The regular monthly meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Oregon was held on Tuesday September 1, 2009. The Town Board Chairperson Darryl Weber called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. with the following Town Board Supervisors present Wayne Ace, Chris Johnson, Rick Andersen, Phil Van Kampen, Constable Gary Wackett, Treasurer Rhonda Christensen LaFlash, Park Chair Steve Root, Assessor Andy Blomstrom and Deputy Clerk, Jennifer Hanson.
Motion made by Van Kampen and seconded by Anderson to approve the Financial Report presented by the Treasurer. Motion carried.
Resident Brad Smith, 5597 Netherwood Road, Oregon, addressed the Town Board regarding the hiring of part-time snow plow drivers. Mr. Smith would like to see the Town better prepared than last year when hiring part-time snow plow drivers. He would like part-time snow plow drivers to go through a background check, including driver's license and prior employment verification. Mr. Smith also recommends that the Town Board put an ad in the paper to hire qualified employees. Resident Sharon Christensen, 4827 Rome Corners Road, Brooklyn, asked if the Town Board has a policy on snow plowing. The board discussed how snow plowing is handled in the town.
Supervisor Johnson discussed a request from resident, Jennifer Cifuentes, 768 Heather Lane, to use the parking lot of the Town Hall for a rummage sale. It would be held for one day on Saturday during the same weekend as the Village wide garage sale. Since Ms. Cifuentes wasn't at the meeting, the Town Board didn't take action on her request.
Resident William Cummings, 6060 Sun Valley Parkway, Oregon, informed the board about a bill before the legislature providing a penalty of $1,000 per acre when taking land out of exclusive agriculture. Mr. Cummings talked about the Dane County meeting on the blanket rezone, including the discussion of hydric soil.
Park Chair Steve Root informed the board that the fall tree planting will be held at the Town Park on October 18th, 2009. Mr. Root updated the board on a recommendation from the Park Committee allowing self-insured people to remove down trees on town property. Mr. Root will make a formal presentation for board approval at a future meeting.
Assessor Andy Blomstrom reported that the walk-thrus have been going really well and residents have been cooperative. Mr. Blomstrom would like to attend the October Wisconsin Town Association Conference in Steven Point to obtain assessor training. Blomstrom explained that this training is less expensive than other trainings available. Motion made by Anderson and seconded by Johnson to pay for registration and expenses, not to exceed $200 per person, to attend the Wisconsin Town's Association Conference. Motion carried. The board discussed the possibility of future walk-thrus in residential areas pending a review of the budget.
Ace reported that the Road & Traffic Safety Committee got new forms and has been working on updating road signs. Ace shared the results of information collected regarding the reduction of the speed limit on Hillcrest Road. Two residents opposed the reduction in speed and 42 residents signed a petition supporting a reduction in speed. Ace made a motion and seconded by Van Kampen to reduce the speed limit on Hillcrest Lane to 45 mph. Motion carried. Johnson said that pedestrian signs will be put up on each end of Hillcrest.
Ace made a motion and seconded by Weber to pay the assessor with two separate checks, one to be paid quarterly for his elected salary and the second to be paid upon completion of the walk-thrus. Motion carried.
Van Kampen worked with Gary Wackett on selecting a candidate for the Joint Board Fire/EMS position. They selected Caroline Templeton due to her extensive background and favorable references. Van Kampen made a motion and seconded by Johnson to appoint Caroline Templeton, 930 Hillcrest Lane to fill the position on the Joint Board Fire/EMS position. Motion carried.
Ace made a motion and seconded Anderson to approve $1,560 for the purchase of a new trailer. Motion carried. The board discussed what to do with the old trailer and agreed to dispose of it. Van Kampen made a motion and seconded by Johnson to approve wording change for Dane County Ordinance Amendment No. 16, 2009-10, Amending Chapter 10 of the Dane County Code of Ordinances, Regarding Preservation of Topography near Property Lines. Motion carried.
Van Kampen noted that building inspections for the month of August were in the board books for review.
Wackett reported that he responded to 3 or 4 animal complaints but he has cut back on patrol hours due to his recent loss of employment. Wackett has purchased helmets and vests for the NIMS committee and donated two file cabinets. The next NIMS meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 8th.
Van Kampen reported that there is no new business from the Fire & EMS Report (Oregon, Brooklyn & Belleville).
Weber reported that there is no new business from the Plan Commission. There was additional discussion regarding the Dane County meeting on the blanket rezone.
Ace explained that the road patrolmen were working in the Towns of Rutland and Dunn last month. Those projects lasted longer than expected. The board discussed the shouldering of Tipperary Road. Weber reported the work should begin this week. Ace discussed the possibility of hiring a part-time employee to help with shouldering. Weber feels the work can be accomplished by the current employees. The board also discussed the work arrangement with the Towns of Rutland and Dunn and if the arrangement is equal.
The board agreed to set budget dates in October when the clerk is available.
Johnson handed out employee evaluation packets to town board members.
Ace reviewed the 2009 road budget provided last month. Ace discussed the future need to hire a tree removal service to cut done a half of dozen trees in the township. Ace will create a list of the trees that need to be removed and cost. He will present this at the October board meeting.
Deputy Clerk Hanson reported that the Horse First Farm will be holding a large Holistic Horse Fair the last weekend of September. Wackett will go out and discuss parking arrangements.
Weber asked to have the blanket rezone added and Johnson will prepare a summary of duties for elected officials for the next board meeting.
Anderson made a motion and seconded by Van Kampen to adjourn the meeting at 8:13PM. Motion carried.
Denise R. Arnold