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February 12, 2007 Town Board Meeting Minutes

Town Board Meeting Minutes
Dated: February 12, 2007

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

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

Ed led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Ed then called for any corrections or additions in the January Board Meeting and Special Town Meeting minutes. Mike made a motion seconded by Ed to approve the January minutes as presented. Motion carried 2-0.

Ed asked Greg to give the January Treasurer’s report. The Treasurer’s report was read aloud with an ending balance of $815,294.39 as of 1-31-2007. Greg noted that this balance reflected money from tax collection and the first quarter road aid payment. Mike made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s report as given. Ed seconded the motion. Motion carried 2-0.


Henry Schneider asked why the Treptow property clean up was still on the agenda as the property was cleaned up. Ed explained that the County was to send a letter to the Town officially stating that the case was closed. Dan Hanks told Ed that they didn’t have time to send a letter so the Town should consider the complaint officially closed. It will no longer appear on the agenda.


A. Road report—

1. Bridge Inspection Update—Ed presented the bridge inspection report from the town had received from the County regarding all the town bridges. He asked the Clerk to make copies for each board member and Road Supervisor Rich Buteyn to review.
2. Townline Road drainage concern—Ed reported that Tom Yanke from the County shot grades of the area on Townline Road, to see how the water actually flowed. The land is very flat causing the water to just sit and not drain away. More will be discussed on this subject during Old Business.

B. Property Clean-ups

1. Treptow Property— N6345 Hillcrest Road—Please see Citizen Concerns above.
2. Aigner Property—CTH OO—Ed reported that Bill Bent an attorney with County Corporation Counsel called Ed to explain that the Aigner property clean up is going very slow. He inquired if the Town Board wanted the County to proceed with going after Aigner to get this property cleaned up. Mike made a motion that the Town advises the County to continue to go after Aigner to clean up the property. Ed seconded the motion. Motion carried 2-0.
3. Schmitz Property—W8251 Hwy 23—Mr. Schmitz who was in attendance at this meeting. Will remove or get rid of the vehicles on the property as soon the weather permits. The board will give him 30-60 days to remove the vehicles.
4. Balboa Property—N5481 Grandwood Drive— Property is now in compliance.
5. Roehl Property—N5602 Fairview Road— Property owner has made good progress with the clean up. This property will be reported on again at the March Board meeting.

C. Update on Cemetery/Veterans Memorial Committee Mtg 1/11/07—Ed reported that the committee voted for Committee Officers with the following results: Chairperson—Ed Montsma, Vice Chairperson—Dick Baehler, Secretary—Lisa Haser, and Treasurer—Greg Michels. The committee also accepted by a motion made a seconded the NW corner in the Seven Mile Creek Park as the site for the memorial. The committee agreed that the initials of the names placed on the memorial should be used, but they did not know how the names will be displayed on the memorial. The committee will be working on getting bids for lighting the memorial. The committee will do a walk thru the town cemeteries this April to see what work needs to be done. The next Cemetery / Veterans Memorial Committee Meeting will be held at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room on February 15, 2007 at 7:30 Pm.

D. Update on Town Road/Driveway Committee progress—Greg reported that at the last Board meeting it was reported that there were four roads that David Jacobs will review and survey to provide legal descriptions and offer his opinion as to who has title to the road / driveway; there will actually be five road / driveways he will be reviewing. 1) Orvis Drive, 2) Pucker Road, 3) Margie Road, 4) Giebel Drive and 5) Hageman Drive. The next meeting will be held on February 27, 2007 at 7:30 Pm at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room.

E. Update on Town Plan Commission meeting with ECWRPC on 1/24/07 regarding the WI Livestock Siting Ordinance—The Plan Commission is waiting for Eric Fowle with the ECWRPC to get information for the commission and then set another meeting date. Ed noted that the Plan Commission and ECWRPC are doing a good job. The meetings have been well attended and the people attending seem to be happy with the tentative lands being designated.

F. Update on new Town Sub-Division Ordinance—March 5, 2007 at 7:00 Pm at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room, the Ordinance Committee will meet to discuss the new Sub-Division Ordinance drafted by Attorney St Peter.

G. Report of EMSAC Meeting—Frank was absent but asked the Clerk to report that there has been no EMS director hired yet.

H. Report on Oakfield School District requesting a meeting with local municipalities and state elected officials to address their financial concerns in the upcoming years. March 19, 2007 is tentatively set for a meeting date.


A. Report on discussion with Town of FdL Chair regarding concern of new subdivision on Townline Road in Town of Fond du Lac causing water drainage problems for Town of Lamartine property owners—Ed reported that Town of Fond du Lac Chairman Harold Manske has received a copy of the grades taken by Tom Yanke on Townline Road. Don Gerlack offered information from the county on the lay of the land by his property and in this general area. Ed explained that the Town cannot designate money for private property projects. The Town of Fond du Lac did mention to Ed that they will clean out their ditches on Townline Road by the Don Gerlack property if Don will clean out his ditch next to his property. A meeting date will be set to meet with the Town of Fond du Lac to discuss these issues.


A. Discussion / decision regarding the Town leasing a computer from the Treasurer—Greg explained that he is going to begin using a tax collection program the County is now strongly encouraging and eventually will mandate all treasurers to use. To run this new tax collection software he has purchased a new computer. Greg stated that 75% of the computer is used for town business. He requested that the town consider a lease payment of $30.00 per month. Mike seconded by Ed made a motion that the Town pay Greg $300.00 for a one year lease on this computer. Motion carried 2-0.

B. Discussion / decision regarding a lien for approximately $2400.00 recorded by the Town on the Wollnitz Property—Greg explained that he had been contacted by a title company regarding this lien. They were inquiring if this lien had ever been satisfied. To the town’s knowledge this lien has never been satisfied. A town’s record search indicated that in 1984 the town was required to pay an outstanding hospital bill for Lyle Wollnitz. At the time the Town paid this hospital bill they placed a lien of the same amount on the Wollnitz property in the amount of $2371.50 Lyle is now deceased, and the property is forsale. Discussion took place regarding this issue. The Town expects this lien to be satisfied when the property is sold.


Mike made a motion to approve the monthly vouchers as presented and for the clerk to pay the school tax settlement payments by Feb. 20th. Ed seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

Mike seconded by Ed made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Meeting adjourned at 9:05 Pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jill Randall, Clerk



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