Town of Somerset
Town Board Meeting
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Chairman Schachtner called the meeting to order at 8:00 p.m. at the Town Hall. Present were Germain, Demulling, Plourde, Rauch and Schachtner. Motion by Germain, seconded by Plourde to approve the agenda. Motion carried. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. No public input.
Clerks & Treasurers Report: Motion by Plourde, seconded by Demulling to approve the May 7th meeting minutes. Motion carried. Motion by Demulling, seconded by Rauch to approve the May financial report. Motion carried.
Parks & Rec Committee Report: Pine Lake concrete is poured and dock needs an extension. Sign is being made by Whiplash for Twin Springs. Bill Lawson is mowing paths at Parnell Prairie Preserve.
Building Inspectors Report: Motion by Plourde, seconded by Rauch to approve the May Building Inspectors report as provided. Motion carried.
Animal Control Officer Report: Motion by Germain, seconded by Demulling to approve the May Animal Control Officer report. Motion carried.
Fire/Rescue Commission Report - New Truck & Sale of Two Old Vehicles: Plourde read the May report from Belisle. 29 calls for the month of May. 142 calls so far in 2014, compared to 138 calls in 2013. New truck has been delivered. Belisle has gotten appraisals on the two trucks that are being replaced by the new truck. Discussion on if the two trucks should be sold on a sealed bid or for the appraised price. Belisle suggested the Fire/Rescue Commission pursue the options. Belisle also discussed prices on flooring in office and bays. Motion by Demulling, seconded by Rauch to approve the Fire/Rescue Commission report and the $2,255.00 quote from Bulwark Coatings/North St. Paul to seal and refurbish the Fire Dept. office floor. Motion carried. The sale of the two older trucks should be brought before the Fire/Rescue Commission.
New Business - Consideration of Approval of Liquor, Tobacco, Operator, Concessions, Tubing/Camping, Junkyard/ Salvageyard Licenses for 2014-15: Motion by Rauch, seconded by Demulling to approve Class B Beer & Liquor Licenses to: St. Croix National Golf & Event Center (Ryan Gauster agent), T-Buckets Bar & Grill LLC (Traci Jean Libersky agent), Phaneuf-Vanasse American Legion Post III (Robert Neuenfeldt agent), Roadhouse 35 Enterprise Inc. (James Hartwick agent), Pottings Bar (Janice Potting agent) and Reserve Class B Beer & Liquor License to Hideaway LLC (Mike Kappers agent); Tobacco Licenses to: T-Buckets Bar & Grill LLC, Phaneuf-Vanasse American Legion Post III, Hideaway LLC, Pottings Bar, St. Croix National Golf & Event Center; Junkyard/Salvageyard License to Somerset Auto Salvage, Concessions License to Hideaway LLC, Tubing/Camping License to Hideaway LLC, and the list of 38 Operators (attached) who have completed the Responsible Beverage Servers course. Motion carried.
Denise Gunderson - Request to Move in Park Model Home onto Parcel: Gunderson was present to discuss moving out the old mobile home and replacing it with a park model home. Gunderson stated it is a travel trailer, on wheels, and she wants to put it on her property for her sister to live in from May to October with the unit remaining on the property year-round. Discussion if this falls under a permanent structure. Demulling commented that if it is hooked up to the septic system, it is permanent. Town Board consensus is Gunderson should inquire with St. Croix County Community Development to see if it meets their ordinances and how the septic system would best be handled. After Gunderson gets a written opinion from county, she should return to the Town Board for consideration and an agreement.
G & S Land Solutions/William & Opal Haase 1 Lot CSM on 50th St.: Planning Commission has recommended approval. Motion by Plourde, seconded by Demulling to approve the 1 Lot CSM for William & Opal Haase as presented. Motion carried. Park fee has been paid.
Chris Rohr/Associated Engineering - Special Exception Permit Request for an A T & T Cell Tower at 715 Polk/St. Croix Road Mike & Alice Demulling Property: Planning Commission has approved this request. Motion by Germain, seconded by Rauch to recommend to St. Croix County approval of a 199 cell tower at 715 Polk/St. Croix Road on the Demulling parcel. Motion carried. Demulling abstained.
Doug Bettinger/The Kraemer Company - Special Exception Permit Renewal Request to Operate a Quarry at P & P Pit/180th Avenue: Bettinger was present to discuss the five-year permit renewal. Planning Commission has approved the request. Motion by Rauch, seconded by Demulling to recommend to St. Croix County approval of the Special Exception Permit renewal for The Kraemer Company/P & P Pit on Roy & Frank Plourdes property off of 180th Avenue. Motion carried. Plourde abstained.
Planning Commission Report: Rauch stated the Palomino Hills concept map was postponed until after the June 12th meeting at Town Hall to discuss road plan. GMAT & Stormwater meeting next week.
Adoption of Resolution 2014-03 and New Zoning Map: The Planning Commission has recommended approval of the new zoning map and Resolution 2014-03 Acceptance of St. Croix County Zoning Ordinance. Motion by Plourde, seconded by Germain to adopt Resolution 2014- 03 and new official zoning map. Motion carried. Map and Resolution will be sent to St. Croix County Community Development for their approval.
Resolution 2014-04 Request to WIS DOT to Hold Public Hearing on Hwy. 64 Improvements: The purpose of the resolution is to request WI DOT to hold a public hearing on the Hwy. 64 improvements, specifically the design at 90th St. and 85th St. The deadline for requesting a public hearing is June 13, 2014. Motion by Rauch, seconded by Germain to adopt Resolution 2014-04 and mail to WIS DOT/Jeff Abboud, Towns of Richmond and Star Prairie. Motion carried.
Plourde/ Jackson/ Wishard Annexation of 37 Acres 60th St. Jurisdiction: Bill Lawson urged no parking on 60th Street to maintain good access for existing residences. Plourde stated the property line description goes to the middle of the road on 60th St., so if the property is annexed the jurisdiction would be Village to the center of 60th St. After much discussion and many scenarios, the main concerns are safety, maintenance and residential accesses.
Consideration of Somerset Senior Center Town Hall Use Contract Renewal for 2014-15: Motion by Germain, seconded by Plourde to renew the Town Hall Use Contract with the Somerset Senior Center for 2014-15. Motion carried.
Transportation & Facilities Committee Report - Road Projects, Equipment Update, Sterling Town, Repair/Towing Claim, Old Town Hall Door Estimate for Repair, Town Hall Fire Dept. East Door and Water Leakage, Sign Damage/Andersen Scout Camp Trail & Other Roads - Insurance Claim: Schachtner reported on road projects and recent mechanical issues to Sterling tri-axle truck. Towing is covered by insurance. Boyer has repaired the truck. Schilling Construction has submitted a proposal of $425.00 to repair the door at the historic Old Town Hall. The door is an odd size and the intent is to keep the historic building original. Motion by Demulling, seconded by Plourde to approve the cost of the $425.00 repair by Schilling Construction. Motion carried. Town Hall Fire Dept. east door needs painting and water leakage may have been fixed by caulking. Committee recommended Somerset Collision to paint the east door. There was sign/post damage on Andersen Scout Camp Trail and 30th St. Sheriff Dept. asked for repair costs and is seeking restitution from responsible party. Another Sheriffs report came in primarily from the northern part of Town where many signs had been shot up. Road crew inspected and found approximately 53 damaged signs. Insurance will cover the claim minus the $250.00 deductible so the replacement signs have been ordered. Work hours were discussed, currently 6:30 am3 pm; handbook says 7 am-3:30 pm. Motion by Rauch, seconded by Germain to adhere to the employee handbook for the road crew work hours set at 7 am3:30 pm. Motion carried.
TRIP D Grant on 160th Ave. & 75th Street: Town is waiting for Municipal Agreement from State.
Convene into Closed Session Per WSS 19.85(c): Motion to convene into closed session per WSS 19.85 (c). Roll call vote: Demulling - yes, Germain - yes, Plourde - yes, Rauch - yes, Schachtner - yes. Motion carried. Closed session at 10:30 p.m.
Motion to Reconvene into Open Session: Motion by Plourde, seconded by Demulling to reconvene into open session. Roll call vote: Demulling - yes, Germain - yes, Plourde - yes, Rauch - yes, Schachtner - yes. Motion carried. Open session at 11:10 p.m.
Determinations, if any: Operational procedures, employee retention with salary adjustment and Health Savings Account possibility for 2015 reviewed.
Meeting adjourned at 11:15 p.m.
Jeri Koester, Clerk