Town of Dunkirk
Dane County, Wisconsin
Town Board Meeting Minutes
December 6, 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 Jenks stated a motion to approve the agenda as presented. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Olson. Motion carried 3-0.
3. Minutes: Chairman Monsen asked if everyone read the minutes. Supervisor Olson stated a motion to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of November 1st and November 15th, 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 $36,781.93. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Jenks. Motion carried 3-0.
5. Public Comment: Bill Delehanty was in attendance to discuss the last Plan Commission meeting. They have discussed amending the Land Use Plan. Majid recommended the Town hire a consultant to assist in the matter. The last meeting saw a pre application for a rezone of a parcel on McComb Road. The developer will be returning to the meeting on December 8, 2021 to discuss the matter.
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: Mark Gretebeck has retired after 22 years of service to the Town. His retirement is effective December 31, 2021. John Bothum has been promoted to Lead Patrolman. Karl Brickson has been hired to replace Mark Gretebeck.
9. Constable Report: (1) Holte received an email from a resident on West Main Street whose neighbor is flying a vulgar flag with profanity. It was offensive to this resident. This appears to be in violation of Town Ordinance Chapter 11.03. With the volatility of the political situation, Holte was asking for guidance on how to proceed. Supervisor Olson recommended we should ask Wisconsin Towns, as the sign may be protected by the First Amendment. Supervisor Jenks recommended Holte speak with our Dane County Deputy to determine how they are proceeding. (2) The Clerk received an email regarding poop being left in the park. Supervisor Jenks recommended a sign. The Clerk will refer to the Public Works.
10. Rural Preservation Commission Report. The Commission meets every other Tuesday nights. They continue to work on ranking criteria. They are also looking at specific parcels who have applied to be part of the program.
11. Complaints: Dean and Dawn Stronach were in attendance. They asked how many years of minutes are available and the Clerk advised at least 13 years. The Stronachs have hired an attorney due to the junk accumulation at Thayer Every’s property. They believe he has ruined the Town road and their personal driveway. They would like Dane County Zoning contacted to address the matter. Chairman Monsen requested Constable Holte to contact Dane County to address the matter. Holte requested the Stronachs prepare an email outlining their complaint with any applicable pictures. The Clerk will then forward that information to the County.
12. Unfinished Business:
a. Discussion and necessary action on solar farm ordinance.
The Plan Commission made recommendations which the Clerk forwarded to Attorney Behling. Once the final copy has been prepared, the Clerk will notice a public hearing prior to a Town Board meeting.
13. New Business:
a. Appointment of Election Inspectors for 2022-2023. Supervisor
Olson stated a motion to appoint the election inspectors for 2022-2023 (list attached). Motion was seconded by Supervisor Jenks. Motion carried 3-0.
b. Discussion and necessary action on audio/visual system for Town
Hall using ARPA money. The Clerk provided the 2020 proposal that Cottage Grover received from Fearing’s. Supervisor Jenks would like take a tour of Cottage Grove’s Town Hall to see what they have and what we have. The Clerk will ask the Cottage Grove Clerk for her request for proposals. Supervisor Olson will arrange a meeting at Cottage Grove.
c. Discussion and necessary action on agreement with the City of
Stoughton regarding Velkommen Way. Chairman Monsen will speak with Rodney Scheel about the matter.
d. Appointment of Jay Furseth to the Rural Preservation
Commission. Jay Furseth is a farmer in Dunkirk and has met with two members of the Commission. Supervisor Jenks stated a motion to appoint Jay Furseth to the Rural Preservation Commission. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Olson. Motion carried 3-0.
e. Discussion and necessary action on end of year newsletter. The
Clerk provided a draft newsletter. All edits are due to the Clerk by Wednesday evening.
14. Future Agenda Items.
15. Adjournment: No further business, Supervisor Olson stated a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:35 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 December 6, 2021 meeting
Copy of Treasurer’s Report