Town of Blue Mounds
Board of Supervisors
August 11, 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. ERROR: Nancy Goplin was NOT present.
Helen read the minutes of the July 14, 2014 meeting. Al moved to approve, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Road Maintenance Report. The county hasn’t reviewed the engineered plan for the Lori Burns culvert. Dan was advised to call and check on it.
We will get $18,440 from the insurance company for the Zwettler Road repairs. The repairs will be scheduled for next year and the money set aside for that.
Building and Grounds. Dan is trying to match paint colors to paint outside entry doors. He will work with Helen on colors.
Public Comments: Nothing
Al moved to move the agenda item for changes in the comprehensive plan to after the winery and public hearings. John seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Winery Application Campo di Bella, LLC. Marc and Mary Ann Bellazini appeared to apply for a winery license. They reported the project is going well. John moved to approve the license, Al seconded. Motion passed 3-0. They paid their $300 license fee. Marc has his server’s license and Mary Ann is working on hers. They will get their certificates to Helen.
Public Hearing Chad and Lynn Losenegger Kitsemble for 20.4 acres from A-1 Ex to A-2 in
Section 2, Bergum Road. LUC had a site visit. Committee approved the rezone 4-0. They visited with them regarding the possible retention pond and driveway requirements. Lynn pointed out that they are within the extraterritorial jurisdiction of Village of Mt. Horeb. John moved to approve, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0. Lynn paid $300 fee for rezoning and they will apply for a driveway permit before building. Helen will make a report to the county and send a copy to Lynn.
Changes in Comprehensive Plan. Mary Ellen Schultz from Gentle Editing met with the board to discuss updates. She has most of the text changes in place. Regarding maps, she needs final maps that are not Drafts. We should write a firm letter asking for the Recommended Commercial Development Area map in 11 X 17 and electronic form. Secondly, we need a current plat map. There was discussion about the commercial district and options for commercial light industrial requests outside the commercial preference area near the HWY 18-151/HWY ID corridor. The board agreed we need to keep some flexibility with future requests for businesses off the corridor. She also asked about verbiage that points out DNR animal units and ordinances for small wind or driveways. It is preferred that we list them as an appendix in the comprehensive plan and use the wording, “as they may be amended” in the plan. We will hope to have everything in place for the October board meeting for final approval by the town board.
John presented a draft citation ordinance for the board’s amendments or suggestions. One change suggested was not being specific in the ordinance as to who would issue citations, perhaps saying “duly appointed person”. John will make the change and send a copy to Helen to send on to the board.
Dane Com made the News 3 headlines tonight and Helen read the article. The county municipalities are getting disgruntled with the lack of progress on the system. Burn-in has been postponed indefinitely.
Zwettler Road update. The logging company’s (Weiland and Company) insurance company has agreed to settle for $18,440. Check should come by next month’s meeting.
Land Use Committee Report. Losenegger is in progress, site visit last week. Haas rezone is on hold until they have the CSM done. Regarding the LUC specific role, the committee did discuss that and were reminded that their specific function is rezoning and making that recommendation to the board.
Fire district report. They are working on the budget. Workmen’s comp is increasing by $25,000 so that will affect the budget.
Correspondence: Deb Murphy is asking by email if they have to rezone since they purchased the land in 1977 thereby being “grandfathered.” It’s A-1 now and a non-conforming parcel. The difficulty comes in when applying for a mortgage, banks often require it to be rezoned to a residential category. Helen will let them know.
Dennis indicated that he was approached by Dave Lorenz who is looking for a place to park his semi at night and weekends. Helen checked and the insurance follows the vehicle, so that shouldn’t be a problem. It would have to be a rental issue, opined the board. Al feels it would be a situation where we need to talk to Dan about it. It could be an inconvenience having a semi parked where trucks are loading salt, etc. Secondly, if he approves it, we would need to set a rental fee. By setting precedence, we open the door to others wanting to park there.
Dennis also mentioned that a town resident wishes to volunteer to do odd jobs around the town hall. He is unable to work at his job because of medical treatments and wants something to do. John is concerned about his physical capabilities and the danger of falling off a ladder, etc.
Helen read information from an email from Hazelbaker regarding the updates on flood plain maps. There will be no input from the townships, therefore the Towns Association is not taking a stand on it.
Regarding Implements of Animal Husbandry, John went to the local official’s meeting and came back with some information which he will disseminate to the board.
Bills to pay: Al moved to approve bills of 14,855.51. John seconded. Helen will let the board know the amount of the CoOp bill and get Dan to look at it and correspond by email.
John moved to adjourn, Al Seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Helen Kahl, Clerk