The regular monthly meeting for the Town Board of the Town of Oregon was held Tuesday September 6, 2005. In the absence of Chairperson Jensen, Supervisor Wayne Ace called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. with Supervisors Darryl Weber, Pen Beasley and Phil Van Kampen present. Chairperson Gerald Jensen absent.
MMS/Beasley-Weber to approve the minutes as read with the correction of the spelling of the last name Varesi for the August 2, 2005 meeting. MMS/Weber-Van Kampen to accept the Treasurer’s report read by the Clerk, Denise Arnold. Vouchers for $550,959.67 were approved. Both motions carried.
There were no public comments.
Supervisor Darryl Weber reported that Ellen Smith has officially requested to resign from the Plan Commission. Sharon Christianson will be filling the vacancy on the Plan Commission effective at the September 27th meeting.
Supervisor Phil Van Kampen reported on the progress at the Fire/EMS District. The hourly wage of $2.00 per hour for staff on call was changed to the rate of Federal Minimum Wage. This will decrease some the overtime situation of the full time employees because more individuals are willing to be on call now. This is a good solution to avoid overtime and solves the staffing problem issues. Morale of the Fire/EMS employees has improved, Chief Bloom is credited for these positive changes.
Constable Wackett reported that two of the three suspects involved in the damage at the town park have been charged at the County level. The repairs have been made at the park.
Supervisor Beasley reported that the cable committee will have a meeting later in the month.
Supervisor Van Kampen informed the board that Tom Grenlie is assisting with the surveying of the Town Cemetery Land. That will probably be complete in the spring.
Van Kampen also reported the Towns/Village Metro Bus Study Committee is still in the process of appointing individuals to proceed with the bus study.
There have been complaints regarding the mowing of ditches in the town. The patrolmen have been occupied with the tornado clean up in the Town of Dunn and Pleasant Springs along with road construction on Union Road and Echo Valley.
Wayne Ace requested the board agree on a meeting time to discuss future assessments with the Town Assessor Andy Blomstrom. Mr. Blomstrom requested a closed session be held. The board agreed to meet at 6:30 on October 4th prior to the regular monthly board meeting.
MMS/Weber-Beasley to adjourn the meeting at 8:00 p.m. Motion Carried
Denise R. Arnold, Clerk