Town of Blue Mounds
Board of Supervisors
January 13, 2014
Dennis Jelle, Chairman, opened the meeting at 7:30p.m. Also present were Supervisors, Al Antonson and John Brixy, Clerk, Helen Kahl and Treasurer, Nancy Goplin.
Helen read the minutes of the December 9, 2013 meeting. Al moved to approve, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.
John moved to move the Building and Grounds and Road Maintenance Report to the end of the meeting before the approval of bills according to the Chairman’s discretion. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Todd Osborne, Cross Plains, was present to introduce himself as candidate for Dane County Board from the 28th District. He’s concerned about the county budget, especially concerning debt at thecounty. The proposed Blue Skies Iniative, he feels, strips local control from zoning. He feels it will stop economic development and expansion of any water and sewer districts, which will halt any commercial building outside of current service for 50 years.
Public hearing on Resolution 2013-1 to Discontinue Beghin Road. Attorney Mark Rooney appeared to refresh the board on the actual rezoning and the reason for the petition to discontinue the driveway into the property as a town road. He pointed out that this driveway does not meet the 66′ requirement as a town road as was specified in the document filed in July 21, 1868, as a 3 rod wide road. It would be a discontinuance similar to those happening in neighboring municipalities of single residence driveways. Pam Pennington, owner of the property in question, provided pictures of the road and property boundaries, etc.
Bob Skogen, neighbor, commented that the circle isn’t up to town road specs, even though the board accepted it. He feels there is an issue with the property line according to the CSM, saying the property line indicates some of that road is on his property. He stated it would affect their property value. He feels the board should meet with Grenlie and Bob at the property and have Grenlie point out the property line. Mark Rooney argued that the line does not encroach on Pennington’s driveway and by discontinuing the town road there would be no economic hardship on any party. John tried to determine what economic hardship would occur to Skogen if the town road is abandoned. He continued to argue that it is partly on their property and they want the road to stay a town road to access their property. Dennis closed the public hearing and asked the board for its opinion on the discontinuance. John sees no reason to hold this up. John moved to vacate the town road, Al seconded, motion carries 3-0. John moved that the town continue to maintain the road for at least 30 days as a courtesy as well as giving time for all documents to be filed. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Helen presented the bids for the truck loan renewal from State Bank of Cross Plains and Farmers Bank. Cross Plains’ bid was somewhat lower than Farmers and they waived any closing fees. John moved to stay with SBCP 4 years at 1.34%. Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Dennis announced the public meeting on January 20 at 7:30p.m. to discuss the possible abandonment of single residence town roads. Helen has posted the notice twice in the Mt. Horeb Mail and also in the tax bill letter sent to all land owners.
The annual meeting will be on April 21, at 7:00, with the board meeting to follow.
Update on Zwettler Road situation: Dennis has requested pictures from the police report. Once he has them, he will work with Pam Lunder to contact the logging company’s insurance company.
Update on pending legislation. There is more legislation out about zoning and land use issues. John Brixy is trying to get the bill on the floor that would allow townships to withdraw from county zoning.
Land Use and Comprehensive Plan. Dana Bowar has contacted us and picked up an application for a CUP for the quarry on HWY E and W Blue Mounds Road. Tom Hansen has his phone number and will contact him regarding a site visit and at this time he is on the February agenda. Helen talked to Roger Lane and they are sending out 10 copies of Chapter 10 for the Land Use Committee and Board.
Independent Inspections. Helen announced they will be increasing their fees, which they haven’t done for 6 years. This will affect people who build or remodel their property. The town will continue to receive 10% of the fees. Dennis signed the document approving this increase.
Town n Country, Dennis talked to them about showing on their statements, when you have a dumpster, a credit for the amount they pay on their tax bill. They will begin to do that for those residents.
John made a motion that a letter be sent to Accurate Appraisal that they come to a public meeting to explain their error. The error resulted in most of a 10% increase in taxes for every parcel in the township. The state’s process is that next year our equalized value will reduced by double the amount it was errantly increased this year, and then the following year get back to where we should be in the first place. The board feels we should demand they send a notice to taxpayers. It will affect folks who may sell or buy property in the township in the next couple years, as well as those who escrow their taxes with their mortgage payment. Al seconded with the addition ofwithholding Accurate Appraisal’s monthly payment until we have town board satisfaction. Motion passed 3-0. Dennis will call Accurate and speak to their President and report back to the board on their discussion.
Fire district report. Process of a new fire station is being worked on very slowly.
Road Maintenance. Al suggested we will probably be short on sand and salt and our fuel budget will be over as well.
Helen gave the board the final numbers for 2013, showing a balance of$65,760.97. Al also suggested we pay the whole 2014 budget for debt repayment, $17,000, when we renew the loan this month. All agreed we should be fine even with a payment in August. The board was in agreement.
Al moved to pay bills of $854,549.91. Helen pointed out that this includes the 1st half of levies being paid to schools, county, state, and technical colleges.
John seconded, motion passed 3-0. John made a motion to adjourn, rescheduling the employee review to Friday, Jan 17 at noon. Al seconded. Motion passed 3-0. Helen will post the meeting.
John moved to adjourn, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Respectfully submitted, Helen Kahl, Clerk