Minutes 12-14-15

Unapproved Minutes

Town of Blue Mounds
Board of Supervisors
Monday, December 14, 2015 7:00 p.m.

Dennis opened the regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors at 7:04 p.m. Also present were Supervisors Al Antonson and John Brixy, Clerk Helen Kahl, and Deputy Clerk Angela Runde. Treasurer Nancy Goplin was not present.

Helen read minutes. John moved to accept as read. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Road Report, Charlie had nothing. Helen mentioned the amount of gravel/fines left on the roads this year seal coated by Scott Construction.

Public Comments. John Coffin appeared to mention that he owns the “Havens” farm on HWY Z. The Havens are buying some of it but he has some land yet. They are looking at perhaps having a building site on the property that abuts HWY Z. The property is steep. The board recommended he go to the County Planning and talk to them about his ideas and see if they think it’s feasible, then get an engineered plan for the site and driveway. Then, once he gets this information the Land Use Committee can do a site visit and make a recommendation to the board.

Building and Grounds. Charlie explained the heater problem that Phil’s Heating serviced.

Jeff and Mary Grundahl. They purchased property from Dennis Jelle on W. Barton RD, aka Benson RD. Part of the property was previously rezoned. The county required a CSM of the entire contiguous property from A-1 and A-2(4) to A-2(8). Al moved to approve the rezone, John seconded, motion passed 2-0. Dennis Jelle abstained. Al moved, due to the fact that we didn’t do a site visit and there was no cost on the town’s part, to waive the $300 rezone fee. It was only necessary due to Dane County’s insistence. John seconded, motion passed 2-0. Dennis Jelle abstained.

Helen presented the list of election workers for 2016-2017: Pat Hefty, Pat Rhyner, Kathy Brock, Cathie Jensen, Jill Jonas, Darlene Reeson, Pat Phillips, Helen Ladwig, Faye Morse, Jeannie Uren, Lynn Carrol, Leisa Bauer, Diane Dreger, and Sue Huntenberg. Al moved to approve, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Comprehensive Plan. Dennis mentioned the property at the corner of Erbe Road and 18-151, on the south side of the HWY, owned by George Lazarus. The owner has requested a letter assuring him the property could be rezoned to Commercial if they apply. There are issues with the plans for the future bridge at Erbe. The board feels the owner should do the steps for a rezone and Conditional Uses and that the township cannot make a guarantee it will pass. Dennis will call Mr. Lazarus and inform him.

Dennis will invite Mary Ellen to the January meeting.

LUC Helen mentioned she’d gotten preliminary information regarding the Boness farm buildings and a rezone request. They may need a site visit before the January or February meeting.

Report from MH Area Economic Development Committee Regarding Mt. Horeb’s plan to annex a number of properties from the township for a Southwest Business Park Proposal. Dennis made a report of the two meetings. At the public hearing, they passed the proposal. The next step is to go to the DNR and CARPC for their urban service expansion. John suggested we write a letter noting all the environmental concerns and issues, as well as the viewscape and tourist value of the area. Dennis’ concern is the water level on that creek along Sand Rock RD and the long-term damage to the existing bridge. The marsh and the artisan well would be endangered if there is more run-off from developed land. It was recommended we hire an environmental lawyer who can write the letter and give advice regarding potential environmental concerns. Dennis will get in touch with Hazelbaker, and get his advice. Another concern is the loss of tax dollars once these parcels get annexed. Helen and Angie will contact the assessor to inquire if they could estimate what it would do to tax bills if the village and the township would combine to one municipality. This would then stop the Village of Mt. Horeb from future annexation from the township.

Update on State Legislation Affecting the Township. RE Bill #AB-563. John reported on the hearing where he indicated much support for passing the bill. He thinks it will be January when the House committee votes. He felt it was a very positive hearing and feels confident the bill will pass.

Fire Department. New class of 5 cadets have started. Several grads have stayed an extra year to work toward their paramedic training. No news on a new fire department building.

Al asked if we could change our meeting date to January 18. It was agreed to do that. Helen will make some notices in paper and email list.

John moved to approve $32,155.05 in bills. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

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

Meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Helen Kahl, Clerk