Town of Oregon
Plan Commission Meeting Minutes
Monday, January 21, 2013
1. Open Public Hearing.
Town of Oregon Plan Commission Chair Weber opened the public hearing at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, January 21, 2013. In attendance were Darryl Weber, Tom Wiedenbeck, Dave Hagemann, Brian Duffin, Sharon Christensen, Paul Morrison, Andy Blomstrom and Deputy Clerk, Jennifer Hanson.
a. The Alliant Energy will be here to discuss upgrades to utilities on Netherwood Road.
Shawn Hillestad, Manager-Customer Service for Alliant Energy, appeared to discuss the upgrades to the power lines on Netherwood Road. Shawn explained that the lines are being upgraded to provide safe, low cost and reliable power. The current power lines have not been upgraded since the 1940s. Alliant would be installing larger poles and wires. The size of the wires would increase from the size of a pencil to the size of a quarter. The cable and telephone wires also use the poles. The estimated cost of the project is $400,000, but would double to $800,000 if the wires were placed underground. Mr. Hillestad said that Alliant doesn’t pass the cost of overhead to underground lines onto the rate payers. He discussed the process of applying for system upgrades with the Wisconsin Public Service Commission. One of the main concerns when planning for the power lines is providing a clear path. Alliant decided that the best route was to run the power lines along the north side of Netherwood Road from Fish Hatchery Road, but involves removing 11 oak trees that are growing in the road right-of-way.
The following residents spoke:
Rich Strigel, 5374 Netherwood Road, Oregon
John Wright, 1550 Trusler Circle, Oregon
John Brown, 1611 County Highway D, Oregon
Nancy Murphy, 5844 Madsen Circle, Oregon
Andy Blomstrom, 5829 Madsen Circle, Oregon
Carol Wright, 1550 Trusler Circle, Oregon
Caroll Gates, 5459 Netherwood Rd., Oregon
Betsy and Gayle Larson, 5531 W. Netherwood Rd., Oregon
Rich Rygh, 5823 Madsen Circle, Oregon
Rand Moore, 5832 Madsen Circle, Oregon
Bob Dusek, 5365 Netherwood Rd., Oregon
The residents discussed additional options to removing the oak trees such as; moving the lines underground on the south side of the road or installing L-shaped extensions on the poles. They also expressed concern about the condition of the trees and suggested having an arborist look at the trees. Mr. Hillestad said that Alliant would replace the trees with low growing, flowering trees. There was discussion about the safety reasons for placing the poles farther back off the road. Mr. Hillestad agreed to go back to Alliant to discuss the possibility of moving the line to the south side of the road and placing the lines underground. He estimated the cost to go underground for this stretch of the road would be $60,000 and Alliant would cover the cost. If Alliant is unable to move the line underground, the issue will be discussed at the next Town Board meeting on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. The residents can contact the clerk’s office for the decision. If the meeting is necessary, the town will post the agenda and send letters to residents on Netherwood Road.
2. Close Public Hearing.
Weber closed the public hearing at 7:40 p.m.
3. Call Plan Commission meeting to order.
Weber called the Plan Commission meeting to order at 7:40 p.m.
4. Discussion and possible Recommendation to the Town Board:
a. Upgrades of utilities around Netherwood Road.
Chairman Weber said the town will wait to hear back from Alliant before making a decision.
5. Approval of minutes from the last meeting.
Motion made by Blomstrom and seconded by Wiedenbeck to approve December 17, 2012 meeting minutes. Motion carries.
6. Public Comments.
Jim Purdin, 899 Katie Lane, appeared to discuss constructing three commercial condominium buildings on property he owns on Union Road. The lot is zoned C-2 and there would be six units in three buildings with the potential for six different owners. There would be about 15 feet between buildings. He may not build all three buildings at the same time. However, all building would look the same and fit into the neighborhood. The owners of the units would pay a monthly fee to cover the cost of taking care of the grounds. Typically 60% of these types of units are used as a hobby shop or man cave and 40% for businesses, security systems, antique collectors or warehouses. Due to insurance restrictions, commercial automobile repair, cabinet making and welding are not allowed. Further restriction would include no overnight living or parking. The plan commission was excited about the project and looks forward to seeing a proposal within the next couple of months.
Wayne Ace, 1219 County Highway D, also appeared to discuss possible land splits on property. The plan commission explained the requirement for 66 feet of road frontage per lot. The lots will share a driveway and well. There will be fees associated with creating the lots.
7. Discussion and possible Action re: TORC procedures.
The town received the recently purchased a used tractor for the TORC. Pellitteri installed heaters on the compactors at the TORC.
8. Discussion and possible Action re: Town’s Submittal Application for Land Division, Rezones, and CUP.
This agenda item was tabled to next month.
There was no communications.
10. Change date of Feb. 2013 meeting due to February primary.
There was discussion over changing the date of the February 18th meeting due to the February 19th primary. The plan commission decided to not change the date and will hold the meeting on February 18th. The plan commission also discussed changing the regular plan commission meeting day to the third Tuesday of the month instead of the third Monday. They asked to have it placed on next month’s agenda for discussion and possible approval.
Motion made by Christensen and seconded by Wiedenbeck to adjourn the meeting at 8:50 p.m. Motion carries.