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January 8, 2007 Board Meeting Minutes and Special Town Meeting Minutes
TOWN OF LAMARTINE
Board Meeting Minutes and Special Town Meeting Minutes
Dated: January 8, 2007
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 and Treasurer Greg Michels were in attendance at this meeting. Clerk Jill Randall was absent.
Ed led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Ed then called for any corrections or additions in the December Board Meeting minutes. Mike made a motion seconded by Frank to approve the December minutes as presented. Motion carried 3-0.
Ed then called for any corrections or additions in the Special Town Board Meeting Minutes dated 12/13/06. Frank made a motion seconded by Mike to approve the Special Town Board Meeting 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 $943,418.06 as of 12-31-2006. Frank made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s report as given. Mike seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.
Henry Schneider asked why the Treptow property clean up was still on the agenda as the cars have been removed from the property. Ed explained that the County is taking care of it and with the holidays they did not get out to inspect the property. The property clean up is complete but the town has not received an official letter from the County stating this.
Pete Braun who serves on the Ordinance Committee asked if anyone had spoke with attorney St. Peter regarding drafting a Sub Division Ordinance for the Town of Lamartine. Ed reported that he spoke with St. Peter and he will draft the sub division ordinance for the town.
Frank reported that the EMSAC committee met. Twenty-seven candidates applied for the EMS/Fire Chief position at North Fond du Lac. One person has been selected and was offered a contract.
REPORTS AND COMMUNICATIONS
A. Road report—
1. Update on 2006 Bridge Inspection—Ed reported that the annual inspection of the Town bridges was recently completed.
Ed explained that the East Lamartine Drive roadwork has been pushed back to 2008, so the town can apply for a grant to help complete this project. Pete Braun has graciously offered to work on this grant for the Town.
B. Property Clean-ups
1. Treptow Property— N6345 Hillcrest Road—Please see Citizen Concerns above.
2. Schmitz Property—W8251 Hwy 23—Property owner was mailed a certified letter on December 18th –This item will be addressed at the February Board Meeting.
3. Balboa Property—N5481 Grandwood Drive— Property owner was mailed a certified letter on December 18th –This item will be addressed at the February Board Meeting.
4. Roehl Property—N5602 Fairview Road— Property owner was mailed a certified letter on December 18th –This item will be addressed at the February Board Meeting.
C. Update on Cemetery/Veterans Memorial Committee Mtg 12/14/06—Ed reported that the committee met to complete address labels for letters to be sent requesting donations for the memorial. The next committee meeting will be held January 11, 2007 at 7:30 Pm at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room. Harold Birschbach asked why the Park Committee has not been dissolved. Ed explained that there is more work to be done at the park, especially after the memorial is constructed.
D. Update on Town Road/Driveway Committee progress—Ed received a letter from Attorney Gary Sharpe’s office regarding the Town of Lamartine Road Discontinuation. Atty. Sharpe had contacted Jacob Land Surveying (Jacob) to survey the road / driveways that had no legal description. A copy of a letter from Jacob dated January 2, 2007 explained that Jacob proposed to review the title work already completed, research the old town road record books at the Cty Hwy Dept. and field verify the locations of the roads in order to get enough dimensions to describe them from a known point. Jacob will then supply a legal description and a summary of his opinion as to who has title to the former road based on the title documents. David Jacobs has offered to do this work for the Town at a reduced rate as he is a resident of the township. Mike made a motion that Jacobs complete the above stated work on the four Town Road/Driveways specified by the Town Attorney.
E. Update on Town Plan Commission meeting with ECWRPC on 12/13/06 regarding the WI Livestock Siting Ordinance—Eric Fowle with the ECWRPC made recommendations to the Town Plan Commission as to possible areas the Town would like to designate for large animal unit facilities. The Plan Commission reviewed the information and made some changes. The next meeting will be held on January 24, 2007 at 7:00 Pm at the Lamartine Municpal Building Meeting Room. The purpose of this meeting will be to review the final draft of the mapping of the Agricultural Districts.
F. Report by Treasurer on Town checking account status change to an interest bearing “Business Checking Account”—Greg explained that the Town checking account had never been an interest bearing account. He had spoke with US Bank several times regarding this with no luck, until recently. US Bank has now agreed to combine all three Town accounts under one account which will be interest bearing. This will greatly increase the amount of interest paid to the Town.
8:00 Pm—Special Town Meeting
With the time being 8:00 Pm Frank made a motion seconded by Mike to recess the Town Board Meeting and proceed to the Special Town Meeting. Motion carried 3-0. Ed stated that the purpose of the Special Town Meeting was to consider making the currently elected position of Town Assessor an appointed position. Discussion took place regarding the pros and cons of having an appointed assessor. Mike Suprenand made a motion that the town makes the position of Town Assessor an appointed position. Harold Birschbach seconded the motion. A paper ballot vote was taken. Sixteen votes were cast with the following results: Yes—15 and
No—1. Let the record show that the Town Electors voted to change the Town Assessor position to an appointed position. Frank seconded by Mike made a motion to destroy the ballots. Motion carried 3-0. Pete Braun made a motion to adjourn the Special Town Meeting. Larry Conger seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Town Board Meeting Continued:
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 and jurisdiction of Townline Road between CTH T and STH 151—Ed explained that Tom Yanke, Engineer from the County Highway Department will meet with Town Road Supervisor Rich Buteyn on 1/9/07to shoot grades on Townline Road south to CTH T. A date will be set for the Town of Lamartine and the Town of Fond du Lac to meet and discuss these issues.
A. Discussion / decision regarding use of Town Property located at W8758 Orchard Road to store plows, gravel piles etc.—Ed explained that the Town had contacted Ron Engel for an opinion on the Town using the property located at W8758 Orchard Road (former historic fill site) for storage of town plows, gravel, dirt, etc. The Board reviewed the information from Engel which in summary stated that the property could be used for such storage as long as the ground on the property was not disturbed. Discussion took place. The Town will use this property to store the above stated items. Frank suggested that a gate be placed at the property driveway to replace the current steel cable.
Ed took a moment at the end of this meeting to announce that he would not be running for re-election as Town Chairman. He stated that the decision was hard, that he was honored to serve the Town for the years he has been Town Chairman but felt he needed to spend more time with his family and business.
MONTHLY CHECKS AND VOUCHERS
Frank made a motion to approve the monthly vouchers as presented. Mike seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously. Frank made a motion that the Clerk and Treasurer have permission to pay the January School Tax Settlement payments and the US Bank Visa bill after this board meeting. Mike seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.
Frank made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Mike seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Greg Michels/for Clerk, Jill Randall
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