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October 8, 2012 October Town Board Meeting Minutes

Town Board Meeting
Minutes Dated: October 8, 2012
With all notices having been properly posted, Frank Bartzen, Chairman called the October meeting to order at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room (LMBMR) 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 September Board Meeting minutes.
¬Mike seconded by Bruce made a motion to approve the September Board meeting minutes. Motion
carried 3-0.

Greg read the September Treasurer’s report. The ending balance as of 9/30/2012 is $288,761.71. Bruce seconded by Mike moved to approve the Treasurer’s report as presented. Motion carried 3-0.

Citizen Concerns:

A. Road Report
a. Road Supervisor’s Annual Review— Rich’s Annual Evaluation was reviewed. Mike moved to approve a $.40 per hour wage increase to $18.00 per hour for 2013 for the Road Supervisor’s position. Frank seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.
B. Report on Board of Review (BOR) held September 13, 2012 at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM—Frank reported that BOR went well only one property owner appeared before the BOR. The BOR held with the Assessor’s value and no changes were made in the assessment.
C. Update on Vet Memorial /Cemetery Committee Meeting held 9/24/2012—Greg reported that the committee met and discussed names being added to the memorial. There is only one name at this time to be added so the committee decided to hold the name until there were more to add as it is very expensive to have the names added.
D. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION November 6, 2012 polls will be opened 7:00 Am to 8:00 Pm at the Lamartine Municipal Building Meeting Room (LMBMR). ABSENTEE VOTING: To vote absentee you must be a registered voter. Mail In Absentee Voting can be done NOW until Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 5:00 PM. Written requests—form GAB-121 “Application for Absentee Ballot” or equivalent must be received by the clerk by this date / time. In-Person Absentee Voting (By appointment only) begins Monday, October 22, 2012 and ends Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 at 5:00 PM. Voter Registration—can be done by mail with a completed form GAB-131 and a copy of your driver’s license. NOW until October 18, 2012. After this date Voter Registration has to be in person in the Clerk’s office or on election day at the polling place. Please note: if registering less than 28-days before the election you must be able to prove that you have been a resident for at least 28-days before the election. For more information and/or to obtain forms visit www.gab.wi.gov or to check your registration status, sample ballots, polling place, clerk contact information, and more cool election stuff visit: www.myvote.wi.gov or contact Clerk, Jill Randall at [email protected] or by phone 920-906-3683 or 920-960-7835.
E. Annual Wisconsin Towns Association Convention—October 14-16, 2012 held in Appleton for Elected Officials
F. Budget Workshop will be held Monday, October 22, 2012 @ 5:30PM—The Board will be putting together budget numbers for the 2013 budget. The Proposed Budget will be presented at the Nov.12th Budget Hearing Meeting at 8:00 Pm. No action will be taken by the board at this workshop.

A. Discussion / decision on Replacing Town Truck (Pick-up truck)—Frank and Rich are looking at a 2011 Dodge Ram 3500 pick up truck and Lenz Truck to replace the old pick up. The truck has 31,200 miles, 2 job boxes, gas engine, electric hoist, 11’ Monroe Body, etc. After much discussion, Mike moved that the board give Frank permission to purchase the truck plow and sander up to a total cost of $43,605 contingent upon checking out the 2011 transmission on the truck. Bruce seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0. Mike made a motion that the Board approves borrowing $25,000 for the purchase of the truck and use town funds for the balance of the purchase. Bruce seconded motion. Motion carried 3-0.

a. Brandon Public Library Director Christy Ross—Library Services available to the community—Christy Ross spoke for 10 minutes regarding what Brandon Public Library had to offer to the surrounding communities. Brandon Public Library is located at 117 E Main Street, Brandon. For more information please visit www.brandonlibrary.net or call 920-346-2350.
b. Fire Department (FD) Presenting 2013 budget—Fire Dept. President Stan Dietsche presented the 2013 fire dept. budget totaling $30,000. Stan noted that the budget decreased $5000 from 2012. He also announced that the FD would be holding a Steak Fry on June 22, 2013!! Mike moved seconded by Frank to approve the 2013 Fire Department budget as presented. Motion carried 3-0.
c. Action by Board-Adoption—“Resolution to Propose Exceeding Levy Limits” (2012 Payable 2013). Frank read the Resolution. He explained that this resolution directs that the question of increasing the town tax levy for 2012 (to be collected in 2013) by 10 percent, which would increase the town levy by $37,550 on an ongoing bases, for a total town tax levy of $413,057, shall be placed on the agenda for the special town meeting to be held on November 12, 2012. Please be advised that this is only a precaution. The board has not begun to work on the 2013 budget yet and does not know if an increase in the levy will even be necessary. To follow the proper procedures and time constraints, this resolution needs to be adopted now. This is only step one. The town electors will have the chance to attend the Budget Hearing and than a Special Town Meeting where town electors will vote on this matter. Frank further summarized the reason(s) the Board may need to seek approval from the electors to exceed the levy limit. The state for the past three years has put a freeze on all municipality levies. Lamartine has not increased the town levy since the year 2000. Prices continue to go up each year on fuel, sand salt, road expenses e.g. blacktop, gravel, to name a few. The town has established a 3-4 year road program to maintain our road infrastructure so town residents can get to work, children can get back and forth to school and farm products can move to market on safe travelable roads. Not maintaining the township roads will only lead to higher costs to improve them later. Frank explained that should this levy increase be necessary and the town electors voted to exceed the levy limit it would cost an addition $.24 per thousand. A $100,000 assessment would add $24.32 to the tax bill; a $150,000 assessment would add $36.49 and a $200,000 assessment would see a $48.64 increase to the town portion of the tax bill. Mike moved seconded by Bruce to approve the “Resolution to Propose Exceeding Levy Limits”. Motion carried 3-0

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

Adjournment—With no further business to discuss, Mike seconded by Bruce made a motion to adjourn. Motion carried 3-0 and the meeting adjourned at 9:15 Pm.

Respectfully Submitted,
Town of Lamartine

Jill Randall
Municipal Clerk

Included with these minutes: Attendance Sign in Sheet


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