Town of Dunkirk
Dane County, Wisconsin
Town Board Meeting Minutes
May 17, 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 May 3, 2021. 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 $21,879.69. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Jenks. Motion carried 3-0.
5. Public Comment: (1) Jeanne Schwass-Long reported on the May Commission on Aging meeting. Election of officers took place. Lou Havlick was elected at Chairperson and Barb Manson was elected as Vice Chair. Mary Onsager, representative for the school district, has resigned her position. Two renters from the annex are moving. They continue to search for an activities director. Opening is beginning slowly. May is older American’s month and it is highlighted in the May newsletter. (2) Town resident Marvin Hodge was in attendance. He is part of the Dunkirk Dam Lake District and an ad hoc committee regarding safety around the Dam. He has attempted to speak with Mr. Reese, who leases the dam, without success. Both Mr. Hodge and Supervisor Jenks will continue to attempt to make contact with Mr. Reese. The lease agreement between the DDLD and Mr. Reese, but it is 25 years old. Chairman Monsen recommended Attorney Behling review the lease agreement to determine if the Town has any liability.
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: None.
8. Constable Report: (1) Holte visited the Anderson property on Highway N. The new renters have ordered dumpsters and will be cleaning up the property. They stated they have not been burning any illegal material. (2) Holte visited the property on Highway 138, due to junk accumulation. He informed them of bulk pickup through John’s Disposal. The homeowner’s lawnmower broke but he intends to get help and get the property cleaned up.
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. After sending out letters to residents, the Clerk has not received any phone calls nor emails requesting assistance. Jeanne Schwass-Long obtained the names of 15 residents. She and her husband, Francis, are working with three residents. There are other residents who are willing to make contact with those in need, and Jeanne will be making the connections.
b. Discussion and necessary action on rural broadband work in the
County. No action taken.
c. Discussion and necessary action on scheduling a Purchase of
Development Rights committee meeting. The meeting will take place on May 25th at 7:00 p.m. here at the Town Hall.
11. New Business:
a. Discussion and necessary action on scheduling a meeting with
City of Stoughton representatives. The Fire Chief is requesting a meeting in regards to the Dunkirk Dam Emergency Plan. The meeting is scheduled for Friday, May 21st, at 10:00 a.m. by Zoom.
b. Discussion and necessary action on river access and working with
Dane County Parks. The Adler sisters who own the property south of the bridge on the Yahara River have been researching what they can do with their property. Chairman Monsen has met with Laura Davis from the Dunkirk Dam Lake District, Dane County Supervisor Kate McGinnity and representatives from the Dane County Parks Division. The County would prefer that the County would acquire the property and then give it to the Township. The County would look into funding a parking lot and kayak/canoe access. The agreement with the County was that the Town Board would discuss it but no action will take place until a resolution is received from the County. The Board is concerned about liability and maintenance costs.
12. Future Agenda Items.
13. 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 May 17, 2021 meeting
Copy of Clerk’s Report