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February 13, 2006 Town Board Meeting Minutes
TOWN OF LAMARTINE
Town Board Meeting Minutes
FEBRUARY 13, 2006
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.
Supervisors Mike Suprenand and Frank Bartzen were in attendance at this meeting.
Ed led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Ed asked for any corrections or additions in the January Board Meeting minutes. The Clerk noted
that in the January Town Board Meeting minutes under REZONING DECISIONS: Haney Rezoning Request; the board’s reasons for denying the request to rezone 11.5 acres is stated incorrectly. The numbers themselves (2, 5, 6, 7 & 8) are correct but the verbiage next to each particular number was incorrect and out of order. To keep this from occurring again the reasons the board gives for denying or approving a rezoning from the Town of Lamartine Zoning Ordinances, 70.6 Standards for Rezoning will appear in their entirety with the bulleted numbers listed separately and the reasons chosen by the Board will be highlighted in the complete bulleted list as follows:
TOWN OF LAMARTINE Zoning Ordinance Page 27 & 28
70.6 Standards for Rezoning
1. Adequate public facilities to serve the development are present or will be provided.
2. Provision of these facilities will not be unreasonable burden to local government.
3. The land is suitable for development.
4. Development will not cause unreasonable air and water pollution, soil erosion or adverse effects on rare or irreplaceable natural areas.
5. The potential for conflict with remaining agricultural uses in the area.
6. The need of the proposed development location in an agricultural area.
7. The availability of alternative locations
8. The productivity of the agricultural lands involved.
9. The location of the proposed development to minimize the amount of agricultural land converted
Frank made a motion to approve the January minutes as corrected. Mike seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.
Ed asked Greg to give the January Treasurer’s report. The Treasurer’s report was read aloud with an ending balance of $877,159.53. Mike seconded by Frank made the motion to accept the treasurer’s report. Motion carried 3-0.
Larry Conger asked Greg how many delinquent taxes there was this tax season as compared to last year. Greg stated that there were less tax parcels but a greater dollar amount this season.
Bernie Ritger noted a possible correction in the January minutes under REZONING DECISIONS:
Haney Rezoning Request: Mike had made a motion seconded by Ed to deny the Haney request to rezone 11.5 acres of land from Ag to Residential. During the counting of the votes Mike realized that he had voted incorrectly and interrupted noting his error. The minutes stated that Frank voted YES during this vote and it should have stated NO. Frank made a motion to amend the vote to approve the minutes to correct the voting on the Haney property first vote from YES to NO. Mike seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.
Randy Kuik stated that he had no problem with Chris Newton being appointed to the Plan Commission but wondered if the current alternate Plan Commission members were asked if they wanted to be appointed to a regular member position on the Plan Commission. Ed stated that he did not ask the alternate members as he felt it was time for new blood and by state statute the chairman can appoint members to the Plan Commission.
Harold Birschbach requested that research be done on the North Fond du Lac ambulance service as compared to the Fond du Lac City ambulance and give a report on the pros and cons at the annual meeting. Ed stated that it could be put on the agenda for the annual meeting for discussion.
Greg Michels noted that the most recent Town Newsletter was great and congratulated all those involved.
REPORTS AND COMMUNICATIONS
A. Road report—
1. Informational meeting—Ed announced that an informational meeting with the Town Board and Town Residents residing on East Lamartine Drive, Grandwood Drive & Wonser Road to discuss the options available for upgrading East Lamartine Drive would be held—Feb. 27, 2006 @ 7:00 Pm at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room. Letters were mailed to the above-mentioned residents. This informational meeting is opened to the public.
Ed reported that Rich has been cutting brush. He also noted that Rich is looking into making forks for the skid steer. Ed received a call from a concerned town resident that Rich is out cutting brush with a chainsaw with no one around if an accident should occur. The Board agreed that Rich is careful and did not think it was necessary to have someone with him for that reason alone.
B. Property Clean-ups
1. Treptow Property— N6345 Hillcrest Road—A letter was sent to this property owner informing them that they have 30-days to license or remove the cars, The 30-days was not up yet so this would be reported on at the March Board meeting.
C. The Town Board is invited to attend a meeting with the Oakfield School Board regarding an update on the upcoming school district referendum. The meeting is scheduled for Feb. 15th at 7:00 Pm at the Oakfield Middle School Library.
D. Ed announced that Todd Schaller would be the WI DNR contact person for the township regarding smart growth.
E. EMSAC Meeting (January 25, 2006) Update—Frank reported that they are considering keeping the 2nd ambulance, as so far they have made enough runs to breakeven. Life Quest the billing service for collecting money is working out very well. Ed noted that he has had complaints of the ambulance response time being bad. Frank and Joe will talk to them about taking the routes mapped out to better the response time.
F. Update on Ordinance Committee Meeting held Jan. 23rd—Ed reported that the first meeting went well. He thanked committee member Dolores Braun for all of her hard work downloading and copying items for the committee. The next meeting will be held on February 23, 2006 @ 6:30 Pm.
G. Update on the National Incident Management System (NIMS)—Frank reported that every fire department and Board elected official must receive training for NIMS, which is federally mandated. This class will meet on Monday March 20, 2006 at 6:30 or 7:00 Pm and will take about 2 ½ hours to complete.
H. Update on a CSM serving as a recorded legal document—Ed and Greg met with the town attorney regarding this issue. A CSM does serve as a legal recorded document and holds as much weight as something recorded on a deed.
A. Discussion/decision by the board regarding reconsidering a past rezoning decision on a property, that has a CSM with a recorded statement that only one home would be allowed on that parcel—Discussion took place regarding this issue. Ed asked if the Board was interested in revisiting the Bodart rezoning decision. The Board decided that it would not be fair to overturn the rezoning decision so it would be left alone.
B. Approval by the Board to issue an operators license to Stephanie Fischer—Frank made a motion to grant/issue an operator’s license to Stephanie Fisher. Mike seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.
C. Action by the Board on a request from Centurytel for a blanket construction permit for 2006 & 2007—Frank made a motion that a letter be sent to Centurytel requesting the name & phone number of the contractor and the name and phone number of a contact person from Centurytel and with this information being provided to the town upfront with Centurytel’s assurance that they will notify the township each time they will be working in the township the town would grant the two-year permit. Mike seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.
D. Action by the Board on purchasing patriotic plaques—Patriotic plaques that were introduced at the October Wisconsin Towns Assoc. convention were to be available for towns to purchase. Ed felt that they would be appropriate to hang in the town community center. The Clerk will call the WTA regarding the price and how they can be purchased and this information will be discussed at the March Board Meeting.
E. Committee appointment to do a feasibility study on the town continuing to maintain the Town Road-Driveways. Ed appointed the following people to this committee: Ed Montsma, Mike Suprenand, Frank Bartzen, Greg Michels and Rich Buteyn. The town attorney will also be involved. A date will be set for this committee to meet at the March Town Board meeting.
MONTHLY CHECKS AND VOUCHERS
Frank made a motion to approve the monthly vouchers as presented and to authorize the Clerk to make the February settlement payments to the school districts and other entities. Mike seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.
With no further business to discuss, Mike made a motion seconded by Frank to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried unanimously.
Jill Randall, Municipal Clerk
TOWN OF LAMARTINE
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