Regular Meeting of the Village of Somerset
Board of Trustees
April 23, 2013
Village Hall, 110 Spring Street Somerset WI 54025
President Johnson called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Present: Jeffrey Johnson, Bob Campbell, Ryan Sicard, Dave Carufel, Bob Krueger and Bartt Palmer. Village Attorney Anders Helquist, Rob Weldon and Robert Gunther were also present. Absent: Greg Sayers .
Public Comment: Mary Wallace said she has researched Class A licenses in other communities and if the village takes the quotas away this village will have too many licenses for the size. Karl Skoglund in many communities a Class A license is like getting a cigarette license. John Montpetit said I see no problem with adding Class A licenses it is more of a convenience. Skoglund questioned why the board adopted the state statute regarding Class B licenses, why not Class A. Ed Fazekas said we have enough licenses in town. It would hurt other businesses already in existence. Montpetit suggested the board research the reason when the ordinance was passed originally. Becky Kappers via letter requested the board deny the request to remove quotas because it would hurt existing businesses. Ron Hill questioned the board on why not remove the quotas if it is legal.
Minutes: Motion by Johnson, second by Krueger to approve the minutes from the March 26, 2013 meeting and motion carried.
PUBLIC WORKS: Project updates: Rob Jones updated the board on TIF projects, Park Advertising: Gunther discussed a park advertising application template similar to the school district's policy. Motion by Sicard, second by Johnson to approve the Policy regarding Park advertising for the 2013 Season and motion carried. Palmer questioned if there is a provision to cancel the contract. Sicard requested the statement be added that the village has the right to make changes beyond 2013. All yes and motion carried.
Resolution 2013-02: Patrick discussed the revisions to the outdoor recreation plan. Motion by Sicard, second by Campbell to adopt resolution 2013-02 approving the Park Outdoor Recreation Plan and all yes and motion carried. SafeAssure Contract: Motion by Sicard, second by Krueger to approve the safety contract with SafeAssure in the amount of $4,050.00 per year and motion carried. SCADA Project: Motion by Sicard, second by Krueger to approve the SCADA project in the amount of $64,000 and all members voted yes and motion carried. Laser Drive: Motion by Sicard, second by Carufel to award the Laser Drive Project to Albrightson Excavating Inc. in the amount of $542,814.20 with a 5% contingency and all members voted yes and motion carried.
Financing Laser Drive: Motion by Sicard, second by Johnson to table financing the Laser Drive project and motion carried. Resolution 2013-03: Motion by Sicard, second by Campbell to adopt resolution 2013-03 approve the application to apply for DNR Stewardship grant for trails. All members voted yes and motion carried.
Class A license quotas: Karl Skoglund presented a request to the board to consider removing the Class A quotas which would allow gas stations to sell beer. Dave Carufel discussed the Class A licenses and understand the concerns from people. He talked with business throughout the day regarding the issue and also the clerk from New Richmond. He said we want to be pro-business, but what would it do to the rest of the businesses. He explained that there is reason to change the ordinance at this point. Palmer stated that he would like the committee to consider the issue. Motion by Carufel, second by Palmer send the Class A license quotas back to committee and motion carried. Operators Licenses: Motion by Carufel, second by Palmer to approve the operator licenses for Trevor Germain, Luke Richling, Dustin Augustine, Steven Vanasse, and Joy McConaughey and motion carried. Squad Car Bids: Motion by Carufel, second by Palmer to approve the purchase of a Ford Utility Vehicle from Northtown Ford in the amount of $25,519.69. All members voted yes and motion carried. Motion by Carufel, second by Palmer to approve the purchase of squad car equipment in an amount not to exceed $3000.00 from various vendors. All members voted yes and motion carried. Federal Regulations: Chief Briggs discussed access to police department and the new federal regulations.
Resignation: Motion by Johnson, second by Campbell to accept the resignation of Rob Weldon from the Supervisor of Streets and Sewer position and motion carried.
2013 Police Union contract: Motion by Johnson, second by Krueger to approve the Police Union contract. All members voted yes and motion carried.
FIRE/RESCUE: Palmer updated the board on the Fire/Rescue Department.
Committee Appointments: Johnson made the following appointments:
Public Safety - Greg Sayers (Chair), David Carufel, Bartt Palmer
Public Works - Ryan Sicard (Chair), Bob Campbell, Bob Krueger
Finance: Jeffrey Johnson (Chair), Ryan Sicard, Greg Sayers
Emergency Government: Jeffrey Johnson (Chair), Ryan Sicard, Greg Sayers, Doug Briggs, Pamela Donohoe, Robert Gunther, and Travis Belisle
Plan Commission - Laine Belter, Ryan Sicard, and Richard Kohler.
Board of Review- Jeffrey Johnson (Chair), Pamela Donohoe, Robert Krueger and Robert Campbell. Motion by Sicard, second by Krueger to approve the committee appointments. All members voted yes and motion carried. Johnson appointed Greg Sayers, Dan Vanasse, and James Chandler to the Plan Commission. Motion by Sicard, second by Krueger to approve the appointments for Plan commission. All members voted yes and motion carried.
Ad Hoc Committee Report: Dave Carufel discussed leasing the Village Park and the committee recommendation is to not to lease out the park. The bus stop was discussed but no consensus was made on that issue. John Montpetit stated that he was concerned about other tubing facilities that had to purchase properties to operate their business and questioned why the village is creating committees to look at problems of a business owner. Mike Kappers agreed to pay for the restriping at the bus stop area and said there were no problems with the bus stop last year. He stated that Cedar Corp. designed striping for the intersection and that the ordinance regarding the bus stop has been on the books since the 1970's. Kappers stated that he wants to continue to use the bus stop and threatened to file a lawsuit against the village. Johnson stated that the bus stop does not give a business property rights. Kappers said he has a lease agreement with owners of the tattoo shop on River Street and could use that to pick up tubers. He stated that he is also looking at leasing Somerset Camp. He said I need the bus stop to stay there in case in a couple of years I lose the leasing site.
Motion of Carufel, second by Palmer to deny the use of the Village Park to pick up tubers and all members voted yes and motion carried.
Bills: Motion by Palmer, second by Campbell to approve the village, water and sewer bills in the amount of $524,938.24 and motion carried.
Adjourn: Motion by Johnson, second by Carufel to adjourn and motion carried. Adjournment: 8:38 p.m.
Pamela Donohoe, Clerk