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April 14, 2009 Town of Lamartine Annual Town Meeting Minutes
LAMARTINE ANNUAL TOWN MEETING
Minutes Dated: April 14, 2009
With notices of the Annual Meeting having been posted and published, Frank Bartzen, Chairman of the Town of Lamartine, called the 2009 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 21 other people signed in at this meeting.
Frank led the Pledge of Allegiance.
MINUTES—Mike Suprenand seconded by Harold Birschbach made a motion to dispense with the reading of the 2008 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. J. Peter Braun 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. Frank explained that circumstances could arise making it necessary to get a short-term loan to pay bills for the town while waiting for tax dollars to be received. Dolores Braun seconded by Larry Conger 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.
2008 FINANCIAL REPORT—Frank asked Greg to read the 2008 Financial Report. Questions or concerns were called for from the residents. Hearing none, Ed Montsma moved to approve the 2008 Financial Report as presented. J. Peter Braun seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously with a voice vote--ALL Yeas and N0 Nays.
A. Roadwork completed in 2008—Frank reported that the town did some, crack filling on the following roads in 2008—Lincoln Avenue, Wonser Road, Hillcrest Road from CTH Y to Brown Road & Brown Road to CTH T. Forest Avenue Road from CTH C to the township line, Triple Kay Road from CTH C to the township line, Priepke Road from STH 23 to STH 23 and Johnson Road from CTH C to Giebel Road. The following road work was completed in 2008: Hillcrest Road from CTH T to Brown Road was seal coated. Hillcrest Road from Brown to Randallwood was spot wedged and seal coated. Hillcrest Road from Randallwood to CTH Y had an overlay – seal coat. Orchard Road from CTH Y to Fairview had a full wedge and seal coat completed. Several culverts were replaced in 2008 due to the June flooding. The town received over $22,000 from FEMA for flood damage.
B. Roadwork for 2009—Frank explained that the Town was considering several road projects for 2009 but what work actually gets done will depend on how the prices for each project come in. The Town has budgeted approximately $179,000 for this years roadwork and crack filling. A couple of culverts need to be looked at on Palmer Road and Johnson Road that may need to be replaced. Frank also noted the bottom of the culvert on Preipke Road is gone and needs to be replaced. It is a 36” x 60’ long culvert so it will be a costly project. The Board wished to thank Rich Buteyn, Harold Haney, Leonard Michels and Rich’s boys Jason and Jesse for the great job they all did of keeping the town roads in good winter driving condition. Frank stated that he felt the town was very fortunate to have people of this quality working for the township. Frank also thanked Rich and Jill for good record keeping during the flood road repairs. This helped the town receive over $22,000.00 in reimbursements from FEMA. Mike noted that in now costs approximately $115,000.00 to blacktop one mile of road. He feels that the biggest cost challenge the township faces is road maintenance and upkeep.
Ed Montsma applauded Rich and his crew for the great job on the winter roads. He also offered a big thank you and complimented the fire department and the first responders on the great work they do all year.
Fire Department Chief, Joe Birschbach thanked the Town Board and the town residents for their support this past year. He complimented the fire department and stated that the department was blessed with good people. This past year the department had two fire fighters retire and a few new fire fighters join. Joe invited people to join the fire dept. and the junior fire fighters. A few months ago the fire dept. spent $40,000.00 on the purchase of a mini pumper. This piece of equipment will be instrumental in fighting grass fires. The department has spent many volunteer hours completing this project. Supervisor Mike Suprenand asked Joe if the fire department felt that the $25,000.00 the town budgeted this past year for future fire equipment purchases was sufficient. Joe said he felt that this was a satisfactory amount.
OLD BUSINESS—Resident Concerns—
A. Update on Cemetery / Veterans Memorial Committee—Committee Treasurer, Greg Michels gave an update on the progress of this project for the last year. The committee has nearly met their goal of $55,000.00. They have collected 98.7% with only $712.04 left to be collected. Greg offered a big thank you to the nine member committee; Ed Montsma, Committee Chairman, Dick Baehler, Al Moran, Butch Heider, Irma Palmer, Lisa Palmer Haser, Velma Frost, Betty Hall and Greg Michels. Greg further reported that there are currently 927 names to be engraved on the memorial. The committee was pleased that they were able to complete this project with donations only and did not have to charge families a per name fee. To have a veteran’s name included on the memorial the veteran must have been born, lived, died or was buried in the Town of Lamartine. Greg offered a huge thank you to the following people—Brent Marchant, Marchant Excavation for excavating at the site. Ron Rymer for creating the plan layout and all the other jobs he was so willing to help with. Capelle Bros. & Diedrich for borrowing Ron Rymer some tools etc. Pinno Construction for offering their crew to pour the cement and finish the slab off. Jacobs Quality Tree Service for taking down a couple of trees at the site. Dolores Braun and UW Extension for offering a beautiful plan for flowers etc at the memorial site. THANKS SO MUCH TO ALL OF YOU!! The veteran’s name stones are on order and should be delivered the first week of May. A dedication service will be held on Memorial Day Monday, May 25, 2009 (watch for further details coming in the mail). Greg thanked everyone for their support.
B. Update on Smart Growth Plan—Frank reported that the writing of the Towns’ Comprehensive or “Smart Growth” Plan is coming along. Warren Utecht from Martenson and Eisele is doing a great job and is very nice to work with. The Town Plan Commission is doing a good job as well and has had pretty good participation from the town residents. The Plan Commission will have at least one more planning meeting and then will hold a public hearing to present the draft version of the Comprehensive Plan to the town residents and receive their comments and concerns. The next meeting will be held May 6, 2009 at 7:00 Pm at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room.
C. Update on the Animal Siting Ordinance Amendments—This project has been put on hold until the Comprehensive Plan is complete. It is important that the Comprehensive Plan and the Animal Siting Ordinance are consistent with each other. Frank also reported that the Town Board recently contracted with Martenson and Eisele to update the Town’s Zoning code so it too is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan.
A. Date for 2010 Annual Town Meeting—Harold Birschbach made a motion seconded by Joe Birschbach that the 2010 Annual Town Meeting be held as always on the second Tuesday of April being April 13, 2010 @ 7:30 Pm at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room. Motion carried unanimously with a voice vote--ALL Yeas and N0 Nays.
NOTICE: 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!
With no further business to discuss, Thomas Hintz made a motion to adjourn the 2009 Annual Town Meeting. Dean Birschbach seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 8:30 Pm.
Jill Randall, Municipal Clerk
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