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November 13, 2006 Board Meeting Minutes, Budget Hearing and Special Town Meeting
TOWN OF LAMARTINE
Board Meeting Minutes, Budget Hearing and Special Town Meeting Minutes Dated: November 13, 2006
With all notices having been properly posted, Ed Montsma, Chairman called the November meeting to order at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room at 7:30 Pm.
Supervisors Mike Suprenand and Frank Bartzen were in attendance at this meeting.
Ed led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Ed then called for any corrections or additions in the October Board Meeting minutes. Frank made a motion seconded by Mike to approve the October minutes as presented. Motion carried 3-0.
Ed asked Greg to give the October Treasurer’s report. The Treasurer’s report was read aloud with an ending balance of $418,612.36. Mike made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report as given. Frank seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.
Helen Haney asked what the cost was to the town for the Pinno suit against the Town of Lamartine. The Board explained that a bill has not been received from the attorney yet. They will try and have a bill by the December Board Meeting.
Ed Montsma reported that he had received a phone call from Don Gerlach on Townline Road regarding a concern with possible flooding from the new subdivision across the road in the Town of Fond du Lac. Ed will call Town of Fond du Lac Chairman Harold Manske and have a report on this at the December Board meeting.
Mr. Rejesh Gupta request to rezone approximately 36 acres of land from Agricultural to Residential to create a residential development consisting of 20 to 27 lots. The property is located at the southeast corner of the intersection of State Highway 23 and Fisher Road. It is immediately north of the existing residential properties on Treptow Lane, in the Town of Lamartine, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin. More particularly described as being:
Parcel I.D. No. T12-15-16-11-09-001-00 described as the NE ¼ of the SW ¼ of Section 11, Town 15 North, Range 16 East, excepting CSM No. 2912, V. 15, P. 171 and excepting lands lying within the right-of-way of State Highway 23.
Town of Lamartine, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin.
Plan Commission (PC) Chairman, Jim Reitzner reported that the PC voted 5-0 at a public hearing regarding this rezoning, held earlier this same evening to recommend to the Town Board that this rezoning request be denied.
Chairman Ed Montsma stated that he would not be voting on this rezoning as he currently rents this farm land and has a financial gain regarding this matter.
Mike Suprenand asked Mr. Gupta if he had anything else to add regarding his rezoning request. He explained that he wanted to create a residential development with affordable housing on this property.
Discussion took place regarding this rezoning.
Frank made a motion that this rezoning be denied. Mike seconded the motion. Mike called for a ballot vote stating that a YES vote would mean the rezoning would be denied and a NO vote would mean the rezoning would be granted. Let the record show that two paper ballots were cast with the following results: Mike—YES
and Frank—YES. The Town Board voted 2-0 to deny the rezoning request to rezone 36 acres of land from Agriculture to Residential. The following reasons were stated for denying this rezoning request.
From the Town of Lamartine Zoning Ordinance, Dated June 8, 1998, Pages 27 and 28.
70.6 Standards for Rezoning (These Standards for Rezoning are listed in their entirety. The highlighted items are those given by the Plan Commission as reasons for denying this request) #5, #6, #7, #8, and #9.
1. Adequate public facilities to serve the development are present or will be provided.
2. Provision of these facilities will not be unreasonable burden to local government.
3. The land is suitable for development.
4. Development will not cause unreasonable air and water pollution, soil erosion or adverse effects on rare or irreplaceable natural areas.
5. The potential for conflict with remaining agricultural uses in the area.
6. The need of the proposed development location in an agricultural area.
7. The availability of alternative locations
8. The productivity of the agricultural lands involved.
9. The location of the proposed development to minimize the amount of agricultural land converted
NOTE: For more information regarding this rezoning please see the GUPTA REZONING Minutes dated November 13, 2006.
Frank seconded by Mike, made a motion to destroy ballots. Motion carried 2-0.
REPORTS AND COMMUNICATIONS
A. Road report—Ed reported that the annual mileage report was mailed on October 31st. The Town rented a mower/brush cutter to try out. Rich felt that the town could rent this for a couple of days next year and keep the brush down. Salt loading at the County is now computerized and a more complicated system. Rich will be training the relief drivers on this new system. The town has not heard anything from John at Scott Construction regarding the poor work done on Forest Ave Rd this fall.
B. Property Clean-ups
1. Treptow Property— N6345 Hillcrest Road—Four or five vehicles have been clean up. The County has given him until the third week of November, so it will be after Thanksgiving before this gets wrapped up and closed.
C. Update on Plan Commission (PC) meeting with East Central WI Regional Plan Commission (ECWRPC)—The PC met with Eric Fowle, Director of ECWRPC on October 30, 2006. Eric presented a tentative recommendation on where the town may want to consider allowing large Ag districts. The next meeting will be held on December 13, 2006 at 7:00 Pm at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room. Eric will come with a more refined map of areas the PC drafted at the last meeting. Once the areas are designated a public hearing will be held for public input, the final decision will be made on what areas will be designated for large Ag districts.
8:00Pm—PUBLIC BUDGET HEARING AND SPECIAL TOWN MEETING
With the time being 8:00 Pm, Mike seconded by Frank 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, Ed Montsma, Chairman of the Town of Lamartine, called the 2006 Budget Hearing Meeting to order, per Section 60.40(3) of the Wisconsin State Statues.
The proposed 2007 Budget of the Town of Lamartine was read aloud by Treasurer Greg Michels. Please see Attachment “A”—“Summary of Proposed 2007 Budget”. Greg noted that the proposed 2006 Town Levy (payable in 2007) was $331,623.00.
Jim Reitzner made a motion to adjourn the Budget Hearing and proceed to the Special Town Meeting. Mike Gannon seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING OF THE TOWN OF LAMARTINE
Ed called for a motion to adopt the 2006 levy to be paid in 2007, at $331,623.00, pursuant to Section 60.01(1)(a) of the Wisconsin State Statues. Jim Reitzner made a motion to adopt the Town Levy at $331,623.00. Glenn Becker seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.
Ed then called for a motion to set the compensation for the following elected officials for the term of office beginning April 10, 2007 through April 7, 2009. Chairman and Treasurer position increases of $500.00 to $8000.00 annually, Supervisor I and Supervisor II position increases of $250.00 to $4000.00 annually.
Mike Gannon moved to set the compensation for the elected officials as stated. Thomas Hintz seconded the motion. Motion carried.
With all business having been completed, Ed called for a motion to adjourn the Special Town Meeting. Dean Birschbach made the motion seconded by Glenn Becker to adjourn the special town meeting. Motion carried unanimously.
Frank seconded by Mike made a motion to call the Town Board meeting back to order. Motion carried 3-0.
Ed 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 2007 as presented, per Wisconsin State Statute 60.04(4), thus setting the Local Tax Levy at $331,623.00. Mike made a motion to adopt the 2007 budget as presented. Frank seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.
REPORTS AND COMMUNICATIONS CONTINUED
D. Update on Veterans Memorial/Cemetery Committee Meeting—October 19, 2006—Ed explained that the Committee would like a resolution by the Town Board to officially establish the “Town of Lamartine Veterans Memorial Committee” Ed read a version of a resolution created by the Town of Byron. Frank asked that the resolution be cleaned up and typed up for the Town and then put on the December Board meeting agenda for discussion. Ed reviewed the committee’s ideas regarding funding the veteran’s memorial through donations only and that all donations received would remain confidential, the criteria for choosing the names that would be included on this memorial, placement of the memorial at the Seven Mile Creek Park etc. The committee would like to have $2000 in a fund to fix up the town cemeteries, but realize this was not in the budget. Ed asked for a motion from the town board to proceed with their approval that all donations are kept confidential with no recognition for any donations and approve of the criteria for deciding what names are included on the memorial. Mike seconded by Frank made the above motion. Motion carried 3-0. The next committee meeting will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2006 at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room.
E. Election Results—Jill reported that at the November 7th election 741 people voted, 21 voted by absentee ballot. This is approximately a 57% turn out for the township with an estimated 1305 voting age residents.
F. Newsletter articles need to be to Patti Rhode by December 1st.
G. EMSAC Meeting Report—Frank reported that the EMSAC committee met on October 26th. It was confirmed that the price per capita for 2007 would be $13.00. Frank will be on the committee for hiring a new EMS Director.
A. Signing of the Roland Pinno Certified Survey Map (CSM)—Ed reported that Town attorney Gary Sharpe recommended that the Board approve the signing of the Pinno CSM even though there is no formally signed deal with Pinno’s and the Department of Fish and Wildlife at this time and that the corrections or additions that were to be made to the signed settlement have not been received by the town. Mike made a motion to sign the CSM after making sure the additions & corrections are recorded in the settlement document. Frank seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.
B. Signing of the St. Stephens Church CSM—Frank made the motion seconded by Mike that the town approve the signing of the St Stephens Church CSM. Motion carried 3-0.
C. The Evelyn Hensel CSM was signed by the Chairman and the Clerk on 10/31/06.
D. Setting date for Town Caucus—Mike made a motion seconded by Frank that the date of Caucus is set for Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 1:00 Pm at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room.
E. Appointment of two members for Plan Commission—terms to run from the second Monday in January 2007 thru the second Monday in January 2009. The Plan Commission terms for Tom Kramer and Roger Grade are up in December. Ed will contact these two members to see if they are interested in serving another term and he will report on this matter at the December board meeting.
MONTHLY CHECKS AND VOUCHERS
Frank made a motion to approve the monthly vouchers as presented. Mike seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.
Mike made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Frank seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Jill Randall, Municipal Clerk
TOWN OF LAMARTINE
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