Town of Dunkirk
Dane County, Wisconsin
Town Board Meeting Minutes
March 4, 2019
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, Treasurer Bonnie Smithback, Constable Greg Holte, Road Crew Foreman Mark Gretebeck and Clerk Melanie Huchthausen. Supervisor Quam was absent. See attached sign-in sheet for others present.
1. Welcome and Pledge of Allegiance. The Pledge was led by Constable Holte.
2. Approval of Agenda. Supervisor Olson stated a motion to approve the agenda as presented. Motion was seconded by Chairman Monsen. Motion carried 2-0.
3. Minutes: Chairman Monsen asked if everyone read the minutes. Supervisor Olson stated a motion to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of February 18, 2019. Motion was seconded by Chairman Monsen. Motion carried 2-0.
4. Report on Bills: Supervisor Olson stated a motion to accept and approve the bills payable in the amount $72,803.53. Motion was seconded by Chairman Monsen. Motion carried 2-0.
5. Public Comment: None.
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 Olson stated a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report. Motion was seconded by Chairman Monsen. Motion carried 2-0.
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 Chairman Monsen. Motion carried 2-0.
8. Road Crew: (1) The 1996 third plow truck has been having issues. The Road Crew attempted maintenance without fixing the problem. They took it to Madison and it the cam sensor and air leaks were fixed. (2) Ice remains on McGinnis and Brickson. (3) Supervisor Olson spoke with the residents on Taylor who complained of water issues and recommended they clear their culverts to ease the problem. (4) Price of black top is reported to be up $20 per ton. (5) Gretebeck will be viewing roads in the next couple of weeks.
9. Constable Report: (1) Holte responded to a semi parked on Vernon Road, which inhibited plowing. Holte spoke with the resident and advised he must move it. Gretebeck stated it was moved and is back again. Holte will the matter over to the State Inspector. (2) He spoke with Scott Schroeckenthaler from Dane County Zoning who will view the property on County N. (3) Holte spoke with John regarding residents plowing snow into the road right-of-way. The Clerk will put information about it being an ordinance violation in the fall newsletter.
10. Purchase of Development Rights Report. The Committee continues to meet monthly and work towards the referendum at the April 2, 2019 election. There will be a final public forum on March 31, 2019.
11. Complaints: None.
12. Unfinished Business:
a. Discussion and necessary action on working with the Dane County Sheriff to provide additional patrol in the town. The Sheriff continues to
provide good service.
b. Discussion and necessary action on Brush Site Agreement with the City of Stoughton. Brett Hebert provided a letter dated February 28, 2019. After
much deliberation, the Public Works Committee recommended they keep track of Town residents and bill the township directly at a rate of $25 per non-resident user. The City also recommended charging the Dunkirk Township staff $1,000 grinding costs annually. Supervisor Olson does not believe the City charging the Town is reasonable since we have allowed them to use our site for over five years. Gretebeck does not believe the Town generates 10% of the brush and can burn their own brush to save the $1,000. He is in agreement that the Town should allow the residents to use the site. Chairman Monsen will speak with the Mayor and Brett Hebert about the contract.
13. New Business:
a. Discussion and necessary action on date of second Town Board meeting in March. March 20th at 7:00 p.m.
b. Discussion and necessary action on Dane County comprehensive revision of the Dane County Zoning Ordinance (Chapter 10). The Planning
Commission recommended approval unanimously. Supervisor Olson stated the Town is not wanting to go on their own. He believes the Dane County code follows what Dane County Towns and the Town of Middleton recommend. Every three years the Towns have the option to opt out. The Clerk will prepare the resolution to adopt the Comprehensive Revised Dane County Zoning Ordinance.
c. Discussion and necessary action on the Dunkirk Dam’s Emergency Action Plan and the City of Stoughton’s letter of February 18, 2019, regarding
said Plan. The dam itself is privately owned and it is funded by the Dunkirk Dam Lake District. The Town is not responsible for the Dam, nor does the Town have any oversight. The Clerk will forward the Mayor’s email on to the Dunkirk Dam Lake District for them to discuss at their next meeting.
14. Future Agenda Items. Dane County Resolution to adopt the Comprehensive Revised Dane County Ordinance.
15. Adjournment: No further business, Supervisor Olson stated a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:50 p.m. Motion was seconded by Chairman Monsen. Motion carried 2-0.
Melanie Huchthausen, Clerk
List of attendees
Copy of Bills
Copy of agenda for March 4, 2019 meeting
Copy of Treasurer’s Report
Copy of Clerk’s Report