Town of Oregon
Board Meeting Minutes
September 5, 2006
The regular monthly meeting for the Town Board of the Town of Oregon was held on Tuesday, September 5, 2006. Chairperson Gerald Jensen called the meeting to order at 7:03 with Supervisors, Pen Beasley, Phil VanKampen, Darryl Weber and Clerk Denise Arnold present. Absent: Wayne Ace.
MMS/VanKampen-Weber to dispense with the reading and approve the board minutes as printed from the August 1, 2006 meeting. Motion carried.
The Treasurer’s report was read by Chair Jensen. MMS/Weber - VanKampen to approve the report as read. Motion carried.
Chair Jensen inquired if there were any public comments from the residents present. Mr. Jerry Thiel of 1518 Blue Heron Way expressed concerns regarding the repeated fireworks displays by residents in the Town of Oregon well past the 4th of July celebrations. The fireworks are disturbing dogs, wildlife and elderly residents. Mr. Thiel has reported the incidents to the Dane County Sheriffs Department. By the time an officer arrives the fireworks have stopped. It is causing unreasonable noise at inconvenient times of the night. Resident Mark Brylski of 972 Wesley Road was aware of the problem also. Mr. Thiel requested the board take some form of action such as an ordinance to prohibit any fireworks displays or at least limit the number of days/hours. The board suggested contacting the Town Constable Gary Wackett for a faster first response. The clerk offered to research what other municipalities do about private fireworks displays and report back at the October Board meeting. The board thanked Mr. Thiel for bringing the issue to their attention.
The board had approved the purchase at the August meeting for a new computer for the Treasurer not to exceed $1,000.00. The computer with software updates was more than anticipated. MMS/VanKampen-Beasley to approve the $1,162.22 expense for the Treasurer’s new computer and software. Motion carried.
MMS/VanKampen-Beasley to approve a month by month contract with our current Building Inspector, Bill Glenn. Motion carried. The board also requested the clerk research an insurance rider and check into how other municipalities handle their building inspections.
There was a discussion regarding the speed limit on a portion of Lincoln Road. The Town and the Village must agree on this speed reduction. The current speed limit is 55 miles per hour; the new speed limit would be 35 miles per hour. Resident Jay Gould of 807 Whispering Oaks Road objected to the speed limit reduction, stating that the current speed limits are not being enforced. MMS/VanKampen – Beasley to approve the reduced speed limit to 35 mph as written by the village amendment. Motion carried.
Dane County Ordinance Amendment #9 required board action. This ordinance would provide for Bio-Diesel. The amendment includes bio-diesel manufacturing as a conditional use permit in the A-B Agricultural Business District. MMS/Weber-VanKampen to approve this amendment as read. Motion carried.
It was necessary to amend the contract with MSA for the comprehensive plan budget. MMS/VanKampen-Weber to approve an additional $5,640. to complete phase III and phase IV of the project. Motion carried.
MMS/VanKampen – Weber to approve the following Chief Election Inspectors for the year of 2006, Myra Hann, Ruth Klahn, James Huntoon, Esther Huntoon and Sandra Shackelford. Motion carried. MMS/VanKampen – Beasley to approve an increase in wages for the poll workers from $6.50 to $7.50 per hour. Motion carried.
MMS/VanKampen – Beasley to compensate the Assessor the same wage as in 2005 plus any expenses incurred. Motion carried. Chair Jensen and the clerk will research annual meeting minutes to see if an increase such as the Town of Oregon Road Patrolman have received is in order for the Assessor and Treasurer. If an increase should be made it will be a separate compensation for the Assessor and the Treasurer.
The Town Assessor, Andy Blomstrom has requested compensation for additional training he must attend to remain certified. MMS/VanKampen – Jensen to approve a reimbursement of expenses not to exceed $500.00.
Supervisor VanKampen met with Patrolmen Ron Outhouse and Harlan Heller at the Storytown Cemetery. With the information received from the patrolmen, VanKampen wanted an opportunity to change the initial plan before presenting it to the board.
There was no road patrol report in the absence of Supervisor Wayne Ace.
There were no new developments to report regarding the Emergency Management System.
Supervisor Weber reported that the Comprehensive Plan is moving ahead however more progress is needed to complete the task.
Supervisor VanKampen explained there was not any new information to report regarding the Fire and EMS district
Steve Root, Chairman of the Park Committee reported on the three new Eagle Scout projects in the Town. Anchored benches would be installed in the Bi-Centennial Park. Another project will be benches installed in the Town Park. The third project will be trail improvement in the Bi-Centennial Park making the path wider. The trails will now be four feet wide. The expenses will be somewhere between $600.00 to $1,600.00.
The reason for the large difference is because the scouts are trying to get sponsors for the benches. Each bench will costs approximately $86.00. MMS/Weber – VanKampen to approve expenses as needed for the completion of the Eagle Scout projects. Motion carried. In the spring there will be more scouts available for Eagle projects. Root explained that an Eagle project sign displaying past, present and future projects could be a future project. Steve is still sanding tables and would like to have them removed from the Town Park. A concrete table and benches have be donated they will be placed in the Ravenoaks Park. Posts still need to be installed, they have been purchased. The Soap Box Derby has been post phoned for one year.
Supervisor Beasley reported that Liz Harlow shared that the funds from the Village have not been distributed. VanKampen informed the board that the Village Finance Committee did have the cable bill distribution as an agenda item.
Supervisor VanKampen informed the board that the next Towns/Village Metro Bus Study Committee meeting would be held Thursday, September 7, 2006.
The clerk informed the board that Ruth Klahn and Myra Hann attended the August 1, 2006 election training. The clerk’s office hosted a training session for chief inspectors and the Village hosted another the following week. Jennifer Hanson attended a new clerks training in Milwaukee. The Clerk requested to attend a levy/budget meeting. The Board requested a budget entry be made for professional development in the 2007 budget.
MMS/VanKampen – Beasley to adjourn the September 5, 2006 Town Board meeting at 8:40 p.m.
Denise R. Arnold,