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November 14, 2011 Town Board, Budget Hearing & Special Town Meeting Minutes
TOWN OF LAMARTINE
Board Meeting Minutes, Budget Hearing and Special Town Meeting
Minutes Dated: November 14, 2011
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.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Frank called for any corrections or additions in the October Board Meeting minutes.
Mike seconded by Bruce made a motion to accept the October Board meeting minutes as presented. Motion carried 3-0.
Frank asked Greg to give the October Treasurer’s report. The ending balance as of 10-31-11 is $436,016.26. Bruce moved to accept the Treasurer’s report as presented. Mike seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.
Henry Schneider asked if the public would be allowed to speak about the fire truck purchase later on in the meeting or if comments or questions should be asked at this time. The board replied that comments would be asked for at the time of discussion. Ed Haney asked if money was earmarked by the town to do the cul-de-sac by his property. The board informed him that money was put in this budget to do this road work.
REPORTS AND COMMUNICATIONS:
A. Road Report—Frank reported that Rich has been working on the mowing tractor. There have been a number of problems with it since it was purchased. The company is taking care of these problems at no cost and during the off season would like to take it back to their shop and go over it. There would be no cost to the town. Rich has the trucks ready for the winter. He did do a little plowing last week with the slushy snow we got. The lighting in the town garage is in the process of being replaced/upgraded. Ten new lights have already been installed. Work on the lighting will continue this week, in the garage and also switching of the outside building lights.
B. Update on Building Committee Projects—Greg reported that as Frank had just mentioned the lighting in the garage area and outside building lights were being replaced. The sagging roof in the town garage was taken care of last week.
C. Date of Next Newsletter & Deadline for Articles to be in to the Newsletter Editor—The newsletter will be mailed out around the 20th of December. Articles for the newsletter should be to Patti by the first week in December.
A. Discussion / decision regarding creating an Official Town Map—Frank explained that last month he felt that people maybe did not understand why the town would create an official town map. He noted that this map has nothing to do with STH 151 or 23. This is a plan for the town roads etc. He feels that it is something the board / town should consider doing for the future. To think about what may happen in the community and have possible ideas mapped out or earmarked so a house or other development would not be where the town wanted to extend a road for instance. Frank got an estimated price of $2000 at the most to create an Official Town Map for the town from Martensen & Eisle. Mike stated that his preference would be to wait until next year to consider this, as meetings would be necessary prior to creating the map etc. and the town has more pressing things to take care of right now. The town should consider this in the next couple of years.
B. Discussion / decision regarding Vosen’s Landlocked Property—Frank reported that he met with the Town Attorney regarding what state statute says about land locked property. The Attorney said that he had received a call from Mr. Vosen’s attorney and basically the ball is in their court and they were going to deal with the property owner to get an easement in place. After much discussion and explanation Mike explained to Mr. Vosen who was in attendance this evening, that from this point forward any requests from him were to come directly to the board in writing, not the town attorney, and the board would take the request to our attorney. Neither Mr. Vosen or his attorney are to directly contact the town attorney. Bruce asked Mr. Vosen what he wants. Vosen explained that he had purchased a parcel of property with a building. The property is landlocked. He further explained that there were two ways to get access: 1. Town gets an easement for the landlocked property or 2. Vosen and his attorney work with the other property owner themselves to get an easement.
8:00Pm—PUBLIC BUDGET HEARING AND SPECIAL TOWN MEETING
With the time being 8:00 Pm, Mike seconded by Bruce 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 2011 Budget Hearing Meeting to order, per Section 60.40(3) of the Wisconsin State Statues.
The proposed 2012 Budget of the Town of Lamartine was read aloud by Treasurer Greg Michels. Please see Attachment “A”—“Summary of Proposed 2012 Budget”. Greg noted that the proposed 2011 Town Levy (payable in 2012) was $374,160.00. The levy is .48% higher than last year. No levy increases are allowed by the state, but the assessed value in the town has increased so the levy can increase that amount ($1776.00). He also reported that the annual garbage and recycling charge per household would remain at $137.00. The street light special charge would increase from $32.00 dollars per year to $35.00. The ambulance charge per person (pp) has increased from $18.00 to $23.00 pp which has raised this budget category significantly. Greg asked if anyone had any questions. Hearing none, Mike made a motion to adjourn the Budget Hearing and proceed to the Special Town Meeting. Bruce seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING OF THE TOWN OF LAMARTINE
Adopting the 2011tax levy to be paid in 2012 pursuant to Section 60.01(1)(a) of Wisconsin Statutes—Frank called for a motion to adopt the 2011 levy to be paid in 2012, at $374,160.00 pursuant to Section 60.01(1)(a) of the Wisconsin State Statues. Stan Dietsche made a motion to adopt the Town Levy at $374,160.00. Janet Williams seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.
Approving the 2012 highway expenditures pursuant to Section 82.03(2) of Wisconsin Statutes—Frank called for a motion to approve the 2012 highway expenditures at $311,800.00. Stan Dietsche made a motion seconded by Bernie Ritger to approve the 2012 highway expenditures. Motion carried unanimously.
Frank, with all business having been completed, called for a motion to adjourn the Special Town Meeting. Mike Suprenand seconded by Frank Bartzen moved to adjourn the special town meeting. Motion carried unanimously.
Mike made a motion that the Town Board Meeting be called back to order. Bruce seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.
The first order of business; being to call for a motion to adopt the final budget for 2012 as presented, per Wisconsin State Statute 60.04(4), thus setting the Local Tax Levy at $374,160.00. Mike made a motion to adopt the 2012 budget as presented. Frank seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.
A. Discussion / decision regarding the Town working with UW Extension on Well Water Testing—Discussion took place regarding the town working with the UW Extension and the Town of Byron to offer a program to all town residents for well water sampling. This would cost the town approximately $150.00 for postage. Town residents would choose one of three sampling packages offered and pay the amount specified for that type of sampling. The UW Extension would offer education on how to sample the wells and supply the sampling jars. The town would have volunteers to assist with handing out and collecting the filled sample jars. A volunteer would also be needed to deliver the samples to Stevens Point. Mike made a motion that the town spends up to $200.00 to proceed with the well testing program for the town residents through the UW Extension. Frank seconded the motion. Frank called for the vote: Mike—YES, Frank—YES and Bruce—NO. Motion carried 2-1. Please watch for further details in the December Town Newsletter and a special mailing.
B. Discussion / decision regarding the Road Supervisor’s Wages / benefits—The board asked Rich to please step out of the room for this discussion. The board agreed that Rich continues to do a good job for the town. Discussion took place regarding a wage increase and health insurance costs. Mike made a motion that Rich’s hourly wage be increased 35 cents per hour bring his rate to $17.60 per hour and keep the health insurance payment at $900.00 per month. Bruce second the motion explaining that he believes that even during these hard times Rich should get a raise as he saves the town a lot more than that. Motion carried 3-0.
C. Discussion—Regular Plan Commission Members (Glenn Becker & Carol Kinyon) Two (2) year terms are up January 2012—Frank will speak with Glenn and Carol to see if they are interested in another term on the Plan Commission and report back at the December Town Board Meeting.
D. Adoption of a Resolution Authorizing a Memorandum of Understanding Relating to Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS) w/Fond du Lac County—1/1/2012 thru 12/31/2013—Bruce moved seconded by Mike that the town adopt the 2012 – 2013 MOU with Fond du Lac County to continue to provide the statewide voter registration system for the township. Motion carried 3-0.
Approving the monthly vouchers and checks—Mike seconded by Bruce to approve payment of the VISA charge bill when it arrives. Motion carried 3-0. Mike moved seconded by Frank to approve the monthly checks and vouchers. Motion carried 3-0.
Discussion/decision regarding purchasing a fire truck. Please note that if the board decides this fire truck should be purchased they may go into a CLOSED SESSION MEETING to deliberate / negotiate a price/bid to offer to purchase the fire truck. The Lamartine Town Board would convene in closed session under § 19.85(1)(e). If the Town Board goes into a closed session meeting they will immediately reconvene in open session under § 19.85(2) to approve the purchase/funding for the fire truck.
Frank asked Fire Chief Joe Birschbach and those available from the fire department truck committee to give their presentation. Joe explained that the truck committee has come across a very nice used fire truck. It is a 2004 Peterbilt. The truck is already out of service as the municipality that owns it no longer needs it as their fire district has been downsized. The truck is in great shape with approximately 4180 miles and is pretty much set up how the fire department wants it to be. The minimum bid price that will be accepted for the truck is $135,000. After much discussion Mike thanked the fire department and stated that he had a great deal of respect for how they researched this truck. Frank called for a motion to convene in closed session authorized by state statute (ss) 19.85(1)(e) to deliberate an amount to offer to purchase this fire truck for the Town of Lamartine fire department. Mike made the motion to convene in closed session seconded by Bruce. Motion carried 3-0. Frank announced that immediately following the close session meeting the Town Board will reconvene in open session at which time the board will vote on purchasing the fire truck. Town residents were asked to clear the municipal building. Any one wishing to, could wait outside and come back in when the board reconvened in opened session.
CLOSED SESSEION PROCEDINGS will not be published at this time.
Open Session Reconvened:
Mike made a motion that the town authorize the purchase of the fire truck at the bid cap price discussed in closed session. Bruce seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.
Adjournment—Mike moved seconded by Bruce to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried 3-0 and the meeting adjourned at 9:40 Pm.
Town of Lamartine
Included with these minutes: Attendance Sign in Sheet
Attachment “A”—Proposed 2011 Budget
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