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April 8, 2008 Annual Town Meeting

Minutes Dated: April 8, 2008
7:30 PM

With notices of the Annual Meeting having been posted and published, Frank Bartzen, Chairman of the Town of Lamartine, called the 2008 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 16 other people signed in at this meeting.

Frank led the Pledge of Allegiance.

MINUTES—Peter Braun seconded by Harold Birschbach made a motion to dispense with the reading of the 2007 Annual Town Meeting minutes and accept them as written. Motion carried unanimously.

DESIGNATING OF DEPOSITORY FACILITY—Frank called for a motion to designate a Public Depository facility, per SS 60.46. Dolores Braun made a motion that the town continues to use US Bank. Ken Birschbach seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

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. Ed Montsma seconded by Peter Braun made a motion that the town be allowed to borrow up to $100,000. Motion carried unanimously.

2007 FINANCIAL REPORT—Greg read the 2007 Financial Report. Questions or concerns were called for from the residents. Ed Montsma moved to approve the 2007 Financial Report as presented. Ken Birschbach seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.


A. Roadwork completed in 2007—Frank reported that the town did some seal coating and wedging, crack filling and patchwork on stretches of Wonser, Braun, Fisher and Palmer Roads, at a cost of approximately $122,000.00.

B. Roadwork for 2008—Frank explained that the Town was considering some road work to be done on Johnson, Smith, Hillcrest, Orchard and other miscellaneous patchwork. This work will cost an estimated $125,000 to $126,000. Crack filling will also be completed where necessary. Frank reported that Rich (Town Road Supervisor) has been picking up a lot of tires, furniture, beer bottles etc. from the ditches of the town roads. He also thanked Rich, Leonard Michels and others that worked plowing snow, for the super job they did, and all the long hours they worked keeping the town roads in such great shape this winter. Those in attendance applauded in agreement.

OLD BUSINESS—Resident Concerns—

A. Update on Cemetery / Veterans Memorial Committee—Committee Chairman, Ed Montsma gave an update on the progress of this project for the last year and a half. $27,000 has been collected of the $54,000 needed to complete the memorial. Two brat fries are planned for this year, May 3rd and September 20th. Nearly 900 veteran’s names have been submitted. Businesses have been contacted again for donations. The committee continues to plan ways of bring in the donations needed to complete this project. Ed asked if the community thought that the Town should help out with financing some of this project. The committee is not giving up on raising money, and will continue to do fund raisers etc. but how long should the money already collected be held up waiting for this to be completed. Ed stated that he felt that when the two year mark approached and if there were still not enough funds to cover the project; if it was the wishes of the town residents, the town could help out with the funding of this project. Discussion took place regarding this idea. Ed moved that this fall we see where the funds are with this project and if there is a shortage of funds to complete the memorial the Town Board has permission to put some monies in the 2009 budget to get this project started. A ballot vote was called for. Frank explained that a YES vote would mean that the Town Board should consider putting money in the budget and a NO vote would mean that Town money should not be used for this project. LET THE RECORD SHOW that 20 paper ballots were cast with the following results: YES—14 votes and NO—6 votes. The Town Board has permission to consider using Town funds to complete this project if necessary. Peter Braun seconded by Mike O’Loughlin moved to destroy the ballots. Motion carried unanimously.

B. Update on Smart Growth Plan—Frank reported that the Town continues to get estimates from consultants to complete our Smart Growth Plan. The UW Extension has met with the Plan Commission and offered ideas as to how they can help us complete parts of the plan for the town. Only one of the consulting agencies are willing to work with others completing parts of the plan. Another meeting will be planned with the Town Plan Commission to consider the proposals received and decide what will be done next.


Ed Montsma made a motion that the order of the agenda be changed to move Bev Haag from the Oakfield Public Library to the next item on the agenda. Harold Birschbach seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

C. Bev Haag from the Oakfield Public Library introduced herself and explained that she just wanted to take a moment and inform the township about all that the library has to offer and encourage everyone to use the library. The Clerk will contact Bev to get an article for the Town Newsletter to notify the entire township of the many things the library has to offer. The Board thanked her for coming.

A. Date for 2009 Annual Town Meeting—Larry Conger made a motion seconded by Randy Kuik that the 2009 Annual Town Meeting be held as always on the second Tuesday of April being April 14, 2009 @ 7:30 Pm at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room. Motion carried unanimously.

B. Bulky Garbage Pick Up—Jill reported that a number of calls have been received requesting the Town have a bulky waste pick up. Veolia (the towns’ current garbage hauler) was contact for an estimate on how much it would cost and the options available. Please see Attachment “A”. Mike made a motion seconded by Ed that a yes or no vote is taken at this meeting. Ed seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously that a vote be taken at this meeting. Ken Birschbach then made a motion that if the town votes to have a bulky waste pick up it be held at the Municipal Building parking lot. Harold Birschbach seconded the motion. Frank explained that a YES vote would mean that the town would have a bulky waste pick up and a NO vote would mean that the town would not have a bulky waste pick up. Frank called for YEA votes—1 and NO votes—19. There will be no bulky waste pick up.

Ken Birschbach asked if the town could put up some signs on CTH Y notifying drivers that the area was “Radar Enforced”. The town will ask the County if there is any possibility of them putting up a couple of these signs.

Peter Braun asked if the new Town Sub Division was on the website, the clerk stated that it was sent weeks ago to the web master to be put on the website. He also inquired as to any further work needing to be done by the Ordinance Committee. Frank stated that the Town was currently working at getting the Smart Growth Plan started and the Animal Siting Ordinance completed so there were no immediate plans to work on the review of the remainder of the town’s ordinances.

Harold Birschbach asked if the town would consider putting yellow centerlines on some of the towns’ more heavily trafficked roads. Frank explained that if the town does this on even one road all the roads will have to be done and must be kept up with fresh centerlines from that point on. It would be nice but is quite costly and really does not hold up on the chip sealed road surfaces.

With no further business to discuss, Peter Braun made a motion to adjourn the 2008 Annual Town Meeting. Ed Montsma seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 9:15 Pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jill Randall, Municipal Clerk

Town of Lamartine

Enclosures (3)

2007 Financial Report
2008 Attendance Sheet of Annual Meeting
Attachment “A” Bulky Waste Pick Up Estimates & Options Dated 4/8/2008


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