Town of Dunkirk
Dane County, Wisconsin
Town Board Meeting Minutes
August 3, 2020
Dunkirk Town Hall
654 County Highway N
Chairman Monsen called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Also present were Supervisor Ted Olson, Supervisor Daniel Jenks, Treasurer Bonnie Smithback, Greg Holte, and Clerk Melanie Huchthausen. Due to COVID the meeting was held telephonically. Also present telephonically were Dale Beske, and Tristan McGough from Edgerton Reporter.
1. Welcome and Pledge of Allegiance. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Constable Holte.
2. Approval of Agenda. Supervisor Olson stated a motion to approve the agenda as presented. Motion was seconded by Chairman Monsen. Motion carried 2-0.
3. Minutes: Chairman Monsen asked if everyone read the minutes. Supervisor Jenks stated a motion to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of July 20, 2020. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Olson. Motion carried 3-0.
4. Report on Bills: Supervisor Olson stated a motion to accept and approve the bills payable in the amount $25,255.69. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Jenks. Motion carried 3-0.
5. Public Comment: (1) Chairman Monsen polled the attendees to determine whether the meetings should be in person or telephonically. Supervisor Olson stated the Town Board can adequately space and comply with regulations. Supervisor Jenks stated he is in agreement as long as mandates from the government does not restrict. Others in attendance were in agreement it is easier to meet in person. (2) Chairman Monsen requested the Clerk contact the Dane County Sheriff for additional patrol at Sam Miles and Highway 138 and Oak Lawn and Taylor Lane.
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 Olson stated a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Jenks. Motion carried 3-0.
7. Clerk's Report: None.
8. Road Crew: Chairman Monsen reported he had spoken with Road Crew Foreman Mark Gretebeck regarding the Taylor Lane/Oak Lawn Road repairs. Gretebeck has met with representatives from Payne & Dolan regarding the inadequacies in the road repairs. Payne & Dolan is going to repair to road. Gretebeck recommends the Town does not remit payment of any invoice until the repairs are performed satisfactorily.
9. Constable Report: (1) Holte spoke with Thayer Every regarding the junk accumulation at his property off Taylor Lane. He will mow and remove the vehicles. Holte will continue to follow up. (2) Emily Bahr’s property is getting overgrown, so he will ask her to mow.
10. Complaints: None.
11. Unfinished Business:
a. Discussion and necessary on Tower Drive culvert. The Board has reviewed the 15 page presentation by Dale Beske. Supervisor Olson stated the Town should reset the culvert. However, he does believe the landowner upstream should be able to clear the property in the winter. Supervisor Jenks does not believe the culvert was set improperly or made a mistake in setting the culvert. However, he does believe the Town should attempt to lower the culvert. Chairman Monsen stated he has spoken with the Road Crew regarding resetting the culvert. The Road Crew has spoken with the Town of Dunn and also has identified another farmer in the area to assist with excavating work. Supervisor Olson recommends the Town consult with an engineer to determine the depth. Chairman Monsen requested Dale Beske and Paul Tyler sign an agreement following the installation of the culvert to hold harmless the Town for any further flooding problems. Mr. Beske stated he would have to discuss any agreement with his brother who is also on the Altemus Science Fund Board. Beske would also like to be present when any engineer is on site. Beske also agreed to clean out the waterway if the area dries up considerably. Supervisor Jenks does not believe they need to be present when the engineer is on site, but will wait for his report. The Clerk will contact the engineer to determine his availability. The Clerk will then let the Board know and proceed from there.
b. Discussion and necessary on City of Stoughton Mandt Park
decisions and supporting the Junior Fair. Chairman Monsen has not yet spoken with Mayor Swadley. No action taken.
c. Discussion and necessary action on Stoughton Utilities billing. Chairman Monsen has not heard from the Finance Director, nor the Utilities Director.
d. Discussion and necessary action on scheduling a Rural Preservation Committee meeting. Chairman Monsen will write a letter to the Committee members to determine a date that will work for everyone involved.
12. New Business:
13. Future Agenda Items. Due to Labor Day, the first meeting in September will be Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
14. Adjournment: No further business, Supervisor Olson stated a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:45 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 August 3, 2020 meeting
Copy of Treasurer’s Report