Regular Town Board Meeting

Call to Order. Chairperson L Updike called the regular semi-monthly meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall, 5556 Twin Lane Road.  Supervisors V Pogue and D Yelk, Clerk C Quick, Office Assistant J Ramsfield, Road Patrolman D Farrell, J & C Scott, T Knoeck, J Deuster-Loesch, A & P Krebs, M Testolin, and L & C Keison were present.

Statement of Public Notice.  The chair directed that the minutes show notice of the meeting was published in the August 18, 2010 issue of The Star and posted on the three town bulletin boards August 19, 2010.

Pledge of Allegiance.  C Quick led the pledge.

Presentation re:  WDOT presentation – High Speed Rail Design and Schedule as it effects the Town of Sun Prairie.  Representatives from WI DOT were present to give the elected officials information about the high speed rail system construction.  The projected time frame for land bridge construction and road crossings were discussed.  Construction crews should be in this area in October 2010.  L Updike addressed the weight limits on the town roads, especially given the time of year the construction is taking place. V Pogue asked if the construction will interfere with Duffy Grain and how they are addressing this issue.  Specific issues were brought up by residents; the WI DOT reps encouraged the public to attend the meeting at Sun Prairie City Hall on August 25th.  The rail website is: www.WISCONSINRAIL.gov.

Presentation T. Knoeck, Waste Management, Recycling Program.  T Knoeck talked to the board about the town participating in a recycling program that would give the town a commodity rebate for the recyclables collected.  This will require an amendment to the contract with Waste Management.  This will be placed on the agenda for the September meeting.

Approve Minutes of Prior Meeting. Moved by V Pogue second by D Yelk, to approve the minutes of the Aug 9, 2010 Town Board Meeting as presented.

Voting AYE: Updike, Pogue, and Yelk

Voting Nay: none

Absent: none

Motion carried

Public Comment.  none

Consider and Take Action re: Resolution Requiring a Referendum on the Levying of a Sales Tax to Fund Commuter Rail.  Moved by D Yelk, second by V Pogue to adopt a resolution to place a referendum regarding the levying of a half-cent (0.5%) increase in the sales tax to fund commuter rail, on the November 2nd ballot.  The referendum question will read specifically as follows: “Shall commuter rail from Middleton to the Town of Burke be funded by up to a half-cent (0.5%) increase in the sales tax?”

Voting AYE: Updike, Pogue, and Yelk

Voting Nay: none

Absent: none

Motion carried

Audit and Pay Bills.  The Board reviewed the invoices.  Moved by V Pogue, second by D Yelk to pay bills as presented.

Voting AYE:  Updike, Pogue, and Yelk

Voting Nay: none

Absent:  none

Motion carried

Old Business/New Business

  • Boundary agreement meeting scheduled for August 25.
  • V Pogue EMS report – ambulance runs are down.
  • D Yelk – recent storm took down a number of resident’s trees.  They fell across the road; D Farrell moved the trees damaging a fence in order to unblock the road.  D Yelk agreed that the town would help fix the fence this time; however he suggested that the fence may be in the road right of way.

Correspondence

  • C Quick – new Dane County Ordinance book handed out
  • C Quick – 2010 Dane County Equalization Report – the town of Blooming Grove and Sun Prairie are the only towns that showed an increase in value.
  • C Quick – Village of Cottage Grove Comprehensive Plan Amendment
  • L Updike – Lake & Water Shed commission – high levels of Phosphorus on farm lands receiving Madison Metro.  It may be possible that some of our area farms may be affected.

Agenda items for next meeting:

  • Consider & take action: Waste Management Contract Amendment

Set Next Meeting Date/Business/Adjournment. The next board meeting was set for September 13, 2010, at 7:00 p.m.  Moved by V Pogue, second by D Yelk to adjourn the meeting at 8:50 p.m.

Voting AYE:  Updike, Pogue, and Yelk

Voting Nay:  none

Absent:  none

Motion carried

Correct Attest,

Claudia J. Quick, Town Clerk

Jo Ann Ramsfield, Office Assistant