Agenda/Minutes 2011 Archived

Agenda 1-10-2011

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS

NOTICE OF CAUCUS

JANUARY 10, 2011, 7:30 p.m.

Notice is hereby given to the electors of the Town of Blue Mounds, Dane County, Wisconsin, that a Caucus for said Town will be held at the Town Garage, 10566 Blue Vista Rd., Blue Mounds, WI  53517, on Monday, January 10, 2011, at 7:30 p.m.  Nominations will be taken for Town Chairman, Town Supervisors, Treasurer, Clerk and Constable.  All offices are for two years and will be voted on at the Spring election to be held on April 5, 2011.  If you are interested in running for one of the above offices, you must be nominated at the caucus to have your name on the ballot.

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Monday, January 10, 2011   7:45 p.m. (approximate)

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, January 10, at 7:45 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd, Blue Mounds WI  53517

Agenda:

*Minutes of the December 13, 2010 meeting

*Conditional Zoning, Dan Atkins Property Petition #10257

*Sugar River Watershed Association Request for Donation

*Report of Bldg. and Grounds Committee

*Report of Comprehensive Planning Committee

*Land Use Committee report

*Road maintenance report

*Fire District report

*Approval of bills and review of correspondence received

These are agenda items available on publishing deadline.  Additional items for agenda may be posted 24 hours prior to meeting at: Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains, Co-Op Mini Mart.

Helen Kahl, Clerk

Publish January 6, 2011

 

Minutes 1-10-2011

Unapproved Minutes

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS

TOWN BOARD MEETING

January 10, 2011

Dennis Jelle opened the meeting at 7:30 p.m.  Also present were Helen Kahl, Clerk, Nancy Goplin, Treasurer, and John Brixy and Al Antonson, Supervisors.

CAUCUS

Dennis called for nominations from the floor for Chairman of the Caucus.  Helen nominated Susan Ludington.  Al seconded.  Motion passed 6-0.  Seven eligible voters were present at the caucus.

Chairman Ludington called for nominations for Chairman.  John Brixy nominated Dennis Jelle.  Helen Kahl seconded.  No further nominations.

Chairman Ludington called for nominations for Supervisor 1.  Nancy Goplin nominated Al Antonson, John Brixy seconded.  No further nominations.

Chairman Ludington called for nominations for Supervisor 2. Al Antonson nominated John Brixy, Dennis Jelle seconded.  No further nominations.

Chairman Ludington called for nominations for Treasurer.  Dennis Jelle nominated Nancy Goplin, John Brixy seconded.  No further nominations.

Chairman Ludington called for nominations for Clerk.  Al Antonson nominated Helen Kahl, John Brixy seconded.  No further nominations.

Chairman Ludington called for nominations for Constable.  Dan Peterson nominated Travis Gudgeon.  Dennis Jelle seconded.  Helen Kahl nominated Robert Skogen, Al Antonson seconded.  No further nominations.

John Brixy moved to close nominations, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Chairman Ludington closed the Caucus.

BOARD MEETING

Dennis called the January Board meeting to order at 7:40 p.m.

Nancy read the minutes from the December 13 meeting.  Al moved to approve, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Regarding the zoning ordinance petition #10257, Dan Atkins property, Al moved to approve the CUP, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Regarding Upper Sugar River organization’s request for $640.  Al moved to continue with past policy of not contributing to organizations.  John seconded the motion, mentioning that the clerk post the letter on our email list.  Motion passed 3-0.

Building and grounds.  Dan indicated he had damaged door #1, and the damage might be about $200.  He wants to have all the doors maintenanced.  Also, he had noticed dripping from the ceiling which is a good thing.

Comprehensive Planning committee, no report.

Land Use Committee report.  Sue Ludington indicated interest in being on the Land Use Committee.  She also is thinking about building an addition and was inquiring about zoning.  She is currently zoned A-1 Exclusive.  She was advised to talk to Allan Majid at Dane County Zoning.

Road Maintenance.  Dan is thinking about selling the Ford pickup for no less than $3250.  We have about $1200 in it now.   John moved we do so if the opportunity presents itself, Al seconded.  Motion passed 3-0.

Fire District Report.  New Ambulance will be here in about a month.

Correspondence:

Helen reported that Dane Co Zoning has a draft ordinance on accessory buildings for which they would like board comments by January 27.  The following comments will be sent to them by the clerk:

Dennis Jelle opposes the draft ordinance as being too restrictive, especially as concerns farm buildings.

Al Antonson opposes the ordinance mostly because of the size, way too restrictive, should be more like 300 square feet or more.  The other thing is the fact that accessory buildings cannot be built before a house.  Also the fact that there cannot be sanitary fixtures in the accessory buildings could be a problem.

John Brixy feels it’s the county board trying to make a one-size-fits-all ordinance to take away the towns right to make it’s own restrictions.  He feels it’s the county’s way to try to make money with fees.  It’s one more step to making town government irrelevant again.  You cannot compare two townships in the county and rules cannot be the same county-wide.  Comparing the town of Blue Mounds’ needs to the Town of Middleton… they just are not the same.  The county does not have the rural Dane County interest in mind with this ordinance.

John reported his efforts regarding the private septic maintenance fee now being on the property tax bills.  He sent an email to all the county board and got 3 responses.   Then he called John Hossbeck who is the public health supervisor for Madison and Dane County.  He asked how much cost would be saved.  He was not able to get any idea from him on cost.  Postage might be saved to the tune of less than $2000/year.  The county had no hearings on this ordinance.  No input was asked for.  It’s actually a cash-advance to the county because it’s being paid ahead.

Helen presented bills in the total of $13,744.49.  Al moved to approve, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Helen mentioned grants for environmental projects.  Dennis mentioned that perhaps we could plant some more trees on the town property and get matching funds.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Helen Kahl, Clerk

 

Agenda 2-14-2011

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Monday, February 14, 2011   7:30 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, February 14, 2011, at 7:30. at the Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd, Blue Mounds WI  53517

Agenda:

*Minutes of the January 10, 2011 meeting

* Dokken zoning request for a change in the previously presented land split.                                      (from approximately 2 acres to 7.9 acres and now includes several                                                 outbuildings)

*Informational Discussion regarding Cave of the Mounds’ Interest in Liquor                                     License

*Approval of Susan Ludington as Member of Land Use Committee

*Report on Towns Association Workshop

*Report of Bldg. and Grounds Committee

*Report of Comprehensive Planning Committee

*Land Use Committee report

*Road maintenance report

*Fire District report

*Approval of bills and review of correspondence received

*Adjourn to closed session for employee review

These are agenda items available on publishing deadline.  Additional items for agenda may be posted 24 hours prior to meeting at: Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains, Co-Op Mini Mart.

Helen Kahl, Clerk

Publish February 10, 2011

 

Minutes 2-14-2011

Unapproved Minutes

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS

TOWN BOARD MEETING

February 14, 2011

Dennis Jelle opened the meeting at 7:30 p.m.  Also present were Helen Kahl, Clerk, Nancy Goplin, Treasurer, and Supervisors John Brixy and Al Antonson.

Helen read the minutes of the January 11, 2011 meeting.  John moved to approve, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Randy Docken appeared with a Preliminary certified survey map.  Peter wants to buy the 5 A to add to the acreage he was buying, for a total of 7.9 acres.  Schulenbergs had started it but then changed their minds.  Peter is currently living in the house.  They are looking to change the zoning on the whole parcel to A-2.  Al mentioned that we would probably require an animal unit restriction of 1 animal unit per acre.  Al moved to approve with the conditional use of 1 animal unit per acre.  John seconded, motion passed 3-0.  The land use committee approved it by a vote of 6-0.   No further payment is necessary as the previous petitions had already been paid.  When Randy has the appointment with the county he will call me with the petition number.

Al made a motion to approve Sue Ludington as a member of the Land Use Committee.  John seconded the motion, motion passed 3-0.

Al attended the Towns Association workshop.  He gave each officer a job description and gave a report on the meeting.  They had been briefed about what Governor Walker was proposing regarding public employees and teachers unions, etc.  Siting for wind turbines and livestock facilities was a big topic of discussion and Al recommends that the land use committee spend some time studying and coming up with ordinances to regulate these facilities.

No buildings and grounds report.

No Comprehensive Plan report, and Dennis was wondering about maps.

Land Use Committee report.  Only the Docken petition has been presented.

Road Maintenance.  Regarding the Docken land, Dan questioned whether there was going to be a turnaround.  He is questioning because of the lots that are for sale.  Also, if Peter decides to add on to the farm house, the road is too close and we would need a cul de sac or abandon part of the road.

Dan requested there be a letter be sent to people on dead-ends to keep the turn-arounds clean.

Dan requested we get a snow blower and take the money from this year’s road budget.  About $7000 would buy one, and they go up from there.  It seems to be about $1000 a foot.  The board recommended he get some prices and specs for next month’s meeting.

Fire District Report.  Regarding fire inspection for businesses.  The township doesn’t have an ordinance so when businesses are inspected there’s no way to penalize them if they don’t comply.  The Fire District will be working on uniform ordinances for all the townships.  The new fire chief is Craig Brinkman, who started Feb. 1.  Stan Olson had been the interim chief but wasn’t interested in continuing.  He will reorganize the fire department just as the EMS Department has been reorganized this year.  He is part-time and is a full-time member of the Madison Fire Department.  The new ambulance is in service.  Dennis reported that during the blizzard, Dane Co Emergency Mgt. wanted everyone to come in to Madison and they would send teams out from there for emergencies.  Our Department said, no, they would stay here in this area and they did rescue about 14 people.  The kids that were stuck at ID and JG near the garage were to have been rescued by the Mazomanie Department rather than Dane Co Emergency Mgt calling Mt. Horeb who would have rescued them, as they did others.

Regarding the Madison Gas & Electric request to have a permit signed to extend service to 2910 Cave of the Mounds Road.  John moved to approve, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Al moved to approve the bills, John seconded, motion carried 3-0.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Helen Kahl, Clerk

Dennis opened the closed session by asking Dan for his input.  Al reported that his understanding is that Dan may have to begin putting in a share of his retirement, if the proposal passes that is currently on the table.  Dennis moved that we table a decision until the March 14 meeting until we know what happens with the bill.  Also, municipalities may be exempted under the bill. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.  John moved to adjourn the closed session, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

 

Agenda 3-14-2011

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Monday, March 14, 2011   7:30 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, March 14, 2011, at 7:30. at the Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd, Blue Mounds WI  53517

Agenda:

*Minutes of the February 14, 2011 meeting

*Report by Dane County Parks and Open Space Plan Update

*Application by Cave of the Mounds for Class “B” Liquor License

*Discussion regarding website maintenance

*Procedure for selling Sterling

*Update from Towns Associations re: Local impact of State Budget

*Report of Bldg. and Grounds Committee

*Report of Comprehensive Planning Committee

*Land Use Committee report

*Road maintenance report

*Fire District report

*Approval of bills and review of correspondence received

*Adjourn to Closed Session for Personnel Review

These are agenda items available on publishing deadline.  Additional items for agenda may be posted 24 hours prior to meeting at: Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains, Co-Op Mini Mart.

Helen Kahl, Clerk

Publish March 10, 2011

 

Minutes 3-14-2011

Unapproved Minutes

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS

TOWN BOARD MEETING

March 14, 2011

Dennis Jelle opened the meeting at 7:30 p.m.  Also present were Helen Kahl, Clerk, Nancy Goplin, Treasurer, and Supervisors John Brixy and Al Antonson.

Helen read the minutes of the February 14, 2011 meeting.  John moved to approve, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Chris James with Dane Co Land and Water Resources reported on the Dane Co Parks and Open Space Plan.  He reported that at Stewart they would continue work this spring, esp as concerns storm water retention.  A pipe needs to be pulled and rid of the built up sediment.  The parking lot is also too small and may be made somewhat larger.  A handicap accessible pier is also in the works.  As for Brigham, they will probably be working on laying out the bike trail that is going to come up past the Cave of the Mounds.  They have also had many requests for a mountain bike trail from Brigham Park to Blue Mounds State Park and will begin planning for that.  The historical marker for the Fort Blue Mounds is also being looked at for land purchase for more public access.  They are thinking of charging a trail fee for the extensive use of all the bike trails in the county.  Dennis mentioned that our local fire department has been training at Stewart Lake for water and ice rescue.

Joe Klimczak appeared from Cave of the Mounds.  The board needed to get an idea of their plan.  They hope to expand their services.  They have been trying to invest and improve the appeal, including the signage, parking lot, maintenance.  He mentioned that the cave is a long-time operation in the township and plans are they will be there indefinitely.  Currently they have a snack bar operation and they have talked about offering local beer and wine to start with.  People picnicking there may want to buy beverages to go with their meal.  In addition, they host special events, meetings, weddings, and could offer the additional service which would include beer and wine.  No tavern or full-blown restaurant is planned.  There is no plan to expand the buildings as such, nor a plan to expand hours other than perhaps for a special event.  John asked some questions regarding stipulations that might be needed regarding security and responsibility issues.  The board feels it would be good to have the board visit the Cave grounds to see what their ideas are.

Regarding the website, Helen has a person who would be available to maintenance the website for $50/month.  Al moved to go with her for 6 months and then revaluate .  John seconded, motion carries 3-0.

Procedure for selling the Sterling.  We don’t have to put it out for bids, but the Towns Association recommends doing so.  Dan has a buyer who is interested who has made an offer.   John moved that the truck be put out for a bid.  Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.  We will put it in the Wisconsin Towns Association magazine, Mt. Horeb Mail for two weeks, and Craig’s list (bids due May 2).

Update on Towns Association and impact of state budget.  Dennis commented on the $1100/acre rezone fee and thinks we should  send a letter supporting the removal of it.  Regarding the recycling elimination, he also thinks we should keep the recycling program.  John recommends we send letters to the Towns Aassociation and cc our dane county legislators.   Dennis would also be in favor of revoking the prevailing wage law.  We already are on record as opposing the RTA.   John suggested we meet especially to discuss these issues.  The plan is to meet Mar 23, 10:30 a.m.  Helen will post.

Buildings and grounds.  Nothing to report.

Comprehensive plan, nothing.

Land Use Committee, nothing to report .

Road maintenance report.  Paul Mason wants to talk about making that driveway a town road.  It has to be brought up to town road standards, with a good turn-around, at the residents’ cost, then maintained by the town.

Fire district report.  The new ambulance got side-swiped.  It’s usable but will have to be fixed.  Craig Brinkman is doing a good job as chief, working hard.

John moved to approve the bills, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

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

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

Respectfully submitted, Helen Kahl, Clerk

 

Agenda 3-23-2011

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS

Special Board Meeting

Wednesday, March 23, 10:30 a.m.

The Town Board will meet Wed., March 23 at 10:30 a.m. in order to discuss and respond to the various aspects of the Budget Repair Bill as outlined by the Towns Association.  The public is welcome.  No other town business will be transacted.

Posted on Friday, March 18 at the Town Hall and Mt. Horeb Public Library and on Sunday, March 20 at Miller’s Grocery.

Helen Kahl, Clerk

 

Minutes 3-23-2011

Unapproved Minutes

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS

SPECIAL TOWN BOARD MEETING

March 23, 2011

10:30 a.m.

Dennis Jelle opened the meeting at 10:30 p.m.  Also present were Helen Kahl, Clerk, , and Supervisors John Brixy and Al Antonson.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the Budget Repair Bill and make the Board’s recommendations to the Wisconsin and Dane County Towns Associations.

Commenting on the Legislative Update for 2011 WTA District Meetings by Richard J. Stadelman, Executive Director.

1)

A.

a.  There seems to be an inconsistency between this non-transfer issue and

under line i. Under State Budget B, i. where the petroleum inspection fund will be transferred to the Transportation fund.

We want to go on record that this fund (petroleum inspection fund) be transferred ONLY to the Transportation Fund.

2)

A.            b. 6.  Regarding the joint finance amendment requiring employees to adopt an employee grievance procedure by July 1…applies to all towns and villages even if they don’t have collective bargaining units.

We want to go on record that this is an unnecessary bureaucracy for small towns that have few employees.  We recommend perhaps an exemption for towns/villages with 3 or less full time employees.

B.            3.

j. Regarding the mandate to eliminate the recycling program/recycling grants….

We want to go on record that this program should be kept as is.  We do not want to see waste going back into ditches on farms in our township, and with our current program we have made progress eliminating this habit.  We realize that the grants could still go away in the process of solving the budget shortfall, but we are willing to fund our own program if that would happen.

k.  Repeals current requirements for maintenance of effort for public libraries…

We want to go on record that library funding in general should not be cut.

l.  Eliminates conversion fee for rezoning of farmland … and eliminates PACE…

We want to go on record supporting this provision.

m.  Eliminates payments in lieu of taxes…state purchase of land and non-binding resolution for local governments to express opinion.

We want to go on record to provide for a BINDING resolution process for local governments to support or oppose state land purchases.

n.

We support n. requiring RTA’s to hold binding referendums for sales tax…however, if Senate Bill 25 and AB 36 are implemented, n. would not be necessary.

C. SB 6 Voter ID.  The board supports the Bill.  The clerk does not wholeheartedly agree with all provisions, but the 28 day requirement for residency is a good one.

  1. We feel there is duplication here to 2. B. n.

Respectfully submitted,

Helen Kahl, Clerk

 

Minutes 3-23-2011

Unapproved Minutes

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS

SPECIAL TOWN BOARD MEETING

March 23, 2011

10:30 a.m.

Dennis Jelle opened the meeting at 10:30 p.m.  Also present were Helen Kahl, Clerk, , and Supervisors John Brixy and Al Antonson.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the Budget Repair Bill and make the Board’s recommendations to the Wisconsin and Dane County Towns Associations.

Commenting on the Legislative Update for 2011 WTA District Meetings by Richard J. Stadelman, Executive Director.

1)

A.

a.  There seems to be an inconsistency between this non-transfer issue and

under line i. Under State Budget B, i. where the petroleum inspection fund will be transferred to the Transportation fund.

We want to go on record that this fund (petroleum inspection fund) be transferred ONLY to the Transportation Fund.

2)

A.            b. 6.  Regarding the joint finance amendment requiring employees to adopt an employee grievance procedure by July 1…applies to all towns and villages even if they don’t have collective bargaining units.

We want to go on record that this is an unnecessary bureaucracy for small towns that have few employees.  We recommend perhaps an exemption for towns/villages with 3 or less full time employees.

B.            3.

j. Regarding the mandate to eliminate the recycling program/recycling grants….

We want to go on record that this program should be kept as is.  We do not want to see waste going back into ditches on farms in our township, and with our current program we have made progress eliminating this habit.  We realize that the grants could still go away in the process of solving the budget shortfall, but we are willing to fund our own program if that would happen.

k.  Repeals current requirements for maintenance of effort for public libraries…

We want to go on record that library funding in general should not be cut.

l.  Eliminates conversion fee for rezoning of farmland … and eliminates PACE…

We want to go on record supporting this provision.

m.  Eliminates payments in lieu of taxes…state purchase of land and non-binding resolution for local governments to express opinion.

We want to go on record to provide for a BINDING resolution process for local governments to support or oppose state land purchases.

n.

We support n. requiring RTA’s to hold binding referendums for sales tax…however, if Senate Bill 25 and AB 36 are implemented, n. would not be necessary.

C. SB 6 Voter ID.  The board supports the Bill.  The clerk does not wholeheartedly agree with all provisions, but the 28 day requirement for residency is a good one.

  1. We feel there is duplication here to 2. B. n.

Respectfully submitted,

Helen Kahl, Clerk

 

Agenda 4-12-2011

NOTICE OF ANNUAL TOWN MEETING and Board of Supervisors

TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2011,  7:30 P.M.

Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd.,

Blue Mounds, WI   53517

The Annual Meeting of the Electors of the Town of Blue Mounds will be held on the second Tuesday of April, the 12th, at 7:30 p.m.

Electors may bring any matters or concerns to the attention of the Board at that time.  Agenda will include, but is not limited to, the following:

1)    Minutes of 2010 Annual Meeting

2)    Financial Report

3)    Old Business

4)    New Business

a. Review of Current Fees/Salaries

b.Upcoming Town Garage Sale Weekend and Spring Clean-up

c. Any other New Business

5)   Adjournment

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Tuesday April 12,  2011, at approximately 8:00. at the Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd, Blue Mounds WI  53517, following the annual meeting.

Agenda:

*Minutes of the March 14, 2011 meeting

*Public Hearing:  Jeffrey Peterson request to rezone 2.05 Acres in Section 26, on                                     East Blue Mounds Road, from A-1Ex to Rh-1

*Report on election

*Application by Cave of the Mounds for Class “B” Liquor License, update

*HWY E Extension to HWY 78, Project update

*Report of Bldg. and Grounds Committee

*Report of Comprehensive Planning Committee

*Land Use Committee report

*Road maintenance report

*Fire District report

*Approval of bills and review of correspondence received

These are agenda items available on publishing deadline.  Additional items for agenda may be posted 24 hours prior to meeting at: Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains, Co-Op Mini Mart.

Helen Kahl, Clerk

Publish April 7, 2011

 

Agenda 4-12-2011

NOTICE OF ANNUAL TOWN MEETING and Board of Supervisors

TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2011,  7:30 P.M.

Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd.,

Blue Mounds, WI   53517

The Annual Meeting of the Electors of the Town of Blue Mounds will be held on the second Tuesday of April, the 12th, at 7:30 p.m.

Electors may bring any matters or concerns to the attention of the Board at that time.  Agenda will include, but is not limited to, the following:

1)    Minutes of 2010 Annual Meeting

2)    Financial Report

3)    Old Business

4)    New Business

a. Review of Current Fees/Salaries

b.Upcoming Town Garage Sale Weekend and Spring Clean-up

c. Any other New Business

5)   Adjournment

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Tuesday April 12,  2011, at approximately 8:00. at the Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd, Blue Mounds WI  53517, following the annual meeting.

Agenda:

*Minutes of the March 14, 2011 meeting

*Public Hearing:  Jeffrey Peterson request to rezone 2.05 Acres in Section 26, on                                     East Blue Mounds Road, from A-1Ex to Rh-1

*Report on election

*Application by Cave of the Mounds for Class “B” Liquor License, update

*HWY E Extension to HWY 78, Project update

*Report of Bldg. and Grounds Committee

*Report of Comprehensive Planning Committee

*Land Use Committee report

*Road maintenance report

*Fire District report

*Approval of bills and review of correspondence received

These are agenda items available on publishing deadline.  Additional items for agenda may be posted 24 hours prior to meeting at: Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains, Co-Op Mini Mart.

Helen Kahl, Clerk

Publish April 7, 2011

Minutes 4-12-2011

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS

TOWN BOARD MEETING

April 12, 2011

 

Dennis Jelle opened the meeting at 8:30 p.m., following the Annual Meeting  Also present were Helen Kahl, Clerk, Nancy Goplin, Treasurer, and Supervisors John Brixy and Al Antonson.

Helen read the minutes of the March 14, 2011 meeting.  Al moved to approve, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Jeff Peterson appeared to rezone 2.05 Acres on E Blue Mounds Rd. from A1Ex to rh-1 in order to build a house, about 100 ft west of the original farm house.  The house will be 51 ft off the driveway to the farm, which is a town road.  Al moved to approve, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.  Jeff paid for the rezone as well as the driveway permit.

Regarding Ordinance 37 which would amend Chapter 10 regarding small scale electric generating stations in the county.  Al fully feels the town must work on getting something in place in the township and feels he would support this ordinance so we have something in place county-wide as a start.  Dennis has a problem with the fact that it only now includes A1Ex.  Al moved that we disapprove the ordinance unless it includes ALL zoning categories, not just A1 Ex.  John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Helen reported on the Spring Primary in the township.  Our turnout was above the county and state average at about 66%.

Cave of the Mounds did not appear.

Al reported on the HWY E extension.  They have moved it up to within the next 2 years.  There will be a frontage road extending HWY E over to the park n ride by Minitube.  There will be bike paths on both sides.  Our concern is that during the final 2-3 weeks of the project, traffic will have to be detoured across Fertile Ridge.  That is a dangerous intersection with HWY 78, and we will have to be diligent about suggesting residents use perhaps Blue Rock Road or another road rather than Fertile Ridge.

Building and Grounds.  We received a $250 donation from Kenworth for our flag/landscape fund.

Comprehensive Plan, we have heard nothing about the maps.

Land Use Committee.  Al mentioned that if the county’s conversion fee may be eliminated, and if it is, anyone who has paid that fee will get their fees refunded.

Allen Schmidt on Bergum Road is applying for a driveway into his horse shed.  We have to check it for visibility.  Each board member will observe it individually.

On roads, Helen gave Dennis a bid from Fahrner for seal coating.  Dan was not able to be at the meeting.

Fire District Report.  Craig Brinkman is doing a good job as Fire Chief.  The ambulance will be repaired soon from the accident.  The Fire District has a goal of a 0% increase budget this year.

John moved to approve the bills, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Helen announced several upcoming meetings.

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

 

Respectfully submitted, Helen Kahl, Clerk

 

Agenda 5-5-2011

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS

Board of Supervisors

Monday, May 9 2011,  7:30 P.M.

Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd.,

Blue Mounds, WI   53517

 

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, May 9, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd, Blue Mounds WI  53517.

Agenda:

*Minutes of the April 12, 2011 meeting

*Application by Cave of the Mounds for Class “B” Liquor License, update

*Upcoming Town-Wide Garage Sales and Spring Clean Up

*Clerk’s report regarding recount

* Report of Bldg. and Grounds Committee

*Land Use Committee report

*Road maintenance report

*Fire District report

*Approval of bills and review of correspondence received

 

These are agenda items available on publishing deadline.  Additional items for agenda may be posted 24 hours prior to meeting at: Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains, Co-Op Mini Mart.

 

Helen Kahl, Clerk

Publish May 5, 2011

Minutes 5-9-2011

Unapproved Minutes

 

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS

TOWN BOARD MEETING

May 9, 2011

Dennis Jelle opened the meeting at 7:30 p.m.   Also present were Helen Kahl, Clerk, Nancy Goplin, Treasurer, and Supervisors John Brixy and Al Antonson.

Helen read the minutes of the April 12, 2011, meeting.  John moved to approve, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Helen reported on spring clean up, which will be Saturday, May 21 from 8-noon.  Garage Sale weekend is May 12-14, with 5 residents participating.

Helen reported that she and 2 inspectors had been to the County for the recount.  Our totals were accurate.

Building and Grounds.  Helen mentioned to Dan that we had received $250 from Kenworth as a thank you for the truck purchase.  It will be used for landscaping for the town hall.  There may be someone wanting to rent the extra bay.  It was agreed that since Oimoen is paid to Jan 1, we can’t bump him, but the area would be available as of then.

Land Use Committee Report, no action.

Road maintenance report.  Dan presented sealcoating bids.  Scott bid $39,887, plus one more road which will total $54,000.  Roads he will probably do are:  Cave of the Mounds Road, Andrew LN, Barton Rd, Thistle Rd, Peterson Rd, and W Erbe for sure.  Fahrner is higher.  His plans now call for $15,000 for gravel, 7000 for spot sealing, 4000 cold mix, 5000 for signs, 5000 for dig out culverts, 3000 for cemetery road.  Helen will get to him the amount that has already been spent on roads.  George Couch asked about Blessingway, would it get rolled?  Dan indicated it would get graded tomorrow.   He said the gravel lasted 7 years as it was, and rolling all the town gravel roads would be quite expensive.

Dennis opened the 3 sealed bids for the truck that we have for sale.  Kavon Excavating bid $37,000, Town of Sevenmilecreek $14,551, and Town of Blanchard $35,655.  Kavon Excavating was the winning bid.  John moved to accept Kavon’s bid, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

John moved that the proceeds from the sale of the Sterling be delegated to pay down the highest interest loan that we have on our books.  Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Fire District Report.  Dennis presented a sample ordinance regarding Fire Safety Inspections and enforcement.  We would need an ordinance so that if there are problems with inspections, we would have the ability to fine for citations.  These would be fire inspections for commercial properties.  The inspections are already being performed, but if there is a violation now, we have no way to fine.  We would adopt an ordinance, then separately adopt a schedule of fines, provided by the fire district.  If there were fines, the fire district would get the fines.  John made a motion that Helen re-work the village draft ordinance for the June meeting, then make a decision as to whether or not legal advice need be requested.  Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Dane County Towns Association Annual meeting.  John is going to try to attend the Annual Meeting Wednesday night at Westport and Dennis may also go.

Towns Association Officials Workshop Thurs May 19.  Al will attend the meeting in DeForest, Helen will send the registration.

Dennis reported that the WTA wants the townships to lobby for a reinstituting of the road aids back to 2009 levels.  The board decided to wait until the June 13 meeting to readdress this Call to Action by the Towns Association.

Al moved to pay the bills as listed, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Dan mentioned that the cost of dead end road maintenance is getting higher than the aids we are getting to maintain them.  He wanted Dennis to inquire with Town of Vermont as to what they were doing to abandon these dead end roads.

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

Respectfully submitted, Helen Kahl, Clerk

Agenda 6-13-2011

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS

Board of Supervisors

Monday, June 13, 2011,  7:30 P.M.

Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd.,

Blue Mounds, WI   53517

 

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, June 13, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd, Blue Mounds WI  53517.

Agenda:

*Minutes of the May 9, 2011 meeting

*Liquor License Renewal for Mt. Horeb VFW Hall

*Announcement of June 17 Board Visit to Cave of Mounds Grounds RE Liquor License Plans

*WTA Call to Action about State Transportation Aids

*Driveway Permit Atkins Property in Section 31

*Dead End Roads Issue of Maintenance Costs

*OA #4, 2011-12 Re Accessory Buildings

*Sub 1 to Dane Co Ord. #37 Defining Small Scale Electric Generating Stations, esp. as concerns the A-1 Ex Ag District

*Zoning Petition 10300, Randy Docken of Deed Restriction no more than 1 Animal Unit per Acre

*Report on Towns Association Town Officials Workshop

*Report on Spring Clean Up

*Report of Bldg. and Grounds Committee

*Land Use Committee report

*Road maintenance report

*Fire District report, esp as concerns Fire Inspection Ordinance

*Approval of bills and review of correspondence received

*Adjourn into closed session regarding potential public property issue

*Come to order in regular session in order to adjourn Board meeting

 

These are agenda items available on publishing deadline.  Additional items for agenda may be posted 24 hours prior to meeting at: Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains, Co-Op Mini Mart.

 

NOTICE OF SPECIAL BOARD MEETING

At Cave of Mounds Regarding Their Interest in Obtaining a Liquor License

Friday June 17, 10:30 a.m.

 

The Board will meet at the Cave property to get information on their proposal for serving liquor on the grounds.  This meeting is only for information gathering, and NO decision will be made.

 

Helen Kahl, Clerk

Publish June 9, 2011

 

Minutes 6-13-11

Unapproved Minutes

 

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS

TOWN BOARD MEETING

June 13, 2011

 

Dennis Jelle opened the meeting at 7:30 p.m.   Also present were Helen Kahl, Clerk, Nancy Goplin, Treasurer, and Supervisors John Brixy and Al Antonson.

Helen read the minutes of the May 9, 2011, meeting.  John moved to approve, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

John moved to suspend the regular agenda to allow audience participation.  Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Richard and Carol Losenegger appeared requesting information regarding splitting the farm in order to pass the farm on to the next generation.  They sold two parcels in 1997 and 1998 and in that process they seemed to come out with 10 acres less than they had.  The original farm of acres in 1980 was 203.  126 acres was what he thought it should be in the Town of Blue Mounds, but it’s 116 acres.  Al explained that roads are now subtracted in what the county says you have.  He also lost 2 acres with Syvrud Road on his property.  We do not recognize that, however, because people could actually lose a split that way.  It was recommended they have a density study done through the county.  He also wondered if the Town had done anything about Transfer of Development Rights.  At this point, there has not been enough demand to bring it up again.

John moved to reassume the agenda as published.  Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Al moved to approve the liquor license and bartender’s licenses for VFW.  John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Cave of the Mounds visit for the Board is this Friday, June 17, 10:30, for the purpose of seeing what their plans are for a possible liquor license application.

WTA Call to Action about State Transportation Aids.  Al reported that at the Towns Association meeting there was hope that it would be brought back to the level at which it is now, or perhaps even higher.  The recycle aid may also be restored.

Atkins property driveway permit.  Al feels he doesn’t need a permit.  The zoning certificate specifies a shared driveway agreement.  Helen will ask Valentine for a copy of that agreement and tell him the specs.

Regarding dead end road costs, Dennis spoke with Mark Sherven fromVermont and they have quite a few very short town road driveways and they are abandoning a few of them, but may have to keep some as well.  We do not have those kind of short roads.

OA #4, 2011-12, regarding Accessory Buildings.  John moved to oppose Amendment 04 and the Dane Co Towns Association approval of the Amendment.  Al seconded, motion to oppose passed 3-0.

Sub 1 to Dane Co Ordinance #37 Defining Small Scale Electric Generating Stations, especially as concerns the A-1 Exclusive Ag District.  The Ordinance will move small scale electric generating stations from a Permitted Use to a Conditional Use in Ag zoning giving the towns oversight of the tower’s siting process on A-1 Exclusive.  Al moved to approve, John seconded due to the local control, motion passed 3-0.

Regarding the 1 animal unit per acre restriction on the Docken rezone, John moved to approve Petition #10300, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Al reported on the Towns Association workshop.  Legislative update, and road maintenance were much of the topics discussed. Regarding rolling gravel roads, he said they feel it’s worthwhile.  Dan agrees, but if you roll and then grade, you waste the gravel.  Dan said it could be done once in fall before plowing all the roads.  W.Barton Road could be done this fall as an experiment this fall.

Spring Clean Up, Helen reported we broke even on the cost, because Town ‘n’ Country only charged us for one dumpster.  The residents really appreciate it.

Building and Grounds   2 thermopane windows are leaking in the meeting room and Dennis will check with KSW.  It would cost $150/window to replace.  Regarding the landscaping, it was decided to purchase bridal wreaths this year and maybe some big rocks to just break up the long sides.  Dan suggested perhaps next year we do some landscaping on the square of grass east of the parking lot.

Road report:  Dan inquired about limestone chips instead of natural pea stone.  Limestone chips lay flatter but peastone are cheaper by about $2.50/Ton.  The board recommends we should try the limestone chips this year.  Dan questioned the Frolic painting in enamel paint on our roads for the run.  It would be nice if they would ask for permission each year at least, and perhaps we should have a “hold harmless” agreement.  Liability/insurance issues are also a concern.  Dennis will talk to Alex Pfister, Frolic President, asking about the run and what kind of insurance they have, and why they are marking the roads in permanent paint., etc.

Fire District report.  Regarding the Fire Safety Inspection and Enforcement Ordinance,

John moved to adopt Ordinance 9, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.  The Board signed and Helen will publish.  A separate fee schedule is being established by the fire department and we will have to approve it.  The Fire District will keep any fines received.

Helen requested to go to WMCA meetings in August at Wisconsin Dells.  Recently passed election reforms will highlight much of the meeting.  It was agreed she should attend.

Helen announced a June 27, 7:00 listening session at Town of Perry regarding the Dane County Parks and Open Space planning.  Dennis thought he might attend.  Helen will post.

There have been 2 complaints regarding dirt bikes making a lot of noise on the Barth property.  Dennis will try to contact Barth to talk to him about it.  The township does not have authority to regulate this.

Al moved to approve the bills,  John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

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

Dennis announced that the Thompson family has offered to donate to the township 31 Acres.  They would like to see it used for a park or public space.  The Board had different ideas of what the land could be used for.  One thought was a pool complex.  If that would be at all feasible, we should have a meeting with the village rec department, Minitube, the swim team, the school district, etc., to talk over that and other possibilities.  John moved we accept the property as long as there were not a lot of restrictions as to how it’s used, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.  Dennis will talk to Attorney Waltz about the offer and we’ll move forward from there.

Al moved to adjourn back into regular session.  Dennis seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Al moved to adjourn the regular meeting.  Dennis seconded, motion passed 3-0.

 

Respectfully submitted, Helen Kahl, Clerk

Minutes 6-13-11

Unapproved Minutes

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS

TOWN BOARD MEETING

June 13, 2011

Dennis Jelle opened the meeting at 7:30 p.m.   Also present were Helen Kahl, Clerk, Nancy Goplin, Treasurer, and Supervisors John Brixy and Al Antonson.

Helen read the minutes of the May 9, 2011, meeting.  John moved to approve, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

John moved to suspend the regular agenda to allow audience participation.  Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Richard and Carol Losenegger appeared requesting information regarding splitting the farm in order to pass the farm on to the next generation.  They sold two parcels in 1997 and 1998 and in that process they seemed to come out with 10 acres less than they had.  The original farm of acres in 1980 was 203.  126 acres was what he thought it should be in the Town of Blue Mounds, but it’s 116 acres.  Al explained that roads are now subtracted in what the county says you have.  He also lost 2 acres with Syvrud Road on his property.  We do not recognize that, however, because people could actually lose a split that way.  It was recommended they have a density study done through the county.  He also wondered if the Town had done anything about Transfer of Development Rights.  At this point, there has not been enough demand to bring it up again.

John moved to reassume the agenda as published.  Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Al moved to approve the liquor license and bartender’s licenses for VFW.  John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Cave of the Mounds visit for the Board is this Friday, June 17, 10:30, for the purpose of seeing what their plans are for a possible liquor license application

WTA Call to Action about State Transportation Aids.  Al reported that at the Towns Association meeting there was hope that it would be brought back to the level at which it is now, or perhaps even higher.  The recycle aid may also be restored.

Atkins property driveway permit.  Al feels he doesn’t need a permit.  The zoning certificate specifies a shared driveway agreement.  Helen will ask Valentine for a copy of that agreement and tell him the specs.

Regarding dead end road costs, Dennis spoke with Mark Sherven fromVermont and they have quite a few very short town road driveways and they are abandoning a few of them, but may have to keep some as well.  We do not have those kind of short roads.

OA #4, 2011-12, regarding Accessory Buildings.  John moved to oppose Amendment 04 and the Dane Co Towns Association approval of the Amendment.  Al seconded, motion to oppose passed 3-0.

Sub 1 to Dane Co Ordinance #37 Defining Small Scale Electric Generating Stations, especially as concerns the A-1 Exclusive Ag District.  The Ordinance will move small scale electric generating stations from a Permitted Use to a Conditional Use in Ag zoning giving the towns oversight of the tower’s siting process on A-1 Exclusive.  Al moved to approve, John seconded due to the local control, motion passed 3-0.

Regarding the 1 animal unit per acre restriction on the Docken rezone, John moved to approve Petition #10300, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Al reported on the Towns Association workshop.  Legislative update, and road maintenance were much of the topics discussed. Regarding rolling gravel roads, he said they feel it’s worthwhile.  Dan agrees, but if you roll and then grade, you waste the gravel.  Dan said it could be done once in fall before plowing all the roads.  W.Barton Road could be done this fall as an experiment this fall.

Spring Clean Up, Helen reported we broke even on the cost, because Town ‘n’ Country only charged us for one dumpster.  The residents really appreciate it.

Building and Grounds   2 thermopane windows are leaking in the meeting room and Dennis will check with KSW.  It would cost $150/window to replace.  Regarding the landscaping, it was decided to purchase bridal wreaths this year and maybe some big rocks to just break up the long sides.  Dan suggested perhaps next year we do some landscaping on the square of grass east of the parking lot.

Road report:  Dan inquired about limestone chips instead of natural pea stone.  Limestone chips lay flatter but peastone are cheaper by about $2.50/Ton.  The board recommends we should try the limestone chips this year.  Dan questioned the Frolic painting in enamel paint on our roads for the run.  It would be nice if they would ask for permission each year at least, and perhaps we should have a “hold harmless” agreement.  Liability/insurance issues are also a concern.  Dennis will talk to Alex Pfister, Frolic President, asking about the run and what kind of insurance they have, and why they are marking the roads in permanent paint., etc.

Fire District report.  Regarding the Fire Safety Inspection and Enforcement Ordinance,

John moved to adopt Ordinance 9, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.  The Board signed and Helen will publish.  A separate fee schedule is being established by the fire department and we will have to approve it.  The Fire District will keep any fines received.

Helen requested to go to WMCA meetings in August at Wisconsin Dells.  Recently passed election reforms will highlight much of the meeting.  It was agreed she should attend.

Helen announced a June 27, 7:00 listening session at Town of Perry regarding the Dane County Parks and Open Space planning.  Dennis thought he might attend.  Helen will post.

There have been 2 complaints regarding dirt bikes making a lot of noise on the Barth property.  Dennis will try to contact Barth to talk to him about it.  The township does not have authority to regulate this.

Al moved to approve the bills,  John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

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

Dennis announced that the Thompson family has offered to donate to the township 31 Acres.  They would like to see it used for a park or public space.  The Board had different ideas of what the land could be used for.  One thought was a pool complex.  If that would be at all feasible, we should have a meeting with the village rec department, Minitube, the swim team, the school district, etc., to talk over that and other possibilities.  John moved we accept the property as long as there were not a lot of restrictions as to how it’s used, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.  Dennis will talk to Attorney Waltz about the offer and we’ll move forward from there.

Al moved to adjourn back into regular session.  Dennis seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Al moved to adjourn the regular meeting.  Dennis seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Respectfully submitted, Helen Kahl, Clerk

 

Minutes 7-11-2011

Unapproved Minutes

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS
TOWN BOARD MEETING
July 11, 2011

Dennis Jelle opened the meeting at 7:30 p.m.   Also present were Helen Kahl, Clerk, and Supervisors John Brixy and Al Antonson.

Helen read the minutes of the June 13, 2011, meeting.  John moved to approve, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Meeting on July 20, at 9:00 at Minitube regarding HWY E reconstruction.  Notice was published.

Report on Parks and Open Space Plan meeting on June 27.  Dennis attended the meeting at Perry Town Hall.  One of the roads that bicyclists had indicated would be a good road to be designated a bike route was Sand Rock Road.  The board agrees it’s a dangerous road with blind corners and shouldn’t be a designated bike route.  It was agreed that if the county thinks they have the right to designate bike routes in our township, they will also have to provide liability coverage for the inevitable accident.  Dog parks in the township also received negative comments.

Buildings and Grounds.  Dennis called KSW and they will find out the company that put in the windows in the town hall.  They should have a 10 year warranty.  They are checking on it and will back to Dennis.  Dan did some landscaping with rocks donated by Travis Gudgeon and some bridal wreath plants.

Land Use Committee Report.  Dennis reported that the Village of Mt. Horeb has disapproved the Docken request to rezone 7.9 acres because the Village Comprehensive Plan limits it to 5 acres.  The Plan also indicates that there is a potential road extension to HWY 78 from Sand Rock Road, and the Village wants Dockens to give them a right of way for the future road.  The board is invited to attend a meeting on Wed., July 13, at 10:00 at the Village Hall.  Helen will post.

Road Report.  Dan presented a bid from Fink’s for $750 for fixing Donne Granberg’s driveway on Barber Road.  John moved we sign the contract and submit it to the insurance company, because our plow caused the damage last winter.  Al seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3-0.

Fire District Report.  There is not a fee schedule as yet for the Fire Safety Inspection and Enforcement Ordinance.  There is a big fund raiser this weekend together with the Sesquicentennial/Art Fair.  It will be the only fundraiser for the fire department/EMS this year.

There was more discussion regarding the motorbikes on JG.  John indicated they may also be riding on another property.  Again, we really have no authority over the use of private property.

Helen inquired about Dan’s retirement contributions in light of the changes in the State Budget.  John feels we made the contract with Dan before the Bill even came out.  We would honor that contract and continue to pay his full retirement contributions to the end of 2011.  Regarding Helen’s contributions, she pays the employee share (3.9%)and the town pays the rest (9.4%).  There is no formal agreement, but this was approved by the board 4 or 5 years ago, and we also would continue with this arrangement until the end of the year.  The Towns Association is working on a “boilerplate” for a Grievance Procedure, which will be required by October 1.  It will be on the agenda at the Towns Association workshops this fall.

John moved to approve the bills. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

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

Respectfully Submitted,
Helen Kahl, Clerk

 

Agenda 8-8-2011

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS
Board of Supervisors
Monday, August 8, 2011,  7:30 P.M.
Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd.,
Blue Mounds, WI   53517

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, August 8, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd, Blue Mounds WI  53517.
Agenda:
*Minutes of the July 11, 2011, meeting
*Potential Abandonment of Rainbow Farm Rd, Town of Vermont, RE its
effect on Town of Blue Mounds Resident
*Copier Repair or Replacement
*Vacancy on Land Use Committee
*Revisit Dane Co Chapter 10 Amendment RE Postage Stamp Lots/35 A Parcels
*Announcement of August 23, 2011, Meeting at Minitube Regarding
HWY     E Reconstruction/report on previous meeting**See notice below
*FEMA award
*Bombay Bicycle Club Ride Sep 4, 2011
*Notice of Towns Association Workshop Sep 13, Mineral Point
*Notice of DCTA Annual Membership Meeting August 17th, 7:00 pm, Middleton             Town Hall
*Report of Bldg. and Grounds Committee
*Land Use Committee report
*Road maintenance report
*Fire District report
*Approval of bills and review of correspondence received

These are agenda items available on publishing deadline.  Additional items for agenda may be posted 24 hours prior to meeting at: Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains, Co-Op Mini Mart.

NOTICE OF SPECIAL BOARD MEETING
At Minitube Facility Regarding HWY E Reconstruction
Mon., August 23, 2011, 1:00 P.M.
The Board will meet at the Minitube property, to get information from Department of Transportation regarding the plan for CTH E.  This meeting is only for information gathering, and NO decisions will be made about any other town business.

Helen Kahl, Clerk
Publish August 4, 2011

 

Minutes 8-8-2011

Unapproved Minutes

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS
TOWN BOARD MEETING
August 8, 2011

Dennis Jelle opened the meeting at 7:30 p.m.   Also present were Helen Kahl, Clerk, and Supervisors John Brixy and Al Antonson.

Helen read the minutes of the July 11, 2011, meeting.  Al moved to approve, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

The Town of Vermont is in the process of abandoning some of their driveways as town roads.  Rainbow Road in Town of Vermont leads to several properties in Town of Blue Mounds.  Maintenance in the future could be a problem.  Gary Zwettler rents the affected farm land from Little Norway, which is in the Town of Blue Mounds.  He attended the meeting.  The road is in good condition recently having been seal coated.  Mary Jane Gibson has a property there which has about 3 dwellings.  Al moved we send a letter to the Town of Vermont with our concerns about abandoning the road.  John seconded.  Helen will create a letter and get it to Dennis for his signature.

Al moved we spend up to $250 on a refurbished copier.  John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Leo Ryan has moved to Mt. Horeb so can no longer be on the Land Use Committee.  The Board should replace him.  Dennis will talk to Kari Schaper, who has expressed an interest in serving, and invite her to the next meeting if she is interested in being on the committee at this time..

RE the revisit of the ZLR of Ord. 8-2009-10, it will be discussed at the Dane Co Towns Association meeting on August 17 at Town of Middleton at 7:00 p.m.  John will attend and report back to us next month.

Regarding the meeting at Minitube regarding the HWY E extension to HWY 78, on August 23 from 1-2 p.m.. Helen will repost as she had Monday Aug 23 in the paper and not Tuesday, August 23.  Al reported on the previous meeting.  Basically the County and State did not have Ludwig Simmet, owner of Minitube, on board with the plan.  It appears he is ok with the road, but he didn’t realize the scope of the project.  They want over 6 acres more of his land for right-of-way.  The county was going back to the drawing board and will come with a new plan on the 23 rd

The FEMA award ($6300) came thru.  John moved we do not use for any extra road project(s), but set aside for 60-90 days until we see what salt will cost.  Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Bombay Bicycle Club Ride.  Helen reported the bike ride they have planned for Sunday, Sep 4, does not appear to travel on any town roads, but they are within the township on County roads.  John moved that Helen send them a letter indicating we have concerns that all area residents are made aware of the travel restrictions that may exist that day, that no permanent markings be made on any town roads and any signs placed on town right of ways be removed within 24 hours.  He also requested the organizers provide a certificate of insurance holding town harmless to any accidents that may take place.  Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Regarding the newly required grievance procedure, John suggested we put it on the email that we will be looking for an impartial hearing officer to review any potential grievances.  This will be on the Sep 12 agenda with hopes of approving a procedure by the October 1 deadline.

Building and grounds, nothing.

Road report.  Dan did not attend the meeting.  East Blue Mounds Cemetery road is now being re-done.

Land Use Committee nothing.  Al brought up the Docken property.  The meeting with the Village went well and the Docken rezone was approved.

Fire District Report.  The municipalities are obligated to sign the promissory note for the Village.  Years ago a Capital Expenditure Fund was set up.  The Village actually borrows the money, but each municipality is liable.  This way we do not get a bill when a purchase is made, but a formula is used to divide the commitment between the municipalities each year.  John moved we sign the Promissory Note.  Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Correspondence:  Helen explained to the board the Memorandum of Understanding which needs to be renewed with the County Clerk’s office for the purpose of maintaining our voter list on SVRS.  The annual fee is $350, which Helen and the Board felt was a bargain for these services.  Dennis signed the MOU and Helen will send it to the County Clerk.

John moved to approve the bills, adding she can pay the fire department levy close to the Sept 1 due date.  Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

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

Respectfully Submitted,
Helen Kahl, Clerk

 

Agenda 9-12-2011

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS
Board of Supervisors
Monday, September 12, 2011,  7:30 P.M.
Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd.,
Blue Mounds, WI   53517

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, Sep 12, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd, Blue Mounds WI  53517.
Agenda:
*Minutes of the August 8, 2011, meeting
*Update, Copier Replacement
*Vacancy on Land Use Committee, Possible Appointment
*Report on August 23, 2011, Meeting at Minitube Regarding
HWY     E Reconstruction
*Report on DCTA Annual Membership Meeting Aug 17
*Report on Clerk’s Conference
*Upcoming Training/Meetings—Sep 13 & 19
*Employee Grievance Policy
*Set Date for Budget Work Meeting
*Report of Bldg. and Grounds Committee
*Land Use Committee report
*Road maintenance report
*Fire District report, Annual Meeting Sep 28
*Approval of bills and review of correspondence received

These are agenda items available on publishing deadline.  Additional items for agenda may be posted 24 hours prior to meeting at: Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains, Co-Op Mini Mart.

Helen Kahl, Clerk
Publish September 8, 2011

Agenda 9-12-2011

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS
Board of Supervisors
Monday, September 12, 2011,  7:30 P.M.
Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd.,
Blue Mounds, WI   53517

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, Sep 12, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd, Blue Mounds WI  53517.
Agenda:
*Minutes of the August 8, 2011, meeting
*Update, Copier Replacement
*Vacancy on Land Use Committee, Possible Appointment
*Report on August 23, 2011, Meeting at Minitube Regarding
HWY     E Reconstruction
*Report on DCTA Annual Membership Meeting Aug 17
*Report on Clerk’s Conference
*Upcoming Training/Meetings—Sep 13 & 19
*Employee Grievance Policy
*Set Date for Budget Work Meeting
*Report of Bldg. and Grounds Committee
*Land Use Committee report
*Road maintenance report
*Fire District report, Annual Meeting Sep 28
*Approval of bills and review of correspondence received

These are agenda items available on publishing deadline.  Additional items for agenda may be posted 24 hours prior to meeting at: Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains, Co-Op Mini Mart.

Helen Kahl, Clerk
Publish September 8, 2011

 

Agenda 10-10-2011

pending

 

Minutes 10-10-2011

Unapproved Minutes

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS
TOWN BOARD MEETING

October 10, 2011

Dennis Jelle opened the meeting at 7:30 p.m. Also present were Clerk, Helen Kahl, Nancy Goplin, Treasurer and Supervisors John Brixy and Al Antonson.

Helen read the minutes of the September 12, 2011, meeting. John moved to approve, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Helen presented Resolution 2011-1 Grievance Procedure for Town of Blue Mounds. It was based on the Wisconsin Towns Association template. John moved to adopt the resolution as presented. Al seconded. Motion passed 3-0.

Josh Jiru did not appear to inform us of his plans for a liquor license application for the Century Barn, Blue Mounds Equine Center. We discussed the fact that the Cave of the Mounds is also making plans and we would want to talk to them to be sure they were still thinking of applying, before we would entertain any other application. The town has one liquor license available.

DCTA current issues. Dennis informed the audience of the fact that a permit is now needed for any accessory building of 120 sq ft or larger. The issue of the wheel tax proposed by a Madison supervisor was discussed. There is a movement to make sure it comes before voters in the same way the RTA did so county residents have a way to speak out on it. Dennis will talk to Jerry Derr and Hazelbaker at the Dane Co Towns Association to work toward getting a resolution against the wheel tax.

Dennis announced the Budget workshop meeting next Monday evening Oct 17, at 7:30 p.m.

Building and grounds: New lettering on the doors and ceiling repair will be done soon.

Land use committee. There is a buyer for the Darrow property. They’ve put in an application to have it annexed to the Village of Mt. Horeb. Dennis will meet with the villaqe administrator Friday to determine where Sand Rock Rd ends for the township. Right now it’s not a clear cut ending. There was also a discussion regarding delinquent personal property taxes for the Darrow property. The county wants their money and Nancy was instructed to write a letter to Bob Darrow to see what the response would be.

Road report. Dan presented a proposal for tree trimming for Boley. He plans to do it for about 2 days at about $200/hr. Al gave an update on the HWY E extension proposal. If Minitube and DOR agree on negotiations for land acquisition, it should still go forward next year. Al is still concerned about the detour of traffic onto Fertile Ridge Road. It is a dangerous intersection. The town will not be taking over HWY E as a town road. Dan reported that all the gravel roads are rolled.

Fire district report. The budget was passed with no increase to the taxpayers. The actual budget is increased, but because revenue is up with billings for ambulance service, the income will take care of the increases. Roof replacement is inevitable and at this point the estimates are near $100,000.
Al moved to approve the bills, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

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

Respectfully Submitted,
Helen Kahl, Clerk

 

Agenda 11-14-2011

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS
Board of Supervisors
Monday, November 14, 2011, Approx 8:00 p.m.
Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd.,
Blue Mounds, WI 53517

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, Nov 14, 2011, at approximately 8 p.m., following the 7:30 budget and levy meetings (notices published in Mt. Horeb Mail Oct 28 and Nov 4) at the Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd, Blue Mounds WI 53517.
Agenda:
*Minutes of the Oct 10, 2011, meeting
*Discussion and vote on proposed county wheel tax or vehicle registration fee
*Approve Bond for Treasurer to Collect Taxes
*DCTA Current Issues, Including Interoperable Radio System Agreement
*Report of Bldg. and Grounds Committee
*Land Use Committee report
*Road maintenance report
*Fire District report
*Approval of bills and review of correspondence received

The above meetings are open to the public. These are agenda items available on publishing deadline. Additional agenda items will be posted at least 24 hours before the meeting at the Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains, Co-Op Mini Mart.

Helen Kahl, Clerk
Publish November 10, 2011

 

Minutes 11-14-2011

Unapproved Minutes

 

Town of Blue Mounds Board of Supervisors

Budget Hearing

Monday, November 14, 2011

Dennis Jelle, Chairman, opened the meeting at 7:30 p.m.  Also present were Treasurer Nancy Boplin, Clerk Helen Kahl  and Supervisors John Brixy and Al Antonson.  Dennis asked Helen to explain the budget proposal.  She first indicated that the budget hearing had been properly published at least 15 days before the meeting with two weeks’ consecutive notice.  The Board met on October 17 to work out the budget numbers.  This year’s expenditures are right in line with the budget and few changes were made to next year’s proposed budget.  Because reserves were recently used to pay off two loans totaling about $37,700, the line item for principal and interest could be reduced considerably for next year.  This was used to increase the road budget slightly.  With the new truck, it is hoped that repairs will also be down and this line item was reduced as well.  A budget of $422,037 was proposed.   John Brixy moved to accept the budget as presented.  Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

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

Special Town Meeting to Adopt the Levy

Monday November 14, 2011

Dennis Jelle, Chairman opened the meeting at 7:40 p.m.  Also present were Treasurer Nancy Goplin, Clerk Helen Kahl, and Supervisors John Brixy and Al Antonson.  Helen presented the levy amount of $262,275, which is the same as last year and the year before. The Board were the only town residents at the meeting.  Al Antonson moved to accept the levy of $262,275, John Brixy seconded.  Motion passed 5-0.

John Brixy moved to adjourn the Special Town meeting.  Al Antonson seconded, motion passed 5-0.

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS

TOWN BOARD MEETING

November 14, 2011

Dennis Jelle opened the meeting at 7:45 p.m.   Also present were Clerk, Helen Kahl, Nancy Goplin, Treasurer and Supervisors John Brixy and Al Antonson.

Helen read the minutes of the October 10, 2011, meeting.   Several corrections were mentioned, John moved to approve as corrected, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Regarding the proposed County Wheel Tax.  It is being voted on tonight at the county.  John Brixy put together a Resolution, #2011-2, opposing the wheel tax. Dennis indicated that as written, this resolution was informative to read especially regarding previous county-assessed taxes, such as the ½% sales tax instigated in 1991, to build a jail.  The jail is built and the county budget problem is not solved and the tax is still being assessed.  At the DCTA meeting, 24 towns were present and 24 were opposed.  The board mentioned several township taxpayers who would be severely affected.  Al moved to approve the resolution.  John seconded, with a couple typo corrections, motion passed 3-0.

Ordinance 10, Exemption from Treasurer’s Bond.  Each year we’ve had to revisit this so Nancy can pick up the taxes.  Helen created a document which can be used either permanently or renewed annually.  After some discussion, John moved to make the Bond permanent, as long as Nancy Goplin is Treasurer.  Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Interoperable Radio System Agreement.  The county would like this back by December 22.  Dennis believes the agreement we have is not the final one.  The DCTA voted that 80% of the towns must agree with this or it cannot go forward.  There is too much unknown regarding the division of costs and levying power at this point.  Dennis indicated that our fire department will have additional ongoing costs in order to take advantage of the system.

Building and Grounds.  Dan was not at the meeting and the only thing Dennis knew of was that Dan wants to create a berm on the rectangle of grass east of the parking area on the east side of the building.  He has some dirt from a road project which he would use for this.  John moved to allow Dan to create the berm, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.  Also, Dennis is concerned that Wisconsin Glass has not responded to his phone calls regarding the leaking windows.  He will continue to pursue.

Land Use Committee.  Dennis is trying to contact Tom Hansen to get the committee together early next year to have a presentation about the new Farmland Preservation program.

Road maintenance report.  There was a complaint from residents on Straubhaar Rd because there are potholes.  They will be fixed soon.

Fire District Report.  The new deputy chief, Jeff Duppler, is working on an employee handbook.  Also, the fire department has requested the townships to survey all private driveways, so the department knows where there are problems with clearance due to trees or brush, or bridges that cannot accommodate the bigger equipment.  Dennis will work with Dan on this project.

Correspondence:

Helen showed the Board updated Village of Mt.Horeb Comprehensive Plan maps.  There was no indication of where the change was.

Helen reported that the county is proceeding to demolish the addition on the Andrew Graves home, so that it does not encroach the neighbor’s property.  Dennis feels this should be looked at further and another way of addressing this problem should be found.

DCTA issued a survey for the towns to complete in order to better serve them.  Each board member has a copy and we will put it on the December agenda.

Al moved to approve the bills, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

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

Respectfully Submitted,

Helen Kahl, Clerk

Agenda 12-12-2011

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS

Board of Supervisors

Monday, December 12, 2011, 7:30 p.m.

Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd.,

Blue Mounds, WI   53517

 

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 10566 Blue Vista Rd, Blue Mounds WI  53517.

Agenda:

*Minutes of the Nov 14, 2011, meeting

*Approval of Election Workers

*Dane County Towns Association Survey, Compile Results

*Proposed Revisions to the A-B (Agriculture Business) zoning district

*Interoperable Radio System Agreement, Discuss and Vote

*Announcement of Land Use Committee Special Public Meeting re: Farmland

Preservation

*Report of Bldg. and Grounds Committee

*Land Use Committee report

*Road maintenance report

*Fire District report

*Approval of bills and review of correspondence received

 

The above meeting is open to the public.  These are agenda items available on publishing deadline.  Additional agenda items will be posted at least 24 hours before the meeting at the Town Hall, Mt. Horeb Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains, Co-Op Mini Mart.

 

Helen Kahl, Clerk

Publish December 8, 2011

 

Minutes 12-12-2011

Unapproved Minutes

 

TOWN OF BLUE MOUNDS

TOWN BOARD MEETING

December 12, 2011

Dennis Jelle opened the meeting at 7:30 p.m.   Also present were Clerk, Helen Kahl, and Supervisors John Brixy and Al Antonson.

Helen read the minutes of the November 14, 2011, meeting.   Several corrections were mentioned, John moved to approve as corrected, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

John moved to amend the agenda to move the Interoperable Radio System to the next agenda item.  Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Regarding Dane Com, John indicated he had two questions of DCTA and the County that have not yet been answered.  One, since the county has not proven to supply all the funding for this service, the law allows for local municipalities to be able to levy in order to pay for it, but the DOR has not yet answered this question.  This affects the towns because we have 3 years of payments and our amounts go up every year.  The payments for Town of Blue Mounds as scheduled would be 2012-$466; 2013-$927; 2014-$1831.  After that they’re supposedly going to come up with a plan based on use.  The second unanswered issue, presented by John was a proposal he made on Nov 9 at the DCTA that the county forgo land purchases for the next 3 years, funneling that money toward basic services such as this radio system.  His proposal was never discussed by the county.  The county needs 28 towns out of 34 to approve.  At this point, if 3 more towns vote no, the proposal is dead.  This would force the county and the Towns Association to have a debate over this before the December 22 deadline which could force the county to provide these basic services rather than purchasing more land.  Dennis also indicated that this system will leave some areas without coverage because of the hills and valleys of this area.  However, federal regulations indicate the system we have now is obsolete.  John mentioned that a one year contract would be more agreeable so that the county would have to come to the table each year to renegotiate the amount they would put in to the project for that year.  John moved that we vote against the Intergovernmental Agreement  Between Dane County and Other Municipalities Within Dane County Creating a County-Wide Interoperable VHF-Based Emergency Radio System Known as “DaneCom” as has been presented as of this date, December 12, 2011.  Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Helen presented the list of pollworkers for approval.  They are:  Pat Hefty, Darlene Reeson, Cathie Jensen, Kathy Brock, Donna Bigler, Pat Phillips, Helen Ladwig, Faye Morse, Joyce Boness Jill Jonas, Lynn Carrol, Carol Riphahn, Laura Miller, Pat Rhyner, and Kay Hansen.  Al moved to approve, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Dane County Towns Association Survey.  The supervisors collaborated to complete a survey for the DCTA.  Helen will scan and send them the results.

Proposed Revisions to the A-B (Agriculture Business) zoning district.  Small scale farming operations which have been required to be commercial, would now qualify for A-B zoning which would give them farmland preservation credits and there would be tax benefits as well.  Al moved to approve the draft as it stands, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.

Land Use Committee Special Public Meeting regarding Farmland Preservation has been set for Tuesday, January 10 at 7:00 p.m.  Brian Standing from the County Planning and Zoning will make a presentation and be available for questions and discussion.  It was suggested we invite neighboring communities, Perry, Vermont, and Primrose.  Helen will send the clerks of those townships an email.  Also, Joen Meylor is working with Tom Hansen for a site visit for Jan 7 and will be on the Board agenda on Jan 9.

Bldg and Grounds, nothing.  Dennis has not yet received a call back from Wisconsin Glass, he will continue to pursue.

Road maintenance report.  Dennis noticed a lot of the patching is failing.  Dan will check those areas.

Fire district report.  Dan has been trying to get information from the fire department about surveying the private driveways.  Basically he needs to determine if you can get in to a property, is there clearance for emergency vehicles?

Correspondence.  From Department of Natural Resources.  Notification of Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program acquisition of 35.5 acres in the Township.  The DNR wants a resolution saying we support these kind of stewardship program acquisitions.   We will put this on the agenda for January.

John moved to pay the bills, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.

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

Helen Kahl, Clerk