Monday, January 9 2017
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 Dept. Manager's Report.
Review financial reports.
Approval of Town bills.
1. Discuss Kiekhaefer Park matters with Sheriff Fink and District Attorney Eric Toney.
2. Discuss a possible solution to shoreline erosion at the Deadwood Point public access lot.
3. Review and possible approval of proposals to evaluation the condition of the Town Hall contracts to evaluation the condition of the Town Hall.
4. Review salaries paid to sanitary district commissioners.
5. Appointment to the Johnsburg Sanitary District Commission.
6. Discuss overtime for part-time road maintenance staff.
7. Certified Survey Maps.
1. Discuss procedural requirements for the condemnation of residential structures.
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
JANUARY 9, 2017
TAYCHEEDAH TOWN HALL
Members present: Chairman Jerry Guelig, Supervisors John Abler, Clarence Kraus, Jim Rosenthal II and Tim Simon. Also present: Clerk Brenda Schneider, Treasurer Kathy Diederich, Constable Bill Gius and Road Maintenance Manager Randy Rieder.
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 Clarence Kraus, second by Jerry Guelig, to not approve the minutes of the 12/12/16 Monthly Board Meeting. Motion carried (4-1). Nay-John Abler. Motion by Jim Rosenthal, second by Tim Simon, to approve the minutes of the 12/19/16 Special Business Meeting. Motion carried (4-1). Nay-Clarence Kraus.
Park & Rec Committee: Committee Chair Abler reported the following:
• The sledding hill lights are not working. Thome Electric will be contacted to evaluate the problem.
Park Patrol: The Park Patrol authorization expired 12/31/16. He does not intend to ask for authorization for 2017.
Supervisor Abler verbally presented his written resignation as Leader of the Park Patrol as Chair of the Park & Rec Committee, as well as his membership on the Committee effective 2/5/17.
Road Maintenance Department: Chairman Guelig reported that everything is 'up to snuff'.
Review the financial reports:
The December 2016 financial reports were reviewed.
Approval of Town bills:
Motion by Jim Rosenthal, second by Tim Simon, to approve the bills (order #1-47). Motion carried (5-0).
Mike Immel, Rural Mutual Insurance-Annual review of Town's insurance coverage.
No unfinished business.
#1 Discuss Kiekhaefer Park matters with Sheriff Fink and District Attorney Eric Toney. Sheriff Fink and DA Toney have a received a written complaint, filed by Clarence Kraus, alleging John Abler committed a violation when he open-carried a holstered weapon into Kiekhaefer Park when doing follow-up to a suspicious vehicle suspected as having been involved in a vandalism issue. The issue was in reference to the chopping down of mature trees. Abler communicated with the Fond du Lac County Dispatch requesting an officer assist. Incident Patrol Sergeant Halbach responded. Halbach took issue with Abler using the Sheriff's Dept radio frequency and that he was armed which is in conflict with the posted Park rules.
Sheriff Fink authorized Abler to use the frequency. It has been brought to his attention that use of the frequency is limited to authorized law enforcement and criminal justice personnel for law enforcement and criminal justice purposes. Fink asked that the Town Board make a decision during a future meeting as to their approval of the use of the frequency for emergency purposes.
In reference to the holstered weapon issue, Sheriff Fink informed the Board that he will not issue a citation. Frankly, the Town's posted rules and ordinance fail to comply with the law in regards to the carrying of a weapon on public open lands. The concealed carry law prohibits all municipalities and counties from prohibiting open-carry or concealed-carry (with a State-issued permit) in the Park. Fink informed the Board that their ordinance needs to be changed.
District Attorney Toney will return for the February meeting to discuss the open meetings law.
#2 Discuss a possible solution to shoreline erosion at the Deadwood Point public access. Dan Deuster, President of Winnebago Association of Kiteboarders, contacted Jared Seidl, DNR, regarding stabilizing the shoreline of the Town's lot on Deadwood Point Road. The Association proposes to place a 10 ft. x 85 ft. riprap breakwall perpendicular to the shoreline. The intent of the breakwall is to deter the infilling of the mouth of the ditch with zebra mussels and to maintain a sandy beach shoreline.
Chairman Guelig intends to place riprap along the shoreline. Deuster objected on the basis that, up until recently, it was a sandy beach. Deuster indicated that the Association would assist with the recreation of the sandy beach. They are willing to work with the Town.
The Board did not object to the Association applying for the necessary permits. If the permits are approved, the Association will work on funding for the project.
#3 Review and possible approval of proposals to evaluate the condition of the Town Hall. Asset Management Services submitted a proposal to evaluate the condition of the Town Hall. A full report pertaining to the roof, walls, hardscapes and HVAC would cost a combined $3,600. The Board members discussed the value of the report and the belief that there are local experts that could assist with the different components. Motion by Clarence Kraus, second by Tim Simon, to not approve the proposals. Motion carried (5-0).
#4 Review salaries paid to sanitary district commissions. The Town Board established a rate of $10 per hour for maintenance assistance performed by commissioners. This rate was approved in February, 2007. The commissioners often do troubleshooting. At times, they have been able to rectify the problem; thereby, eliminating the need to call-in expensive commercial assistance. Motion by Tim Simon, second by Jim Rosenthal, to increase the hourly rate to $15 for maintenance assistance. Motion carried (5-0).
The annual salaries for the commissioners of all three district was established in January, 2008. The salaries are based on a base rate plus a variable rate somewhat equivalent to the number of customers each district had at that time. Motion by Tim Simon to sustain the current annual salaries. Motion failed for lack of a second. It was noted that Taycheedah Sanitary District #3 had a 15.7% increase in customers, Johnsburg had a 6.3% increase, and Taycheedah Sanitary District #1 had a 5% increase based upon their 2014 customer count. The matter will be further considered by the Board during their February meeting in order to allow time to retrieve the updated customer count for District #1.
#5 Appointment to the Johnsburg Sanitary District Commission. Ken Schneider's term has expired. Motion by Jerry Guelig, second by John Abler, to re-appoint Ken Schneider to a six-year term to the Johnsburg Sanitary District Commission. Motion carried (5-0).
#6 Discuss overtime for part-time road maintenance staff. Kathy Diederich reported that part-time and seasonal workers must be paid time-and-a-half for hours worked over 40 in a week. Comp time is acceptable only for salaried employees.
#7 Certified Survey Maps. None were presented.
#1 Discuss procedural requirements for the condemnation of residential structures. Chairman Guelig is working with Attorney Matt Parmentier to develop protocol for the condemnation of structures. Guelig has not heard from Matt recently.
Public Comments and Questions Pertaining to Town Business:
The Town Board heard comments and questions regarding possible signage requirements when using trail cameras in public places.
Motion by Jerry Guelig, second by Jim Rosenthal, to adjourn the monthly Board meeting at 8:20 p.m. Motion carried (5-0).
Brenda A. Schneider
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