Town of Soemrset 9/5/12 Board MinutesTown of Somerset
Town of Somerset
Town Board Meeting Minutes
September 5, 2012
Chairman Schachtner called the meeting to order at 8:00 pm at the Town Hall. Present were Germain, Demulling, Plourde, Rauch and Schachtner. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Motion by Rauch, seconded by Plourde to approve the agenda. Motion carried. No public input.
Clerk’s & Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Plourde, seconded by Demulling to approve the August 1st meeting minutes. Motion carried. Motion by Germain, seconded by Plourde to approve the August financial report. Motion carried.
Fire/Rescue Commission Report: Plourde read the report from Chief Belisle. August had 44 calls for service. 264 calls this year so far compared with 248 calls at the same time last year. Looking at new engine truck in 2014 budget to replace 1982 engine as well as 1994 engine. Joint meeting at Village on Sept. 26th. Motion by Germain, seconded by Demulling to approve the Fire/Rescue Commission report. Motion carried.
Animal Control Report: No calls for August. Motion by Rauch, seconded by Germain to approve the 6 month retainer fee for animal control. Motion carried.
Building Inspector’s Report: Motion by Plourde, seconded by Rauch to approve the August Building Inspector’s report from All-Croix Inspections. Motion carried.
Transfer of “CLASS B” Combination Liquor License from Patio Lounge, Inc. to Traci & Shawn Libersky – T Buckets Bar & Grill at 1580-32nd Street, Due to Sale: Proposed closing date: October 1st. Discussion on the sale and the configuration of the three lots, driveway easements, setbacks, septic system etc. The Town Board recommended the survey of the three lot lines be brought into the Planning Commission on Sept.19th by the surveyor and Patio Lounge owners. Patio Lounge owners should verify with the County Zoning that all three lots meet the Town & County ordinances. Liberskys need to verify with County Zoning on the special exception permit and any amendments, if required. The Town Board decided to add the lot CSMs and liquor license transfer request as agenda items for Town Board business only at the joint meeting Sept. 26th at Village Hall, 7 pm. Motion by Demulling, seconded by Rauch to postpone the request to transfer the “CLASS B” Combination Liquor License contingent upon the sale of Patio Lounge to Traci & Shawn Libersky until the CSM issues and special exception use permit get reviewed by the Planning Commission, Town Board and County Zoning. Motion carried.
Agnes Ring/County Board Supervisor-Discussion on Growth Management Advisory Committee (MOU Advisory Team) and Appointment of Two People to Serve on Committee: Ring explained the committee and its purpose to address the impacts of the bridge and the mitigation money allocated. Certain categories of how the mitigation money will be spent-growth management and damages to bluff lands. Advisory committee is comprised of reps from City of New Richmond, Village of Somerset, St. Croix County, Town of St. Joe and Town of Somerset and others within the corridor communities. DNR has final decision on where the mitigation money goes. Committee makes recommendations to the DNR. Local contributions or private funding match in combination with DNR money to leverage the most impact. Communities need to decide what they need, what meets their plans and what are the most worthy projects. Application is made to the Advisory Committee and they recommend approval, denial or approval with conditions to the DNR/County. Next meeting Sept. 25, 9:30 am–12:30 pm at the St. Croix County Government Center. Motion by Plourde, seconded by Germain to appoint Jean Hoffman and Larry Rauch to the Growth Management Advisory Committee Team. Motion carried.
Parks & Rec Committee Report - Review of Park Plan: No action taken. Further decision and possible approval at the October 3rd meeting.
Appointment of David Mandel to Parks & Rec Committee: Motion by Rauch, seconded by Demulling to appoint David Mandel to the Parks & Rec Committee for a two year term. Motion carried.
Planning Commission Report - Tammy Wittmer/St. Croix County Land & Water Dept. – Presentation on Shoreland Information System for St. Croix River: Wittmer presented information on the Shoreline Information System. The goal is to start coming up with a comprehensive data set interactive with the GIS system. The river will be videoed leaf-on and leaf-off to determine erosion and other areas of concern. The board thanked Tammy Wittmer for her presentation and information.
The Kraemer Company/Rivard Quarry Special Exception Application Request for Renewal of Existing Permit for 5 Years: The Kraemer Company had two representatives present. Rauch stated no changes from the previous permit. Discussion on back up beepers. Planning Commission recommended approval of the request. Motion by Plourde, seconded by Rauch to approve The Kraemer Company-Rivard Quarry Special Exception Permit for another 5 years. Motion carried.
Action Battery/Expansion of Office Space and Parking: Nelson Remodeling was present with the state approved plans on the project. Motion by Demulling, seconded by Germain to approve Action Battery’s plan for a 32’ X 80’ office expansion and parking area contingent upon Action Battery’s confirmation with St. Croix County Zoning on the expansion and parking and if there needs to be an amendment to the special exception permit.. Motion carried.
Two Vacancies on Planning Commission - Recommend Appointment of Julie Hultman and Jean Hoffman for a Term to Expire in 2013: Motion by Demulling, seconded by Germain to appoint Julie Hultman and Jean Hoffman to the Planning Commission for a term to expire in 2013. Motion carried.
Reappoint to Planning Commission - Joe Jahnke, Russ Hultman and Bill Lawson for a Term to Expire in 2015: Motion by Plourde, seconded by Rauch to reappoint Joe Jahnke, Russ Hultman and Bill Lawson to the Planning Commission for terms to expire in 2015. Motion carried.
New Business - Appoint Renee Carufel as Election Inspector: Motion by Plourde, seconded by Germain to appoint Renee Carufel as an election inspector. Motion carried.
Transportation & Facilities Committee Report - Additional Road Projects, Parking Lot Lines, 207th Avenue Speed Limit, Equipment Update: Schachtner stated the committee recommended seal coating 74th St, 76th St. and 210th Ave. east of Hwy. 35. Motion by Rauch, seconded by Demulling to approve the above-three listed roads for seal coating. Motion carried. Motion by Rauch, seconded by Plourde to approve posting 35 mph speed limit on 207th Ave. Motion carried. Consensus was to paint the town hall parking lot lines. 2013 budget ideas-pressure washer, grapple bucket for tractor, update lighting in shop.
Announcements - Joint Meeting at Village, Wed,, September 26, 7 pm & Budget Workday Mon., October 1st, 9 am at Town Hall
Meeting adjourned at 9:50 p.m.
Jeri Koester, Clerk