Town of Dunkirk
Dane County, Wisconsin
Town Board Meeting Minutes
February 21, 2022
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 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 February 7, 2022. 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 $1,330,630.88. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Jenks. Motion carried 3-0.
5. Public Comment: None.
6. Treasurer’s Report. Treasurer Smithback gave a report on tax intake and settlements to date.
7. 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.
8. Road Crew: The crew has been trimming trees and are anticipating a possible ice/snow storm tomorrow. They need to trim trees on Tower Drive and Washington Road with assistance from Jim Alme. They will also need a third person to assist with traffic control.
9. Constable Report: (1) Resident on Hammond Road was walking her dogs when they chased after a deer and ended up in her neighbor’s yard. Neighbor was not pleased and threatened her dogs. The neighbor discharged his gun as the complainant walked away. She reported the incident to the Dane County Sheriff. (2) New resident on Dunkirk Avenue wants to burn brush. Holte instructed him to notify the Stoughton Fire Department prior to the control burn and not to burn on a windy day.
10. Plan Commission Report: (1) They met on Wednesday night to consider the CUP petition from Fort Littlegreen. The Plan Commission recommended unanimous approval of conditional use permit DCCUP-2021-02554, permitting the expansion of an existing daycare center from 50 children to 100 children. Approval of this CUP does not include approval for any site or building development. (2) Regarding the Land Use Plan Amendment, discussion of updating the Plan was had. The Plan has not been amended since 2006. The only time-sensitive amendment on the table is a rezone of property on McComb Road. Plan Chair Bill Delehanty continues to work with the Clerk and Majid Allen from Dane County Zoning regarding the McComb Road parcel and updates. (3) They heard a pre-application from a gentleman interested in purchasing 40 acres on Oak Lawn Road. They gentleman will be contacting Majid Allen at the County to perform a density study.
11. Rural Preservation Commission Report. The Commission members have used the ranking system approved by the Town Board to review RPP applications. The Commission voted unanimously at its February 15, 2022 meeting to recommend that the Town Board approve moving forward with negotiations on the following properties: (1) Francis C Long Rev Trust; (2) Sandford S. Quayle & Joyce M Brehm Living Trust; and (3) Ellen Meany. The Board reviewed the documentation presented by the Commission and will place the approval of moving forward with negotiations at their meeting on March 7, 2022.
12. Complaints: (1) Tom and Judy Dowling are again concerned about their neighbor’s plugged culvert and potential flooding of their property if we receive significant rain. The Road Crew attempted to unplug the culvert and believes there will not be a problem. (2) A resident on Race Track is concerned about overweight semis from Stoughton Trailers driving on Race Track, even with it being weight restricted. The matter was referred to the Road Crew to contact State Patrol to assist with weight restriction compliance.
13. Unfinished Business:
a. Discussion and necessary action on audio/visual system for
Town Hall using ARPA money. The Board met with two additional companies regarding an audio/visual system for the Town. No bids have yet been obtained. No action taken.
b. Discussion and necessary action on agreement with the City of
Stoughton regarding Velkommen Way. The Board met with Mayor Swadley and Planning Director Rodney Scheel on February 14, 2022, at 3:30 p.m. The agreement was signed at that meeting.
c. Discussion and necessary action on amending the Town’s Land
Use Plan. The Plan Commission continues to discuss the matter. Plan Commission Chair Bill Delehanty and Clerk Huchthausen are working with Majid Allen at Dane County Zoning to discuss the best way to proceed.
d. Discussion and necessary action on updating Town’s Employee
Handbook. The Board will hold a working meeting in the first couple weeks of March to go over the draft handbook.
14. New Business:
a. David and Claudia Anderson, 2402 Robert Street, Stoughton, WI,
Dane County Petition No. CUP2021-02554, expansion of an existing daycare from 50 children to 100 children. Supervisor Olson stated a motion to approve Dane County Petition No. CUP2021-02554, expansion of an existing daycare from 50 children to 100 children. This approval of this CUP does not include approval for any site or building development. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Jenks. Kate and Luke Dennis, operators of Fort Littlegreen, were in attendance to represent David and Claudia Anderson regarding their CUP Petition. Mr. and Mrs. Dennis provided Operational Plan Details for Fort Littlegreen 2022. Mr. Dennis stated he is thankful for the assistance the Town Board has provided Fort Littlegreen over the years. The Plan Commission recommended unanimous approval of conditional use permit DCCUP-2021-02554, permitting the expansion of an existing daycare center from 50 children to 100 children. Approval of this CUP does not include approval for any site or building development.
15. Future agenda items.
16. Adjournment: No further business, Supervisor Olson stated a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:50 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 February 21, 2022 meeting
Copy of Clerk’s Report
Copy of Treasurer’s Report