Town of Germantown

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Regular Town Board Meeting


Town of Germantown Town Hall
N7560 17th Avenue
New Lisbon, WI 53950
May 10, 2016
6:00 p.m.

Present: Chairman Gregg Haunroth, Supervisors Dale Simonson, Skip Barton, Jim Collis, Ray Feldman, Emergency Management Director Fred Cobbs, Zoning Administrator Dick Martin, Administrative Assistant Linda Salzwedel
Absent:  None

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

Discussion and possible approval of donation for New Lisbon Police Department K9
New Lisbon Officer Kyle Walker spoke about New Lisbon wanting to implement their own K-9 unit. They are seeking donations since the city of New Lisbon is busy seeking building type donations of their own. Officer Todd Green added the safety aspect of having a dog available to us here. Officer Walker spoke to the cost – They are looking at a total of $20,000. They can place the order when they reach $13,000. The dog itself will cost $12,000 and will be shipped from Germany. Fund raising will be done at the EAA Fly-in, and at Wa Du Shuda festival, and they are looking at other opportunities.

A motion was made by Jim Collis, seconded by Skip Barton, to donate $500 for the New Lisbon Police Department K9.  Motion carried 5-0.

A motion was made by Jim Collis, seconded by Ray Feldman, to approve the minutes from the April 12 meeting.  Motion carried 5-0.

Treasurer’s Report/Bank Reconciliation
A motion was made by Jim Collis, seconded by Skip Barton to accept the Treasurer’s Report and bank reconciliation.  Motion carried 5-0.
A motion was made by Jim Collis, seconded by Skip Barton, to approve vouchers 26430-26481 totaling $39,911.38 and EFTs totaling $6,325.02.  Motion carried 5-0. 

Appointment of committee members for 2016-2017
Appointments were made to the following committees with a motion made by Jim Collis, seconded by Dale Simonson for one-year terms.  Motion carried 5-0.

  • Roads: Dick Martin (Chair), Jim Collis, Gregg Haunroth, Randy Mullenberg
  • Board of Appeals: Mike Raabe (Chair), Ray Feldman (Board), Eric Vogele, Skip Barton (Board), OPEN POSITION
  • County Board Representative: Ray Feldman
  • Budget: Gregg Haunroth (Chair), Susan Ganther (Clerk/Treasurer)
  • Comprehensive Plan: Dale Simonson (Board), Shannon Vogele, Keith Korbein, Brad Pavloski, Scott Schreiber, Ken Jax, Roger Bean
  • Public Safety: Fred Cobbs (Chair/EM Director), Chris Leopold, (asst. EM Director), Gregg Haunroth (Board), Keith Ganther, Doug Staller
  • Planning Commission: Gregg Haunroth (Chair), Shannon Vogele, George Vukich, Roger Bean, Keith Korbein, Paul Szymaszek, Ken Jax
  • Parks: Denise Cobbs (Chair), Susan Ganther (Clerk/Treasurer), Ken Jax, Jan Brendle, Gregg Haunroth (Board)

Additional Appointment of Gervase Thompson to Public Safety Committee
Appointment of Gervase Thompson to the Public Safety Committee was made with a motion by Dale Simonson, seconded by Jim Collis for a one-year term.  Motion carried 5-0.

Appoint Emergency Management Director and Assistant EM Director
A motion was made by Jim Collis, seconded by Dale Simonson to appoint Fred Cobbs to the position of Emergency Management Director, and Chris Leopold to the position of Assistant Emergency Management Director, each for 2-year terms. Motion carried 5-0.

Discussion and possible approval of an update to Ordinance 30 Establishing Speed Zones On Town Roads
A motion was made by Dale Simonson, seconded by Jim Collis to change the speed limit on 17th street to 35mph, for the whole length of 17th street from G to the dead end. Motion passed 5-0.

Discussion on Ordinance 23 Regulating Signs
Ray Feldman went to a seminar on Sign Ordinances. Dale Simonson went to a webinar on the same subject. They recommend as a result of their attendance that the sign ordinance become part of the zoning ordinance. Another alternative would be to wait until a new decision is made in the fall about sign ordinances. Chairman Gregg Haunroth asks if there is any need to move forward immediately, or if we could wait until fall for the other recommendation. It was agreed to wait. Ray will keep them informed.

Operator’s License
A motion was made by Skip Barton, seconded by Dale Simonson, to approve an Operator’s License for Shannon Shroeder for the Buckhorn café, and one for William Bomber for the 40 & 8 picnic. Motion carried, 5-0.
A motion was made by Dale Simonson, seconded by Skip Barton to approve an Operator’s License for Alicia Stampher. Motion carried, 5-0.
The Operator’s license request for Jacob Stampher was held pending completion of the online Operators class, and further background check.

Committee Reports:
Public Safety / Emergency Management
There was a total of 57 police, traffic, fire, and ambulance calls for the month. Radio and base station is not working, but they will be coming tomorrow to check it out. They will be setting up a Public Safety Meeting in the next couple weeks. Fred will be going to a seminar on sheltering, soon.

There is a lot of loose gravel on 28th because of the projects going on. Graveling will be done next week, seal-coating in June. It should all be done by July 4th.

Parks/Town Hall
Bollig Excavating cleared the tree stumps in the park so that we could plow and dredge for the piers.

Board Reports
Ray Feldman: The North Central Regional Planning is studying town roads, beginning with existing reports to start with and prioritizing so that they can get going with grants and state aids. A representative from NCRP could be available later this summer to talk to us about our roads. The cost would be $500. This is discussion only at this point. Gregg says it fits in nicely with our Comprehensive Plan.

Jim Collis: The fire on 17th was an overload on a pole. They were fast to respond. He mentioned as a reminder for people to call to check if its ok to burn on any given day or time.

Gregg Haunroth:
We received the 1st draft of the comprehensive plan and are reviewing it now.
Walking paths – Gregg asked Brad Pavloski to find out from Chris Renner where the most logical places to have them would be. It is just an idea for now – impact fees would eventually pay for this. The walking paths would be paved and could have plants along them.
It was discussed that HGTV would be doing some filming in the township.
Gregg thanked Bill Bruce for his service.

Dale Simonson: Dale said he attended the County Highway Commission meeting. Germantown G and 58 intersection was discussed. They decided that there have not been enough fatalities there to do anything, yet.

Skip Barton: Skip asked if Bollig clearing the stumps was part of the proposed cost. Gregg answered that it was.

Nine permits were issued – three were for new homes. There has been a request for rezoning to allow for a campground expansion. SoCore is back on for development of the solar field.

Public Comment

A motion was made by Skip Barton, seconded by Dale Simonson, to adjourn at 6:40.


Respectfully Submitted,
Linda Salzwedel, Administrative Assistant