TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS
TOWN BOARD MEETING
December 13, 2010
Dennis opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. Also present were Helen Kahl, Clerk, John Brixy and Al Antonson, Supervisors.
Helen read the minutes of the November 15, 2010, meeting. Al pointed out a clarification that was necessary on the Atkins rezone paragraph. The 66’ right of way to Co Hwy E had to be moved as it went over the septic easement. John moved to accept the correction. Al seconded and moved to approve the minutes as corrected, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Lisa and Brad Bauer appeared regarding traffic at 10706 West Blue Mounds Rd. The property is split on both sides of the road. Even though the traffic is minimal, some people drive very fast past there. There are no speed limit signs, only curve and grade signs. Their kids wait for the bus by the road and they had a near-miss when trying to turn into their property. Part of the problem might be that no one lived there for about 2 years. She is wondering what her options are? Al moved we start by putting up Pedestrian Crossing signs. John seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Assessor Presentations. In early November, Helen put out a Request for Proposal for assessment services for the township. Five firms made bids on the assessor contract. John Brixy and Helen Kahl narrowed the field down to 3 firms and those firms were invited to visit with the Board. Mark Link and Lisa Scherer appeared representing Tyler Technologies. Dean Peters appeared representing Associated Appraisal, and Jim Danielson appeared representing Accurate Appraisal. Following their presentations, the board decided to absorb the information a bit and make a decision later in the meeting.
John Field and Larry Acker asked some questions regarding Transfer of Development Rights. Dennis explained that during the Comprehensive Planning process, there was considerable discussion regarding TDRs. The town decided to hold off for awhile to see how some of the early TDR situations turn out in court cases. John explained that all his sites are gone now. However, with TDR in place, he could, if he wanted to, buy a building site from someone else and sell another site. His neighbor, Larry, bought his property assuming there would be NO further building on that original farm. They were told to contact Tom Hansen, the land use committee chairman, so that the conversation could again be held regarding TDR. John Brixy feels the county is trying to force their one-size-fits-all policy on the whole county.
Regarding purchasing a truck. Dan presented hard numbers: Freightliner $93,945. Kenworth $96,000, regular cab. Kenworth extended cab, $98,350. Equipment $51,966, plus about $1356 extra if we go with Freightliner. Helen presented the financing proposals from the 2 finance companies and State Bank of Cross Plains. The two finance companies representing the truck dealers bid about the same, 4.60% for 5 or 6 years. The State Bank of Cross Plains offered two options: 3 years fixed at 2%, with a 10 year amortization, and 5 years fixed at 3%, with a 10 year amortization.
The board members did some home work on the two trucks and feel the Kenworth with the extended cab would be the better truck with perhaps a better resale value. John Brixy moved we purchase the Kenworth extended cab at $98,350 with the $51,966, Madison Truck Equipment Universal/Heil/Swenson equipment package. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Regarding Financing: John moved we finance $150,000 through the State Bank of Cross Plains accepting the 2% fixed rate for the 3 years proposal, with the 10 year amortization with semi annual payments, beginning January, 2012. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0
John moved that 3 signatures be required on the loan, Chairman, Clerk and Treasurer. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.
No Comprehensive Plan or Land Use Committee reports.
The board had a tour of the Harlan Sprague Dawley facility. John moved that Helen send the proposed letter to the neighbors of the Harlan Sprague Dawley facility, adding the sentence, “While a problem is not presently foreseen, the UW has agreed to address any odors that may have been an issue in the past”. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Al moved that the caucus will be on January 10 at 7:30 p.m. John seconded. Motion passed 3-0.
Dan measured on Tomnan Rd and the hydrant, recently installed, is in the right of way. He must make sure it’s at least 33 feet from the center of the road. Helen will send Tom Sutter a letter asking them to move the hydrant.
At 3100 Bergum Road, the snow from the driveway is being pushed on to the town road. Several neighbors have complained and Helen will call the homeowners.
Dan feels he may need to rent a snowblower. McFarlane’s charge $100/hour to rent their snowblower.
Fire District Report. We’re buying a new ambulance and a used ambulance. The ambulance drive is still going on. Rescue 40 sold for $22,500.
Al moved to give Accurate Appraisal a 4 year contract for $27,000, which will include a Market Revaluation in the 4th year. John seconded the motion, motion passed 3-0.
Helen presented bills for $20,196.54. John moved to pay the bills, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Al moved to adjourn, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Helen Kahl, Clerk