Public Hearing and Town Board Meeting

The Town Board of the Town of Sun Prairie met on Monday, January 14, 2002 at 7:30 P.M. at the Town Hall, 5556 Twin Lane Road.

Call to Order. The meeting was called to order at 7:30 P.M. by chairperson Lyle Updike. Supervisors Vernon Pogue and Doug Yelk, clerk Claudia Quick, deputy clerk Joan Rademacher and highway patrolman Dennis Farrell were present. Fourteen 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 January 9, 2002 issue of The Star. The agenda was also faxed to the Capital Times. Copies were posted on the three town bulletin boards on January 11, 2002.

Approve Minutes of Previous Meeting. Moved by Vernon Pogue, second by Doug Yelk to approve the minutes of the December 10, 2001 meeting. Motion carried.

Presentation from the Public. None

Report on Town Roads.

  • A new fuel tank has been installed on 1986 plow.
  • A salt shed inspection showed all is OK. Outside pile of salt/sand needs to be used by April 1, 2002.
  • Glen Oaks Circle Road is questionable in its final state. Dennis Farrell will be meeting with John Blaska, Payne & Dolan and RG Huston Co. to discuss the road condition. A decision will be made before the Town signs off on the plat.

Public Hearing – Consider and Take Action re: Petition #8337 by R. Yelk to change the zoning from A-1 Ex. Ag. to A-2, from A-1 Ex. Ag. to RH-1, from A-1 Ex. Ag. to A-2 on property located at 1986 CTH T, sec. 14. The chair opened the public hearing. Roger Yelk reported on his petition. The chair closed the hearing. Moved by Doug Yelk, second by Vernon Pogue to approve Petition #8337. Motion carried.

Consider and Take Action re: Preliminary CSM for R. Yelk. Moved by Doug Yelk, second by Vernon Pogue to approve the preliminary CSM for Roger Yelk. Motion carried.

Consider Preliminary Plans by T. Richard to create residential lot Burke Road on property owned by M. Freitag, sec. 20/29. After considerable discussion the issues that concern the board are long driveways in respect to public safety and to maintain the viability of continuous agricultural preservation land. Consensus was a definite maybe. Mr. and Mrs. Richard could proceed as they wish.

Consider Preliminary Plans by Stuart Schlough to divide farm and create a farmette with stable and residence, east of Ridge Road, sec.25. After discussion on the placement of a driveway the consensus of the board was that he could proceed.

Consider Preliminary Plans by J. Schenck to seek a conditional use permit to allow additional horses on his property, sec. 17. Mr. Joel Schenck spoke about wanting to add 2 or 3 more horses of his own to be housed on his property. Discussion by the board included the ability to get along with neighbors and if there were no complaints at the public hearing about his operation. The consensus of the board was that he could proceed.

Consider Preliminary Plans by J. Rademacher to place a mobile home on property for farm employee, sec. 27. Joan Rademacher explained why they would like to place a mobile home on their farm. The consensus of the board was that a mobile home could be placed on the property; however, the board would want the Rademacher’s to draft a document that would in effect be a special permit that would allow only farm employees to live there. This would then be recorded at the County. The board would also want a restriction that the occupants be a single family or for 3 or fewer unrelated occupants. If these requirements are met the Rademacher’s could proceed.

Audit and Pay Bills. The Board reviewed the invoice listing. Moved by Vernon Pogue, second by Doug Yelk to approve payment of bills. Also, moved by Vernon Pogue, second by Doug Yelk to approve payment of the EMS bill. The board questioned a check payable to Vierbicher Associates. We have received in grants $14,527.04. We have paid $31,062.11. We should receive $7,852.92 in grant money from the state, with approximately $8400.00 still payable to Vierbicher Associates. Question whether we should pay all our money and not have a completed plan. Consensus was to hold check.

Old Business/New Business

Consider and Take Action on Possible Settlement re: Sullivan. The town attorney Mark Hazelbaker has contacted the board about settling with the Sullivan’s over the driveway issue. The consensus of the board was that they would not seek ordinance violation fines or forfeiture. The board does suggest that the Sullivan’s pay court fees and attorney costs for the matter. Will send Attorney Hazelbaker a letter stating our position.

Progress Report on Volunteer Fire Department. Discussions Chairman Updike reported that minutes of the previous meeting were sent to each board member and the clerk. Joe Seltzner was re-elected as 1st Assistant for a 3- year term. At the November meeting Mayor Orfan apologized to the volunteer fire department on behalf of the elected officials on the council. A meeting was held in regards to legal relationships. Will consider having an independent commission with members from the city, the three towns and the Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Dept. Performance standards and training issues will be addressed. Goal is to put together a package that will serve our interest long term.


  • The City of Sun Prairie is asking for a concept plan from Capitol Investments.
  • Town of Sun Prairie has been awarded 2002-03 Town Road Improvement Program (TRIP) in the amount of $16,027.00 for Twin Lane Road.
  • Waste Management is adding an “Estimated Surcharge Paid to the State of Wisconsin” to our bill effective January 1, 2002.
    Strategic Growth Management information – County would like feedback by end of March 2002.
  • Grants available to Towns for cultural arts and low- and middle-income residents to stay in their homes.
  • Hartman and Bradley/Larson rezones approved by the County.
  • The clerk reported on various upcoming meetings.
  • Roger Fetterly reported on a meeting concerning Patrick Marsh. The City of Sun Prairie would like to develop a plan with the Towns of Sun Prairie and Bristol and other persons that own land around Patrick Marsh. A team is getting together to have “Project Timeline” to develop this area. There will be another meeting at 1:30 p.m. on January 4, 2002.
  • New county idea: officer friendly

Next Meeting Date/Adjournment. The next meeting date was set for Monday, January 28, 2002 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 10:40 p.m.

Correct Attest,
Joan M. Rademacher, Deputy Clerk