Town of Somerset 3/7/12 Town Board Meeting MinutesTown of Somerset
Town of Somerset
Town Board Meeting
Wednesday, March 7, 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 Rauch to approve the agenda. Motion carried. No public input.
Clerk’s & Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Rauch, seconded by Plourde to approve the February 1st meeting minutes. Motion carried. Motion by Germain, seconded by Plourde to approve the February Treasurer’s report. Motion carried.
Animal Control Report: Motion by Plourde, seconded by Demulling to approve the February animal control report and 6 month retainer fee. Motion carried.
Fire/Rescue Commission Report: Plourde read the report from Belisle. 19 calls for February; 42 calls for 2012-same pace as 2011. Motion by Germain, seconded by Rauch to approve the Fire/Rescue Commission report. Motion carried.
Parks & Rec Committee Report: Germain reported on last meeting.
Building Inspector’s Report: Motion by Rauch, seconded by Plourde to approve the Building Inspector’s report for February. Motion carried.
New Business - Jay Griggs - Candidate for County Board District 2: Griggs introduced himself and passed out some flyers asking for support at the April 3rd election for County Board District 2.
Ryan Sicard - Candidate for County Board District 1: Sicard introduced himself and asked for everyone’s support at the April 3rd election for County Board District 1.
Marin Hansch/Somerset School Board of Education - Discussion on Results of Survey and Belief Statements that Accompany Survey Results: Hansch summarized the results of the community survey (all responses are available on district’s website) and the Somerset School Board of Education’s recommendation to the survey response and belief statements.
Ordinance 2012-01 Extend Town Officer Terms in Response to Election Law Changes: Motion by Plourde, seconded by Demulling to adopt Ordinance 2012-01 to extend Town officer terms in response to election law changes. Motion carried.
Operator’s License for Sara Jo Davis: Motion by Germain, seconded by Rauch to approve an Operator’s License for Sara Jo Davis. Motion carried.
Planning Committee - 1 Lot CSM & Design Waiver & Driveway Maintenance Agreement for Carl Schnieder/Joe Granberg Stevens Engineers – 11.59 acres at 351 Polk-St. Croix Road: Joe Granberg presented the same 1 lot CSM map as submitted at last town meeting. Donovan Weiblen (adjacent property owner) was present and requested a 66’ easement back to his property, currently there is only a 33’ easement. Weiblen requested Schnieder grant him the extra 33’ easement. Schnieder was in attendance and stated no opposition to granting the 33’ easement. Schnieder stated he would be willing to maintain his portion of the driveway from the town road to where it splits (attaching this language to his deed). With this driveway maintenance attached to his deed, adjacent landowners would not have to sign a driveway maintenance agreement. Motion by Rauch, seconded by Germain to approve the 1 lot CSM for Carl Schnieder with the 66’ easement (back to Weiblen’s property) shown on the map and filed with the deed and the driveway maintenance to be taken care of by Schnieder to be attached to the deed also. Motion carried.
Planning Commission Report: Rauch reported on the Tough Mudder planning meeting he attended. Only two properties in the Town will be used for event. Spring Street will be closed, at least some of the time. Question came up if Town’s large and small assembly ordinances apply and if a permit is necessary. Concern if portable sanitary facilities will be available. Need clarification if county zoning has any requirements on the activities that are taking place in the town. Rauch to follow up. Next month’s agenda item.
Transportation & Facilities Committee Report - Road Projects, Intersection Visibility at 210th Ave. & 77th St., Seal coating - Advertise for Bids, Estimate on Gutters on Front of Town Hall and Lights in Town Shop: Schachtner reported on issues from the last Transportation & Facilities meeting. Recommendation to improve the visibility at 210th Avenue and 77th Street by cutting the ditch. Committee will work on determining what roads to AMZ and seal coat; advertising for seal coat bids after April meeting. Plan to open the seal coating bids at May meeting. Road projects to include some work on 65th St. and Twin Springs Road, blacktopping of 40th Street and rest of 230th Avenue. 170th Ave. alternate project for mill and blacktop. Estimate on gutters for front of Town Hall from DJ Gutters for $612.00 was recommended for approval. Motion by Demulling, seconded by Plourde to approve the Transportation & Facilities Committee report and the estimate of $612.00 from DJ Gutters with the downspouts to be tan in color. Motion carried.
Old Business - Consider Building Inspector Proposals Received with Motion to Convene into Closed Session Per 19.85(1)e and/or 19.85(1)(f) for the Purpose of Bargaining Reasons for a Building Inspector Contract and/or Financial Considerations of Specific Personnel-Roll Call Vote: Motion by Plourde, seconded by Rauch to convene into closed session to consider building inspector proposals received. Roll call vote: Demulling-yes, Plourde-yes, Rauch-yes, Schachtner-yes, Germain-abstained. Motion carried. Closed session at 9:15 p.m. Germain did not attend closed session. Two proposals were received. Board called Brian Wert into closed session at 9:25 p.m. until 9:55 p.m. with discussion on the proposal submitted by the Brian Wert Inspection Agency. Todd Dolan was called into closed session from 9:55 pm until 10:32 p.m. with discussion on the building inspection proposal submitted by All-Croix Inspections LLC.
Motion to Reconvene into Open Session - Roll Call Vote: Motion by Demulling, seconded by Rauch to reconvene into open session. Roll call vote: Demulling-yes, Rauch-yes, Schachtner-yes, Plourde-yes, Schachtner-yes. Motion carried. Open session at 10:45 p.m.
Determinations, if any, Relating to Building Inspector Contract and Fees: Motion by Rauch, seconded by Demulling to accept the Building Inspector Proposal from All-Croix Inspections LLC for a term of 1 year. Roll call vote: Schachtner-yes, Plourde-nay, Rauch-yes, Demulling-yes, Germain abstained. Motion carried on a 3 to 1 vote.
Agnes Ring - County Board District 2 Candidate for April 3rd Election: Ring introduced herself as County Board District 2 candidate and distributed flyers, asking for support in the April 3rd election.
Meeting adjourned at 10:50 p.m.