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October 17, 2011 Town Board Minutes
Town of Kewaskum
Town Board Meeting
October 17, 2011
Present: Chairperson Daniel H. Schmidt, Supervisor Michael Otten, Supervisor Scott Wollner, Treasurer Daniel Stoffel, Clerk Nancy Boden, and 4 concerned citizens
• Chairperson Schmidt called the town board meeting to order at 7:27pm
• The Meeting was properly posted and noticed
Notices Posted: Posting boards at the Town of Kewaskum Community Center, at the Van Vechtin and Buffalo Cemeteries
Notices: Kewaskum Statesman, West Bend Daily News, Radio Stations WBKV & WTKM
• Pledge of Allegiance was recited
• Roll Call was taken
• Moved by Schmidt/Otten to approve the town board minutes from September 19, 2011, motion carried by voice vote 3-0
Ellis Kahn 8988 Townline Road
• Wondered was the status of the Wilmer Schmidt property, in regards to foreclosure action by Washington County
The treasurer explained that he received an email was the county attorney and the title search has been completed. Unsure if the fact that he is now deceased will slow down the foreclosure process. Mr Stoffel will speak with the county attorney about this issue.
• Mr. Kahn also asked if when agenda item #14 and #15 were discussed if he could speak at that time. The chair granted this request.
Ellen Dettwiler 8130 Forestview Road
• Would like to see the recycling center opened on Wednesday nights again. Difficult to come on Saturday mornings.
• Moved by Otten/Wollner to purchase the remaining half (1550 gallons) of propane from Strobel Propane at a cost of >$1.94 per gallon, motion carried by voice vote 3-0
Supervisor Otten will be contacting Mr. Strobel about this issue
Amending Chapter 9 – Conceal Carry Law
Moved by Schmidt/Wollner to strike section 9.02(2) from the town code, motion carried by voice vote 3-0.
2 year maintenance plan / LRIP / TRIP-D
The chair explained that the town will not be receiving any LRIP funds this year, but could apply for the TRIP-D grant on a project over $100,000, with a 50/50 return. It was the consensus of the town board not to apply for the TRIP-D grant due to the fact that they feel we don’t have any roads that would fit the criteria. The chair will have a 2 year maintenance plan available for review by the November meeting.
• Moved by Wollner/Schmidt to approve an operator license for Kevin Kohlwey and Jesse Korth, motion carried by voice vote 3-0.
Third Phone Line and Inside Maintenance Agreement
Treasurer Stoffel stated that when he called Frontier, he was told that the town could drop one phone line and the inside maintenance plan without a penalty. Savings to the town would be approx $50 per month.
• Moved by Schmidt/Wollner to drop the third phone line and drop the inside maintenance plan, motion carried by voice vote 3-0
Digital Mileage Indicator
The chair explained that the digital mileage indictor could be installed in a town vehicle and be used to record the mileage for sign placement. The cost is approx $600. He will look into a measuring wheel also to see if that would work as well. The wheel cost would be $50.
Reflectivity Sign Management Plan
The chair will work with DPW Jeff Spaeth to create the plan and bring it back to the town board for their November meeting.
Future Brushing throughout the township
Supervisor Otten asked if there was a schedule of upcoming brushing. The chair explained the areas that will receive some work. Mr. Kahn asked that if he cuts some trees out of the right-of-way on Townline and W. Moraine would the town chip the brush. The Chair stated that they would. The brush throughout the township will be sprayed in late April or early May.
Recycling Center Hours
• Moved by Schmidt/Otten to open the recycling center on Wednesday nights, the hours will be Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm and Saturdays 8am to 11am, motion carried by voice vote 3-0
Preliminary 2012 budget
The treasurer Dan Stoffel explained the 2012 preliminary budget to the town board. Questions were asked and answered. There was some discussion on getting a generator for the town hall. If power would fail during the winter there would be issues with pipes bursting and the difficulty of raising the garage doors so the trucks could exit, if failure would happen during an election, the polling location would have to be relocated, and the town hall could also be used as a shelter if a catastrophe would strike the area.
Road Maintenance by Chairperson Schmidt
• Mowing of town roads is complete, the mower is in need of some repair and new tires
• Center lines on Kettleview and Forestview still need to be painted
• Spoke with WisDOT about the damage be done to Salisbury and Forestview due to the increase in traffic volume with Hwy 144 closure
• Snow fence installation will begin in early November
• Trucks will be checked over before plowing begins
• An employee meeting will be held on October 26th at 7pm
• Snow plowing agreement between the village and town has been amended to have the village plow Old Fond du Lac Road
• Will be getting an estimate from Hilltop Asphalt for possibly doing some patches on Ridge road
Easement Agreement with the Village on Badger Road by Chairperson Schmidt
No action taken by the Village of Kewaskum
Farmland Preservation Advisory Meeting by Supervisor Otten
Supervisor Otten reported that he feels this farmland preservation will be rescinded by the state
Building Permits and Inspections Performed
Board members reviewed the reports
Report as of 10/14/2011
Checking Account $ 15,607.12
Savings Account $ 316,248.36
Total $ 331,855.48
Highway Acct 15,000.00
Machinery Acct 80,879.00
Reserve Acct 40,338.03
Kettleview Bridge 5,000.00
Balance Available for Operational Expenses $ 175,638.45
Current Interest Rate .50%
Balance due on International $ 9,924.66
Balance due on Freightliner $ 61,004.72
Note: Total of reserve accounts is: $156,217.03
The board members reviewed the budget vs. actual report
By consensus the town board will keep the dog licenses the same price
County Supervisor’s Report by Dan Stoffel
Washington County will have a public hearing on Farmland Preservation on October 24th at the Fair Park All the departments are working on creating a zero budget
Population estimates for the township is 1054 with 805 of those people of voting age
Future Agenda Items
Building Permit fee schedule
Adjournment of Town Board Meeting
Moved by Schmidt/Wollner to adjourn the town board meeting, motion carried by voice vote 3-0
Meeting Adjourned at 9:45pm
Daniel H. Schmidt, Chairperson Nancy Boden, Clerk
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