Town of Oregon
Board Meeting Minutes
June 7, 2012
Town of Oregon Board Chair Darryl Weber called the June 7, 2012 Public Hearing to order at 6:30 pm with the following Town Board Supervisors present, Phil Van Kampen, Steve Root, Chris Johnson, Wayne Ace and Clerk, Denise Arnold. The Public Hearing was for the purpose of discussing concealed carry at the Oregon Town Hall. Weber explained that Resolution number 04-2011 was adopted on Tuesday December 6, 2011 to prohibit weapons in town buildings and at events by posting signs. Residents of the Town were allowed to speak in favor of the resolution or against the resolution with a request to repeal the adoption of the posting.
Those residents speaking in favor of resolution number 04-2011 were as follows:
Rick Bechen 381 Union Road, Brooklyn, WI 53521
Donna Thomas 5996 County Highway A, Oregon, WI 53575
Chet Thomas 5996 County Highway A, Oregon, WI 53575
Beth Cox 1000 Glenway Road, Oregon, WI 53575
Carlene Bechen 381 Union Road, Brooklyn, WI 53521
Beth Whittemore 5448 Alan Drive, Oregon, WI 53575
Nancy Murphy 5844 Madsen Circle, Oregon, WI 53575
Arlan Kay 5685 Lincoln Road, Oregon, WI 53575
Those residents speaking against resolution number 04-2011 were as follows:
Brad Smith 5597 Netherwood Road, Oregon, WI 53575
Barbara Wiedenbeck 1164 Fish Hatchery Road, Oregon, WI 53575
John Brown 1611 County Highway D, Oregon, WI 53575
Roger Weber 1333 South Fish Hatchery, Oregon, WI 53575
Patricia Brummel 471 Hillcrest, Oregon ,WI 53575
Andy Blomstrom 5829 Madsen Circle, Oregon, WI 53575
Tom Wiedenbeck 1164 Fish Hatchery Road, Oregon, WI 53575
Greg Trosper 1481 County Highway D, Oregon, WI 53575
At 7:15 Chair Weber closed the Public Hearing and opened the June 7th, 2012 Town Board Meeting with the following Town Board Supervisors present: Phil Van Kampen, Steve Root, Chris Johnson, Wayne Ace, Assessor Andy Blomstrom and Clerk Denise Arnold. Absent: Treasurer Rhonda Christensen LaFlash and Constable Gary Wackett.
Motion made by Ace and seconded by Johnson to approve the minutes from the May 1, 2012 Town Board Meeting as presented. Motion carried.
Motion made by Johnson and seconded by Root to accept the Financial Report as submitted by Treasurer Rhonda Christensen LaFlash. Motion carried.
Chair Weber inquired if there were any public comments on issues not all ready up for discussion on the agenda, there being none the next item was addressed.
Supervisor Van Kampen spoke of the Oregon Area Fire/EMS District meeting to be held July 11that 6:30. This meeting will be held at the fire station. The Finance Committee has met and is doing an investigation into an alternative building rather than doing it themselves having an expert from the district come in to look at procedures. Belleville has a meeting coming up.
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June, 7, 2012
Motion made by Van Kampen and seconded by Ace to approve an increase in the 2013 Town of Oregon Levy Limit and our local budget by approximately $22,000. for the Oregon Area Fire/EMS District. Motion carried. Van Kampen further explained this will not provide a surplus rather would assist to bring the district back to a break even status. If there are not large expenses they should have enough funds for 2012.
Weber requested that the Board share any comments regarding the Concealed Carry Resolution number 04-2011. Supervisor Van Kampen passed. Ace shared that he was gone due to a family commitment when the resolution was voted on in December 2011. Ace acknowledges that the sign on the door would not stop someone from a crime however as an elected official we need to maintain public safety. Ace stated posting a sign on the door supports public safety and is in favor of the resolution. Johnson supports the original resolution. Johnson noted that most public buildings are posting the sign for the purpose of public safety. Root spoke in favor of the resolution, he was pleased that both sides were represented. Root felt that a referendum at the Township level should possibly be considered. Weber felt it is a liability issue and unable to enforce therefore the resolution is not needed. There is not funding to support a full security system to make the referendum effective. The Chair called for a motion to rescind the resolution there being no motion Resolution number 04-2011 To Prohibit Weapons In Town Buildings and At Town Events By Posting Signs remains in effect.
Motion made by Van Kampen and seconded by Johnson to adopt Ordinance number 81 Social Host. Motion carried. Regulating underage possession and consumption of alcohol at private residences is the topic of the ordinance introduced by Village of Oregon Court Judge Beth Cox.
Park Chair Steve Root reported about an Eagle Scout Project at Hillcrest Park that is complete. The Park Committee and spouses had a work day at the park on the same day. Root wanted to acknowledge the preparation excavation completed by Public Works Employee Abel Schultz. Michael DeBaker from Scout Troup 168 would like to do a trail upgrade project in the Ravenoaks Park at a cost of $1000. Motion made by Johnson and seconded by Weber to approve the $1,000. expense for the Eagle Scout Project. Motion carried. There were trees that went down in the Parks after the recent storm they have been taken care of. Bob Johnson attended the Dane County Parks Meeting. Johnson reported that it was an interesting meeting regarding the Anderson Park Farm. Currently a dog park and ball diamond are planned across from the current Anderson home property.
Motion made by Johnson and seconded by Ace to change the Town of Oregon Annual Meeting date to April 16thdue to election law changes. Motion carried. All Town Annual Meetings in the future should be held on the third Tuesday in April according to the Wisconsin Towns Association.
Supervisor Root will continue to work on the Town Supervisor email situation in attempt to separate Town correspondence on his personal computer. The Clerk and Root will be in contact with Computer Magic our technical support service to accomplish this.
Motion made by Van Kampen and seconded by Ace to approve the renewal of alcohol beverage license application and application for coin operated machine license for JDB Golf, LLC (Foxboro Golf Club). Motion carried.
Motion made by Van Kampen and seconded by Ace to approve the renewal of Operator’s Licenses at JDB Golf, LLC (Foxboro Golf Club) for the following individuals listed below. Motion carried.
Motion made by Weber and seconded by Root to adopt the 2012 State Highway Classified Equipment Rates. Motion carried. These rates would be used when calculating relief in disaster situations.
Motion made by Root and seconded by Van Kampen to remove contract offers for the 2012 employees that have not signed the Town of Oregon’s workers contract effective June 7, 2012. Motion carried.
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June 7, 2012
Assessor Blomstrom reported that the 2012 Assessment Roll is complete, processed and balanced with the County. The program has been backed up with Assessment Technologies and with an external hard drive with the Clerk’s Office. The State Form has been completed and submitted. A copy will be provided to the Board.
The Building Inspectors report was available for the Town Board to review. There were twelve building permits issued in the month of May 2012.
Constable Wackett did not submit a report for May 2012.
Plan Commission Chair Darryl Weber reported on the May 2012 Plan Commission. There was discussion about the verbiage on the Town’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan and getting back to what was originally intended regarding rural residential housing.
Ace reported on the Public Works and TORC activities. Cody Schultz is assisting with the park and cemetery mowing for approximately 20 hours per week in the absence of Harlan Heller absent with an injury. Culvert work is being done with the assistance of the Town of Dunn. Supervisor Van Kampen reported that Honeysuckle Road needs some attention. Weber reported that Dick Geiger would like to work at the TORC when current employee Sam Ace retires.
The Clerk informed that Board that election expenses will exceed the 2012 budget figure of $10,000. With four elections completed the expenses are $4,133 and poll worker expenses $6,112 for a total of $10,245. There are two more scheduled elections in 2012.
County Supervisor Jerry Bollig was unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict. He reported that the Clark rezone was approved and the horse abuse case in the Town is being monitored.
Johnson reported that the Senior Center had provided a credit on the last budget installment payment. It was explained that the current contract does not have a mechanism for holding any surplus funds. The funds had not been used due to an employee’s absence because of illness in 2011. The Senior Center contract is dated 1995 so the current project is to create a new contract. The meeting to begin this project is scheduled for June 26th.
Motion made by Ace and seconded by Van Kampen to approve the May 2012 payment vouchers in the amount of $66,565.84. Motion carried.
The Clerk shared the June 5, 2012 Recall Election set a new voter record with 2,005 ballots cast, 262 absentee votes in that total. There were 146 new registered voters and 84% voter turnout. This included 237 poll worker hours.
The Clerk is continuing the process to secure a Workman’s Compensation Insurance Policy since learning that our current policy is being cancelled due to excessive claims history. Rural insurance is assisting in the process and a cashier’s check will need to be used to secure payment of premium.
Motion made by Van Kampen and seconded Johnson to adjourn the June 7, 2012 Town Board Meeting. Motion carried.
Denise R. Arnold