Monday, December 8 2014
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
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.
Annual insurance review by Mike Immel, Rural Mutual Insurance Co.
1. Discuss road construction projects yet to be completed by the developer.
a. Windward Estates-Gibraltar Development, LLC.
2. Consideration and possible approval of a proposal for the installation of a zone damper in the Road Maintenance Supervisor's Office.
1. Consideration and possible renewal of a Kennel License, requested by Jim Feyen.
2. Report on Gladstone Beach Road speed reduction request.
3. Consideration and possible acceptance of a quote to strip and wax the Town Hall floor.
4. Certified Survey Maps.
5. Report on Implements of Husbandry.
6. Schedule a Workshop Meeting to discuss amendments to the Zoning Code.
7. Discuss the 2015 Budget allocation for Wages-Assistant Clerk.
1. Noise-W3675 Cty. WH
2. Nuisance debris-N8114 Glen Street.
Public comments and questions pertaining to town business
Brenda A. Schneider, Clerk
Please note, upon reasonable notice, efforts will be made to accommodate the needs of disabled individuals through appropriate aids and services. For additional information, or to request this service, please contact Brenda Schneider at 921-5224.
MONTHLY BOARD MEETING
DECEMBER 8, 2014
TAYCHEEDAH TOWN HALL
Members present were Chairman Jerry Guelig, Supervisors John Abler, Clarence Kraus and Tim Simon. Excused: Supervisor Jim Rosenthal. Also present were Clerk Brenda Schneider, Treasurer Kathy Diederich, Assessor Bill Huck and Constable Bill Gius.
Call to order and Pledge of Allegiance:
Chairman Guelig called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Approval of Meeting Minutes:
Motion by John Abler, second by Jerry Guelig, to approve the minutes of the 11/10/14 meeting. Motion carried (4-0).
Park & Rec Committee: Soil stabilization measures have been completed in a couple of areas of the Park.
Road Maintenance Supervisor Report:
Chairman Guelig reported that the plows are ready and that the Dept plans to complete a ditching project this fall. Also, the Department has been working on tree trimming with a rented brush mower.
Review the financial reports:
The November 2014 financial report was reviewed.
Approval of Town bills:
Motion by John Abler, second by Tim Simon, to approve the bills (order nos. 583-650). Motion carried (4-0).
Annual insurance review by Mike Immel, Rural Mutual Insurance, Co.
#1 Discuss road construction projects yet to be completed by the developer. Letters informing the developers of the Board's position to complete these projects during the 2014 season were sent on or about April 30th. The following is a status report of each project:
a. Windward Estates. Windward Estates needs the final coat and shouldering. The Town's 2014 estimate to complete the project is $122,800. The Letter of Credit, in the amount of $112,553, will expire on 12/1/14.
The renewed letter of credit was received, in an amount of $132,435.50, with an expiration of 12/1/15. The developer has been informed of the Board's decision to extend the option for the developer to complete the project prior to July 1, 2015, noting that if the developer fails to complete the project by July 1, 2015, the Town will draw on the Letter of Credit.
#2 Consideration and possible approval of a proposal for the installation of a zone damper in the Road Maintenance Supervisor's Office. The following bids were submitted: Groeschel Co-$1,942.00; and Advanced Custom Geothermal-$775.00. No formal action was taken. The Board wants to research the effectiveness of an electric space heater.
#1 Consideration and possible renewal of a Kennel License, requested by Jim Feyen. Motion by Clarence Kraus, second by John Abler, to approve the renewal of Mr. Feyen's Kennel License. Motion carried (4-0).
#2 Report on Gladstone Beach Road speed reduction request. The Board intends to post advisory 25 mph signs beginning at Gladstone Beach Road and Blue Gill Drive.
#3 Consideration and possible acceptance of a quote to strip and wax the Town Hall floor. Guardian One Source Maintenance submitted a quote of $640 to strip, clean and wax the floor. Motion by Jerry Guelig, second by John Abler, to accept Guardian's quote for said work. Motion carried (4-0).
#4 Certified Survey Maps. A Certified Survey Map was submitted on behalf of Mike & Jane Steinke, creating Lot 1, consisting of 2.085 acres, located in the NE 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of Section 9, Town of Empire; and Outlot 1, consisting of 0.78 acres in the SE 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of Section 4, Town of Taycheedah. Legal counsel has reviewed the CSM. Motion by Clarence Kraus, second by Tim Simon, to approve the CSM as presented. Motion carried (4-0).
A Certified Survey Map was submitted on behalf of Andrew J Kraus, creating Lot 1, consisting of 5.074 acres, located in the SW 1/4 of the SW 14/ of Section 26. Motion by Tim Simon, second by Clarence Kraus, to approve the CSM as presented. Motion carried (4-0).
#5 Report on Implements of Husbandry. The County has selected Option A-Do Nothing, at this time. Motion by Clarence Kraus, second by John Abler, to be consistent with the County. Motion carried (4-0). It is believed that the Town would still need to issue permits. Further information is needed.
#6 Schedule a Workshop Meeting to discuss amendments to the Zoning Code. A Workshop Meeting was scheduled for Monday, January 12, 2015, at 5:30 p.m.
#7 Discuss the 2015 Budget allocation for Wages-Assistant Clerk. In the fall of 2012, Clerk Brenda Schneider deputized her assistant for the primary purpose of being authorized to initial absentee ballots for the upcoming Presidential Election. The Wisconsin Towns Association recently published an article stating, in part, that The appointing officer is responsible to compensate the deputy. The article further states, Although a town board cannot be forced to provide compensation to a deputy officer, the town board could in its discretion elect to do that.
Attorney Matt Parmentier submitted the following opinion: We reviewed the statutes regarding whether a Town Clerk is responsible to pay the salary of a deputy clerk. We agree with the Towns Association that a clerk is responsible to pay the deputy clerk's salary unless the Town Board adopts a resolution declaring that it will be responsible to pay the deputy clerk's salary. The statutory basis for the Towns Association's interpretation (and ours) is Wis. Stats. Sec. 60.331 that says a clerk may appoint a deputy "for whom the Town Clerk is responsible." The Towns Association interprets "responsibility" to include payment unless the Town Board approves otherwise.
There remained different interpretations of the above noted opinions amongst the Board members and the Treasurer as to whether or not the Town can allocate funds to compensate a deputy clerk. Chairman Guelig will ask the attorney for further clarification.
#1 Noise-W3675 Cty. WH. A neighbor to the Welsch Restaurant & Ale House continues to struggle with the noise emitted by the kitchen exhaust fans. It was reported that the fan system was installed in May of 2011. The neighbor has documented the start and stop times. She noted that during the summer, the fan runs 24 hours a day. She added that she was unaware of the replacement of the exhaust fan motors and has not noticed a difference in the noise.
On September 10, 2012, the Town Board amended the Code of Ordinances, Section 13-1-121, Noise, to reduce the decibel level during the day from 75 dBa to 55 dBa, and during the night from 70 dBa to 50 dBa for residential district. And the commercial district was identified as 60 dBa during the day and 55 dBa at night. Day is defined as 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Chairman Guelig reported that he has made contact with an individual who has access to a decibel meter.
#2 Nuisance debris-N8114 Glen Street. Chairman Guelig reported that the owner of the Glen Street property is not ad versed to help and is willing to pay for assistance. Chairman Guelig is working on obtaining quotes for lawn care service.
Public Comments and Questions Pertaining to Town Business:
Bill Gius publicly thanked Jim Feyen for clearing fallen trees from the trails in Kiekhaefer Park.
The Board heard comments that for every $1 of natural gas used for heating, you will spend $3 on electricity; and a suggestion the photos on the Town's website be updated with agriculturally-related scenes from the area.
Motion by Jerry Guelig, second by John Abler, to adjourn the meeting at 8:08 p.m. Motion carried (4-0).
Brenda A. Schneider, Clerk
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