Town of Dunkirk
Dane County, Wisconsin
Town Board Meeting Minutes
September 18, 2023
Dunkirk Town Hall
654 County Highway N
Chairman Monsen called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Also present were Supervisor Olson, Supervisor Jenks, Constable Holte, and Clerk Kathy Olson. See attached sign-in sheet for others present.
1. Welcome and Pledge of Allegiance. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Greg Holte.
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 of the regular meeting of September 5, 2023. Supervisor Jenks stated a motion to approve the minutes as presented, Supervisor Olson seconded. Motion carried 3-0
4. Report on Bills: Supervisor Olson stated a motion to accept and approve the bills, approved payable amount is $12,660.67. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Jenks, Motion carried 3-0.
5. Treasurer Report
6. Public Comment: Jean from Commission on Aging gave her report on the happening at the Stoughton Senior Center. She indicated they had a good turnout for the opening of the annex and that two of the rooms are called Hooper Room & Johnson Room. Their parking is still an issue but maybe solved by renting spaces from a close by business. Atlantis Food Service is now doing the meals on wheels and have had very good reviews. Cindy McGlynn would like to meet with each township to speak on upcoming budgets and how much funding support will the senior center hope to get. Jean also went thru the newsletter and mentioned interesting happenings that will be going on.
7. Clerk's Report: Clerk Olson gave her Clerk’s report, a copy of which is attached and made a part of these minutes. Supervisor Jenks stated a motion to approve, Supervisor Olson seconded. Motion carried 3-0
8. Road Crew: Worked on cleaning up trees in parks and putting up parking signs. Replaced tires on 2014 Truck, cost $1,196.00. Pressure tank at town hall was worked on.
9. Constable Report: None
10. Plan Commission/Rural Preservation Report: At last meeting they did two approvals. Taking the floor was mention that the girl scouts are in need off a section of land to place a storage shed on. The money has been raised to build the shed they just do not have a location and was looking for some ideas. Provided materials which will be attached to these meeting minutes. Was suggested that they rent a storage space, but this was rejected as felt it would be too costly. Rural Preservation will be flowing up on properties to see if they still are interested in being in the program or would like to be.
11. Parks Committee: Held their last meeting at Ash Lane Park, thanked John for putting up the child bucket swings, and made an improvement. Discussed how they can make parks better over time by focusing on one park each year. Questions that came up were, what kind of material should be put around equipment. John indicated it is pea gravel, committee would like wood chips if possible. If they are able to obtain larger equipment would road crew be able to install. John indicated they would not, equipment would need to be installed by a professional company. Requested if port-a-potty can be put in by township instead of soccer league. Requested if the benches that are falling apart can be replaced, these are beyond repair. For the 2024 budget the Parks committee is requesting that $10,000.00 be put towards park renovation, their dream would be $50,000.00. They will focus on Ash Lane Park in 2024. Was noted that the soccer league did some work on the fields which made them a bit smaller.
12. Complaints: None
13. Unfinished Business:
a. Consider portion of Hanerville Road right-of-way width for adjacent Parcel #: 026/0511-352-8010-4, Chris Luzzio 249 Hanerville Road. Received e-mail from Chris asking if we could still keep on agenda.
b. ATV – Will discuss when we hire attorney
c.. Discussion & necessary action on 2 town driveways – Letter will be drafted by Chairman
d. Report on camera findings – Another camera was installed, nothing new was recorded. Will ask new attorney to draft a warning letter to distribute to offenders.
e. Fly Dane – Had a presentation before meeting, this will be put into the 2024 budget, cost $3,300.
f. 40-day Town Review- Salvage Operation – Supervisor Olson indicated the argument is between having a C.U.P. or zoning. Most are leaning towards zoning, Supervisor Olson made a motion Dunkirk votes for zoning as well, Supervisor Jenks seconded. Motion was carried 3-0 to vote for Zoning on this issue.
g. Review attorney fee schedule – Fees schedule was received and reviewed, Supervisor Olson made a motion to hire attorney William Cole for the firm of Axley Attorneys, motion was seconded by Supervisor Jenks. Motion carried 3-0 to hire Mr. Cole as the Town of Dunkirk’s attorney.
14. New Business:
a. Burn Ban – Remove ban
b. Dane County Rezone Petition #DCPREZ-2023-11979, John & Sara Bothum, 1450 Pleasant Hill Rd. Parcels #0511-023-8500 & #026/0511-023-8560-7. Separating existing residence from farmland. Planning Commission approved 5-0. Supervisor Olson moved to approve rezone petition #DCPREZ-2023-11979 for John & Sara Bothum, motion was seconded by Supervisor Jenks, motion approved 3-0
c. Driveway permit review, Happy Place to Be LLC, Parcel #026/0511-213-8030-0. 3.359 acres between Leslie & Hammond Rds, Plan commission reviewed this RR-2 residential parcel for an extended driveway, approved 5-0. There was much discussion regarding the length of the road and what is allowed per town ordinance. Request to have driveway come off Leslie Road instead of Hammond is mainly a safety issue and a less invasive approach, but driveway would be 600 to 700 ft long. Driveway coming off of Hammond would require a steeper grade and the removal of more mature trees and would have limited visibility coming on to Hammond Road. Chairman Monsen went over ordinance with group indicating that the driveway coming off Leslie would be too long, disturb wet lands as it would need about 6 culverts. After much discussion Supervisor Olson made a motion to approve the driveway coming off of Leslie Road, motion was seconded by Supervisor Jenks, motion carried 2-1. Note that this parcel is listed as rural residential.
15. Future agenda items. – none
16. Adjournment: No further business, Supervisor Olson stated a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:16 p.m. Supervisor Jenks seconded. Motion carried 3-0.
Kathy Olson, Clerk
List of attendees
Copy of Bills paid ledger
Copy of treasurer’s report
Copy of Agenda for September 18, 2023 meeting
Copy of Clerk’s Report
Copy of September 5, 2023 meeting minutes