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November 12, 2007 Board Meeting Minutes, Budget Hearing and Special Town Meeting
TOWN OF LAMARTINE
Board Meeting Minutes, Budget Hearing and Special Town Meeting
Minutes Dated: November 12, 2007
With all notices having been properly posted, Frank Bartzen, Chairman called the November 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 in attendance at this meeting.
Frank led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Frank then called for any corrections or additions in the October Board Meeting minutes. Mike made a motion seconded by Bruce to accept the minutes as presented. Motion carried 3-0.
Frank the called for any corrections or additions in the Special Town Board Meeting—Assessor Bid Opening dated, November 1, 2007. Mike seconded by Bruce moved to approve the Nov. 1, 2007 Special Meeting minutes. Motion carried 3-0.
Frank asked Greg to give the October Treasurer’s report. The ending balance as of 10-31-07 is $461,385.76. Bruce made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report as given. Mike seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.
Larry Conger asked if the town property tax bills would be computerized this year. Greg explained that the town would be using a new computerized tax collection system. The tax bills will look a bit different but all the same information would be on the bills.
Mike Gannon, County Board Supervisor, reported that the bridge on Pioneer Road would be replaced in the next couple of years.
REPORTS AND COMMUNICATIONS:
1. Road Report—Frank reported that the road supervisor had been working on mowing the ditches. A few minor problems occurred with the mower. He will be brushing out the ditch line until the snow flies and is getting the equipment ready to plow snow. East Lamartine Drive has had the bumps ground off by the county in an attempt to smooth out this road.
B. Property Clean up Updates
1. Schmitz Property—W8251 Hwy 23—Status Quo—The Town will continue to watch the clean up of this property.
2. Roehl Property—N5602 Fairview Road—Status Quo—The Town will continue to watch the clean up of this property.
C. Update on EMSAC Meeting—Frank reported that the ambulance contract will be billed out in 2008 at the same $13.00 per capita paid in 2007. The next meeting will be 12/28/2007 at Town of Fond du Lac @ 6:30 Pm.
D. Update on Cemetery/Veterans Memorial Committee Meeting 10/18/07—Greg reported that the committee reviewed where they were with the project and worked on ways to keep the project costs down. Contributions have dried up and they would like to try and generate some interest in the town residents. The cemetery work is done for the year. The students are planning on working on the cemeteries again next year.
E. Update on status of Animal Siting Ordinance—The Town has received nothing from Eric. The clerk will email him and find out where we are with this issue.
F. Update on Smart Growth—Frank reported that he recently sat in on interviews with possible consultants wanting to write smart growth plans for the Town of Eldorado. Frank felt that there could be a significant savings if we were to go with the same consultant and work together with Eldorado. The Town will continue to research this possibility.
8:00Pm—PUBLIC BUDGET HEARING AND SPECIAL TOWN MEETING
With the time being 8:00 Pm, Bruce seconded by Mike moved to recess the Monthly Town Board Meeting and proceed into the Budget Hearing and the Special Town Meeting. Motion carried 3-0. With all notices having been properly published and posted, Frank Bartzen, Chairman of the Town of Lamartine, called the 2007 Budget Hearing Meeting to order, per Section 60.40(3) of the Wisconsin State Statues.
The proposed 2008 Budget of the Town of Lamartine was read aloud by Treasurer Greg Michels. Please see Attachment “A”—“Summary of Proposed 2008 Budget”. Greg noted that the proposed 2007 Town Levy (payable in 2008) was $338,255.00.
Pete Braun made a motion to adjourn the Budget Hearing and proceed to the Special Town Meeting. Delores Braun seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING OF THE TOWN OF LAMARTINE
Frank called for a motion to adopt the 2007 levy to be paid in 2008, at $338,255.00, pursuant to Section 60.01(1)(a) of the Wisconsin State Statues. Mike Gannon made a motion to adopt the Town Levy at $338,255.00. Delores Braun seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.
With all business having been completed, Frank called for a motion to adjourn the Special Town Meeting. Pete Braun seconded by Delores Braun moved to adjourn the special town meeting. Motion carried unanimously.
Frank called the Town Board Meeting back to order. The first order of business; being to call for a motion to adopt the final budget for 2008 as presented, per Wisconsin State Statute 60.04(4), thus setting the Local Tax Levy at $338,255.00. Mike made a motion to adopt the 2008 budget as presented. Bruce seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.
REPORTS AND COMMUNICATIONS CONTINUED
G. Newsletter Articles for the December Newsletter—Articles are due now. Please get them to Patti right away.
H. Report on the WTA Convention attended by the Town Elected Officials—Frank reported that the board attended convention in Green Bay at the end of October. The seminars were informative.
I. Update on the Town Gravel Road / driveways—Frank and Greg will meet with Atty St. Peter to discuss what we have and where we go from here. Frank will check on highway aides.
J. Update on Ladoga Cemetery association dissolving and the request for the town to take it over—a bill was received for the 2007 Ladoga Cemetery lawn mowing. The town has not heard from Mr. VandeBerg as to a new cemetery association forming and at this point the town has not officially taken over the Ladoga Cemetery. Bruce made a motion seconded by Mike that the town pay the $450.00 lawn mowing invoice to Mike Oscola with the understanding that the town will be reimbursed by the new association should one be formed. Motion carried 3-0. Mike made a motion that Scott VandeBerg has until January 1, 2008 to move forward and form an association or the town will take over the cemetery. Bruce seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0. The clerk will send a letter to VandeBerg informing him of this time frame.
A. Letter to Fitzpatrick regarding building too close to lot line—the town received a letter from Fitzpatrick’s attorney asking how they should go about applying for a variance. The clerk will send a letter informing them how to apply for a variance.
B. Discussion / decision appointing a town assessor—Frank reported that the board met on November 1st to look over the proposals the town received for the assessor position. Mike made a motion seconded by Bruce that the town appoints William Kiekhafer Appraiser with an $8000 bid. Motion carried 3-0.
C. Update on placement of paper boxes—Frank reported that the mess is straightened out and the town resident having problems is satisfied.
A. Plan Commissions recommendation to the Town Board regarding the Town Sub Division Ordinance—The clerk read from the minutes of the October 17, 2007 Plan Commission meeting that the Plan Commission voted 4-0 that the Plan Commission recommend to the Town Board to eliminate 6.11.1 Street Trees from the Town Sub Division Ordinance and 6.11.2 would either become 6.11.1 or be moved to another section of the ordinance. It was also recommended that 188.8.131.52 be changed to read Landscaping & Planting Plans. Mike made a motion seconded by Bruce that the board adopts the sub division ordinance as recommended by the Plan Commission and proceed with the public notice and all things necessary to formally adopt this ordinance. Motion carried 3-0.
B. Discussion / decision regarding purchasing a Treasurer’s Bond for 2008 Tax Collection or signing of a resolution exempting the Town from posting bond —Frank made a motion that the Town continue to be exempt and approve the resolution in place of the treasurers bond. Mike seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.
C. Discussion regarding appointment of one member to the Plan Commission—term to run from the second Monday in January 2008 to the second Monday January 2011. Frank will speak to Jim Rietzner to see if he is interested in serving another term. The appointment will be made at the December Town Board Meeting.
Approving the monthly vouchers and checks—Mike made a motion seconded by Bruce to approve the vouchers as presented. Motion carried 3-0. Mike made a motion seconded by Frank to pay the Scott Construction invoice in the amount of $42,944.00.
With no further business to discuss, Bruce seconded by Mike made a motion to adjourn. Motion carried 3-0 and the meeting adjourned at 9:20 Pm.
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