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November 1, 2008 Board Meeting Minutes, Budget Hearing and Special Town Meeting
TOWN OF LAMARTINE
Board Meeting Minutes, Budget Hearing and Special Town Meeting
Minutes Dated: November 10, 2008
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. Bruce made a motion seconded by Mike to accept the minutes as presented. Motion carried 3-0.
Frank asked Greg to give the October Treasurer’s report. The ending balance as of 10-31-08 is $402,149.55. Frank made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s report as given. Mike seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.
Helen Haney voiced a concern as to why the Pucker CSM was approved outside of a board meeting, and asked about a turn round on this property for the school bus and township. Frank explained that the CSM was approved outside a board meeting because of financial work that needed to be completed before the next town board meeting and to complete the financial work the CSM had to be approved. This CSM was a stand alone parcel with an uninhabitable house that the owner was demolishing and rebuilding. The property owner will be putting in a turn around.
Pete Braun thanked the Board for having copies of the prior meetings minutes out at the Board Meeting for review and Henry for coming up with the idea.
REPORTS AND COMMUNICATIONS:
1. Road Report—Frank reported that the roadside mowing is complete. The Town has scheduled rental of a tractor / boom to reach the places the town mower can’t reach. Rich is beginning to get the trucks ready for the winter plowing season.
a. FEMA Report—The Town has not received the FEMA reimbursement money for the summer flooding. The County will call when they have the Town’s check.
b. Update on truck purchase—Monroe will be finishing up with the new Town truck this Friday. Hopefully by the end of this week or the beginning of next the Town will take delivery of the truck. The Bill of Sales for the old 1995 Ford Plow truck is complete. Frank voiced concern that if the old truck was not released to the buyer soon the deal may not go through. With no snow in the forecast he wanted to get the truck to the new owner. Mike seconded by Bruce made a motion to let the buyer purchase the 1995 Ford Truck Tuesday or Wednesday (Nov. 11th or 12th) of this week. Motion carried 3-0.
B. Update on Cemetery/Veterans Memorial Committee Meeting 10/27/08—Greg reported that the committee has to submit the veteran’s names by December 1st to the vendor. A dedication of the memorial is being planned for May 25, 2009 (Memorial Day) around 11:00 Am or Noon, with possibly a special parade. Two trees have been removed from the memorial site by Jacob Tree Service at no charge. The committee needs to collect $8300 to reach the project goal. The next meeting will be held December 1, 2008 at 7:30 Pm at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room.
C. Update Animal Siting Zoning Ordinance—DATCP and ECWRPC (Eric Fowle) called a meeting to discuss the Towns’ draft of the Animal Siting Zoning Ordinance Amendments. The Town Chairman and the Plan Commission Chairman were also invited to attend this meeting. Specific changes in the zoning ordinance amendments document wa discussed and changes were proposed to the zoning district map. The Town Plan Commission will hold a meeting to review and discuss these proposed changes. Suggested meeting dates were December 3, 9th or 10th. Please watch the Town posting boards for confirmation of this meeting. Eric will finish this project up with the Town even though the Town has discontinued their membership. He is hoping to have this completed by February 2009.
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 2008 Budget Hearing Meeting to order, per Section 60.40(3) of the Wisconsin State Statues.
The proposed 2009 Budget of the Town of Lamartine was read aloud by Treasurer Greg Michels. Please see Attachment “A”—“Summary of Proposed 2009 Budget”. Greg noted that the proposed 2008 Town Levy (payable in 2009) was $345,018.00. He noted that the building loan will be paid off in 2010. Greg asked if anyone had any questions. 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
Adopting the 2008 tax levy to be paid in 2009 pursuant to Section 60.01(1)(a) of Wisconsin Statutes—Frank called for a motion to adopt the 2008 levy to be paid in 2009, at $345,018, pursuant to Section 60.01(1)(a) of the Wisconsin State Statues. Pete Braun made a motion to adopt the Town Levy at $345,018.00. Dolores Braun seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.
Approving the 2009 highway expenditures pursuant to Section 82.03(2) of Wisconsin Statutes—Frank called for a motion to approve the 2009 highway expenditures at $165,000.00 for road repairs. Greg Michels made a motion seconded by Pete Braun to approve the 2009 highway expenditures. Motion carried unanimously.
Setting the compensation of the elected town officials for the term of office beginning April 7, 2009 through April 5, 2011—Frank called for a motion to set the compensation of the elected town officials for the term of office beginning April 7, 2009 through April 5, 2011. The wage increase proposed is as follows: $1000 increase for the two year term for each of the following positions, Chairman, Treasurer and Clerk. Randy Kuik made the motion to set the compensation. Larry Ford seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.
Frank with all business having been completed, called for a motion to adjourn the Special Town Meeting. Pete Braun seconded by Larry Ford moved to adjourn the special town meeting. Motion carried unanimously.
Mike made a motion that the Town Board Meeting be called back to order. Frank seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0. The first order of business; being to call for a motion to adopt the final budget for 2009 as presented, per Wisconsin State Statute 60.04(4), thus setting the Local Tax Levy at $345,018.00. Mike made a motion to adopt the 2009 budget as presented. Bruce seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.
REPORTS AND COMMUNICATIONS CONTINUED
D. Update on Smart Growth SWOT Meeting with the Town Plan Commission—October 15, 2008—Mike commented that he was impressed with Warren from Martenson & Eisele, he is doing a good job. The meeting was informative. The Lamartine Plan Commission along with 22 residents participated in the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) workshop to develop a vision for the Town. They created lists that identified what they liked about their community, what they felt were some of the weaknesses, what they would like to see in their community and what challenges they may face in working to achieve the vision. Another meeting will be scheduled in the next three months or so.
E. ELECTION Update—Presidential Election—November 4, 2008—The Clerk reported that 1010 people voted at the Presidential Election. 122 voters voted by Absentee Ballot. This is about 74% or the eligible voters in the township. The results of the election (votes that were cast for each office by the Town residents) were read aloud.
F. Upcoming Newsletter—Please get articles in for the newsletter by November 20. 2008.
A. Board Action—Adoption of “Treasurer Bond Ordinance” in place of the “Treasurer Bond Resolution” adopted at the October Town Board meeting—Frank read the Treasurer Bond Ordinance aloud. The adoption of this ordinance exempts the Town of Lamartine from posting the bond sufficient to cover all state and county taxes. If the Town should default or fail to pay these taxes the Town of Lamartine shall pay from the funds available to the municipality. Mike made a motion seconded by Bruce to adopt the “Town of Lamartine Treasurer Bond Ordinance No. T111008 in place of resolution No. 101308 adopted at the October Town Board meeting. Motion carried 3-0.
B. Board Action—Plan Commission (PC) Alternate Member Cory Towne—Adopting another in his place on the PC—This item will be tabled until the December Town Board Meeting.
Approving the monthly vouchers and checks—Bruce made a motion seconded by Mike to approve the vouchers as presented. Motion carried 3-0.
With no further business to discuss, Mike seconded by Bruce made a motion to adjourn. Motion carried 3-0 and the meeting adjourned at 9:07 Pm.
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