Town of Blue Mounds
Board of Supervisors
March 13, 2017 7:00 p.m.
Dennis opened the regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors. Also present were Supervisors Wayne Jones and John Brixy, Clerk Helen Kahl, Deputy Clerk, Kasha Larson, and Treasurer, Nancy Goplin.
Helen read the minutes of the Feb 13 meeting. John moved to approve, Wayne seconded. Motion passed 3-0.
District Administrator Steve Salerno appeared to give information about the upcoming $38.5 million school referendum. He pointed out a number of successes in regard to our school district and its good standing as compared to other districts. He summarized the results of the survey from 2016 regarding school needs. Security, overcrowded lunch rooms, outdated science labs, tech ed needs, roof failures, parking needs at high school, were some of the needs explained. Approximately 9 residents were present at the meeting and several questions were asked.
After he left, a gentleman gave some information opposing the referendum.
Citizens United Referendum Information. Jill Jonas gave a short presentation on the upcoming advisory referendum for April 4. She reinforced the local control and road to representation afforded by the proposed constitutional amendment. She mentioned the belief that money is not speech under the First Amendment.
Nikki Jones, our county board representative appeared to give an update on current county issues. RE roads, HWY F & Z will be re-sealed in 2017. John mentioned that JG definitely needs something done. Dennis mentioned CTH A from Daleyville to Iowa County line.
RE Dane Com, Dennis mentioned that our local representative at Mt. Horeb Fire Dept. has a good working relationship with Fleck at the county and some of the problems have been resolved.
Jones mentioned there is a new Friends group forming for Brigham and Blue Mounds State Park. She pointed out that Dane County Health & Human Services visits over 1000 residents in our area as well as serves over 1000 meals per year.
John asked about the county budget whether or not there would be more patrols in the rural area. Sheriff Mahoney had responded at a Towns Association meeting that there are none budgeted. Would she be in favor of funding more deputies? Her response was that it was hard to say, especially with the jail in the situation it’s in. RE the jail, her response was that the committee is still working on that. She feels it must be dealt with and she would have to dig into the options for funding.
The Coliseum was the other question with what kind of funding mechanism was being discussed for the proposed re-construction of that whole area. Her response was that people want to come to Madison and sometimes you have to spend money to make money. Several people suggested that complex should be sold to a private entity.
Wayne asked about the Mustard Museum loan that was forgiven, and why are we bailing out private entities?
The lack of local patrols was a concern voiced by other community members.
Road Report. No report, Charlie was excused by Dennis previous to meeting as he had been plowing since 4 a.m.
Nothing for buildings and grounds.
Public Comments, none.
Fink’s Paving & Excavating Renewal of CUP for their quarry. David Bing appeared for Diane Fink. They are asking for a 25 year CUP. They met with the Village of Mt. Horeb and it was approved there. John made a motion to approve, Wayne seconded, motion passed 3-0. He paid the $300 CUP fee.
John made a motion to approve the final Marquardt petition. Wayne seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Dennis mentioned that the Village has tentative approval from the DNR for their expansion. John asked if we had the copy of their approval and any other paperwork regarding their application. Dennis will try to get that paperwork. John reiterated the environmental danger to the artisan well as well as our bridge situation in the valley south of the current village sewer plant. He cannot understand the effort to expand this plant on our side of town, which feeds into a tributary of the Sugar River, as opposed to an east side of village location.
Dane Com Update, mentioned above.
Update on Dane County Zoning. John attended the AB 109 hearing last week. AB 109 makes the town residents’ vote advisory on whether or not to opt out of county zoning, leaving the final decision up to a town’s board of supervisors. The law since 1928 left up to town boards whether or not towns would adopt County Zoning. Act 178 says the Town residents should have that opportunity rather than the town board. The board here is still in favor of the residents making decision at the Annual meeting, whether or not AB 109 passes.
No land use report.
Fire District Report. Dennis handed out to the board a 5 year history of the finances of the Fire District.
Area Economic Development Committee. Gempler’s and Duluth buildings are the main emphasis at this time as well as the whole Front Street area.
Correspondence. Dennis received information indicating that farmers who have acreage in Farmland Preservation would continue in the program even if we opt out of County Zoning. If the town does decide to opt out there will be an Ordinance formulated by DCTA for our use.
Helen announced a UW Cycling Club Bike Race on April 23. She will send out a notice by email prior to the race.
Cemetery. Dennis announced that our constable, Jerry Blizzard, will be helping with the East Blue Mounds Cemetery, siting graves, etc.
John moved to pay the bills of $20, 928.42. Wayne seconded, motion passed 3-0.
John moved to adjourn, Wayne seconded, motion passed 3-0. Meeting adjourned at 9 p.m.
Helen Kahl, Clerk