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March 8, 2010 Town Board Meeting Minutes

Monthly Town Board Meeting
Minutes Dated: March 8, 2010

With all notices having been properly posted, Frank Bartzen, Chairman called the March meeting to order at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room at 7:30 Pm.

Supervisors Mike Suprenand and Bruce Rhode, Clerk Jill Randall and Treasurer Greg Michels were also in attendance at this meeting.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Frank called for any corrections or additions in the February Board Meeting minutes.
Mike made a motion to accept the February Board meeting minutes as presented. Bruce seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

Frank asked Greg to give the February Treasurer’s report. The ending balance as of 2-28-10 is $686,928.28. Bruce seconded by Mike moved to approve the Treasurer’s report as given. Motion carried 3-0.

Citizen Concerns: An inquiry was made of the Board if the Town Plan Commission (PC) had been spoken to regarding the importance of their attendance at scheduled meetings. Frank reported that he has not talked to them yet, he is taking a “wait and see attitude” and would consider this at the next meeting with the PC when they were all together.

Mike informed the Board that he would not be able to attend the May Town Board Meeting, and wondered if the meeting would be rescheduled or if the board just wanted to meet as usual (2nd Monday of May) with the two remaining members. The Board will meet at the usual date and time, as two members would constitute a majority.

A. Road Report—Rich Buteyn, Road Supervisor reported that he had replaced springs on the Oshkosh truck. He further reported that the town roads are experiencing the typical winter bumps. Some of the culverts are coming back, the frost is slowly coming out of the ground and he did not feel that road weight limit posting was necessary at this time. Frank informed the board that he had received a letter from the County requesting that they be informed of any planned road work before the work takes place, so they can make sure the road markers are out. The County will conduct bridge inspection this year of the town bridges. The price will be $200.00 per bridge. The town will receive the results of the inspections.
B. Status of the Zoning Ordinance Update—Frank stated that there is nothing back from the state at this time regarding the preliminary review of the Town Zoning Ordinance. Warren Utecht from Martenson and Eisele (M&E) says it looks good that the state will okay the draft version. The Town should hear something from the state on this ordinance review around the first part of April.
C. Update on DOT Meeting—STH 151 Focus Group held January 20, 2010—This item was discussed at the February Board Meeting and there is nothing new to offer. The next DOT meeting regarding STH 151 will most likely be held in August. On/Off ramps and frontage roads will be discussed at this meeting.
D. Results of the Primary Election held on Tuesday, February 16, 2010—Oakfield School District School Board was the only race on the ballot—Jill reported that at the February Primary election there were 45 voters. The results of the election were read aloud. Please see the attached voting machine print out of the results attached to these minutes. (Attachment A)
E. Update on the Veterans Memorial / Cemetery Committee Meeting held Feb. 22, 2010—Committee Treasurer, Greg Michels reported that on Feb. 22nd the committee members, town board, fire department representatives and interested citizens met to brainstorm this upcoming township celebration. They decided that there would be a parade, food, entertainment and demonstrations by the fire department. The celebration would be held on September 25, 2010. The committee is looking for volunteers to help with this celebration. Prices are being sought for food and entertainment. The veteran’s memorial committee will continue to maintain a bank account for project funds. Fourteen names are on the list to be added to the memorial. The committee is checking out the amount it would cost to have these names added. Ed Montsma will be checking with the class that did some work in the cemeteries as a class project a couple of years ago to see if they are interested in doing some more work at the town cemeteries.
F. Update on Town Garage roof gutter repair—Greg reported that Ron Rymer has repaired the gutter on the town garage. This fix is only temporary as the melting snow year after year will continue to be a problem. The Building Committee will look into some permanent solutions to this annual problem.

A. St. Stephen’s Church drainage concerns—Discussion / decision on meeting with Town, Church, adjacent property owners held on February 20, 2010 at St Stephens’ Church—Mike Ott and Josh Hiemstra were in attendance to represent St. Stephen’s Church. Frank felt that the meeting held February 20th at the church went well. They discussed possible solutions to the church’s drainage problems. The possibility of the town doing some culvert work and ditching on Towne Road and going in with the church 50/50 to help alleviate the drainage problem was discussed at the meeting. Much discussion took place regarding the different plans to correct the drainage problems in this area. Bruce made a motion to move forward in forming a partnership with St. Stephens Church and the Town to evaluate through a site plan and getting a good accurate plan, reviewing that plan to make sure it works and then get estimates on the cost of the plan with shared agreement for expenses including engineering costs. Mike seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.
B. Discussion / decision—Pine Drive Diary—Issues with the Conditional Use Permit (CUP)—Frank stated that he is waiting for correspondence from Ford’s attorney. Discussion took place regarding if the town really has jurisdiction to ask the Ford’s for a Conditional Use Permit to regulate Pine Drive Dairy operations. The town passed an ordinance in 2006 to extend the time required by the state to update the town zoning ordinance for animal siting. The town had to complete this update by a specific time and did not, so the town likely does not have this authority. Bruce made a motion that this issue be dropped and taken off the table and nothing more be done to require a CUP from Pine Drive Dairy. Mike seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.
C. Discussion / decision—Adopting the new Town Road/Highway Restoration Ordinance—Mike moved to adopt the Town Road Restoration, further stating that this new ordinance supersedes the one adopted by the town board in 2004 but was never finalized. Bruce seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0. Frank noted that farmers are not exempt from any road weight restrictions.
Frank announced that the Fond du Lac County UW Extension was offering a Special One-Day Hazardous Waste Clean Sweep Program for Residents, Farms and Businesses in Fond du Lac County—Friday, May 14 at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds Expo Building—12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM. For more information call the Fond du Lac County UW-Extension 920-929-3171 or 929-3173.

Approving the monthly vouchers and checks—Mike made a motion seconded by Bruce to approve the vouchers presented and permission to pay the US Bank Visa bill when it arrives. Motion carried 3-0.

Adjournment-Mike seconded by Bruce moved to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 8:40 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jill Randall, Clerk

Included as part of these minutes:
Attachment A—Feb. 16, 2010 Primary Election Results Voting Machine Print Out
Meeting Attendance List


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