Town of Dunkirk
Dane County, Wisconsin
Town Board Meeting Minutes
April 15, 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, Supervisor Daniel Jenks, Treasurer Bonnie Smithback, Constable Greg Holte, Road Crew members Mark Gretebeck and John Bothum, and Clerk Melanie Huchthausen. See attached sign-in sheet for others present.
1. Welcome and Pledge of Allegiance. The Pledge was led by Constable Holte.
2. Swearing in of Elected Officials. The Clerk administered Oaths to Chairman Norman Monsen, Supervisor I Daniel Jenks, Supervisor II Ted Olson, Treasurer
Bonnie Smithback and Constable Greg Holte.
3. Approval of Agenda. Supervisor Olson stated a motion to approve the agenda as presented. Motion was seconded by Daniel Jenks. Motion carried 3-0.
4. Minutes: Chairman Monsen asked if everyone read the minutes. Supervisor Olson stated a motion to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of April 1, 2019. Motion was seconded by Chairman Monsen. Motion carried 2-0. Jenks abstained.
5. Report on Bills: Supervisor Olson stated a motion to accept and approve the bills payable in the amount $10,880.31. Motion was seconded by Daniel Jenks. Motion carried 3-0.
6. Public Comment: Building Inspector Steve Kittleson was in attendance to report on building permits issued in the Town for the first quarter. Four permits have been issued so far this year. He does not expect anything out of the ordinary for 2019. Kittleson reviewed the list of what is required for a building permit.
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 Daniel Jenks. Motion carried 3-0.
8. Road Crew: (1) Summer hours began today. (2) Tower Road has deteriorated further. It will have to be dug up and base installed. (3) Gretebeck questioned what to do with the old chairs. There was no interest by the Town Board. Chairman Monsen requested the Senior Center be contacted to see if they are interested. If not, the chairs can be placed at the road for free. (4) Chairman Monsen has received numerous calls from Paul Tyler regarding his water concerns and the culvert. (5) Mark and John met with Steve Felio, who designed a new sign to be placed in front of the Town Hall. Kim Monsen is willing to paint it. (6) A resident was hired to trap muskrats because they are burrowing underneath the shoulder of the Town roads that have water on either side. He is logging his time to prepare a bill.
9. Constable Report: (1) Holte was contacted by a resident at 973 Highway N regarding water that was sitting in her property. There are ongoing issues with regard to Jerry Duerst plowing snow in the waterway and perhaps the culvert in her back yard is plugged. The Road Crew will view the culvert and determine if it is plugged. (2) The Hammis property is a mess again. Holte will contact Scott Schroeckenthaler. (3) Holte has not yet followed up with Deputy Boch regarding the concrete company on County A.
10. Purchase of Development Rights Report. The advisory referendum passed 353 to 219 on April 2, 2019. The Committee will meet at least one additional time to discuss the next steps.
11. Plan Commission Report. The Plan Commission saw three items on their agenda. The first was the Petition of Elizabeth Reinstad to rezone 2.22 acres from A-1EX to RH-1, separating existing residence from farmland. The Commission unanimously recommended approval. The second item was the Petition of Danky-Schelshorn Trust to rezone 2.4 acres from A-1EX to RH-1 and 6.2 acres from A-1EX to CO-1, separating existing residence from farmland. The Commission unanimously recommended approval. The third item was a pre-application conference with Steve Olson. He is desiring to sell a parcel on County Highway N. The Commission recommended Mr. Olson perform perc testing.
12. Complaints: None.
13. 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. Bass Lake and Sam Miles Road is still a concern. Taylor Lane and Oak Lawn remains a concern.
b. Discussion and necessary action on Brush Site Agreement with the City of Stoughton. The Town residents are using the City’s brush site. The Clerk
will prepare an agreement for the City to review.
14. New Business:
a. Discussion and necessary action on Elizabeth Reinstad, 1924 County Highway A, Stoughton, Dane County Petition No. 2019-11421, rezoning 2.22
acres from A-1EX to RH-1, separating existing residence from farmland. Elizabeth Reinstad’s daughter was in attendance. They are wishing to rezone 2.22 acres from A-1EX to RH-1, to separate the residence from the farmland. A density study was performed and they have two splits available. The Plan Commission recommended unanimous approval. Supervisor Olson stated a motion to approve Petition No. 2019-11421. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Jenks. Motion carried 3-0.
b. Discussion and necessary action on Danky-Schelshorn Trust, 261 State Highway 138, Stoughton, Dane County Petition No. 2019-11404, rezoning
2.4 acres from A-1EX to RH-1 and 6.2 acres from A-1EX to CO-1, separating existing residence from farmland. Mr. Danky wishes to donate 6.2 acres to the Cooksville Historic Trust to preserve the prairie field. The driveway to both parcels is a Town Road. There is concern about damage or extra repairs to the road if the Town will be responsible for repairs. If there is no parking lot, there is concern about traffic causing damage to the shoulders of the Town Road. There was much discussion at the Plan Commission meeting that there would be an easement for the home with regard to the driveway. Mr. Danky will be narrowly defining the restrictions for the CO-1 uses. The Plan Commission recommended unanimous approval. Supervisor Olson stated Mr. Danky’s solar panels will be in the donated land, but a review of the Petition shows there is an easement allowing for that. Supervisor Olson stated a motion to approve Petition No. 2019-11404. The matter was tabled and no action taken.
c. Discussion and necessary action on review of contents in Little Libraries. The Town has three Little Libraries in the Township. The Girl Scouts, pursuant
to their proposal when they requested to install the library, were to monitor their Library. There are two other libraries that are not monitored. Chairman Monsen is hoping a town resident would volunteer to organize the library once a month. The Clerk will put an article in the newsletter.
15. Future Agenda Items.
16. Adjournment: No further business, Supervisor Olson stated a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:52 p.m. Motion was seconded by Daniel Jenks. Motion carried 3-0.
Melanie Huchthausen, Clerk
List of attendees
Copy of Bills
Copy of agenda for April 15, 2019 meeting
Copy of Clerk’s Report