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April 16, 2013 ANNUAL TOWN MEETING MINUTES
LAMARTINE ANNUAL TOWN MEETING
Minutes Dated: April 16, 2013
With notices of the Annual Meeting having properly been posted and published, Frank Bartzen, Chairman of the Town of Lamartine, called the 2013 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 8 other people signed in at this meeting.
Frank led the Pledge of Allegiance.
MINUTES—Joe Birschbach seconded by Harold Birschbach made a motion to dispense with the reading of the 2012 Annual Town Meeting minutes. Motion carried unanimously. Ed Haney seconded by Ed Montsma moved to accept the minutes as presented. Motion carried unanimously with a voice vote--14 Yeas and 0 Nays.
DESIGNATING OF DEPOSITORY FACILITY—Frank called for a motion to designate a Public Depository facility, per SS 60.46. Frank explained that the Town currently uses US Bank, but the interest this past year totaled $27.58 and he thought the Town should look for a new bank to do business with. Joe Birschbach moved that the Board be granted the authority to seek a different financial institution with the best deal for the Town and has a better interest rate. Larry Conger seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously with a voice vote--14 Yeas and 0 Nays. Randy Kuik seconded by Joe Birschbach made a motion that the town continues to use US Bank as its depository until something better is found. Motion carried unanimously with a voice vote--14 Yeas and 0 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. Ed Montsma seconded by Randy Kuik made a motion that the town be allowed to borrow up to $100,000. Motion carried unanimously with a voice vote--14 Yeas and 0 Nays.
2012 FINANCIAL REPORT—Greg read the 2012 Financial Report. Questions or concerns were called for from the residents. Hearing none, Ed Montsma moved to accept the 2012 Financial Report as presented. Joe Birschbach seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously with a voice vote--14 Yeas and 0 Nays.
ROAD WORK— Frank offered a big thank you to Rich Buteyn, Town Road Supervisor and his staff for a great job done this past year plowing and maintaining the roads and keeping the equipment and property in such good shape.
A. Roadwork completed in 2012—Frank reported what roads the Town did work on in 2012. Frank also informed the town residents of highway equipment concerns. The grader appears to have a big problem that will be quite expensive to fix.
B. Roadwork for 2013—Frank explained the road projects the Town was considering for completion in 2013.
OLD BUSINESS—Resident Concerns—
A. Update on Cemetery / Veterans Memorial Committee—Committee Treasurer, Greg Michels reported that the concrete was resealed to help it last longer, the eye that turns the lights on/off was replaced, new flags were put up and one name was added to the memorial. He further reported that there was not much new with the cemeteries except a tree that needs to be taken down at the cemetery on CTH Y. The Board asked Greg to get quotes for the removal of the tree.
B. Update on the Town of Lamartine Farmland Preservation Plan Recertification—Frank explained that by State requirement the Town would have to have our Plan recertified by the Dept of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection (DATCP) this year. He further explained that while the County Farmland Preservation (FP) Plan was being put together, all the townships were asked to mark on their township zoning maps the property that was located in the Farmland Preservation district but did not practice agriculture. This was to exempt the properties from the Farmland Preservation Act and accurately plot these parcels on the County FP map. The County and Towns’ maps must be consistent. The Town has identified 54 parcels that are not zoned properly and will need to initiate the rezoning process to rezone so the Town can move forward and have the Comprehensive (Farmland Preservation) Plan recertified this year as mandated. The public is welcome to attend the following meetings regarding this issue.
May 6, 2013 – 6:30 PM – at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room—Informational meeting for property owners affected by the rezonings and all other interested parties.
June 3, 2013 – 6:30 PM – at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room— Plan Commission Public Hearing—Plan Commission will receive public comment on the proposed rezonings and make a recommendation to the Town Board.
June 3, 2013 – 7:00 PM – at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room—Town Board Monthly Board Meeting. Town Board will likely take action on the Plan Commission’s recommendation regarding the rezonings.
A. Fire Department Report—Chief Joe Birschbach—reported that the fire department continued with a roster of approximately 38 people. The Fire Dept and First Responders have been busy. In summary, Chief Birschbach spoke of the department’s goal over the next five years, to replace turnout gear. He also noted that the imaging camera may have to be upgraded. Grants were received for new radios. Joe thanked everyone for all the support. He asked anyone interested in becoming a fire fighter should contact him; it continues to be a struggle during the daytime to find people available to respond.
B. Date for 2014 Annual Town Meeting—Ed Montsma moved to hold the 2014 Annual Town meeting on the third Tuesday in April being April 15, 2014 at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room. Motion carried unanimously with a voice vote--14 Yeas and 0 Nays.
C. Community Day Clean up Status—Mike Suprenand—Mike explained that again this year there would be no particular day set up for Roadside Clean up. He hoped that people continue to clean their roadsides, adding that it looks like they are and doing a good job. Concerns were voiced regarding recyclables in the town ditches. The Clerk will contact Veolia and see if we can solve this issue.
D. Discussion / decision Re: changing time of monthly town Board meetings—Ed Montsma moved that the Town move the board meeting start time from 7:30 to 7:00 Pm for one year, see if there are any problems and change back to 7:30 Pm if people are not happy with the time change. Harold Birschbach seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously with a voice vote--14 Yeas and 0 Nays
Frank announced that Open Book of the Assessment Roll would be held on April 23, 2013 3:00 – 5:00 Pm at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room and that Board of Review would be held May 15, 2013 from 5:00 – 7:00 Pm, also at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room. Please contact Clerk, Jill Randall at 920-960-7835 if you wish to file a “Notice of Objection” form to appear before the Board of Review.
With no further business to discuss, Harold Birschbach made a motion to adjourn the 2013 Annual Town Meeting. Randy Kuik seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 8:35 Pm.
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