Town of Dunkirk
Dane County, Wisconsin
Town Board Meeting Minutes
June 3, 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. 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 Jenks stated a motion to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of May 20, 2019. 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 $31,594.11. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Jenks. Motion carried 3-0.
5. Public Comment: (1) Jeanne Schwass-Long was in attendance to give her Commission on Aging Report. Sid Boersma was welcomed as the City Rep for the Commission on Aging. The fundraiser was cancelled due to lack of interest. The Bryant Foundation is paying 20 hours towards the volunteer coordinator position in 2019 and will reduce their funding to 19 hours in 2020. The Center is requesting the City add some funding. Dave Sharpe, representing the City, asked questions about the change to Meals on Wheels and other services that took place at the beginning of the year due to County reconfiguring. (2) Emily Bahr was in attendance. The City made an offer to purchase her parcel to increase their park, which was denied. Ms. Bahr gave the City a number of what she would like in order to sell. She has also spoken with the City regarding moving her septic drain field in their park. She offered 80% of her property to the City, but she has 2.2 acres and Dunkirk requires one acre parcels. Her other option is to annex to the City and put 22 units on the property, but she needs agreement from their Parks Department to hook into their sewer main. Chairman Monsen recommended Ms. Bahr speak with the Plan Commission to determine what avenues are available to her. (3) Bill Delehanty attended a meeting last week put on by Dane County Towns regarding low income housing availability. They also talked about accessory dwelling units (i.e. granny flats). The new County zoning ordinance addresses such units. The Planning Commission will eventually be adding information regarding hamlets into the Land Use 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 Jenks stated a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Olson. 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 Olson stated a motion to approve the Clerk’s Report. Motion was seconded by Supervisor Jenks. Motion carried 3-0.
8. Road Crew: (1) Bass Lake and Tower were milled and they are hoping to overlay on Thursday. (2) Mowing of ditches have begun. (3) They have attempted to cold patch but it’s been too cold.
9. Constable Report: (1) Holte spoke with Majid Allen at Dane County regarding the Brett Lunde property on Spring Road. Majid reviewed the maps and it is hard to determine where the junk is located. Holte does not believe there is any hazardous material on the property and Lunde is in compliance with County and Town ordinances. (2) Holte responded to a report of a fisherman being shot at down by the dam. Holte advised the fisherman to contact Dane County Sheriff and the DNR. He has not heard anything since. (3) Jim Hammis has cleaned up his property some on Highway 51.
10. Purchase of Development Rights Report. The advisory referendum passed and the Clerk will be working with the Committee as to the next steps. The Board will meet with Renee Lauber and Attorney Behling tomorrow at 4:30 to discuss funding.
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. There needs to be extra patrol at the intersection of Oak Lawn and Taylor Lane.
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.
c. Review of Equipment Replacement Schedule and discussion of loan for 2020 truck. The Clerk prepared the new replacement schedule for Board
review. Chairman Monsen reviewed the schedule and stated the Town will have some budgeting work to do and thanked the Road Crew and Clerk for putting it together. The Town is currently debt free. The road Gretebeck wanted to do this year was $180,000 and this did not include prep work and gravel. Additionally, the new truck has been ordered, it costs $196,000 and will be delivered in January, 2020. The Town Board would like to drive the roads with the Road Crew to determine how much will need to be fixed. Gretebeck stated the winter was rough and many roads need to be repaired.
d. Discussion and necessary action on newsletter articles. Deadline for articles is June 21, 2019. Supervisor Olson requested an article regarding the new
brush site and the limitations. We will have an article from the Senior Center and one from Johns Disposal. Discuss fireworks. Little library librarian.
13. New Business:
a. Discussion and necessary action on County aid for culvert replacement. Gretebeck spoke with Dane County Supervisor Bob Salov. The reason they are
not sizing the culverts is due to Act 10. Gretebeck asked if we size the culvert, will we get the money. He spoke with Ayres Engineering. It will take them a year to size the culverts and the cost was prohibitive. Salov has the name of an engineer but has not provided it to Gretebeck yet. Gretebeck will follow up.
b. Discussion and necessary action on Controlled Surface Finishing, Inc.’s Conditional Use Permit revisions. Alex Knudson was in attendance. Chairman
Monsen delivered a letter to the Judge at Dane County, asking them to suspend the Summons and Complaint. The letter outlined the steps Mr. Knudson and CSF will have to perform in order to obtain a Conditional Use Permit from the Town. A review of Wisconsin Circuit Court Access shows that a hearing is scheduled for July 12, 2019
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 8:00 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 20, 2019 meeting
Copy of Treasurer’s Report
Copy of Clerk’s Report