Blooming Grove Town Board Meeting Minutes for April 26, 2017
Chair Johnson called the meeting to order at 6:30pm. Other Town Board members in attendance were Supervisor Berg, Supervisor Bristol, Supervisor Linzmeier and Supervisor Young. Also in attendance were Clerk/Treasurer/Administrator Mike Wolf, attorney Vanessa Wishart from Stafford Rosenbaum, and Deborah Sellers.
The pledge of allegiance was recited. Chair Johnson asked if the meeting notice had been properly posted, and Mike Wolf said it had been.
2a. Large Assembly Permit: Chair Johnson made a motion to approve a large assembly permit for Harley-Davidson at 6200 Millpond Road for their Annual Freedom Ride to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Saturday, July 15, 2017. Supervisor Young seconded the motion and it passed 5-0.
2c. Closed Session: Chair Johnson made a motion to go into Closed Session pursuant to State Statute 19.35(1)(e) for the purpose of negotiating an intergovernmental agreement. Supervisor Young seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Supervisor Berg – aye; Supervisor Linzmeier – aye; Chair Johnson – aye; Supervisor Bristol – aye; Supervisor Young –aye. The motion passed 5-0 at 6:34pm.
2d. Open Session: Chair Johnson made a motion to return to open session. Supervisor Young seconded the motion and it passed 5-0 at 6:54pm.
2e. Town Resolution 2017-01: Supervisor Linzmeier made a motion to approve Town Resolution 2017-01 to constitute the Blooming Grove Town Board as the Commission of the Waunona Sanitary District and to approve an agreement to transfer Waunona Sanitary District’s operations to the City of Madison as presented. Supervisor Berg seconded the motion and it passed 4-1, with Supervisor Young voting against.
It was noted that other parties to the agreement will need to formally approve it before it becomes effective. The Waunona Sanitary District, City of Madison, and Public Service Commission all must follow through with approvals before it’s official. If all goes according to plan the effective date will be July 1, 2017.
2b. Traffic Concerns on Commercial Avenue east of N. Fair Oaks Avenue: Mike Wolf had distributed documentation outlining the concern of Paul Olsen, who lives at the southeast corner of Commercial Avenue and N. Fair Oaks Avenue. The traffic eastbound on Commercial Avenue toward the Highway 30 on-ramp is often times going faster than the posted limit, and is quite heavy during certain times of the day. Paul’s main complaint is the difficulty he has getting out of his driveway onto Commercial during busy times. Mike reported he has reached out to the Dane County Sheriff’s Department to ask for stepped-up enforcement of this area.
Discussion ensued about options, none of which was without downsides for the Town, drivers, and/or the residents who live on that block. After considerable debate the Board took no action. Mike said he would discuss this situation with City of Madison traffic engineering the next time he has an opportunity to do so.
3a. Approval of Minutes of the April 12, 2017 Town Board Meeting: Chair Johnson made a motion to approve the April 12, 2017 Town Board meeting minutes as presented. Supervisor Linzmeier seconded the motion and it passed 5-0.
3b. Approval of Vouchers: Chair Johnson made a motion to approve the vouchers as presented. Supervisor Young seconded the motion and it passed 5-0.
4. Public Comment: Deborah Sellers asked the Board to consider adding a street light in the southwest corner of Thurber Park.
5. Adjournment: Chair Johnson made a motion to adjourn the meeting, and it was seconded by Supervisor Bristol. The motion passed 5-0 at 7:16pm.
Minutes written and submitted by
Michael J. Wolf, Clerk/Treasurer/Administrator