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Regular Monthly Meeting
Jan 12, 2009

TOWN OF NEW DENMARK
MINUTES FROM MONTHLY MEETING
JANUARY 12, 2009

The January regular monthly meeting for the Town of New Denmark was called to order on Monday, January 12, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman Gary Moore. After the Pledge of Allegiance the Minutes from December’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 $763,882.77 in the money market, $9,000 designated to Town Bridge Fund and $2,565.99 in checking. Taxes for 2008 $980,066.90 with a Tax settlement payout of $945,892.25 with a balance of $34,174.65. Motion made by Sup. Rabas and seconded by Sup. Bradley to accept report. MC

COMMENTS OR CONCERNS FROM THE PUBLIC: None

OLD BUSINESS: None.

NEW BUSINESS

ADOPTION OF CODE OF ORDINANCES: Atty Sickel states revisions have been made to the following ordinances as requested by the Bd. 5.6 Wind Energy Ordinance – set back increased to 1500 feet; 7.10 Telecommunication Towers – pre-existing towers exempt from obtaining permits/fees unless otherwise moved or changed; 31 Non-Metallic Mineral Extraction – applications/permits waived for existing pits and exempt from conditional uses; 33.01 Outdoor Refuse – Village changed to Town. Sup. Bradley clarifies in section 31.05(m) existing pits should be exempt from yearly mineral extraction fee (10 cents per ton). To be revised. Clerk reads Resolution Adopting Revised Code of Ordinances. Motion by Sup. Rabas and seconded by Sup. Bradley to adopt Resolution. MC. Clerk assigns #2009-01 to resolution.

INITIAL RESOLUTION FOR REVENUE BOND FOR NEW ORGANIC DIGESTER, LLC:
Atty Templin present. States bond funding must be authorized by a municipality and project must qualify for the bond. NEW Organic Digester meets both State and federal criteria for low interest revenue bond. Benefit to Town: no liability and it encourages growth of local businesses. Municipality must be issuer of bond. First step is for the Town to adopt an Initial Resolution which authorizes expressed intent to authorize the Bond. Atty. Templin will work with the underwriters which provides for broad indemnification. Initial resolution is not binding if passed, but it allows them to continue with the process. A Notice to the Electors will be published in the local newspaper and they have 30 days to petition for a referendum. If no opposition, a Final Resolution would be submitted to the Bd for a final vote at the March/April Town Bd meeting.

Chairman Moore inquires of Rob Larsen of his intent. Mr. Larsen states it allows them to proceed with this project with a 1 ½ to 2% lower expense and will increase the likelihood of success. Current market shows a lot of support for funding of govt issued bonds. Sup. Rabas questions how the Town’s legal expenses will be billed or paid. Legal fees can be billed monthly or shortly before closing – cost will be covered completely in the bond process. Initial Resolution read by Chairman Moore. Motion by Sup. Bradley and seconded by Sup. Rabas to adopt Initial Resolution for Revenue Bond for NEW Organic Digester, LLC. MC. Resolution #2009-02. Atty. Templin’s office to publish legal notices and process paperwork.

DRAW FOR POLL POSITIONS: Positions for April 7th Spring election drawn. Chairman - position pulled by Rob Larsen: Gary T. Moore 1st; William Krueger 2nd. Supervisor position drawn by Mike Calewarts: Francis Rabas 1st, Richard Bradley 2nd and Matthew Goetsch 3rd. Treasurer’s position drawn by Kathy Janssen: Wendy Rowsam 1st and Dawn Chervenka 2nd. Assessor’s position drawn by David Schlies: Michael Gaworek 1st and Gary Taicher 2nd.

TOWN SPONSORSHIP FOR TOWN NEWSLETTER: Chairman Moore has received good responses from the residents in response to the Town newsletter and would suggest the Town revisit sponsorship for a portion of the additional mailings. Clerk states mailing costs $350-$375.00 between photocopy expense and postage. About 75 people receive it online. Additional funding would be for two newsletters – spring and summer and the Town will continue to pay for the year end newsletter. Sup. Rabas feels people could obtain it on online and the money should be put toward road repairs. Motion by Sup. Bradley to contribute $250.00 to the Town newsletter per mailing. No second. Motion does not pass. Motion by Chairman Moore to contribute $200 per mailing. Seconded by Sup. Bradley. 2 ayes, 1 opposed. MC

ASSESSOR’S REPORT
Gary Taicher working with Norb Buresh on updating the second half of sales and updating for 2009. Personal property forms have been completed.

CLARIFY WHAT ROADS ARE BEING PLOWED BY EACH CONTRACTOR: Record snowfall and ice have left many roads snow covered and slippery. Chairman Moore has viewed many of the area roads and feels both entities have done a good job. Inquires of Bd what roads are under question as to who is clearing/removing snow? Bielinski plows Maribel into the northern half of Town; Connor Lane plowed by Bielinski. Christensen Lane should be County. Sup. Rabas to notify County to include Christensen Lane. Bielinski to continue with entire southern half of Town. Only concern by Bd is that residents clear snow from private driveway that it is cleared from the roadway and wind rows are not left in roadway as it creates a hazard. Snow to be pushed in the right-of-way and not to obstruct signs or view of traffic.

TOWN ROAD & BRIDGE REPORT: Representative from Ayres present and provides Phase I of report for W. Town Hall bridge. Structure is deficient. Pipes are too small. Four structural options presented with cost estimates. Existing slopes 2/1. Chairman Moore questions if any additional land would need to be acquired. Permanent limited easement w/out fee title is recommended. Chairman Moore inquires if “Dip” sign should be added – sign could be beneficial. Question raised what costs and fees are included in the construction costs. Ayres fees are included in the written contract. Phase II cost would be $3,000-4,000 with DNR fees and Core of Engineering permitting included. Sup. Rabas questions 5’/6’ culvert – County should reimburse at least half the cost. Leaning toward concrete box due to longer life span. Sup. Rabas to speak with County about reimbursement. Phase II could be complete within 25 days of contract being signed. Chairman Moore inquires if guard rail should be installed. Okay without due to volume of traffic, east side steep and it would be left to the Bd to decide. Motion by Sup. Rabas and seconded by Sup. Bradley to table until next month in order for Ayres to provide proposed Phase II contract.

Ltr from Transportation Dept at Denmark School District addressed to all municipalities raising concern Brown Cty will not sand or salt any side road. Sup. Rabas to contact County to discuss. Bielinski has added sand/salt to at all intersections and side roads.

Sup. Rabas states he has been in contact with Omni and Park Road bridge bids were released December 9th. Pfier (sp?) Construction was lowest bid and they came in a little lower then expected. July 1st is the start date.

VIKING RESCUE UPDATE: Squad members in support of current merge with County. All open shifts to be filled by surrounding localities. Concern raised over transfer of Viking Rescue property/equipment to County. Resolution reached to disband current Bd of Directors and elect a three person Bd. for a 1 yr term. County will run the squad and oversee personnel, equipment and building maintenance. Bd to consist of Larry Ullmer, 1 medical doctor and 1 other member. Disbanding current Bd of Directors to be addressed at January mtg.

APPROVAL OF INFORMATIONL BUILDING PERMIT FORMS: Mike Seidl of Seidl Livestock resubmits permit for 26’x42’ pre-fab office with proposed map depicting location of building. Current septic system sufficient for new building. Motion by Sup. Bradley and seconded by Sup. Rabas to approve with the condition building to be used as an office only, not a residential dwelling. MC Informational Building Permit Form from David Schlies of 6448 Old Settlers Road to construct new home at ND-239 where existing farmstead is located. Motion by Sup. Rabas and 2nd by Sup. Bradley to approve with the condition older home is razed within 6 months of completion of new construction. MC

CORRESPONDENCE: Ltr from Rep. Ted Zimunt – inquiring of projects or Town concerns. Kathy Janssen suggests review of loop-hole in annexation law. Contract from Maribel Grain to lock-in diesel fuel for 2009. Rate $2.15 with 10 cent pre-pay. Motion by Sup. Bradley and seconded by Sup. Rabas to approve. MC Urban Towns Association ltr to create dialog with representatives. WI Energy Conservation – providing free LED replacement kits for Exit signs. Chairman Moore to follow up. Revised Comprehensive Plan Map submitted for the Town of Ledgeview. WI DNR ltr re: pollutants in Fox River. WPS Planning Dept requesting info from Town as to potential construction projects for 2009 and electrical inspector. Clerk has provided info. DNR training seminar re: contaminated land and hazardous waste projects. Request from Brown Cty Jt Municipal Court for updated Town info. Ltr from Dept of Commerce inquiring as to shelter for homeless, soup kitchen located within the Town. Chairman Moore would like to extend a big Thanks to Jim Sickel for his work on the new Code of Ordinances. The Code is intended to enhance the Town not hinder. Bd may look into NO Dumping signs to be placed within the Town to prevent further dumping of waste in right-of-ways.

PAYMENT OF BILLS: Motion by Sup. Bradley and seconded by Sup. Rabas to approve and pay bills. MC

Motion by Sup. Bradley and seconded by Sup. Rabas to adjourn at 9:20 p.m. MC

Prepared by: Michelle Wallerius, Clerk
Approved: February 9, 2009



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