Agenda/Minutes 2013 Archived

Agenda 1-14-2013

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS

NOTICE OF CAUCUS

MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2013, 7:15 p.m.

 

Notice is hereby given to the electors of the Town of Blue Mounds, Dane County, Wisconsin, that a Caucus for said Town will be held at the Town Garage, 10566 Blue Vista Rd., Blue Mounds, WI  53517, on Monday, January 14, 2013, at 7:15 p.m.  Nominations will be taken for Town Chairman, Town Supervisors, Treasurer, Clerk and Constable.  All offices are for two years and will be voted on at the Spring election to be held on April 2, 2013.  If you are interested in running for one of the above offices, you must be nominated at the caucus to have your name on the ballot.

 

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Monday, January 14, 2013   7:30 p.m. (approximate)

 

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, January 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd, Blue Mounds WI  53517

Agenda:

*Minutes of the December 10, 2012 meeting

*Ebenezer Brigham, LLC, Preliminary Discussion RE Possible Rezone andCSM of 12 Acres in Section 5

*Discussion on Communications Between Utilities/Municipalities Regarding

Outages in Storms

*Decision on Potential Advisory Referendum Re: Voter I.D. for April Election

*Discussion on Zoning Ordinance Improvements

*Proposed Contract to Join Mt. Horeb Municipal Court/Other Options

*Acceptance of Kari Schaper as Deputy Clerk, 1 year agreement

*Report of Bldg. and Grounds Committee

*Report of Comprehensive Planning Committee

*Land Use Committee report

*Road maintenance report

*Fire District report

*Approval of bills and review of correspondence received

 

These are agenda items available on publishing deadline.  Additional items for agenda may be posted 24 hours prior to meeting at: Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains, Co-Op Mini Mart.

 

Helen Kahl, Clerk

Publish January 10, 2013

 

Minutes 1-14-2014

Unapproved Minutes

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS
CAUCUS
January 14, 2013

The Caucus was opened by Gerry Brock at 7:15 p.m. He explained the procedure for nominations from the floor.

Nominations for Chairman:

John Brixy nominated Dennis Jelle, Nancy Goplin seconded. No other nominations.

Nominations for Supervisor 1:

John Brixy nominated Al Antonson, Nancy Goplin seconded. No other nominations.

Nominations for Supervisor 2:

Helen Kahl nominated John Brixy, Nancy Goplin seconded.

Dan Peterson nominated Don Runde, Travis Gudgeon seconded. No other nominations. NOTE: Mr. Runde, when contacted by the clerk, declined to run.

Nominations for Treasurer:

Al Antonson nominated Nancy Goplin, John Brixy seconded. No other nominations.

Nominations for Clerk:

Nancy Goplin nominated Helen Kahl, Dennis Jelle seconded. No other nominations.

Nominations for Constable:

Helen Kahl nominated Robert Skogen, John Brixy seconded. No other nominations.

Caucus adjourned at 7:22 p.m.

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS
January 14, 2013

Regular Board Meeting:

Dennis Jelle opened the meeting at 7:32 p.m.

Helen read the minutes of the December 10, 2012 meeting. Al moved to approve, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Mark Rooney appeared representing Ebenezer Brigham LLC. They’ve been in conversation with Gordon Helmeid a neighbor. They would like to buy this property to increase the area they have in order to build a garage for repairs, etc. They originally planned to build on a piece of property immediately south of Cave of the Mounds Rd adjacent to the Village of Blue Mounds. Helmeid approached EB LLC to see if they’d consider something else in order NOT to build on that land because he might build a house directly north of that land. In return for a promise not to build there, Helmeid said he’d sell a piece of land of approximately 8-9 acres including the red shed and the area around it. The area where the cedar trees are would shield the new pole building from the road area. They have not yet made an offer, but he wanted to let the board know their plans. They would want to rezone it to the recreational zoning the same as the Cave is now. He wondered if they would need a driveway permit. That would be a county issue as they would come out on the county road.

Charlie Pierce expressed his concerns that Cave of the Mounds area should be kept a valuable public interest and feels the Board should work to maintain that integrity and long-term value. Dennis mentioned that there is also a proposed bike trail up past that area.

Dennis asked to move the agenda around a bit, moving the proposed contract to join the Mt. Horeb Municipal Court. John Brixy seconded. Keith Johnson appeared representing the Fire Department to explain the procedure. In general they inspect businesses twice a year. They follow state fire protection codes. They are working to bring everyone into compliance. This is required in order to receive the 2% fire dues from the state. Other townships are approving ordinances to come in to a municipal court. This gives the inspections that show violations some teeth for a penalty. John and Al still question the need to join the court. A member of the audience expressed his opinion that we don’t have an issue and therefore why are we talking about this. Could there be a public announcement of violations? Al moved that for the present that we do not join the municipal court of Mt. Horeb. John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Dennis announced that Kari Schaper has agreed to be Deputy Clerk for a term concurrent with the Clerk’s term, following the first year. John moved to appoint Kari Schaper for the one year commitment. Al seconded, motion carried 3-0. Helen gave Kari the official oath of office. She will begin training.

There was a discussion regarding the fact that during the December snowstorm a line went down on East Blue Mounds Rd. Alliant Energy did not contact the township, nor did Dane County Emergency Management know where the problem was. The fact of the matter is they need to notify the township when there is a road they cannot access. Our plows will be pulled from where they are and sent to the problem area. Alliant has contacted Dennis asking for contact numbers, he will give them several.

Some comments were made regarding snow removal and being more aware of the direction of the wind and plowing snow where drifting will not occur. Dan explained that wouldn’t work. Everyone agreed that people need to stay home when the warnings say it will be that bad.

John Brixy presented a resolution asking for an advisory referendum on same day registration. He wants to go a step further by requiring a state issued form of identification in order to allow people to register to vote on election day. John moved to pass Resolution 2013-01, asking for the following resolution to be added to the April 2 ballot: “Should the state of Wisconsin require people to present a state issued form of identification in order to continue to allow people to register to vote at the polls on Election Day?” Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Dennis updated the Board on the Dillis/Larson petition. John Hendricks is holding up their petition saying they have to build on the old site. However, they will actually block access to the rest of the property by building there. The town board has final say on the length of the driveway and it has been approved to build 1000 ft beyond the old building site. Dane County Corporate Counsel has approved this petition and sent ZLR a letter to that effect. When the town chairs meet on Jan 23 these ZLR issues will be on the agenda. Dennis is prepared to propose that all townships vote NO on future changes to Chapter 10 until they get their act together. The committee needs some rural representation, not just Madison. He proposes an oversight committee, made up of 5 elected officials from municipalities, who would look at petitions when requested to look at it by a petitioner. Corporate Counsel has not replied, the county says they have no control because the ZLR members are elected. The Town Board talked about coming out of county zoning and having the village of Mt. Horeb oversee our zoning. John moved that Dennis forward our board’s opinion that there be a moratorium on Chapter 10 revisions until it be resolved with ZLR that they have 5 members with true rural representation. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Road maintenance report. Dan asked to purchase a used v-plow for the tractor. It would cost about $4200. Also, there’s a snowblower at Sloan’s for sale for $750 plus some mounting. Al moved we buy the snowblower from Sloan’s and John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Dennis gave Dan the bridge inspection reports for needed repairs.

No fire district report.

John moved to pay $784,864.06 plus the Southwest Outreach levy when it comes. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Al moved to have the annual meeting and annual town meeting on April 22 because of the change in statutes.

John moved to adjourn, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Respectfully Submitted, Helen Kahl, Clerk

 

Agenda 2-11-2013

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Monday, February 11, 2013 7:30 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, February 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd, Blue Mounds WI 53517
Agenda:
*Minutes of the January 14, 2013, meeting
*Richard Losenegger Preliminary Discussion RE Rezoning on Farm
*CUP Application for Winery on Sharp Road, Bellazini
*Resolution to Abandon Beghin Road in Section 36
*Report of Bldg. and Grounds Committee
*Report of Comprehensive Planning Committee
*Land Use Committee report
*Road maintenance report
*Fire District report
*Approval of bills and review of correspondence received
*Adjournment into Closed Session for Employee Review

These are agenda items available on publishing deadline. Additional items for agenda may be posted 24 hours prior to meeting at: Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains, Co-Op Mini Mart.

Helen Kahl, Clerk
Publish February 8, 2013

 

Minutes 2-11-2013

Unapproved Minutes

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS
January 14, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Regular Board Meeting:

Dennis Jelle opened the meeting at 7:32 p.m.

Also present were Supervisors Al Antonson and John Brixy and Clerk Helen Kahl. Nancy Goplin was absent.

Helen read the minutes of the January 14, 2013 meeting. Al moved to approve, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Chris James from Dane Co Parks to give an update on a bicycle trail that will be built by Brigham Park from Military Ridge Trail on an easement on Rooney Property and adjacent to county land up to Brigham Park. It’s a long, slow grade uphill. The 10 ft wide trail will not allow snowmobiles or ATV’s allowed. Trees taken down will be used to rebuild a wind-destroyed shelter at Brigham Park. The only car parking that is being considered is on the old wayside site. Neighbors were notified of tonight’s meeting. It will be maintained to allow emergency vehicles to access the trail. He stated that Dane Co will maintain the trail to be sure emergency vehicles can get through. It’s estimated to cost $525,000 to make the trail. John questioned the fact that a few years ago it was stated by County Parks that they were falling behind on maintenance of the facilities they had at that time and he wonders how they will maintain additional trails. They are considering a one-time trail pass for all Dane County Trails to help with funding.

Public Comments: Rich Castello, Syvrud Road, appeared about snow plowing. In his opinion the roads have been terrible. The big snowstorm in December he could understand but after the recent storms things weren’t done well, in his opinion. He’s talked to several delivery people who say the Town of Blue Mounds roads are the worst around. While he understands the difficulty, he feels the comparison to other townships is apparent. Keeping North Road more of a priority because of Tyrol doesn’t seem fair to him, as it favors a specific business. A suggestion that he has is perhaps we could have a logistics expert take a look at the town map to see what would be the most efficient way to plow. Richard Losenegger agreed with his criticism, saying Bergum Road has been terrible this year as well, and the milk truck driver has complained. Dennis explained that the ambulance goes down North Road to Tyrol a lot and the road needs to be kept safe for them. Palmer Haynes also pointed out the intersections are not cleaned up and encouraged the board to see what other townships are doing.

Richard Losenegger appeared with a preliminary discussion regarding rezoning on their farm. He inquired about selling the building rights to a conservancy and about the fact that their land is split between Town of Blue Mounds and Town of Vermont. They intend to have two building sites and possibly two other sites to sell to Larry. Two of the building sites are across the road. He was advised to talk to the County about a density study to verify the number of sites they have available.

CUP application for Winery on Sharp Rd. Mary Ann Bellazini appeared to talk about the zoning. The property is 20.7 acres. Dennis advised that it can’t be A-1 exclusive when it’s under 35 acres. The county zoning informed them that the limited rural business rule (30g) under Chapter 10.01 permits them to move forward with only a CUP, staying with A-1. A question and some examples of the meaning of “existing” buildings could provide a snag for them. Al moved to approve the CUP application, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Resolution to Abandon Beghin Road. Pamela Pennington and her husband, Robin Marohn,
appeared to make a case for her desire to abandon Beghin Road in section 36. A neighbor has a concern as he claims to own the land that abuts part of that road. They want to plant some trees to block the view to the neighbor’s property. Dennis advised her to go to Dane County Title Co. to see if there was an easement prior to Ken Beghin buying the land where the shed sits. The neighbor may need a certified survey to stop this abandonment. It appears a land description from 1967 was filed with the purchase of the shed property and County Zoning mentioned that as well. This situation is being postponed until the March meeting.

No Report for Building and Grounds.

No Land Use/Comprehensive Plan Report.

Fire district report. New truck is being built at Pierce in Appleton to replace Engine 3 which was sold.

Correspondence. John will try to go to one of two available Board of Review trainings and will let us know in March. John will attend the Towns Association Member meeting on Feb. 27.

Regarding the short stretch of road that shows as a Town Road Easement, pointed out by Morse, the easement referred to on the description of the CSM is East Blue Mounds Road, not the gravel road leading to the houses south of East Blue Mounds Road.

Road Maintenance Report. Dan presented the map they use to plow, with him plowing about 75% of the road. It was agreed he try mixing up the route he goes on. Al should be instructed to plow when Dan asks him to go out to check a road. Training our part-time drivers is crucial and Dan will work on that. It was agreed that it’s difficult to time the plowing/sanding and if the residents want the plows out more will be expensive, especially in fuel. Also, they might try to reverse the starting points on the routes. Helen will send out an email saying we are making some changes in an attempt to address complaints we have received.

Al moved to pay the bills of $26,821.21, plus the second levy. John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

John moved to adjourn to closed session. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Closed Session.

Al moved to re-adjourn regular meeting. John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Al moved that Dan’s request of a 5th week of vacation be based on job performance reviews every two months, beginning after the April meeting. Providing the reviews are favorable, a day every two months will be added this year. Dennis seconded, Motion passed 3-0.

John moved to adjourn, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Respectfully Submitted, Helen Kahl, Clerk

 

Agenda 3-11-13

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Monday, March 11, 2013 7:30 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd, Blue Mounds WI 53517
Agenda:
*Minutes of the February 11, 2013, meeting
*Public Comments/Questions
*Public Hearing Baack, property in Section 2, on Bergum Road, Rezone
Small Lot from A-1 Ex to A-2
*Public Hearing Pam Pennington, to Rezone Approx. 20 Acres in Section 36, (Beghin Property)
*Resolution to Abandon Beghin Road in Section 36
*Report on Towns Association Meeting Feb 27
*Discussion regarding DaneCom and Annual Costs
*Report of Bldg. and Grounds Committee
*Report of Comprehensive Planning Committee
*Land Use Committee report
*Road maintenance report
*Fire District report
*Approval of bills and review of correspondence received

These are agenda items available on publishing deadline. Additional items for agenda may be posted 24 hours prior to meeting at: Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains, Co-Op Mini Mart.

Helen Kahl, Clerk
Publish March 8, 2013

 

Minutes 3-11-13

Unapproved Minutes

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS
March 11, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Regular Board Meeting:

Dennis Jelle opened the meeting at 7:30 p.m.

Also present were Supervisor, John Brixy, Treasurer, Nancy Goplin, and Clerk Helen Kahl. Al Antonson was absent.

Helen read the minutes of the February 11, 2013 meeting. John moved to approve, Dennis seconded, motion passed 2-0.

Public Hearing: Andrew Baack wants to combine his parcels in Section 2, former Dave Jones property, to be in compliance and change from A-1 to A-2 in order to build a shed. John moved to approve, Dennis seconded, motion passed 2-0. Petition #10547.

Pam Pennington and Robin Marohn appeared with Attorney, Mark Rooney. They are applying for AB zoning with a CUP for the bridal barn. Rooney indicated the line on the aerial photograph is not accurate and this was confirmed by Dan Frick of Dane Co Zoning. Grenlie is working on a CSM of the property which will clear up any question of the property lines. The town road was originally laid out by the town board in 1866. They will address the town vacating the town road at a later date. Questions of parking and alcohol responsibilities were answered to the satisfaction of the board. Pam explained her plans for landscaping and refurbishing of the barn. Dennis moved to approve, John second, motion passed 2-0.

John moved to table the abandonment of Beghin Road until notified. Dennis seconded, motion passed 2-0.
It was asked from the audience and clarified that there is one building site left on the property.

Report on Towns Association Meeting Feb. 27. John attended at Town of Dunn:
1)They reported on ZLR committee composition. No decision has been made to place a 5th member or allowing a local elected official to take that spot.
2)The CARPC is rushing to accomplish a number of projects before their HUD grant runs out. At the CARPC budget meeting, nothing was accomplished, no motions. Disslutionment of CARPC was discussed, and now even County Executive Parisi has recommended it be dissolved. It was agreed water quality should be the towns’ business, not the villages’ and cities’.
3) Towns Association legislative meeting day is scheduled for April 30. John indicated he will attend this session.
4)John brought up DaneCom and questioned why the costs are far more than originally predicted, even though the system isn’t even in use. Our original estimate was $466 in 2012, $927 in 2013, $1831 in 2014, and $2446 in 2015. We have already gotten two bills totaling $650 approximately for 2012, or 30% higher than these numbers. John also questioned the extra towers when the original performance guarantee said the system would cover 98% of the county. Another note on the DaneCom finances, John wondered how close they’re coming to the first notice maximum for expenses of $825,000, and what happens when it’s reached, especially in light of the overages already experienced. His frustration is with the county spending $525,000 on a bike trail when the DaneCom expenses keep rising.
5)The last conversation was regarding the difficulty of getting things through the ZLR and the fact that the town is following its land use plan and farmland preservation. By creating this difficulty, it could result in this town or others leaving Dane County Zoning.

No report from Comprehensive Planning or Land Use Committees.

No report from Road Maintenance. Town patrolman not in attendance. George asked about the culverts and Dennis indicated Dan has been checking them because they froze full of water and they’re full of ice.

Fire District Report. Dennis reported that there is a committee formed to do a feasibility study on future facilities. The committee is comprised of firemen, citizens, government officials, etc. The current fire station has some issues with the roof, etc. Our new truck is going to a fire equipment show before it comes back to the fire department.

In April the board will be talking about the wind tower ordinance. John was in favor in putting a 6 or 12 month moratorium on siting towers. This will be further discussed at the April meeting. Helen also mentioned that we never get a report of how the towns voted, by roll call, on any ordinance amendment issue. Dennis said he would talk to Renee Lauber on this issue.

John moved to approve the bills of $13,589.45 plus 9 hours plowing for Don Runde.

Nancy mentioned that Dick Dickman has not paid his personal property taxes and real estate taxes for 3 years. The county will collect the real estate taxes, but the personal property taxes are ours to collect, approximately $1200 total for the 3 years. John moved we send him the total bill, mailed with certified receipt, to have his signature that he received the notice. Then she could contact Wis Towns Association for future legal options. Dennis seconded the motion, motion passed 2-0.

John moved to adjourn, Dennis seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Respectfully Submitted,
Helen Kahl, Clerk

 

Agenda 4-22-13

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS
NOTICE OF ANNUAL TOWN MEETING
MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2013 7:00 P.M.
Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd.,
Blue Mounds, WI 53517

The Annual Meeting of the Electors of the Town of Blue Mounds will be held on Monday, April 22, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. Electors may bring any matters or concerns to the attention of the Board at that time. Agenda will include, but is not limited to, the following:
1) Minutes of 2012 Annual Meeting
2) Financial Report
3) Old Business
4) New Business
a. Review of Current Fees/Salaries
b. Spring Clean-up changed to Fall 2013
c. Any other New Business
5) Adjournment

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Monday, April 22, 2013 7:30 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, April 22, at approximately 7:30 p.m. (following the annual meeting) at the Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd, Blue Mounds WI 53517
Agenda:
*Minutes of the March 11, 2013, meeting
*Public Comments/Questions
*Oath of Office for Board and Election Report
*County Ordinance Amendment 42, re Siting of Wind Energy Systems
*Public Hearing Pam Pennington, to Rezone Approx. 13.5 A from A-1 Ex
to A-B, and 19.5 A from A-1 to A-2 in Section 36 (Beghin Property)
*Report on proposal to withdraw from Dane County Zoning and collaborate with the Village of Mt. Horeb for zoning purposes in the Extra Territorial District (ETZ)
*Report on Dane Co Manure Council Meeting
*Update on Pending Legislation That Could Affect the Town
*Report of Dane County Sheriff’s Call Log
*Report of Bldg. and Grounds Committee
*Report of Comprehensive Planning Committee
*Land Use Committee report
*Road maintenance report
*Fire District report
*Approval of bills and review of correspondence received

These are agenda items available on publishing deadline. Additional items for agenda may be posted 24 hours prior to meeting at: Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains, Co-Op Mini Mart.

Helen Kahl, Clerk
Publish April 18, 2013

 

Minutes 4-22-2013

Town of Blue Mounds
Board of Supervisors
April 22, 2013

Meeting started 7:34 PM. Present were Dennis Jelle Chairman, Supervisors John Brixy and Al Antonson, Treasurer Nancy Goplin and Deputy Clerk, Kari Schaper. Clerk Helen Kahl was absent due to illness.

Meeting Minutes from March 11 were read, John motioned to approve, Al seconded, Motion Passed 3-0.

Motion made by Dennis to rearrange agenda, Al seconded, Motion Passed 3-0.

Sheriff’s report from Officer Brooke Gagner:
Asked for concerns on speeding and placement of speedboard. Dan asked she sit on Barton Road at the Cemeteary. Dan told her to contact Darlene Shelstad for a time of day. Dennis asked her to randomly place it on Mayflower again. Dennis questioned West Blue Mounds Rd. Jenny Elmer reported high school students over the lunch hour going double breasted on Malone Rd. Officer Gagner asked her to get a license plate if possible. John Brixy asked how many bikes can ride abreast on the road. She said she can send the Township brochures on the laws for bikes. Number one thing she is called to Blue Mounds for is car/deer accidents and John Brixy asked they tally the report.

Scott Winner has 2 issues. First issue is, he will not be opening Little Norway this year. He has a potential buyer and is very hopeful they will really make it a first class tourist destination. The second issue is the wood harvest. The loggers have damaged the road, and broken their contract. He is asking us to please wait until the wood is out and let him handle it first. If this is not successful he will ask for the Board to help him. He is concerned about the damage they have caused. He also thanked the board for their service.

George Couch asked if we are encouraging people who build to use dark sky light. Dennis stated we have no regulations, and it’s hard to enforce, but people are encouraged.

Oath of office. All officers were sworn in as a result of the election April 2. There were no challengers and no changes.

County Ordinance Amendment 42, re Siting of Wind Energy Systems
Al personally would hate to see a big wind mill blocking the view of the Mounds, he feels there is a place for wind mills but not here. He is not against wind generation. There are a lot of unanswered questions regarding them also. Dennis would like the towns to have more authority on them. John would be in favor of whatever is more strict. John makes a motion we adopt state rules, Al seconds. Approved 3-0.

Public hearing for Pam Pennington Rezone:
Roger from Dane County asked her to add the back 32 acres and zone A4, split still available.
Al & Dennis thought A4 meant no building
Al questions why not change zoning to A3
Because of a family disagreement they cannot do A2, so they agree to A4.
Dennis wanted to make sure they understood what A4 is.
Bob Skogen asks if this is up for Public Discussion – States it was not posted for previous meetings. Previous meeting notices reviewed and what they are asking today is different from the last meeting. John advised Bob Skogen to go to the County Meeting tomorrow. John said he would be willing to listen to Bob’s concerns, but not sure they would make any changes. Bob questions parking on East Blue Mounds, Pam to have interior parking so guests will not be parking on the town roads. John asks for East Blue Mounds Rd to be added to the conditional use permit. John makes the motion to amend #6 to include E. Blue Mounds and Blue Valley Road, Al Antonson seconds. Motion passed
3-0.
Bob Skogen asks about litter and the sale of alcohol. Dennis states they will not be selling alcohol. Pam said there will be people picking up trash and keeping the place looking nice.
Al makes a motion to change from A1ex to A4, John seconds. All three approve.

Report on proposal to withdraw from Dane County Zoning and collaborate with the Village of Mt. Horeb for zoning purposes in the Extra Territorial District:
Dennis has a letter from Michael Slavney, Village Planner, stating concerns with changing maps, Dennis states the county will update maps. Slavney is also concerned with costs. Dennis would like to have a meeting to discuss the steps of rezoning and then meet with the Mt Horeb Board. Al thinks it is worth pursuing, but unless the entire board is on board it is not worth it. Dennis would like Grenlie to assist, but has not heard back from him. John Brixy says there is also another option to incorporate with the Village of Blue Mounds as they have had a change in administration. From the audience, Gene Spellman spoke – He feels the board’s frustration is going down a personal path, and this shouldn’t go lightly and quickly. Feels the board is moving towards a direction based on one person’s issue. Dennis assured him this isn’t moving quickly, and there have been several issues.

Dane Co Manure Council Update:
County requires a permit to spread during the winter. The permit doesn’t cost anything at this time.
Purpose that if someone builds a new facility they will be required to have 6 months of storage.

Update on Pending Legislation that could affect the Town:
Meeting is coming up John Brixy to attend, Government Day at the Capitol.

Building & Grounds – Nothing

Comprehensive Planning Committee – Meeting coming in May, Tom to organize

Land Use Committee – Nothing

Road Maintenance – Havens would like the township to take over the maintenance of the cul-de-sac at the end of N Erbe Rd. Dennis states they would have to pay for it, and it may be a good idea. Dennis states he or they would have to get it surveyed. The expectation would be that it stays gravel until the township would like to change it. After the survey they would have to register with the State Highway Dept. Al made a motion the board doesn’t object to him looking into this further. John seconded, Approved 3-0.
Agreement signed by Dennis for Dane County to do Town road work if necessary.
Dan Peterson reports that several residents have gone to the county to change the name of their roads. Dennis states there is a procedure for this and residents need to come to the board to do this.

Peterson Rd now called Colleen Rd
Steir Rd now called Rowley Rd
Dennis to call on this.

Hold off on Zwettler for now

Fire District Report – New truck went to Indianapolis for a show, new employee and new cadets

Approval of bills and review of correspondence received
Dennis made a motion to approve, Al seconded and all approved

Dan would like to steal $18,000 out of the road budget for salt & sand.
He thinks the price will be about the same at $70/ton.
Dan will call and discuss with Helen Kahl.

Al makes a motion to adjourn, Dennis seconded, all agree.

Respectfully Submitted,
Kari Schaper, Deputy Clerk

 

Agenda 5-13-2013

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Monday, May 13, 2013 7:30 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd, Blue Mounds WI 53517
Agenda:
*Minutes of the April 22, 2013, meeting
*Public Comments/Questions
*Joen Meylor, Rezone of 8 acres A-1 Ex to A-2, Section 9, HWY ID, also Driveway Permit for Same
*Driveway Permit Craven, Kingsland Road
*Driveway Permit Rowley, W Blue Mounds/Rowley Road
*Update on proposal to withdraw from Dane County Zoning and collaborate with the Village of Mt. Horeb for zoning purposes in the Extra Territorial District (ETZ)
*Report on WTA Capitol Day
*Update on Pending Legislation That Could Affect the Town
*Report of Bldg. and Grounds Committee
*Report of Comprehensive Planning Committee
*Land Use Committee report
*Road maintenance report
*Fire District report
*Approval of bills and review of correspondence received

These are agenda items available on publishing deadline. Additional items for agenda may be posted 24 hours prior to meeting at: Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains, Co-Op Mini Mart.

Helen Kahl, Clerk
Publish May 9, 2013

 

Minutes 5-13-2013

Town of Blue Mounds
Board of Supervisors
May 13, 2013

Dennis Jelle, Chairman, opened the meeting at 7:30 p.m. Also present were Supervisors, John Brixy and Al Antonson, and Clerk, Helen Kahl. Treasurer, Nancy Goplin was absent.

Minutes from April 22 were read. John moved to approve with several changes, Al seconded. Motion Passed 3-0.

Helen explained that the computer has a virus and will either need to be repaired or replaced. Minutes will be taken the old way with pen and paper tonight!

Helen reported that Joen Meylor did not receive the necessary confirmation from her buyer and will not be appearing tonight. Al moved to table, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Craven Driveway Permit Application, off Kingsland Road. Site visit was held, committee approved unanimously. Jesse Schlimgen from JG Development presented the plan. John moved to approve, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0. Dennis signed the permit application. $300 fee paid.

Rowley Driveway Permit Application, off West Blue Mounds and Rowley Road. Site visit was held, committee approved unanimously. Gary Rowley presented the plan. John moved to approve, Al seconded motion passed 3-0. Dennis signed the permit application. $300 fee paid.

Update on proposal to withdraw from Dane County Zoning and collaborate with the Village of Mt. Horeb for zoning purposes in the Extra Territorial District (ETZ). Dennis has talked with Roger Lane of Dane Co. Zoning who recommended we talk with our inspector regarding reviewing plans. Dennis followed through and that would be an option. He also talked to Thom Grenlie who would also be interested in helping. A fee of $75 an hour was mentioned as a possible fee for this. It was agreed to meet to come up with a minimum proposal to present to the village. Regarding AB-122, which would allow for towns to leave county zoning, statewide, John will follow up, but said it has not yet received a new bill number. John reported that he had gone to Capitol Day in Madison and visited a number of representatives’ offices. None were opposed to the legislation. It was questioned as to whose Shoreland Zoning authority would be enforced in the new bill, the individual counties’ or the states’? Dane County’s Shoreland Zoning is much more restrictive than the state’s. The bill would require a town to give a six month notice to the county of intent to withdraw.
Wisconsin Towns Association supports allowing towns to withdraw. Dennis would like to sit down with our inspector Friday, June 21, at 9:30 to discuss this.

Gene Spellman asked to make comments regarding this proposed withdrawal from county zoning. He appreciates that the board is taking its time in this process and understands that it is in a preliminary stage at this time. He made several points in opposition to moving forward with this effort: 1) He pointed out the initial expenses that would be incurred by the town and the village, as well as the ongoing costs such as the person(s) who would review the petitions. 2) He questions the motivation for this proposal, acknowledging there may be problems with the county, but this would add a new set of zoning laws. Dennis reiterated that Chapter 10 is the only zoning law that should govern rezoning, however the current ZLR doesn’t always follow it, or uses other criteria which shouldn’t even enter in. 3) Spellman also pointed out that there is potential that the village could be more restrictive, considering that their goals may not be the same as the towns’. They could become more restrictive because of the expense of bringing in an already developed area. His opinion is there could be consequences with making the change. Dennis pointed out that a Boundary Agreement would spell out where and what kind of development can occur in the ETZ area.
4) Spellman indicated there is always the ability of an applicant to go to the whole County Board with a petition that gets denied by ZLR. Dennis indicated that would be a waste of time as the County Board at this time would not overrule the ZLR. He indicated the favorability of having local representatives rather than “downtown Madison” people making decisions regarding township petitions. 5) Spellman feels the attitude of the township towards the county in itself may be a problem that influences both entities in their dealings with one another.

Going back to Capitol Day, John reported the Wisconsin Towns Association is seeking a $50/year/mile increase in local transportation aids. At this time there has been no change. Some of the ways that this could be funded would be for registration fees for bicycles and sales tax from bike sales going directly to this fund. The Towns Association supports the proposed recall law for local government officials, which would only be allowed for persons who have charged with an ethical violation or a crime.

Nothing for Buildings and Grounds.

Comprehensive Plan. The Land Use Committee has discussed some changes and made the following recommendations. We need to specify in the plan the requirement that in A-2 rezones of 35 A or less that they will be limited to 1 animal unit per acre. This is more strict than the county limit. The county limits to 1 animal unit per acre in under 16 acre petitions. Existing farmsteads would be exempt. The animal units are based on the DNR worksheet which should also be incorporated into the Comprehensive Plan. Regarding the driveway ordinance, the 2009 update is not in the Comprehensive Plan and should be. We should also add to our plan the State wind-siting standards. Dennis recommends we have a public hearing at our next Board Meeting. Helen will check the rules regarding updates on the Comprehensive Plan.

Road report. First of all, Dan reported that Darlene would like an increase in mowing fees to $155/mowing, retroactive to the beginning of this season. Al so moved, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Dan indicated the used snowblower has been returned to Sloan Implement and we will get a refund. He had gotten some bids on roads, $33,585 for West Blue Mounds and $8,500 for Kingsland. It looks like salt and fuel expenses will be over budget. It was suggested that Helen and Dan get together early in June to come up with firm numbers as to where the budget stands and report to the Board at the June meeting before any decisions on what roads to do. He still feels the Board should consider abandoning some of the private drives that are town roads indicating cost savings. Several members of the Board are reluctant.

No fire district report.

John moved to approve the bills of $35,563.85.

Al moved to adjourn, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Respectfully Submitted,
Helen Kahl, Clerk

 

Agenda 6-10-2013

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Monday, June 10, 2013 7:30 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, June 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd, Blue Mounds WI 53517
Agenda:
*Minutes of the May 13, 2013, meeting
*Public Comments/Questions
*VFW Liquor License Application, Including Operator’s Licenses
*Driveway Permit, Isely, Rogers Road, Section 14
*Zoning Petition #10548, Pennington, Conditional Zoning
*First notice and Discussion of Updates to Comprehensive Plan-Set Date for
Public Hearing
*Report on Dane Co Towns Assoc May 29 Meeting
*Update on Pending Legislation That Could Affect the Town
*Report of Bldg. and Grounds Committee
*Report of Comprehensive Planning Committee
*Land Use Committee report
*Road maintenance report
*Fire District report
*Approval of bills and review of correspondence received

*Adjourn to Closed Session for Personnel Review

These are agenda items available on publishing deadline. Additional items for agenda may be posted 24 hours prior to meeting at: Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains, Co-Op Mini Mart.

Helen Kahl, Clerk
Publish June 6, 2013

 

Minutes 6-10-2013

Town of Blue Mounds
Board of Supervisors
June 10, 2013

Dennis Jelle, Chairman, opened the meeting at 7:30 p.m. Also present were Supervisors, John Brixy and Al Antonson, and Clerk, Helen Kahl and Treasurer, Nancy Goplin.

Minutes from May 13 were read. John moved to approve with one change, Al seconded. Motion Passed 3-0.

Al moved to amend the agenda to listen to the driveway petition for Iselys. John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Driveway Permit Application Isely. John moved to approve the driveway permit, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0. There is a conflict regarding Docken Road being called Rogers Road and Dan and Dennis will look into it.

No public comments.

VFW liquor license. John moved to approve the renewal, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0. John moved to approve the 8 operator’s licenses as presented: Bonnie Herfel, Sara Paulson, Donald Zimpel, Julie Rickey, Bev Scheidegger, John Scheidegger, Karen Miller, and Darlene Diehm. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0. All fees paid.

Al moved to approve the Pennington Conditional Uses, with one remaining building site and the requirement to provide a Certified Survey Map within 90 days. John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Helen will connect with Tom Hansen regarding the wording for the changes to the Comprehensive Plan. This will need to be published by July 11 in order to meet the rules of 30 days notice, so that it can be heard at public hearing at the August meeting.

Dane Co. Towns Association May 29 meeting. John and Dennis attended. They reported the following:
1)Dennis nominated John to be on the executive board. He was not elected.
2)County Executive Parisi talked about CARPC, still feeling it is not cost effective.
3)Patrick Miles was promoting a mining ordinance which resulted in much push-back. It would result in closing about 43 gravel pits in the county. Miles seems to be basing this ordinance on a single situation in the Town of Dunn. It would require you to use the pit at least once a year or you would lose the permit.
4)ZLR now has 5 members which are still heavily city, not rural representatives.
5)Pending legislation: the bill is now written which would allow municipalities to withdraw from county zoning. At this point the shoreland zoning requirements would be county regulations, not state. There are some options for getting that changed.

Building and Grounds, nothing.

Comprehensive Planning Committee, nothing else.
Road Maintenance Report. Dennis talked to the logging company that damaged Zwettler Road. Dennis will try to get a meeting together with the logging company and the board and a representative of Scott Construction to discuss the damages done. This meeting would include Zwettlers and Scott Winner as well. John suggested perhaps Winner’s business insurance and the logging company’s insurance could share the liability claim. It was proposed that going forward we could pass an ordinance where a property owner has to post an a surety bond for such projects, or even new home construction. Al pointed out that the state statutes are very clear about damage to the roads and we should have an argument based on that.

Helen and Dan met to discuss overages on budget categories. Road repairs, Supplies, Fuel and Tires all may run short, but are not short at this time. Helen recommends we revisit these categories in a few months as far as making budget revisions. After a long discussion and an estimate of costs of salt and sand, John made a motion to move $11,700 from Roads to Salt and Sand in the Budget. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Regarding road work this year, the bid from Scott Construction was $41,485 for Kingsland and West Blue Mounds Roads. The remaining road budget doesn’t allow for this whole package. It was decided to do half of West Blue Mounds Road plus Kingsland Road. John made a motion to seal coat all of Kingsland Road and half of West Blue Mounds Road beginning at HWY Z going east one mile. The total of those two would be approximately $25,500. Al made an amendment that we use limestone chips, and seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Regarding tree trimming, a decision will be made in the next couple months as to whether or not to keep that in the road budget for this year.

Dennis informed the Board that TRIP applications must be made to Dane County by November. That would be 50% assistance. Dan would like to do North Road at a total of $70,000. He says the county does the bid proposals now rather than the local municipality, but John suggested we could get bids as well and challenge the county to do as well on the bids.

John reported that he was informed that next year’s road aids will be the same per mile and the following year we will get the $50/mile increase and $85 the following year.

Fire district report. Dennis reported the county previously insured the ambulances on a blanket policy, but will no longer do that. Mt Horeb Fire District has their own blanket policy so the change will not affect us.

Al moved to approve the bills of $19,697.37. John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

At this point, John Brixy had to leave the meeting, quorum still maintained.

Al moved to adjourn to closed session. Dennis seconded, motion passed 2-0.

Al moved to open closed session. Dennis seconded, motion passed 2-0.

Respectfully Submitted,
Helen Kahl, Clerk

Agenda 6-13-2013

NOTICE OF SPECIAL BOARD MEETING

At Cave of Mounds Regarding Their Interest in Obtaining a Liquor License

Thursday, June 13, 10:00 a.m.

 

The Board will meet at the Cave property to get information on their proposal for serving liquor on the grounds.  This meeting is only for information gathering, and NO decision will be made.

 

This meeting is open to the public.

 

Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, and Mt. Horeb Mini Mart.

Minutes 6-13-2013

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS

SPECIAL MEETING AT CAVE OF THE MOUNDS
June 13, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

Dennis Jelle called the meeting to order at 10:10 a.m.  Also present were Supervisors, Al Antonson and John Brixy and Clerk Helen Kahl.  Joining us from the Cave were Ann Wescott and Joe Klimczak, Managers of the Cave of the Mounds.

The Cave is prepared to apply for the remaining Reserve Class B Liquor License.  They gave us a check for $10,000, the initial fee established by statute.  They went over the plan and gave us a draft of said plan. John moved for the following conditions:

1)    No alcohol will be served in public areas before 11:00 a.m.  Private events’ start and closing time would be controlled by the company through contract.

2)    No alcohol will be served on the North side of the Road (Cave of the Mounds/HWY F) for the general public.

3)    No alcohol will be served East of the creek for the general public.

Al seconded the above conditions, Motion passed 3-0.

Al moved that $1000/year will be returned to the Cave of the Mounds from the $10,000 initial fee, each year for 5 years, as long as NO violations or serious complaints arise.  John seconded, motion passed 3-0.  The annual renewal would be subject to the annual fee, currently $300.

John Brixy moved to adjourn at 11:00 a.m., Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Respectfully submitted,

Helen Kahl, Clerk

 

Agenda 7-8-2013

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Monday, July 8, 2013   7:30 p.m.

 

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, July 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd, Blue Mounds WI  53517

Agenda:

*Minutes of the June 10, 2013, meeting

*Road maintenance report

*Report of Bldg. and Grounds Committee

*Public Comments/Questions

*Liquor License Application, Including Operator’s Licenses, CAVE OF THE

MOUNDS

*Discuss Request to Extend N Erbe Road, Jascaniak

*Driveway Permit Application Geisler, Section 10, off HWY ID

*Announce Date for Public Hearing for Amendments to Comprehensive Plan,

August 12, 7:00 p.m.

*Proposal from Dane County on Budgeting for New Voting Equipment

*Update on Pending Legislation That Could Affect the Town

*Report of Comprehensive Planning Committee

*Land Use Committee report

*Approval of bills and review of correspondence received

*Fire District report

These are agenda items available on publishing deadline.  *Additional items for agenda have been posted 24 hours prior to meeting at: Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains, Co-Op Mini Mart.

 

Helen Kahl, Clerk

Publish July 4, 2013

Minutes 7-8-2013

Unapproved Minutes

Town of Blue Mounds

Board of Supervisors

July 8, 2013

Dennis Jelle, Chairman, opened the meeting at 7:30 p.m. Also present were Supervisors, John Brixy and Al Antonson, and Clerk, Helen Kahl and Treasurer, Nancy Goplin.

Minutes from June 10 meeting were read. Al moved to approve, John seconded. Motion Passed

3-0.

Road Report, Dan absent, no report.

Public Comments and suggestions: Nothing.

Cave of the Mounds Liquor License Application. Helen read the minutes of the June 13, 2013 meeting between the Board and the Cave managers. John moved to accept the minutes. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0. They will send a check for $30 for the operator’s licenses. We will waive the application fee this year. John moved to approve the liquor license with the stipulations made by the board as listed in the minutes from the June 13 meeting. Al seconded, motion passed

3-0.

Al moved to table the Jascaniak proposal until later in the meeting. John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Dennis Murphy appeared representing Geisler’s for a driveway application in Section 10, off HWY ID. He indicated there would be no culvert, it’s flat land. The board suggested the homeowners on that land have a joint driveway agreement to protect all parties. Dennis Jelle asked that the Board be provided with a copy of the joint driveway agreement. Al moved to approve the driveway application with the condition we are presented a copy of a shared driveway agreement within 30 days of today’s date, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Mike Jascaniak appeared, he gave the history of his farm on N Erbe Road. Initially he bought N 80 acres from Bob Hagen. He ended up adding the landlocked 40 acres for a total of 120 acres. He provided an aerial view of the property. The parcel is a rectangle. North Erbe Road is a town road up to the south end of Havens’ property. Jascaniak has a 66’ easement to get to his property and wants to get the town to extend N Erbe Road across that easement. He would like to eventually sell the property and that would make it accessible. He and Dennis Jelle met out there on the property about 6 weeks ago. There would be a turnaround and a culvert. The metal shed owned by Havens would be moved and is agreed upon by both parties. At this time there is an old access that would be moved to the north line of the Havens North property line. The road would be right on the center of the quarter line. He feels he can re-grade the potential extension of N Erbe Road to 8-9% slope from the existing 13-14%. The applicant would follow all town standards and he would be responsible for all costs for the road. Once the road is completed, then the board would decide whether or not to accept the road as a town road. There were several comments from the public indicating displeasure at adding a town road at a time when a number of communities are eliminating dead end town roads. Dennis and John tried to explain that this town road could eventually lead to multiple dwellings and the potential of the taxes that would generate. John moved that including the minimum 8%, no

greater than 9% slope, that we accept the plan as presented, with the county erosion permit in place. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Dennis announced a public hearing for amendments for the Comprehensive Plan. The meeting has been published in the Mt Horeb Mail as August 12, at 7:00.

Voting equipment proposal for buying new machines for the county to replace the Eagles. We have had our Eagle for about 8 years, but most of the machines in the county are about 20 years old. Ours was refurbished when we bought it. John questioned the maintenance guarantee of 1 year, it should be longer and he also feels the machines should be owned and paid for by the county. He will do some research as to other county policies on these machines.

Legislation Report. The bill regarding municipalities pulling out of county zoning is tied up in the Senate due to the budget issues. There is still determination to get this done this year. Shoreland zoning will be an issue, John hopes they will use the DNR state standards and have that written into the bill, as opposed to the Dane County standards.

John reported he will work on a citation ordinance and try to be ready to present it in August for discussion.

Land use committee report. 1) Richard Losenegger has been told he needs to have a preliminary certified survey map in order to move forward. When he has that, he can contact Tom Hansen to move forward. 2) Helen reported that an application for a CUP for the Minitube wedding barn will come before the board next month in order to bring them into zoning compliance.

John moved to approve the bills of $36,200 and the additional bills to be communicated by email as received in the next few days. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0. The board discussed the outside lighting and we could make some changes in order to save some money.

Dennis reported that a resident on Danhouser Road, Tom Brindley, has a failed septic system. They have an agreement with neighbor Hyuk Yu to put a septic system on his property. They have requested the town to give them an easement to go under Danhouser Road with the pipe to the septic system on Mr Yu’s property. Helen suggested we get an attorney involved in order to protect the township. Dennis will call a special meeting if we are going to go forward with this. John feels it’s important that both Mr. Yu and the town should have a Hold Harmless agreement.

John moved to adjourn, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Respectfully Submitted,

Helen Kahl, Clerk

 

Agenda 8-12-2013

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Monday, September 9, 2013 7:30 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, Sep 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd, Blue Mounds WI 53517

Agenda:

*Minutes of the August 12, 2013, meeting

*Road maintenance report

*Report of Bldg. and Grounds Committee

*Approval of bills

*Public Comments/Questions

*Public Hearing: Cave of the Mounds Application for Postage Stamp Rezone on

Allegria Property On Cave of Mounds Road for Storage Building Rh-1 to RE-1

*Public Hearing: Minitube CUP for Barn on HWY 78, Use for Weddings

*Public Hearing: Richard Losenegger Rezone Petition, 3 lots on Bergum Road,

A-1 EX to RH-2

*Proposal and MOU from Dane County on Budgeting for New Voting Equipment

*Further Discussion of Citation Ordinance

*Town/Village Workshops, Decide Who Will Attend

*Update on Pending Legislation That Could Affect the Town

*Report of Comprehensive Planning Committee

*Land Use Committee report

*Review of correspondence received

*Fire District report

These are agenda items available on publishing deadline. Additional items for agenda have been posted 24 hours prior to meeting at: Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains, Co-Op Mini Mart.

Helen Kahl, Clerk

Publish Sep 4, 2013

Minutes 8-12-2013

Unapproved Minutes

Town of Blue Mounds

Board of Supervisors

August 12, 2013

Dennis Jelle, Chairman, opened the meeting at 8:09 p.m. Also present were Supervisors, John Brixy and Al Antonson, and Clerk, Helen Kahl and Treasurer, Nancy Goplin.

Minutes from July 8 meeting were read. Al moved to approve, John seconded. Motion Passed

3-0.

Road Maintenance report. Seal coating is done, about 1.5 miles. Dennis reported that the state has made available money for roads that go to state parks. We can get a 50% grant if we want to upgrade the road to Blue Mounds State Park. We could re-sealcoat it. John moved that we apply, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Public Comments and questions, none.

Wayne Jones appeared to rezone 19 acres to A-2. No immediate changes, this is being done for estate purposes. Al moved to approve, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Proposed change to Chapter 10 Co-1 Conservancy and A-Ba transitional Ag-Business District. The Towns Association is looking into this. Dennis’ conversation with Hazelbaker confirmed that A-4 already covers this. Al asked, “Who decides what’s a sensitive environmental feature?” Shoreland is also a point of contention where building would be prohibited. It seems this is another way for the county to prevent building in the townships. John suggests these ordinance amendments be separated so that the towns could vote on them separately. They are two separate issues. One cleans up some things, the A-Ba, which seems to be a good thing. However, the CO-1 Conservancy amendment is not acceptable to be included together. John moved we suggest these two amendments be separated and the towns be allowed to vote separately on them. We also suggest that the reference to animal units per acre on page 5, sub section e of Section 2, be changed to include the DNR Animal Units/Acre Worksheet.

John explained his proposed Citation Ordinance. He is still working on which of our ordinances would be subject to citations. John spoke with the Clerk of Circuit Court who wondered why we would want to do this, wasn’t aware of any other towns who do. He indicated the Circuit Court would make the ruling and receive any fines, take out court costs and then send the remainder back to the township. He is doing further research to see how to set up the citations, fine schedules, etc. He will continue to work on this and come back to the board next month with further information.

Regarding the proposed county voting machine ES & S DS-200, John has done some research and feels the product is a bad choice for a voting machine. His research indicates it has been determined for 6-7 years to be a bad. He cited various situations where this machine is a problem. State of Ohio, City of New York, Virgin Islands all report problems including 70% of

the votes are incorrectly read. The GAB has decided to certify this machine as the only one to certify. He also feels the county should absorb the cost of the machines, rather than passing on to the individual municipalities. John will summarize his findings and send them to us to present to towns association, county and GAB.

Fiscal policies/procedures for towns association review, no comments from board.

Pending legislation, nothing new.

Land Use Committee, they have set site visits for Losenegger and Cave of the Mounds for

August 27.

Fire District Report. Dennis reported they are working on budget and make ask for an approximate 4.2% possible fire department increase.

Helen presented the Bills $58,801.29. Al moved to approve, John seconded, Motion passed 3-0. Helen presented the Charter pre-pay fuel bill of $1.399 for pre-pay. She will get a quote from the Co-Op and see what they charge.

John moved to adjourn, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Respectfully Submitted,

Helen Kahl, Clerk

 

Minutes 8-12-2013

Agenda 1-14-2013

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS

NOTICE OF CAUCUS

MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2013, 7:15 p.m.

 

Notice is hereby given to the electors of the Town of Blue Mounds, Dane County, Wisconsin, that a Caucus for said Town will be held at the Town Garage, 10566 Blue Vista Rd., Blue Mounds, WI  53517, on Monday, January 14, 2013, at 7:15 p.m.  Nominations will be taken for Town Chairman, Town Supervisors, Treasurer, Clerk and Constable.  All offices are for two years and will be voted on at the Spring election to be held on April 2, 2013.  If you are interested in running for one of the above offices, you must be nominated at the caucus to have your name on the ballot.

 

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Monday, January 14, 2013   7:30 p.m. (approximate)

 

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, January 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd, Blue Mounds WI  53517

Agenda:

*Minutes of the December 10, 2012 meeting

*Ebenezer Brigham, LLC, Preliminary Discussion RE Possible Rezone andCSM of 12 Acres in Section 5

*Discussion on Communications Between Utilities/Municipalities Regarding

Outages in Storms

*Decision on Potential Advisory Referendum Re: Voter I.D. for April Election

*Discussion on Zoning Ordinance Improvements

*Proposed Contract to Join Mt. Horeb Municipal Court/Other Options

*Acceptance of Kari Schaper as Deputy Clerk, 1 year agreement

*Report of Bldg. and Grounds Committee

*Report of Comprehensive Planning Committee

*Land Use Committee report

*Road maintenance report

*Fire District report

*Approval of bills and review of correspondence received

 

These are agenda items available on publishing deadline.  Additional items for agenda may be posted 24 hours prior to meeting at: Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains, Co-Op Mini Mart.

 

Helen Kahl, Clerk

Publish January 10, 2013

 

Minutes 1-14-2014

Unapproved Minutes

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS
CAUCUS
January 14, 2013

The Caucus was opened by Gerry Brock at 7:15 p.m. He explained the procedure for nominations from the floor.

Nominations for Chairman:

John Brixy nominated Dennis Jelle, Nancy Goplin seconded. No other nominations.

Nominations for Supervisor 1:

John Brixy nominated Al Antonson, Nancy Goplin seconded. No other nominations.

Nominations for Supervisor 2:

Helen Kahl nominated John Brixy, Nancy Goplin seconded.

Dan Peterson nominated Don Runde, Travis Gudgeon seconded. No other nominations. NOTE: Mr. Runde, when contacted by the clerk, declined to run.

Nominations for Treasurer:

Al Antonson nominated Nancy Goplin, John Brixy seconded. No other nominations.

Nominations for Clerk:

Nancy Goplin nominated Helen Kahl, Dennis Jelle seconded. No other nominations.

Nominations for Constable:

Helen Kahl nominated Robert Skogen, John Brixy seconded. No other nominations.

Caucus adjourned at 7:22 p.m.

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS
January 14, 2013

Regular Board Meeting:

Dennis Jelle opened the meeting at 7:32 p.m.

Helen read the minutes of the December 10, 2012 meeting. Al moved to approve, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Mark Rooney appeared representing Ebenezer Brigham LLC. They’ve been in conversation with Gordon Helmeid a neighbor. They would like to buy this property to increase the area they have in order to build a garage for repairs, etc. They originally planned to build on a piece of property immediately south of Cave of the Mounds Rd adjacent to the Village of Blue Mounds. Helmeid approached EB LLC to see if they’d consider something else in order NOT to build on that land because he might build a house directly north of that land. In return for a promise not to build there, Helmeid said he’d sell a piece of land of approximately 8-9 acres including the red shed and the area around it. The area where the cedar trees are would shield the new pole building from the road area. They have not yet made an offer, but he wanted to let the board know their plans. They would want to rezone it to the recreational zoning the same as the Cave is now. He wondered if they would need a driveway permit. That would be a county issue as they would come out on the county road.

Charlie Pierce expressed his concerns that Cave of the Mounds area should be kept a valuable public interest and feels the Board should work to maintain that integrity and long-term value. Dennis mentioned that there is also a proposed bike trail up past that area.

Dennis asked to move the agenda around a bit, moving the proposed contract to join the Mt. Horeb Municipal Court. John Brixy seconded. Keith Johnson appeared representing the Fire Department to explain the procedure. In general they inspect businesses twice a year. They follow state fire protection codes. They are working to bring everyone into compliance. This is required in order to receive the 2% fire dues from the state. Other townships are approving ordinances to come in to a municipal court. This gives the inspections that show violations some teeth for a penalty. John and Al still question the need to join the court. A member of the audience expressed his opinion that we don’t have an issue and therefore why are we talking about this. Could there be a public announcement of violations? Al moved that for the present that we do not join the municipal court of Mt. Horeb. John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Dennis announced that Kari Schaper has agreed to be Deputy Clerk for a term concurrent with the Clerk’s term, following the first year. John moved to appoint Kari Schaper for the one year commitment. Al seconded, motion carried 3-0. Helen gave Kari the official oath of office. She will begin training.

There was a discussion regarding the fact that during the December snowstorm a line went down on East Blue Mounds Rd. Alliant Energy did not contact the township, nor did Dane County Emergency Management know where the problem was. The fact of the matter is they need to notify the township when there is a road they cannot access. Our plows will be pulled from where they are and sent to the problem area. Alliant has contacted Dennis asking for contact numbers, he will give them several.

Some comments were made regarding snow removal and being more aware of the direction of the wind and plowing snow where drifting will not occur. Dan explained that wouldn’t work. Everyone agreed that people need to stay home when the warnings say it will be that bad.

John Brixy presented a resolution asking for an advisory referendum on same day registration. He wants to go a step further by requiring a state issued form of identification in order to allow people to register to vote on election day. John moved to pass Resolution 2013-01, asking for the following resolution to be added to the April 2 ballot: “Should the state of Wisconsin require people to present a state issued form of identification in order to continue to allow people to register to vote at the polls on Election Day?” Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Dennis updated the Board on the Dillis/Larson petition. John Hendricks is holding up their petition saying they have to build on the old site. However, they will actually block access to the rest of the property by building there. The town board has final say on the length of the driveway and it has been approved to build 1000 ft beyond the old building site. Dane County Corporate Counsel has approved this petition and sent ZLR a letter to that effect. When the town chairs meet on Jan 23 these ZLR issues will be on the agenda. Dennis is prepared to propose that all townships vote NO on future changes to Chapter 10 until they get their act together. The committee needs some rural representation, not just Madison. He proposes an oversight committee, made up of 5 elected officials from municipalities, who would look at petitions when requested to look at it by a petitioner. Corporate Counsel has not replied, the county says they have no control because the ZLR members are elected. The Town Board talked about coming out of county zoning and having the village of Mt. Horeb oversee our zoning. John moved that Dennis forward our board’s opinion that there be a moratorium on Chapter 10 revisions until it be resolved with ZLR that they have 5 members with true rural representation. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Road maintenance report. Dan asked to purchase a used v-plow for the tractor. It would cost about $4200. Also, there’s a snowblower at Sloan’s for sale for $750 plus some mounting. Al moved we buy the snowblower from Sloan’s and John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Dennis gave Dan the bridge inspection reports for needed repairs.

No fire district report.

John moved to pay $784,864.06 plus the Southwest Outreach levy when it comes. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Al moved to have the annual meeting and annual town meeting on April 22 because of the change in statutes.

John moved to adjourn, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Respectfully Submitted, Helen Kahl, Clerk

 

Agenda 2-11-2013

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Monday, February 11, 2013 7:30 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, February 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd, Blue Mounds WI 53517
Agenda:
*Minutes of the January 14, 2013, meeting
*Richard Losenegger Preliminary Discussion RE Rezoning on Farm
*CUP Application for Winery on Sharp Road, Bellazini
*Resolution to Abandon Beghin Road in Section 36
*Report of Bldg. and Grounds Committee
*Report of Comprehensive Planning Committee
*Land Use Committee report
*Road maintenance report
*Fire District report
*Approval of bills and review of correspondence received
*Adjournment into Closed Session for Employee Review

These are agenda items available on publishing deadline. Additional items for agenda may be posted 24 hours prior to meeting at: Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains, Co-Op Mini Mart.

Helen Kahl, Clerk
Publish February 8, 2013

 

Minutes 2-11-2013

Unapproved Minutes

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS
January 14, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Regular Board Meeting:

Dennis Jelle opened the meeting at 7:32 p.m.

Also present were Supervisors Al Antonson and John Brixy and Clerk Helen Kahl. Nancy Goplin was absent.

Helen read the minutes of the January 14, 2013 meeting. Al moved to approve, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Chris James from Dane Co Parks to give an update on a bicycle trail that will be built by Brigham Park from Military Ridge Trail on an easement on Rooney Property and adjacent to county land up to Brigham Park. It’s a long, slow grade uphill. The 10 ft wide trail will not allow snowmobiles or ATV’s allowed. Trees taken down will be used to rebuild a wind-destroyed shelter at Brigham Park. The only car parking that is being considered is on the old wayside site. Neighbors were notified of tonight’s meeting. It will be maintained to allow emergency vehicles to access the trail. He stated that Dane Co will maintain the trail to be sure emergency vehicles can get through. It’s estimated to cost $525,000 to make the trail. John questioned the fact that a few years ago it was stated by County Parks that they were falling behind on maintenance of the facilities they had at that time and he wonders how they will maintain additional trails. They are considering a one-time trail pass for all Dane County Trails to help with funding.

Public Comments: Rich Castello, Syvrud Road, appeared about snow plowing. In his opinion the roads have been terrible. The big snowstorm in December he could understand but after the recent storms things weren’t done well, in his opinion. He’s talked to several delivery people who say the Town of Blue Mounds roads are the worst around. While he understands the difficulty, he feels the comparison to other townships is apparent. Keeping North Road more of a priority because of Tyrol doesn’t seem fair to him, as it favors a specific business. A suggestion that he has is perhaps we could have a logistics expert take a look at the town map to see what would be the most efficient way to plow. Richard Losenegger agreed with his criticism, saying Bergum Road has been terrible this year as well, and the milk truck driver has complained. Dennis explained that the ambulance goes down North Road to Tyrol a lot and the road needs to be kept safe for them. Palmer Haynes also pointed out the intersections are not cleaned up and encouraged the board to see what other townships are doing.

Richard Losenegger appeared with a preliminary discussion regarding rezoning on their farm. He inquired about selling the building rights to a conservancy and about the fact that their land is split between Town of Blue Mounds and Town of Vermont. They intend to have two building sites and possibly two other sites to sell to Larry. Two of the building sites are across the road. He was advised to talk to the County about a density study to verify the number of sites they have available.

CUP application for Winery on Sharp Rd. Mary Ann Bellazini appeared to talk about the zoning. The property is 20.7 acres. Dennis advised that it can’t be A-1 exclusive when it’s under 35 acres. The county zoning informed them that the limited rural business rule (30g) under Chapter 10.01 permits them to move forward with only a CUP, staying with A-1. A question and some examples of the meaning of “existing” buildings could provide a snag for them. Al moved to approve the CUP application, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Resolution to Abandon Beghin Road. Pamela Pennington and her husband, Robin Marohn,
appeared to make a case for her desire to abandon Beghin Road in section 36. A neighbor has a concern as he claims to own the land that abuts part of that road. They want to plant some trees to block the view to the neighbor’s property. Dennis advised her to go to Dane County Title Co. to see if there was an easement prior to Ken Beghin buying the land where the shed sits. The neighbor may need a certified survey to stop this abandonment. It appears a land description from 1967 was filed with the purchase of the shed property and County Zoning mentioned that as well. This situation is being postponed until the March meeting.

No Report for Building and Grounds.

No Land Use/Comprehensive Plan Report.

Fire district report. New truck is being built at Pierce in Appleton to replace Engine 3 which was sold.

Correspondence. John will try to go to one of two available Board of Review trainings and will let us know in March. John will attend the Towns Association Member meeting on Feb. 27.

Regarding the short stretch of road that shows as a Town Road Easement, pointed out by Morse, the easement referred to on the description of the CSM is East Blue Mounds Road, not the gravel road leading to the houses south of East Blue Mounds Road.

Road Maintenance Report. Dan presented the map they use to plow, with him plowing about 75% of the road. It was agreed he try mixing up the route he goes on. Al should be instructed to plow when Dan asks him to go out to check a road. Training our part-time drivers is crucial and Dan will work on that. It was agreed that it’s difficult to time the plowing/sanding and if the residents want the plows out more will be expensive, especially in fuel. Also, they might try to reverse the starting points on the routes. Helen will send out an email saying we are making some changes in an attempt to address complaints we have received.

Al moved to pay the bills of $26,821.21, plus the second levy. John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

John moved to adjourn to closed session. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Closed Session.

Al moved to re-adjourn regular meeting. John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Al moved that Dan’s request of a 5th week of vacation be based on job performance reviews every two months, beginning after the April meeting. Providing the reviews are favorable, a day every two months will be added this year. Dennis seconded, Motion passed 3-0.

John moved to adjourn, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Respectfully Submitted, Helen Kahl, Clerk

 

Agenda 3-11-13

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Monday, March 11, 2013 7:30 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd, Blue Mounds WI 53517
Agenda:
*Minutes of the February 11, 2013, meeting
*Public Comments/Questions
*Public Hearing Baack, property in Section 2, on Bergum Road, Rezone
Small Lot from A-1 Ex to A-2
*Public Hearing Pam Pennington, to Rezone Approx. 20 Acres in Section 36, (Beghin Property)
*Resolution to Abandon Beghin Road in Section 36
*Report on Towns Association Meeting Feb 27
*Discussion regarding DaneCom and Annual Costs
*Report of Bldg. and Grounds Committee
*Report of Comprehensive Planning Committee
*Land Use Committee report
*Road maintenance report
*Fire District report
*Approval of bills and review of correspondence received

These are agenda items available on publishing deadline. Additional items for agenda may be posted 24 hours prior to meeting at: Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains, Co-Op Mini Mart.

Helen Kahl, Clerk
Publish March 8, 2013

 

Minutes 3-11-13

Unapproved Minutes

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS
March 11, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Regular Board Meeting:

Dennis Jelle opened the meeting at 7:30 p.m.

Also present were Supervisor, John Brixy, Treasurer, Nancy Goplin, and Clerk Helen Kahl. Al Antonson was absent.

Helen read the minutes of the February 11, 2013 meeting. John moved to approve, Dennis seconded, motion passed 2-0.

Public Hearing: Andrew Baack wants to combine his parcels in Section 2, former Dave Jones property, to be in compliance and change from A-1 to A-2 in order to build a shed. John moved to approve, Dennis seconded, motion passed 2-0. Petition #10547.

Pam Pennington and Robin Marohn appeared with Attorney, Mark Rooney. They are applying for AB zoning with a CUP for the bridal barn. Rooney indicated the line on the aerial photograph is not accurate and this was confirmed by Dan Frick of Dane Co Zoning. Grenlie is working on a CSM of the property which will clear up any question of the property lines. The town road was originally laid out by the town board in 1866. They will address the town vacating the town road at a later date. Questions of parking and alcohol responsibilities were answered to the satisfaction of the board. Pam explained her plans for landscaping and refurbishing of the barn. Dennis moved to approve, John second, motion passed 2-0.

John moved to table the abandonment of Beghin Road until notified. Dennis seconded, motion passed 2-0.
It was asked from the audience and clarified that there is one building site left on the property.

Report on Towns Association Meeting Feb. 27. John attended at Town of Dunn:
1)They reported on ZLR committee composition. No decision has been made to place a 5th member or allowing a local elected official to take that spot.
2)The CARPC is rushing to accomplish a number of projects before their HUD grant runs out. At the CARPC budget meeting, nothing was accomplished, no motions. Disslutionment of CARPC was discussed, and now even County Executive Parisi has recommended it be dissolved. It was agreed water quality should be the towns’ business, not the villages’ and cities’.
3) Towns Association legislative meeting day is scheduled for April 30. John indicated he will attend this session.
4)John brought up DaneCom and questioned why the costs are far more than originally predicted, even though the system isn’t even in use. Our original estimate was $466 in 2012, $927 in 2013, $1831 in 2014, and $2446 in 2015. We have already gotten two bills totaling $650 approximately for 2012, or 30% higher than these numbers. John also questioned the extra towers when the original performance guarantee said the system would cover 98% of the county. Another note on the DaneCom finances, John wondered how close they’re coming to the first notice maximum for expenses of $825,000, and what happens when it’s reached, especially in light of the overages already experienced. His frustration is with the county spending $525,000 on a bike trail when the DaneCom expenses keep rising.
5)The last conversation was regarding the difficulty of getting things through the ZLR and the fact that the town is following its land use plan and farmland preservation. By creating this difficulty, it could result in this town or others leaving Dane County Zoning.

No report from Comprehensive Planning or Land Use Committees.

No report from Road Maintenance. Town patrolman not in attendance. George asked about the culverts and Dennis indicated Dan has been checking them because they froze full of water and they’re full of ice.

Fire District Report. Dennis reported that there is a committee formed to do a feasibility study on future facilities. The committee is comprised of firemen, citizens, government officials, etc. The current fire station has some issues with the roof, etc. Our new truck is going to a fire equipment show before it comes back to the fire department.

In April the board will be talking about the wind tower ordinance. John was in favor in putting a 6 or 12 month moratorium on siting towers. This will be further discussed at the April meeting. Helen also mentioned that we never get a report of how the towns voted, by roll call, on any ordinance amendment issue. Dennis said he would talk to Renee Lauber on this issue.

John moved to approve the bills of $13,589.45 plus 9 hours plowing for Don Runde.

Nancy mentioned that Dick Dickman has not paid his personal property taxes and real estate taxes for 3 years. The county will collect the real estate taxes, but the personal property taxes are ours to collect, approximately $1200 total for the 3 years. John moved we send him the total bill, mailed with certified receipt, to have his signature that he received the notice. Then she could contact Wis Towns Association for future legal options. Dennis seconded the motion, motion passed 2-0.

John moved to adjourn, Dennis seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Respectfully Submitted,
Helen Kahl, Clerk

 

Agenda 4-22-13

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS
NOTICE OF ANNUAL TOWN MEETING
MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2013 7:00 P.M.
Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd.,
Blue Mounds, WI 53517

The Annual Meeting of the Electors of the Town of Blue Mounds will be held on Monday, April 22, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. Electors may bring any matters or concerns to the attention of the Board at that time. Agenda will include, but is not limited to, the following:
1) Minutes of 2012 Annual Meeting
2) Financial Report
3) Old Business
4) New Business
a. Review of Current Fees/Salaries
b. Spring Clean-up changed to Fall 2013
c. Any other New Business
5) Adjournment

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Monday, April 22, 2013 7:30 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, April 22, at approximately 7:30 p.m. (following the annual meeting) at the Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd, Blue Mounds WI 53517
Agenda:
*Minutes of the March 11, 2013, meeting
*Public Comments/Questions
*Oath of Office for Board and Election Report
*County Ordinance Amendment 42, re Siting of Wind Energy Systems
*Public Hearing Pam Pennington, to Rezone Approx. 13.5 A from A-1 Ex
to A-B, and 19.5 A from A-1 to A-2 in Section 36 (Beghin Property)
*Report on proposal to withdraw from Dane County Zoning and collaborate with the Village of Mt. Horeb for zoning purposes in the Extra Territorial District (ETZ)
*Report on Dane Co Manure Council Meeting
*Update on Pending Legislation That Could Affect the Town
*Report of Dane County Sheriff’s Call Log
*Report of Bldg. and Grounds Committee
*Report of Comprehensive Planning Committee
*Land Use Committee report
*Road maintenance report
*Fire District report
*Approval of bills and review of correspondence received

These are agenda items available on publishing deadline. Additional items for agenda may be posted 24 hours prior to meeting at: Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains, Co-Op Mini Mart.

Helen Kahl, Clerk
Publish April 18, 2013

 

Minutes 4-22-2013

Town of Blue Mounds
Board of Supervisors
April 22, 2013

Meeting started 7:34 PM. Present were Dennis Jelle Chairman, Supervisors John Brixy and Al Antonson, Treasurer Nancy Goplin and Deputy Clerk, Kari Schaper. Clerk Helen Kahl was absent due to illness.

Meeting Minutes from March 11 were read, John motioned to approve, Al seconded, Motion Passed 3-0.

Motion made by Dennis to rearrange agenda, Al seconded, Motion Passed 3-0.

Sheriff’s report from Officer Brooke Gagner:
Asked for concerns on speeding and placement of speedboard. Dan asked she sit on Barton Road at the Cemeteary. Dan told her to contact Darlene Shelstad for a time of day. Dennis asked her to randomly place it on Mayflower again. Dennis questioned West Blue Mounds Rd. Jenny Elmer reported high school students over the lunch hour going double breasted on Malone Rd. Officer Gagner asked her to get a license plate if possible. John Brixy asked how many bikes can ride abreast on the road. She said she can send the Township brochures on the laws for bikes. Number one thing she is called to Blue Mounds for is car/deer accidents and John Brixy asked they tally the report.

Scott Winner has 2 issues. First issue is, he will not be opening Little Norway this year. He has a potential buyer and is very hopeful they will really make it a first class tourist destination. The second issue is the wood harvest. The loggers have damaged the road, and broken their contract. He is asking us to please wait until the wood is out and let him handle it first. If this is not successful he will ask for the Board to help him. He is concerned about the damage they have caused. He also thanked the board for their service.

George Couch asked if we are encouraging people who build to use dark sky light. Dennis stated we have no regulations, and it’s hard to enforce, but people are encouraged.

Oath of office. All officers were sworn in as a result of the election April 2. There were no challengers and no changes.

County Ordinance Amendment 42, re Siting of Wind Energy Systems
Al personally would hate to see a big wind mill blocking the view of the Mounds, he feels there is a place for wind mills but not here. He is not against wind generation. There are a lot of unanswered questions regarding them also. Dennis would like the towns to have more authority on them. John would be in favor of whatever is more strict. John makes a motion we adopt state rules, Al seconds. Approved 3-0.

Public hearing for Pam Pennington Rezone:
Roger from Dane County asked her to add the back 32 acres and zone A4, split still available.
Al & Dennis thought A4 meant no building
Al questions why not change zoning to A3
Because of a family disagreement they cannot do A2, so they agree to A4.
Dennis wanted to make sure they understood what A4 is.
Bob Skogen asks if this is up for Public Discussion – States it was not posted for previous meetings. Previous meeting notices reviewed and what they are asking today is different from the last meeting. John advised Bob Skogen to go to the County Meeting tomorrow. John said he would be willing to listen to Bob’s concerns, but not sure they would make any changes. Bob questions parking on East Blue Mounds, Pam to have interior parking so guests will not be parking on the town roads. John asks for East Blue Mounds Rd to be added to the conditional use permit. John makes the motion to amend #6 to include E. Blue Mounds and Blue Valley Road, Al Antonson seconds. Motion passed
3-0.
Bob Skogen asks about litter and the sale of alcohol. Dennis states they will not be selling alcohol. Pam said there will be people picking up trash and keeping the place looking nice.
Al makes a motion to change from A1ex to A4, John seconds. All three approve.

Report on proposal to withdraw from Dane County Zoning and collaborate with the Village of Mt. Horeb for zoning purposes in the Extra Territorial District:
Dennis has a letter from Michael Slavney, Village Planner, stating concerns with changing maps, Dennis states the county will update maps. Slavney is also concerned with costs. Dennis would like to have a meeting to discuss the steps of rezoning and then meet with the Mt Horeb Board. Al thinks it is worth pursuing, but unless the entire board is on board it is not worth it. Dennis would like Grenlie to assist, but has not heard back from him. John Brixy says there is also another option to incorporate with the Village of Blue Mounds as they have had a change in administration. From the audience, Gene Spellman spoke – He feels the board’s frustration is going down a personal path, and this shouldn’t go lightly and quickly. Feels the board is moving towards a direction based on one person’s issue. Dennis assured him this isn’t moving quickly, and there have been several issues.

Dane Co Manure Council Update:
County requires a permit to spread during the winter. The permit doesn’t cost anything at this time.
Purpose that if someone builds a new facility they will be required to have 6 months of storage.

Update on Pending Legislation that could affect the Town:
Meeting is coming up John Brixy to attend, Government Day at the Capitol.

Building & Grounds – Nothing

Comprehensive Planning Committee – Meeting coming in May, Tom to organize

Land Use Committee – Nothing

Road Maintenance – Havens would like the township to take over the maintenance of the cul-de-sac at the end of N Erbe Rd. Dennis states they would have to pay for it, and it may be a good idea. Dennis states he or they would have to get it surveyed. The expectation would be that it stays gravel until the township would like to change it. After the survey they would have to register with the State Highway Dept. Al made a motion the board doesn’t object to him looking into this further. John seconded, Approved 3-0.
Agreement signed by Dennis for Dane County to do Town road work if necessary.
Dan Peterson reports that several residents have gone to the county to change the name of their roads. Dennis states there is a procedure for this and residents need to come to the board to do this.

Peterson Rd now called Colleen Rd
Steir Rd now called Rowley Rd
Dennis to call on this.

Hold off on Zwettler for now

Fire District Report – New truck went to Indianapolis for a show, new employee and new cadets

Approval of bills and review of correspondence received
Dennis made a motion to approve, Al seconded and all approved

Dan would like to steal $18,000 out of the road budget for salt & sand.
He thinks the price will be about the same at $70/ton.
Dan will call and discuss with Helen Kahl.

Al makes a motion to adjourn, Dennis seconded, all agree.

Respectfully Submitted,
Kari Schaper, Deputy Clerk

 

Agenda 5-13-2013

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Monday, May 13, 2013 7:30 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd, Blue Mounds WI 53517
Agenda:
*Minutes of the April 22, 2013, meeting
*Public Comments/Questions
*Joen Meylor, Rezone of 8 acres A-1 Ex to A-2, Section 9, HWY ID, also Driveway Permit for Same
*Driveway Permit Craven, Kingsland Road
*Driveway Permit Rowley, W Blue Mounds/Rowley Road
*Update on proposal to withdraw from Dane County Zoning and collaborate with the Village of Mt. Horeb for zoning purposes in the Extra Territorial District (ETZ)
*Report on WTA Capitol Day
*Update on Pending Legislation That Could Affect the Town
*Report of Bldg. and Grounds Committee
*Report of Comprehensive Planning Committee
*Land Use Committee report
*Road maintenance report
*Fire District report
*Approval of bills and review of correspondence received

These are agenda items available on publishing deadline. Additional items for agenda may be posted 24 hours prior to meeting at: Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains, Co-Op Mini Mart.

Helen Kahl, Clerk
Publish May 9, 2013

 

Minutes 5-13-2013

Town of Blue Mounds
Board of Supervisors
May 13, 2013

Dennis Jelle, Chairman, opened the meeting at 7:30 p.m. Also present were Supervisors, John Brixy and Al Antonson, and Clerk, Helen Kahl. Treasurer, Nancy Goplin was absent.

Minutes from April 22 were read. John moved to approve with several changes, Al seconded. Motion Passed 3-0.

Helen explained that the computer has a virus and will either need to be repaired or replaced. Minutes will be taken the old way with pen and paper tonight!

Helen reported that Joen Meylor did not receive the necessary confirmation from her buyer and will not be appearing tonight. Al moved to table, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Craven Driveway Permit Application, off Kingsland Road. Site visit was held, committee approved unanimously. Jesse Schlimgen from JG Development presented the plan. John moved to approve, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0. Dennis signed the permit application. $300 fee paid.

Rowley Driveway Permit Application, off West Blue Mounds and Rowley Road. Site visit was held, committee approved unanimously. Gary Rowley presented the plan. John moved to approve, Al seconded motion passed 3-0. Dennis signed the permit application. $300 fee paid.

Update on proposal to withdraw from Dane County Zoning and collaborate with the Village of Mt. Horeb for zoning purposes in the Extra Territorial District (ETZ). Dennis has talked with Roger Lane of Dane Co. Zoning who recommended we talk with our inspector regarding reviewing plans. Dennis followed through and that would be an option. He also talked to Thom Grenlie who would also be interested in helping. A fee of $75 an hour was mentioned as a possible fee for this. It was agreed to meet to come up with a minimum proposal to present to the village. Regarding AB-122, which would allow for towns to leave county zoning, statewide, John will follow up, but said it has not yet received a new bill number. John reported that he had gone to Capitol Day in Madison and visited a number of representatives’ offices. None were opposed to the legislation. It was questioned as to whose Shoreland Zoning authority would be enforced in the new bill, the individual counties’ or the states’? Dane County’s Shoreland Zoning is much more restrictive than the state’s. The bill would require a town to give a six month notice to the county of intent to withdraw.
Wisconsin Towns Association supports allowing towns to withdraw. Dennis would like to sit down with our inspector Friday, June 21, at 9:30 to discuss this.

Gene Spellman asked to make comments regarding this proposed withdrawal from county zoning. He appreciates that the board is taking its time in this process and understands that it is in a preliminary stage at this time. He made several points in opposition to moving forward with this effort: 1) He pointed out the initial expenses that would be incurred by the town and the village, as well as the ongoing costs such as the person(s) who would review the petitions. 2) He questions the motivation for this proposal, acknowledging there may be problems with the county, but this would add a new set of zoning laws. Dennis reiterated that Chapter 10 is the only zoning law that should govern rezoning, however the current ZLR doesn’t always follow it, or uses other criteria which shouldn’t even enter in. 3) Spellman also pointed out that there is potential that the village could be more restrictive, considering that their goals may not be the same as the towns’. They could become more restrictive because of the expense of bringing in an already developed area. His opinion is there could be consequences with making the change. Dennis pointed out that a Boundary Agreement would spell out where and what kind of development can occur in the ETZ area.
4) Spellman indicated there is always the ability of an applicant to go to the whole County Board with a petition that gets denied by ZLR. Dennis indicated that would be a waste of time as the County Board at this time would not overrule the ZLR. He indicated the favorability of having local representatives rather than “downtown Madison” people making decisions regarding township petitions. 5) Spellman feels the attitude of the township towards the county in itself may be a problem that influences both entities in their dealings with one another.

Going back to Capitol Day, John reported the Wisconsin Towns Association is seeking a $50/year/mile increase in local transportation aids. At this time there has been no change. Some of the ways that this could be funded would be for registration fees for bicycles and sales tax from bike sales going directly to this fund. The Towns Association supports the proposed recall law for local government officials, which would only be allowed for persons who have charged with an ethical violation or a crime.

Nothing for Buildings and Grounds.

Comprehensive Plan. The Land Use Committee has discussed some changes and made the following recommendations. We need to specify in the plan the requirement that in A-2 rezones of 35 A or less that they will be limited to 1 animal unit per acre. This is more strict than the county limit. The county limits to 1 animal unit per acre in under 16 acre petitions. Existing farmsteads would be exempt. The animal units are based on the DNR worksheet which should also be incorporated into the Comprehensive Plan. Regarding the driveway ordinance, the 2009 update is not in the Comprehensive Plan and should be. We should also add to our plan the State wind-siting standards. Dennis recommends we have a public hearing at our next Board Meeting. Helen will check the rules regarding updates on the Comprehensive Plan.

Road report. First of all, Dan reported that Darlene would like an increase in mowing fees to $155/mowing, retroactive to the beginning of this season. Al so moved, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Dan indicated the used snowblower has been returned to Sloan Implement and we will get a refund. He had gotten some bids on roads, $33,585 for West Blue Mounds and $8,500 for Kingsland. It looks like salt and fuel expenses will be over budget. It was suggested that Helen and Dan get together early in June to come up with firm numbers as to where the budget stands and report to the Board at the June meeting before any decisions on what roads to do. He still feels the Board should consider abandoning some of the private drives that are town roads indicating cost savings. Several members of the Board are reluctant.

No fire district report.

John moved to approve the bills of $35,563.85.

Al moved to adjourn, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Respectfully Submitted,
Helen Kahl, Clerk

 

Agenda 6-10-2013

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Monday, June 10, 2013 7:30 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, June 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd, Blue Mounds WI 53517
Agenda:
*Minutes of the May 13, 2013, meeting
*Public Comments/Questions
*VFW Liquor License Application, Including Operator’s Licenses
*Driveway Permit, Isely, Rogers Road, Section 14
*Zoning Petition #10548, Pennington, Conditional Zoning
*First notice and Discussion of Updates to Comprehensive Plan-Set Date for
Public Hearing
*Report on Dane Co Towns Assoc May 29 Meeting
*Update on Pending Legislation That Could Affect the Town
*Report of Bldg. and Grounds Committee
*Report of Comprehensive Planning Committee
*Land Use Committee report
*Road maintenance report
*Fire District report
*Approval of bills and review of correspondence received

*Adjourn to Closed Session for Personnel Review

These are agenda items available on publishing deadline. Additional items for agenda may be posted 24 hours prior to meeting at: Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains, Co-Op Mini Mart.

Helen Kahl, Clerk
Publish June 6, 2013

 

Minutes 6-10-2013

Town of Blue Mounds
Board of Supervisors
June 10, 2013

Dennis Jelle, Chairman, opened the meeting at 7:30 p.m. Also present were Supervisors, John Brixy and Al Antonson, and Clerk, Helen Kahl and Treasurer, Nancy Goplin.

Minutes from May 13 were read. John moved to approve with one change, Al seconded. Motion Passed 3-0.

Al moved to amend the agenda to listen to the driveway petition for Iselys. John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Driveway Permit Application Isely. John moved to approve the driveway permit, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0. There is a conflict regarding Docken Road being called Rogers Road and Dan and Dennis will look into it.

No public comments.

VFW liquor license. John moved to approve the renewal, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0. John moved to approve the 8 operator’s licenses as presented: Bonnie Herfel, Sara Paulson, Donald Zimpel, Julie Rickey, Bev Scheidegger, John Scheidegger, Karen Miller, and Darlene Diehm. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0. All fees paid.

Al moved to approve the Pennington Conditional Uses, with one remaining building site and the requirement to provide a Certified Survey Map within 90 days. John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Helen will connect with Tom Hansen regarding the wording for the changes to the Comprehensive Plan. This will need to be published by July 11 in order to meet the rules of 30 days notice, so that it can be heard at public hearing at the August meeting.

Dane Co. Towns Association May 29 meeting. John and Dennis attended. They reported the following:
1)Dennis nominated John to be on the executive board. He was not elected.
2)County Executive Parisi talked about CARPC, still feeling it is not cost effective.
3)Patrick Miles was promoting a mining ordinance which resulted in much push-back. It would result in closing about 43 gravel pits in the county. Miles seems to be basing this ordinance on a single situation in the Town of Dunn. It would require you to use the pit at least once a year or you would lose the permit.
4)ZLR now has 5 members which are still heavily city, not rural representatives.
5)Pending legislation: the bill is now written which would allow municipalities to withdraw from county zoning. At this point the shoreland zoning requirements would be county regulations, not state. There are some options for getting that changed.

Building and Grounds, nothing.

Comprehensive Planning Committee, nothing else.
Road Maintenance Report. Dennis talked to the logging company that damaged Zwettler Road. Dennis will try to get a meeting together with the logging company and the board and a representative of Scott Construction to discuss the damages done. This meeting would include Zwettlers and Scott Winner as well. John suggested perhaps Winner’s business insurance and the logging company’s insurance could share the liability claim. It was proposed that going forward we could pass an ordinance where a property owner has to post an a surety bond for such projects, or even new home construction. Al pointed out that the state statutes are very clear about damage to the roads and we should have an argument based on that.

Helen and Dan met to discuss overages on budget categories. Road repairs, Supplies, Fuel and Tires all may run short, but are not short at this time. Helen recommends we revisit these categories in a few months as far as making budget revisions. After a long discussion and an estimate of costs of salt and sand, John made a motion to move $11,700 from Roads to Salt and Sand in the Budget. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Regarding road work this year, the bid from Scott Construction was $41,485 for Kingsland and West Blue Mounds Roads. The remaining road budget doesn’t allow for this whole package. It was decided to do half of West Blue Mounds Road plus Kingsland Road. John made a motion to seal coat all of Kingsland Road and half of West Blue Mounds Road beginning at HWY Z going east one mile. The total of those two would be approximately $25,500. Al made an amendment that we use limestone chips, and seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Regarding tree trimming, a decision will be made in the next couple months as to whether or not to keep that in the road budget for this year.

Dennis informed the Board that TRIP applications must be made to Dane County by November. That would be 50% assistance. Dan would like to do North Road at a total of $70,000. He says the county does the bid proposals now rather than the local municipality, but John suggested we could get bids as well and challenge the county to do as well on the bids.

John reported that he was informed that next year’s road aids will be the same per mile and the following year we will get the $50/mile increase and $85 the following year.

Fire district report. Dennis reported the county previously insured the ambulances on a blanket policy, but will no longer do that. Mt Horeb Fire District has their own blanket policy so the change will not affect us.

Al moved to approve the bills of $19,697.37. John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

At this point, John Brixy had to leave the meeting, quorum still maintained.

Al moved to adjourn to closed session. Dennis seconded, motion passed 2-0.

Al moved to open closed session. Dennis seconded, motion passed 2-0.

Respectfully Submitted,
Helen Kahl, Clerk

Agenda 6-13-2013

NOTICE OF SPECIAL BOARD MEETING

At Cave of Mounds Regarding Their Interest in Obtaining a Liquor License

Thursday, June 13, 10:00 a.m.

 

The Board will meet at the Cave property to get information on their proposal for serving liquor on the grounds.  This meeting is only for information gathering, and NO decision will be made.

 

This meeting is open to the public.

 

Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, and Mt. Horeb Mini Mart.

Minutes 6-13-2013

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS

SPECIAL MEETING AT CAVE OF THE MOUNDS
June 13, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

Dennis Jelle called the meeting to order at 10:10 a.m.  Also present were Supervisors, Al Antonson and John Brixy and Clerk Helen Kahl.  Joining us from the Cave were Ann Wescott and Joe Klimczak, Managers of the Cave of the Mounds.

The Cave is prepared to apply for the remaining Reserve Class B Liquor License.  They gave us a check for $10,000, the initial fee established by statute.  They went over the plan and gave us a draft of said plan. John moved for the following conditions:

1)    No alcohol will be served in public areas before 11:00 a.m.  Private events’ start and closing time would be controlled by the company through contract.

2)    No alcohol will be served on the North side of the Road (Cave of the Mounds/HWY F) for the general public.

3)    No alcohol will be served East of the creek for the general public.

Al seconded the above conditions, Motion passed 3-0.

Al moved that $1000/year will be returned to the Cave of the Mounds from the $10,000 initial fee, each year for 5 years, as long as NO violations or serious complaints arise.  John seconded, motion passed 3-0.  The annual renewal would be subject to the annual fee, currently $300.

John Brixy moved to adjourn at 11:00 a.m., Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Respectfully submitted,

Helen Kahl, Clerk

 

Agenda 7-8-2013

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Monday, July 8, 2013   7:30 p.m.

 

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, July 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd, Blue Mounds WI  53517

Agenda:

*Minutes of the June 10, 2013, meeting

*Road maintenance report

*Report of Bldg. and Grounds Committee

*Public Comments/Questions

*Liquor License Application, Including Operator’s Licenses, CAVE OF THE

MOUNDS

*Discuss Request to Extend N Erbe Road, Jascaniak

*Driveway Permit Application Geisler, Section 10, off HWY ID

*Announce Date for Public Hearing for Amendments to Comprehensive Plan,

August 12, 7:00 p.m.

*Proposal from Dane County on Budgeting for New Voting Equipment

*Update on Pending Legislation That Could Affect the Town

*Report of Comprehensive Planning Committee

*Land Use Committee report

*Approval of bills and review of correspondence received

*Fire District report

These are agenda items available on publishing deadline.  *Additional items for agenda have been posted 24 hours prior to meeting at: Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains, Co-Op Mini Mart.

 

Helen Kahl, Clerk

Publish July 4, 2013

Minutes 7-8-2013

Unapproved Minutes

Town of Blue Mounds

Board of Supervisors

July 8, 2013

Dennis Jelle, Chairman, opened the meeting at 7:30 p.m. Also present were Supervisors, John Brixy and Al Antonson, and Clerk, Helen Kahl and Treasurer, Nancy Goplin.

Minutes from June 10 meeting were read. Al moved to approve, John seconded. Motion Passed

3-0.

Road Report, Dan absent, no report.

Public Comments and suggestions: Nothing.

Cave of the Mounds Liquor License Application. Helen read the minutes of the June 13, 2013 meeting between the Board and the Cave managers. John moved to accept the minutes. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0. They will send a check for $30 for the operator’s licenses. We will waive the application fee this year. John moved to approve the liquor license with the stipulations made by the board as listed in the minutes from the June 13 meeting. Al seconded, motion passed

3-0.

Al moved to table the Jascaniak proposal until later in the meeting. John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Dennis Murphy appeared representing Geisler’s for a driveway application in Section 10, off HWY ID. He indicated there would be no culvert, it’s flat land. The board suggested the homeowners on that land have a joint driveway agreement to protect all parties. Dennis Jelle asked that the Board be provided with a copy of the joint driveway agreement. Al moved to approve the driveway application with the condition we are presented a copy of a shared driveway agreement within 30 days of today’s date, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Mike Jascaniak appeared, he gave the history of his farm on N Erbe Road. Initially he bought N 80 acres from Bob Hagen. He ended up adding the landlocked 40 acres for a total of 120 acres. He provided an aerial view of the property. The parcel is a rectangle. North Erbe Road is a town road up to the south end of Havens’ property. Jascaniak has a 66’ easement to get to his property and wants to get the town to extend N Erbe Road across that easement. He would like to eventually sell the property and that would make it accessible. He and Dennis Jelle met out there on the property about 6 weeks ago. There would be a turnaround and a culvert. The metal shed owned by Havens would be moved and is agreed upon by both parties. At this time there is an old access that would be moved to the north line of the Havens North property line. The road would be right on the center of the quarter line. He feels he can re-grade the potential extension of N Erbe Road to 8-9% slope from the existing 13-14%. The applicant would follow all town standards and he would be responsible for all costs for the road. Once the road is completed, then the board would decide whether or not to accept the road as a town road. There were several comments from the public indicating displeasure at adding a town road at a time when a number of communities are eliminating dead end town roads. Dennis and John tried to explain that this town road could eventually lead to multiple dwellings and the potential of the taxes that would generate. John moved that including the minimum 8%, no

greater than 9% slope, that we accept the plan as presented, with the county erosion permit in place. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Dennis announced a public hearing for amendments for the Comprehensive Plan. The meeting has been published in the Mt Horeb Mail as August 12, at 7:00.

Voting equipment proposal for buying new machines for the county to replace the Eagles. We have had our Eagle for about 8 years, but most of the machines in the county are about 20 years old. Ours was refurbished when we bought it. John questioned the maintenance guarantee of 1 year, it should be longer and he also feels the machines should be owned and paid for by the county. He will do some research as to other county policies on these machines.

Legislation Report. The bill regarding municipalities pulling out of county zoning is tied up in the Senate due to the budget issues. There is still determination to get this done this year. Shoreland zoning will be an issue, John hopes they will use the DNR state standards and have that written into the bill, as opposed to the Dane County standards.

John reported he will work on a citation ordinance and try to be ready to present it in August for discussion.

Land use committee report. 1) Richard Losenegger has been told he needs to have a preliminary certified survey map in order to move forward. When he has that, he can contact Tom Hansen to move forward. 2) Helen reported that an application for a CUP for the Minitube wedding barn will come before the board next month in order to bring them into zoning compliance.

John moved to approve the bills of $36,200 and the additional bills to be communicated by email as received in the next few days. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0. The board discussed the outside lighting and we could make some changes in order to save some money.

Dennis reported that a resident on Danhouser Road, Tom Brindley, has a failed septic system. They have an agreement with neighbor Hyuk Yu to put a septic system on his property. They have requested the town to give them an easement to go under Danhouser Road with the pipe to the septic system on Mr Yu’s property. Helen suggested we get an attorney involved in order to protect the township. Dennis will call a special meeting if we are going to go forward with this. John feels it’s important that both Mr. Yu and the town should have a Hold Harmless agreement.

John moved to adjourn, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Respectfully Submitted,

Helen Kahl, Clerk

 

Agenda 8-12-2013

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Monday, September 9, 2013 7:30 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, Sep 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd, Blue Mounds WI 53517

Agenda:

*Minutes of the August 12, 2013, meeting

*Road maintenance report

*Report of Bldg. and Grounds Committee

*Approval of bills

*Public Comments/Questions

*Public Hearing: Cave of the Mounds Application for Postage Stamp Rezone on

Allegria Property On Cave of Mounds Road for Storage Building Rh-1 to RE-1

*Public Hearing: Minitube CUP for Barn on HWY 78, Use for Weddings

*Public Hearing: Richard Losenegger Rezone Petition, 3 lots on Bergum Road,

A-1 EX to RH-2

*Proposal and MOU from Dane County on Budgeting for New Voting Equipment

*Further Discussion of Citation Ordinance

*Town/Village Workshops, Decide Who Will Attend

*Update on Pending Legislation That Could Affect the Town

*Report of Comprehensive Planning Committee

*Land Use Committee report

*Review of correspondence received

*Fire District report

These are agenda items available on publishing deadline. Additional items for agenda have been posted 24 hours prior to meeting at: Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains, Co-Op Mini Mart.

Helen Kahl, Clerk

Publish Sep 4, 2013

 

Minutes 8-12-2013

Unapproved Minutes

Town of Blue Mounds

Board of Supervisors

August 12, 2013

Dennis Jelle, Chairman, opened the meeting at 8:09 p.m. Also present were Supervisors, John Brixy and Al Antonson, and Clerk, Helen Kahl and Treasurer, Nancy Goplin.

Minutes from July 8 meeting were read. Al moved to approve, John seconded. Motion Passed

3-0.

Road Maintenance report. Seal coating is done, about 1.5 miles. Dennis reported that the state has made available money for roads that go to state parks. We can get a 50% grant if we want to upgrade the road to Blue Mounds State Park. We could re-sealcoat it. John moved that we apply, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Public Comments and questions, none.

Wayne Jones appeared to rezone 19 acres to A-2. No immediate changes, this is being done for estate purposes. Al moved to approve, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Proposed change to Chapter 10 Co-1 Conservancy and A-Ba transitional Ag-Business District. The Towns Association is looking into this. Dennis’ conversation with Hazelbaker confirmed that A-4 already covers this. Al asked, “Who decides what’s a sensitive environmental feature?” Shoreland is also a point of contention where building would be prohibited. It seems this is another way for the county to prevent building in the townships. John suggests these ordinance amendments be separated so that the towns could vote on them separately. They are two separate issues. One cleans up some things, the A-Ba, which seems to be a good thing. However, the CO-1 Conservancy amendment is not acceptable to be included together. John moved we suggest these two amendments be separated and the towns be allowed to vote separately on them. We also suggest that the reference to animal units per acre on page 5, sub section e of Section 2, be changed to include the DNR Animal Units/Acre Worksheet.

John explained his proposed Citation Ordinance. He is still working on which of our ordinances would be subject to citations. John spoke with the Clerk of Circuit Court who wondered why we would want to do this, wasn’t aware of any other towns who do. He indicated the Circuit Court would make the ruling and receive any fines, take out court costs and then send the remainder back to the township. He is doing further research to see how to set up the citations, fine schedules, etc. He will continue to work on this and come back to the board next month with further information.

Regarding the proposed county voting machine ES & S DS-200, John has done some research and feels the product is a bad choice for a voting machine. His research indicates it has been determined for 6-7 years to be a bad. He cited various situations where this machine is a problem. State of Ohio, City of New York, Virgin Islands all report problems including 70% of

the votes are incorrectly read. The GAB has decided to certify this machine as the only one to certify. He also feels the county should absorb the cost of the machines, rather than passing on to the individual municipalities. John will summarize his findings and send them to us to present to towns association, county and GAB.

Fiscal policies/procedures for towns association review, no comments from board.

Pending legislation, nothing new.

Land Use Committee, they have set site visits for Losenegger and Cave of the Mounds for

August 27.

Fire District Report. Dennis reported they are working on budget and make ask for an approximate 4.2% possible fire department increase.

Helen presented the Bills $58,801.29. Al moved to approve, John seconded, Motion passed 3-0. Helen presented the Charter pre-pay fuel bill of $1.399 for pre-pay. She will get a quote from the Co-Op and see what they charge.

John moved to adjourn, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Respectfully Submitted,

Helen Kahl, Clerk

Agenda 9-9-2013

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Monday, September 9, 2013 7:30 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, Sep 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd, Blue Mounds WI 53517
Agenda:
*Minutes of the August 12, 2013, meeting
*Road maintenance report
*Report of Bldg. and Grounds Committee
*Approval of bills
*Public Comments/Questions
*Public Hearing: Cave of the Mounds Application for Postage Stamp Rezone on
Allegria Property On Cave of Mounds Road for Storage Building Rh-1 to RE-1
*Public Hearing: Minitube CUP for Barn on HWY 78, Use for Weddings
*Public Hearing: Richard Losenegger Rezone Petition, 3 lots on Bergum Road,
A-1 EX to RH-2
*Proposal and MOU from Dane County on Budgeting for New Voting Equipment
*Further Discussion of Citation Ordinance
*Town/Village Workshops, Decide Who Will Attend
*Update on Pending Legislation That Could Affect the Town
*Report of Comprehensive Planning Committee
*Land Use Committee report
*Review of correspondence received
*Fire District report
These are agenda items available on publishing deadline. Additional items for agenda have been posted 24 hours prior to meeting at: Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains, Co-Op Mini Mart.

Helen Kahl, Clerk
Publish Sep 4, 2013

 

Minutes 9-9-2013

Unapproved Minutes

Town of Blue Mounds
Board of Supervisors
September 9, 2013

Dennis Jelle, Chairman, opened the meeting at 7:30 p.m. Also present were Supervisors, John Brixy and Al Antonson, and Clerk, Helen Kahl and Treasurer, Nancy Goplin.

Minutes from August 12 meeting were read. John moved to approve, Al seconded. Motion Passed 3-0.

Roads: Dan reported we have about $20,000 left in road budget which should be plenty to cover remaining expenses for cold mix, etc. Back in July we moved $11,700 from roads to salt/sand. We still have about $4000 left in salt/sand. Fuel and Repairs are over budget and we will have to make some budget amendments in October.

John moved that Nancy investigate the cost of a laptop computer as the old one does not accept the tax payment system. Al seconded. Motion passed 3-0

Buildings and Grounds. No report.

John moved to move bill paying to the end of meeting, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Public Comments or questions, none.

Public Hearing Cave of the Mounds. Mark Rooney explained that the postage stamp rezone of ¾ A. on the Allegria property for the purpose of building a shed will not be necessary. The county informed him that there is now no size restriction on rh-1 when building an accessory building. They are working on satisfying all the requirements for erosion control and shoreland restrictions. They have withdrawn their petition at the county level. Al moved to withdraw their petition, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Atty Rikkers appeared to represent Minitube for a CUP for the Century Barn for weddings and events. John moved to approve, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Richard Losenegger appeared to make a petition to rezone 3 lots to rh1 from A-1. They are not sure about one of the parcels in the Preliminary Survey Map so may postpone their county date from the October 22 appointment they have. John moved that, to give them more time to finalize their plans, they be on our October 14 agenda for Public Hearing, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Helen reported having used the proposed election equipment at the county and it worked well, no jams, etc. Dennis mentioned that at the Dane Co Towns Association he brought it up and most of the towns had already signed the Memorandum of Understanding and agreed to buy the equipment. John pointed out that ES & S has a horrible history with their previous units, they get certified initially but after some unreliable use, they become de-certified, because the problems come out later. Because the state has only certified this machine, our options are to hand-count or to have a different machine than the rest of the county, in which case we have to do our own coding, etc. He wishes the county would have looked at other options rather than just accepting the GAB’s decision. Al moved to sign the Memorandum of Understanding and approve the purchase of the DS-200 and affiliated equipment for town share of approximately $2875 to be budgeted over 3 years. Dennis seconded, John voted no, Motion passed 2-1.

Further discussion on citation ordinance, John includes a list of penalties and fines. John is investigating with the legislature on what is the amount we can fine for allowable fines in citations such as wind ordinance. He requested to have it on the agenda next month.

John also wanted to introduce a small wind energy system ordinance. There are 3 sections of this that need to be introduced into our CUP process.

Towns Association Meeting in Mineral Point, Helen and Kari will attend, John and Al will check their schedules.

John updated us on the pending legislation where towns could withdraw from county zoning. The WTA is supporting the legislation. Dennis moved we send a letter to the legislature regarding this bill and John will draft it. John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Comprehensive Planning, nothing

Fire District report. Dennis reported that the county had received a letter some time ago from the Fire District about the neglect of the county roads as concerns tree trimming. The new fire truck has been out training and found there are some roads that they cannot drive on the right hand side of the road because tree limbs hit the lights and instruments on the roads. He invited Pam Dunphy to come out and ride in the fire truck to see the problem.

The fire department federal grant came to an end, so there will be an increase in costs for the trainees. They are paying more off on the replacement schedule, hoping that in 2016 the budget will level out so they won’t have to borrow. He went on to explain the budget and he predicts an increase in 2014 of 4.2%. The annual budget meeting is Sep 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Dennis told of the confusion by the ambulance trying to get to an injured person on Aavang Road/Thunder Road. The confusion was caused because an employee of the county didn’t follow through with the change of road name 8 or 9 years ago. That employee was subsequently fired. He proposes we have on the agenda to change the name of that road next month. Helen should send both residences a letter regarding the situation.

Land Use Committee. Losenegger property, Committee voted 5-0 to approve their concept. Cahills are aware that Losenegger would want a shared driveway agreement. Regarding the Cave property, the committee found there would be no rezone necessary.

Correspondence: John moved that we do not donate to Sugar River Watershed. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Helen pointed out the Letter she had from Dane Co Planning regarding the Pennington Petition #10548. It required no action from the town.

Bills, $15,512.37. Al moved to approve Dennis seconded, motion passed 3-0. Helen will ask Dan about the Kenworth bill as the board wondered if it was warrantied work or not. Also, she expects the Co-Op bill to come any day and will email the board for a motion to pay.

Al moved to adjourn, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Respectfully Submitted,
Helen Kahl, Clerk

 

Agenda 10-14-2013

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Monday, October 14, 2013 7:30 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, Oct 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd, Blue Mounds WI 53517

Agenda:
*Minutes of the Sep 9, 2013, meeting
*Road maintenance report
*Report of Bldg. and Grounds Committee
*Approval of bills
*Public Comments/Questions
*Change Name of Thunder Alley Road (a.k.a. Aavang Rd) in Section 20
*Report of Name Change of Beghin Road to Bridle Barn Lane in Section 36
*CSM requirement RE Zoning for Wayne Jones petition #10578
*Discussion and Set Date for Public Meeting on Possible Abandonment of Single Residence Town Roads
*Proposed Budget for Publishing and Approval in November
*Town/Village Workshops, Report
*Update on Pending Legislation That Could Affect the Town, Esp as Concerns Withdrawal from County Zoning Legislation
*Report of Comprehensive Planning Committee
*Land Use Committee report
*Review of correspondence received
*Fire District report, esp. Budget/Annual Meeting Report and Resolution RE: Competing Private Ambulance Services

These are agenda items available on publishing deadline. Additional items for agenda have been posted 24 hours prior to meeting at: Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains, Co-Op Mini Mart.

Helen Kahl, Clerk
Publish Oct 10, 2013

 

Minutes 10-14-2013

Unapproved Minutes

Town of Blue Mounds
Board of Supervisors
October 14, 2013

Dennis Jelle, Chairman, opened the meeting at 7:30 p.m. Also present was Supervisor, Al Antonson, Clerk, Helen Kahl and Treasurer, Nancy Goplin. John Brixy was unable to attend due to work obligations.

Minutes from September 9 meeting were read. Al moved to approve, Dennis seconded. Motion passed
2-0.

Roads: Dan proposed we forget about the TRIP application and apply instead for the state Discretionary Grant. The Board agreed the TRIP application should stay open and we can change the road we do if we want to apply for the discretionary grant for North Road.

To finish the year and stay within budget, Dan wants to mow some brush and finish the gravel roads for a total of $6000. Al moved, Dennis seconded, to do these jobs, motion passed 2-0. He got a v-plow from Royce Hansen and needs to get that framed to the truck for a total of $3000 which will go on the equipment budget.

Helen will look for a locked mailbox for the town hall. From time to time it would be convenient so people can drop off things.

Building and Grounds. Parking lot will be closed possibly Tues, Wed and Thurs for repaving. They probably will not line it until next spring.

Al moved to approve Bills of $31,820.99, Dennis seconded, motion passed 2-0. Helen explained that we had never paid Dane Co Public Health for the fees we received this year on the tax bills. The other check to Dane County is for 2 years of Statewide Voter Registration recordkeeping. Dennis moved to sign the MOU with Dane County to continue this service, Al seconded, motion passed 2-0. Dennis would like bills to be moved to the end of the meeting for next month.

Public comments, George Couch mentioned that Blessingway Road should be one word, not two as shown on the road sign.

Road name change. 911 and the county are in disagreement about the name of the road formerly known as Aavang Road. It’s been changed to Thunder Alley, but a problem arose when an ambulance was sent to Thunder Road in error. There’s still confusion as to why there are more than one name for this road. Brian Mrochek appeared as one of the property owners on the road. He understands the safety situation. Dennis moved we change the name of the road known as Thunder Alley back to Aavang Road. Al seconded, motion passed 2-0.

Changing name of Beghin Road to Bridle Barn LN. This will not be necessary because they are requesting that the town vacate the 3 rod town road. Al moved we start the process to vacate the town road Beghin Road. Dennis seconded, motion passed 2-0.

The Wayne Jones CSM is to be filed within 90 days. Al moved to approve, Dennis seconded, motion passed 2-0.

The board set Jan 20 as a meeting for citizen input on possible abandonment of single residence town roads. This way notices can go into tax bills. There was some discussion regarding the fact that Springdale has followed through with abandoning the roads. It has cost them a lot of money to upgrade these roads before they’re abandoned. Helen will prepare

Helen presented a budget of $468,754 for publishing and presenting to the town budget/levy meeting November 11. The proposed levy will be an increase of about 3.5%.

Regarding the Town/Village Workshops, Kari and Helen attended. Rick Stadelman is retiring in about a year as President of Wisconsin Towns Association. A discussion ensued regarding the fact that he has a lot of knowledge and empathy regarding the ag community, especially as concerns weight limits and wind power .

Regarding the leaving the County for purposes of zoning, Dennis said the big push back right now is from the realtors. Outside Dane County it would be easier for a group to get a town board of 3 people to agree on tougher regulations for building in the township. John will update us next month on the progress of this proposed legislation.

Comprehensive Plan Committee. Mary Ellen has requested we get a plat map we can mark up to be used as the land use map. Dennis has the map that shows the commercial corridor.

Land use Committee, nothing.

Correspondence. Helen presented a bill and the easement for the sewer system for Thomas Brindley. She was instructed to pay Attorney Rooney and send a bill to Brindley for reimbursement.

Fire District Report. A 4.2% increase in the fire district budget was approved at the annual meeting. At last year’s annual meeting they approved hiring a company to do a feasibility study. They looked at the district’s needs for 50 years. Dennis brought 4 pictures which showed location of a potential building as well as floor plans. Currently the cadets are living in the Spaanem house on Main Street which could be sold as there would be dorm space for them in a new building. They are a long way from bringing the plans to the public for input.

Regarding competing ambulance services: Dennis forgot to bring the information, but explained how the private companies are listening to the calls and getting to calls before the local municipalities’ ambulances. This will be put on the agenda for next month.

Al moved to adjourn, Dennis seconded, motion passed 2-0.

Respectfully Submitted,
Helen Kahl, Clerk

 

Agenda 11-11-2013

NOTICE OF PUBLIC BUDGET HEARING

FOR TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS, DANE COUNTY, WISCONSIN

Monday, November 11, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

 

Notice is hereby given that on Monday, November 11, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd, Blue Mounds, WI, pursuant to Sections 60.12(1)(c) and 60.10(1)(a)WI statutes, a PUBLIC HEARING on the PROPOSED 2014 BUDGET of the Town of Blue Mounds will be held.  The entire budget is posted on the Town Website or by calling the clerk.  Please give 8 hours notice by phone at 437-5311. 

 

NOTICE OF SPECIAL TOWN MEETING OF THE ELECTORS

OF THE TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS TO ADOPT LEVY

Monday, November 11, 2013 7:30 p.m. approx.

 

Notice is hereby given that on Monday, Nov 11, 2013, immediately following completion of the Public Hearing on the proposed 2014 budget, a special town meeting of the electors, called pursuant to Section 60.12(1)(c) of Wisconsin Statutes by the town board will be held for the purpose of:

1)To adopt the 2013 town tax levy, to be collected in 2014 pursuant to Sec 60.10(1)(a) of Wisconsin Statutes.

 

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Monday, November 11, 2013   7:45 p.m.

 

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, Nov 11, at approximately 7:45 p.m., following the budget/levy meetings, at the Town Hall.

Agenda:

*Minutes of the October 14, 2013, meeting

*Road maintenance report

*Report of Bldg. and Grounds Committee

*Public Comments/Questions

*Town Opinion on Changing Regulations for non-conforming Mineral Extraction Sites

*Resolution on Wis Bill #LRB 3146/1 & LRB 3408/1 relating to Local Regulation of Nonmetallic Mining

*County Ordinance Amendments 17 (Conservancy Zoning) & 18 (Transitional Ag Business Zoning) Recommendations

*Introduce Resolution #2013-1 to Discontinue Beghin Road as a Public Road

*Further Discussion of Citation Ordinance

*Introduction and Possible Vote on Small Wind Energy Ordinance

*Update on Pending Legislation That Could Affect the Town, Esp as Concerns Withdrawal from County Zoning Legislation

*Report of Comprehensive Planning Committee

*Land Use Committee report

*Review of correspondence received

*Fire District report, especially as concerns competing private ambulance services

*Approval of bills

*Adjournment

 

These are agenda items available on publishing deadline.  Additional items for agenda have been posted 24 hours prior to meeting at: Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains, Co-Op Mini Mart.

Helen Kahl, Clerk

Publish November 7, 2013

 

Minutes 11-11-2013

Unapproved Minutes

Town of Blue Mounds
Board of Supervisors
November 11, 2013
Budget Meeting

Dennis Jelle, Chairman, opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. Also present were Supervisors, Al Antonson and John Brixy, Clerk, Helen Kahl and Treasurer, Nancy Goplin.

John moved to approve a budget of $504,317. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

In the 2013 budget, some amendments are necessary. Al moved to move $13,100 to 4 categories:

$8000 to Machinery Repair
$3500 to Fuel and Tires
$800 to Utilities/Fuel
$800 to Insurance

John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Al moved to adjourn Budget Meeting, John Brixy seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Special Town Meeting to Approve the Levy

Dennis opened the meeting. There were 12 town members present, including the board. Helen explained two adjustments to the allowable levy limit:

1) The town is entitled to 5 years of town taxes from the village of Mt. Horeb for the annexation of the Darrow property. This year we must subtract that amount from our allowable levy because we already received the taxes from the property owner. The amount is $1101.69. Mt. Horeb will pay this amount each year by January 31, beginning Jan 31, 2014.
2) The county is transferring the cost of EMS insurance to the local municipalities in their 2014 budget. The Town of Blue Mounds amount for 2014 is $621.51. John moved to add that amount as an adjustment to our levy to cover that previous Dane County tax. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

John also pointed out that the Mount Horeb Fire District’s levy to the township increased by almost $8000, therefore, with levy limits, our allowable levy only gives us about $3000 above that for general budget.
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Lori Burns moved to approve the levy of $277,180. Susan Ludington seconded. Motion passed 12-0.

John moved to adjourn. Al seconded, motion passed 12-0.

Regular Board Meeting
November 11, 2013
Dennis opened meeting at 7:40.

Minutes…accepted with correction, Helen will prepare a notice for the neighbors. John abstained as he was absent from the meeting. Al moved, Dennis seconded, motion passed 2-0.

Buildings and grounds. Parking lot postponed to next year because of the rain and the cold.

Public comments and questions.

Lori Burns lives on HWY E. She is concerned with the amount of shooting they hear in the quarry on E and West Blue Mounds Road. She asked, Can someone put up a public target shooting range without re-zoning or obtaining a CUP? The town has no public or private target ranges. The county does have several ranges. She asked if there was an ordinance for times of quiet and the answer was, no. She was advised that perhaps the county had an ordinance for nuisance or safety of the neighborhood. Dennis will contact the sheriff’s department to see where to go with this. John will check the county ordinances and state legislature.

Mineral Extraction Sites. Current rules allow mineral extraction sites that have been inactive for 20 or 30 years to re-start operations at any time without having to meet current zoning ordinance standards. One County supervisor proposed a bill saying all re-openings over a year be required to re-zone the same as new sites. This would be expensive and require several months to complete, if it passed. John Brixy moved that the town go on record with the DCTA as being opposed to changing regulations for non-conforming mineral extraction sites; Al Antonson seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Regarding Non-Metallic Mining, the Wisconsin Towns Association recommends the towns oppose this legislation, which is currently being re-written for introduction after the new year. John feels this is a political move against fracing, mostly up north, by out of state concerns. John favors fracing but is against the legislation because the towns should have the final say. John Brixy moved to pass the resolution to oppose the legislation as it now reads. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0. Discussion ensued.

Ordinance Amendment 17 Co-1 Conservancy District. Board feels the RH-4 district covers these uses and there is no need for a change. Also, the ZLR ignored the town’s request to use the DNR’s animal unit rules. There are so many contradictions and exceptions. John moved to oppose OA 17, 13-14 because of failure to include towns suggestion to use the DNR animal unit worksheet and the obvious contradictions between statement of purpose and what they are using as permitted and conditional uses, as shown in the attachment. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Ordinance Amendment 18. Because Town of Blue Mounds is already in A-1 exclusive zoning, this ordinance does not apply to us. Al moved to approve OA18, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Al moved to pass Resolution 2014-1 to introduce at a public hearing on January 13, 2014, a proposal to discontinue Beghin Road, John seconded, motion passed 3-0. Helen will work with Atty. Pam Lunder and prepare notices for Mt. Horeb Mail and any landowners adjacent to the road.

John is working on final version of citation ordinance. He is waiting for the wind ordinance. Also, he stated that he was trying to get the Clerk of Circuit Courts Esqueda to help get the exact nature of a Memorandum of Understanding for us to use the circuit court. He is not getting that cooperation. Dennis would like, regarding the private wind ordinance, the land use committee and the board for a joint meeting to discuss. PSC 128 was the state law that we agreed to accept the state rule on the giant wind turbines. It mentions small wind ordinances referencing various statutes. We need to set up guidelines as to whether we need to add or change any of the rules established by the state. Dennis commented that it would be difficult to get any wind turbines because of the Mounds and the terrain in the township.

Update on legislation to allow withdrawal from county zoning. At one point, the county wrote a 100 page amendment on zoning, which the towns challenged, they took it to court and the court overruled us. Proposed legislation would allow towns to withdraw from county zoning. The assembly is overwhelmingly in favor. There’s been so much contentious legislation in the senate that it hasn’t reached the floor. It’s now optimistically set for March. Dennis thinks there should be an option to withdraw every year, especially from county shoreland zoning. There was discussion from the audience. No action.

Comprehensive Plan, nothing.

Land Use Plan, nothing.

Correspondence: Helen read a notification from DCTA that ZLR is going to go over every town’s zoning map one town at a time. The board feels our town might not have to do this for some time. No action required.

Fire District Report. Nothing

Bills $20,001.68. John moved to pay the bills, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Al moved to adjourn, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Respectfully Submitted,
Helen Kahl, Clerk

 

Agenda 12-9-2013

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Monday, December 9, 2013 7:30 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, Dec 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Road, Blue Mounds, WI 53517.
Agenda:
*Minutes of the November 11, 2013, meeting
*Road maintenance report
*Report of Bldg. and Grounds Committee
*Public Comments/Questions
*Joen Meylor Rezone 8 Acres in Section 10, HWY ID, from A-1 Ex to A-2,
No Building Site
*Driveway Permit, Smith Property, West Blue Mounds Road, Section 20
*Approval of Election Workers for 2014-15 Election Cycle
*Insurance Co. Report on Zwettler Road Damage
*Update on Pending Legislation That Could Affect the Town, Esp as Concerns
Withdrawal from County Zoning Legislation
*Report of Comprehensive Planning Committee
*Land Use Committee report
*Review of correspondence received
*Fire District report, especially as concerns competing private ambulance services
*Approval of bills
*Adjournment

These are agenda items available on publishing deadline. Additional item for agenda have been posted Friday, December 6 at: Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains, Co-Op Mini Mart.

Helen Kahl, Clerk
Publish December 5, 2013

 

Minutes 12-9-2013

Unapproved Minutes

Town of Blue Mounds
Board of Supervisors
December 9, 2013

Dennis Jelle, Chairman, opened the meeting at 7:300 p.m. Also present were Supervisors, Al Antonson and John Brixy, Clerk, Helen Kahl and Treasurer, Nancy Goplin.

Helen read the minutes of the budget and levy meetings as well as the November 11 board meeting. John moved to accept, including the budget amendment clarification, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Road maintenance: Dan found a new snow blower for $3667 in Osage, Iowa. It’s a 96” snow blower. Dan will inquire about the motor size, warranty, and other specs such as gear box ratings, 100 hp desired. There is only about $1500 left in the 2013 budget for new equipment. Al moved to purchase if it meets specs, $1000 from this year’s new equipment, rest from next year’s new equipment. John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

John Hogan is driving snow plow for the township and Deb Jacoby may also join the team. She is recently retired from City of Madison as a driver. Dan was encouraged to spend the time needed to train the drivers so they are sure of the routes so we don’t have the complaints we had last year.

Building and Grounds. The new windows were installed.

Public Comments. Joen Meylor could not be here. She sold a lot, they have built a house and now they want to buy 8 additional acres from her. Dennis indicated this was rather a “no brainer”. It would be 8 acres from A-1 Ex to A-2, no additional building site. Al moved to approve with the conditional use of 1 animal units/acre per the DNR worksheet. John seconded, motion passed 3-0. She has not given Helen the application form or the fee, nor has she applied at the county level.

Driveway permit, Smith property on West Blue Mounds Road, across from Aavang Road. The site was created in 1973, but they need a driveway permit in order to satisfy bank requirements for financing. Dennis looked at the site and said it has no slope issue, wouldn’t be in a flood plain, and has no issue with visibility to either direction. Patrick Preimesberger is the buyer and applicant, he was accompanied at the meeting by his realtor, Audrey Roberts. Al moved to approve the permit, John seconded, motion carried 3-0. Dennis signed the permit and Preimesberger paid the $300 fee.

Helen presented a slate of potential election workers: Pat Hefty, Darlene Reeson, Kay Hansen, Jill Jonas, Donna Bigler, Pat Phillips, Helen Ladwig, Faye Morse, Kathy Brock, Pat Rhyner, Cathie Jensen, Cheryle Goplin, and Jeannie Uren. Moved to approve, seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Regarding the Zwettler driveway, Dennis sent a letter to the logging company saying they had destroyed the profile of the town road. We billed $18,844, and their insurance company offered only $2,500. Dennis is going to talk to John Selje from Rural Insurance to talk about the cost of the profile and get his help and ideas on the situation. John asked if we have powers to require landowners to post bond, but most of the time we don’t even know when a farm is going to be logged. John moved that Dennis go forward with this plan. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Legislation update. John is visiting senators’ offices regarding the LRB 1287/2 bill that would allow townships to withdraw from county zoning. There was some concern that there would then be no zoning in townships. In fact, some townships in the state do NOT have zoning. They were not aware of the problem of deliberately holding up rezoning, such as we have had with Dane County at times. None of the senator’s offices that he visited were opposed.

Comprehensive Plan. Tom Hansen asked Helen to forward to him Mary Ellen’s emails regarding the maps we need. Brian Standing, Dane County Planning wants to have a meeting in Jan or Feb. Dennis told him we’re still working on revising the Comprehensive Plan. He reminded Standing that it’s the use of the land that determines the assessment. If someone’s land is rezoned to commercial, but remains in agricultural use, that is how it’s assessed.

The board was notified that Dana Bowar received a violation notice from Daniel Everson at the County. It indicated that he must reclaim what had been removed, which would be difficult with a quarry. Al pointed out that they forwarded the violation to Pat Downing and he hasn’t been our supervisor for some time due to re-districting.

Land use committee, nothing at this time.

Correspondence: Helen reported that there had been a complaint about Gary Oimoen and his lack of permits over the years. She has had some emails and conversations with him and with the inspectors who are mostly concerned about a wood stove and chimney that are not in compliance. John suggested we should send him a letter indicating that ongoing he must have a permit for any building he does. Helen will talk to Pat Klinkner at the county for their standing on the situation and perhaps the towns association to see about potential township liability.

Fire district, nothing.

Bills, $17,372.49. John moved to approve. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

John moved to adjourn, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Respectfully submitted,
Helen Kahl, Clerk