annual meeting minutes
town of star prairie
The annual meeting of the Town of Star Prairie was held April 8, 2008 at 7:00 P.M. at the Town Hall. All Board members were present along with the Clerk and Treasurer.
The meeting was called to order by Rivard, Chairman. Clerk read the minutes of the previous annual meeting. There were no questions or corrections. Jerry Backes made a motion to approve the minutes as published and read, Harold Baillargeon seconded the motion. Motion carried.
The annual report was discussed. Heintz questioned on what was paid out on the new building. Rivard advised him that the amount on the annual report is for the 2007 period there was also an amount paid out in 2006 period. Lyle Lehner questioned if the amount for remediation for Landfill is the final amount? Rivard advised him that there will be an annual fee of around $4,000.00/year for testing the next 5 years, after that the cost will cut back. Ralph Mondor made a motion to approve the financial report and Jeff Levy seconded this motion. Motion carried.
Motion was made to approve the Emergency Borrowing powers to be set at $50,000.00. Motion by John Heintz and seconded by Kathy Rivard. Motion carried.
Gopher Tails - Ralph Mondor made a motion to keep the payment at $3.00/tail, Jerry Backes seconded this motion. Motion carried.
First Responders - Laura Morgan spoke on behalf of the first responders. The money that was donated last year was used towards 3-pagers; 3-new defibulators. They would like to get new radios this year. Jerry Backes made a motion to donate $3,000.00 to the First Responders, Dennis Nybakken seconded this motion. Motion carried.
Dumpster for Spring Clean up - There will be 2 dumpsters at the old town hall on May 3rd and 4th, 2008 for the residents to dump garbage that they find along the ditches. These dumpsters are not to be used for cleaning out resident’s garages. Heintz made a motion to order the dumpsters for spring clean up and Kathy Rivard seconded this motion. Motion carried.
Plowing Senior Citizens driveways - There was 32 driveways the town plowed out last year which cost $3,600.00. Ilene Baillargeon suggested the board have prerequisites for each driveway. Rivard advised the residents that the town does not plow for those that go south for the winter and the town doesn’t plow unless there is 4” or more. Kathy Rivard made a motion to keep plowing the driveways for senior citizens, Patty Schachtner seconded this motion. Motion carried.
Raise for the town board - John Raleigh brought up that the town board members should get a raise. John Heintz made a motion to give the town board a raise in the next term due to the magnitude of the work the board has to do, this raise is at the discretion of the board, and this was seconded by Ralph Mondor. Motion carried.
122nd Street - Mike Nutzmann requested that the board build 122nd street to county specs up to Cushman’s property. Rivard advised him that the town engineer is platting out the legal description. Nutzmann made a motion for the board to build the road to county specs and Tim Larson seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Property Line Dispute - Alfred Larson approached the board in regards to the property that was sold next to him and is concerned with the property lines being off. Rivard advised him to come to the next board meeting and Rivard advised the clerk to put him on the next agenda.
Illegal dumping - The board would like to approve a $500.00 reward for conviction of illegal dumping of tires, appliances, trash, etc in the town of Star Prairie. Rivard also advised them that there will also be a $500.00 fine for those that are convicted. Denny Nybakken made a motion to approve the $500.00 reward for a conviction of illegal dumping, John Raleigh seconded this motion. Motion carried.
Old Town Hall - Rivard advised the residents that the town wants to keep the Park next to the town hall and would rather not sale the land where the old town hall is. The board took a vote of hands on who wants to sale the old town hall and who wouldn’t want to sale the old town hall. Three would like to sale and 14 didn’t want to sale the old hall. The town had a proposal in the paper requesting volunteers to be on a committee to help decide the fate of the Town hall. The committee members are Tom Mondor; Ralph Mondor; Patty Schachtner; Harold Baillargeon and Allen Campeau. If anyone else is interested contact the Town Clerk.
Fire Calls in the Town - The towns average cost of fire calls in the town is around $7,000.00/year. The town has been billing the residents responsible for the fire/accident. Rivard asked if the residents would like to keep billing those responsible of fire or add to our fire department budget the $7,000.00 and not collect the money back. John Heintz made a motion to have the people that are responsible for the fire call pay the bill, Sherman Boucher seconded this motion. Motion carried.
Bookkeeping Program - Kathy Rivard made a motion and John Raleigh seconded for the Town to purchase a new program for the Clerks bookkeeping. This program was designed just for Municipalities bookkeeping and the WTAS has great help desk for the Clerk. Motion carried. The board will take this under consideration.
Town Hall Rental Prices - John Heintz made a suggestion that the town hall rental be free to those that are residents of the town. The board advised John that they will take this under consideration.
Treasurer and Clerk Position - John Heintz requested that the two positions be combined when Mr. Kings term ends in April 2009. Rivard advised John that it will be combined when Mr. King no longer wants to run anymore.
Gene Nelson made a motion to adjourn and Ralph Mondor seconded this motion. Motion carried.
Felicia Germain, Clerk