Town of Dunkirk
Dane County, Wisconsin
Town Board Meeting Minutes
December 20, 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, Public Works Lead 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 the Constable.
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 December 6, 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 $43,198.14. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Jenks. Motion carried 3-0.
5. Public Comment: Supervisor Olson reported on his DCTA meeting. They expect costs for goods and services to increase by 30% in 2022.
6. Clerk's Report: None.
7. Road Crew: They have been trimming trees. There is plenty of salt and sand, which has only been used once this fall.
8. Constable Report: Holte responded to two vehicles parked on McComb Road. He contacted the owners and asked them to park on the parking lot so the roads can be properly maintained.
9. Plan Commission Report: The Plan Commission met on December 8th. They heard the petition of Jason and Mary Ellen Mackey and unanimously recommended approval of the petition.
Their next meeting is January 12th and they will be having the annual Land Use Plan review. Plan Commission Chairman Bill Delehanty presented documentation for the Board to review prior to the meeting.
10. Rural Preservation Commission Report. The Commission continues to meet regularly. Their next meeting is January 4, 2022. They sent letters to property owner applicants with the results of their individual ranking.
11. Complaints: The Clerk and Chairman Monsen met with the Department of Natural Resources this morning regarding the Town’s MS4 permit. The Town needs to provide additional information to be in compliance. The Clerk will provide this information to the DNR prior to January 31, 2022.
12. Unfinished Business:
a. Discussion and necessary action on solar farm ordinance. The
Clerk forwarded information to the Town attorney and she is on family leave.
b. Discussion and necessary action on rural broadband work in the
County. Joyce Tikalsky from the Dane County Broadband Task Force was in attendance. She is also on the Stoughton City Council and works with residents at the Senior Center who are having technical issues. When helping residents, she received complaints regarding lack of internet availability. The City of Stoughton has WiFi services available within the City. At the Senior Center, residents can borrow tablets for 90 days. Ms. Tikalsky has been working with the school district and the library regarding mobile hot spots. She is also looking into other solutions for residents to be able to obtain internet capability. The County has prepared a survey which has been placed in the Town’s newsletter and on the Town’s Facebook page.
c. Discussion and necessary action on audio/visual system for Town
Hall using ARPA money. Supervisors Olson and Jenks met with Kim Bannigan at the Town of Cottage Grove. Their meeting room is 30x40. They have a microphone in a ceiling panel, four speakers and cameras. Cottage Grove’s system cost $14,000. Supervisor Olson recommended the Clerk obtain bids.
d. Discussion and necessary action on agreement with the City of
Stoughton regarding Velkommen Way. Chairman Monsen will speak with Rodney Scheel regarding this agreement.
13. New Business:
a. Jason and Mary Ellen Mackey, 648 Taylor Lane, Stoughton, WI,
Dane County Conditional Use Permit No. 2021-02551, allow for construction of a taller accessory building (16 feet mean elevation). They are looking to build a 24x48 pole barn. Their current allowable mean height is 12’ and they need a mean height of 16’ to accommodate a fifth wheel camper. The Plan Commission unanimously recommended approval. Supervisor Jenks stated a motion to approve Permit No. 2021-02551. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Olson. Motion carried 3-0.
14. Future Agenda Items. None.
15. Adjournment: No further business, Supervisor Olson stated a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:00 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 December 20, 2021 meeting