Town of Dunkirk
Dane County, Wisconsin
Town Board Meeting Minutes
July 19, 2021
Dunkirk Town Hall
654 County Highway N
Chairman Olson called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Also present were Supervisor Daniel Jenks, Constable Greg Holte, Treasurer Bonnie Smithback, Road Crew member John Bothum 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 Veteran Jack Lyons.
2. Approval of Agenda. Supervisor Jenks stated a motion to approve the agenda as presented. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Olson. Motion carried 2-0.
3. Minutes: Supervisor Olson asked if everyone read the minutes. Supervisor Jenks stated a motion to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of July 5, 2021. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Olson. Motion carried 2-0.
4. Report on Bills: Supervisor Jenks stated a motion to accept and approve the bills payable in the amount $12,762.68. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Olson. Motion carried 2-0.
5. Public Comment: Jeanne Schwass-Long was in attendance to provide her July Commission on Aging Report. The Senior Center opened to the public on June 2, 2021. They have hired a new activities director and they are excited to have her. Commission on Aging meetings will continue via Zoom. The renovation of the annex will cost more than expected due to the increase in building supplies. They will be holding a couple of fundraisers to pay for the renovation.
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 2-0.
7. Road Crew: (1) Culverts are being installed. (2) Cold patch is being done. (3) Ditches need to be mowed hopefully next week.
8. Constable Report: Holte has been assisting a resident on Oak Lawn Road whose goats continue to get out of their fencing.
9. Plan Commission Report: The Plan Commission met last Wednesday. They discussed 2021-OA-002 Amending Chapter 10 of the Dane County Code of Ordinances, Revising Sign Regulations. The Commission did not make a recommendation due to lack of information. They also discussed the solar ordinance, created a subcommittee and will report back at the next meeting. A gentleman attended for a pre-application conference. He is looking at purchasing a portion of the commercial property on Highway 51 for an indoor food waste compost facility. Additional work will need to be done by the potential buyer prior to any Conditional Use Permit being approved.
10. Rural Preservation Commission Report. The Commission is meeting every two weeks.
11. Complaints: None.
12. 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. Additional connection is being made between volunteers and senior residents in need.
b. Discussion and necessary action on rural broadband work in the
County. No action taken.
c. Discussion and necessary action on river access and working with
Dane County Parks. No action taken.
d. Discussion and necessary action on solar farm ordinance. Attorney Behling has not provided an opinion yet on the draft
ordinance. The Plan Commission looked at two potential ordinances at their last meeting. They created a subcommittee and will be reporting back next month.
13. New Business:
a. Discussion and necessary action on 2021-OA-002 Amending
Chapter 10 of the Dane County Code of Ordinances, Revising Various Sign Regulation Provisions. No action taken due to lack of information from the County. Plan Commission Chairman Bill Delehanty will speak with Majid Allen at Dane County Zoning to determine if additional information can be obtained. Supervisor Olson will also speak with Renee Lauber at Dane County Towns.
b. Closed session pursuant to section 19.84(2) and 19.85(1)(f), Wis.
Stats. Considering financial, medial, social or personal histories or disciplinary data of specific persons, preliminary consideration of specific personnel problems or the investigation of charges against specific persons except where par. (b) applies which, if discussed in public, would be likely to have a substantial adverse effect upon the reputation of any person referred to in such histories or data, or involved in such problems or investigations. Supervisor Jenks stated a motion to proceed into closed session at 7:48 p.m. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Olson. Motion carried 2-0.
c. Reconvene into open session immediately following closed
session and take action as necessary. Supervisor Jenks stated a motion to reconvene into open session at 7:56 p.m. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Olson. Motion carried 2-0.
14. Future Agenda Items.
15. Adjournment: No further business, Supervisor Jenks stated a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:00 p.m. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Olson. Motion carried 2-0.
Melanie Huchthausen, Clerk
List of attendees
Copy of Bills
Copy of agenda for July 19, 2021 meeting
Copy of Clerk’s Report