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Regular Town Board Meeting
Town of Germantown Town Hall
N7560 17th Avenue
New Lisbon, WI 53950
February 10, 2009
Town Officials Present: Supervisors Rosetta Boyle, Steve Gillespie, Michael Poe, and Dave Specht
Town Officials Absent: Chairman William Jax
Others Present: Clerk/Treasurer Beth Manson, Zoning Administrator Bill Bruce, Emergency Management Director Fred Cobbs, Public Works Worker Dick Martin, Town Officer Tony Green, and 6 guests
Call Meeting to Order
Poe called the regular monthly board meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance
Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all present.
Verification of Proper Posting
Manson verified that this meeting had been properly posted at 3 locations and published in “The Messenger” on February 5, 2009.
Approve Agenda in any Order
Motion by Boyle to approve agenda as written, 2nd by Gillespie. Motion Carried.
Motion by Boyle to approve the minutes of the regular monthly board meeting held on January 13, 2009, 2nd by Gillespie. Motion Carried.
Treasurer’s Report, Bank Reconciliation Report, Read and Approve
Manson read the monthly financial statement. Outstanding checks totaling $4,670.53. Poe stated he has reviewed and reconciled with the bank statements. Motion by Poe to approve the treasurer’s and reconciliation reports as presented, 2nd by Specht. Motion carried.
Employee Health Insurance
Gillespie/Manson explained the proposed Health Insurance plan for the Town employees. Motion by Specht to adopt the Wisconsin Public Employers’ Group Health Insurance Program, setting the probationary period of the 1st of the month following 90 days and the employer contribution at 100%, 2nd by Gillespie. Motion carried.
Employee Health Insurance Resolution
Table until the March meeting.
Necedah Fire Department Contract
Poe would like to see monthly reporting. Cobbs stated that the Necedah Fire Department is sending monthly reports now. Motion by Specht to approve the Necedah Fire Departments Contract with an insertion to give Town of Germantown notice of status change in service – to contact Attorney Curran for his approval, 2nd by Gillespie. Motion carried.
Resolution #2009-01 Changing Number of Election Officials
Motion by Boyle to approve Resolution #2009-01 changing number of election officials to 3 for the Spring Primary and thereafter 5 for every election, 2nd by Specht. Roll call vote taken by Manson: Specht – Aye, Boyle – Aye, Poe – Aye, and Gillespie – Aye. Motion Carried.
- Law Enforcement Report: Town Officer Green reported that he has been getting calls from the May’s Point area that people are selling insurance with Michigan and Minnesota license plates. They seem suspicious, but plates and names are legit. He would like to have a meeting with the Law Enforcement Committee when Bill Jax returns. Green will check the Military Surplus Inventory per request of Cobbs.
- Emergency Report – Bank Card: EM Director Cobbs reported that the January 29, 2009 table top exercise at Kalahari was very educational, and on February 19, 2009 Cobbs, Poe, Gillespie, and Manson will be attending the functional exercise. March 16, 2009 will be Community Wildfire Protection Plan meeting. Radios have been installed in the town’s plow truck. Cobbs/Manson has been trained for their usage. He requested a $1,000.00 Emergency Management Debit card that would be locked up in the office and ready to use in case of an emergency. He will check with M&I Bank and Bank of Mauston to see if he can possibly get the fees waived.
- Park Report: Boyle reported Master Gardeners of Juneau County have agreed to do work at the Old Town Hall Historical Marker and The David Brendle Memorial Park. Boyle will check on the water problems at the Town Hall/Community Center and bring back recommendations before the spring parties.
- Roads Report – Protective Wear: Cobbs reported that the Town’s public works department will be getting safety clothing (shirts/vests/hardhats/fire extinguishers in each of the trucks). Poe reported that Manson has notified the DNR/State Patrol/Juneau County Sheriff of the ATV ordinance.
Zoning Administrator’s Report – Vierbicker Contract
Zoning Administrator Bruce gave the January 2009 report: 1 permit issued (9-01) for a value of $200.00. Bruce discussed Vierbicker Contract – one is needed to conform to the Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code. He stated that it is the Town’s advantage due to the rates being cheaper than the State Plan. This cost is to the homeowner and not the town. He also stated that the Town can be more restrictive. Motion by Poe to accept Vierbicker’s contract to be the town’s building inspector, 2nd by Boyle. Motion carried.
Ordinance #44 – Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code
Motion by Specht to approve Ordinance #44 – Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code, 2nd by Boyle. Roll call vote was taken by Manson: Specht – Aye, Boyle – Aye, Poe – Aye, and Gillespie – Aye. Motion carried.
Ordinance #9 – Approve Amended Land Use Ordinance
Motion by Specht to amend Ordinance #9 as recommended by the Planning Commission, 2nd by Boyle. Roll call vote taken by Manson: Specht – Aye, Boyle – Aye, Poe – Aye, and Gillespie – Aye. Motion carried.
Motion by Poe to approve the computer upgrades for both office computers, per Husky Computers’ proposal, 2nd by Gillespie. Motion carried.
Motion by Boyle to approve 47 checks #13630 thru #13684 & Auto 31 and service charge, totaling $84,806.26 from the checking account and 1 check #590 totaling $80,000.00 from the money market account, 2nd by Poe. Motion carried.
Thompson, G suggested the town check Juneau County for prices. He also wanted the Town to check their resolutions to see if 17th and 38th are designated as snowmobile trails. Cobbs would like to investigate the possibility of having a box for electric/phone at the Old Town Hall site to possibly use this site as an alternate Emergency IC as this is the highest point within the township. Collis, J commends the board for purchasing a snowplowing/sanding truck as he noted how high Juneau County Public Works voucher was. Poe questioned if there is a possibility the town could apply for the stimulus funding. Feldman, R stated that presently Juneau County has 2 developments planned. The Town should contact Jim Goldsmith for the application forms. He also stated that he has received a lot of complaints regarding taxes.
Closed session as per state statute 19.85 (1)(C) Employee Review
Motion by Gillespie to go into closed session per state statute 19.85 (1)(c) employee review at 8:18 p.m., 2nd by Specht. Roll call vote taken by Manson: Specht – Aye, Boyle – Aye, Poe – Aye, and Gillespie – Aye. Motion Carried.
Reconvene in Open Session as per state statute 19.85 (2)
Motion by Poe to reconvene in open session as per State Statute 19.85 (2) at 8:43 p.m., 2nd by Specht. Roll Call taken by Manson: Specht – Aye, Boyle – Aye, Poe – Aye, and Gillespie – Aye. Motion Carried.
Any Business Transaction from Closed Session
Motion by Specht to award Zoning Administrator William Bruce a 3% rate increase for a total monthly salary of $1,007.85, 2nd by Boyle. Motion carried.
Motion by Specht to adjourn the regular monthly town board meeting at 8:45 p.m., 2nd by Boyle. Motion carried.
Supervisor Poe declared the regular monthly town board meeting adjourned.
Respectfully submitted, Betty Manson, Clerk/Treasurer