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Planning Commission Meeting
Town of Germantown Town Hall
N7560 17th Avenue
New Lisbon, WI 53950
April 20, 2022
Present: Commission Chair Shannon Armel, Commissioners Ken Jax, Keith Korbein, Mick McCormick, Gervase Thompson Zoning Administrator Dick Martin, Mick McCormick, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Michaele Korbein
Guests: Ray/Jill Monroe, Jason/Katy Yahnke, other members of the public
-Call to Order
Planning Commission meeting was called to order by chairperson Shannon Armel at the Germantown Town Hall at 6:15 pm.
-Possible approval of meeting minutes.
Keith Korbein made a motion, seconded by Ken Jax, to approve the minutes from the April 13, 2022 Planning Commission meeting as written. Motion passed 5-0.
-Discussion and possible approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a tiki bar at The Dirty Turtle for Turtle Landing LLC at W5250 N. Osprey Drive.
Gervase Thompson made a motion to approve a Conditional Use Permit for a tiki bar at The Dirty Turtle for Turtle Landing LLC at W5250 N. Osprey Drive. Discussed the Town Board having No Parking signs install on the roads there to help with parking issues. Gervase amended his motion to include recommending having the Town Board approve No Parking signage on the roads in O’Dells affected by The Dirty Turtle. Keith Korbein seconded the amended motion; motion passed 5/0.
-Discussion and possible approval of a Conditional Use Permit for an additional commercial storage building for Gary S. Merk at N6734 State Road 58.
No other discussion.
Ken Jax made a motion to approve a Conditional Use Permit for an additional commercial storage building for Gary S. Merk located at N6734 State Road 58, seconded by Mick McCormick; motion passed 5/0.
-Work session on fees/fines in Fee Schedule
Discussed the current $20 fee for a driveway permit; it doesn’t even cover the cost of a fire number sign. The fee hasn’t changed in many years. Also, what about the cost of a replacement fire number sign when they are damaged or destroyed, especially during construction. Normally, the town workers don’t put up fire number signs at new construction sites until the landscaping is in, so it has less chance of getting damaged. Until the actual fire number sign goes up, it is up to the owner/contractor to put up a temporary sign. The cost to replace a damaged or destroyed sign should be paid by the owner.
The Town has been trying to replace all the old faded single-side fire number signs in the last 15+ years, but the fire numbers issued for new construction eats up the budget for that.
For properties in a subdivision, address numbers are assigned by the county via a grid system. For properties not in a pre-numbered subdivision, the Zoning Administrator physically goes to the property and measures, and sometimes make a second trip, then submits the measurements and info to the County for them to assign an address number, orders the sign and post materials, and the town workers provide the labor to put up the fire number sign, while the office fields questions from owners and builders on the addresses and fire number signs.
For properties in a subdivision, address numbers are assigned by the county via a grid system, so the Zoning Administrator doesn’t have to measure, but the Town still has to do all the rest.
The County requires 40’ width for a driveway on a County road, and charges $75 for their driveway permit, but it is only a piece of paper permitting a driveway on a County road -they don’t come out and do any of the work to get the sign in. Germantown personnel does the rest of the work.
Ken Jax made a motion to make a recommendation to the Town Board to raise the driveway permit to $100 and to make the cost of replacing a damaged/destroyed fire number sign $100 to be paid by the owner, with the note that replacement cost for signs with normal wear and tear will be borne by the Town; seconded by Keith Korbein; motion passed 5/0.
Next meeting will be May 11, 2022 at 5:30pm. Work session re: camping in Camping Ordinance, Zoning Ordinance and Nuisance Ordinance should be place on that agenda.
Ken Jax made a motion to adjourn seconded by Keith Korbein Jax. Motion passed 5-0.
Meeting adjourned at 6:45 pm.