Town of Oregon
Town Board Meeting Minutes
December 6, 2011
The Town of Oregon Board Chair called the Public Hearing to order at 6:00 pm with the following Town Board Supervisors present Phil Van Kampen, Jerry Jensen, Chris Johnson, Assessor Andy Blomstrom, Park Chair Steve Root, Clerk Denise Arnold. Treasurer Rhonda Christensen LaFlash arrived at 6:40. Absent: Supervisor Wayne Ace and Constable Gary Wackett.
Chair Weber opened by asking people in attendance if they would like to speak at the Public Hearing regarding the Resolution #04-2011 to prohibit weapons in town buildings and at town events by posting signs. Weber requested that each individual state their name and address before speaking. The following list of residents spoke against the resolution:
John Brown – 1611 County Highway D, Oregon, WI 53575
Brad Smith – 5597 Netherwood Road, Oregon, WI 53575
Jim Weber – 1276 South Fish Hatchery Road, Oregon, WI 53575
Jon Borgen – 5459 Netherwood Road, Oregon, WI 53575
Andy Blomstrom – 5829 Madsen Circle, Oregon, WI 53575
Dan Milsted – 5900 County Highway D, Brooklyn, WI 53521
There were no residents or employees that spoke in favor of the resolution to prohibit weapons in town buildings and at town events by posting signs.
Chair Weber closed the public hearing at 6:20 pm and brought the Town Board Meeting to order. The first item on the December 6, 2011 agenda was discussion and possible approval of Resolution 04-2011, Resolution to Prohibit Weapons in Town Buildings and at Town Events by Posting Signs. Supervisor Van Kampen did not have any comments. Supervisor Jensen wanted to act in a way that would be most acceptable to the Clerk, Deputy Clerk and Treasurer. Clerk Arnold was not requesting the signage stating that a sign would not deter an individual from a violent act in a public place. Arnold also had concerns to maintain a safe place for electors to vote. Supervisor Johnson inquired about adequate training. Johnson did not feel that it would be good to post for only certain special events and was concerned about the Town’s liability. Johnson was also concerned about election safety and thought the signage could act as a deterrent to any possible threat. Chair Weber was not in favor of posting signs stating it is irrelevant, a sign will not stop a violent act. Weber felt it could actually help to have an individual to assist in bringing order back to a situation if they were allowed concealed carry in the Town Hall. In time the signs will all be removed. Treasurer Christensen LaFlash was opposed to the resolution on the grounds that it was not enforceable. LaFlash thought that the people applied for and obtained the permit and it is their right exercise concealed carry.
Motion made by Van Kampen and seconded by Johnson to adopt resolution number 04-2011, Resolution to Prohibit Weapons in Town Buildings and at Town Events by Posting Signs. Chair Weber requested a roll count vote. Van Kampen-aye, Jensen-aye, Johnson-aye and Weber-nay. Supervisor Ace was not present. Motion carried three to one.
Motion made by Van Kampen and seconded by Johnson to approve the November 1, 2011 Meeting Minutes as presented. Motion carried.
Motion made Van Kampen and seconded by Jensen to accept the Financial Report for November 2011 as read by Treasurer Rhonda Christensen LaFlash. Motion carried.
A decision was made to send the 2011 tax bills with a tax letter prepared by the Treasurer and two additional brochures. One brochure features changes at the Town of Oregon Recycling Center (TORC) and the other explains the voter identification changes beginning with 2012 elections.
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Bill Buglass from Payne and Dolan provided an update on the Klahn Pit. A recent photo was provided displaying more activity than usual. Next year much less volume will be taken out. Buglass and the Clerk did not report any complaints regarding the activities at the Klahn Pit or any other Payne and Dolan facility.
There were no public comments.
Motion made by Chair Weber and seconded by Jensen to approve land division and rezone petition number DCPREX-2011-10367 for a lot line adjustment and re-zone parcels for property located off of Judd Road. Property owned by the Levine Family Partnership parcel #0509-072-9610-0. This involves parcel #0509-074-8520-0 and #0509-074-8503-0 owned by Johnson Bank. No additional parcels are being created from the proposed lot line adjustments. Motion carried.
Motion made by Weber and seconded by Johnson to approve resolution 03-2011 resolving to discontinue the drainage easement created per Hampton Hill Plat and shown on Hampton Valley Plat – Lot 4 and discontinue the temporary turn-around created per Hampton Hill Plat and shown on Hampton Hill Lot 33. Motion carried. This had been done in the past however not reported properly to Dane County; this resolution would provide the proper documentation.
Motion made by Jensen and seconded by Weber to support the Dane COM interoperable radio system proposal. Motion carried. Jensen noted that the cost has been reduced considerably from 30 million to 16 million. The Dane County Towns encouraged each Town to agree to support this proposal.
Motion made by Weber and seconded by Johnson to approve the Belleville Board of Education’s Resolution Authorizing Appointment of School Crossing Guards. Motion carried.
Park Chair Steve Root reported the tree trimming had started in the Town Park and will proceed to Ravenoaks Park. The Kiosk in the Bicentennial Park looks great and Eagle Scout Alec Meier will attend the January 2012 Town Board Meeting to present the project to the Town Supervisors. Resident Jen Williams has requested access to the Town Park to secure the horses and use the walking paths. Root requested the Treasurer provide a park fund report for the Park Committee quarterly. The Anderson Park meeting held on Monday December 5, 2011 was a positive one. The general consensus is that the public would prefer a passive activity location with nature, horse back riding, cross country and walking paths. All agreed that the meeting was run extremely well.
Assessor Andy Blomstrom reported that he attended State Assessor’s School last month; He has completed the walk thrus for 2011. Blomstrom has started the process of valuing the 2011 building permits and new construction provided by the clerk’s office. Blomstrom did not feel it was necessary to purchase the assessor’s computer software. The Assessor computer is running very slow. The Clerk will arrange for the meeting with a representative from Computer Magic to possibly speed the computer up and arrange for a set of external hard drive and back-ups. One off premise and one at the Clerk’s Office.
A copy of the November Building Permits was provided for the board. There were seven building permits applied for in the month of November.
The Constable did not have any report for November 2011.
Supervisor Van Kampen reported that the Oregon Fire District had adopted a budget. The fulltime staff will be reduced from six to five and Chief Olson is retiring after 31 years. A new Finance Committee has been formed. More work is being done on the billing process and fees for fire calls may be charged in the future. Sara Swalheim is providing the financial monthly report for the Oregon Area Fire/EMS District.
Chair Weber reported that the Plan Commission is working on creating new submittal paperwork for rezones and land uses. The Levine rezone change and the Hampton resolution were recommended to the Board. Chair Weber shared that the TORC building is completed and may have some doors installed next year. A sign made by Rubin Kaiser Construction for the TORC location has been installed.
Lead Public Works Employee Abel Schultz provided a report of that department’s progress for November 2011. Motion made by Johnson and seconded Weber to approve a bid for replacing the service door on the public works garage in the amount of $2,650 work will be done by Crowley. Motion carried.
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Motion made by Weber and seconded by Jensen to approve the purchase of a snow bucket for the bobcat for $1,125 from K & L Bobcat, Inc. Motion carried.
Chair Weber acknowledged the individuals that were responsible for the recent work done at the Town of Oregon Recycling Center to build a structure to protect the employees and residents using the facility. The following workers were recognized Brad Smith, Andy Blomstrom, Dave Hagemann, Darryl Weber, John Brown, John Gefke and Tom Wiedenbeck.
Clerk Arnold provided an informational sheet regarding the tax collection dates, mill rate, lottery credit and first dollar credit figures. The Department of Workforce and Development has sent notice that there is a special assessment fee that is due to the unemployment fund shortage.
Supervisor Jensen reported that Dane County approved a repair of a dam at the end of Lake Waubesa and also Lake Kegonsa. The bill was $400,000 and there was a budget of $900,000. This will not involve the town.
Future agenda items include Alec Meier’s Eagle Scout Project and presentation of Graphic Information Systems (GIS) by MSA Planners.
Motion made by Johnson and seconded by Weber to approve the payment vouchers from November 2001 in the amount of $37,241.75. Motion carried.
The date for the 2012 Town Caucus was set for Saturday January 14, 2012 with a snow date of January 21, 2012. The time will be 2:00 pm.
Motion made by Johnson and seconded by Jensen to adjourn the December 6, 2011 at 8:00 pm. Motion carried.
Denise R. Arnold