Town of Germantown

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Planning Commission Meeting


Town of Germantown Town Hall
N7560 17th Avenue
New Lisbon, WI 53950
April 15, 2020
6:30 p.m.

Present:                Commission Chair Shannon Armel, Commissioners Keith Korbein, Ken Jax, Mick McCormick,  Gervase Thompson -left early, Zoning Administrator Dick Martin, Commissioner, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Michaele Korbein

Absent:                none     

Guests:                 none


Call to Order

The Planning Commission meeting was called to order at the Germantown Town Hall at 6:00 p.m. after technical delay and also via telephone conference call.




Possible approval of meeting minutes

A motion was made by Ken Jax, seconded by Keith Korbein, to approve the minutes from the March 11, 2020 meeting.  Motion carried 4-0.


Work session on zoning ordinance updates

Land use information will come from Josh Langen at Vierbicher to be disbursed, rather than him coming here to present.  State still needs to approve the county shoreland ordinance.


Discussion and possible approval of master plan for park to the Comprehensive Plan

Discussion highlights:  Question was asked if surveillance was being considered in the plan?  Will boats be allowed to pull up onto the beach -if not, may need ‘No Boats’ signs.  Looking more for donation of equipment use to accomplish the plan. The Planning Commission needs to recommend making the master park plan part of the Comprehensive Plan before the public hearing. 


Ken Jax made a motion to approve a resolution recommending approving adopting the master park plan to the Comprehensive Plan and add the following recommendation to Goal No. 2 of the Utility and Community Facilities Section of the Comprehensive Plan (Attachment A): “Improve the town-owned park, adjacent to the Town Hall, to promote regional access to Castle Rock Lake for swimming, fishing and canoeing/kayaking.  Park improvements will also be completed to accommodate bicyclists using the Town’s planned multi-use trails. This was seconded by Mick McCormick; motion passed 4-0 via roll-call vote: Shannon Armel -yes, Keith Korbein -yes, Ken Jax -yes, Mick McCormick -yes.


Discussion on signs and sign ordinance

Discussion highlights:  Some signs found are non-conforming or have not been given a permit.  Even if the State of Wisconsin gives a permit for a sign along Hwy 58, the Town’s ordinance will still apply.   Some signs in question include by: Collins’ Coffee Shop, the storage building where a trailer with signs looks like a movable billboard, Sandstone Recreation Park, Whitetail Ridge Subdivision.  Could send letter.  May need list of signs, when permitted, etc. to keep track.


Discussion on camping and camping ordinance

Discussion highlights:  Camping ordinance is too hard to enforce.  Biggest thing if the property being camped on has a well and a septic or sewer connection. Also getting campers permitted, having to move the camper in 14 days, and storing of unoccupied camper on the property.   Before this ordinance, the town was mainly forested land and was hunted.  When the ordinance was written in 1969, it was to prevent campers from showing up all over the town and to keep waste from being dumped anywhere.   In Fee Schedule, violators may be fined $200/day plus town costs plus possible jail time up to 6 months.  This ordinance needs to be re-worked -we want to control but not overburden.   


The next Planning Commission meeting will be May 20, 2020 at 5:30 pm.



Ken Jax made a motion, seconded by Keith Korbein, to adjourn at 7:10pm.  Motion carried 4-0.


Respectfully Submitted,

Michaele Korbein, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer