Town of Dunkirk
Dane County, Wisconsin
Town Board Meeting Minutes
January 4, 2021
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 Olson stated a motion to approve the agenda as presented. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Jenks. Motion carried 3-0.
3. Minutes: Chairman Monsen asked if everyone read the minutes. Supervisor Jenks stated a motion to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of December 21, 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 $35,732.94. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Jenks. Motion carried 3-0.
5. Public Comment: (1) Al Wendorf was in attendance, who lives on Highland Lane in the Town. GPS is sending delivery trucks and people looking for Hyland Street in the City of Stoughton. He is looking for a “private drive” or “dead end” sign to hopefully remedy the problem. Supervisor Jenks questioned if Mr. Wendorf is willing to rename the road. Supervisor Olson stated the GPS chips won’t recognize any change until they are updated. Chairman Monsen stated the Town will install a “dead end” sign, and Mr. Wendorf will install a “private drive” sign. (2) Jeanne Schwass-Long was in attendance to give her Commission on Aging Report. The Center is developing a new case management tracking system. The fundraiser in November garnered $4,000. No plans have been made to re-open due to COVID infections and are following Dane County Health Department guidance. Both staff and residents are feeling the mental health effects of not being with people. The Center and the City are looking at expanding into the annex. This has caused an issue between the City, the Center and the current renters of the annex.
6. Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Smithback gave the treasurer's report, a copy of which is attached and made a part of these minutes. She has activated the tax money market account and has collected taxes from 822 parcels for over 1.7 million dollars. 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. 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 is requesting the Board consider adding another heated bay in the garage. The concern is that the plow truck needs to be unloaded or cannot be preloaded because the salt and sand will freeze, and being that cold is hard on the transmission of the new plow truck.
9. Constable Report: (1) Holte responded to a complaint of a car parked at the end of Aspen, which was impeding plowing and mail delivery. (2) He received a complaint of dogs barking on Highway 51 and keeping the neighbors awake. Dane County Sheriff responded and spoke with the dog owners. The Deputy has also spoken with Holte. Holte will continue to follow up, as it seems to be a yearly problem.
10. Complaints: None.
11. Unfinished Business:
12. New Business:
a. Discussion and necessary action on ATVs on Dane County Roads.
Dane County Towns have received many calls and emails asking whether a town can designate its highways as an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) route. The Town does have authority pursuant to s. 23.33(8)(b)2., Wis. Stats. Supervisor Olson stated he is concerned about the speed of the drivers on our roads, which would increase the danger to the ATV operators. The roads would have to be “signed,” unless they were allowed on all the roads. It was questioned whether ATV owners would be required to have insurance. Concerns would be noise and additional vehicles on the road (including vehicles, bicycles and runners). No action taken. A listening session with town residents will take place at a future date.
13. Future Agenda Items. (1) Zoom meeting with the City regarding the whitewater park and dam removal. (2) Additional heated bay in the garage. (3) Tower Drive Culvert issue. (4) Eugene Friedl has requested the Dane County Sheriff sit in his driveway on Highway N. They could also sit at the intersection of Oak Lawn and Taylor Lane from 6-8 am.
14. Adjournment: No further business, Supervisor Olson stated a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:00 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 January 4, 2021 meeting
Copy of Treasurer’s Report
Copy of Clerk’s Report