Board Meeting minutes of April 23, 2013
Present: Chairman Monn, Supervisors Bob Anderson, Tim Mittlestadt Jr. and newly elected Steve Nielsen, Clerk-Treasurer Valerie Windsor, Maintenance Kevin Finder and townspeople Jack Clark, Eddie and Ardy James, Alevia James, Jim Mickalski, Cindy Griffin, Jim and Pat Smith, Deneka’s, Joel and Meg Wittenmeyer.
Chairman Monn called the meeting to order at 7pm at the Stanton Town Shop, Knapp, WI
Motion to approve March minutes as mailed was made by R. Monn, 2nd by T. Mittlestadt Jr. Approved.
Treasurer’s Report: Balance on hand March 1, 2013 $40,233.69
March Receipts $1,297.02
Less March Disbursements $23,846.60
Book Balance as of March 31, 2013 $17,684.11
Motion to approve Treasurer’s Report as mailed was made by R. Monn, 2nd by B. Anderson. Approved.
Assessment Technologies billed us ($145) for a data base made for our assessor as we had no records prior. If we can keep the data we would gladly pay the bill, we will have to ask Owen Assessing about this before we pay.
Motion to approve vouchers and checks was made by B. Anderson, except Assessment Technologies until further verification from Owen Assessing, 2nd by R. Monn. Approved.
Maintenance Report: Dennis Duval will take the appliances on roll off day. It will take place on Sat. May 11th 9am-1pm. Date for road inspection will be Friday, May 10th. Meeting at 7am at the Stanton Town Shop. Bob and Kevin went through and decided what roads to seal coat and crack fill; they are This will be roughly $140,000, which will be well within our budget for 2013 for roads.
Chairman Report: Newsletter went out.
Supervisors Report: Bob: Dunn County Unit Meeting on April 29th at the Judicial Center in Menomonie. They will be discussing the county zoning ordinances. Town’s Officials Meeting on Thursday, May 30th in Eau Claire. Bob will invite the licensed humane officer to the May meeting for the dog ordinance.
Tim: Now that Tim is no longer on the board he no longer wishes to be on the Plan Commission. There are other members that do not want to be on the Plan Commission either. Tim feels that as a Plan Commission they spent a little over $10,000 to get nothing really accomplished. Bob felt the board had asked numerous times for reports and was declined because of things not being done, ect. Cindy stated that all things that went on at the meetings was in every set of minutes and could’ve been read at any time. It was stated that it is not only reading the minutes of every meeting; it would be just as important to have a committee report so someone is there to answer questions. Majority of Plan Commission feels there needs to be a stronger set of regulations for the mining ordinance than what the county has to offer in their ordinance. There is no future meetings set for the Plan Commission as there are uncertainties in who will be on the committee. Rich will call each of the current members to address any concerns and will put the Plan Commission on the May meeting agenda. Tim feels someone should go to the current operating mines and check on them on a monthly basis to make sure they are complying with the ordinances. This should fall on Dunn County as we are under their zoning.
Recommendations from the Plan Commission: PC members itemized the following concerns and recommendations for the Town Board:
It is recommended that the Town Board take action on all or part of the Plan Commission’s draft of a township nonmetallic mine operator licensing ordinance containing restrictions beyond those required by county zoning.
It is recommended that if new legal counsel is to be selected, the Town Board make its selection from a list of lawyers recommended by the Plan Commission based on the lawyers’ reputation for specializing in environmental law and protecting municipal interests.
It is recommended that the Town Board follow up with Dunn County Land Conservation and County zoning to clarify how county zoning applies to the DKS and Downing pits and how these mines are being monitored. (The Plan Commission has been told by Dunn County staff that when existing mines expand beyond their original footprint and a new application is required, the entire mine is subject to county zoning requirements.)
The PC chair has been a citizen in the past. It is recommended that the Town Board appoint a citizento this position. It is further recommended that the makeup of the Plan Commission be studied – how many citizens and how many town officials, if any.
If a Plan Commission is reappointed, members need the Town Board’s assurance that it is willing to discuss, study, seek further input when necessary, and act on the Commission’s recommendations.
Given numerous resident requests, it is recommended that the new Town Board commit to providing useful, timely information on the town web site (as well as a quarterly mailed newsletter) so that residents are informed about what their town officials are working on and what challenges might be facing the township.
Clerk-Treasurer Report: Val worked on a job description/contract for the Clerk-Treasurer position. Board will go over this and put on the May agenda.
New Business: Bob Colson, rep. with Nature Valley Grand Prix is here to discuss the bike race that goes through our township. Race is set for June 15th. There is a slight route change this year over last year. Residents brought up concerns for Bob to take back to the committee. (Sand and Gravel in yards, cars following bikes going too fast and across both sides of road, maintenance on roads, painting roads and road signs) Question was asked how residents are notified on the route and approximate times they will be going by. Suggestion was made they could possibly send out a postcard to the affected residents to let them know. Colson assured us that someone will come out and talk to our township in upcoming years to talk about the race and let residents know what is going on.
Swearing in officials of 2013-2014 – Chairman – Rich Monn
Supervisors – Bob Anderson and Steve Nielson
Public Comment: None
Motion to adjourn meeting was made by B. Anderson, 2nd by R. Monn. Approved.
Meeting adjourned at 8:15pm
Annual Meeting – April 23, 2013
Chairman Monn called the Annual Meeting to order at 8:20pm
Rich went through line items of receipts and disbursements of year 2012. Bob pointed out that when the current board took over, the recycle business was a “losing battle”, however now we are looking better with the funds.
Motion was made to give Kevin a $500.00 bonus for his hard work throughout the year by Rich Monn, 2nd by Jack Clark. Approved.
Motion to adjourn annual meeting by R. Monn, 2nd by Jack Clark. Approved.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30pm