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Town of Oregon Board Meeting Minutes
Feb 02, 2010

Town of Oregon
Board Meeting Minutes
February 2, 2010


     The regular monthly meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Oregon was held on Tuesday, February 2, 2010. The Town Board Chairperson Darryl Weber called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. with following Supervisors present, Phil Van Kampen, Rick Andersen, Chris Johnson, Treasurer, Rhonda Christensen LaFlash, Constable, Gary Wackett and Clerk, Denise Arnold. Absent: Supervisor Wayne Ace.

      Motion made by Van Kampen and seconded by Andersen to approve the January 5, 2010 meeting minutes as presented. Motion carried.

     Motion made by Van Kampen and seconded by Johnson to approve the January 2010 payment vouchers in the amount of $3,065,945.24. Motion carries. Supervisor Andersen requested this agenda item be moved further down for future agendas to provide time to review the information.

     Motion made by Van Kampen and seconded by Andersen to approve the January 2010 Financials as presented by Treasurer Rhonda Christensen LaFlash. Motion carries.

     Chair Weber inquired if there were any public comments there being none the next item on the agenda was addressed.

     There was no Park Committee report.

     The Assessor was not available for an assessor report.

     Dane County Deputy Brad Duffrin presented the Board with a twelve page report of all the 2009 service calls in the Town of Oregon. There were 62 crashes; Duffrin reported that number is average in comparison to other municipalities located in the area. The Town has more animal calls than most and has experienced some theft from autos in the Oregon Territory and Fahey Heights neighborhoods. The County has managed to recover on many of those theft calls. There were over 600 service calls to the Town of Oregon in 2009.

     A copy was presented of the letter sent to the Village of Oregon requesting an amendment to the Village sub-division ordinance to be consistent with the Town of Oregon Comprehensive Land Use Plan. This change has to do with the rounding factor applied in the Town of Oregon plan for land splits. The Town of Oregon Land Use Plan has recently been approved by Dane County.

     Motion made by Weber and seconded by Van Kampen to approve the recommendation from the Plan Commission to amend Chapter 10 of the Dane County Ordinance regarding residences in the Exclusive Agriculture District. Motion carries. The amendment does away with the substantial income requirements and requires conditional uses for secondary farm residences occupied by parents or children of the farm operator.

     The date for the Open Book and Board of Review will be tabled until the March 2, 2010 meeting due to the absence of the assessor.

      Due to the absence of Supervisor Ace the Wisconsin E-Waste Law decision along with the metal dumpster issues will be tabled until the March 2, 2010 meeting.

     Van Kampen shared that he attended the recent meeting regarding the Dane County Radio system. The Cities and Villages have rejected Dane Counties' offer and the responsibility will be sent back to the County Executive to present something more acceptable.

     Petitioner and owner Jerry Jensen of 869 Glenway Road, Oregon WI explained to the board that for estate planning purpose he would like to parcel off some land and use three land splits. Effective January 1, 2010 the Wisconsin Farmland Initiative through the legislature and in the budget bill instituted a $1,000.00 per acre fee/tax for converting land out of exclusive agriculture into residential. Jensen filed in 2009 with the County to avoid the conversion fee. Motion made by Weber and seconded by Johnson to approve the recommendation from the Plan Commission for petition number 10151 with the stipulation to reconfigure lot lines on lot 4 to a shape similar to Lot 3 with deed restrictions on lot 2 and remaining 53 acres. Motion carries. Weber amended the motion to include a $600.00 impact fee each of the three land splits and fencing ordinance does apply. The amended motion was seconded by Johnson and the motion carried.

     Motion made by Van Kampen and seconded by Johnson to approve the purchase of an AaLadin 12-325 ES high pressure washer for $3,730.00 with trade-in of our current machine. Motion carries

     Van Kampen reported that he fixed the tile in the vestibule area of the Town Hall. Crowley Masonry completed the installation of the HVAC door on the back of the Town Hall building.

     The clerk presented the Building Inspector's report. A report with income and expenses for the building inspection services was provided by the clerk. The Town collected $11,067.34 in fees and had $6,179.74 in expenses. The clerk also shared that the property located at 5632 County Highway A owned by Dan and Mary Butz is now acceptable for occupants. Building Inspector Mike Kleisch has approved occupancy and will continue to conduct inspections as more improvements are completed at the residence.

     Constable Wackett reported there were animal complaints and he had one assist with Dane County Sheriff's Department. Wackett attended the January Park Committee Meeting to share the park activity for 2009.

     Bob Johnson representing the Town of Oregon Emergency Management Committee encouraged the Town Board Supervisors to attend the Tuesday March 9th meeting at 7:00 p.m. to gain an understanding of what is necessary to complete the Town of Oregon Emergency Management Plan. Paul France, Regional Officer of the Southeast Region for Emergency Management will attend to help facilitate that process. Chair Weber requested that the Clerk have the town's recording device set up for that meeting.

     There were no new developments with the Fire/EMS (Oregon, Brooklyn & Belleville) to report.

     Chair Weber reported that Lloyd Klahn has submitted a letter of resignation to retire from the Plan Commission. The plan is to run an advertisement for the vacant position next month.

     Motion made by Weber and seconded by Johnson to approve an appointment for a three year Plan Commission term for Andrew Blomstrom. Motion carried.

     Johnson reported that the Road and Traffic did not meet in the month of January.

     The Clerk shared a report with an expense comparison from Waste Management and Pellitteri. Changing to Pellitteri Waste Services in 2009 saved the Town of Oregon $9,633.47. The Clerk also reported that Road Patrolman Harlan Heller had shoulder surgery on January 22, 2010. He returned to the Dr. on January 28, 2010 and occupational therapy was set up for the week of February 8th. Harlan will return to the Dr. on February 18, 2010 and may have a return to work date at that time.

     Dane County Supervisor Jerry Jensen shared that PUD passed in all the towns and the board. The TDR was rejected however they are making changes that are far more palatable for the Towns and he thought he may even support the new conditions. The TDR will come back to the Towns one more time before going to the County Board.

     Chair Weber shared that the hiring committee for the Road Patrol position has been set and will meet on Tuesday February 9th at 6:00 p.m. The Committee members are Phil Van Kampen, Wayne Ace, Steve Root, Jim O'Brien, Rubin Kaiser and Mark Below. Mr. Below will help with the final selections to present to the board. Ron Outhouse will be asked also.

     Future agenda items include:

  • Setting the date for the Open Book and Board of Review
  • Wisconsin's New E-waste Law
  • Decision on the metal dumpster at the TORC
  • Dane County Radio program

     The Clerk did not have any additional report for February.

     Motion made by Johnson and seconded by Andersen to adjourn the February 2, Town of Oregon Board Meeting at 7:55 p.m. Motion carried

Respectfully submitted,

Denise R. Arnold

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