Blooming Grove Town Board Meeting Minutes for May 24, 2017
Chair Johnson called the meeting to order at 6:30pm. Other Town Board members in attendance were Supervisor Berg, Supervisor Bristol and Supervisor Young. Supervisor Linzmeier was excused. Also in attendance were Clerk/Treasurer/Administrator Mike Wolf, Public Works Supervisor Cory Buske, Town attorneys Liz Stephens and Chris Hughes, 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. Board of Review: Supervisor Young made a motion to open the 2017 Board of Review and to immediately postpone it until 5:30pm on June 15, 2017. Supervisor Bristol seconded the motion and it passed 4-0.
2b. 2016-17 Operator’s License: Chair Johnson made a motion to approve the 2016-17 Operator’s License for LaShonda Garrett. Supervisor Young seconded the motion and it passed 4-0.
2c. 2017-18 Operator’s Licenses: Chair Johnson made a motion to approve the 2017-18 Operator’s Licenses for Gary A. Breedlove, David J. Porto, Timothy M. DiMenna and Kristin B. Soper. Supervisor Bristol seconded the motion and it passed 4-0.
2d. Temporary Class B License: Supervisor Bristol made a motion to approve the Temporary Class B malt beverage liquor license for July 15, 2017, to Sauk Prairie Harley-Owners Group for an event at 6200 Millpond Road, Madison WI as presented. Supervisor Young seconded the motion and it passed 4-0.
2e. Waunona Sanitary District operations: Chris Hughes stated the Intergovernmental Agreement to cede operations of the Waunona Sanitary District to the City of Madison has been executed and signed by all three parties (Waunona Sanitary District, Town of Blooming Grove, City of Madison). The agreement is part of the application that has now been sent to the Public Service Commission (PSC) for approval.
Chris went on to say he has talked with the City Attorney and District Attorney about doing what can be done to encourage the PSC to act on this by July 1. Mike Wolf expressed his concern about what happens if the PSC doesn’t act by July 1, specifically what it would mean operationally.
Because the City is already doing the field work on behalf of the District, it appears that the “risk” of not having the agreement effective by July 1 is limited to administrative support (such as billing, accepting payments, paying bills, opening the mail, etc.).
Chris suggested we wait to hear from Larry Bechler (counsel for the District) before we take any further action. He said it is possible that if the PSC doesn’t act by July 1, and District personnel resign as of that date, the Town Board may have to pass a resolution putting them in charge until the PSC presumably approves the agreement. If necessary, that could be done at the Town Board meeting on June 28.
2f. Hotel Room Taxes: Liz Stephens said she has been in contact with Department of Revenue (DOR) personnel. She provided the background of our situation to them, explaining that the law as written doesn’t really make any sense for a Town such as ourselves. She explained that the Town is open to adhering to the spirit of the law, and has suggested alternatives to the DOR. They are considering those alternatives. Liz will get back to us when she hears back from the DOR.
2g. Construction Bond: Cory Buske and Mike Wolf are recommending the Town consider an ordinance that would require a bond for new construction, remodels, and/or having driveways repaved or constructed. The premise is that contractors come in with heavy equipment, and in some cases are doing damage to Town roads. By requiring a bond before the work starts, it’s more likely road damage will be minimal or avoided, and if damage does occur the bond money could be used to fix the road. Some of our municipal neighbors have this kind of ordinance.
The Board agreed that we should move forward with creating a draft ordinance, that would come back to the Board at a future meeting for further consideration. Mike Wolf was asked to contact the Wisconsin Town’s Association for a template of such an ordinance. Chris Hughes will assist in this process as needed.
2h. Clean Sweep: Cory Buske provided some data from the Clean Sweep in April Hill earlier this month. He said we had 4000 pounds of televisions, that cost $1400 to dispose of. He said that the cost of the televisions increases three-fold if the unit (casing or screen) is damaged. He stated we also accepted 290 pounds of mixed electronics – mostly computer equipment. In total, after revenue gleaned from scrap metal collected, the Clean Sweep cost the Town about $2800.
There was a vigorous discussion about the possibility of limiting the number of televisions accepted per household. Some Board members felt a limit of two or three was reasonable, others didn’t think it was necessary. In the end no action was taken.
3a. Approval of Minutes of the May 10, 2017 Town Board Meeting: Chair Johnson made a motion to approve the May 10, 2017 Town Board meeting minutes as presented. Supervisor Young seconded the motion and it passed 4-0.
3b. Approval of Vouchers: Chair Johnson made a motion to approve the vouchers as presented. Supervisor Bristol seconded the motion and it passed 4-0.
4. Public Comment: Deborah Sellers said she would prefer the new lift station in Thurber Park be built on the N. Fair Oaks side of the park.
5. Adjournment: Chair Johnson made a motion to adjourn the meeting, and it was seconded by Supervisor Young. The motion passed 4-0 at 7:35pm.
Minutes written and submitted by
Michael J. Wolf, Clerk/Treasurer/Administrator