Town of Dunkirk
Dane County, Wisconsin
Town Board Meeting Minutes
August 17, 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, Constable Greg Holte and Clerk Melanie Huchthausen. See attached sign-in sheet for others present.
1. Welcome and Pledge of Allegiance. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Constable Holte.
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 August 3, 2020. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Jenks. Motion carried 3-0.
4. Report on Bills: Supervisor Jenks stated a motion to accept and approve the bills payable in the amount $15,899.34. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Olson. Motion carried 3-0.
5. Public Comment: (1) Sheldon Schieldt, the Mayor of Stebbinsville, wanted to see about getting a load of gravel to improve the entrance to the Yahara River near the Town Hall for kayaking and canoeing. He was referred to the Parks Committee and they had grand plans for a parking lot, toilets, etc. He will speak with our Dane County Supervisor tomorrow to discuss his findings. Supervisor Jenks stated the Dunkirk Dam Lake District also discussed having some sort of portage at that same location. The Dane County Supervisor was also in attendance at that meeting. (2) Jeanne Schwass-Long was in attendance to report on her Commission on Aging meeting. Cathy Christman was welcomed to the Board. She is a representative for the City. A fundraiser is set for September 2nd, to raise money to obtain the annex since they have outgrown the Senior Center location. The Center is working to assist all the homebound residents.
6. Clerk's Report: Clerk Huchthausen gave the Clerk’s report, a copy of which is attached and made a part of these minutes. Supervisor Olson stated a motion to approve the Clerk’s Report. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Jenks. Motion carried 3-0.
7. Road Crew: (1) Oak Lawn and Taylor Lane has not yet been completed. Payne and Dolan will be making repairs. (2) They will be moving the brand tires from the third plow truck to John’s truck, instead of selling the truck with new tires.
8. Constable Report: (1) Holte spoke with Emily Bahr regarding upkeep of her property. She has hired someone to mow but it has not yet been completed. (2) The speed board sign was placed near the intersection of Oak Lawn Road and Taylor Lane, too close to the stop sign. Holte emailed Deputy Miller and spoke with Deputy Boch, and the sign was moved to Taylor Lane. (3) He received an email from a resident on Aspen regarding a rat problem in the neighborhood. Holte recommended the neighbor utilize a trap and also spoke with the resident of the property who has a chicken house. The homeowner will also attempt to trap them. (4) Town resident Danky called regarding motorcyclists racing down Highway 138 on one wheel. Holte recommended Danky monitor to see if the timing is consistent, so Dane County Sheriff can be alerted. (5) Holte responded to a disabled vehicle on Hogie Road and assisted the driver until the tow truck arrived.
9. Complaints: None.
10. Unfinished Business:
a. Discussion and necessary on Tower Drive Culvert. The Town
received a report from their engineer, a potential indemnification agreement from the Town Attorney, a letter from the Attorney for the Altemus Possin Science Fund, Inc., and an introductory letter from the Town Attorney to the Altemus Attorney all late this afternoon. Paul Tyler asked Dale Beske if he had retained an attorney and he stated that he has for the benefit of the Altemus Possin Science Fund, Inc. The Town Board is not prepared to make a decision on the matter. Supervisor Olson stated the Board will need to speak with the Attorney Behling and review all the documents.
b. Discussion and necessary on City of Stoughton Mandt Park
decisions and supporting the Stoughton Jr. Fair. Chairman Monsen has spoken with Mayor Swadley. They are considering an in-person meeting. The City has a grant request out for funding the Whitewater Park that they should have a response by the beginning of September, 2020. The Whitewater Park decision will affect the redevelopment of Mandt Park and the Stoughton Jr. Fair.
c. Discussion and necessary action on Stoughton Utilities billing. No action taken.
d. Discussion and necessary action on scheduling a Rural
Preservation Committee meeting. Chairman Monsen spoke with Renee Lauber regarding scheduling a meeting. Renee recommended the Town send a survey to the Committee members to determine how they would like to proceed. Renee will prepare a letter on behalf of the Town.
11. New Business:
12. Future Agenda Items. Potential Town burning ban meeting on August 20, 2020 at noon virtually.
13. Adjournment: No further business, Supervisor Jenks stated a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:55 p.m. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Olson. Motion carried 3-0.
Melanie Huchthausen, Clerk
List of attendees
Copy of Bills
Copy of agenda for August 17, 2020 meeting
Copy of Treasurer’s Report
Copy of Clerk’s Report