Blooming Grove Town Board Meeting Minutes for August 23, 2017
Supervisor Bristol called the meeting to order at 6:30pm. Other Town Board members in attendance were Supervisor Linzmeier and Supervisor Young. Chair Johnson was excused. Also in attendance were Clerk/Treasurer/Administrator Mike Wolf, Public Works Supervisor Cory Buske, Plan Commission member Dean Larson, Town Attorneys Liz Stephens and Chris Hughes, former Town Board Supervisor Arnie Berg, and Deborah Sellers.
The pledge of allegiance was recited. Supervisor Bristol asked if the meeting notice had been properly posted, and Mike Wolf said it had been.
2a. Review of proposed Room Tax ordinances: Liz Stephens reviewed the proposed ordinances with the Town Board, and changes were suggested. Ordinance 2.05 would allow the establishment of a tourism commission. Ordinance 7.01 would be amended to deal with the tourism commission, the tourism entities, and how the revenue would be disseminated. This is all being done in response to a change in state law that limits the Town’s ability to use room tax revenue.
Liz will make changes based on the conversations at this meeting. Revised versions will come back to the Town Board for further consideration. It is hoped these ordinances can be adopted at one of the September Town Board meetings. It is expected that members of the tourism commission can be appointed at the same meeting the ordinances are adopted.
2b. Review of proposed ordinance for Construction Bond: Chris Hughes distributed a draft of Town Ordinance 7.06 which would require a construction bond when new homes are built, driveways are constructed or widened, etc. The Board and Cory Buske suggested some revisions. Chris said he would make changes, and bring this back to the Board for their September 13 meeting for approval. It was noted the effective date of the ordinance could be September 14, 2017.
2c. Purchase of new one-ton truck: Supervisor Bristol made a motion to approve the purchase of a new one-ton truck for up to $65,000. Supervisor Young seconded the motion and it passed 3-0.
2d. Process for filling vacancy on Town Board: Mike Wolf explained the process that was used the last time there was a Board vacancy. This includes a notice posted around Town asking interested persons to submit a letter of interest to the Town Office. The Town Board will have the opportunity to appoint a new Board member at their September 13 meeting. Nobody objected to using the same process as before.
Subsequently Supervisor Bristol made a motion to approve Town Resolution 2017-02 to recognize former Town Board Supervisor Arnie Berg’s contribution to the Town of Blooming Grove, which spanned over 20 years. Supervisor Bristol read the resolution, and it was seconded by Supervisor Linzmeier. The vote to approve was 3-0, and all those in attendance gave Arnie a standing ovation.
3a. Approval of Minutes of the August 9, 2017 Town Board Meeting: Supervisor Young made a motion to approve the August 9, 2017 Town Board meeting minutes as presented. Supervisor Bristol seconded the motion, and it passed 2-0. Supervisor Linzmeier abstained.
3b. Approval of Vouchers: Supervisor Young made a motion to approve the vouchers as presented. Supervisor Linzmeier seconded the motion and it passed 3-0.
4. Public Comment: Deborah Sellers said she went before the City committee who was reviewing their neighborhood plan, and protested the inclusion of sidewalks in that plan. She reported the plan was not altered. She further reported that the next meeting to review the plan is this upcoming Monday at 5:30pm, and invited others to attend.
Supervisor Young said he would be unable to attend the Plan Commission or Town Board meetings on October 11 and November 8.
5. Adjournment: Supervisor Bristol made a motion to adjourn the meeting, and it was seconded by Supervisor Young. The motion passed 3-0 at 7:47pm.
Minutes written and submitted by
Michael J. Wolf, Clerk/Treasurer/Administrator