Public Hearing and Town Board Meeting

Call to Order.The meeting was called to order at 7:30 P.M. by chairperson Lyle Updike. Supervisors Vernon Pogue and Doug Yelk, treasurer Joan Rademacher, clerk Claudia Quick and Highway Patrolman Dennis Farrell were present. Five other people attended the meeting.

Statement of Public Notice. The chair directed that the minutes show that notice of the Town Board meeting was published in the October 5, 2000 issue of The Star. The agenda was also faxed to the Capital Times and the Sun Prairie News. Copies were posted on the three town bulletin boards on October 6, 2000.

Approve Minutes of Previous Meeting. Moved by Vernon Pogue, second by Doug Yelk to approve the minutes of the September 25, 2000 Town Board meeting. Motion carried.

Presentation from the Public. None.

Report on Town Roads. Dennis Farrell indicated that he had attended a meeting concerning the new rural address signs. They have this years order and will begin putting them together. Crackfilling will begin tree trimming approximately Oct 16. All other road work is completed.

Consider Preliminary Plans for Residential Lot by Lisa Paskey-Barr. Mrs. Paskey-Barr explained that she would like to building a single family residence on property which she owns in section 26. She will request an access off of Pierceville Road, currently there is a field access at that point. Board reminded her that she would need a driveway that would meet new town specs. The Board indicated that she could proceed with a rezone application at the county.

Public Hearing – Consider Rezone Petition #7936 by Felix Jaramillo as amended by Dane County Board of Supervisors. On July 10, 2000 the Town Board approved petition # 7936 and conditional use permit 1644 for Felix Jaramillo. That zoning petition was amended by the county board to include the following additional conditions. This amendment will be effective, if within 90 days of its adoption by Dane County, the owner or owners of the land shall record an affidavit with the Dane County Register of Deeds stating:

  • I hereby stipulate that I, as owner of 3145 County Trunk T property do not object to any of the permitted uses or conditional uses as outlined in Dane County Ag-1 Exclusive zoning which could occur on the adjoining Homburg farm.
  • I hereby stipulate that I, as owner of 3145 County Trunk T property, do not object to a zoning change to C-2 of the southeast 20 acres, more or less, of the adjoining Homburg farm.
    Moved by Doug Yelk, second by Lyle Updike to approve the zoning petition as amended.

Motion carried. Doug Yelk asked that the record show that he opposed the added conditions and that he didn’t feel that Mr. Jaramillo should be required to attach these.

Consider Preliminary Plans for adding to Residential Lot by Greg Sheil, section 19. Karen Sheil was present to indicate that they would like increase the size of their lot by taking some of lot 2. This will allow them to build a shed of the size that they need for storage. The board indicated that they can proceed with the rezone application.

Public Hearing – Consider and Take Action re: Resolution concerning High Speed Rail. The chair opened the meeting to a public hearing. No one appeared to speak in favor or opposition to the concept of high speed rail. Moved by Vernon Pogue, second by Doug Yelk to approve the resolution. Motion carried. The resolution is included here and in the Town Resolution book.

Resolution Concerning High Speed Rail Service

Resolution #10-9-00

Whereas: There is a rail line corridor which traverses the northern sections of the Town of Sun Prairie

Whereas: There is potential for the development of high speed freight and passenger service on that rail corridor.

Whereas: The Town Board supports the economic benefit that this would add to the local community, regional area and the state.

Whereas: The Board also recognizes that the operation of a rail line for commodities and merchandise will also help in relieving highway traffic congestion and need for highway construction

Therefore: The Town Board supports high speed rail service on the existing line subject to the following conditions:

  1. The rail corridor shall be limited to the existing right of way as it transits the Town of Sun Prairie.
  2. Through highway access shall be retained on Town Hall Drive, Skala Road, CTH V V and Twin Lane Road.
  3. Gated crossings shall be installed and maintained, at no expense to the Town, at all road crossings.
  4. Fencing shall be installed and maintained, at no expense to the Town, along the entire right of way to protect pedestrians and livestock.
  5. The railroad shall control noxious weeds and woody vegetation in the rail right of way.
  6. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WDOT) shall implement any other safety features identified in the development of this project that are necessary to protect human life and property.
  7. The right of way shall remain available for the transit of freight and reasonable accommodation shall be provided for additional rail sidings. We are especially interested in additional freight service within the Town of Sun Prairie for agricultural products and commodities.
  8. There shall be no modification of the roadbed that will alter surface water drainage patterns or increase stormwater runoff.
  9. During construction, the railroad shall provide an erosion control plan and meet all State and County erosion control standards.
  10. We urge the WDOT to maintain an active dialogue with the citizens and local governments affected by this project. The WDOT has a special expertise to share on these issues. Our citizens and local governments have a legitimate concern for public safety, environmental quality, and protection of property.
  11. We recognize that our urban neighbors are distressed with the potential impact of the high-speed rail. The Town implores WDOT to address their concerns and mitigate any negative effect this project may have on our community.

This Resolution shall be deemed effective as of the date of its passage.
Passed, Adopted and Approved by the Town of Sun Prairie this 9th Day of October , 2000.

Adopt Amendment to Town Driveway Ordinance concerning Deposit and Fee. Moved by Vernon Pogue second by Doug Yelk to approve the amendment to the Town Driveway Ordinance concerning deposit and fee. The amendment reads as follows:

“An applicant for a driveway permit associated with residential or commercial development on a Town Road will be asked to escrow $1050.00 with the Town business office. The intent of this fee is to hold the owner responsible for potential damage by construction equipment. If at the time of the issuance of the occupancy permit by the building inspector there is no damage to the Town Road, the $1,000.00 of the escrowed money will be returned to the applicant. If, in the estimation of the highway patrolman, there is damage to the road, the road will be fixed and the cost will be deducted from the $1,000.00 escrow. The remainder, $50.00, will be retained by the Town for administrative fees in the issuance and inspection process.”

Field accesses do not need to escrow the $1,000.00, put will be required to pay the $50.00 inspection fee.”

Motion carried. This amend will become effective immediately.

Report on EMS Budget Meeting

  • Ambulance runs will be raised to $350.00 per run.

Consider Action Concerning Construction of New Shared Facility. Vernon Pogue reported that the group has not made any decision because two communities have not had an opportunity to discuss the proposal with their boards.

Discuss Rezone Review Process for Proposed Golf Course. The process for review of the golf course petition was discussed. Decided that the petitioner could hold public information session for the public and the plan commission at the Town Hall. The plan commission would have a meeting to review and respond prior to the Town Board public hearing which is scheduled for November 13. The County ZNR committee will hold their public hearing on December 12.

Audit and Pay Bills. The Board reviewed the invoice listing. Moved by Vernon Pogue, second by Doug Yelk to approve payment of the bills. Motion carried.

Old Business/New Business

  • Discuss Budget Process: The work meeting dates were set.
  • Discuss November 7 Election Day Process: The consensus of the Board was to pay the election workers $7.50 per hour for their time during the presidential election on November 7.


  • Rezone petitions for G. Bohling and D. Rednour were approved.
  • D. Birrenkott provided a letter concerning Vierbecher Associates involvement with the Yelk Plat.

Set Next Meeting Date/Adjournment. The next meeting date was set for Monday, October 23, 2000 at 7:30 P.M.. Moved by Doug Yelk, second by Vernon Pogue to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried. The chairman declared the meeting adjourned at approximately 10:45 p.m.

Correct Attest,

Claudia J. Quick, Clerk