Town of Somerset
Town Board Meeting
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Chairman Schachtner called the meeting to order at 8:00 p.m. at the Town Hall. Present were Germain, Plourde, Demulling, Rauch and Schachtner. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Motion by Demulling, seconded by Plourde to approve the agenda as provided. Motion carried. Public input-Rita Lawson requested pothole at 180th Ave./38th St. intersection be filled. Jay Griggs introduced himself as he is running for County Board in District 2.
Clerk’s & Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Germain, seconded by Plourde to approve the December 7th meeting minutes. Motion carried. Motion by Plourde, seconded by Demulling to approve the December financial report as provided. Motion carried.
Animal Control Report: Motion by Germain, seconded by Rauch to approve the December Animal Control report. Motion carried.
Fire/Rescue Commission Report: Plourde read the report from Belisle. 342 calls for 2011 compared to 327 for 2010. Under budget by approximately $6,000 due to cost cutting in payroll and utilities and minimal truck repairs. Motion by Rauch, seconded by Germain to approve the Fire/Rescue Commission report. Motion carried. Joint meeting w/Village January 25, 7 pm at Town Hall.
Building Inspector’s Report for December and 2011 Annual Report: Motion by Plourde, seconded by Rauch to approve the Building Inspector’s report for December and the 2011 Annual Report. Motion carried.
Old Business: David Thompson - $200.00 Fee for Deed Recording with Setback Waiver: Demulling spoke with Joel Anez Surveying and he stated $210.00 is a fair price. Discussion on who should bear the cost of the surveying fees for waiver on setback. Motion by Plourde, seconded by Demulling that Wert has agreed to pay $91.42, the Town will pay $91.42 and Thompson will pay $30.00 to Stevens Engineers/Joe Granberg. Motion carried.
Delinquent 2010 Personal Property Tax Bills - Consideration in Further Action - Ronning Construction & Builders: Motion by Plourde, seconded by Germain to start the small claims court filing for the delinquent 2010 Ronning Construction & Builders personal property bill, parcel 032-6000-26- 000, property owner Nicole Knowles 1693-56th Street.
New Business - Adopt Fund Balance Policy and Resolution 2012-01 to Comply with GASB 54: Motion by Demulling, seconded by to adopt the Fund Balance Policy and Resolution 2012-01 as presented. Roll call vote: Plourde -yes, Germain - yes, Demulling - yes, Rauch - yes, Schachtner - yes. Motion carried unanimously.
Draw Town Board Supervisor Names for Placement on Ballot: Schachtner drew the names in the following order for placement on the April ballot: Shane Demulling, Matt Foucault, Lenny Germain.
Operator’s License for Shellie M. Jacobs: Motion by Plourde, seconded by Rauch to approve an Operator’s License for Shellie M. Jacobs pending receipt of the Sherriff’s Dept. background check. Motion carried.
Somerset Youth Athletic Association Picnic/Class “B” License for Bass Lake Ice Fishing Contest on February 25 at 745-153rd Ave.: Motion by Plourde, seconded by Demulling to approve a Picnic/Class “B” License for Somerset Youth Athletic Association for the Bass Lake Ice Fishing Contest at 745-153rd Ave. on February 25 with a inclement weather date of March 3. Motion carried.
Recommendation to County on T-Mobile Application to Co-Locate on Existing Tower at 1584-32nd St. (by Papa B’s): Motion by Rauch, seconded by Germain to recommend approval of T-Mobile co-location on existing tower at 1584-32nd St. Motion carried.
WI Town’s Assoc. District Meetings – Board of Review Training: Rauch and Plourde to attend in Siren. Schachtner, Demulling, Germain and Koester to attend in Eau Claire.
Parks & Rec Committee Report: Julie Hultman has expressed an interest in joining the committee. Town Board will appoint Hultman at February 1st meeting.
Planning Committee Report - 1 Lot CSM for Carl Schnieder/Joe Granberg Surveyor – 11.59 acres at 351 Polk-St. Croix Road: Rauch reported on several issues with this CSM. Existing driveway that has 33’ easement to the “Y” which was granted in 1995. An additional 33’ easement starting at “Y” and running to the back property line on the west side of Schnieder’s property was also recorded. Entire shared access is a 33’ easement. Two residences shown on map. Vacant property in the back has 66’ easement from Delong Road but is currently accessing through the 33’ shared driveway. Town subdivision ordinance Chapter 34 and St. Croix County ordinance require 66’ road frontage for each lot and lot ratio of 4:1 for 10 + acres. Applicant cannot meet the 66’ road frontage and the lot ratio of 4:1 but could meet one of the requirements. Planning Commission recommended approval of the 1 Lot CSM. Plourde stated he’d rather give a design waiver for a flag lot with 66’ of road frontage, rather than a 66’ easement, and waive the 4:1 ratio. Demulling suggested a maintenance agreement between landowners for the shared driveway. Consensus was to grant a design waiver for 4:1 ratio as a condition that a driveway maintenance agreement is in place and the lot has 66’ road frontage (flag lot). Motion by Plourde, seconded by Germain to send CSM back to the Planning Commission for reconfiguration of the lot to allow for a flag lot with 66’ of road frontage along Polk-St. Croix Road and a driveway maintenance agreement between the three property owners. Motion carried.
Transportation & Facilities Committee Report - Road Projects, Equipment, Improvements at Town Hall, Performance Reviews, Consider Removing David Steel’s Probationary Period: TRIP awarded was $14,320.00 for 2013, therefore, Rice Lake Road gravel part won’t be paved until 2013. Trap Rock to be hauled for seal coating. Ventilation system installed, but needs wiring. Recycling shed wall to be built in January. Annual performance reviews for employees. Motion by Plourde, seconded by Demulling to remove the probationary period for David Steel and instate all benefits. Motion carried.
Building Inspector Contract – Consideration in Renewing with Brian Wert Inspection Agency: Wert stated he contacted his insurance carrier and they are estimating a $5,000 increase in annual premium for this type of coverage outlined in the revised contract. Much discussion. Town will check with Rural Mutual to see how much it is to add an umbrella policy for Building Inspection, consider changing the fee schedule to include a $50.00 charge for each outside permit for setback and easement verification by Wert, and consider amending ordinance to state homeowner is responsible for checking the setbacks. Wert agreed to continue his inspection services for the month of January. Motion by Plourde, seconded by Demulling to table the building inspector contract renewal. Motion carried.
Meeting adjourned at 10:35 p.m.