agencies. Prepare a Regional Comprehensive Plan, collection & distribution of land information, Contract for planning assistance and facilitate intergovernmental cooperation and coordination. The cost for the Town to become a member of the ECWRPC would be $2166.15. This amount is based on the Townships equalized property value. Further discussion took place as to what future needs the town may have and how the ECWRPC could help.
With no further business to discuss, Frank Bartzen made a motion to adjourn the 2006 Annual Town Meeting. Harold Birschbach seconded the motion. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 9:40 Pm.
Jill Randall, Municipal Clerk
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