Town of Blue Mounds
Board of Supervisors
December 8, 2014
Dennis Jelle, Chairman, opened the meeting at 7:30 p.m. Also present were Supervisors, John Brixy and Al Antonson, Clerk, Helen Kahl. Treasurer, Nancy Goplin was absent due to illness.
Helen read the minutes of the November 11, 2014 meeting. John moved to approve, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0. There were several minor typos which were corrected.
John moved to have our county supervisor ahead on the agenda. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Dennis introduced Abigail Wuest. She mentioned that she knows we are concerned about the county roads in our township. Dennis especially mentioned the trees that don’t get trimmed. Jack Erbe from the audience mentioned a tree hanging over the road that he himself has cut as well as others that are still hanging over JG. Potholes are not filled, roads are falling apart, say the board members. Regular patrols don’t happen anymore and therefore problems are not fixed on the roads. John inquired why the county continues to increase social services rather than providing public safety. Land purchases by the county were also questioned by John. The failed Dane Com system and the 911 center issues were brought up. John questioned why John DeJung got the raise and why she voted for it. He indicated DeJung has done nothing to keep his job much less deserve a 19% raise. Ms. Wuest related she had asked these questions of the people on the personnel committee who had worked on this and it was explained to her that they feel he is making progress, and that continuity in the position was a priority. She was told that since the committee situation was changed it will make a difference. Other issues were sheriff’s department patrols and response time and the fact that it’s a big county with too few patrol vehicles.
No Public Comments.
Road Maintenance Report, Dan not here, no report.
Buildings/Grounds Committee, nothing.
Dennis contacted Town of Perry to see if they are interested in purchasing the 4-wheel drive truck. They meet tomorrow night and then we will perhaps hear something. Al feels we should decide a lowest price for the truck. Rock bottom of $20,000 would be his suggestion. He made the motion to ask $23,000, John seconded, motion passed 3-0. Perry will have first chance and then if they don’t want it we’ll put it on Lust Auction.
Dennis went to Sloans in Mt. Horeb for a bid. The bid is for trading the Fendt in and all the same features as the new Fendt….they come in at $125,000.
The Fendt from McFarlanes’ bid was $117,000 with trade.
The bid from Ritchie’s in Barneveld, tractor for tractor on a Case IH, with a bit of a bigger loader. Because their allowance is $74,359 trade in for the Fendt, so their bottom line is $82,785. They guarantee that until Jan 30.
If we go with Ritchie’s bid, add the sander and plow, we would get in at about net $83,000 once we sell the truck.
John moved that Dennis be authorized to make good on the Ritchie bid without further board authority if the truck sells. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Haas rezone came back to the board for approval of conditional zoning as follows: A “no build” area corresponding to slopes over 20% grade shall be shown on the final CSM. The landowners are agreeable to this condition. Dennis moved to approve, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.
John moved to approve the conditional zoning on the Haas rezone. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Comprehensive Plan. Dennis has been talking to Mary Ellen. There has been a proposal by Dennis to the school board that the school begin building their school houses on the 26 acres they own south of the highway on HWY JG. He talked to zoning about it and they said it was possible to do it. Mary Ellen called it low-density housing and said we need have some specific verbiage for it. We’ll have to decide how many acres/house. After some discussion, it’s probably suitable for 5-7 homes, perhaps 3 acres/lot. John said we should word it as multi-jurisdictional low-density housing to keep private property owners from wanting to do the same thing with their property. This would point to the fact that two units of government (school/township) are involved with the property. Also, regarding the gravel pits in the township, Mary Ellen said we need to identify them and have verbiage saying we would be open to developing neighborhood-appropriate light commercial. Mary Ellen is working on the plan and is scheduled to come to our January meeting.
Dennis gave a report on his attendance at the Mt. Horeb Economic Development Committee. The Town of Blue Mounds was mentioned as a possibility for a commercial food packaging business. Epic is still considered as potential for housing. Front St redevelopment in Mt. Horeb is still a priority.
Fire District report. The Fire Department has now moved their focus from building on their current site to buying land near the Co-op or neighboring land owned by Dave Flom. It was getting too expensive to make the existing property work. The Village would like to include the police department in the building. The project could now be $12 million with the police department included. Also, letters have been sent to some residents from MHFD mentioning maintaining driveways. John will research how to amend our ordinance to make sure driveways are maintained to provide health and safety access.
The Fire Department is identifying long driveways for purpose of making sure equipment is sufficient to reach and, if not, that accommodations would be made to make sure water was available.
Update of legislation. Dennis will attend Towns Association meeting. John updated the board on plans to move forward with state legislation to make it possible for towns to withdraw from county zoning.
Dane Com no report.
Al moved to move the regular meeting time, beginning in January, 2015, to 7:00 p.m. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Helen requested to move January meeting to Wednesday, January 14. Board concurred.
Al moved to keep Kari on for a quarter at a time up through June and then, if Kari has no plans to move back to the township, we would seek a deputy clerk who does reside within the township. John seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Helen updated the board on the 2014 budget now that most bills are paid. There are no big surprises. She will bring final numbers to the meeting in January. John asked whether we have a complete inventory of all our equipment/tools. It was pointed out that most of the tools are Dan’s.
Al moved to approve bills in the amount of $44,150.00 which includes an approximate $75 for mileage for Al for 2014. John seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Al moved to adjourn, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Helen Kahl, Clerk