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April 13, 2010 Annual Town Meeting

Minutes Dated: April 13, 2010
7:30 PM

With notices of the Annual Meeting having been posted and published, Frank Bartzen, Chairman of the Town of Lamartine, called the 2010 Annual Town Meeting to order at 7:30 PM at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room.

Also present at this meeting were Supervisors Mike Suprenand and Bruce Rhode; Treasurer, Greg Michels; Clerk, Jill Randall, and Constable Harold Birschbach. There were 15 people signed in at this meeting.

Frank led the Pledge of Allegiance.

MINUTES—Larry Conger seconded by Thomas Hintz made a motion to dispense with the reading of the 2009 Annual Town Meeting minutes and accept them as presented. Motion carried unanimously with a voice vote--ALL Yeas and N0 Nays.

DESIGNATING OF DEPOSITORY FACILITY—Frank called for a motion to designate a Public Depository facility, per SS 60.46. Greg Michels made a motion that the town continues to use US Bank. Linda Birschbach seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously with a voice vote--ALL Yeas and N0 Nays.

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. Harold Birschbach seconded by Jill Randall made a motion that the town be allowed to borrow up to $100,000. Motion carried unanimously with a voice vote--ALL Yeas and N0 Nays.

2009 FINANCIAL REPORT—Greg read the 2009 Financial Report. Questions or concerns were called for from the residents. Hearing none, Sue Schmidt moved to accept the 2009 Financial Report as presented. Joe Birschbach seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously with a voice vote--ALL Yeas and N0 Nays.

A. Roadwork completed in 2009—Frank reported that the town did crack filling on various roads in the township this past year. The following road work was completed in 2009: Cold Mix Wedging was done on Brown, Smith, Priepke, Giebel and Merrill Roads. Seal Coating was done on: 1 mile of West Forest Avenue Road, 1 mile on East Forest Avenue Road. Brown Road (.15 mile), Merrill Road (.55 mile), Giebel Road (.86 mile), Townline Road (.76 mile), Smith Road (.48 mile) and Lincoln Road (.48 mile). Seal coating was also done on two areas where culvert work was done on Brown Road and Priepke Road.

B. Roadwork for 2010—Frank explained that the Town was considering several road projects for 2010 but what work actually gets done will depend on how the prices for each project come in. The Town has budgeted approximately $165,000 for this years roadwork and crack filling. Projects being considered are: Johnson Rd. from Hwy. 23 to the west 1.00 miles. Full cold mix wedge, with a full hot oil seal coat. Forest Avenue from Giebel Road east – 1.03 mile. Spot cold mix wedge, 15% double seal with a full hot oil seal coat. Nelson Road from Forest Avenue to County T – 1.0 mile. Spot cold mix wedging, 30% double with a full hot oil seal coat. West Lane from Hwy. 23 south - .19 mile. Heavy single hot oil seal coat. Westbrook Lane from County I east - .16 mile plus semi cul du sac. Heavy single hot oil seal coat. There are also some large culverts that need to be replaced at a cost of $8,000 to $10,000.
Frank offered a big thank you to Rich and all the plow drivers for the great job done on the roads this winter. He also
thanked the Fire Department, adding that he felt it was one of the best departments in the county and they do a great job. He further thanked Greg and the Veteran’s Memorial and Cemetery Committee for all of their hard work as well as Mike and Jody Suprenand for taking care of the Annual Roadside Cleanup project each year.

OLD BUSINESS—Resident Concerns—
A. Update on Cemetery / Veterans Memorial Committee—Committee Treasurer, Greg Michels reported that since the last Annual Town Meeting the memorial was dedicated. There are 11 additional names that need to be added to the stones. There is space on the stone for 100 more names. They will be doing some berm / flowerbed work with help from Delores Braun. The town has two cemeteries that are mandated that it takes care of. The Anderson Cemetery on Highway 23 had some work done by some students from Fond du Lac. They washed stones and fixed up some broken stones. They did a good job. The teacher who oversaw this work is trying to get together a group of students to work on the cemetery again this year. The cemetery on CTH Y needs work done also. A Community Day will be held on September 25, 2010. There will be a parade at 11:00 Am and then a get together with food and beverages being served. The Fire Department will be doing some demonstrations and helping out. Watch for further details.
B. Update on Smart Growth Plan—Frank reported that the Towns’ Comprehensive or “Smart Growth” Plan is complete and was adopted July 21, 2010.
C. Update on Zoning Ordinance Update—(next meeting to be held April 15, 2010 @ 6:30 Pm at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room)—The Plan Commission and the Town Board will be meeting with Warren Utecht, Martenson & Eisele on Thursday, April 15 as stated above. Frank reported that this process is taking a long time as the State (DATCP) keeps making changes in their rules and therefore the Town has to make changes to the Zoning Ordinance. The purpose of the meeting is to review changes to the recommended Lamartine Zoning Ordinance text and maps based upon the certification review by the WI DATCP, and a motion to accept the changes and forward the revised ordinance, map and application back to DATCP on April 16, 2010. Warren has informed the Town that this should be the last of the changes required by the state. After the approval from the state the Town will hold a public hearing at which time these Zoning Ordinance Amendments will likely be approved and the new version of the Zoning Ordinance will be in effect.
D. Update on the Animal Siting Ordinance Amendments—Frank explained that the Animal Siting Ordinance will now be part of the Towns’ Updated Zoning Ordinance. Please see above “OLD BUSINESS” C for further details.


Fire Department Chief, Joe Birschbach thanked the Town Board and the town residents for their continued support this past year. The department is encouraged by a number of younger people joining the fire dept. as staffing is a major problem nationwide. So far the department has not had any spring grass fires, which is remarkable due to the dry conditions; everyone is doing a good job.

A. Date for 2011 Annual Town Meeting—Greg Michels made a motion seconded by Thomas Hintz that the 2011 Annual Town Meeting be held as always on the second Tuesday of April being April 12, 2011 @ 7:30 Pm at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room. Motion carried unanimously with a voice vote--ALL Yeas and N0 Nays.

Greg inquired as to any interest for the Town to have a bulky waste pick up or drop off site, so the Town residents would have a way to get rid of bulky items. He said that he receives many inquiries each year wondering when the bulky waste pick up will be held. Discussion took place. Those residents in attendance felt that the Town should inform the residents that Veolia will contract individually with anyone needing something picked up or that they can haul these types of items to Waste Management transfer station for a fee. The next newsletter will include an article regarding their options, phone numbers and address where they can get rid of their items.

(NOTE: These contacts were added during the writing of these minutes to assist Town residents)
Veolia Environmental Services (pick up or drop off) call 800-387-0949 or Waste Management to drop off items in Fond du Lac for information please call 920-923-8820.

Frank announced that the UW Extension Fond du Lac County will hold a Clean Sweep for hazardous waste disposal on May 14, 2010—Noon to 4:00 Pm—County wide—Drop off items at County Fairgrounds Expo Building—Please see town posting boards for a listing of what will be accepted. For more information please call FDL County UW Extension office 920-929-3171.

Bruce Rhode asked about the increased cost of the ambulance service and wondered if the Town should look into contracting service with another company or agency. Frank explained that the Town is part of the EMSAC committee that contracts with North Fond du Lac for ambulance service. He is not sure but believes that it would no longer be allowed to create new ambulance service districts in the County. North Fond du Lac’s ambulance service has improved and is staffed with paramedics. He feels that the $19.00 per capita that the Town pays for our current service is well worth it. The Town of Lamartine attends the EMSAC meetings and is always asking for prices to be held to a minimum.

With no further business to discuss, Sue Schmidt made a motion to adjourn the 2010 Annual Town Meeting. Linda Birschbach seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 8:50 Pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jill Randall, Municipal Clerk

Town of Lamartine

Enclosures (2)
2009 Financial Report
2010 Attendance Sheet of Annual Meeting


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