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November 9, 2009 Town Board Meeting Minutes
TOWN OF LAMARTINE
Board Meeting Minutes, Budget Hearing and Special Town Meeting
Minutes Dated: November 9, 2009
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 then called for any corrections or additions in the October Board Meeting minutes. Helen Haney asked that the minutes be corrected as she felt that they were worded wrong and it made it look like she was against Larry Conger and she did not say anything about Larry. Mike made a motion to approve the October meeting minutes with a correction in the citizen concerns to read …Helen Haney questioned if the town should be grading gravel roads or not. Bruce seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.
Frank asked Greg to give the October Treasurer’s report. The ending balance as of 10-31-09 is $377,435.45. Bruce moved to approve the Treasurer’s report as given. Mike seconded the motion. Motion carried
Ed Haney reported to the board that the road sign recently installed for Fenner Road was incorrect. The sign says Fenner Drive not Fenner Road. Frank will have Rich order and install a new correct sign.
Mike Ott from St. Stephens Church asked if this would be the time at this meeting to discuss the drainage issues at the St. Stephens Church property. Frank said that was fine. Mike asked what the Town found when they opened the catch basin. Frank explained that the town box culvert is in good condition and is not causing any problems at this point in time. They also found there was a culvert added to the box culvert that was not banned but had only a piece of metal over the seam and shingles added to cover where it was not sealed. The Town or County did not do this work! The Town has not made any changes to the drainage by the church. Frank did an extensive records search at the County Highway Dept. and viewed records back to 1926. The County has not made any changes to this drainage area either. Discussion took place regarding this issue. The church believes that the box culvert was never correct and is old and needs to be corrected by the town. The Town Board will have this concern added to the December Town Board Meeting Agenda.
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, Frank Bartzen, Chairman of the Town of Lamartine, called the 2009 Budget Hearing Meeting to order, per Section 60.40(3) of the Wisconsin State Statues.
The proposed 2010 Budget of the Town of Lamartine was read aloud by Treasurer Greg Michels. Please see Attachment “A”—“Summary of Proposed 2010 Budget”. Greg noted that the proposed 2009 Town Levy (payable in 2010) was $361,538.00. The levy is 4.79% higher than last year. This will be the first time in ten years that the Town has raised the levy. Greg asked if anyone had any questions. Linda Birschbach 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 2009 tax levy to be paid in 2010 pursuant to Section 60.01(1)(a) of Wisconsin Statutes—Frank called for a motion to adopt the 2009 levy to be paid in 2010, at $361,358.00 pursuant to Section 60.01(1)(a) of the Wisconsin State Statues. Greg Michels made a motion to adopt the Town Levy at $361,538.00. Dolores Braun seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.
Approving the 2010 highway expenditures pursuant to Section 82.03(2) of Wisconsin Statutes—Frank called for a motion to approve the 2010 highway expenditures at $299,900.00. Jill Randall made a motion seconded by Dean Birschbach to approve the 2010 highway expenditures. Motion carried unanimously.
Frank with all business having been completed, called for a motion to adjourn the Special Town Meeting. Pete Braun seconded by Randy Kuik 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 2010 as presented, per Wisconsin State Statute 60.04(4), thus setting the Local Tax Levy at $361,358.00. Mike made a motion to adopt the 2010 budget as presented. Frank seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.
REPORTS AND COMMUNICATIONS:
A. Road Report—Rich reported that 2/3 of the last roadside mowing is done and he is now working on getting trucks ready for the winter. Mike asked the Town residents what they want for ditch mowing. The Town residents in attendance said that they want the money spent for mowing of the Town roadsides. Frank explained that the County TRIP program has awarded the grant monies. The Town of Lamartine was cut and will not receive any TRIP funds.
B. Newsletter Articles are due in to Patti Rhode by November 10th
C. Plan Commission Zoning Ordinance Update Meeting held October 15, 2009—Frank reported that the Plan Commission (PC) made a recommendation to accept the zoning code updates as written. The zoning code has been sent to the State for review and prior approval. Then the Town will hold a public hearing to adopt the zoning code.
D. Building Committee Report—Greg reported that the committee’s projects have been completed. The painting of the handrails, doors and bumper posts and the lighting work are done. RaiseRight will be coming soon to do some mud jacking of some sunken concrete.
E. Report on WTA Convention in Stevens Point—Attended by Elected Officials Oct. 11-14, 2009—The Board reported that the educational classes held at convention were very beneficial.
F. Update on DOT meeting regarding STH 151—Public meeting held October 28, 2009—Frank reported that the DOT addressed possible changes to be made to STH 151 in the next 10-15-20 years. Some side roads that have access to 151 may not have access in the future. On / off exit ramps may be installed in the future. As things progress the DOT will hold more meetings with notification going out to any affected landowners.
G. Update regarding town’s liability during community service for road sign damage—Frank spoke with the County and they will cover the liability on this young man doing community service in the township. Frank will speak to the young man’s mother and find out when he will begin his service and how many hours he has to serve.
H. Results of November 3, 2009 Oakfield School District Referendum Voting—The Clerk reported that there were 200 town residents in the Oakfield School Dist. who voted on the referendum. The vote total was 115 YES votes and 85 NO votes.
I. Veterans Memorial Committee Update—Greg Michels and Dick Baehler presented to the Town a Beautification award given to the Town by Fond du Lac County in recognition of the beautiful Veteran’s Park. Dick thanked the Town and said that he was glad to be apart of the Veteran’s Memorial Committee.
9. OLD BUSINESS:
10. NEW BUSINESS:
A. Discussion / Approval of MABAS Resolution—Fire Department Chief Joe Birschbach explained that the County was going to a new system for paging out fire calls. Instead of the “mutual aide” that the department currently uses they will be using the “Mutual Aide Box Alarm System”. This agreement / resolution needs to be approved by the town board. Frank moved to approve the MABAS resolution. Mike seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.
B. Discussion / decision regarding CSM for Kelly Property / Alliant Sub Station (Hwy 23)—Mike moved to approve and sign the Kelly Property CSM. Frank seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.
C. Discussion regarding appointment of a Plan Commission Alternate Member—Frank explained that Tim Bell resigned from the Plan Commission. He served as an alternate member. Frank asked that each of the Board members bring him three names of town residents to be considered for appointment to this position, and it would be discussed at the December 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.
With no further business to discuss, Mike seconded by Frank made a motion to adjourn. Motion carried 3-0 and the meeting adjourned at 9:10 Pm.
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