Blooming Grove Town Board Meeting Minutes for September 13, 2017
Chair Johnson called the meeting to order at 6:30pm. Other Town Board members in attendance were Supervisor Bristol and Supervisor Young. Supervisor Linzmeier was excused. Also in attendance were Clerk/Treasurer/Administrator Mike Wolf, Plan Commission member Dean Larson, 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. Appointment of new Board member: Chair Johnson thanked the four individuals who provided letters of interest to the Board for this opening. He said Dean Larson’s experience and contributions on both the Town’s Parks Commission and Plan Commission over the last 10 years was a deciding factor for him. Chair Johnson then made a motion to appoint Dean Larson to the Town Board, effective upon his resignation from the Plan Commission. Supervisor Young seconded the motion and it passed 4-0 (by state statute, Mike Wolf voted along with the three Board members present). Supervisor Bristol and Supervisor Young also went on record thanking those who took an interest in the position.
2b. Town Ordinance 2.05 to establish a Tourism Commission: Attorney Liz Stephens went over the changes made after Board feedback from the last meeting. She explained that having this ordinance in place will allow the Tourism Commission to move forward with creating an agreement with a tourism entity which can legally spend room tax money collected above and beyond that which the state mandates the Town can retain.
Chair Johnson made a motion to adopt Town Ordinance 2.05 as presented. Supervisor Bristol seconded the motion and it passed 3-0.
2c. Appointment of members to Tourism Commission: Chair Johnson made a motion to appoint Ron Bristol, Dwight Johnson, Dean Larson, Kathie Linzmeier, Natasha Stankovich and Dave Young to the Town’s Tourism Commission. Supervisor Young seconded the motion and it passed 3-0.
2d. Amending Town Ordinance 7.01 to comply with statutory changes to Room Tax revenue: Liz Stephens reviewed the changes made as a result of feedback from the Board from the previous meeting. Chair Johnson made a motion to adopt the amended version of Town Ordinance 7.01 as presented. Supervisor Young seconded the motion and it passed 3-0.
2e. Adoption of Town Ordinance 7.06 to establish a security bond for Town roads: Town Attorney Chris Hughes reviewed the draft of this ordinance, which will require a security payment to protect Town roads under specific situations. Changes to the draft were made as a result of Board feedback. Chris said he would incorporate these changes and then properly format the ordinance for future consideration.
2f. Town Resolution 2017-03: Chris Hughes explained that this ordinance will allow the City of Madison to consider using deed restrictions on certain types of developments in the Town, instead of having to go through a CUP or rezoning process. It was emphasized that this would simply be an option above and beyond what’s currently available. Supervisor Bristol noted that the Plan Commission had discussed this issue at their meeting this same evening, and unanimously recommended the Town Board pass this resolution.
Supervisor Bristol made a motion to approve Town Resolution 2017-03 as presented. Supervisor Young seconded the motion and it passed 3-0.
2g. Budget Meeting Dates: It was noted that the Town’s working budget meeting, which is usually in mid-October, would need to be rescheduled as a quorum of the Board would not be available that week. After some discussion the Board agreed that the Town Board’s working budget meeting will take place at 6:30pm on Wednesday, October 4.
The Town’s public budget meetings will be held on Tuesday, November 14 at 6:30pm. That is the meeting during which the townspeople can review and provide input to the 2018 budget, and pass the 2017 tax levy. It’s also the meeting when the Town Board formally adopts the budget.
2h. Change in the date of the second Town Board meeting in November: Mike Wolf suggested moving the meeting to avoid having a meeting the night before Thanksgiving. Chair Johnson made a motion to approve moving the second Town Board meeting in November from the 22ndto the 29th. Supervisor Young seconded the motion and it passed 3-0.
3a. Approval of Minutes of the August 23, 2017 Town Board Meeting: Supervisor Bristol made a motion to approve the August 23, 2017 Town Board meeting minutes as presented. Supervisor Young seconded the motion, and it passed 2-0. Chair Johnson abstained.
3b. Approval of Minutes of the September 6, 2017 Town Board Meeting: Chair Johnson made a motion to approve the September 6, 2017 Town Board meeting minutes as presented. Supervisor Young seconded the motion, and it passed 3-0.
3c. Approval of Vouchers: Supervisor Bristol made a motion to approve the vouchers as presented. Supervisor Young seconded the motion and it passed 3-0.
4. Public Comment: None.
5. Adjournment: Chair Johnson made a motion to adjourn the meeting, and it was seconded by Supervisor Young. The motion passed 3-0 at 7:02pm.
Minutes written and submitted by
Michael J. Wolf, Clerk/Treasurer/Administrator