Tuesday, October 13 2015
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: at the Taycheedah Town Hall
Call to order.
Pledge of Allegiance.
Approval of meeting minutes.
Park & Rec. Advisory Council
Road Supervisor's Report.
Review financial reports.
Approval of Town bills.
1. Deadwood Point drainage.
1. Consideration and possible acceptance of a 3-year Agreement for fire protection services to be provided by Mt. Calvary Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.
2. Consideration and possible acceptance of a 3-year Agreement for fire protection services to be provided by Town of Calumet Volunteer Fire Department.
3. Consideration and possible approval of a wedding in Kiekhaefer Park on June 25th, 2016.
4. Consideration and possible approval of a cost-share for the installation of a tornado siren requested by the Town of Calumet.
5. Discuss the use of funds donated to the Calumet First Responders.
6. Discuss communication received from Ron Spies.
7. Discuss communication received from Dave Foster.
8. Review and approve snowmobile trails planned for the upcoming season.
9. Establish the 2016 refuse & recycling rates.
10. Consideration and possible action to amend the rate of compensation for title search work.
11. Discuss bulky waste scavenging.
12. Appointment of a representative to the Lakeside Municipal Court Executive Review Committee.
13. Certified Survey Maps.
1. Noise-W3675 Cty. WH.
2. Nuisance-N8114 Glen Street.
1. Implements of Husbandry: permit report.
2. Kiekhaefer Park Patrol.
Public comments and questions pertaining to town business
Brenda A. Schneider, Clerk
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MONTHLY BOARD MEETING
OCTOBER 13, 2015
TAYCHEEDAH TOWN HALL
Members present were Chairman Jerry Guelig, Supervisors John Abler, Clarence Kraus, Jim Rosenthal and Tim Simon. Also present were Clerk Brenda Schneider, Treasurer Kathy Diederich and Road Maintenance Supervisor Mike Sabel.
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 Tim Simon, second by Clarence Kraus, to approve the minutes of the 9/14/15 Monthly Town Board Meeting and the 9/14/15 Town Board Special Meeting. Motion carried (5-0).
Park & Rec Committee: Committee Chair Abler reported that Mark Kirschling is currently working on thinning the pine grove. The Boy Scout Camporee went smoothly. The Scouts enjoyed the Park and may do it again. A rented brush hog was used to clear and widen several overgrown trails.
Road Maintenance Supervisor Report:
Mike Sabel reported that the second lift of asphalt was completed in Sand Hill Ridge last week and the shouldering is expected to be done this week. He expects to finish a majority of the fall ditch mowing this week.
Review the financial reports:
The September 2015 financial reports were reviewed.
Approval of Town bills:
Some members questioned the Assistant Clerk's compensation for this pay period will be over the line item budget of $5,000. Clerk Schneider responded that she reported during the recent Budget Workshop Meeting that the Assistant's compensation for the month of October will put the expense about $200 over budget. The matter was expected to be discussed further during the 10/19 Budget Workshop Meeting. Treasurer Diederich requested a list of duties performed by the Assistant Clerk be prepared for the next workshop meeting. Motion by Tim Simon, second by Jim Rosenthal, to approve the bills (order nos. 470-513). Motion carried (5-0).
#1 Deadwood Point drainage. Ryan Rice, Fond du Lac County Land & Water Dept., indicated in a memo, dated August 10th, 2015, that the matter appears to be a civil issue. Rice recommends that affected landowners hire a private professional engineering firm to further evaluate the stormwater management issues.
Dave Schneider reported that the DNR has authorized the cleaning/opening of the northern-most ditch. Schneider is attempting to coordinate a meeting with Mark Hofstedes, the DNR, and Chairman Guelig to the further discuss this option. Schneider would like to get the owner's permission to dig the ditch and get estimates for the work. Mr. Hofstedes has yet to respond to Schneider.
The Town removed zebra mussels from the ditch to the Lake on August 3rd. Schneider reported that the ditch is again filled with sand and zebra mussels. The Town intends to apply for the new DNR permit that will allow multiple zebra mussel cleanings over a five-year period. The Town will attempt to clean it out one more time this year before winter.
#1 Consideration and possible acceptance of a 3-year Agreement for fire protection services to be provided by Mt. Calvary Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. The Agreement offers a 3-year extension of services at a rate increase of 0% for 2016, 1% for 2017 and 1% for 2018. Supervisor Abler presented a spreadsheets illustrating the impact of the proposed rate increases to each of the entities serviced by the Department and an inequity in each entity's increased expense. Due to the fact that Taycheedah pays the highest amount, Taycheedah's increases will be greater than the other entities. Motion by Jerry Guelig, second by Clarence Kraus, to accept the Agreement as presented. Motion carried (5-0).
#2 Consideration and possible acceptance of a 3-year Agreement for fire protection services to be provided by Town of Calumet Volunteer Fire Department. The document has yet to be received. Chairman Guelig attended the Fire Department's August 24th meeting. Calumet is also planning to propose a rate increase of 0% for 2016, 1% for 2017 and 1% for 2018. Formal action was postponed pending receipt of the Agreement.
#3 Consideration and possible approval of a wedding in Kiekhaefer Park on June 25th, 2016. Stacey Breister requests use of the Town property/Park for an outdoor wedding ceremony on June 25th, 2016, with an estimated attendance of no more than 100 people. The couple's reception will be held in the Town Hall. The ceremony is planned at a location across the parking lot near the wood stand. Motion by Jerry Guelig, second by John Abler, to approve the request. Motion carried (5-0).
#4 Consideration and possible approval of a cost-share for the installation of a tornado siren, requested by the Town of Calumet. A few years ago, Calumet Supervisor Ken Lefeber requested the Town of Taycheedah cost-share in the purchase and installation of a tornado siren in Johnsburg. This request was denied.
Last year, the Town of Taycheedah removed the tornado siren from the top of the Malone Mill due to the owners' plans to demolish the mill. The siren was given to the Town of Calumet. The Town of Calumet planned to install the siren by the WE Energies building; however, due to the high level of ledge rock, the cost of building a base for the siren would be too expensive. This plan has been abandoned.
Calumet Supervisor Steve Koenigs recently inquired if the Town of Taycheedah would be willing to cost-share, with them and Marshfield, for the installation of the siren at a yet to be determined location. Koenigs commented that near St. Peter would be a possible location.
The Board discussed the ineffectiveness of tornado sirens, noting that cell phones and weather radios would be cheaper and more effective. Motion by Clarence Kraus, second by John Abler, to decline the request to contribute to the installation of the tornado siren. Motion carried (5-0).
#5 Discuss the use of funds donated to the Calumet First Responders. Beginning in 1995, the Town has made an annual donation to the Calumet First Responders, with the intent that the funds be used to assist with the training and equipping of Taycheedah area First Responders.
It came to the Board's attention that the First Responders intended to use this year's donated funds to provide an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) to the daycare in Peebles. The Board discussed concerns regarding limited access to the AED and the extremely low probability of using the AED at the daycare. Communication was sent to the First Responders expressing the Board's concerns.
Dan Kuhl, President, Town of Calumet First Responders, submitted a letter dated October 7, 2016, requesting direction as to the Town's wish for the allocation of the donated funds. The Town will respond with directives to expend the funds on training and equipping their volunteers with a preference to Taycheedah volunteers.
#6 Discuss communication received from Ron Spies. Mr. Spies sent a letter to Chairman Guelig. Mr. & Mrs. Spies were in attendance. Guelig read the letter aloud. Spies questions the legality of a sanitary district levying a tax against personal property. Guelig will obtain a legal opinion. Spies further requests his property, real and personal, be removed from the sanitary district. Per the statutory process, the Town Board plans to conduct a public hearing in November for the detachment of the Spies property.
#7 Discuss communication received from Dave Foster. Dave Foster sent a letter and photos to Chairman Guelig. Foster requests the Town repair Ashberry Avenue. The Town Board has taken the position that the road will not be repaired/rebuilt until the boulevard is removed.
#8 Review and approve snowmobile trails planned for the upcoming season. A representative was not in attendance. Action was postponed to the November meeting.
#9 Establish the 2016 refuse & recycling rates. Motion by Jerry Guelig, second by Jim Rosenthal, to establish the 2016 charge for refuse removal at $110 and $31 for recycling, per residential unit. Motion carried (3-0).
#10 Consideration and possible action to amend the rate of compensation for title search work. On April 10, 2006, the Town Board established a rate of compensation of $15.00 per title search. Treasurer Diederich reported that some title companies pay more than the $20 fee for the service, and some pay less. Motion by Jerry Guelig, second by Jim Rosenthal, to compensate the Treasurer 75% of the revenue received for the service. Motion carried (5-0).
#11 Discuss bulky waste scavenging. Scavenging for scrap metal has become more prevalent. Last week, during bulky pick-up, Eric Miller, the Waste Management assigned scrap metal service, reported to the Clerk having to tolerate a verbal altercation with a scavenger. Miller also reported seeing several dehumidifier tubs and refrigerator shelves but no appliances. Miller questions if the individuals taking these materials are properly insured for liability and are licensed to appropriately capture freon. There is also a concern for the safety of the travelling public. The Clerk suggested authorizing a Town Official to contact the Sheriff's Dept to have these individuals removed in the future. The consensus of the Board was to leave things as they are and to re-visit the matter next year.
#12 Appointment of a representative to the Lakeside Municipal Court Executive Review Committee. Each member municipality has one vote. The appointee must be a member of the executive body, or its' designee. Law enforcement members are prohibited from voting. Supervisor Abler volunteered to be the Town's representative.
#13 Certified Survey Maps. None submitted.
#1 Noise-W3675 Cty. WH. There is an ongoing complaint from a neighboring property owner pertaining to the sound emitted by the two large kitchen exhaust fans.
The Town Board formally issued written communication to the owner of the Welsch, enclosing the 2012 test results, references to the probable violations of Section 13-1-121, suggested modifications for noise suppression, and to direct the owner to remediate the violations within 30 days or Town will take enforcement action.
Jason Welsh recently installed a wooden wall section a few feet away from the building and directly in front of the fans.
The complainant was in attendance. She reported noticing no difference in the sound since the buffer was installed.
Chairman Guelig reported that he intends to take decibel readings and compare them to the last readings.
#2 Nuisance-N8114 Glen Street. The Chairman reported receiving complaints again. He inspected the property. He estimates there is a couple of 5-yard dump trucks of debris in the yard. It was the consensus of the Board to clean-up the yard.
#1 Implements of Husbandry. Supervisor Kraus reported that everything went good this year and that hauling seems to be about done.
#2 Kiekhaefer Park Patrol. Lead Patrol Abler reported that he has received nothing but positive comments regarding the trail clearing and brushing efforts, as well as the Park Patrol. He has needed to do little enforcement-type actions. Abler tries to spend at least an hour a day in the Park. He also reported that Jef Burg patrols the Park at least once every weekend. It was noted that Trevor Driscoll may not be able to volunteer. Jim Rosenthal reported that Scott Hagedorn, a neighbor to the Park, is willing to serve on the Patrol.
Public Comments and Questions Pertaining to Town Business:
Steve Victor reported that his wife purchased 64 acres of property located at N7836 County Road WH. She always wanted to own land on the Ledge. They intend to raze the house. The property will be converted into some type of a conservancy. Their daughter, also in attendance, is an environmental geologist. They will compile an ecological assessment of the property and develop a land management plan in order to determine areas to preserve. Forty to fifty acres of the property is original; the remainder is a reclaimed gravel quarry. Hunting and trapping is prohibit on the property.
The Town Board heard comments and questions regarding a request to bore pipes under certain roads for the pumping of manure and the possibility of allowing 4-wheelers to use certain roads as a trail system.
Motion by Jerry Guelig, second by Jim Rosenthal, to adjourn the meeting at 8:39 p.m. Motion carried (5-0).
Brenda A. Schneider, Clerk
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