Town of Oregon
Town Board Meeting Minutes
December 2, 2014
Chairman Darryl Weber called the Town of Oregon Board Meeting to order on December 2, 2014 with the following board supervisors present, Fred Clark, Steve Root, Phil Van Kampen, Assessor Andy Blomstrom, Constable Gary Wackett and Clerk Denise Arnold. Supervisor Ace arrived at 7:35 and Treasurer Rhonda Christensen LaFlash was absent.
Motion made by Van Kampen and seconded by Clark to approve the Town Board Meeting Minutes from November 11, 2014. Motion carried.
Motion made by Van Kampen to accept the November 2014 Financial Report as prepared by Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Jennifer Hanson. Motion carried.
Chair Weber inquired if there were any public comments, Supervisor Root introduced Sean Vandermerwe residing at 169 Lynn Trail in the Village of Oregon. Sean Vandermerwe then addressed the Town Board and wanted to apologize for vandalism that he was responsible for at the Town Park. He had located a post that he had been discarded and re-seeded grass that he had damaged with his vehicle. He said he had learned a valuable lesson. The board thanked him for coming to the meeting and being honest about the incident.
Dane County Supervisor Jerry Bollig shared that if the Friends of Anderson Farm Park are interested in any Dane County park funding they should be submitting their requests. The Dane County Budget only increased one cent per thousand. Large expenses in the County budget include public works 1.3 million on large equipment, new trucks, 210,000 for Highway MM in Fitchburg, 2 million for an eastside garage facility, 2 million for cleaning up Yahara, one half million for updating Dane County ramps, possibly 8 million on jail updates and 1 million on the 911 phone system. The bike trail is hopefully going to make it to Fish Hatchery Road this year. The Village will be applying for a 50% grant share money. Bollig encouraged the Town to explore the possibility. Bollig inquired if the Town would like him to try to negotiate road work on the section of Fish Hatchery the runs from M to CC it is not anticipated that it would cost the Town of Oregon anything but to be included in the transfer.
This is projected to be done in 2017 however it should be address sooner. Bollig will try to support this project. The 911 system is frustrating, Joe Parisi is taking this over and trying to get to the bottom of the issues. Dane Com should have positive changes in the next few months.
Motion made by Van Kampen and seconded by Root to inform the Village of Oregon that the Town would like to request that the jointly owned speed wagon be disposed of. Motion carried. The unit has not worked properly for a long time. The equipment is outdated.
Van Kampen reported that there were no new developments with the Oregon Area Fire/EMS District since the last meeting. Clark reported that the Belleville EMS Chief Gary Ziegler had medical issues and Josh Wecott is assuming the responsibilities at this time.
Park Chair Steve Root reported that Josh Nordstrum and a crew of others are using the Town’s skid steer are pulling the timbers to widen the trails. Tom Grenlie has estimated that the partial survey of the radius curve would cost $2,000. The other property lines are fine. Motion made by Root and seconded by Van Kampen to approve up to $2,000 for the radius curve survey. Motion carried. Root also reported there will not be a December 2014 Park Meeting.
Town of Oregon Board Meeting Minutes
December 2, 2014
Town of Oregon Assessor Andy Blomstrom addressed the Town Board explaining the letter of noncompliance that had been received from the Department of Revenue is not something to be concerned about. In 2013 while setting up the 2014 assessment roll Blomstrom observed that figures were 10% high on the undeveloped Ag forest and forest land. He thought that a 10% reduction would reconcile that problem but afterward Blomstrom realized that it was a bad decision. This year we are still at a 115.11% value so that change did not actually help at all. He talked with the Department of Revenue regarding the equalized value and learned that it also includes “other ag”. Blomstrom openly admitted that the assumption he made was not good. Due to the other Ag category being so large the snap decision of changing the forest was not effective. No forest sales were available and he could not get any sales until August 15th from other municipalities. Blomstrom said he is getting assistance from the Department of Revenue. There is nothing more that can be done this year to correct the problem. He will be adjusting the models and checking sales to make the correction. Weber inquired about correcting the forest land last year. Blomstrom explained that he thought he did change it but he did not go far enough however the Town is not in any trouble. Weber again asked if the Ag value is about at the correct amount why is the roll still off? Blomstrom said it is his problem but he understands it and it will all be fixed in 2015 but knows it should have been fixed in 2014. Weber stated that he is still concerned. Blomstrom feels that when he leaves he will be leaving records in top notch order. Blomstrom has accomplished setting it up on a top tear program. All the digital photos and measurements are complete. The bugs in the program put land in the category of all other lands. This is why Blomstrom wanted to go to school. Next month Blomstrom will go through the sales and send letters to owners and sellers to get a fair market evaluation. This should be done by around January 15th. Blomstrom will check all new construction to record the value on January 1st. Blomstrom will be proud to pass on his records because they up to date and are top tear. Blomstrom wanted to be reimbursed for the school tuition of $100 and mileage of 157 miles one way. Next year it will be a webinar. Weber and Root requested that Blomstrom submit an expense report to the clerk for payment. Van Kampen inquired if all walk thrus have been completed and the information gathered has been entered in on the computer? Blomstrom confirmed that all drawings, pictures and values have been entered and up to date. Root wanted to know Blomstrom’s timeline on the corrections. Blomstrom is going to list 2015 as a re-valuation year. Weber requested that Blomstrom stay on track to have the assessment roll done in May 2015 and Board of Review done on the regular schedule. Blomstrom assured the Board that he had a good understanding of the problem and will have it straightened out.
Clerk Arnold reported that there were 8 new building permits in the month of November 2014. There will one new housing start in December.
Constable Gary Wackett did not have much to report due to an injury that will have him on limited duty for four to six months he will only be able to respond to light duty. Last week he put Dennis Wendt’s goats back in otherwise it has been very quiet.
Town of Oregon Board Meeting Minutes
December 2, 2014
Chair Weber talked about the question answer session that the Plan Commission held with Dale Secher and Arlen Kay. Secher wants to sell a portion to Kay to even up the lots.
Weber also reported on the activity at the TORC. Ralph Maher has been on vacation however Sheldon Tachon said that he and Ken West could handle the volume this time of year. Weber said he would help if needed.
Clerk Arnold has submitted the levy limit to the Department of Revenue. The Mill Rate is set and when Dane County notifies the Town the mill rate can be entered then the tax bills are in the print cycle. Next week the tax bills will be sent.
Future agenda items include discussion and action on an Ordinance for Implements of Husbandry. The Clerk had information for Supervisors to review on that subject. A presentation by Payne and Dolan should also be put on the agenda for January.
Van Kampen reported that there was not a Senior Center Meeting last month.
Supervisor Ace arrived at 7:35 pm.
Motion made by Van Kampen and seconded to accept the payment vouchers for November in the amount of $35,585.03. Motion carried.
Motion made by Ace and seconded by Clark to set the Caucus date for Saturday January 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm with a snow date of Saturday January 24, 2015. Motion carried.
Motion made by Ace and seconded by Clark to adjourn the December 2, 2014 meeting at 7:45 pm. Motion carried.
Denise R. Arnold