Johnsburg Sanitary District
Tuesday, November 14 2006
TIME: 9:00 a.m.
LOCATION: at the Taycheedah Town Hall
1. Call to order.
2. Approval of minutes of the 10/3/06 meeting.
3. Discuss operational issues.
4. Status report on connections.
5. Report on AgriLand Coop building plans.
6. Consideration and possible action to penalize property owners for failure to complete connections.
7. Review of remaining treatment plant capacity.
8. Discuss a possible sewer extension on Meyer Court.
9. Discuss the draft Operation & Maintenance Agreement with Taycheedah Sanitary District No. 1.
10. Consideration and possible action to establish the 2006 tax levy-payable 2007.
11. Review remaining grant funds.
12. Approval of District bills.
13. Schedule the next meeting.
14. Commissioner’s reports and comments.
Brenda A. Schneider
District Recording Secretary
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The Johnsburg Sanitary District Commission met on Tuesday, November 14th, 2006, at 9:00 a.m., at the Taycheedah Town Hall, for the purpose of conducting the November monthly meeting. Members present were President Franz Schmitz, Commissioners Dennis Lefeber and Ken Schneider and Recording Secretary Brenda Schneider.
1. Call to order. President Schmitz called the meeting to order at 9:01 a.m.
2. Approval of meeting minutes. The Commission reviewed the minutes of the 10/3/06 meeting. It was noted that Item #8, Discuss the draft Operation & Maintenance Agreement with Taycheedah Sanitary District No. 1, was not intended to be a definitive list of agreeable charges. The discussion was meant as a starting point. Hearing no objections, the President declared the minutes approved a presented.
3. Discuss operational issues. The Schneiderhans have noticed an odor problem. Brian Schmitz will be asked to evaluate the complaint.
4. Status report on connections. The report was as follows: 113 permits have been issued. All 113 structures are connected. The inspectors report that one of the homes has a shower in the basement that needs to be re-plumbed into the sewer and the second home needs to install a proper sump pit. The Commission had established an August 15th deadline for the completion of this work. The Commission will be updated at the next meeting.
5. Report on Agri-Coop building plans. The Commission acknowledged receipt of notification from Agri-Land Coop that plans to construct a bathroom are on hold due to the weak farm economy.
6. Consideration and possible action to penalize property owners for failure to complete connections. Section 6.05(A) states in summary that Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this Ordinance or rules or regulations of the District;…or who shall violate any provisions of the Wisconsin Statutes, Wisconsin Administrative Codes…shall upon conviction thereof forfeit not less than $100.00 nor more than $1,000 and the costs of prosecution. Each day shall constitute a violation. The Commission will await the inspectors’ reports before taking such action.
7. Review of remaining treatment plant capacity. Johnsburg Sanitary District purchased 138 RUEs of capacity from the Town of Taycheedah. The District currently has allocated 119.5 RUEs to existing structures. The District has also allocated 5 RUEs to existing laterals to vacant lots. The District has 13.5 RUEs remaining in yet to be identified service locations for the next fourteen years. The Town of Taycheedah currently owns 420 RUEs of capacity. The consensus of the Commission was to investigate the cost of purchasing additional capacity from the Town of Taycheedah.
8. Discuss a possible sewer extension on Meyer Court. Jason Meyer is investigating the possibility of creating eight lots at the end of Meyer Court. Mr. Meyer has determined that the sewer extension would easily flow by gravity into the existing system. The following issues would need to be addressed: the property is not in any sanitary district, the property would need to be rezoned for residential development and East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning would need to be contacted regarding the approval of an extension. It was noted that all costs for the extension, including permits and inspections, would be borne by the developer. Mr. Meyer will evaluate his options and report to the Commission.
9. Discuss the draft Operation & Maintenance Agreement with Taycheedah Sanitary District No. 1. The District’s draft agreement was submitted to Taycheedah Sanitary District No. 1 in August 2005. Earlier this year, TSD#1 submitted a counter-offer to Attorney John St. Peter. The Commission intends to have a joint agreement with all of the districts. Franz’s written comments regarding the counter-offer have been submitted to TSD#1. TSD#1 met with their attorney in closed session on more than one occasion to review the comments. The Commission will await a response from TSD#1’s legal counsel, Attorney Marty DeVries. President Schmitz believes we need to define, “What is a shared sewer?”
10. Consideration and possible action to establish the 2006 tax levy-payable 2007. Dennis Lefeber motioned to levy $28,000 against all property within the District, seconded by Ken Schneider. Motion carried (3-0).
11. Review remaining grant funds. Rural Development is holding $27,244.00 in grant funds for the District. The funds will be applied to a few of the District’s outstanding obligations. The District has asked for reimbursement of $13,470.61 for the District’s share of the Luco Road lift station and reimbursement of $5,042.73 for the District’s share of the SSES study. Grant funds remaining would then be $8,730.66. Rural
November 14th, 2006 Johnsburg Sanitary District 2.
Development will consider authorizing the application of a portion of the remaining funds to cost-sharing with
the Calumet Fire Dept. for the purchase of safety equipment if an agreement is approved between the parties that would outline the equipment to be purchased and its costs, the storage of the equipment, access to and repair of the equipment and future replacement of the equipment. The Fire Dept. has been informed of Rural Development’s stipulations and is currently considering the offer to cost-share in the purchase of the equipment.
12. Approval of District bills. Dennis Lefeber motioned to settle the outstanding legal fees by paying half of the disputed balance of $1,736.76, seconded by Ken Schneider. Motion carried (3-0). Dennis Lefeber motioned to approve the bills totaling $3,781.99 (order nos. 95-103) with the addition of $868.88 for legal fees, seconded by Ken Schneider. Motion carried (3-0).
13. Schedule the next meeting. The next meetings are scheduled for December 5th and January 2nd, 9:00 a.m..
14. Commissioners’ reports and comments. The Commission needs to evaluate the pros and cons of approving a sewer extension on Meyer Court.
15. Adjournment. The President declared the meeting adjourned at 11:17 a.m.
Brenda A. Schneider
District Recording Secretary
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