Town of Oregon
Town Board Meeting Minutes
January 6, 2009
The regular monthly meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Oregon was held Tuesday January 6, 2009. At 8:10 p.m. Town Board Chairperson Darryl Weber called the meeting to order after a Special Meeting of the Electors, with the following Town Board Supervisors present Wayne Ace, Chris Johnson, Rick Andersen, Phil Van Kampen, Treasurer Rhonda Christensen LaFlash, Park Committee Representative Bob Johnson and Clerk, Denise Arnold.
Motion made by Ace and seconded by Johnson to approve the board meeting minutes from December 2, 2008 as presented. Motion carried
Motion made by Andersen and seconded by Van Kampen to approve the Financial Report as read by the Treasurer Rhonda Christensen LaFlash. The Treasurer also shared that a transfer of park funds was made on December 31, 2008 in the amount of $6,443.85. This total included Park salaries, mowing services, tree removal and other miscellaneous expenses incurred.
Chair Weber inquired if there were any public comments, there being none the next item on the agenda was addressed.
Park Committee Representative Bob Johnson reported that the extension for the grant funds was approved. There are plans to plant more trees and volunteers will assist in that process including the watering. There are more Eagle Scout projects in the works that will be acted on in the spring on 2009.
Supervisor Andersen shared information about the water run-off issues from the Village of Brooklyn. The last information that he acknowledged from Russell Schmid was that he received a letter from the Village of Brooklyn that they were not responsible for any of his problems. Andersen requested that the clerk inquire with Attorney Larry Bechler as to the progress on the situation.
The clerk shared emails from Attorney Matthew Fleming regarding the raze order on the property located at 5632 County Highway A. As of December 11, 2008 Fleming reported that he was confident that a timeline would be obtained soon. The board requested that the clerk following up with Fleming on the matter.
The clerk shared that the Dane County Public Health Department will repeat the well water testing kit opportunity for the Town residents on April 7th, the day of the spring election.
Motion was made by Van Kampen and seconded by Johnson to approve Dane County Ordinance Amendment number 33 2008-2009. Motion carried. The amendment was in regards to clarifying the definition of building height. The Dane County Towns Association was recommending approval from the Towns. The clerk will file the proper documents with Dane County.
The Assessor was not present for a report.
The Village assured the Town that their liability insurance would cover Mike Kleisch for building inspections conducted in the Town. Supervisor Ace had conferred with Dennis Denis regarding his inspection fees. Denis is requesting $25.00 per inspection visit required with mileage being calculated from the location of the Town Hall at the current federal rate. The Board requested that the clerk check on the insurance expense and then calculate a cost comparison between the former inspector, the village inspector rates and those of the new candidate for the next meeting.
The Constable was not present for a report.
Supervisor Andersen requested that Bob Johnson and Gary Wackett co-chair the Emergency Management Committee. Johnson and Wackett have been working on and have experience with the NIMS information. A meeting date will need to be set.
Supervisor Van Kampen was not aware of any new developments with Fire/EMS Districts.
Chair Weber shared that Dane County is still recommending more changes to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan map. Brian Standing and Jerry Jensen would like to call a meeting to discuss these changes. There was nothing to report regarding the Plan Commission as they did not meet in December 2008.
Supervisor Ace reported that relief snow plow driver Dan Crapp is no longer working for the Town. Supervisor Andersen questioned why the new temporary employee filling the position for Harlan Heller, who is out for a medical leave had not reported hours. Bob Kjendlie will be paid in the next payroll cycle. The TORC employees have dismantled the safety device on the new trash compactor recently installed by Pelletteri. The clerk was instructed to contact Pelletteri and have the necessary repairs completed. Supervisor Ace will discuss the issue with the TORC Employees and the clerk will compose a letter with the same message.
The new road signs to replace old worn signs have been delivered. Supervisor Ace explained that when weather allows the sign project and tree trimming maintenance will be started. Supervisor Johnson talked with a neighbor down the road from her and will work cooperatively with her on some needed tree trimming.
Future agenda items include, building inspector information, setting a schedule/guidelines for the Assessor's walk thrus, Assessor meeting attendance, and the Brooklyn water run-off issues.
Motion made by Andersen and seconded by Van Kampen to adjourn the Town Board Meeting. Motion carried.
Denise R. Arnold