Lowell called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM
In attendance: Lowell, Bob, Jon and Jorja
Jon made a motion to approve the agenda as presented, seconded by Bob and the motion carried.
Bob made a motion to approve as written the minutes for the May 2, 2023 Special Town Board meeting Bob seconded the motion and the motion carried.
Treasurer report: the fund and cash balances were read. Edge Broadband did submit a bond for ditch restoration after the completion of the fiber optic installation.
Clerk Report: Several complaints have been received regarding the closing and detour configuration on Hwy 89.
Question has been asked about sweeping the sand from roadway in order to prevent accidents from loose gravel. The only solution to that issue would result in the sand and debris would end up on the resident’s property. Jon made a motion to accept the Clerk/Treasurer report, seconded by Bob and the motion carried.
Bob attended training for the Board of Review in Barneveld. He completed the training class and the Town is now in compliance with the requirement that at least one representative from the Town attend the training annually.
Jon attended a preliminary meeting regarding the request from Whitewater Limestone to increase the depth allowed for blasting. They are in the process of testing to determine the effect in the water table. If the requested extension is approved it would allow about 10 years of continued operation. After that time the pit would be closed.
Lowell – no report
Public Works report. Carl is finishing the back area of the Town Hall property for creating a storage area for sand and salt. Having an area for on-site storage will eliminate the travel time for purchasing on an as needed basis.
Carl passed a state mandated invasive weed and bug test.
The buoys will be installed on Monday, May 15th, weather permitting.
Carl suggested that an increase in hourly rate for part time is important in retaining the current crews. John made a motion to increase part time help rates from $18.00 to $25.00 per hour, Bob seconded the motion and the motion carried.
Sheriff’s report: the liaison officer was not able to attend.
After reviewing the road bids received for the 2023 season the following decisions were made:
Rock Road is chosen to do the scratch and overlay on Shereda Road, E. Lakeshore Drive and West Lakeshore Drive.
Scott Construction and Fahrner Asphalt Sealers will be completing chip sealing on Parker Road, Cox Rd, R&W east from Hwy 89 to Brown and Hwy 89 west to pavement change.
There will be some crack filling on various roads as needed.
The total budget for road repairs is $259,410.35.
Jon made a motion to accept the bids as outlined, seconded by Bob and the motion carried.
The Emergency Operations Policy will be submitted to the County, with some updating from the original 1999 document. The result will be no major change as per Bob and Lowell.
Discussion and decision to purchase a used hydraulic back blade that will improve sweeping capabilities. The blade will be used on the current equipment and also be adaptable to any newer equipment that may be purchased. Lowell made a motion to purchase the blade for $2,000.00, seconded by Jon and the motion carried.
Information was received regarding a Geneva Lake Aquatic Invasive Species Ordinances. Jon feels that the ordinance has merit, however he feels that it would be difficult to enforce. There is a meeting to discuss that Jon will attend.
Lance Petrasek and Paul Beran requested zoning changes for both of their properties from a P-1 (park) to a C-12 which will allow for construction of a dwelling. Jon made a motion to approve the requested zoning change, seconded by Bob and the motion carried.
Mr. Bult was asking about brakes on trucks and the people speeding on 89. He has raised this issue in the past and the reality is that there is little that can be done to prevent excessive speeding.
Robert Sivek thanked Lowell for helping with some issues regarding accurate information on real estate assessments listed on the internet.
Bills were reviewed and approved.
Jon made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Bob and the motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 8:00 PM.
Respectfully submitted by Jorja Boiley, Clerk/Treasurer