Minutes 8-8-2016

Unapproved Minutes

Town of Blue Mounds

Board of Supervisors

Monday, August 8, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Dennis Jelle opened the regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors at 7:00 p.m. Also present was Supervisor John Brixy, and Clerk Helen Kahl. Treasurer Nancy Goplin was absent. Wayne Jones arrived at 7:45 p.m.

Helen read minutes of the July 11 meeting. John added on page 1 of road report, “Scott Construction re-did the roads at no cost to the township taxpayers”. With this change, John made a motion to accept the amended minutes. Motion passed 2-0.

Road Maintenance. Charlie said he’s done mowing the roadsides. Sealcoating is done and roads look good. George Couch pointed out that Blessingway could use smoothing out.

New Equipment, the International was sold at Lust for a little over $30,000. Now the plan is to replace it with a 2016 Ford 550, approved at the 2016 Annual Meeting. The truck will be purchased for $47,718.95 from Hallada in Dodgeville. The equipment will be purchased and installed at Madison Truck Equipment. Once it’s equipped, it will be $81,000 approximately.

Salt order. It was decided to order 200 T, same as last year. The price is slightly lower, $1.85/T.

Building and Grounds. Because of the storms, Bassett has been busy and have not yet trimmed our arborvitaes.

Public Comments: None.

Adopt Resolution 2016-3 calling for Nov. Referendum for Citizen Input on Fire Station proposal. Helen told the audience that the board passed a resolution in February making our referendum on the building project a binding one. What makes it binding is that Dennis, as Fire District Representative for the township, will have to vote in November the way the township votes on the referendum.

Two versions of a referendum language were presented:

Version 1: Should the Town of Blue Mounds participate in the Mt. Horeb Fire District Joint Public Safety Building project at the cost to the Town of up to $968,625 financed up to 40 years? And

Version 2: Upon obtaining boundary agreements from both the Village of Mt. Horeb and Village of Blue Mounds, by November 15, 2016, should the Town of Blue Mounds participate in the Mt. Horeb Fire District Joint Public Safety Building project at the cost to the Town of up to $968,625 financed up to 40 years?

John made a motion we adopt version 2 of Resolution 2016-3, including boundary agreement verbiage…..Wayne Jones seconded. Roll Call Vote: John Aye; Wayne, Aye; Dennis Nay.

Motion passes 2-1. Helen will write a letter to both villages requesting a time to sit down to discuss a boundary agreement.


Ordinance 15, Calling for a Referendum to Allow Citizen Input for Changing from Elected to Appointed Clerk and Treasurer. Dennis and Helen explained the reasoning for the appointed positions vs. elected positions. The Referendum would be on the November ballot and would read:

“Shall the person(s) holding the office of Town Clerk and Town Treasurer in the Town of Blue Mounds be appointed by the town board?”

The Ordinance would be effective only if the referendum passes in November. John moved to adopt Ordinance #15, Wayne seconded, Motion carries 3-0.

Update on Board of Review. There were no hearings and hopefully most of the problems with errors on ag land were taken care of.

Dane Com Update. Dennis attended a meeting and is concerned about the progress being made.

Opting out of Dane County Zoning. John reported about the progress they’re making on writing the code. At this point, 8 towns have now given intent to opt out. It doesn’t appear the county wants to cooperate on many things. Regarding addresses, Dennis indicated his hope that the current grid will be used. The county is also re-writing their code, but will likely finish after the opt-out group.

Land Use Committee Report, no current petitions.

Report on Mt. Horeb Area Economic Development Committee. The Village of Mt. Horeb is creating a TIF for Main, Front, and Lincoln ST.

Fire District Report. New ladder truck coming next week. Having radios put in at this time.

Review of Correspondence, Nothing.

Helen gave the board an update on the budget and where things stand after the August bills are paid. Charlie indicated he will need tires for the truck yet which will increase fuel and tires. John made a motion to pay the bills of $128,110.50. Wayne seconded, motion passed 3-0.

John made a motion to adjourn at 9:47 p.m. Wayne seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Respectfully submitted,

Helen Kahl, Clerk