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Town of Oregon

Town Board Meeting Minutes

June 4, 2013

 

            Town of Oregon Board Chairperson Darryl Weber called the June 4, 2013 Town Of Oregon Board Meeting to order at 7:00 pm with the following Town Board Supervisors present:  Wayne Ace, Fred Clark, Steve Root, Phil Van Kampen, Assessor Andy Blomstrom and Clerk Denise Arnold.  Absent:  Treasurer Rhonda Christensen LaFlash and Constable Gary Wackett. 

            Motion made by Ace and seconded by Van Kampen to approve the Board Meeting Minutes from May 7, 2013.  Motion carried. 

            Motion made by Van Kampen and seconded by Root to accept the Financial Report as submitted prior to the meeting from Treasurer Rhonda Christensen LaFlash.  Motion carried. 

            Chair Weber inquired if there were any public comments.  Betty Kluever residing at 5822 Madsen Circle shared how pleased she was with the tree planting project in her neighborhood.  Andy Blomstrom of 5829 Madsen Circle helped organize the neighborhood tree planting group.  Equipment was donated along with many trees from Jay Gould of Winterland Nursery located in the Town of Oregon.  Mr. Gould was very generous with the variety of trees he provided.  Nancy Murphy residing at 5844 Madsen spoke in favor of the project and was thankful for the opportunity to replace the trees that had been taken down on Netherwood Road.  The trees that lined Netherwood Road had to be removed to accommodate an upgrade project required by Alliant Energy.  Alliant energy provided funds for the project. 

            The Clerk explained that the Office of the Commissioner of Railroads (OCR) does not decide where railroad cars are stored the OCR made reference to the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad (WSOR).  Mr. Lucht at the WSOR felt that they needed more time to make decisions as the entire large project had not been approved and it would take some time after that to determine the placement of the rail cars.  He felt it would be more appropriate to attend the August Town Board Meeting so that the Town Board could learn of the plan and discuss the best location if the cars are even going to be stored in the Town of Oregon. 

            Motion made by Weber and seconded by Ace to approve land division and rezone petition number DCPREZ-2013-10563 for parcel number 0505-224-9000-4.  The request is to separate an existing residence from farm land.  The property is zoned A-1Ex (40.7 acres) and RH-1 (2.11 acres).  The request is to rezone 24.68 acres to A-1 Ex  (to be sold to an adjoining landowner) and 16.18 acres to RH-4.  No building sites will be created.  The property is located a 589 Glenway Road, Brooklyn, WI 53521.  Petitioner and Owner is Bill Krajco, 589 Glenway Road, Brooklyn, WI  53521.  Motion carried. 

            The “Friends of Anderson Farm Park” did not meet due to inclement weather on Thursday May 30, 2013 at 6:30 pm.  The group, organized by Roe Parker has rescheduled to meet on Monday June 10, 2013 from 6:00-9:00. 

            Dane County Supervisor Jerry Bollig shared that Dane County has approved Ordinance Amendment 42 regarding amendments to the Zoning Code to add more public protection to the Wind Energy System Siting process.  Resolution 186 was approved regarding agreements for the Cow Power Project in the Town of Springfield.  Cow Power is a manure digester project that converts cow manure from farms into electric energy sold to MG&E.  It also reduces phosphorus runoff into our lakes and streams.  The County approved Resolution 7 which is a design service contract in the amount of $745,000. for the new livestock and trade show pavilion at the Alliant Energy Center.  Ordinance Amendment 1 was approved creating a purchase preference for locally made goods.  Bollig shared a press release related to Dane County’s two compost sites one at 5254 State Highway 19 in Westport two miles east of Waunakee and another in Verona, adjacent to the old landfill at Badger Prairie Park.  Both are open from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday, and 7:00 am to 11:00 am on Saturday.  This quality compost may be obtained for $10.00 per pickup truck load.  Bollig also encouraged Chair Weber and Clerk Arnold to compose a letter expressing why the Anderson Farm Park is not a good location for a large soccer facility and forward that to Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and Board Chairman John Hendrick.  Weber said the project was dropped and should not even be an issue.

            Supervisor Van Kampen shared that the OAFED audit was completed and approved.  The fund balance was at $217,000. compared to $70,000. last year.   One full time staff is leaving and a replacement will be

 

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needed.  A clothing allowance for 2nd and 3rd year interns has been approved for $100.00 per year.  In the past interns only received a clothing allowance in their first year, in checking with other neighboring departments it was learned that most offer clothing allowances each year. 

            Assessor Blomstrom has completed Board of Review and all the changes as well.  Blomstrom has completed the Assessors Report for the Department of Revenue.  The Clerk will be sending letters and the walk thru schedule will begin again the second week in July.  The Clerk inquired if the Assessor had taken care of an email with various questions from Cheryl Zellmer from Dane County and he reported that he had.

            The Clerk shared that there is a second potential Commercial Electrical Building Inspector available for the Town in the event that Tom Wiedenbeck was not able to conduct the inspection.  Inspector Mike Kleisch has recommended Monte Ewing to help if needed.  There were five building permits submitted in the month of May.

            There was not a report from the Constable.  The Clerk reported that Constable Wackett had discussed obtaining a quote from a representative at General Communications that would be in compliance with the new DaneCom radio system.  The board instructed the Clerk to add the radio decision to the July Town Board Agenda. 

            Chair Weber reported that the Plan Commission evaluated the Bill Krajco petition.  They are also looking at a commercial site for Jim Purdin. 

            Ace reported that the Public Works and TORC are functioning well.  The Public Works Employees are trying to use their comp. time.  The sealcoating for Union Road has been delayed due to the recent rains.

            The Clerk reported that recycling grant funds were received in the amount of $17,844.38.  The New John Deere Excavator that was a joint municipality purchase has been delivered and the Town of Oregon share payable to the Town of Dunn is $26,591.67.  Insurance for that piece of equipment will be obtained by the Town of Dunn and divided between the purchasing municipalities.  The pending case of unemployment benefits has been denied according to a determination from the Department of Workforce and Development. 

            Supervisor Van Kampen reported on the Oregon Senior Center progress regarding the new contract that was discussed at the joint municipality meeting.   The Towns and Village of Brooklyn were concerned about the approval threshold of budget increases.  The Town of Rutland felt it did not have control and wanted a 5% increase cap without Township approval the Village wanted a 10% cap.  There was a compromise of 7%.  Village Trustee Jerry Bollig confirmed that the Village Trustees had approved the 7% budget cap.  The contract should be ready for approval possibly signed at the August 2013 Joint Municipality Meeting. 

            Supervisor Root reported on the Park Committee Meeting.  There are a couple of potential Eagle Scout projects in the works.  Thursday there will be a tree planting with the Public Works Department this includes some trees donated by Nate Hegg and some that were left from the Netherwood Road project.  Resident Jeff Nelson completed work at the Town Park entrance from Sheil Drive.  Nelson worked with the Utility Company for assistance.  Motion made by Weber and seconded by Root to accept Jeff Nelson to the Park Committee to fill the vacancy left by Janine Jensen.  Motion carried.  An Eagle Scout is proposing a 10 X 10

square gazebo in the Bi-Centennial Park made of cedar with a metal roof.  Motion made by Van Kampen and seconded by Weber to approve an expense allowance of $1,500. for the Eagle Scout Gazebo Project in Bi-Centennial Park.  Motion carried. 

            Root reported that residents from the Della Park neighborhood attended the last Park Committee Meeting requesting a purchase of park equipment.  The group of residents have done the work by researching  park equipment that was on Craig’s List from a daycare that is closing.  The equipment new would be $20,000. and used they could purchase for $5,000.  The group is willing to harvest the playground equipment and complete a reinstall in the Della Park.  Motion made by Weber and seconded by Clark to approve up to $9,116.50 for the purchase, repair and installation of park equipment in the Della Park.  Motion carried.  The approved itemized expenses are as follows: 

            $5,000. purchase of playground structure                                  $   500. rental of equipment for relocation

            $1,000. power spray equipment & powder coating                   $   500. bagged cement (4 pallets)

            $1,116. 9” birdseye/pea gravel flooring base                             $1,000. Professional Installer Assistance

 

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            Future agenda items include Eagle Scout presentations, possible decision on emergency management radios and potential approval of the Senior Center Contract or any changes to do with that process.          

            Motion made by Ace and seconded by Root to approve the May 2013 payment vouchers in the amount of $49,004.49.  Motion carried. 

            The Clerk reported that the Tour de Food ride will travel thru the Town of Oregon from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm on June 9th.  All liability paperwork has been submitted for that event.  The deputy clerk will be going on vacation the exact dates are undetermined. 

            Motion made by Ace and seconded by Clark to adjourn the June 4, 2013 at 8:10 pm.  Motion carried.

Respectfully Submitted,

Denise R. Arnold

Clerk



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