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Aug 20, 2012
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 Town of Oregon

Plan Commission Meeting Minutes

Monday, August 20, 2012


1.                  Call Plan Commission meeting to order.

Town of Oregon Plan Commission Chair Weber called the Plan Commission meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, August 20, 2012.  In attendance were Darryl Weber, Dave Hagemann, Tom Wiedenbeck, Brian Duffin, Sharon Christensen and Deputy Clerk, Jennifer Hanson.  Paul Morrison and Andy Blomstrom were absent.

2.         Discussion and possible Second recommendation to the Town Board re: Amendments to the Town of Oregon Comprehensive Plan (adopted April 9th, 2007, last amended March 6th, 2012), related to Policy 1f, Chapter 5a Agricultural Resources (page 30).

Weber informed the plan commission that the town board didn’t take action on the Comp. Plan amendment, but he doesn’t feel that the plan commission needs to make a second recommendation.  The town board was concerned that a second public hearing before the town board was necessary.  Town planner, Andrew Bremer, said a second hearing is not necessary.  The town board will be holding a special meeting next week to take action.  Christensen noted that a public hearing is a public hearing, whether it is before the plan commission or town board and if people are concerned about what is being discussed, then they should taken it upon themselves to attend those hearings and not require another hearing.

3.         Approval of minutes from the last meeting.

Motion made by Duffin and seconded by Christensen to approve plan commission minutes from Monday, July 16, 2012.  Motion carries.

4.         Public Comments.

There were no public comments. 

5.         Discussion and possible Action re: Recyclable compactor at TORC.

Chairman Weber explained that Pellitteri is suggesting replacing the current recycling containers with one compactor for recyclables.  The TORC employees think it is a great idea and suggested placing the recyclable compactor about 30 back feet from the current location of the containers.  It was clarified that all recyclables, including cardboard and aluminum cans, can be put into the recyclable compactor.  This switch would cut down on the number of trips Pellitteri would make to empty the containers.  It is a comparable cost for both systems, but the compactor is a cleaner system because it is a self-contained unit.  The self-contained system would eliminate the broken glass and blowing debris.  The recyclable compactor would also cut down on the workload for the TORC employees and increase safety.  The initial expense would be to install the concrete pad and installing the two-phase electricity.  Chairman Weber was able to negotiate a 7 year lease agreement of $262 per month for the compactor.  The haul charge would be $125.48 per haul.  Both the trash compactor and recyclable compactor would be on a 7 year lease agreement.  Hagemann thinks the recycling compactor may generate more volume.  Ken West would like three lanes of traffic between the recycling and trash compactors.  The commission discussed the location of the recyclable compactor.  Chairman Weber also informed the commission that there are going to be changes to the compost piles at the TORC due to law changes.


The plan commission reviewed the bids for the electrical and concrete work.  The Great Lakes Electrical Contracting bid would be slightly lower due to the using the breaker as the disconnect.  The PAR Concrete bid was also slightly lower.  Motion made by Duffin and seconded by Hagemann to recommend PAR Concrete and Great Lakes Electrical Contracting bid for approval by the town board.  Motion carries.  The town board will hold a special town board meeting later this week or early next week to approve the bids for the recyclable compactor and Comp Plan amendment.

6.         Discussion and possible Action re: Town’s Submittal Application for Land Division, Rezones and CUP.

Deputy Clerk Hanson has asked Sprint Print to have a typesetter create an application form using the draft application form created.  Currently an application guide is being created based upon the town ordinances.  The driveway permit will also be part of the application.  The commission would like to keep site viewing as an option.  There was a brief discussion of the requirements for a land division such as slope and soil analysis.     

7.         Communications.

Deputy Clerk Hanson notified the plan commission that Greg Hann is requesting an inspection of his ag building.  The building inspector calculated that an inspection would cost $800 versus an ag building permit fee of $20.  The Plan Commission recommended hiring a private inspector or insurance inspector.

8.                  Adjournment.

Motion made by Christensen and seconded by Duffin to adjourn the meeting at 7:50 p.m.  Motion carries.


Respectfully submitted,



Jennifer Hanson

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