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Town of Somerset Town Board Meeting Minutes - Sept. 4, 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013 - 11:20pm

Town of Somerset
Town Board Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Chairman Schachtner called the meeting to order at 8:00 pm at the Town Hall. Present were Demulling, Plourde, Rauch, Germain and Schachtner. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Motion by Plourde, seconded by Germain to approve the agenda with moving the Somerset Amphitheatre/Scott Knudson Special Exception Permit and The Lodge on Croix items to the top of the agenda. Motion carried. No public input.
Clerk’s/Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Demulling, seconded by Plourde to approve the August 7th meeting minutes. Motion carried. Motion by Plourde, seconded by Rauch to approve the August Financial Report. Motion carried.
Parks & Rec Committee Report: No meeting in September. Prairie Days is being planned for September 7th, 9–10:30 am. Germain requested purchase of invasive species signs approval be on next month’s agenda.
Planning Commission Report - Somerset Amphitheatre (agent for Scott Knudson) Request for Special Exception Permit Approval to Build a Shed to Sell Concessions & Liquor at 1814 County Road I: Planning Commission has approved this request. Matt Mithun was present to discuss the plans. Mithun has submitted an application to county for a Special Exception Permit. Mithun would construct a shed on the property to sell concessions and liquor during event days. Motion by Demulling, seconded by Plourde to recommend the approval of the Special Exception Permit as submitted for Scott Knudson (Somerset Amphitheatre/Matt Mithun, agent) at 1814 County Road I. Motion carried.
The Lodge on Croix – Possible Zoning Violation and Setback Violation from Bluff in Riverway: The county has sent a letter notifying the property owner of possible violations at 300 - 221st Ave. Joshua Hansen was present to explain that the only wedding that has taken place was in the family. No other weddings have taken place. Board advised the county will be inspecting property. A Land Use Permit may be required. No building permit required for the wall/patio but possibly for the overlook/deck. No commercial activity may take place in a ag./residential zoned district, so operating a business such as a wedding venue would require rezoning and a special exception permit. Joshua Hansen stated they’d be responding to the county’s letter soon.
Building Inspector’s Report -Consideration to Amend Chapter 10 Town Ordinance by Adding Accessory Structures, Alterations/Additions and Swimming Pools to UDC Code and to Add Residential Structure Minimum Standards and Delete 1250’ Setback from Landfill Requirement for Building Permit: Motion by Rauch, seconded by Germain to approve the August Building Inspector Report. Motion carried. Much discussion on the amendments to the Chapter 10 Ordinances and the deletion of Section 10-106 (c). Motion by Plourde, seconded by Germain to adopt the Chapter 10 Ordinance amendments and delete Section 10-106(c) as presented. Motion carried. Ordinance amendments will be posted as required by law.
Animal Control Report: Motion by Germain, seconded by Demulling to approve the 6 month retainer fee and August Animal Control Report. Motion carried.
Fire/Rescue Commission Report - Financing New Engine: Plourde read Belisle’s report consisting of 40 calls for August. 272 calls so far for 2013, compared with 264 calls the same time last year. Summer Set Concert service was provided with few incidents. On August 14th an Active School Shooter Exercise was held with other agencies as a training exercise. Discussion on financing of new fire engine. Motion by Demulling, seconded by Germain to approve Fire/Rescue Commission Report. Motion carried. Joint meeting at Village Hall, September 25th, 7 pm.
Old Business: None
New Business - Consideration of Drafting a New Recycling Contract with Olson Sanitation: Board reviewed a draft contract and offered a few minor changes. Olson will be given a copy of the draft contract for his review. Next month’s agenda item.
West Central WI Regional Planning Commission Scope of Work & Project Cost – Resolution 2013-01 in Support of Grant Application for Comprehensive Plan Update – Consider Approval: Current Comprehensive Plan is ten years old and state requires an update after 10 years. Review and discussion of the scope of work and services to be performed to update the Town’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan. West Central Regional Planning Commission (WCWRPC) submitted scope of services not to exceed $15,000; elimination of the public opinion survey, although not recommended, would reduce price by $3.000. Resolution would support the Town to apply for a planning grant to St. Croix County. Rauch stated the timing is good for an update because there is mitigation funding designated for planning. Motion by Demulling, seconded by Plourde to approve the adoption of Resolution 2013-01 in support of a planning grant application to St. Croix County. Motion carried.
Zoning Map-St. Croix National Southern Estates Lots Commercial: It has come to the Town’s attention that the St. Croix National Southern Estates subdivision has lots that are zoned commercial. County will need to provide input in this matter. Next month’s agenda item.
Transportation & Facilities Committee Report: Schachtner reported that he has met with the county concerning Rice Road / 36th & 40th St. project and the county will be paving the middle of the cul-de-sac, as previously planned, and also overlaying the whole cul-de-sac. The county will slurry seal the intersection areas to prevent water getting into the cracks. 170th Avenue and Twin Springs Road sections have been paved. All AMZ, seal coating and crack filling projects have been completed. There aren’t any problems with any of the equipment and the delivery of the new loader is expected sometime this month. The expenses are on track with the budget. Pacer and DOT certification road ratings are coming due and will be a priority project. Annual employee performance reviews will be at next month’s meeting. Discussion on minor improvements to Pine Lake boat launch and dock area next year.
Announcements: Joint meeting w/Village & Fire/Rescue Commission, Sept. 25, 7 pm at Village
Workday with auditor, October 7th, 9-noon at Town Hall.
Meeting adjourned at 10:15 p.m.
Jeri Koester, Clerk
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