Monday, January 11 2010
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: at the Taycheedah Town Hall
Call to order.
Pledge of Allegiance.
Approval of meeting minutes.
Road Supervisor’s Report.
Review financial reports.
Approval of town bills.
1. Consideration and possible action pertaining to Fire Protection.
a. Calumet Volunteer Fire Dept. contract negotiations.
2. Amend Section 2-4-14 of the Town Code to modify or eliminate the citation powers of the Town Constable.
3. Adopt Board policy on the administration of Section 2-4-12(b)2 of the Town Code regarding Town Officer access to Town Attorney.
1. Annual review of salaries paid to sanitary district commissioners.
2. Designation of a Town of Taycheedah representative to participate in discussions pertaining to boundary negotiations and water.
3. Certified Survey Maps.
Public comments and questions pertaining to town business
Brenda A. Schneider, Clerk
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The Town Board of the Town of Taycheedah met on Monday, January 11th, 2010, at 7:30 p.m., at the Town Hall, for the purpose of conducting their January monthly meeting. Members present were Chairman Jerry Guelig, Supervisors John Abler, Clarence Kraus, Jim Rosenthal II, and Tim Simon, Clerk Brenda Schneider and Treasurer Kathy Diederich. Also present were Constable Bill Gius and Assessor Bill Huck.
Chairman Guelig called the meeting to order at 7:30 pm. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Tim Simon motioned to approve the minutes of the 12/14/09 meeting, seconded by John Abler. Motion carried (5-0).
Park & Rec Committee-Committee Chairman, Earl Jewett, reported that the sled hill/parking lot lights are operating. They are user-controlled to illuminate for a maximum of 90 minutes per activation. The lights will not operate after 10:00 p.m. Kiekhaefer Park will be one of the locations offering Ledge exploration opportunities during the Passport to the Ledge program. Events at Kiekhaefer Park will take place from 9:00 a.m. to noon on May 1st and Oct. 9th.
Road Maintenance Supervisor Report:
Mike Sabel, Road Supervisor, was excused.
Review the financial reports:
Treasurer Kathy Diederich reviewed the financial reports with the Board.
Approval of Town bills:
Jerry Guelig moved to approve the bills as presented (order nos. 1-53), seconded by John Abler. Motion carried (5-0).
Gary Sharpe, candidate for Circuit Court Judge, gave a brief presentation pertaining to his qualifications.
#1 Consideration and possible action pertaining to Fire Protection contracts.
a. Calumet Fire Dept. contract negotiations. The Town is awaiting return of an executed contract.
#2 Amend Section 2-4-14 of the Town Code to modify or eliminate the citation powers of the Town Constable. Constable Bill Gius presented a petition signed by more than 100 Town of Taycheedah residents directing the Board to not change the responsibilities or duties of the Town Constable and to not change the policy of access to the Town’s Attorney by elected officials of the Town of Taycheedah. Lengthy discussion and public comment was heard pertaining to the Board’s original intent to streamline use of the attorney for enforcement matters; the legal process and the court system; Section 1-2-5 of the Code also authorizes the Constable, Building Inspector and Permit Issuer to issue citations; the Constable’s issuance of 16 citations over the past 1.5 years; a summary of the violations cited; citations issued were in response to complaints received; the Constable’s use of verbal and written warnings; citations have generated revenue; the refusal by a majority of the Town Board to appoint a prosecuting attorney for citations issued to the Chairman causing the dismissal of the citations; unfair application of the rules; and concerns of creating a less lawful town. Jerry Guelig motioned to amend Section 2-4-14 by eliminating the Constable’s citation authority noted in subsection (b), seconded by Tim Simon. The Board discussed authorizing the Constable to issue citations for humane related violations; however, the motion was not amended for humane violations. Motion to delete subsection (b) carried (3-2). Nay-John Abler, Jim Rosenthal.
#3 Adopt Board policy on the administration of Section 2-4-12(b)2 of the Town code regarding Town Officer access to Town Attorney. The Constable reminded the Board of the petition noted in Item #2. Clarence Kraus motioned to establish a policy that Town Officials must contact the Town Chairman for permission prior to contacting the Town’s Attorney. If the Chairman is unavailable or unable to provide permission; the Clerk has approval authorization. The motion was seconded by Jerry Guelig. Motion carried (4-1). Nay-John Abler.
January 11th, 2010 Town Board 2.
#1 Annual review of salaries paid to sanitary district commissioners. Tim Simon motioned to sustain the sanitary district commissioner salaries at their current levels, seconded by Clarence Kraus. Commissioner Karen Schwengels requested that her salary be reduced by 50% for 2010 and returned to the current level in 2011 due to the current economic times. Ms. Schwengels was commended for her offer; however, no action was taken on her request. Motion to sustain the salaries carried (5-0).
#2 Designation of a Town of Taycheedah representative to participate in discussions pertaining to boundary negotiations and water. Jerry Guelig motioned to appoint Jerry Guelig, Clarence Kraus and Brenda Schneider as Town of Taycheedah representatives, seconded by John Abler. Motion carried (5-0).
#3 Certified Survey Maps. None were submitted.
Public comments and questions pertaining to town business:
Public comment was presented pertaining to concerns of conflict of interest acting on the Constable matter; disappointment that the Constable will no longer be able to handle complaints; that the ordinances are not being applied fairly; an accessory structure built in a front yard; business machinery stored at a house; a suggestion that the Board establish a reasonable time limit for public comment; a request that the Board consider a resolution opposing the State’s county-wide assessment proposal; and lack of limitations and specifications on berm construction.
Jerry Guelig motioned to adjourn the meeting at 9:20 p.m., seconded by Clarence Kraus. Motion carried (5-0).
Brenda A. Schneider, Clerk
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