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Special Town Board Meeting - 2011 Budget Workshop
Oct 14, 2010

TOWN OF NEW DENMARK
SPECIAL MEETING of the TOWN BD
OCTOBER 14, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.

A special meeting of the Town Board was called to order on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. by Chairman Krueger. Present: Chairman Krueger, Supervisor Rabas, Supervisor Goetsch, Michelle Wallerius, Clerk and Steve Olsen, Constable.

TOWN LIABILITY INSURANCE POLICY: Clerk states Continental Insurance (Associates) would provide legal representation for pending civil actions. Sup. Goetsch would not like to change provider mid-stream due to litigation. Motion by Sup. Goetsch and seconded by Sup. Rabas to renew with Rural Mutual Insurance. MC Payment to Rural Insurance for premium cut for $8,143.00
and approved by Board. Check #11345

PRELIMINARY 2011 BUDGET MEETING: Review of proposed Budget. Discussion as to current Bridge Fund balance - $90,000 and proposed projects for 2011. Sup. Rabas states tractor will need new tires and some maintenance. All 911 fire signs to be replaced by 2012 – estimated cost is $15,950. Legal fees to increase substantially due to vacation of roads which will be billed in 2011. Fire expense to be calculated at 3/8 of mill rate. Clerk states she attempted to ascertain whether this was based on property assessment only, or total assessed value for Town. Unable to contact representative at the Fire Dept. but believes projected amount will be sufficient. General Reserve estimated at $320,000. Clerk states total levy cannot exceed $443,900 per State calculation. Sup. Goetsch would like to begin to reduce the amount utilized from the Reserve Fund as the Town cannot keep using large amounts year after year to offset the levy, but does not want to raise the tax base either. Sup. Goetsch would rather see a reduced budget and pull from the reserve if needed. Last two years highway budget has generated surplus and has allowed for a larger Reserve Fund, but would like to see this reduced. Each category reviewed. Legal to be increased to $25,000; Insurance slightly increased to $11,500 to cover all expenses; Clerk state bridge fund should be pulled from the Highway budget also. Board proposes to budget $480,000 to highway and $19,000 to bridge fund for County match. Total budget proposed $811,936 with $137,800 to be utilized from the General Reserve Fund for a proposed levy of $422,031. Clerk states this is $306 more then 2010’s budget. Board feels the property value should increase slightly due to a few new homes. Sup. Goetsch feels it is important to stay within the budget without raising taxes. Public hearing to be held November 10, 2010 at 6:45 p.m. Budget to be reviewed and adopted November 10, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

APPROVE INFORMATIONAL BUILDING & CULVERT PERMITS: Culvert permit to replace existing culvert for Gerald Kozlovsky of 4737 Church Rd. Motion by Sup. Goetsch and seconded by Sup. Rabas to approve. MC K&L Associates for construction of two buildings for ND-756-1. Motion by Sup. Goetsch and seconded by Sup. Rabas to approve with setbacks reviewed by Norb Buresh. MC

Motion by Sup. Rabas and seconded by Sup. Goetsch to adjourn at 7:15 p.m. MC



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