Blooming Grove Town Board Meeting Minutes for November 29, 2017
Chair Johnson called the meeting to order at 6:30pm. Other Town Board members in attendance were Supervisor Bristol, Supervisor Larson, Supervisor Linzmeier and Supervisor Young. Also in attendance were Clerk/Treasurer/Administrator Mike Wolf, Public Works Supervisor Cory Buske, and Deborah Sellers.
The pledge of allegiance was recited. Chair Johnson asked if the meeting notice was properly posted, and Mike Wolf reported that it had been.
2a. Driveway apron repair at Jerry’s Place: Cory Buske and Mike Wolf explained that the apron is in very bad condition, and that because of that it is in danger of causing deterioration of the road itself… which is in very good condition as of now. The Board was in unanimous agreement that the apron needs to be repaired to protect the Town’s road.
Chair Johnson made a motion to have the Town Clerk mail a letter to the owner of Jerry’s Place as soon as possible, stating that the apron needs to be repaired to the Town’s satisfaction no later than June 1, 2018 – and if the owner does not do that, the Town will have it repaired and the cost of such repair will be placed as a special charge on the owner’s 2018 property tax bill. Supervisor Young seconded the motion, and it passed 5-0.
2b. Purchase of new plow truck: Cory Buske explained that a new plow truck would be the last one the Town should have to purchase. The new truck would replace a 2006 currently in use. Supervisor Young made a motion to approve the purchase of a Western Star plow truck at a cost of no more than $180,000, as presented. Supervisor Bristol seconded the motion and it passed 5-0. Cory said the new truck will likely be delivered in late spring or summer of 2018, and after that the Town will begin the process of selling the old plow truck.
2c. Increase wages for election workers: Mike Wolf reported that wages for the Town’s election workers haven’t changed in over a decade, and he is advocating for an increase. Supervisor Young made a motion to increase the hourly wage of chief inspectors from $10.00/hour to $12.00/hour, and to increase the hourly wage of other election officials from $9.00/hour to $10.00/hour, effective January 1, 2018. Supervisor Bristol seconded the motion and it passed 3-0, with Supervisor Larson and Chair Johnson abstaining.
2d. Change of Kwik Trip agent: Chair Johnson made a motion to approve Janice Buckingham as the official agent of the Kwik Trip located at 4112 Milwaukee Street in the Town of Blooming Grove. Supervisor Young seconded the motion, and it passed 5-0.
2e. Start time of next Town Board meeting: Mike Wolf suggested moving the starting time of the December 13 meeting back, to accommodate a longer-than-usual Plan Commission meeting that same night. Supervisor Bristol made a motion to move the starting time of the Town Board meeting on Wednesday, December 13 to 7:00pm. Supervisor Young seconded the motion and it passed 5-0.
3a. Approval of November 8, 2017 Meeting Minutes: Chair Johnson made a motion to approve the minutes from the November 8, 2017 Town Board meeting as presented. Supervisor Bristol seconded the motion, and it passed 4-0. Supervisor Young abstained.
3b. Approval of November 14, 2017 Meeting Minutes: Supervisor Larson made a motion to approve the minutes from the November 14, 2017 Town Board meeting as presented. Supervisor Young seconded the motion, and it passed 5-0.
3b. Approval of Vouchers: Supervisor Young made a motion to approve the vouchers as presented. Supervisor Bristol seconded the motion, and it passed 5-0.
4. Public Comment: Deborah Sellers suggested placing sand barrels in her neighborhood, to allow folks to use the sand on sidewalks during the winter.
5. Adjournment: Supervisor Young made a motion to adjourn the meeting, and it was seconded by Supervisor Bristol. The motion passed 5-0 at 6:50pm.
Minutes written and submitted by
Michael J. Wolf, Town Clerk/Treasurer/Administrator