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February 9, 2009 Town Board Meeting Minutes
TOWN OF LAMARTINE
Board Meeting Minutes
February 9, 2009
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 present at this meeting.
Frank led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Frank then called for any corrections or additions in the January Board Meeting minutes. Bruce made a motion seconded by Mike to accept the minutes as presented. Motion carried 3-0.
Frank asked Greg to read the January Treasurer’s report. The ending balance as of 1-31-09 is $1,130,355.87. Greg noted that the town received the first quarter road aide payment. Mike made a motion seconded by Mike to accept the Treasurer’s report as read. Motion carried 3-0.
Janet Williams commented that she felt there was a lack of communication regarding informing the town residents of the importance of them attending the Smart Growth Comprehensive Plan meetings and the Animal Siting Ordinance meetings. She does not feel that the town has done enough to convey the importance of the town residents attending the meetings and voicing their opinions. Frank stated that the town has gone above and beyond what state statue requires to notify the residents of these meetings. Discussion took place. The Board will further address this matter during reports and communications.
Frank introduced Jerry Buhrow Jr., J&B Inspections; the state-contracted inspection agency for enforcement of the Uniform Dwelling Code (UDC) for new dwellings in our township. This was effective January 1, 2009 and is a two (2) year contract. J&B Inspections was chosen through a competitive bid process. Jerry Buhrow can be reached at 920-748-3480.
REPORTS AND COMMUNICATIONS:
A. Road Report—Frank reported that Rich has been out pushing back snow banks. This will help to prevent water on the roads during melting of snow. There are a few minor problems with the new plow truck that are being taken care of by Monroe.
B. Update on Cemetery/Veterans Memorial Committee Meeting held 1/26/2009—Greg reported that the committee is proofing the veteran name list. There are 930 names on the list to be added to the monument stones. The planning continues for the dedication to be held this coming Memorial Day. The Oakfield band and several veteran groups would like to be involved with a short parade starting at the cemetery and ending at the memorial site. A social with food will follow at the town hall. At the next committee meeting Mrs. Braun will attend to discuss landscaping ideas. The committee has collected $52,417.88 over 95% of the project goal has been met. The committee continues to seek donations for this project.
C. Update Animal Siting Zoning Ordinance—Plan Commission (PC) held a meeting on January 19, 2009. The purpose of this meeting was for the Plan Commission to discuss the suggested changes in the ATCP 51 Zoning (Animal Siting) Map. Eric Fowle of East Central WI Regional Plan Commission (ECWRPC) showed changes to the zoning map. Eric explained that DATCP, ECWRPC, some Town Officials and Martenson & Eisele staff met on October 21, 2008 to review and discuss the current draft ATCP 51 zoning ordinance amendments and issues related to their ultimate approval. The towns PC received a copy of these changes prior to this meeting and were now gathered to discuss the suggested changes. Please see the January 19, 2009 Plan Commission Meeting minutes for further details regarding this meeting. The PC and the town board agreed that the Comprehensive Plan as related to land use needed to be completed before moving forward with the ATCP 51 Zoning Amendments. It is very important that the Town Comprehensive Plan and the County Farmland Preservation Plan be consistent. Warren Utecht with Martenson & Eisele will continue to work with the town PC to develop the Comprehensive Plan. Eric will work with the county on the Farmland Preservation Plan amendments and fine tuning the ATCP 51 Zoning Ordinance and map and then we will see where it stands in relation with the Comprehensive Plan.
D. Smart Growth Meeting Update—Meeting held Feb. 2, 2009—Announce upcoming Plan Commission meetings to work on the Comprehensive “Smart Growth” Plan—Feb. 25, 2009 and March 11, 2009 at 7:00 Pm at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room the Public is encouraged to attend! The board agreed that it would be a good idea to mail a postcard to each household announcing the upcoming meetings and stressing the importance of everyone’s participation during this planning process. Bruce made a motion that a postcard be put together by Jill, Warren and Frank to be mailed to all residents, announcing the next two meetings and informing the town residents of the importance of their participation at these meetings. Mike seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.
E. ELECTION— Primary ELECTION (State Superintendent of Public Instruction) Polls open at 7:00 Am and close at 8:00 Pm—The Clerk explained that on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 the above noted election would be held at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room.
A. Appointment of a Plan Commission member to take the place of Chris Newton whose term expired January of 2009—Bruce made a motion to appoint Allan (Tim) Bell to a three year term of office as a regular Plan Commission member. Mike seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.
A. Discussion / decision regarding posting of the town roads this spring—Discussion took place regarding the need to post the town roads when necessary and this is not always at the time of a Board meeting. Mike made a motion seconded by Bruce authorizing Frank to post the town roads for weight restrictions when necessary. Motion carried 3-0.
Approving the monthly vouchers and checks—Bruce seconded by Mike made a motion to approve the monthly vouchers to be paid and to give permission to the Clerk and Treasurer to pay the Visa bill when it arrives in the mail as well as the school tax checks and the Advanced Electric Invoice. Motion carried 3-0.
With no further business to discuss, Mike seconded by Frank made a motion to adjourn. Motion carried 3-0 and the meeting adjourned.
Town of Lamartine
February 25, 2009 @ 7:00 Pm—Smart Growth Meeting w/ Plan Commission at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room—PUBLIC IS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND
March 11, 2009 @ 7:00 Pm—Smart Growth Meeting w/ Plan Commission at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room—PUBLIC IS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND
March 23, 2009 @ 7:00 Pm—Smart Growth Meeting w/ Plan Commission at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room—PUBLIC IS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND
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