Town of Dunkirk
Dane County, Wisconsin
Town Board Meeting Minutes
March 15, 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, Constable Greg Holte, Treasurer Bonnie Smithback 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 March 1, 2021. 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 $26,162.28. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Jenks. Motion carried 3-0.
5. Public Comment: Jeanne Schwass-Long was in attendance to report on the Commission on Aging report. All volunteers have received their COVID vaccinations. The annex was approved for a date of December 31, 2022. They are discussing re-entering the Senior Center. The staff will come back first and then residents. They are getting many requests for people to be able to come back.
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 Jenks stated a motion to approve the Clerk’s Report. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Olson. Motion carried 3-0.
7. Road Crew: The Road Crew reported the roads did not fare well over the weekend with the roads heaving.
8. Constable Report: Holte received another email from James Danky about Thayer’s CUP. Holte contacted Thayer and relayed the complaint. Holte will refer James Danky to the County for complaints.
9. Complaints: None.
10. Unfinished Business:
a. Discussion and necessary action on identified names offered by
the Stoughton Area Senior Center as outreach to those in need in Dunkirk. Murl Mackinnon provided 18 names of people in Dunkirk who would like contact. The letter and contact postcard has been prepared by Inkworks, and were given to Jeanne Schwass-Long. The Clerk will send the letters and Jeanne will make follow up calls as needed.
b. Discussion and necessary action on PDR Committee. No action taken.
c. Discussion and necessary action on Stoughton removal of dam. Supervisor Jenks stated there was a well-attended meeting last week.
There were representatives from the Dunkirk Dam Lake District, the Town of Pleasant Springs, the City of Stoughton and Dunkirk residents. Much information was gathered. The City has a lot to figure out prior to the dam being removed. The best request has been to ask the City to open the gates and determine what would happen upstream and down. The Board will continue to monitor what the City has planned, as well as the DDLD meetings.
d. Discussion and necessary action on filling Plan Commission
member vacancy. The Town Board has interviewed both Mark Asleson and Kim Maerz for the vacant position. Supervisor Jenks stated a motion to appoint Mark Asleson to the Plan Commission. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Olson. Motion carried 3-0. Supervisor Olson stated a motion to contact Kim Maerz to discuss how she might best serve the township. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Jenks. Motion carried 3-0.
e. Discussion and necessary action on Tower Drive culvert
replacement. The Road Crew, Supervisor Jenks, Mr. Hinchley (the prospective buyer), Todd Klahn from Rutland and Joe Schloemeyer, and those assisting in the culvert replacement met last week to discuss the replacement. Supervisor Jenks attended the meeting. The estimate to perform the work is $7,500. Mr. Hinchley will contact Mr. Linnerud, who is downstream from the culvert repair. Gretebeck will contact Digger’s Hotline in attempt to locate the fiber optics underneath the culvert. The work is expected to be performed in late April/early May.
11. New Business:
a. Discussion and necessary action on increased spending on 2021
road budget. Road Crew foreman Mark Gretebeck prepared potential roadwork for 2021. The Board will review the documentation and discuss it at the next meeting.
b. 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.
c. Reconvene into open session immediately following closed
session. No action taken.
12. Future Agenda Items.
13. 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 March 15, 2021 meeting
Copy of Clerk’s Report