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February 11, 2008 Board Meeting Minutes

Board Meeting Minutes
February 11, 2008

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

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

Frank led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

Frank asked for a motion to approve the minutes from the January 21, 2008, Special Town Board Meeting. Ed and Helen Haney noted a concern in the verbiage of Frank’s motion. They wanted to make sure that they were not liable for any other damage done to Fenner Road other than damage done by construction equipment used for building on the two lots they were selling for home construction. The Board assured them they would not be responsible for any other damage done to the road. Mike moved to approve the minutes of the Special Town Board Meeting (1/21/08 “Haney Rezoning Decision”). Bruce seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

Frank called for the January Treasurer’s report. Treasurer Greg Michels read the report aloud with an ending balance on 1-31-2008 of $1,127,194.31. Frank seconded by Mike moved to approve the Treasurer’s report as given. Motion carried 3-0.

Citizen Concerns:

Larry Conger commented that he felt the Haney rezoning hearing and special town board meeting went well. He thought it was nice to have the rezonings on a different night, instead of town board meeting night which sometimes makes the meetings more rushed.


1. Road Report—Frank reported that the roads are taking a beating this winter. Culverts are moving up or down. Rich is marking the problem culverts. He noted that we have gotten so much snow this winter it reminded him of the old days. The Town may have to hire the county to move some of the snow farther off the roadsides. Frank further reported that there has been some truck/plow repairs. Randy Kuik mentioned that the bumps on East Lamartine Drive that were ground off last season seem to be doing well and staying down.

B. Update on Cemetery/Veterans Memorial Committee Meeting 1/28/08—Greg reported that at the recent committee meeting they continued to focus on what to do to generate more funds for the project. January has been a good month with $2000 of donations coming in. The committee will make personal contacts for funds and will be doing some fund raisers. The next meeting will be held 2/25/08 @ 7:30 Pm.

C. Animal Siting Ordinance Meeting with ECWRPC and the Town Plan Commission will be held on Monday February 25, 2008 at 7:00 Pm at the Lamartine Municipal Bldg Mtg Room. All are welcome to attend.

D. Update on hiring an agency to help complete the Town’s Smart Growth Plan—Frank reported that he along with Greg and some of the Plan Commission members had recently attend a meeting put on by the UW Extension office. The meeting explained how the UW Extension could help the town prepare the mandatory Smart Growth plan. Frank will call Diane with the UW Extension to arranged a meeting date and time for the Plan Commission and Town Board to get together to discuss the Town’s options.

E. Update on the Town Gravel Road/Driveways—Frank will try again to get a meeting with Attorney St. Peter to discuss where to go next on this issue.

F. Update on EMSAC Meeting—Frank reported that the committee has two strong candidates. They are both doing the required psych test and then the Police / Fire Commission will make the final decision on who is hired. The next meeting will be held on February 27, 2008 at North Fond du Lac.

G. Report on the Fitzpatrick/Miller Variance Hearing held 1/17/08—Greg stated that the Board of Appeals denied a request for a variance in the rear lot line restriction of 10-feet to approximately thirty-six inches (36”) to allow for a building that had been constructed to continue to exist. The Board of Appeals recommended to the Town Board that the petitioner be given until June 1, 2008 to be incompliance with the 10-foot rear lot line minimum setback. Mike made a motion based on the Board of Appeals recommendation that the property owner has until June 1, 2008 to be incompliance. Bruce seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

H. Report on Ed & Helen Haney Rezoning decision 1/21/2008—The Town Board reported that the Plan Commission held a hearing to decide a rezoning request from the Haney’s. The Town Board voted 2-1 to grant the rezoning of 9.8 acres from Agriculture to Residential for two lots for new home construction. Haney’s agreed to dedicated land for a cul-de-sac at the end of Fenner Road.

I. Primary Election for Presidential Preference—VOTE—Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at the Lamartine Municipal Building from 7:00 Am to 8:00Pm


A. Update on Ladoga Cemetery Association dissolving and the request for the town to take it over—The Clerk explained that Scott VandeBerg called and set up a meeting for February 26, 2008 at 7:00 Pm to meet with several people interested in setting up an association to care for the Ladoga Cemetery. The Town Board will table this item until the March Town Board Meeting to see what is decided at this cemetery meeting.

B. Discussion / Adoption of the Town Sub Division Ordinance—Frank read aloud the Ordinance Adopting Partial Code of Ordinances entitled “Town of Lamartine Subdivision Ordinance”. With the proper notices, publications and public inspection period being met Mike seconded by Bruce made a motion to adopt the Town of Lamartine Subdivision Ordinance. Motion carried 3-0.


A. Discussion/decision regarding rewriting the criteria to be met enforcing when a Building Permit must be obtained from the Town—Discussion took place regarding the criteria for obtaining a building permit. Frank spoke with several other municipalities regarding their fees and criteria for building permits. Frank recommended that the town leaves it up to the Building Permit Issuer and rely on his knowledge and experience as to when a permit is needed as far as maintenance vs. improvements etc.

B. Discussion/Approval of the Haney Certified Survey Map (CSM)—Discussion took place regarding the Haney CSM. The land for the cul-de-sac is dedicated on the CSM. Haney’s will install a temporary culvert in the field to keep construction traffic off from Fenner Road, and if road damage happens to occur from construction vehicles, Haney’s have agreed to pay the repairs. Bruce made a motion to accept the Haney CSM. Mike seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

C. Discussion/decision on increasing the amount the Town charges for the Rezoning Administration Fee—This item is table to the March Town Board Meeting. More information will be gotten from other townships and reported on next month.

Approving of the monthly vouchers and checks. Mike seconded by Bruce moved to approve the monthly vouchers and give permission to the clerk and the treasurer to pay the February state, county and school settlements. Motion carried 3-0.

With no further business to discuss Bruce seconded by Mike made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried 3-0 and the meeting adjourned at 8:45 Pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Town of Lamartine

Jill Randall

Municipal Clerk


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