Town of Oregon
Town Board Meeting Minutes
April 9, 2009
The regular monthly meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Oregon was held Thursday April 9, 2009. Town Board Chairperson Darryl Weber called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m. with the following Town Board Supervisors present Wayne Ace, Chris Johnson, Rick Andersen, Constable Gary Wackett, Park Committee Chair Steve Root, Assessor Andy Blomstrom and Clerk Denise Arnold. Absent: Supervisor Phil Van Kampen and Treasurer, Rhonda Christensen LaFlash.
Motion made by Ace and seconded by Johnson to approve the March 3, 2009 Town Board meeting minutes as presented by the clerk. Motion carried.
Motion made by Chair Weber and seconded by Ace to approve the Treasurer's report as read by the clerk, Denise Arnold. Motion carried.
Chair Weber inquired if there were any public comments, there being none the next item on the agenda was addressed.
Assessor Andy Blomstrom shared a statistical report from the State with the Board. The assessment roll is nearly complete and should be submitted to the county soon. The Open Book will be held on Friday May 15 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday May 16 from 9:00 a.m. - noon. The Board of Review will be held on Saturday June 6, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Mr. Paul Jensen property owner of 5490 Netherwood Road told the board supervisors that he wanted to build a structure to store all the items currently located on the property then two years later he planned to build a house. The county restricted him to first building a dwelling to support the construction of a barn/pole building. The proposed building will be a 40 x 80 shed. Now his plan is to build a modest ranch home on a cement slab to qualify for the pole shed construction. Recent photos of the property that were submitted by a resident were shown to the board members. Constable Wackett reported there were junk vehicles that are not registered on the property. Motion made by Ace and seconded by Johnson for the property owner of 5490 Netherwood Road, Paul Jensen meet the stated requirements to have all vehicles licensed and organized, items on the site organized, moved back on the lot away from the site of the road, the weed control maintained and permits applied for or obtained or reason why they could not be obtained. Paul Jensen will attend the May 5, 2009 meeting to report on the progress. Motion carries.
Park Chairperson Steve Root reported that a notice was published for tree trimming estimates there were no responses from the advertisement. Root obtained three estimates for the work and with Chair Weber's signature and approval and hired Nickolas Tree Service for the Town Park project. The tree planting in the parks will be coming up, the Oregon Fire/EMS will provide an ATV with a 65 gallon tank to water the trees. There is another Scout project in the works, in Hillcrest Park, Della Road. A phase II extension has been extended for six months with the DNR to accommodate the potential Eagle Scout projects pending.
Steve Root suggested that an individual be hired again this year for the purpose of mowing the Town parks. This would relieve the Town Road Crew and Root would supervisor the part time employee. Andersen felt that we did not have the same situation with overtime as last year. Road Patrolman Ron Outhouse thought that they could handle park mowing this year and did not need extra help. If more help was needed we could submit an advertisement for a part time position.
Supervisor Johnson attended the PSC hearings and testified on March 24th on behalf of the Town of Oregon opposing the Southern Route for the ATC Transmission lines. Motion made by Johnson and seconded by Weber to contribute matching funds up to $2,500.00 toward the legal representation for the southern route townships opposing PSC Case No. 137-CE-147, with an emphasis on the environmental issues and loss of agricultural land. Motion carried.
Motion made by Andersen and seconded Ace to have the Chair appoint two board supervisors to act as fence viewers. The first time the residents involved in the dispute will receive a 30 day notice and a copy of the rules. A minimum $50.00 per land owner administrative fee will be charged and any legal cost incurred by the Town for the party not in compliance within the first 30 days. Motion carries.
Motion made by Johnson and seconded by Ace to repeal Town of Oregon Ordinance; Section 10.10.6-1c.9 Fencing Regulations and replace with WI State Statute fencing ordinance, Chapter 90 Fences and also distribute a copy of the UW Extension Fact Sheet, Fences in Agricultural Areas to residents along with a fee schedule. Motion carries.
Supervisor Andersen talked to Russ Schmid regarding the water run-off from the Village of Brooklyn. Mr. Schmid suggested pumping water from his field into the ditch going toward the retention pond using a 200 foot hose. Chair Weber was concerned that the Town would have trouble with pumping water on to another resident's property. At this point in time the Board decided to wait to hear about progress from our Attorney, Larry Bechler.
Clerk Arnold presented the monthly billing and building inspection report. The shared building inspector with the Village is working well.
Constable Wackett reported on the emergency management plan that is being drafted by the county and then will need to be updated with the town's information. Wackett will be attending two meetings next week regarding the plan.
County Board Supervisor Jerry Jensen shared that he had talked to Brian Standing. Mr. Standing and Andrew Bremer of MSA need to get together to make changes in language and maps to agree with each other.
Ace reported that water issues still need to be addressed at the TORC. Ace suggested road work be done on Tipperary Road and Hillcrest. It appears that different sections of these roads need to be wedged and resealed. After a lengthy discussion it was suggested that Road Patrolman Ron Outhouse contact a couple contractors to get an idea of what the cost would be to determine if it would be more economical to repave. Concerns about two bridges were also discussed. The Clerk was instructed to contact Pam Dunphy regarding bridge work and availability of bridge aid.
Johnson reported that the tree/brush trimming project done on Tony Lane and Union Road intersection was well done. The intersection is much safer now.
Jerry Jensen reported that the Leverence rezone was approved at the County. Jensen shared that he serves on a committee that has updated chapter 10 zoning codes and created an A-4 zoning for parcels less than 35 acres. The committee received permission from DCAPT and a public hearing will be held on April 15, 2009. There is County wide flooding issues reported.
Johnson suggested that the board and employees have a discussion regarding job performance reviews and restructuring and in a closed session meeting. The Clerk will research if there is any problem legally with that meeting.
Supervisor Van Kampen and Clerk Arnold will be attending Board of Review training on April 15th. Motion made by Johnson and seconded by Ace to adjourn at 9:40 p.m. Motion carried.
Denise R. Arnold