Town of Blue Mounds
Board of Supervisors
Monday, June 13, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Dennis opened the regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors at 7:00 p.m. Also present were Supervisors John Brixy, Al Antonson, Clerk Helen Kahl, Deputy Clerk Angela Runde, and Treasurer Nancy Goplin.
Helen read minutes of the May 9 meeting. She made a correction regarding the date in paragraph 5, the Kaplan rezone, and in the fire district the number for the village is $7M, not $7K. John moved to approve with the corrections, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Road reports. Charlie is mowing and reported that he had to replace a tire on the tractor. He has patched all the roads that are being sealcoated. Fahrner is planning to be in the township mid to late July. Dennis mentioned that Charlie should contact Scott Construction to have them view the roads that were done last year, Blue Rock, N Erbe and Connery driveway.
Charlie indicated the International will go up for sale next week at Lust Auction.
Buildings and grounds. Charlie has begun to put up the blinds.
Regarding East Blue Mounds Cemetery, Dennis met with a representative of Tollakson Monument from Argyle to fix the bases and straighten 5 or 6 stones. They would do it for $350 to $500. Al moved to approve that expenditure, John made a friendly amendment to approve at no higher than $500 total. Motion passed 3-0.
Bassett will trim the arborvitae at the town hall for a total of $470.
Campo di Bella combination beer and wine renewal application. John moved to approve with 2 operators, based on no violations; Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.
VFW Class “B” License. Al moved to approve the renewal with 7 operators, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Cave of the Mounds. John moved to approve with 5 operators, based on no violations, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0. Al moved to make the third promised $1000 rebate
to Cave this being the 3rd of 5 years. John seconded the motion. Motion passed 3-0.
Deed Restriction for Z & L Properties. They were approved for the Duluth Trading sign on the silo, but Dane County put size restrictions on it to be less than half of the size desired. Because Duluth is not interested any longer in putting up a smaller-approved sign, Al moved to table the Conditional Zoning as applied to the zoning petition. John seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan of 2010. Angie read the amendments which were made to our existing plan and Dennis explained each as she did. A list of the changes is included in the Minutes book. John made a motion to approve Ordinance #14, Town of Blue Mounds Comprehensive Plan, As Amended, 2016. Roll call vote, Dennis Jelle – Aye, Al Antonson – Aye, John Brixy – Aye. Helen and Angie will make copies and distribute to neighboring towns and communities. John will take a copy to County Zoning, explaining that the county no longer has to approve our Comprehensive Plan, they simply have to accept it.
Dennis reviewed with the public that we need to decide if we are ‘considering’ opting out of County Zoning. This is not a vote to withdraw, just a notice. Jill Jonas expressed her concerns of the cost to the residents if we were to opt out. She also expressed that she is not aware of rezones that have been turned down, and wondered who would be keeping up on professional changes and legal costs. She feels that we need to work with other jurisdictions rather than separating ourselves more from them. Dennis reviewed some of the options, such as towns who opt out to go together and hire a professional zoning administrator. He explained some of the history of zoning problems area residents have experienced.
Jill is still concerned about the cost of the town doing the zoning themselves and feels there are some benefits to staying with the county. John explained the history of how this came about. Dennis explained that the zoning office is well-staffed and we have no problem with them. Jill asked for a window of opportunity to work this out differently and cooperate with the county. Al explained that by April we should have financial numbers and issues of legal ramifications so we can make a good decision.
Al moved to send a letter of intent to opt out of county zoning, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Dane Com Update. They may have the system running sometime in October. They are building new antennas. Helen reported that the letter requested last month regarding our past-due maintenance fees was sent and there has been no response.
Economic Development Committee, Dennis reported on the future downtown Mt. Horeb TIF districts.
Fire District Report. A long discussion was held regarding the potential fire station. Helen and Angie attended a meeting of clerks and explained several problems in trying to raise the money for a new station. The Town’s responsibility will be about $900,000. More specific financial information will be available at the clerk’s June 30 meeting.
Al made a motion to pay the bills of $28,039.48. John seconded with a friendly amendment to allow the clerk to settle the Mid-State bill for no more than $300. If it is more than $300, the board should approve. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Al handed his resignation as supervisor effective July 1, 2016. Helen will notify the electorate of the vacancy. It would be desirable to have a person onboard for the July meeting.
Board of Review will be postponed from the original June 29 date until August 3, due to the number of increased assessments on parcels in our township.
John made a motion to adjourn at 9:10 p.m. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Helen Kahl, Clerk