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Regular Town Board Meeting
Town of Germantown Town Hall
N7560 17th Avenue
New Lisbon, WI 53950
October 12, 2021
Present: Chairman Gregg Haunroth, Supervisors Ken Jax, Keith Korbein, Skip Barton, Ray Feldman, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Michaele Korbein, Assistant Emergency Management Director Christopher Leopold, Zoning Administrator Dick Martin
Absent: Emergency Management Director Fred Cobbs, Clerk/Treasurer Susan Ganther
Guests: Jim Miller, Dorothy Ryan, Brad Pavloski
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at the town hall at 6:00 p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance
Approved agenda in any order
A motion was made by Ken Jax, seconded by Skip Barton, to accept the meeting minutes of the September 14, 2021 Board meeting. Motion carried 5-0.
Treasurer’s Report -Bank Reconciliation Report
A motion was made by Skip Barton, seconded by Ken Jax, to accept the Treasurer’s report as read. Motion carried 5-0.
Vouchers and Checks
A motion was made by Keith Korbein, seconded by Skip Barton to approve the vouchers and checks #12787-12818 totaling $34,485.44, #5003-5004 for $6,152.40, #5004-5005 for $6152.40, and EFTs totaling $5,373.30. Motion carried 5-0.
Update from Juneau County Sheriff’s Department
DNR is doing ATV stops. Eleven tickets were written, and eighty warnings were written. Representative from the Sheriff’s department will be at next month’s meeting.
Repeal of Ordinance 26 Formation of a Park Committee
Ken Jax made a motion, seconded by Keith Korbein, to repeal Ordinance 26 Formation of a Park Committee; motion carried via rollcall vote 5/0.
Discussion and possible approval of Resolution 2021-8 Redistricting Wards
Susan and Michaele attended a Zoom meeting this afternoon to work on a minor adjustment to the ward boundaries. A motion was made by Skip Barton, seconded by Keith Korbein, to approve Resolution 2021-8 Redistricting Wards; motion carried via rollcall vote 5-0.
Discussion and possible approval of Ordinance 59 Adopting Wisconsin Building Codes
This updates Ordinance 59 to now include the Commercial aspect of Wisconsin Building Codes. A motion was made by Ray Feldman, seconded by Keith Korbein, to approve Ordinance 59 Adopting Wisconsin Building Codes as updated to A-1; motion passed 5/0.
Discussion and possible approval of the updated/amended Sign Ordinance #23
A motion was made by Skip Barton, seconded by Ken Jax, to approve Ordinance 59 Sign Ordinance as updated and amended; motion passed 5/0.
Discussion and possible approval of updated fees/fines on the Fee Schedule for the Sign Ordinance
A motion was made by Ken Jax, seconded by Skip Barton, to approve Ordinance 59 Sign Ordinance as updated and amended; motion passed 5/0.
Discussion and possible approval of contracting UW/University Year to conduct a 3-year traffic/road/walking path study
This is a three-year study for which we can pick our price for the study chosen. The study can help when applying for grants and could start with 2021. A motion was made by Keith Korbein, seconded by Skip Barton, to approve contracting UW/University Year to conduct a 3-year traffic/road/walking path study; motion carried 5-0.
Public Safety/Emergency Management
The Mauston Area Ambulance Association budget has a 5.5% increase for 2022.
Patching is done around Three Rivers, and Evergreen seal coat is done. Crack filling still needs to be done yet. Also need to get road salt.
Zoning Administrators Report
8 permits were issued in September; 5 of them are for new homes, for a total of 72 permits for new homes issued for the year.
MSA’s 90% plan for the park should be ready to present at the November meeting.
Skip Barton – The new windsock is up. Need a new flag put up.
Keith Korbein – Attended the October 1 legal round table regarding Wisconsin laws covering room taxes, bidding properly, grants, etc. The login to be able to watch this will be made available to the other Board members to review.
Keith Korbein and Ken Jax – Attended the 2021 WTA Convention in Wisconsin Dells on October 11 & 12. This covered ARPA funds, and legal cracker barrels where there was a good exchange of knowledge and answers to questions covering room tax, rentals, fireworks, zoning-conditional use, updating the comprehensive plan every ten years and recommending to do that in years ending in 2 after the census info is out but that it and the zoning maps can be updated anytime, more financial support for rural areas, gas tax and how to capture revenue on electric vehicles that don’t pay gas tax, and recommendations they can bring to the Planning Commission, to name just a few items.
Gregg Haunroth – Discussed the increasing costs of public services and calculations for Fire, Ambulance, and Road Maintenance, as they are 60% of the Town’s Budget. A work session on the 2022 budget will be held directly after this meeting
Ray Feldman – Is doing a familiarization for the northern part of the county and touring a cranberry marsh. There is an issue with trucks at the county being wider than the shed they are stored in.
A motion was made by Ray Feldman, seconded by Ken Jax to adjourn at 6:53 p.m. Motion carried 5-0.