Town of Dunkirk
Dane County, Wisconsin
Town Board Meeting Minutes
May 6, 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 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 Supervisor Jenks. Motion carried 3-0.
3. Minutes: Chairman Monsen asked if everyone read the minutes. Supervisor Olson stated a motion to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of April 15, 2019. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Jenks. Motion carried 3-0. Supervisor Olson stated a motion to approve the minutes of the special meeting of April 22, 2019. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Jenks. Motion carried 3-0.
4. Report on Bills: Supervisor Jenks stated a motion to accept and approve the bills payable in the amount $31,211.61. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Olson. Motion carried 3-0.
5. Public Comment: Supervisor Olson reported on the Dunkirk Dam Lake District meeting. The Dam operator is aware of the City’s concerns regarding their emergency management plan. He will be working with the City to revise the plan.
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 Supervisor Jenks. Motion carried 3-0.
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 Jenks stated a motion to approve the Clerk’s Report. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Olson. Motion carried 3-0.
8. Road Crew: (1) Tower Drive was prepared to be paved. (2) The Road Crew will be assisting the Town of Rutland with their road work this week and then Payne & Dolan will be doing our road work the week of May 20th. (3) Culverts have been installed on A and Sam Miles Road. (4) 44 muskrats have been trapped to protect the roads. (5) The Board inspected the Culvert at Paul Tyler’s and they would like to speak with the Town insurance company to determine if a claim can be made. (6) Gretebeck has been attempting to work with the County on their Bridge Aid Program to replace culverts. The County used to size the culverts and are no longer willing to perform that work. The cost of hiring an engineer to size correctly will eliminate the benefit of the program. Gretebeck is concerned that the County will not size it, but will not award the aid if the culverts are sized incorrectly according to their standards.
9. Constable Report: (1) Holte has not contacted Thayer Every on James Danky’s complaint as Dane County Zoning did a site review and stated Mr. Every is in compliance with his Conditional Use Permit. (2) Holte spoke with Scott Schroeckenthaler at Dane County Zoning regarding the Hammis and Knutson property. The County Corporation Counsel will be handling the matter. (3) A junk accumulation complaint was made on the Anderson Farm on County N. He spoke with the renters and advised them to remove the junk. A review of the property on March 5th revealed that much clean-up has been done. (4) Theresa Anderson on N continues to have water issues on N and Marilyn. The Road Crew viewed the culverts and nothing was plugged. It is the Road Crew’s thought that the water table is high, thus there is now standing water. (5) A complaint has been received regarding junk accumulation at the Lunde residence on Spring Road. Mr. Lunde believes his property is zoned agricultural. A review of access Dane shows that his property is taxed as agricultural and residential but it is zoned rural residential.
10. Purchase of Development Rights Report. The advisory referendum passed and the Clerk will be working with the Committee as to the next steps. Committee Chairman Ingrid West stated the committee did a very good job and praised the hard work of all the committee members. Bill Delehanty provided a summary of discussions he had with neighbors regarding the referendum. In addition, Dane County is bringing out new initiatives to protect stream land and farm land.
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. The Clerk will contact Deputy Boch to have him sit in Ruben Ring’s driveway.
b. Discussion and necessary action on Brush Site Agreement with the City of Stoughton. The Clerk prepared the draft agreement and has forwarded it to
the Board and the Road Crew.
13. New Business:
a. Discussion and necessary action on scheduling of a Quad Towns Meeting. The Clerk emailed the Clerks from the other towns to set a date for a Quad
Towns meeting. The Town of Dunn did not have any items needing to discuss. Pleasant Springs and Rutland have not responded.
b. Discussion and necessary action on updating the Town’s recycling ordinance and compliance assurance program. The Town had a review of our
recycling program with the Department of Natural Resources. The Town has not updated their recycling ordinance since it was first adopted in 1996. In addition, the Town has not developed a Compliance Assurance Program. The Clerk spoke with Johns Disposal who already has a plan in place. The Clerk prepared a draft for the Board’s review. In addition, the Clerk will be revising the recycling ordinance.
c. Review of Equipment Replacement Schedule and discussion of loan for 2020 truck. The Clerk provided and updated replacement schedule. The new
truck has been ordered but we do not currently have the funds to pay for it in 2020. The Town is currently debt free. No action was taken. The matter will be placed on the next agenda.
14. Future Agenda Items. Scheduling of Town Board and Road Crew view of roads. Newsletter articles.
15. 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 May 6, 2019 meeting
Copy of Treasurer’s Report
Copy of Clerk’s Report