Town of Blue Mounds
Board of Supervisors
February 10, 2014
Dennis Jelle, Chairman, opened the meeting at 7:30 p.m. Also present were Supervisors, Al Antonson and John Brixy, and Clerk, Helen Kahl. Treasurer, Nancy Goplin was unable to attend.
Helen read the minutes of the January 13, 2014 meeting. Al moved to approve, John seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Road Maintenance Report. We got the pictures from Dane County Sheriff’s Dept. for the Zwettler Road damage done by the logging company. Pam Lunder is writing a letter to the insurance company.
Report of Buildings and Grounds. No report. Helen mentioned she is having about 40-45 election workers from 4 municipalities for training tomorrow morning.
Public Comments and Questions. None.
Report on Public Meeting Jan 20 regarding abandonment of the roads. Helen summarized the minutes of that meeting. Al pointed out that most of the crowd that night did not favor abandoning driveways that are town roads. He mentioned that we should have a policy regarding adding town roads. He noted the road off E Blue Mounds Road where Paul Mason lives, as well as about 3 or 4 other residences. The residents may be willing to bring it up to town road standards. Helen will put it on the agenda for the April meeting.
Dana Bowar’s CUP petition is postponed to March.
Accurate Appraisal Special Meeting February 6. Accurate will come out with a letter saying what you paid as a result of the error. They will also have a letter for people to take to their bank regarding the effect on escrow payments. Dennis feels people should get the opportunity to get interest on the amount of the increase due to the error. Al feels we should keep it as simple as possible so it doesn’t get dragged out. Pete Riphahn suggested that if we have to use an attorney to get the exact amount of increase due to the error, their errors and omissions policy should pay the attorney fees and interest.
Dane Co OA26, John believes this amendment is as a result of one or two property owners in Town of Dunn who purchased property next to a mine and then became concerned that the mine might be reopened. He feels Miles entered it into the planning for the whole county because of this one situation. Dennis opposes it because the county will deny everything. Al opposes also based on the fact that it’s only for one year, too short a time. Helen was instructed to send a letter to Towns Association saying the state regulations should stand and each township should use the CUP procedure to handle mining requests on an individual, local basis. John moves to Disapprove this OA 26, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Helen announced that Independent Inspections is increasing their fees by 9.6% which is 1.6% per year over 6 years since their last increase. Joel Hefty inquired as to whether we check around at all for other inspection firms. There is a 60 day termination notice required to end the contract so we could ask for a request for proposal if we wanted to get other proposals. There have been no complaints about their service or fees.
Regarding legislation, John has mixed messages regarding getting the legislation to the floor. It needs a co-sponsor. He feels if the Towns Association came in and put a bit of pressure on someone from one of the senate districts to co-sponsor.
Towns Association training on March 1, John may attend, he will let me know.
Feb 19 is Towns Association meeting. Dennis will try to attend.
Regarding CARPC, Helen will contact Joe Ball to make a report to our board sometime in the next few months.
Land Use Committee has had no meetings and nothing planned. They have been tasked to study the small wind ordinance and comprehensive plan updates. There is interest in some land at Erbe Road and 18-151 for commercial land use, but we need to get our comprehensive plan commercial district firmed up first. Dennis will talk to Tom about getting the committee together.
Fire District Report. The district is replacing ambulance 38, will be ordering new truck and then in September they will order the box. Cost is approximately $161,000. It will go into service on Feb 1, 2015. Existing 38 will be sold. #40 will be 3 years old, and has 80,000 miles on it. A lengthy discussion on frustrations with DaneCom resulted in the board telling Helen to hold the county check for DaneCom’s maintenance fee until they have some better reports on the progress of coverage throughout the county.
Helen requested the board to meet one week later in March on the 17th. They approved and Helen will send a notice to MH Mail, on website, and over the email list.
Al moved to pay bills of $41,066.90 but hold the Dane Com check. John seconded, motion passed 3-0.
John moved to adjourn, Al seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Helen Kahl, Clerk