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August 11, 2008 Board Meeting Minutes

Board Meeting Minutes
August 11, 2008

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

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

Frank led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

Frank called for the July Treasurer’s report. Treasurer Greg Michels read the report aloud with an ending balance on 7-31-2008 of $ 485,292.34. Bruce seconded by Mike made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report as presented. Motion carried 3-0.

Citizen Concerns:

Henry Schneider asked why the newsletter article regarding the building permits did not specifically address that a building permit was not needed for maintenance type repairs of roofs, windows etc. as he felt it was indicated at a past town board meeting. Frank explained that the town board had elected to leave the issuing of building permits up to the issuer, Pete Michels to decide when a permit need to be issued or not issued. Ed Haney asked the board if they could get the Fenner Road sign back up on Fenner Road. Frank will tell Rich this road name sign needs to be replaced.

Assessor Contract Renewability: Frank explained that he spoke with the Town Assessor regarding changing the contract to read that both parties would make notice of contract changes such as fees or discontinuance of contract within 45-days of completion of board of review. The assessor agreed with this change and presented a new contract with said changes to the town.


1. Road Report—Frank reported that Scott Construction has completed the roadwork in the township.

a. FEMA Report—The town has applied for FEMA assistance due to the June flooding. Frank stated that this will be a long drawn out affair. It will be the end of this year or the beginning of next year before the town will be able to submit a claim and it could be 6 months to one year before we would see any reimbursement.

B. Update on Cemetery/Veterans Memorial Committee Meeting 7/28/08—Greg reported that at the July meeting the committee discussed the Sept. 20, 2008 Brat Fry. They will continue to offer brats, hamburgers, cheeseburgers and hot dogs and will now offer a pork chop sandwich and a plate special. He asked that everyone try and support the upcoming Brat Fry. Greg spoke with Ron Rymer regarding construction of the base of the memorial. Ron showed plans on how the base would be constructed. Excavation and concrete pouring will be taking place in the near future. Greg also noted that the Vet Memorial fund had received an anonymous donation of $10,000.00. $12,000.00 is all that is needed to complete this project.

C. Animal Siting Zoning Ordinance Amendments Public Hearting—August 27, 2008 at 7:00 Pm—Lamartine Municipal Bldg Meeting Room—PUBLIC IS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND—Frank reported that there is a glitch in the siting ordinance draft. DATCP has sent a letter instructing the town that no more than $1000.00 can be charged for an application fee. Any legal fees etc. to the town would have to be paid by the town not the applicant. Eric Fowle and Attorney St. Peter are working with DATCP to make this correction in the ordinance.

D. Smart Growth Kick Off Meeting with the Town Plan Commission—Sept. 10th at 7:00 Pm and October 15, 2008 at 7:00 Pm—Lamartine Municipal Bldg Meeting Room—PUBLIC IS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND both meetings. PLEASE MAKE AN EFFORT TO ATTEND THESE MEETINGS.

E. Update on Town Newsletter—Frank announced that the newsletter was mailed out to all town residents etc. The colored map inserts were donated by Janet Waldschmidt.



A. Approval to issue an Operator’s License to Randy Wirkus—Mike seconded by Bruce made a motion to approve the issuance of an operator’s license to Randy Wirkus. Motion carried 3-0.

B. Discussion—Steenberg / Pucker Land Sale—Frank offered for information only that Bill Steenberg called regarding his purchase of the Pucker property. He was concerned with access. Fond du Lac County has no objection to cutting out a building site for a Pucker family home. They will need to install a cul de sac at their own expense.

C. Discussion / decision—Fire Truck Purchase—Fire Department President Stan Dietsche and Fire Chief Joe Birschbach explained the fire departments need to replace truck 628. They have found a 2008 450 Ford chassis, will add a box similar to the one on the old truck, a new portable 700 gallons per minute portable pump, emergency lights, etc. for a total of $42,308.00 to $45,000.00 dollars. The Town has been putting funds away for the capitol outlay for fire department equipment; the fire department asked for permission to use the $40,000.00 put aside to purchase this truck. Discussion took place regarding this and the future needs of the fire department. Mike made a motion to approve the fire department using these capitol funds to purchase this truck. Bruce seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0. The Board thanked the fire department for all the hardwork researching this project and spending money wisely.

D. Approval of CSM for Donn Mortier—Frank explained that this CSM was created to clear up property lines etc. Mike seconded by Bruce made a motion to approve the signing of the Mortier CSM. Motion carried 3-0.

Approving the monthly vouchers and checks—Mike seconded by Bruce moved to approve the monthly vouchers as presented and grant permission to the Clerk to pay the Scott Construction invoice. Motion carried 3-0.

With no further business to discuss Mike seconded by Bruce made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried 3-0. The meeting adjourned at 9:12 Pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Town of Lamartine

Jill Randall

Municipal Clerk


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