Town of Dunkirk
Dane County, Wisconsin
Town Board Meeting Minutes
April 6, 2020
Dunkirk Town Hall
654 County Highway N
Chairman Monsen called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Also present by telephone were Supervisor Ted Olson, Supervisor Daniel Jenks, Treasurer Bonnie Smithback, Constable Greg Holte, and Clerk Melanie Huchthausen. Also on the phone conference was Dale Beske. The Board meeting was held by telephone conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Governor Ever’s Safer at Home Order.
Welcome and Pledge of Allegiance.
2. Approval of Agenda. Supervisor Jenks stated a motion to approve the agenda as presented. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Olson. Motion carried 3-0.
3. Minutes: Chairman Monsen asked if everyone read the minutes. Supervisor Olson stated a motion to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of March 16, 2020. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Jenks. Motion carried 3-0.
4. Report on Bills: Supervisor Olson stated a motion to accept and approve the bills payable in the amount $40,838.49. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Jenks. Motion carried 3-0.
5. Public Comment: Supervisor Olson stated he has had several people approach him about the brush site being closed until April 25, 2020. The Town could open their brush site but currently has no one to man it. Constable Holte questioned whether the burn ban from the DNR includes fire pits and brush. Supervisor Olson stated he has spoken with the Stoughton Fire Department and no fires of any kind is allowed for the protection of the fire fighters.
6. Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Smithback gave the treasurer's report, a copy of which is attached and made a part of these minutes. Supervisor Jenks stated a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Olson. Motion carried 3-0.
7. Clerk's Report: Clerk Huchthausen gave the Clerk’s report, a copy of which is attached and made a part of these minutes. The Clerk ran through the procedure for election day tomorrow, in light of COVID-19. Supervisor Olson stated a motion to approve the Clerk’s Report. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Jenks. Motion carried 3-0.
8. Road Crew: The Road Crew are working safely and taking extra precautions.
9. Constable Report: (1) Holte spoke with Mayor Swadley regarding the Hammis property. Dane County is working from home. (2) The Swenson property clean-up is proceeding. (3) He received an email from Ralph Winrich regarding chickens in his yard. Holte spoke with the residents who have chickens and ask them to keep them in their yard. (4) Holte received a call from Mark Gretebeck regarding a wounded deer in the field on Highway N. He called Dane County Sheriff who responded and shot the deer.
10. Complaints: None.
11. Unfinished Business:
a. Discussion and necessary action on Paul Tyler Culvert issues. Chairman Monsen received a call from Mr. Tyler but did not connect. Dale Beske advised the last time he attended the meeting. At that point the Road Patrolman were going to determine the depth of the fiber. Chairman Monsen advised he is not aware of conversations that have taken place. Diggers Hotline was supposed to come out and locate, but we are unaware if they responded. Mr. Beske asked Chairman Monsen to determine the owner of the fiberoptic company. Mr. Beske asked whether this agenda item can be renamed the Tower Drive culvert issue.
b. Discussion and necessary action on display case for historical
documents. No action taken, pending updating the Town Hall.
c. Discussion and necessary on appointment of rural preservation
committee. No action taken.
d. Discussion and necessary action on broadband access for the
Town. No action taken.
e. Discussion and necessary on EMS Agreement with the City of
Stoughton. No action taken.
f. Discussion and necessary action for Town trucks and Constable’s
patches. The Trucks have received their decals and patches will be ordered. The current decals are rather large, according to the Road Crew. To change them will cost an additional $300. Supervisor Olson stated we would take some time for additional feedback. No action taken. Regarding the patches, the Constable has not determined how many he needs and what other items they would be applied to.
g. Discussion and necessary action on updating/remodeling the Town Hall. The studding of the walls is done, the drywall will be installed on Thursday and Dale Hanson will be completed with his portion of the work on April 17th.
h. Discussion and necessary action on refinancing current loan. The loan rates have decreased. The Clerk will check with Board of Commissioners to determine if the rates have decreased again.
12. New Business:
a. Discussion and necessary action on Town’s response to COVID-19. Chairman Monsen stated Town resident, Jan Schieldt, did pass away due to COVID-19 and are our deepest sympathies to the Schieldt family. The Annual Meeting will be held on April 21, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. and then will be adjourned for 30 days. Chairman Monsen questioned whether the parks need to be closed. Playgrounds State wide are closed. Supervisor Olson stated the swings should be removed but the open space should be left open, adhering to social distancing recommendations of the State.
13. Future Agenda Items. Review of the Town Hall rental agreement.
14. Adjournment: No further business, Supervisor Olson stated a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:06 p.m. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Jenks. Motion carried 3-0.
Melanie Huchthausen, Clerk
List of attendees
Copy of Bills
Copy of agenda for April 6, 2020 meeting
Copy of Treasurer’s Report
Copy of Clerk’s Report