Town of Oregon
Board Meeting Minutes
March 7, 2006
The regular monthly meeting for the Town Board of the Town of Oregon was held Tuesday March 7, 2006. Chairperson Jensen called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. with Supervisors Darryl Weber, Pen Beasley, Phil VanKampen, Wayne Ace and Clerk Denise Arnold present.
MMS/Weber-VanKampen to approve the February 7, 2006 minutes as read. Motion carried.
MMS/Ace-Weber to approve the Treasurer’s report from February 2006. Motion carried.
Public comment was heard from resident Ray Stalowski residing at 957 Johnson Avenue. Mr. Stalowski has lived in the Town of Oregon for sixteen years; his house is situated on a circle in Fahey Heights. The snow plow operator continually tears up his lawn, throwing large quantities of sod into his yard. Pictures of the damage were shared with the board members. Each year he must reseed. Mr. Stalowski expressed frustration with the amount of damage. Supervisor Wayne Ace said that the town would be responsible for the repair. The issue would be discussed and hopefully resolved. The Board thanked the resident for bringing the situation to the Boards’ attention.
Supervisor Ace had requested the Driveway Permit at 516 Hillcrest Lane for Todd and Lynn Cloud be discussed at the town board meeting. The driveway issues were actually resolved before the board meeting, no discussion was necessary.
MMS/Weber-VanKampen to approve a land division for section 14 parcel #0509-143-8320-7, parcel #0509-143-9500-7 & parcel #0509-144-9000-1; currently zoned A-1EX. The property is owned by Douglas Nelson and Janice Kowalcyk and they are requesting to divide 70.93 acres (total acres of three parcels) into one 35.33 acre parcel and one 35.60 acre parcel. Motion carried with the following requirements.
MMS/Weber-VanKampen to approve petition number 9476 for section 22; parcel #0509-224-8500-1; currently zoned A-1Ex. Property is owned by Robert Nickells and Cassandra Schlamp. Requesting to divide a 40 acre parcel into two 20 acre parcels and re-zone to RH-4 for the purpose of creating a residential parcel. Motion carried with the following requirements
There was discussion regarding petition number 9321 for the Christopher Brent property. The Driveway for the parcel would come out on Sun Valley Parkway. The issue of safety with another driveway on a busy stretch of road located on a curve was not acceptable. Supervisor Ace had been out to the site and verified that the site distance requirements of an acceptable driveway had been met. MMS/Weber-VanKampen to approve petition #9321 parcel #0509-064-9003-0, 0509-064-9150-0 and 0509-064-9150-0 currently zoned A-3, divide a 14 acre parcel, re-zone to RH-3 for the purpose of creating a residential parcel. This approval includes a deed notice be filed with Dane County stating that this was the last available land split.
MMS/Ace-Weber to make a driveway variance for this property complete with proper bump-outs every 500 feet for the purpose of emergency vehicles.
The board discussed the invoice of $4,500.00 from Grota Appraisals for the work started on the revaluation process. Only one drawer of assessors cards have been signed out for the data entry process. The board wants to know the timetable of completion and verification of Mike Coullard’s employment. The board members agreed that a September completion date is too late. Some answers should be obtained before the invoice is paid.
The Dane County Towns Association is not requiring action on Ordinance Amendment #26. Dane County has not yet held the public hearing on this Ordinance. Board Chair Jerry Jensen suggested that as many board supervisors as possible attend an informational meeting March 9th regarding the Transfer of Development Rights (TDR).
Chairperson Jensen shared information regarding Ordinance Amendment #27
Permitted uses in the C-1 and C-2 Commercial Districts. These amendments allow lighter commercial uses within the stricter commercial zoning districts. This will eliminate the need for townships to create LC-1 districts in order to site businesses such as landscapers, which are appropriate for commercial zoning districts but not currently allowed. MMS/Jensen-Weber to approve Ordinance Amendment Number 27. Motion carried.
MMS/Beasley-VanKampen to approve the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Dane County for the purchase of Handicapped Accessible Voting Equipment. Motion carried.
MMS/ VanKampen-Weber to approve an agreement with Dane County for Routine Bridge Inspection in the amount of $150.00 per bridge. The Town of Oregon has one bridge located on Bell Brook Road. Motion carried.
A list of road work to be done in the Town of Oregon in 2006 has been created. Ron Outhouse and the clerk will prepare bid requests and should be able to report back on the cost to allow for an informed decision as to which road work should be accomplished. Resident Kurt Reinicke of 502 Echo Valley Road questioned the importance of seal coating Union Road and Echo Valley Road. Those two roads were just repaved last year. Reinicke felt our resources would be better spent on seal coating other town roads such as Hillcrest. The board listened to, and thanked Mr. Reinicke for his suggestions.
The clerk’s office purchased a laptop at the request of the Board Supervisors at the February 2006 meeting for the Assessor Andy Blomstrom. It was a local purchase from PC Medics of Oregon with a $1,543.00 cost. This computer should run the new software "market drive" assessment system and also includes an extended warranty. Supervisor VanKampen suggested a schedule be created to maintain a regular back up for that system, keeping a copy at the Town Hall Office.
Chairperson Jensen shared information from the Plan Commission work session on the Comprehensive Land Use Plan. Progress is being made and we will soon have a rough draft.
No new developments on the Fire/EMS District to report.
The minutes from the Park Committee were distributed to the Board Supervisors. The two scheduled work dates have been set: April 29th and May 13th. Both work days will begin at 8:30 a.m.
There was no new information regarding the cable committee to report.
Chairperson Jensen informed the Board that Dane County approved the Oregon Farms & Ponds LLC land rezone.
Supervisor VanKampen shared that the Town/Village Metro Bus Study Committee are distributing a bus study survey. A poster and extra forms are at the clerks office. The board has been provided with the minutes from the last meeting.
The Clerk informed the board of a few meetings coming up at the county level. The Dane County Board Committee of the Whole, regarding Transfer of Development Rights Thursday March 9th at 6:30 p.m. The Dane County Cities & Villages Meeting with Dane County Towns Association Wednesday March 22, at 6:15 p.m. The Northeast RR Program Hosting Redevelopment Conference on April 26, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Lastly the County Zoning and Land Regulations Committee – April 25th Public Hearing.
The Town of Burke made available their notice of adoption of resolutions between The Town of Burke, Village of DeForest, City of Sun Prairie and City of Madison. The Clerk’s office received a letter from the Oregon Youth Center thanking the Town of Oregon for their budgeted funds for 2006 of $2,500. A letter was received with information regarding a Bicycle Path Program for 2006. Supervisor VanKampen was going to follow up on this opportunity. An E-Mail was received at the Town Hall regarding the position to the proposed installation of power lines along the Badger State Recreational Trail. In reporting on progress from the prior month Jerry Jensen contacted Tom Siebers from MSA about the engineering report that needed to be prepared to complete the Union Road Trip Funds. No progress to report on the completion of the outstanding driveway permits. Supervisor Ace stated that will be taken care of in March. The clerks office is still working on providing the town officials with a more professional e-mail address system. Board Supervisors suggest proceeding with just the board member and office staff at this time. Any pending newsletter articles should be forwarded to Jennifer as soon as possible. The clerk contacted Jeff Owens regarding the handicap railing that needs to be completed by April 1st. The cement sidewalk ramp used for entering the building has to be repaired before the rail can be installed. Ron Outhouse was checking with a contractor regarding that matter.
MMS/VanKampen-Beasley to adjourn the meeting at 8:55 p.m. Motion carried.
Denise R. Arnold