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April 13, 2009 Town Board Meeting Minutes

Board Meeting Minutes
April 13, 2009

With all notices having been properly posted, Frank Bartzen, Chairman called the April meeting to order at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room at 7:30 Pm.

Supervisors Mike Suprenand and Bruce Rhode, Treasurer Greg Michels and Clerk Jill Randall were also present at this meeting.

Frank led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Frank then called for any corrections or additions in the March Board Meeting minutes. Mike made a motion seconded by Bruce to approve the March minutes as presented. Motion carried 3-0.

Frank asked Greg to read the March Treasurer’s report. Greg explained that he closed the AG Edwards account and opened a new Money Market account at US Bank due to much better interest rates. The ending balance as of 3-31-09 is $495,386.58. Bruce made a motion seconded by Mike to accept the Treasurer’s report as read. Motion carried 3-0.

Citizen Concerns:
Frank explained that he received a letter from the Wisconsin Towns Association asking the Town to adopt a resolution stating that they are not in favor of a budget bill being proposed that the would make it a law that the Town pay prevailing wages (union wages) on any public works projects over $2000.00. Discussion took place regarding this issue. Frank will call Rick Stadelman and see what the time frame is for preparing and voting on this resolution.

A. Road Report
1. Brush Cutting Town Roadsides—Frank reported that Rich and Trevor Jacobs of Jacobs Quality Tree Service checked out the town roadsides for necessary brush cutting. To do all the cutting Jacobs would charge the town $6000. The Town will hire him to cut brush for two (2) days at a cost of $1300 to $1500 and they will cut the worst areas. Rich will then spray the area to keep the growth down. Rich and Frank toured the town roads to check how they weathered this past winter. They noted cupping, broken edges etc. Frank will explain what roads will be taken care of this year at the Annual Town Meeting Tuesday, April 14, 2009. Friday Rich will begin grading the Town gravel roads.
B. Update on Cemetery/Veterans Memorial Committee Meeting held 3/27/2009—Greg reported that the committee discussed the dedication of the memorial. Memorial Day (May 25, 2009). The committee continues to plan the dedication with a parade from the cemetery to the park where a dedication service will be held and then to the Municipal Building where a lunch of brats and hamburgers will be served. The committee is not sure at this time when the festivities will be held. A letter will be sent to all town residents with the memorial dedication details. The project has reached 98.7% of the $55,000 goal. $712.04 of donations is need yet. The committee will meet again for further planning on Monday, April 27, 2009 @ 7:30 Pm at the LMBMR.
C. Smart Growth Meeting Update—Meeting held Mar. 23, 2009—announce upcoming Plan Commission meeting to work on the Comprehensive “Smart Growth” Plan—May 6, 2009 at 7:00 Pm at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room (LMBMR) the Public is encouraged to attend!—Frank reported that progress continues on the towns’ comprehensive plan. The Plan Commission will meet for another working session on May 6th as stated above.
D. ELECTION Results for Spring ELECTION (Held April 7, 2009)—The Clerk read aloud the following election results--240 people voted at this election. Two (2) people voted absentee ballot. The result of the local election for Town officials is as follows: Chairperson—Frank Bartzen, Supervisor I—Mike Suprenand, Supervisor II—Bruce Rhode, Clerk—Jill Randall, Treasurer—Greg Michels and Constable—Harold Birschbach. The new two year term begins at midnight on April 14, 2009. State School Superintendent—Tony Evers—124 Votes and Rose Fernandez—110 Votes. Justice of the Supreme Court—Randy Koschnick—109 Votes and Shirley Abrahamson—125 votes. Town residents requested that the Clerk dispense with the reading of the remainder of the election results and just report the Oakfield School District Referendum results. 63 voters voted YES and 75 voters voted NO, to authorizing the Oakfield School Board to exceed the revenue limit for the 2010-2011 through 2013-2014 school years, on a non-recurring basis, by an amount of $700,000 for the purpose of paying school district operation and maintenance expenses. Please see Attachment A of these minutes for the complete results of this election.
E. Public Information Meeting for improvements to CTH Y in the Town of Lamartine (Beginning 100 feet east of the intersection with Orchard Rd, extends east/south to the intersection of Lincoln Road, and then extends east to the previously constructed section of CTH Y about 500’ east of the bridge crossing Seven Mile Creek—April 22, 2009 at 6:30 Pm at the (LMBMR). Public input is encouraged!
F. Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week—April 20th thru April 24th—Mock tornado watch and warning is scheduled for 1:00 Pm and 1:20 Pm respectively
G. Annual Town Meeting—April 14, 2009 at 7:30 Pm @ the LMBMR
H. Annual Roadside clean up day—April 25, 2009—9:00 Am to 11:00 Am—free lunch for all volunteers at the LMBMR 11:00 Am to 12:30—Call Jody Suprenand @ 920-904-5987 to volunteer
A. Update on Property Clean ups
1. Winberg Property—N6244 Schraven Circle—Frank reported that this property is now in compliance with the Fond du Lac County & Town of Lamartine Junk Ordinances.
2. Hernandez Property—N6292 Schraven Circle— Frank reported that this property is now in compliance with the Fond du Lac County & Town of Lamartine Junk Ordinances.
A. Discussion / decision regarding paying off the building loan early—Discussion took place regarding paying off the building a year early. The pay-off amount is $44,559.82. Mike made a motion to pay the remainder of the building loan early. He then commented that he wanted to thank those who planned & built this building when they did as it was the smartest thing they could have done. Bruce seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0 to prepay the building loan in full.
B. Discussion regarding the clarification of the criteria the town uses when deciding if a building permit will be issued. Frank thanked Carol Kinyon for getting the sample information regarding building permit issuing at neighboring townships. Discussion took place regarding when the Town would require a building permit to be issued. Frank read information he had received from Pete Michels, Town Building Permit Issuer. A building permit is required in the township for all new homes and any improvement to property that will cost more than $1000 including labor (even if you are doing the work yourself). An example of some of the projects that a permit is required for are: General remodeling, roof repair (if old shingles are removed, if just adding new shingles over old ones no permit is required), window replacement, siding replacement, replacement of soffit, fascia, gutters and downspouts, changing the roof line in any way, blacktop/cement driveway, ponds and new home construction or building of a garage, barn, shed, etc. The Board felt that Pete is doing a good job using common sense in issuing the building permits. No painting or carpeting etc requires a permit. Mike made a motion to leave the criteria for issuing a building permit in the township as it is. Frank seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.
C. Discussion / decision regarding a proposal from Martenson & Eisele (M&E) to update the Towns’ Zoning Code—Frank read the letter/proposal dated 3/26/2009 that the town received from Martenson & Eisele to update the town’s zoning code. The proposal was a not to exceed amount of $14,500.00. Discussion took place regarding how important it is for the Town’s Zoning Ordinance to be amended to reflect the same information as the Comprehensive Plan as well as the Town’s Subdivision Ordinance, Access Control Ordinance, Animal Siting Ordinance and Fond du Lac County Farmland Preservation Plan. The Town feels that these amendments are better off done by a professional so all changes are consistent. Mike stated that the town had no choice but to move forward with the amendments to the zoning code and made a motion to approve/sign the proposal from M&E in the amount of $14,500.00 to complete the town’s zoning ordinance amendments. Frank seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.
D. Discussion / decision regarding placement of a culvert on Towne Road by St. Stephens Church—Frank explained that the town needs to work with the church to solve some water problems. The church will dig their ditch deeper; The Town needs to install a larger culvert 18” to 24” if they can get enough cover. The church has to sand bag church doors to keep water out of the church. The Town needs to do something with this culvert. Frank will get some prices for this project.
Approving the monthly vouchers and checks—Mike seconded by Bruce made a motion to approve this months vouchers. Motion carried 3-0.

With no further business to discuss, Frank seconded by Bruce made a motion to adjourn. Motion carried 3-0 and the meeting adjourned at 9:03 Pm.

Respectfully Submitted,
Town of Lamartine

Jill Randall
Municipal Clerk

April 22, 2009—CTH Y Reconstruction Project Info Meeting—6:30 Pm @ Lamartine Mun. Bldg Mtg Room
April 25, 2009—Annual Roadside Clean Up—9:00 Am to 11:00 Am—free lunch for all volunteers at the LMBMR 11:00 Am to 12:30—Call Jody Suprenand @ 920-904-5987 to volunteer
April 28, 2009—Open Book of Assessment Roll—4:00 to 6:00 Pm @ Lamartine Mun. Bldg Mtg Room
April 29, 2009—Pine Drive Dairy Special Use Permit Hearing with the Town Board of Appeals—7:00 Pm @ Lamartine Mun. Bldg Mtg Room
May 6, 2009, @ 7:00 Pm—Smart Growth Meeting w/ Plan Commission at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room—PUBLIC IS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND
May 19, 2009—Board of Review—6:00 to 8:00 Pm @ Lamartine Mun. Bldg Mtg Room—you must file a Notice to File an Objection form with the Clerk to appear at the Board of Review. Please call 920-906-3683 for more information


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