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February 14, 2005 Town Board Meeting Minutes

Town Board Meeting Minutes
Dated: FEBRUARY 14, 2005

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 also in attendance at this meeting.

Ed led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

Ed called for any corrections or additions in the February 2, 2005 Special Town Board Meeting Minutes. Mike seconded by Frank made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. 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 $865,127.26 as of 1-31-05. Frank made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report as presented. Mike seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0


Larry Conger asked how much the Town had in delinquent taxes from this year’s tax collections. Greg stated that the Town had approximately $35,000 in delinquent taxes.

Mark Hintz asked if the town had any concerns about getting any wind towers in the township and if the town had an ordinance to protect the town from having them in the area. Frank stated that a number of different townships are working on ordinances to keep the towers out or at least control the placement, amount etc and the town should wait and see what they come up with.

Mike Suprenand announced that the Town Board had voted a few months ago to pay an outstanding vet bill for JC Heiberg for expenses incurred when the Town called a vet to check out her animals. These expenses were billed to her but the bill went unpaid. Mike wanted it noted for the record that Ms Heiberg had reimbursed the Town for those vet expenses. Mike also thanked Harold Birschbach for taking care of this problem.

REZONING DECISION—Jack Leden Petitioner: Ed spoke with FdL County Planner Sam Tobias and with the Town Attorney regarding this rezoning and the road frontage and shared driveway concerns addressed at the January Board Meeting. Discussion took place regarding this rezoning. There has to be a 50-foot right of way to serve the two (2) lots on this property. The third (3) lot driveway would be on to Fairview and if that is not a safe driveway the lot owner would have to petition for a variance to have the driveway come out on to the private road. Frank made a motion to grant the rezoning for 5.424 acres of land from Ag to Residential. Let the record show that three (3) paper ballots were cast with the following results: Frank—YES, Mike—YES, and Ed—NO. The motion carried 2-1. The reasons stated for allowing the rezoning were as follows:

Town of Lamartine Zoning Ordinance; Page 27 & 28—7.6 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 an 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.
#8—The productivity of the agricultural lands involved.
#9—The location of the proposed development to minimize the amount of agricultural land converted.


A. Road report—

1. FEMA Update—The Road Supervisor and Clerk recently submitted the final paperwork for the FEMA Grant. The Town maybe receiving more grant funds.
2. Update on the street lighting on Schaefer Drive and CTH Y—Ed has contact several DOT people regarding the streetlights that were removed on Schaefer Drive and CTH Y to request that these streetlights be replaced at the DOT’s expense when the reconstruction of these roads is complete. No one seems to be able to respond to this request. Mike stated that due to the numerous complaints from Town residents he (Mike) would make a motion that the three (3) streetlights on Schaefer Drive and the one (1) streetlight on CTH Y and STH 151 are put back up at the DOT’s cost. Frank seconded this motion. Motion carried 3-0.
3. Update on bridge inspections—Ed met with Tom Janke to look at the Town bridges and observe the things that were discovered during the recent bridge inspection.

* Brown Road Bridge—The bridge signs are not in the proper place and must be repositioned. Ed will call Grammar & Associates regarding the sign placement. There are some weather cracks in the concrete that need to be plastered.
* Townline Road Bridge—Abutment plaster and on the deck of the bridge are some hairline cracks. The Town should blow out the cracks with air and put some type of cement plaster in the cracks to prevent water from getting in.
* Forest Avenue Road Bridge—Two to three bolts are missing on the railing, decking span-crete is covered by 1 ½ inch overlay of blacktop. New sealant rubber should be put on it and it was recommended that it be milled and a new 1-½ inch overlay be placed on it. The bridge is safe and this work can wait until 2006 to be completed.

B. Property Clean-ups

1. Treptow Property— N6345 Hillcrest Road—This property is in the County Code Enforcements hands. Dan Hanks will give them until March to complete the clean up.
2. Jahns Property—N6998 CTH I –The Board will give them 60-days to finish the clean up.
3. Demoske Property—W8062 Randallwood Lane—The board will give him another 30-days to get the vehicles in the new shed.

C. Town Caucus—The Town Caucus was held on Saturday—January 15, 2005 at 1:00 Pm at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room. All the incumbent officers are running unopposed with the exception of the Second Supervisor position with Bonnie Ferguson running against incumbent Frank Bartzen.

D. EMSAC Meeting—Frank reported that at the recent EMSAC meeting Dana Sechler, EMS Director/Fire Chief gave an update on the IV Tech status and paramedic status. The proposal of a second ambulance met with resistance. It was voted to stay with one ambulance. The ambulance billing company is doing a great job. The EMSAC budget is right on and the actual audit of income and expenses will be known in March. The ambulance staff is up and the schedules are filled.

E. Update on the Adopt a Town Road Program—A meeting will be held for the adopt a town road program will be held on February 16, 2005 @ 7:00 Pm at the Lamartine Municipal Building Mtg Room. Committee Chairman Mike Suprenand reported that the committee met in January. At this meeting it was decided to make the road clean up a community event. The goal is to get 100 volunteers, break the town into 20 sections with a leader for each section with 5 to 6 people in each section. Everyone will meet at the town hall for a lunch following the clean up. The clean up is planned for April 30th at 9:00 Am. Volunteers are needed. If interest call Mike Suprenand at 923-5987 or the Clerk’s office at 906-3683.

F. Update on the installation of an iron filter in the municipal building meeting room—Greg reported that the iron filter is installed and is now charged. The iron filter may have been done too late as both heating elements and the switch were burned out, but this should help those problems.

G. WTA District Meeting will be held March 18, 2005 for town elected officials. Please let the clerk know if you plan to attend so the registration can be sent in.

H. Plan Commission Training session will be held for Elected Officials and Plan Commission members. Let the clerk know if you would like to attend the March 24th meeting at 7:00 Pm in North Fond du Lac.

I. Update on the fire truck purchase—The truck may be delivered on Feb. 27, 2005.


A. Setting a date for review of the Town Access Ordinance—The board felt that there was no need to look over the Access Ordinance but would like to get together and look over all the town ordinances. This will be discussed at the March board meeting.

B. New Town Frontage Road residential address changes—The new roads will not be taken over by the town until the 151 reconstruction project is completed some time around November 15, 2005. The new addresses will go into affect at that time. Russ from the County. 30-days before we take over the roads will notify the post office, police department and the property owners of the address changes.


A. Discussion/decision regarding a newly drafted Developers Agreement for the township—Frank made a motion to adopt the Developers Agreement drafted by Town Attorney Gary Sharpe with the addition of the highlighted verbiage in the Town of Lamartine/SID Investment-Woodland Estates Developers Agreement added to number 4. Security section in the attorney drafted agreement.

B. Resolution adopting the Fond du Lac County all Hazards Mitigation Plan—Mike made a motion to adopt and sign the Fond du Lac County All Hazards Mitigation Plan. Frank seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

C. The Chairman and the Clerk signed Two (2) Certified Survey Maps (CSM) on January 19, 2005 for Cornerstone Worship Center. One (1) CSM was for Residential property and one (1) was for Institutional property.

D. Approval from the board to match 5% of grant funds for the fire department in the event they receive the grant they are reapplying for. Frank made a motion that the Town approves spending up to 5% for the fire department grant match. Mike seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

Frank made a motion seconded by Mike to destroy all ballots. Motion carried 3-0.


Mike made a motion to accept the monthly vouchers as presented. Frank seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

Frank made a motion seconded by Mike to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried 3-0.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jill Randall, Municipal Clerk



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