Town of Oregon
Board Meeting Minutes
December 5, 2006
The regular monthly meeting for the Town Board of the Town of Oregon was held on Tuesday December 5, 2006. Chairperson Gerald Jensen called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m. with Supervisors Wayne Ace, Darryl Weber, Pen Beasley, Phil VanKampen, Constable Gary Wackett, Treasurer, Rhonda LaFlash and Clerk, Denise Arnold present.
MMS/Ace-Beasley to approve the minutes from the November 8, 2006 meeting as printed. Motion carried.
The Treasurer’s report was read by Rhonda LaFlash. MMS/Ace-VanKampen to approve the treasurer’s report as read. Motion carried.
MMS/Weber-VanKampen to approve petition #9622; Section 35; Parcel # 0509-351-8500-7; zoned A-1Ex to RH-2. Property is owned by Marshall Brothers, 296 Union Road, Brooklyn, WI 53521. Petitioner is Dan Marshall. Request to create a residential parcel for farm owner. Impact fee, Fencing Ordinance and Driveway permit applied accordingly. Motion carried.
Resident Bob Richardson, of 482 Sugar Hill Road reported that a portion on that road goes to a cul-de-sac where the road is coming apart. The road is breaking up and will get worse over the winter. Mr. Richardson checked with a contractor and received an estimate from DRS LTD Asphalt Paving for $3,995.00. The alligator cracking would require work in the spring. The area is 55’ X 27’. The Board thanked Richardson for his time and research.
Resident Diana Albrecht of Lincoln Road spoke about a fencing dispute with neighbor Fred Clark. Albrecht has replaced her portion of the fence and an additional 125 feet due to an error with the fence installer. Mr. Clark has not fixed his portion. Supervisor Ace needed more time to obtain some answers from legal council on how to proceed.
The board supervisors decided to not allow a local food co-op to use the Town Hall for a monthly distribution center. The clerk will notify the appropriate party, no representative was present.
MMS/Weber-VanKampen to approve Julie Seaborg and Ruth Jeschke as Chief Election Inspectors to the end of 2007. Motion carried.
MMS/VanKampen-Beasley to approve a notice of disallowance in the notification of injury claim by Roger Larson and Kimberly Hegstrom. Motion carried.
There was discussion regarding a possible change to switch the positions of Constable, Treasurer and Assessor to appointed rather than elected offices. MMS/Jensen-Weber to hold a meeting of the electors on Thursday, December 28, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. for the purpose of voting on the positions being changed to appointed rather than elected.
The Board agreed to set January 20, 2007 as the Caucus date and January 27, 2007 as a snow date. Town of Oregon Board Chairperson Jerry Jensen announced that he would not seek reelection for the Town Chair position.
Supervisor Beasley reported that Mark O’Brien was still a possible candidate for the Emergency Management Committee.
Supervisor Ace reported on the Road Patrolmen. New culverts were installed on Tipperary and Glenway. More tree trimming will be done when the weather warms up.
Supervisor VanKampen reported on the Storytown Cemetery progress, the final plat map is being completed. It is difficult to assign a value to the property being exchanged.
Supervisor Weber shared new information from the Plan Commission Meeting held on November 28, 2006. Mr. Nicholas Ladopoulos presented a possible conservation sub-division in the Town of Oregon. The project is worth considering. Mr. Brett Davis informed the Plan Commission on information that he researched regarding the new impact fee law changes. Assemblyman Davis informed us that the prior collected funds are safe and funds collected after June 14, 2006 will be affected. The new impact fees will need to be kept in a separate account and tracked by date to assure that they are spent within the seven year time frame allowed. Weber also reported that the informal Comprehensive Land Use Plan meeting went well. A public hearing with time for resident public comments will be held at 6:30 December 19, 2006.
Janine Jensen reported on the progress of the Eagle Scout projects in the Town Parks. The Kennedy park sign that was vandalized has been repaired and hung by the Patrolmen. After some discussion it was decided that the Town Park should be kept open for the winter. The Patrolmen should perform a quick plow up and back to allow for emergency vehicles. The parking lot does not need to be cleared of snow.
MMS/Weber-VanKampen to approve the contract with building inspector Bill Glenn for another month. Motion carried.
There were no reports from the Cable Committee, Dane County or the Towns/Village Metro Bus Study Committee.
The clerk distributed two letters from Kathy Esch, regarding fireworks and burning permits in the Town of Oregon. The clerk shared tax bill information from the Dane County Treasurer Dave Gawenda. The revaluation seems to be affecting the tax increase more than the Department of Revenue (DOR) error that was made. The DOR entered $52,893,000. in the equalization calculations rather than $5,893,000. reported by the assessor. Supervisor VanKampen will make changes to the explanation letter that will be sent out with the tax bill. VanKampen will also work up a procedure for handling the tax bills phone inquiries for the clerk’s office to follow.
MMS/Ace-Weber to adjourn. Motion carries.
Denise R. Arnold