Town of Dunkirk
Dane County, Wisconsin
Town Board Meeting Minutes
February 1, 2021
Dunkirk Town Hall
654 County Highway N
Chairman Monsen called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Also present were Supervisor Daniel Jenks, Treasurer Bonnie Smithback, Constable Greg Holte and Clerk Melanie Huchthausen. Olson was absent and was missed. 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 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 January 18, 2021. Motion was seconded by Chairman Monsen. Motion carried 2-0.
4. Report on Bills: Supervisor Jenks stated a motion to accept and approve the bills payable in the amount $48,848.46. Motion was seconded by Chairman Monsen. Motion carried 2-0.
5. Public Comment: The Town lost long-time resident Robert Harrison.
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 Chairman Monsen. Motion carried 2-0.
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 Jenks stated a motion to approve the Clerk’s Report. Motion was seconded by Chairman Monsen. Motion carried 2-0.
8. Road Crew: The Road Crew continues to plow given all the snow we’re receiving.
9. Constable Report: (1) Holte received a call from a Dan Freund regarding the Schmidt’s continuous dog barking. Holte spoke with the resident regarding the concerns. The resident mentioned building a fence that the dogs could not see through. (2) He received a call from Alan Comstock who lives on a five acre parcel on Tarreyton. Mr. Comstock questioned whether he can hunt on his property. He had an injured deer on his property and the Game Warden said he would need Township approval. Holte went over the rules regarding proximity to a home. The ordinances were reviewed regarding firearms. Future discussions will be had at a later date.
10. Complaints: None.
11. Unfinished Business:
12. New Business:
a. Discussion and necessary action on meeting with the City of
Stoughton regarding joint projects, whitewater parker, etc. The Town Board met with Mayor Swadley. They discussed the whitewater park, future of the Stoughton Jr. Fair, Racetrack Road, Highway 51 upgrade, Hammis property, Bahr property, and Dvorak project.
b. Discussion and necessary action on Bobcat yearly trade-in. The
cost to trade-in the Bobcat is $6,130.04. We share the equipment with the Town of Rutland, so our cost would be $3,130.02. Supervisor Jenks stated a motion to trade-in the Bobcat at a cost of $3,130.02. Motion was seconded by Chairman Monsen. Motion carried 2-0.
c. Discussion and necessary action on identified names offered by
the Stoughton Area Senior Center. The Senior Center has identified 150 people in Dunkirk as potentially needing contact due to isolation. Jeanne Schwass-Long will be providing the names. The Town is looking to see if a Town “adoption” volunteer program is possible to make phone calls, send notes, etc. Additional communication will be had with Jeanne at the following meeting.
d. Discussion and necessary action on quarterly Dunkirk Dam Lake
District meeting. They reviewed the application for improved water quality and a potential grant. They also discussed the pros and cons of the whitewater park and removal of the dam.
e. Discussion and necessary action on retirement of Sheriff
Mahoney. Chairman Monsen will draft a letter to Sheriff Mahoney recognizing his service.
f. Convene to closed session: Closed session for Purposes of
Conferring with Legal Counsel with Respect to Possible Litigation pursuant to sec. 19.85(1)(g), Wis. Stats., regarding replacement of culvert on Tower Road. No action taken.
g. Reconvene into open session immediately following closed
session. No action taken.
13. Future Agenda Items.
14. Adjournment: No further business, Supervisor Jenks stated a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:00 p.m. Motion was seconded by Chairman Monsen. Motion carried 2-0.
Melanie Huchthausen, Clerk
List of attendees
Copy of Bills
Copy of agenda for February 1, 2021 meeting
Copy of Treasurer’s Report
Copy of Clerk’s Report