Town of Blue Mounds
Board of Supervisors
July 14, 2014
Dennis Jelle, Chairman, opened the meeting at 7:30 p.m. Also present were Supervisors, John Brixy and Al Antonson, Clerk, Helen Kahl and Treasurer, Nancy Goplin.
Helen read the minutes of the June 9, 2014 meeting. Correction from Al regarding Fredrick situation. The parcel with the pool straddles the line between the village and the Town of Blue Mounds, before annexation. John moved to approve with correction. Al seconded, motion passed
Road Maintenance Report: nothing.
Building and Grounds: nothing
Public Comments and Questions: nothing
Public Hearing for Aaron Whaley to rezone 31.3 acres from RH4 to Ag Business in Section 26 on Syvrud Road. He is scheduled for August 26 for county public hearing. 40 X 80 storage building and a 30 X 60 greenhouse facility. There will be restroom, well/septic. Al moved to approve John seconded, motion approved 3-0.
Gary Friske appeared to apply for a variance for an addition to the VFW Hall. He had talked to the DOT regarding plans for the intersection changes. They told him it will be a long time before anything is done with that intersection. He intends to get that in writing. When he went to the county he was told he’d need to apply for a variance because they’re close to the county road. The only direction they can go is west. The beginning of the addition is the closest point to the county road and it actually is then a further distance away from the road at the building’s far west end. Al moved to approve the variance and waive the town fee due to the VFW being a non-profit organization. John seconded, motion carried 3-0.
John moved to approve Resolution #2014-1 allowing the clerk to register voters. Roll call vote: Al, yes; John, yes; Dennis, yes.
Citation Ordinance was introduced by John to the board asking them to look it over and have on August agenda for discussion and possible passage.
No further interest or information from the Village regarding the request for us to annex back the property owned by the Fredricks.
DaneCom progress. Dennis reported that each municipality will have to purchase a repeater that will sort out the communications going over the same trunks. The fire district is unhappy with the system and recommends that other municipalities not send their maintenance fees same as Town of Blue Mounds. John suggested the fire district send a letter to the Towns Association encouraging the other municipalities not pay their maintenance fees until the system works. Dennis stated that it is feared that the system may yet have to be scrapped, it is not going to work.
Zwettler Road Situation. Dennis indicated that Pam Lunder has sent a demanding letter with pictures and affidavits signed by the Zwettlers and Winners. Dennis moved that we must hear from them by August 30 or we will file suit, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.
John asked if there’s a way that we can get notification when someone is going to do any logging. There is no one entity that regulates these loggings. We often get a letter, but really have no way of knowing if we don’t get a letter.
Land Use Committee. Lynn Losenegger Kitsemble is applying for a rezone. The board feels there should be another site visit because the first time was quite a general visit. Helen will contact Tom Hansen to work with the Loseneggers.
Comprehensive Plan. Helen will correspond with Mary Ellen and ask if she could come to the August board meeting to get this update finalized. The commercial district should be referred to as commercial preference, not limiting commercial to any specific area. Certainly new, larger commercial projects would be encouraged to locate near HWY 18-151, HWY ID area.
Al brought up the proposed ATC line. He understands municipalities will be offered annual payments for these lines. As he understands it, this east west line will intend to bring wind energy to the east coast from Iowa.
Fire district muster is coming up the weekend of July 18.
Regarding the flood plain ordinance, it appears the county is trying to override the state regulations. John looks at it as another reason to withdraw from county zoning.
Helen and Dennis reported that Larry Haas has been doing some legwork to have a small lot rezoned in order to sell for a building site. Density study has been done.
Helen presented the Premier Co-op’s bid for prepaying propane $1.599. Dennis made a motion to go with 3-4 year average and contract at best price. John seconded. Motion passed 3-0. Helen will get another bid or two and then communicate before booking propane. The board understands that we will have to go over budget in order to be protected against price increases next winter.
Helen updated the board on budget through July. The only concern is repairs. We are at budget right now. However, we were reimbursed $2000 from an insurance claim when the truck rolled over, so we have a little leeway there. After the August loan payment is made our loan balance will be about $77,000.
John moved to pay bills of $78,053 which includes the August loan payment and the fire district dues. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.
John moved to adjourn, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Helen Kahl, Clerk