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April 9, 2007 Town Board Meeting Minutes

Town Board Meeting Minutes
Dated: April 9, 2007

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

Supervisors Mike Suprenand and Frank Bartzen, Treasurer Greg Michels and Clerk Jill Randall were also in attendance at this meeting.

Ed led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

Ed asked Greg to give the March Treasurer’s report. The Treasurer’s report was read aloud with an ending balance of $554,827.20 as of 3-31-2007. Mike made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report as given. Frank seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.


Pete Braun announced that the fire department will again this year be applying for a grant. They have decided to write the grant for an exhaust collection system. The approximate amount of the grant they will request will be for $65,000, which will need a matching amount of 5% from the fire department. The fire department would like the town to include these matching funds in their 2008 budget. The Board asked Pete to address this issue at the upcoming Annual Town Meeting tomorrow night (4/10/07) as the item was not on this evening’s agenda.

Michael Hintz asked that the town look into installing some type of fire detection system in the municipal building. Greg assured everyone that the building was built to code, and said that this concern would be taken care of.


1. Road Report

1. Cooperative Salt Agreement with FdL County—Frank made a motion seconded by Mike that the town enter in to the annual cooperative salt agreement with the CTY ordering the same amount of sand salt as last year. Motion carried 3-0.

2. Discussion regarding what roads should be crack filled—Ed Explained that the road tour identified approximately $18,000 of crack filling to be done on the town roads. The Town has budgeted $12,000 for crack filling. This decision will be postponed until the summer road projects begin and it can be determined what money if any will be left to use for extra crack filling.

3. Discussion of weight posted roads in the township—The Board decided to keep the town roads posted for a few more weeks. Discussion took place regarding problems with Hageman & Jones Roads. Tile may have to be placed down the center of these roads. This issue will also be postponed until road bids are received and the Town knows what money may be available.

B. Property Clean up Updates

1. Aigner Property—CTH OO—Mr. Aigner was in attendance at this meeting. He explained to the Board that he is in the process of cleaning up his property and would like to continue to work at the clean up. Ed explained that this property clean up is being handled by FdL CTY and Bill Bent with Corp. Counsel was looking for a strong statement from the Town Board that they wanted to move forward and see this property cleaned up. Mike made the motion seconded by Frank that the County proceeds with clean up of this property and the Town will meet with the County at the Personal Property Committee meeting.
2. Schmitz Property—W8251 Hwy 23—there has been some improvement at this property. The Board will give him another 30-days to get this property cleaned up.
3. Roehl Property—N5602 Fairview Road—The Board will give the property owner another 30-days to clean up the property.

A. Update on Cemetery/Veterans Memorial Committee Meeting 3/15/2007—Ed reported that plans for the memorial continue to move forward. The committee is in the process of getting an artist sketch of the memorial, they are deciding on the type, shape and size of the memorial. The committee is also discussing lighting the memorial and getting a complete name list. More details will be discussed tomorrow evening at the Annual Town Meeting. The next committee meeting will be held April 19, 2007 at 7:30 Pm at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room.

B. Update on the Town / Road Driveway Committee Progress—After receiving information from Town Attorney Gary Sharpe; the Board again authorized David Jacob to go ahead and get the survey work done on the five roads that need certified survey maps. The Board by a motion made and seconded at the January 8, 2007 Town Board Meeting officially authorized this work to be done.

C. Update on Town Ordinance Committee Progress on suggested changes to the ordinance—The Town Ordinance Committee will meet on April 18, 2007 at 7:00 Pm at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room to discuss the changes to be made to the new Town Sub-division Ordinance.

D. Update on Town of Lamartine and Town of Fond du Lac Meeting on March 26, 2007 to discuss water drainage problems on Townline Road. No agreement was made with the Town of Fond du Lac to do any digging or culverts etc regarding the drainage problem on Townline Road. They will wait for six months to see how the new drainage ponds work in the new subdivision on the Town of Fond du Lac side of Townline Road. The WDNR looked at the drainage concerns and will not allow any digging of the marsh area or natural waterways.

E. Update on EMSAC—Nothing to report at this time.

F. Report on the Town Road Clean up day scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2007—The committee met on 4/4/07 to discuss this year’s roadside clean up day. Everything is moving forward on schedule. The garbage bags are here and may be picked up by the clean up volunteers at the townhall or the town garage. A lunch for the volunteers will be held at the Lamartine Mun. Bldg. Mtg. Room on Saturday, April 28th from 11:00 Am to 1:00 Pm. Knaus Cheese is donating money for all the meat and Lyle Birschbach from American Family Insurance is donating money for all the condiments etc. for the lunch.

G. Report on Tornado Awareness Week (April 9-13). Thursday, April 12th the County will hold its annual mock tornado watch and warning beginning at 1:00 Pm. If weather is bad this day the drill will be held on Friday, April 13th.

H. Report on the April 3rd Election results—203 people voted at this election. 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 11, 2007.

I. Report on date for the OPEN BOOK OF THE ASSESSMENT ROLL: April 27, 2007, 10:00 Am to 6:00 Pm at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room. No appointment is necessary. Paperwork to schedule a time to appear at the Board of Review will be available at the Open Book of the Assessment Roll, or by calling the Clerk’s office.

J. Update on the Smart Growth Plan grant that ECWRPC wrote for the town—Ed reported that the grant that Town of Lamartine, Town of Friendship, Town of Oakfield and the Village of Oakfield jointly applied for was not received. The Town will speak with Eric Fowle with ECWRPC and the other municipalities to see what we will do next.

K. Update on the Animal Siting Ordinance—Ed reported that he spoke with Eric Fowle and he would like to schedule a meeting with the Town Plan Commission regarding final details of the Animal Siting Ordinance.


A. Possible relocation of the Posting Board at Knaus Cheese to St Stephen’s Church acrossed the road—A letter was sent to St. Stephen’s Church regarding this request. At this time the Town has not received any word from the church regarding the request.

B. Veolia’s opinion on the effectiveness of the letter they sent to all town residents informing them that all garbage must be placed in bags to help reduce the amount of garbage blowing out of the garbage trucks on pick up days—Nothing to report at this time.


A. Discussion/decision regarding paying the increase of $100.00 per month for the Road Supervisor’s Health Insurance—Mike seconded by Frank made a motion that the Town pay the full amount of the Road Supervisor’s health insurance beginning back on March 1, 2007. Motion carried 3-0.

B. Signing of the Hoerth Certified Survey Map (CSM)—Frank made the motion seconded by Mike to approve the CSM for the Norbert Hoerth property.

C. Setting a date for Board of Review—May 29, 2007 at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room, beginning at 6:00 Pm and ending at 8:00 Pm the Board of Review will convene. Appointments to appear are necessary. Paperwork to schedule a time to appear at the Board of Review will be available at the Open Book of the Assessment Roll (4/27/07 @ 10:00 Am to 6:00 Pm) or by calling the Clerk’s office 906-3683.

D. Discussion / decision regarding a letter from Fond du Lac School District High School teacher requesting permission for the History Club to do a restoration project at the Anderson Cemetery—Frank made a motion to allow the Fond du Lac High School History Club to work on the Anderson Cemetery. Mike seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

Approving the monthly vouchers and checks—Frank made a motion to accept the monthly vouchers as presented and to give permission to the Clerk to pay the remaining balance of the Road Supervisor’s new health insurance amount to him. Mike seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

With no further business to discuss Mike seconded by Frank made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried 3-0 and the meeting adjourned at 9:05 Pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jill Randall, Clerk



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