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January 10, 2005 Town Board Meeting Minutes

Town Board Meeting Minutes
Dated: JANUARY 10, 2005

With all notices having been properly posted, Ed Montsma, Chairman called the January 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 December Board Meeting minutes. Frank made a motion seconded by Mike to approve the December minutes as presented. Motion carried 3-0

Ed asked Greg to give the December Treasurer’s report. The Treasurer’s report was read aloud with an ending balance of $$1,077,170.87 as of 12-31-04. Greg noted that the majority of money receipted this month was from December tax collection. Mike made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report as presented. Frank seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0


REZONING DECISION—Jack Leden Petitioner: Plan Commission acting Chairman Dean Birschbach reported that the Plan Commission at the rezoning hearing held at 6:30 Pm this same evening voted 4-0 to recommend the town board grant Jack Leden’s request to rezone 5.424 acres of land from Exclusive Agriculture to Residential, with the stipulation that there be no more than 3 total lots on this property. Dean further stated that the reasons given for approval of this rezoning were numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of 70.6 Standards for Rezoning in the TOWN OF LAMARTINE Zoning Ordinance Page 27 & 28.

Discussion took place regarding the rezoning request with some concern voiced regarding a 50-foot frontage/access to the road.

Frank made a motion to defer a decision on this rezoning request and get additional information from the Town Attorney and the County Planner. Mike seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.


A. Road report—

1. Emergency road closure supplies—The County has suggested that the town put in an order for any supplies needed for road emergencies. The Board agreed that Rich and Ed should go ahead and order whatever supplies are needed.
2. FEMA Update—Ed and Rich met with Kathy Wilmot regarding the FEMA grant. She agrees that the dollar amounts were not correct on the forms that the town’s FEMA representative turned in prior to his retirement. The town will be submitting for these additional charges.
3. Update on official Town road miles—The Town submitted the two new “frontage roads” acquired in the STH 151 reconstruction project to the state for road aides. There is a lag time of one year after submitting these roads before the state will include them in the official mileage used to figure road aides for the town.
4. Update on plowing Haberkorn Drive and Honold Road—Ed explained that these new frontage roads as mentioned above are not being counted in the 2005 road aides. The state has not yet deeded these roads to the town so the question was raised as to the town having to plow these roads. If the town does not want to plow the county will plow them. The Board decided that the town would continue to plow these roads. Ed will talk to Jim Janke with the DOT regarding address changes for those living on these roads.
5. Update on bridge inspections—Tom Janke would like to meet with the town regarding the recent bridge inspections and show what needs to be done on the bridges. Ed will talk to Tom and set up a date to look at the bridges.

B. Property Clean-ups

1. Treptow Property— N6345 Hillcrest Road—This property is in the County Code Enforcements hands. Dan Hanks will give them another 60 to 90-days to get the remaining unlicensed vehicles taken care of.
2. Jahns Property—N6998 CTH I –The Board will give them another 30-days to finish the clean up. Ed will continue to try and contact them.
3. Demoske Property—W8062 Randallwood Lane—The board will give him another 30-days to get the shed done and the vehicles in. Mike will stop and talk to them.

C. Town Caucus—The Town Caucus will be held on Saturday—January 15, 2005 at 1:00 Pm at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room.

D. EMSAC Meeting—The next EMSAC Meeting will be at the Town of Friendship @ 7:00 Pm on January 19, 2005.

E. Update on the Uniform Dwelling Code (UDC) enforcement for new dwellings in the township beginning Jan. 1, 2005—Because the Town opted to not locally enforce the UDC the state through a competitive bid process contracted an inspection agency for town residence to contact for these mandatory inspections. Independent Inspections LTD is the agency contracted for our area.


A. Setting a date for review of the Town Access Ordinance—This item was tabled.

B. Approval of Final Plat of Woodland Estates—Ron Cunzenheim representative for SID Investments Joint Venture presented an Irrevocable Standby Letter of Credit dated Dec. 17, 2004, in the amount of $74,200.00, drafted by National Exchange Bank and Trust—Fond du Lac. Ed explained that the Town would require a signed “Development Agreement” for Woodland Estates. A sample agreement was given to Mr. Cunzenheim. Ed made a motion that the board accepts the final plat for Woodland Estates. Frank seconded the motion. Ed then amended the motion to add that the acceptance of the plat was contingent on the signing of the Town Developers Agreement. Frank then amended the motion to add that the developer would pay for all legal fees. Motion carried. 2-Yes votes (Ed and Frank) and 1-No vote (Mike).
NEW BUSINESS—(Agenda order changed)

B. Ed then made a motion seconded by Mike to change the order of the agenda and discuss NEW BUSINESS B—implementing a charge for plowing new sub-division road that are not yet town roads. Motion carried 3-0. Discussion took place regarding this issue. Ed will submit these new sub-division road miles to the state and the town will leave the charging for plowing issue as is. (Currently there is no charge for the plowing of these roads).


C. Discussion/decision regarding purchasing fire signs—Discussion took place regarding the cost of fire signs from Lange and Decker. The Town will begin ordering the new style sign for new home construction and any Town residents that want to get a new style fire sign now at their expense. The Town will not be purchasing new fire signs for the entire township, as this item was not budgeted for 2005. The new fire signs will be 8” X 20” with blue and white lettering with the township name and the road name printed on each sign along with the fire number. Mike made a motion to purchase all the individual signs that need to be ordered from Decker. Frank seconded the motion. Motion carried. 3-0. Greg noted that he researched the official address for County highways and found that the official road name should be County Trunk Highway (CTH).


A. Discussion/decision regarding Steve Lauer residing in an outbuilding on his property—Ed explained that Mr. Lauer had been issued a building permit by the town to add amenities to an outbuilding on his property, but had been told that he could not use this building as a permanent residence. It was then discovered that Mr. Lauer was living in this outbuilding. Chairman Montsma at that time checked with FdL CTY Planner Sam Tobias and with the Town Attorney Gary Sharpe regarding Mr. Lauer being able to legally reside in this outbuilding. All were in agreement that Mr. Lauer could reside in this outbuilding. Now after further research it was discovered that Section 4.3(3) of the zoning ordinance prohibits more than one main building on a lot. As a consequence, a single residential lot cannot contain more than one residential building. In order for Mr. Lauer to reside in this residential outbuilding, he would have to create a separate lot by generating a certified survey map (CSM) and separating out his residential building from the traditional residence on the property. (This information is addressed in a letter from Atty. Gary Sharpe dated January 5, 2005—attached to these minutes as ATTACHMENT “A”). Fond du Lac County Code Enforcement says there is no problem with the septic system supporting the residence. Driveway access however needs to be researched. Mike made a motion that the Town gives Mr. Lauer 120-days to survey this one lot where his residence is now to create a CSM of his residence. Frank seconded the motion. Motions carried. 3-0.

B. Discussion/decision regarding implementing a charge for plowing new sub-division road that are not yet town roads. (This item was discussed after “Old Business—B” by a motion made a seconded to do so).

C. Permission for the Clerk and Treasurer to pay School Tax Levy payments—Frank made a motion to approve the Clerk and Treasurer to pay the January School Tax Settlements. Mike seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.


Frank made a motion to accept the monthly vouchers as presented. Mike 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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