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November Town Board Meeting Minutes
Nov 07, 2011

TOWN OF NEW DENMARK

MINUTES FROM MONTHLY MEETING

NOVEMBER 7, 2011

 

  1. The regular monthly meeting for the Town of New Denmark was called to order on Monday, November 7, 2011 at 7:15 p.m. by Chairman Bill Krueger. 
  2. After the Pledge of Allegiance;
  3. The Minutes from October’s  regular monthly meeting were read.  Sup. Goetsch corrects typographical error as to spelling of contract.  Sup. Rabas questions number of hours for Zoning Administrator and believes it is 4-6 hrs a week instead of 6-8 hrs.  Review of Clerk notes and Minutes from Special Meeting of September 12, 2011.   Supervisor Goetsch and Chairman Krueger state hours discussed was 6-8 a week.  Motion by Sup. Goetsch to accept Minutes.  Seconded by Chairman Krueger.  MC 2-1. 
  4. MINUTES FROM SPECIAL MEETINGS: Minutes from Special Meeting of October 18, 2011 read.  Motion by Sup. Goetsch and seconded by Sup. Rabas to accept as read.  MC
  5. TREASURER’S REPORT:  As of October 31, 2011, the Treasurer’s books show a balance on hand of $401,269.49 in the money market and $37,615.73 in checking.  Motion by Sup. Goetsch and seconded by Sup. Rabas to accept report. MC
  6. COMMENTS and CONCERNS FOR THE PUBLIC:  Keith Brunner questions when repairs to Larsenville Road culvert will be made.  Concern about milk trucks and liability of Town if culvert collapses.  He is opposed to reduced weight restrictions on Town roads year round.  Joe Kobes of 5965 S. Cty Road T requests Petersen Lane be re-routed around machine shed.  Chairman Krueger states road has been in existence for 80 years.  Buyers were aware of the road when they purchased the property.  The removal of the barn has improved visibility and the Town does not have plans to move the road.  Mr. Kobes states the Town is budgeting for 2012 expenses and money should be utilized to reconstruct this road.   Sup. Goetsch states it is a large expense which benefits one property owner.  Sup. Rabas states many municipalities have roads with closer setbacks and higher volume of traffic, it is not unusual.

OLD BUSINESS: 

  1. APPOINT ZONING ADMINISTRATOR:   Atty Sickel states contract not available tonight.  Terms & conditions and will be presented for the Bd to review at next meeting.  
  2. SPEED LIMIT FOR LANGES CORNERS ROAD: Brian Lamers of Brown Cty stated a report or speed study is not necessary to reduce speed limit on Town road.   Formula based on number of buildings within a specific distance.  Study indicates drivers will drive a speed they determine is appropriate for the road vs. actual posted speed.  Sup. Rabas would not support a reduced speed limit and questions who would enforce it. Sup. Goetsch feels it would not be very beneficial.  Railroad tracks, double curve – should slow the average driver.  Residential area begins around Jensen Lane and drivers should be slowing for stop sign.  Motion by Sup. Rabas and seconded by Sup. Goetsch to table until new factors are presented.  MC
  3. KEVIN SCHOMMER – RURAL MUTUAL INSURANCE COVERAGE:  Kevin Schommer presents business owner and work comp policies.  Discussion as to necessary coverage of mower, boom and flail.  Policy covers actual cash value and not replacement cost.  Tractor to be reduced to $45,000 and attachments to $1,000 each.

NEW BUSINESS

  1. APPROVE INFORMATIONAL BUILDING & CULVERT PERMITS: Mark Schlies of ND-409 to replace existing structure of barn.  Motion by Sup. Goetsch and seconded by Sup. Rabas to approve with setbacks reviewed by Norb Buresh. MC  K &L culvert permit for driveway off Cty Hwy P.  Brown Cty approved and application at Town request.  Motion by Sup. Goetsch and seconded by Sup. Rabas to approve permit.  MC.  K&L Associates ND-756-1 to add entrance to existing home and side addition.  Sup. Rabas questions setbacks and lot line location.  Must be 25 ft.  Motion by Sup. Goetsch to accept with review of setbacks by Norb Buresh.  Seconded by Sup. Rabas.  MC.  K&L Associates of ND-756-1 for bathroom addition to barn.  Septic permit to issued by Cty.  Motion by Sup. Goetsch and seconded by Sup. Rabas to approve with County permits.  MC K&L Associates for ND-756-1 for pre-treatment tank to contain odor.  Addition to existing pump room.  Motion by Sup. Goetsch and seconded by Sup. Rabas to approve with setbacks reviewed by Norb Buresh.  MC.  K&L Associates for ND-756-1-1 for 90’x24’ intake building and washroom.  Sup. Rabas questions distance to creek.  Norb Buresh states property was surveyed by DNR for expansion to the west. Sup. Rabas believes this request should be reviewed by Plan Commission as Town has more restrictive setbacks from a navigable waterway.  Motion by Sup. Goetsch to approve with building inspector’s review of setbacks from navigable waterway.  Seconded by Sup. Rabas.  MC  Clerk to notify applicant future maps need to have setbacks clearly noted from waterways and lot lines and referenced on map.
  2. ASSESSOR’S REPORT:  None
  3. # 2011-05 RESOLUTION TO ADOPT 2011 WARD PLAN FOR NEW DENMARK:  Clerk read and highlights 2011 Town of New Denmark Ward Plan (1-3).  Motion by Sup. Rabas and seconded by Sup. Goetsch to accept.  MC
  4. UPDATE ON LEGAL ACTIONS:  Berger case: Appellate briefs are filed with Court of Appeals.  No response from Mischler or his attorney.  Will proceed with Court hearing to raze building.  Genz property – no service and Clerk reviewed lis pendens on file w/ Circuit Court and foreclosure action dismissed 6/30/11.  Atty. Sickel to perform title search to locate property owners.  Sup. Rabas also requests title search for ND-471 for clean-up.   Clerk states Certified/Registered ltr to James Cisler to clean-up property was not accepted and returned.  Discussion whether constable could serve notice.  No additional action taken. 
  5. DISPOSAL OF ANIMAL CARCASSES:  Sup. Goetsch questions issue when property owner is renting land & animal carcasses are not properly disposed of, who would be issued a citation pursuant to  Sec. 3 of Town Code.  Atty. Sickel clarifies property owner would receive citation and the remedy is to evict the tenant if Town codes are not complied with.
  6. ADOPT ANNUAL BUDGET FOR 2012:  Motion by Sup. Goetsch and seconded by Sup. Rabas to adopt 2012 Budget as presented and upon recommendation and approval of levy by the residents.  MC
  7. ROAD & BRIDGE REPORT:  Chairman Krueger states the balance owing to Advance Construction for Town Hall Bridge should be $2,200.  Shouldering of Irish Road complete.
  8. BID FOR SNOW REMOVAL OF TOWN ROADS – 2011/2012:  Brown Cty proposes 3.21%  yearly increase in hourly rates and does not provide extended contracts.  Bielinski Excavating – proposes 5 year contract with 7% increase.  Year to year contracts compared.  Brown Cty cheaper year to year, but not hour to hour due to total run time.  Motion by Sup. Goetsch to keep Brown County and Bielinski jointly with same road assignment as last year.  Seconded by Sup. Rabas.  MC  Chairman Krueger inquires if Bob Chervenka will clear snow at Town Hall.
  9. #2011-10   RESOLUTION TO VACATE SWOBODA LANE:  Resolution read by Atty. Sickel.   Sup. Goetsch questions address of Eunice Maddox as she will need to change address to Cty Hwy R.  No further discussion.  Motion by Sup. Goetsch to accept Resolution #2011-10 & discontinue Swoboda Lane effective November 15, 2011.  Seconded by Sup. Rabas. MC
  10. #2011-11   RESOLUTION TO VACATE EASTWIND DRIVE:  Sup. Goetsch makes a motion based on Vakselis’ request to work out driveway agreement with neighbors to table until next month.  Seconded by Sup. Rabas.  MC
  11. #2011-12   RESOLUTION TO VACATE LARSEN LANE:  Resolution read by Atty. Sickel.  Motion by Sup. Rabas and seconded by Sup. Goetsch to accept Resolution #2011-12 and discontinue Larsen Lane effective Nov. 15, 2011.  MC
  12. #2011-13   RESOLUTION TO VACATE NESHOTA LANE (a/k/a Jim’s Lane):  Resolution read by Atty. Sickel.  Discussion about barricades or reflectors to block old bridge.  Property owners will receive quick claim deed of property in accordance with survey.  No further discussion.  Motion by Sup. Goetsch and seconded by Sup. Rabas to accept Resolution #2011-13 and discontinue a 800 ft of Neshota Lane as depicted in survey effective 11/15/11.  MC
  13. #2011-14   RESOLUTION TO VACATE GOLF LANE:  Resolution read by Atty. Sickel.  .73 acreages of land is owned by same property owners, so not an issue.  No further discussion.  Motion by Sup. Goetsch and seconded by Sup. Rabas to accept Resolution 2011-14 & discontinue Golf Lane effective Nov. 15, 2011. MC
  14. #2011-15  RESOLUTION TO VACATE UNNAMED ROAD (off Steve’s Cheese):  Resolution read by Atty. Sickel.  Original survey dates back to 1982 – all property owned by same owner.  No further discussion.  Motion by Sup. Goetsch and seconded by Rabas to accept Resolution 2011-15 and discontinue Un-named Road off of Steve’s Cheese Road effective Nov. 15, 2011.  MC

PLAN COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS: None.

UPCOMING MEETING DATES – Plan Commission mtg adjourned from November 15thdue to unavailability of Chairman Krueger and Clerk.  Proposed meeting date set for November 29, 2011at 7 pm.   Clerk to contact Aaron Schuette at Brown Cty Planning to ascertain his availability and will confirm with all members and properly notice meeting.

  1. CORRESPONDENCE:  Ltr from Brown Cty Sheriff’s Dept.   Ltr from UW-Extension re: removal of invasive species.  Proposed invoice/donation of $265.00 enclosed.  Motion by Sup. Goetsch and seconded by Sup. Rabas to donate $265.00 for invasive species program.  Ltr from Highway Commission re: award of TRIP funding for 2012.
  2. PAYMENT OF BILLS: Motion by Sup. Goetsch and seconded by Sup. Rabas to pay bills. MC

Motion by Sup. Goetsch to adjourn at 9:43 p.m.  Seconded by Sup. Rabas.  MC

 

Prepared by Michelle Wallerius, Clerk

Approved:  December 12, 2011

 



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