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 and deputy clerk Joan Rademacher were present. Matt Schlender was also in attendance.

Statement of Public Notice. The chair directed that the minutes show that notice of the Town Board meeting was published in the February 9 issue of the Star. Copies were also posted on the three town bulletin boards on February 11, 2004.

Pledge of Allegiance. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Vernon Pogue.

Approve Minutes of Prior Meeting. Moved by Doug Yelk, second by Vernon Pogue to approve the minutes as presented from the January 24, 2005 meeting.

Voting AYE: Updike, Pogue and Yelk

Voting NAY: None

Motion carried.

Presentation from the Public. None

Report on Town Roads. Dennis Farrell did not attend the meeting. He wanted to inform the Board that the new pick-up truck will be built on March 7 in Indiana.

Public Hearing on Ordinance Related to Parking Restrictions on Town Roads. The chair opened the public hearing. As there were no questions the chair closed the public hearing.

Consider adoption of Ordinance Related to Parking Restrictions on Town Roads. Moved by Vernon Pogue, second by Doug Yelk to adopt Ordinance 2005-1, an ordinance related to parking restrictions on Town roads, with the following change. The sentence in Section 1, “This is necessary to facilitate the maintenance of the town roads” to be exchanged with the sentence in Section 2, “This provision is designed to facilitate snow removal.”

Roll call vote: Chairman Updike – AYE

Supervisor Pogue – AYE

Supervisor Yelk – AYE

Motion carried.

Consider and Take Action re: Zoning Petition #9130 as amended by the Town of Sun Prairie. Moved by Doug Yelk, second by Vernon Pogue to approve Petition #9130 for Ultimate Construction.

Voting AYE: Updike, Pogue and Yelk

Voting NAY: None

Motion carried.

Consider and Take Action re: Operator License Application by J.P. Murphy – Moved by Doug Yelk, second by Vernon Pogue to approve the application for operator license for J. P. Murphy.

Voting AYE: Updike, Pogue and Yelk

Voting NAY: None.

Motion carried.

Discuss, Consider and Take Action re: Resolution Absentee Voting. Clerk Quick stated that various municipalities are adopting resolutions supporting an amendment to the Absentee Voting Law. The original intent of the absentee voting process was to enable people who were going to be absent from the municipality on Election Day an alternate means to cast their ballot. In 1999 the law was changed to allow voters to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to their home or to absentee vote in the Town Clerk’s office. A high number of people have chosen this route. Now the concern of some municipalities is the cost of the mailings, the extra office staff time and the processing of the ballots on Election Day. A resolution would ask the State Legislature to reinstate the law. Following discussion the consensus of the board was to take no action.

Review and Take Action re: Regulation of Weight Limits for Vehicles on Town of Sun Prairie Roads. Doug Yelk and Vernon Pogue shared information received at the Wisconsin Towns Association district meeting regarding using weight limits to protect local roads. During discussion issues discussed were: blanket exemptions, exemptions for deliveries, Class B roads, daytime limits, special use permits and seasonal weight limits for town roads. Matt Schlender a manure waste hauler also contributed to the discussion in regards to agriculture exemptions. Consensus of the Board was that the ordinance be re-drafted. This item will be on a future meeting agenda and all who have gotten permits will receive a notice of the meeting.

Audit and Pay Bills. Moved by Doug Yelk, second by Vernon Pogue to approve the bills as presented including those listed by hand on the end.

Voting AYE: Updike, Pogue and Yelk

Voting NAY: None

Motion carried.

Old Business/New Business

  • Vernon Pogue reminded the Board members of the EMS meeting to be held on February 15.
    Report on legislative proposal to limit property taxes for municipalities – There was lengthy discussion on TABOR (Taxpayers Bill of Rights) in regards to shared revenue, road aids etc.
    Correspondence
  • Dane County Towns Association is holding a training session for Town Boards and Plan Commission members – setting conditions on conditional uses, zoning changes, plats and certified surveys to be held on March 2, 2005, 7:30 p.m. at Town of Madison Town Hall.

Set Next Meeting Date/Adjournment. The next Town Board meeting was set for Monday, February 28, 2005 at 7:30 P.M. Moved by Vernon Pogue, second by Doug Yelk to adjourn this meeting.

Voting AYE: Updike, Pogue and Yelk

Voting NAY: None

Motion carried.

The chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 9:15 P.M.

Correct Attest,

Joan M. Rademacher, Deputy Clerk