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Town Board Meeting Minutes

June 7, 2011


          The Town of Oregon Board Chairperson Darryl Weber called the June 7, 2011 Town Board Meeting to order at 6:00 pm.  Motion made by Jensen and seconded by Johnson to adjourn into closed session pursuant to Wisconsin State Statue § 19.85 (1)(C) to discuss personnel.  Roll was taken with the following present Supervisor Phil Van Kampen, Jerry Jensen, Darryl Weber, Chris Johnson Wayne Ace, Clerk Denise Arnold and Hiring Committee Facilitator  Steve Root.  Motion made by Jensen and seconded by Johnson to adjourn the closed session and recess until the regular scheduled Town Board Meeting at 7:00 pm.

            The Town of Oregon Board Chairperson Darryl Weber called the June 7, 2011 Town Board Meeting to order at 7:00 pm with the following Town Board Supervisors present:  Phil Van Kampen, Jerry Jensen, Chris Johnson, Wayne Ace, Park Chair Steve Root, Treasurer Rhonda Christensen LaFlash, Constable Gary Wackett, Assessor Andy Blomstrom and Clerk Denise Arnold.  There were twelve residents in attendance. 

            Motion made by Ace and seconded by Van Kampen to approve the May 3, 2011 Town Board Meeting Minutes as presented.  Motion carried. 

            Motion made by Van Kampen and seconded by Jensen to accept the Financial Report as presented by Treasurer Rhonda Christensen LaFlash.  Motion carried. 

            During the public comments session Buzz Davis from Stoughton requested an opportunity to address the Town Board regarding the 2011 Senate Bill #93.  Mr. Davis then introduced Town of Oregon resident Rick Bechen of 381 Union Road Brooklyn, WI 53521.  Mr. Bechen supports the “no guns in public places” campaign.  Mr. Davis provided literature and a list of petitioners against concealed carry of firearms, he encouraged the Town Board to support this movement.  Stoughton will be preparing an ordinance to have weapon free public facilities.  Resident Patricia Brummel of 471 Hillcrest Lane, Brooklyn, WI 53521 spoke in favor of concealed weapons.  Brad Smith of 5597 Netherwood Road, Oregon, WI 53575 felt more  individuals were being trained and educated to protect themselves in this changing society.  If the Town would like to be more restrictive than the State laws read there should be public hearings to allow the residents to voice their opinion on the matter.   Constable Wackett shared that the Town currently has an ordinance prohibiting concealed weapons within the limits of the Town.  Section 9.2.6.

            Park Chair Steve Root shared that Bob and Mary Byrne wanted permission to plant a tree and provide a bench with a plaque at the Town Park as a memorial for Harold Byrne.  Motion made by Weber and seconded by Jensen to approve the request for a memorial for Harold Byrne.  Motion carried.  Root worked with the Oasis Club to clear unwanted brush on the open area at the top of the hill at the Town Park. Root requested that the public works department clean up this cleared brush.  There has been some vandalism at the Town Park.  The bike rack and tables have been pulled from the concrete and one tree damaged which will be replaced.  The Sheil Drive neighborhood is making a request list for equipment at the Della Road Park.

            The Assessor reported that he has made the necessary changes to the assessment roll following the Board of Review.  Blomstrom shared that the walk thrus of properties in the Town of Oregon is going well. 

            The Board reviewed the 2011 road bids that were submitted in compliance with the current prevailing wage law requirements.  Motion made by Ace and seconded by Van Kampen to repave the following roads listed and potentially add an addition area adjacent road to the project contracted with Frank Bros.  Motion carried.

            Onwentsa Trail (Raven Oaks to Partridge Hill)              $13,911.50

            Quail Court (Partridge Hill to Cul-de-Sac)                                $  8,662.50

            Twin Oaks Court (Partridge Hill to Cul-de-Sac)                        $  4,801.50

            Partridge Hill Drive (Blue Heron to Sayles)                                $15,272.50     

            Partridge Hill Drive (Quail Ct to Cul-de-Sac)                $23,011.50

            Knollwood Drive (Raven Oaks to Onwentsia Tr)                      $22,765.50

            Total approved                                                                       $88,425.00

 Supervisor Ace will assess the need for an additional paving project and report back to Frank Bros. for the cost.  The Glenway Road project will need to wait for another year. 

            Motion made Jensen and seconded by Weber to approve Sub.1 to Dane County Ordinance amendment 37 10-11.  Motion carried.  This amends chapter 10, defining small scale electric generating stations and requiring a conditional use permit for such uses in the A-1 Exclusive Agriculture District. Motion carried. 

            Motion made by Jensen and seconded by Van Kampen to approve Dane County Ordinance Amendment No. 4, 2011-2012; Amending Chapter 10 of the Dane County Code of Ordinances, regarding accessory structures.  Motion carried. 

            A decision to table the consideration of the ABC bid to repair the gutters was agreed upon. 

            A discussion was held regarding issues of concern on roads in the Town of Oregon that change speed limits in designated areas on certain portions of roadways.  There have been concerns and complaints on the posting of speed limit changes.  Suggestions have been made to post more signs to clarify the problem, hold public hearings and change the speed limit to 45 mph throughout the Township or instruct the Road and Traffic Safety Committee to research the problem and make a recommendation to the board.  Motion made by Van Kampen and seconded by Ace to instruct the Road and Traffic Safety Committee to research the situation and make a recommendation to the Town Board.  Motion carried.  Constable Wackett is concerned that the problem is not with the signage but rather enforcement of the speed limits. 

            Chair Weber informed the Board of the assignments for 2011 until after the spring election in 2012.  Weber wanted to abolish the Road and Traffic Safety Committee.  Due to the request to research the speed limit issue that Committee will continue until fall 2011. 

            Motion made by Johnson and seconded by Weber to instruct the Plan Commission to research the budget impact on the Town of Oregon Recycling Center (TORC).   Recommendations would then be made to the Town Board.  Motion carried. 

            Supervisor Van Kampen explained that the resolution about the Oregon Fire/EMS that was to be discussed and acted upon be tabled at this time.  The resolution will be discussed at the Village of Oregon Finance Meeting on Monday June 13, 2011 at 5:30.  There are potential changes to be made on the actual resolution that were suggested by the Town of Dunn.  The Clerk has been instructed to forward the resolution to the Town’s Attorney Larry Bechler.  The current figure for the Town’s portion is $257,948.  Van Kampen answered questions from board members and residents in attendance. 

            Clerk Arnold shared the building inspection report prepared by building inspector Mike Kleisch.  Building inspections are not increasing at this time.

            Constable Wackett reported one animal complaint.  Four vandalism incidents in the park, one stop sign painted at the corner of Bellbrook Road and Tipperary Road.  The bridge on Bellbrook Road west Tipperary Road was spray painted.  Seven park checks were conducted more trash and chairs have dumped at the park.  Supervisor Jensen will assist with moving the picnic tables back to where they belong in the park. 

            Clerk Arnold shared that Deputy Clerk Hanson is continuing with updates to the Emergency Management Plan. 

            Van Kampen did not have anything to report for Brooklyn and Belleville Fire/EMS.  The Village Fire/EMS District is continuing to work on cash flow issues and should have an update on the matter for the July Town Board Meeting.      

            The Plan Commission has been relatively quiet and is looking forward to taking on the TORC finance/budget project. 

            Ace reported that the Road and Traffic Safety Committee did not meet last month. 

           Ace wanted to acknowledge and thank Public Works Employee Ron Outhouse who after 13 years of service with the Town of Oregon retired on June 3rd, 2011.  A progress report was shared regarding the new plow truck.  There was a question as to what to do with the used air compressor that has been replaced.  The board suggested trying to get $100. salvage value for it.

            Clerk Arnold shared documents regarding the Oregon Area Senior Center.  The Town of Dunn would like to have some restructuring of the percentage of payment.  There is a Finance Meeting being held at the Village of Oregon on Monday June 13, 2011 at 5:30 pm.  The Clerk encouraged Board Supervisors to attend however if more that three attend that meeting it will need to be posted.  Supervisor Van Kampen will be attending the Village Finance Meeting. 

            The Clerk inquired if the Board would like any financial reports prepared to better understand the budget situation.  No Supervisors at this time had a request. 

            Supervisor Jensen reported that activity is relatively quiet at the County and work is being done on the redistricting.  District 31 is in question, as they took out a portion of the Village of Brooklyn.  District 31 may also include a portion of Montrose and the Village of Brooklyn should be added back in.  The Town of Oregon has not been directly affected yet. 

            Future agenda items include the Audit review from Baker Tilly, and two Eagle Scout projects.  The Clerk was instructed to contact Baker Tilly to come in for an explanation of suggestions to be made.       

            Motion made by Ace and seconded by Johnson to approve the payment vouchers in the amount of $49,580.39.  Motion carried.            

            Motion made by Ace and seconded by Jensen to adjourn the Town of Oregon June 7, 2011 Town Board Meeting.  Motion carried. 


Respectfully Submitted,



Denise R. Arnold



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