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Regular Monthly Meeting
Apr 13, 2009

TOWN OF NEW DENMARK
MINUTES FROM MONTHLY MEETING
APRIL 13, 2009

The regular monthly meeting for the Town of New Denmark was called to order on Monday, April 13, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman Gary Moore. After the Pledge of Allegiance the Minutes from March’s regular monthly meeting were read and being no revisions a motion was made by Sup. Bradley and seconded by Sup. Rabas to approve. MC.

MINUTES FROM SPECIAL MEETINGS: None

TREASURER’S REPORT: The Treasurer’s books show a balance on hand of $667,424.74 in the money market, $10,723.74 in checking. Motion made by Sup. Rabas and seconded by Sup. Bradley to accept report. MC

COMMENTS OR CONCERNS FROM THE PUBLIC: Todd Boehm inquires about Petersen Lane. Requesting clarification of road location as he may be interested in purchasing the property. To be addressed under New Business.

OLD BUSINESS
Norbert Hansen – Zoning Extension for ND-429-1: Discussion as to number of extensions requested/ granted. Motion by Sup. Bradley to grant a one year extension until April 12, 2010. Seconded by Sup. Rabas. MC Norbert Hansen questions the timeframe restraints. When property was re-zoned no limitations were set. Sup. Rabas reviews history of request: Plan Commission met on 11-14-02; Public Hrg on 2-27-03; Approved by Town Bd 5-12-03 with language that if home is not constructed within two years he would be required to come back to Town Bd to request an extension. Second 2 yr extension granted 5-5-05; Third extension granted 4-16-07. Sup. Rabas states limitation were noted. Sup. Bradley rescinds prior motion and makes a motion to grant Mr. Hansen a 2 year extension from today’s date to construct a home on ND-429-1 due to present state of the economy, otherwise he would need to come back to the Town Board to seek another extension. Seconded by Sup. Rabas. MC

NEW BUSINESS

SCHENK – OVERVIEW OF ANNUAL REPORT: Virginia Hinz of Schenk recaps 2008 Financial Report for Town. As of 12/31/08 the Town had $323,533 cash available. This is healthy fund balance. 2% levy limits to remain in effect for 2010 and it is anticipated State Highway Aids may be cut 3.5-4.8%. Would recommend keeping the Reserve Fund higher to cover future cuts in State aid. Noted the Bridge funds should not be included in the Town’s levy limit as the money is levied from Brown Cty. Sup. Rabas inquires splitting funds into separate accounts/different banks. Ms. Hinz states funds are only insured up to $250,000 for interest barring accounts. State guarantees up to $400,000. Money market balances have exceeded these amounts which leaves a portion of those funds uninsured for a short period of time during tax collection.

DAN ULLMAN – Funding Request (Baseball Diamond): Ltr from Dan Ullman requesting a donation from the Town to help offset maintenance costs of the Denmark Ball Diamond. Cost range from $2,000-$3,000. The Village has taken the position they will no longer maintain the field due to shortage of funding and cutbacks in summer employment. Games are played 4-5 nights a week by a number of children in our Town. Various members/volunteers will assist in maintaining the field and they are seeking donations from various municipalities. Request is a $300 donation. Motion by Sup. Bradley and seconded by Sup. Rabas for a one year donation of $300 for maintenance of the Denmark Ball Diamond. MC

NOMINATION AND APPROVAL OF PLAN COMMISSION MEMBERS
Chairman Moore nominates the following as members of the Plan Commission: Francis Rabas (2 yrs), Norbert Hansen (2 yrs), Keith Brunner (3 yrs); Paul Huguet (3 yrs), Steve Olson (1 yr); Gary Moore – Chairman removed and replaced by William Krueger (1 yr), Kathy Janssen (1 yr), Alternatives: Mike Calewarts and Richard Bradley. Sup. Bradley requests to be removed as an alternate. Motion by Sup. Bradley and seconded by Sup. Rabas to accept nominations. MC

NOMINATION AND APPROVAL OF VARIANCE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Chairman Moore nominates the following for the Variance Committee: Mark Schultz (2 yrs), John Champeau (3 yrs), Dan Ullman (2 yrs), Orlane Moore (2 yrs), Jim Wavrunek (1 yr), Richard Bradley - alternate. Motion by Sup. Rabas and seconded by Sup. Bradley to accept nominations. MC

DISCUSSION REGARDING A. PETERSEN LANE: Todd Boehm states a home at the end of this road is for sale and prior to putting in an offer to purchase he would the Bd to clarify where A. Petersen Lane is located. A CSM he reviewed puts the road between two buildings with the well falling in the right-of-way. He would like to see the road remain as it is versus the CSM. Chairman Moore states the CSM he reviewed was never accepted or approved by the Town Bd and it is not valid. This matter should go before the Plan Commission and then the new Town Bd for a final determination. To be placed on May’s agenda for new Town Bd to review.

DISCUSSION REGARDING CLEAN-UP OF PROPERTY (Irish/Hwy KB): Sup. Bradley reports property has been cleaned. Issued resolved.

RESOLUTION TO MAKE OLD SETTLERS ROAD 70 FT: CSM obtained from Brown Cty which lowered the road 12 ft when hill was graded and altered the width of Old Settlers Road in various places. Sup. Rabas makes a motion to adopt a resolution to widen Old Settlers Road from intersection of Irish to Old Settlers west for a distance of 3,634’ to make the entire width 70 ft. in width. Seconded by Sup. Bradley. Atty. Sickel states the property owners must be provided with a 30 day notice if the Town wishes to reconfigure the road width. Class Three Notice provided to all interested parties. After the 30 day notice the Town can adopt an ordinance/resolution to reconfigure the road. Motion by Sup. Rabas to direct counsel to draft appropriate ordinance to adjust the road width of Old Settlers Road to 70 ft to Irish Road. Seconded by Sup. Bradley. (Resolution signed 4/13/09 - #2009-05) MC

POLICY FOR ANIMAL CARCASS PICK-UP: Sup. Rabas inquired of Brown Cty Sheriff’s Dept as to pick-up of animal carcasses from the roadway. Large and small animals will be picked up by County and the number to call is 448-4200. Requests should be made to the Town Board.

ASSESSOR’S REPORT: None. Open Book and Bd of Review to be set with new Bd members.

REPAIRS TO TOWN HALL ENTRANCE: Chairman Moore believes this should be left to the incoming Bd.

ROAD & BRIDGE REPORT: Sup. Rabas states culvert on Kaminski Lane will need to be replaced. The Town did not receive any stimulus funds at this time as the roads are not traveled enough and the bridges are too small.

REVIEW/APPROVE – FIRE PROTECTION CONTRACT: Chairman Moore reads proposed Fire Contract for 2009/2010 – Yearly fee of $32,153.00 due and policy effective April 15th. Motion by Sup. Rabas and seconded by Sup. Bradley to approve. MC

VIKING RESCUE SQUAD UPDATE: Contract received from Larry Ullmer with new updates and new per capita rate. Rate increased slightly to $9.67 per resident but quality of service also improved. Motion by Sup. Bradley and seconded by Sup. Rabas to approve. MC

INFORMATIONAL BUILDING PERMIT FORMS: Dan Hertel 5798 Cty T (ND-426-1) to replace shed on existing footing. Motion by Sup. Rabas and seconded by Sup. Bradley to approve. MC; James Lau of 5594 Cty T to construct solar array on south side of barn. Motion by Sup. Bradley and seconded by Sup. Rabas to approve. MC; Dave/Priscilla Bierke of ND-156-1 to construct a single family home and storage garage. Motion by Sup. Bradley and seconded by Sup. Rabas to approve. MC; Don/Wendy Schlies of 5361 Maribel Road for a deck addition. Motion by Sup. Rabas and seconded by Sup. Bradley to approve. MC; Frederick/Debra Phelps of ND-721 (Lot 1) to construct a single family home. Motion by Sup. Rabas and seconded by Sup. Bradley to approve. MC; Richard Collins 4879 Cooperstown Rd (ND-670-1) to construct a 18x27 detached storage shed. Motion by Sup. Bradley and seconded by Sup. Rabas to accept with setbacks approved by building inspector. MC

CORRESPONDENCE: Clerk reports 2009 Recycling Grant will be $2,410.80 which is up from last year’s grant of $1,515. Kathy Janssen would like to extend a thank you to the Town Bd, Smart Growth members, Ordinance Committee for all the accomplishes they have made in the last few years. The Town has greatly improved accessibility of information by creating the web page and providing notices and minutes online.

PAYMENT OF BILLS: Motion by Sup. Bradley and seconded by Sup. Rabas to approve and pay bills, excluding invoice from Weyers. MC Sup. Bradley requests a letter be attached to invoice for Town Board to review in May.

Motion by Sup. Bradley and seconded by Sup. Rabas to adjourn at 8:45 p.m. MC

Prepared by: Michelle Wallerius, Clerk
Approved: May 11, 2009



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