Town of Germantown

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Regular Town Board Meeting


Town of Germantown Town Hall
N7560 17th Avenue
New Lisbon, WI 53950
January 8, 2013
7:00 p.m.


Present: Supervisors Dale Simonson, Ray Feldman, Jim Collis, Greg Haunroth, Zoning Administrator, Bill Bruce, Emergency Management Director, Fred Cobbs, Clerk/Treasurer, Marion Uphoff, Assistant Clerk/Treasurer, Susan Ganther

Absent:  Chairman, Rosetta Boyle


Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Town of Germantown.

Marion Uphoff verified proper posting at The Landing, Buckhorn Store, Germantown Junction Store, and the town hall.  She also verified proper posting of the amended agenda.

Acting Chairman Dale Simonson approved the agenda in any order.

Motion was made by Jim Collis and seconded by Greg Haunroth to approve December meeting minutes as written.  Motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report

The bank reconciliation report was read into the record as follows:


            BMO Money Market                                      $56,367.91

            BMO Checking                                               $4,797.73


            Bank of Mauston Business Account              $1,578,583.76

            Bank of Mauston Impact Fee Account          $125,417.51


            Balance on Loan (Truck/Tractor)                    $85,179.98

            Tax collections through 12-31-12                   $1,325.826.24


            January Settlement 2012 Tax Roll


            State Taxes                                                      $10,820.29

            Total County Taxes                                         $400,444.34

            Total Tax District Taxes                                  $76,130.40

            Necedah School District                                 $237,220.00

            New Lisbon School District                           $254,119.52

            Mauston School District                                 $212,172.21

            WTC                                                               $134,919.05


            Total General Property Taxes                         $1,325,825.81


Motion was made by Jim Collis, seconded by Dale Simonson to accept the bank reconciliation report.  Motion carried. 

Liquor Licenses

Motion was made by Jim Collis, seconded by Dale Simonson to approve a liquor license for Pine Cove.  Motion passed with Greg Haunroth abstaining.

Other Business

A representative from MSA presented information regarding the proposed sewer line upgrade and the need to obtain temporary easement from the town. This easement may result in the loss of up to half a dozen trees.  Other subjects covered were the need and scope of the project, the schedule, environmental concerns, traffic and lake impacts.  Documents were left for signature should the board approve the temporary easement at a future date. 

Emergency Management

Emergency Management Director Cobbs reports that a meeting is tentatively scheduled for the week of January 14, 2013 with Camp Douglas Rescue.  Director Cobbs and Dick Martin will be representing Germantown at the meeting.

Work on radio repeater has been completed.

An application is being submitted to the DNR for a matching grant in the amount of $5,000.

Roads Report

Unused Road: Action plan will be discussed after public hearing on this matter.

Snowmobile Ordinance: Recommended changes to the ordinance allowing snowmobile traffic on Sandstone Drive.  Sandstone Drive would be used to gain access to marked snowmobile trails.  A motion was made by Greg Haunroth, seconded by Jim Collis to accept the recommended  changed after legal council has reviewed.  Motion carried.

There was discussion regarding road upkeep during winter weather.  $13,000 was budgeted for salt and sand for this winter.  As of the meeting date the funds were already spent.  The extent of future upkeep needs to be discussed at a further date and an action plan implemented.  Of concern was the expense, deterioration of the roads, and salt ending up in the lake. 

Zoning Administration

Ordinance 22: After public hearing, Zoning Administrator Bruce recommended changes to the ordinance to more closely match the Comprehensive Plan.  Changes in wording  were made to update the policy and add consistency.  A motion was made by Dale                    Simonson and seconded by Greg Haunroth to make the recommended changes. Motion passed.

Appointment:  A motion was made by Dale Simonson, seconded by Jim Collis to appoint “Skip” Barton as an alternate member of the Planning Committee and a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals.  Motion carried.

Building Permits:  Report states that building permits for 41 new homes were issued in 2012. 4 of the homes were manufactured.  3 homes were replacement homes. Fees in the amount of $11,440 were collected for building permits.


A motion was made by Dale Simonson, seconded by Jim Collis to accept the following vouchers: 16424-16500, 46001, EFT health insurance, State and Federal taxes, retirement, 1119, transfer of $51,000 from Bank of Mauston to BMO Harris.  Motion carried.

Public Comment

Problems with the drainage pipe in the seawall at Castle Rock Gardens were mentioned.  It will need to be replaced. 

A letter from a homeowner regarding snowmobiles being used on private property was presented.  There was discussion on how to best manage the situation.  

Brad Pavloski was recognized and thanked for is donation of 31 acres of land to the Town.  There will be a newspaper article upcoming. 


A motion was made by Jim Collis, seconded by Dale Simonson to adjourn at 7:40 p.m.  Motion carried. 

Respectfully submitted, Susan Ganther – Assistant Clerk/Treasurer