Monday, September 9 2013
TIME: 7:30 pm
LOCATION: at the Taycheedah Town Hall
Call to order.
Pledge of Allegiance.
Approval of meeting minutes.
Park & Rec.
Road Supervisor's Report.
Review financial reports.
Approval of town bills.
1. Edge the Ledge 2013
2. Discuss road construction projects yet to be completed by the developer.
a. Hawk's Landing.
b. Raven View Estates.
c. Rosenthal Court.
d. Sand Hill Ridge.
e. Sandy Beach Business Park.
f. Windward Estates.
1. Discuss complaint pertaining to an obstructed watercourse filed by
Anthony Kohlman, Jeff Bord and Bill Engel.
2. Discuss the discharge of firearms in residential areas.
3. Certified Survey Maps.
Public comments and questions pertaining to town business
Brenda A. Schneider, Clerk
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MONTHLY BOARD MEETING
SEPTEMBER 9, 2013
TAYCHEEDAH TOWN HALL
Members present were Chairman Jerry Guelig, Supervisors John Abler, Clarence Kraus, Tim Simon and Mike Wirtz. Also present were Clerk Brenda Schneider, Treasurer Kathy Diederich and Assessor William Huck, Sr.
Call to order and Pledge of Allegiance:
Chairman Guelig called the meeting to order at 7:30 pm. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Approval of Meeting Minutes:
Motion by Clarence Kraus, second by John Abler, to approve the minutes of the 8/12/13 meeting. Motion carried (5-0).
Park & Rec Committee: No report was presented.
Road Maintenance Supervisor Report:
Mike Sabel was excused. Chairman Guelig reported that blacktopping will be completed soon. The Department will soon begin ditch cutting and they have bee working on miscellaneous repairs in preparation for winter.
Review the financial reports:
The August financial reports were reviewed.
Approval of Town bills:
Motion by Tim Simon, second by Mike Wirtz, to approve the bills as presented (order nos. 416-455). Motion carried (5-0).
#1 Edge the Ledge. Gloria West, the event promoter was present. The Board expressed displeasure with this year's event. Several rules contained in the Park Use Policy were violated. They discussed the use of pick- up trucks which caused trail damage, unlicensed beer distribution, and the removal of the north gate from its hinges for the second year in a row which remained open for days providing access to an area regulated by a permit through the DNR. It was also noted that it had rained for two days prior to the event yet the promoter did not implement alternative parking. The trail damage was recently repaired at a cost of $1,400. Nothing was ever done to the lawn damage.
The Board requested a copy of the financial disclosure for this year's event. The promoter was informed that a bond/cash deposit and participant fee may be required in the future.
Ms. West was advised to return for the December meeting for consideration of any future events.
Ms. West commented that not aware of the prohibition regarding pick-up trucks in the Park. She added that they appreciate the Park and that participants love the event.
#2 Discuss road construction projects yet to be completed by the developer.
a. Hawk's Landing. Financial surety requested by written notice in October, 2012, was $103,750. A Letter of Credit in the amount of $94,500 has been received. It was noted that the LOC fails to meet the minimum. Also, the Town's legal counsel supports the Town's opinion that the developer is responsible for repairs to the asphalt base and shoulders until such time as the construction is complete and accepted by the Town. The Board directed Staff to obtain a current estimate for the project, including the repairs needed and to provide written notice to the Developer and their bank to increase the amount of the bond to cover all related expenses and re- iterate the developer's responsibility to maintain the existing surface.
b. Raven View Estates. Financial surety requested by written notice in October, 2012, was $93,750. A Letter of Credit, in the amount requested, was received and will expire 11/10/2013. The Developer and his bank have been notified of the Board's directive to renew the Letter of Credit for another year.
c. Rosenthal Court. Financial surety requested by written notice in October, 2012, was $21,250. It was noted that bonding was never received for this project. The Town completed the work this summer. There is no known resolution with the developer. Mr. Rosenthal was present. He stated that he is waiting for completion of his verbal open records request.
d. Sand Hill Ridge. Financial surety requested by written notice in October, 2012, was $87,500. It was noted that bonding was never received for this project. On 7/8/13, the Town Board took formal action to suspend building permits for new construction until such time as the road construction is complete or financial surety is received. Recent communication from Signature Homes and their bank indicate that a Letter of Credit is in process.
e. Sandy Beach Business Park. Financial surety requested by written notice in October, 2012, was $187,500. A Letter of Credit, in the amount requested, was received and will expire 11/19/2013. The Board directed the Clerk to notify the developer and the bank to renew the Letter of Credit for another year. Don & Denise Palkovich, owners of D'Signs Unlimited and I-Deal Auto, expressed a need to have the work completed as soon as possible. The gravel is damaging their asphalt, the stones end up in the ditch and the dust is a problem. They noted that there are three businesses on the road now and another one expected soon. Chairman Guelig will direct the Road Maintenance Supervisor to obtain an updated quote for the project and the needed repairs. Guelig also indicated that he will continue to try to make contact with Brent Schumacher.
f. Windward Estates. Financial surety requested by written notice in October, 2012, was $162,500. A Letter of Credit in the amount of $75,000 was received and will expire 12/1/2013. On 7/8/13, the Town Board took formal action to suspend building permits for new construction until such time as the construction is complete or increased financial surety is received. It was brought to the Town's attention that the estimate included the City half of the development. The estimate was revised to $90,026.09. A Letter of Credit in the amount of $112,532.61 was received on or about August 30th.
#1 Discuss complaint pertaining to an obstructed watercourse filed by Anthony Kohlman, Jeff Bord and Bill Engel. Chairman Guelig commented that the upstream landowners have cleaned the silt from their portions of the ditch. Guelig noted that Jack Koenigs began cleaning his section and that he has plans to finish the work once the area dries out.
CT Fields, representing Eugene Birschbach, responded that others created artificial waterways that were connected to the natural waterway that eventually drains into a pond on the Birschbach property. When the pond is full, water backs-up to the west. The pond acts a dam with an overflow.
Jeff Bord commented that the pond has silted full and is about one foot deep.
Chairman Guelig stressed the benefit of doing the work without a legal challenge; noting that engineering is not required. However, if the Town takes the matter to a court of law, the landowner(s) will be required to reimburse the Town for all legal and engineering expenses.
#2 Discuss the discharge of firearms in residential areas. Supervisor Abler emphasized to the members of the public that it was never intended by the Town Board to ban hunting town-wide or to take away anyone's right to own or shoot a gun. Abler recognized that one or more individuals may have caused the matter to be blown out of proportion.
Members of the public were further informed that the Town Board and Staff have been receiving complaints from neighbors for several years regarding one specific party. The party routinely discharges firearms from his Winnebago Drive lot into the Lake. The complaints encompass noise problems and a safety concerns. In response to a recent event, the party was issued a County citation for unnecessary noise.
A St. Peter resident suggested that if there is any legislation regulating firearms it should also include a prohibition on trapping. He's notice a significant decrease in wildlife in his area over the past few years.
Members of the public questioned the Board's right to restrict the right to bear arms, the impact of any ordinance on East Shore Conservation Club, whether any ordinance adopted would be used as a stepping stone for further limitations, whether the offending party is properly zoned for the operation of the gunsmithing business and whether a conditional use permit could be used as a mechanism of handling the problem.
The offending party's son was present. He indicated that his father has owned the property for over 60 years and has always goose hunted from shore. It was noted that the most recent incident was a few days before goose hunting season opened and that only steel shot can be shot into the Lake.
A neighbor of the offending party spoke about how peaceful her Lake property is with the exception of the shooting into the Lake at all times of the day. The party is constantly shooting at birds, squirrels, ducks, geese and rabbits. She is worried about her and her grandchildren's safety. She noted that her children will no longer visit her because of the shooting.
The offending party's son further noted that his father has not shot since the citation was issued. At the request of the Chairman, the son will attempt to persuade his father to cooperate and insist he go to the farm to shoot in the future.
No action was taken by the Board.
#3 Certified Survey Maps. None were presented.
Public Comments and Questions Pertaining to Town Business:
The Board heard comments and questions regarding a garbage pile behind a home on Cty. WH, a suggestion that the Town Board limit the number of participants involved with the Edge the Ledge event and to require a cash deposit for the event.
Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt reported on a few of the bills that are expected to hit the Assembly floor in October.
Motion by Jerry Guelig, second by Mike Wirtz, to adjourn the meeting at 8:50 p.m. Motion carried (5-0).
Brenda A. Schneider
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