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November 8, 2010 Town Board Meeting Minutes

Board Meeting Minutes, Budget Hearing and Special Town Meeting
Minutes Dated: November 8, 2010

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 approve 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 10-31-10 is $374,078.40. Bruce moved to accept the Treasurer’s report as given. Mike seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

Citizen Concerns:
A town resident asked if the flag flying outside the municipal building would be replaced soon. There are extra flags in storage and the flag will be replaced. Concern was addressed regarding a culvert by Wonser Road, south of East Lamartine Drive. The bottom of the culvert is rotted out and needs to be replaced soon. Frank and Rich will take a look at this culvert. At the last board meeting a citizen questioned previous board meeting minutes addressing a raise of the Plan Commission’s per meeting wage. The minutes from this meeting appear to be incomplete. The Plan Commission (PC) never received this raise. The Board remembers something about an increase for the PC but cannot remember all the details regarding this issue. The Board can not go back in time and the minutes were approved by the board as written. The Board will address PC wages and other charges for rezoning in the future as things will be much more complicated under the new zoning ordinance. Thank you to Mr. & Mrs. Haney for catching this inconsistency. An inquiry was made regarding if the Fenner Road road sign had been ordered yet, as was discussed at the last meeting. Frank explained that the sign had not been ordered because the specifications on road name signs has changed and a new law mandates size, color etc. The sign will be ordered as soon as it is determined exactly what specifications are now being required for this type of sign. Discussion took place regarding the new sign laws and a date certain that all the traffic, road name and other road signs in the township must be upgraded to the new specifications. The town is working on an inventory of all the road signs.

A. Road Report—Rich has been working on the road side mowing. The mowing will be done in the next couple of days.
1. Update Rogersville-Schmidt Property landscaping—The landscaping was started today and will hopefully be done by tomorrow night.
2. Landscaping on Townline Road—This landscaping was completed by Don Lefeber a week or two ago.
B. Zoning Ordinance Changes Update—Change in agenda order--This item will be discussed after the Public Hearing and Special Town Meeting
C. Update on Valentino Request for Variance in setback—Public Hearing held—Oct 25, 2010—Frank reported that A to Z Hydraulic (Victor Valentino) requested a variance in the minimum road setback of 100 feet to 50-feet, to enable him to construct a new building on his property. This variance was granted 5-0 by the Town of Lamartine Board of Appeals at a Public Hearing held on October 25th. Frank explained that there was some confusion at this hearing regarding the back part of this property being a wetland or not. This was important; if there was no delineation than there was no reason for the variance as the building could be built farther off the road. Frank researched this issue and discovered that there was a delineation, but someone dropped the ball and Fond du Lac County was never notified nor sent the necessary paperwork. The County now has the map and paperwork documenting the delineation.


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 2010 Budget Hearing Meeting to order, per Section 60.40(3) of the Wisconsin State Statues.

The proposed 2011 Budget of the Town of Lamartine was read aloud by Treasurer Greg Michels. Please see Attachment “A”—“Summary of Proposed 2011 Budget”. Greg noted that the proposed 2010 Town Levy (payable in 2011) was $372,384.00. The levy is 3.00% higher than last year. He also reported that the annual garbage and recycling charge would increase $4.00 per household, from $133.00 to $137.00 per year. The increase is due to tipping fees and the fuel surcharge the hauler charges the town. Greg asked if anyone had any questions. Hearing none, Greg made a motion to adjourn the Budget Hearing and proceed to the Special Town Meeting. Randy Kuik seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.


Adopting the 2010 tax levy to be paid in 2011 pursuant to Section 60.01(1)(a) of Wisconsin Statutes—Frank called for a motion to adopt the 2010 levy to be paid in 2011, at $372,384.00 pursuant to Section 60.01(1)(a) of the Wisconsin State Statues. Larry Conger made a motion to adopt the Town Levy at $372,384.00. Ed Haney seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

Approving the 2011 highway expenditures pursuant to Section 82.03(2) of Wisconsin Statutes—Frank called for a motion to approve the 2011 highway expenditures at $307,200.00. Greg Michels made a motion seconded by Randy Kuik to approve the 2011 highway expenditures. Motion carried unanimously.

Frank, with all business having been completed, called for a motion to adjourn the Special Town Meeting. Greg Michels 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 2011 as presented, per Wisconsin State Statute 60.04(4), thus setting the Local Tax Levy at $372,384.00. Mike made a motion to adopt the 2011 budget as presented. Frank seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

B. Zoning Ordinance Changes Update—Frank explained that the changes requested by the state were completed and sent to the state. The state is in the process of changing the wording in their model ordinance and it seems likely that the town will have to make more changes to our zoning ordinance to reflect the changes the state is making. It is very important that the changes in our ordinance are completed and certified by the state by the end of the year so there is no problem with our residents receiving their farmland preservation credits. A lengthy discussion took place regarding how to handle the state and options the town may have in moving this re-certification forward.
D. Election Results for the Nov. 2, 2010 General Election—The clerk reported that 801 town residents voted at the November General Election. No one was interested in hearing the results of the election. Please see Attachment “B” for a copy of the town election results.
E. Announcement of Plan Commission Member Resignation Effective January 1, 2011—Frank announced that Dean Birschbach was resigning from the Plan Commission effective January 1, 2011. The Board will discuss appointing a replacement at the upcoming board meeting.
F. Veterans Memorial / Cemetery Committee Update—Greg reported that at the last committee meeting they discussed the success of Community Day and the possibility of doing it again next year.

A. Discussion / decision regarding the Town working with UW Extension on Well Water Testing—Only five town residents have notified the town that they are interested in participating in the well water testing program. The board will have an article in the upcoming town newsletter asking any interested residents to contact the town if they are interested in participating. More people are needed to justify the town spending its portion of money to participate in the program. If anyone is interested in participating in the program please contact the Town Clerk at 920-906-3683 or via email: [email protected] Please leave your name, phone number and address on the message.
B. Discussion / decision on Writing a Project Bidding Policy for the Township—The Wisconsin Towns Association strongly advises the towns and villages to bid out all projects. It is not always practical to bid projects if it is an emergency, but other than that, regardless of cost, projects should be put out for bids. If not the board is not doing their fiscal duty. The board will look at the WTA’s model ordinance on this issue and see how they want to proceed.
C. Discussion / decision regarding Evaluation of the Township—The Town has received three (3) quotes for complete re-evaluation of the town. Grota--$44,900, Associated Appraisal--$39,900, Bowmar Appraisal—$46,800. The Board is afraid that the companies with the lower quotes are not aware of the poor shape the town’s assessing records are in, and when they see them they will charge more. The town will check the references with these companies and call Grota & Associated Appraisal with a few questions before making a decision.

A. Discussion / decision on placing deer crossing signs on town roads—Discussion took place regarding putting up deer crossing signs. The Board will not put the signs up as you never know where deer are going to cross and it does not seem like this would solve anything.
B. Discussion / approval to issue an operators licenses to Sherry Dillman (Rascals)—The clerk reported that the background check on Sherry Dillman resulted with no problems. Mike made a motion seconded by Bruce to approve an operators licenses being issued to Dillman. Motion carried 3-0.
C. Discussion / decision regarding the Road Supervisor’s Wages / benefits—Mike made a motion to approve road personnel wage increase beginning January 1, 2011 with a 25 cent per hour increase for the road supervisor to $17.25 per hour and increase $25.00 per month to $900.00 a month for his health insurance and a 50 cent per hour increase for the part time personnel to $12.50 per hour. Bruce seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

Approving the monthly vouchers and checks—Mike moved to approve the checks and vouchers as presented. Bruce seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

With no further business to discuss, Bruce seconded by Mike made a motion to adjourn. Motion carried 3-0 and the meeting adjourned at 9:40 Pm.

Respectfully Submitted,
Town of Lamartine

Jill Randall
Municipal Clerk
Included with these minutes: Attendance Sign in Sheet
Attachment “A”—Proposed 2011 Budget
Attachment “B”—Results of the Nov.2, 2010 General Election


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