Town of Dunkirk
Dane County, Wisconsin
Town Board Meeting Minutes
October 4, 2021
Dunkirk Town Hall
654 County Highway N
Chairman Monsen called the meeting to order at 6:30 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 Veteran Jack Lyon.
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 September 20, 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 $32,196.18. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Jenks. Motion carried 3-0.
5. Public Comment:
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 Supervisor Olson. Motion carried 3-0.
7. Clerk's Report: None.
8. Road Crew: (1) They have been mowing ditches. (2) The culvert on Tower will be patched in the near future at the cost of $5,000.00.
9. Constable Report: (1) Holte received a call from a City resident on West Milwaukee that complained of noxious weed growth in the Klongland waterway/ditch on the property lines. The Clerk provided the noxious weed portion of the Town’s ordinances, as well as the Stormwater Management ordinance regarding keeping waterways cleaned to the Constable. The Constable will view the property and speak with the landowner. The landowner has been a good neighbor, allowing the City residents to walk across his property for years. The Board will also look at the property. Chairman Monsen will also speak with the landowner.
10. Rural Preservation Commission Report. The Commission meets every other Tuesday nights. They continue to work on ranking criteria.
11. Complaints: (1) Chairman Monsen stated there was a fatal accident at Highway 138 and Hogie Road today. He relayed the Town’s concerns regarding the safety of that intersection with Mr. Drunasky. Mr. Drunasky will email the DOT safety department tomorrow with those concerns. (2) Mr. Hatch would like to place a semi container on his property to contain his equipment. The Clerk will speak with Dane County Zoning to determine if this is possible.
12. Unfinished Business:
a. Discussion and necessary action on rural broadband work in the
County. No action taken.
b. Discussion and necessary action on solar farm ordinance.
The Clerk is waiting for a response from Attorney Mary Behling.
c. Discussion and necessary action on honoring former Town of
Dunn Chairman Ed Minihan. John Bothum obtained a price on an oak tree to honor Mr. Minihan in the amount of $225. He will contact a few more places to obtain cost.
13. New Business:
a. Discussion and necessary action on State Municipal Agreement
with Wisconsin DOT for sidewalk installation on Highway 51. Kevin Duransky from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation was in attendance. The DOT has begun working on design for the US 51 corridor project from I-39/90 east to US 12/18 north of McFarland. One design feature they are working on is sidewalks. There is no existing sidewalk from Ashberry Lane to Spring Road on the north side of US 51, and from Race Track Road to Spring Road on the south side of US 51. They will be reconstructing Highway 51 in the Town in 2025 to could include 5’ sidewalks. If the Town would like sidewalks from Ashberry to Spring and Race Track Road to Spring Road, the State would pay 80% and the Town would be 20%. The DOT has not spoken with any Town residents. Chairman Monsen stated this would affect approximately 10 residents and commercial property. Mr. Durnasky is willing to meet with our Town residents to discuss the matter further.
14. Future Agenda Items.
15. Adjournment: No further business, Supervisor Olson stated a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:15 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 October 4, 2021 meeting
Copy of Treasurer’s Report