Town of Blue Mounds
Board of Supervisors
February 9, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Dennis opened the regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors. Also present were Supervisors Al Antonson and John Brixy, Clerk Helen Kahl and Treasurer Nancy Goplin.
Al moved to approve the January 14, 2015, with John’s clarifications. John seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Road Maintenance: Al moved to approve that Amacher Road should begin to be plowed for the rest of winter. John seconded, motion passed 3-0. Al wondered if all the salt had been delivered, Helen will ask Dan.
Buildings and Grounds. Dennis indicated that the entry doors to the town hall need to be painted this spring. Helen indicated the paint had been bought and is on the counter in the meeting room.
Public Comments. None.
Comprehensive Plan update. Mary Ellen has been ill, so was not in attendance. She and has asked us to send her a letter on how we want to handle the open gravel pits in the plan. Right now they’re A-1 and A-2 for the most part. After considerable discussion of possible uses, it was decided we would allow Limited Commercial. John made a motion we go with LC-1 with Conditional Use Authority. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0. Helen will send an email first to Dennis for approval and then on to Mary Ellen. We will put her on the agenda for the Annual Meeting in April. Dennis indicated he would try to make an appointment with the County map person at zoning to discuss maps, etc.
The Case IH tractor is ordered from Ritchie’s in Barneveld. Dennis reported that he did put more weights on it. Helen will get bids for a loan rate for $126,550, which includes our current loan balance $65,550, plus the new tractor price $83,725, less the sale of the International, which was $22,750. An extra $10,600 may be needed if we decide to buy a different plow than what we have.
Land Use Committee. Helen reported that Neal Fargo is applying for a driveway permit for his half acre lot off North Road. Also, Mary and Randy Thompson are working on re-zoning some acreage, also on North Road. Tom Hansen will be calling for a site-visit.
Mt. Horeb Area Economic Development. Dennis gave a report on the food emporium that’s being discussed for the area, as well as a cheese store. Nothing is firm, just in the discussion stage.
Update on state legislation affecting the township.
Dennis attended the State Towns Association meeting on Saturday, Feb. 7. Some of the issues they are working on are:
The Towns Association is supporting the towns’ effort to come out of county zoning legislation.
They are supporting 5 cents gas tax increase rather than further borrowing. The state has about 20% bad roads. This will double to 40% in the next 10 years if we don’t increase revenue. They also want the money to be more equally divided, rather than so much going to Milwaukee area. They also want to raise the towns’ allocation. The towns have 62,000 miles of roads. The current rate is $2202/mile.
They’re looking for more allocation for TRIP funds from 50/50 to 80/20. They support the use of drag lines for pumping manure alongside the roads and out to the fields. They would have to be out by fall for snow plowing. It would save a lot of manure hauling over the roads.
The Towns Association wants to eliminate permitting with county for replacing culverts.
They want to protect township rights with regard to extra-territorial zoning by villages.
Regarding assessments. The state budget bill is presented with a proposal to eliminate local assessors and turn it over to the counties. The board and the Towns Association feel strongly that assessments should stay local.
Ambulance service, the Towns Association wants to make it that both services would be exempt from levy limits. They also want to prevent villages from doing balloon annexations where they have a narrow strip connecting a parcel in the township to the village.
The Towns Association wants to prevent a proposal to make it possible to call-in during a board of review.
John reported that the towns withdrawing from county zoning legislation does not yet have a number, but it should get through this session. The Resolution that John introduced last month, Resolution #2015-1, Supporting Legislation Allowing Dane County Towns to Withdraw from County Zoning was read by John. John made a motion to adopt said resolution. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0. Roll call vote was taken. Dennis, yea; Al, yea; and John yea. Helen will send the resolution on to the legislators.
Fire District Report. Ongoing committee working on a proposal for a new building. The new ambulance is here now. The old ambulance 38 is sold to Hollandale.
Correspondence: John has been working with George and Cathie Jensen and the Public Service Commission on a small windmill that they want to put on their house roof. It’s a long process including a 90 day public notice before they can make their application and come to the board for approval, as well as subsequent notices and public hearings. They must notify all neighbors within one mile.
John made a motion to pay the bills of $34,083.93. Al seconded, motion approved 3-0. Helen indicated she would be paying the February levy amounts to schools and technical colleges and county/state.
Al moved to adjourn to executive, closed session for a personnel matter. John seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Helen Kahl, Clerk
Dennis opened the closed session. Also present were Supervisors, Al Antonson and John Brixy and Clerk, Helen Kahl and Treasurer, Nancy Goplin.
Board came back into open session at 9:40 p.m.
Results of Closed Session are: Dan has accumulated 2.5 days of vacation, board decided to go with 3 days. He can take it in salary or take the days off.
Dan had indicated to Helen he had 38 hours of comp time and intends to use it.
Board wants to know where the 5 culverts we bought are to go in spring and where the TRIP funds are to go.
Al wondered about tools, which are Dan’s and which are the towns? Dennis will work with him on that.
Discussion of changing locks/garage door openers, Dennis will contact KSW to get that information.
Helen will find out if we have to interview everyone who applies, John indicated the UW interviews all applicants for any job.
Helen will send aps to Al in Mississippi, allowing a week to get them there. He will let Helen know what he feels are the top applicants. The board will meet on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 9:00 a.m. to go over and decide on several to interview the week of March 1.