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Jun 20, 2011
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Town of Oregon

Plan Commission Meeting Minutes

Monday, June 20, 2011


  1. Call Plan Commission meeting to order.

In the absence of Chairman Darryl Weber, Brian Duffin called the regular plan commission meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.  In attendance were Paul Morrison, Andy Blomstrom, David Hagemann, Brian Duffin, Sharon Christensen and Deputy Clerk, Jennifer Hanson.  Absent were Darryl Weber and Tom Wiedenbeck.

  1. Approval of minutes from the last meeting. 

Motion Hagemann/Christensen seconded to approve the Monday, May 16, 2011 meeting minutes with the correction of wording from “adjourning” to “adjoining”.  Motion carries.

  1. Public Comments.
  2. Appearance of Ron Klein, 795 Clover Lane, Oregon, WI  53575.

Ron Klein didn’t appear.

  1. Discussion and possible Action re: changes at TORC.

Last month the Plan Commission discussed potential changes at the TORC due to the decrease in funds from the state recycling grant.  The Town received $27,000 in 2010 and $17,000 in 2011.  The Town is unsure what they will receive in 2012.  The changes discussed included:

  • Increasing the cost of the punch cards
  • Charging for the burn pile. 


Ken West, TORC employee, appeared to participate in the discussion.  Ken would like to have a new building constructed with sliding doors to protect them from the weather.  The board discussed last month of getting volunteers to construct a new building.


The Plan Commission is going to be making suggestions to the Town Board.  They agree that an increase in TORC punch cards to $40 is reasonable.  Ken estimates that the TORC receives about 1 stove, washer or dryer a month.  Member Christensen clarified that appliance stores will take the old appliances and other stores will take old florescent light bulbs.  The TORC currently accepts and charges a fee for those items.  Ken has seen an increase in business.  Ken said that he was told Waste Management costs $30 a month for residents using curbside pickup.  Member Hagemann figured out that he was better off taking one bag a week out to the TORC than having Waste Management.  Member Blomstrom uses Waste Management and has 3 to 4 bags of garbage per week.  He does use the TORC for the burn pile. 


The Plan Commission discussed how to charge for use of the burn pile.  Ken is concerned on the amount to charge because of the different size of loads that are received.  Some residents bring in yard debris in the back of a car and others in a trailer.  Because it would be difficult to charge a per use fee for the burn pile, it was suggested to add a special assessment line item of $5 to $20 dollars to the property tax bill to cover the cost of yard waste.  This charge would apply ONLY to homes and not land.


The Plan Commission discussed allowing the Village to use the TORC for yard waste, because the Village needs to move the current location of their yard waste facility.  The Plan Commission discussed charging the Village to use the TORC for yard waste.


Member Hagemann clarified the following options discussed:

  1. Raise the punch cards to $40
  2. Include a line item charge on every home in the town
  3. Charging the Village a fee to use the TORC for yard waste


The Plan Commission discussed how to set a fee for the Village to use the TORC for yard waste.  Currently, the Village takes their yard waste to a company for compost.  The increase in traffic and volume from Village residents could affect the employee’s ability to monitor the burn pile and trash collection.  Member Morrison is concerned about the increase in smoke produced from the burn pile and the affect on neighboring home owners. 


Member Duffin asked if Deputy Clerk Hanson would contact the Village on using the TORC.  Member Duffin asked if Member Blomstrom would check on what he pays for Waste Management and how many households are in the town.  It is a priority to keep the TORC open for town residents.

  1. Communications.

Deputy Clerk Hanson informed the commission that Robert Johnson, 541 Union Road, obtained a Dane County Zoning Permit for the wind turbine to be built on his property.  This permit was required due to ordinance changes occurring at the county.  These changes are being made to provide oversight related to health and safety issues. 

  1. Adjournment.

Motion Christensen/Hagemann seconded to adjourn the meeting at 7:30.  Motion carries.


Respectfully Submitted,




Jennifer Hanson





























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