Town of Germantown

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Regular Town Board Meeting


Town of Germantown Town Hall
N7560 17th Avenue
New Lisbon, WI 53950
April 11, 2017
6:00 p.m.

Present: Chairman Gregg Haunroth, Supervisors Skip Barton, Dale Simonson, Ray Feldman, Zoning Administrator Dick Martin, Emergency Management Director Fred Cobbs, Assistant Emergency Management Director Christopher Leopold, Clerk/Treasurer Susan Ganther
Absent: Supervisor Jim Collis

Call To Order
The meeting was called to order at the town hall at 6:00 p.m.

A motion was made by Ray Feldman, seconded by Skip Barton to approve the March minutes with the correction of changing the “as” to “has” under Emergency Management.  Motion carried 4-0.

Bank Reconciliation and Checks
Financial reports were provided to the board.   A motion was made by Ray Feldman, seconded by Skip Barton, to accept the bank reconciliation and Treasurer’s Report, and approve checks 10031-10089 totaling $44,143.03, check 2001 totaling $48.00, and EFT’s totaling $4,194.92.  Motion carried 4-0.

Operator’s License
A motion was made by Ray Feldman, seconded by Dale Simonson, to approve an Operator’s License for Jodi Murphy.  Motion carried 4-0.

Plat of Island Lake
A motion was made by Dale Simonson, seconded by Ray Feldman, to approve the Preliminary and Final Plat of the First Addition to Island Lake at Copper Point.  Motion carried 4-0.

Ordinance 46 – Parking on Town Roads
There was discussion regarding potential no parking areas in specific locations throughout the Township where it creates a danger. This included considering making Shacks Road one sided parking only on the west side to alleviate congestion of pedestrians and parking on both sides of that road.  This would also leave a clear line of sight for anyone turning off Timber Ridge Lane to Shacks Road.  A 3 way stop at the intersection of Timber Ridge Lane and Shacks Road may also be considered.

Another area mentioned was Osprey Drive.  The same congestion of pedestrians and double sided parking was sited.  Owners of businesses on these roads will be invited to the next meeting to be a part of the discussions before any decision is made.

19th Street in front of the old Buckhorn Café was also mentioned as a location where no parking would be needed.

It was decided that other than at the end of 17th where there is a dead end that no action would need to be taken regarding no parking on that road.

Comprehensive Plan
A motion was made by Dale Simonson, seconded by Skip Barton to approve the updated Comprehensive Plan.  The motion carried 4-0.

Emergency Management
February calls for Ambulance 7, Police 36, Fire 2.  March calls for Ambulance 8 , Police 33 ,  Fire 3  .

In response to a request from the state, Elroy Ambulance has submitted a business plan and Mauston Ambulance has submitted an Operational Plan on how they would cover that territory if Elroy Ambulance would go out of business.  Mauston Ambulance has proposed a new agreement to Elroy that dictates the amount charged for Mauston to cover Elroy’s service when they are unable to schedule a crew.

Mauston Ambulance and Camp Douglas Ambulance are working together to lay the groundwork for a possible merger sometime in the future.

Mauston Ambulance’s conversion to a new billing system has been completed and working well.

Christopher Leopold provided information on and fielded questions regarding a UW Extension class he took about EMS Management.  The class covered alternative billing options and demographic information to consider when running a service.

Fred Cobbs has a call in to the Sparta Fire Chief.  He would like to discuss with him the ways Sparta successfully lowered fire ratings in the rural areas where they provide coverage.

The Ranger that is being stored at the Public Works building will be returned to the Sheriff’s Department.

Road work proposed for this year includes 2.5 miles of seal coating, crack filling, and repair to 17th Avenue.

Buckhorn Acres are working to secure a service for tree removal.

Scott Construction is looking at a section of 20th where last year’s seal coating did not hold up over the winter.  It is likely they will financially settle with the town.

The Town will be consulting a company on what the process would be to put walking paths in the township.  The company specializes in this type of planning.

Board Reports
Ray Feldman encouraged the new board members to attend meetings held by the Wisconsin Towns Association whenever possible.

Gregg Haunroth and Skip Barton both thanked Dale Simonson for his service to the Town of Germantown at his last meeting as a Supervisor.

10 permits issued since the last meeting.  9 were for new homes.

Public Comment
There were no comments.

A motion was made by Ray Feldman, seconded by Dale Simonson to adjourn at 7:00 p.m.  Motion carried 4-0.