Town of York
Monthly Board Meeting
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Please Note: These Town Board meeting minutes are posted as draft-only to inform town residents of the topics addressed at the board meeting. These minutes are subject to review and possible revision at next month’s Town Board meeting and should not be considered official until they receive final board approval at that time.
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm. The meeting was held in person and as a video conference on Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chairman Dan Truttmann, 1st Supervisor April Prusia, 2nd Supervisor Travis Leonard, and Clerk-Treasurer Jessie Schlumpf were present. Verification of proper notice was given.
Public Comment- Comments via email from John Knicker on ATV/UTV’s were read aloud. Carrie Czerwonka, Meg Pokorny and Tim Czerwonka commented against ATV/UTV’s in the Town of York – safety concerns, possible suits, a possible referendum, and Plan Commission recommendations. Randy Burkholder, Janet Cook and Rachel Plum commented for ATV/UTV’s in the Town of York.
Minutes of June 14, 2022, Town Board Meeting and June 22, 2022, Special Board Meeting- Minutes for the Tuesday, June 14, 2022, Town Board Meeting were presented. April Prusia moved to pass the June 14, 2022, minutes; second by Travis Leonard. Motion carried. Minutes for the Wednesday, June 22, 2022, Special Board Meeting were presented. Dan Truttmann moved to approve the June 22, 2022, minutes; second by April Prusia. Motion carried.
Treasurer’s Report, and ARPA update- The Treasurer’s Report was presented. Dan Truttmann moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report as presented; second by April Prusia. Motion carried. ARPA: Jessie Schlumpf reported that the second ARPA payment was received on June 20, 2022. She also confirmed filling out a questionnaire about the correct contact information for the Town of York for ARPA reporting.
Bills- Jessie Schlumpf presented bills to be paid. Dan Truttmann moved to approve the bills as presented; second by April Prusia. Motion carried.
Patrolman’s Report- Wayne Bue reported the loader is back on the tractor. He has started grading washed out driveways (Helmeid, Bergman, Paust, and plans on grading Minert); with a few more to check. He will dump a load of gravel at the Recycle Center to fix ruts; it would be beneficial to pave the problem area near the oil tank. Wayne has received complaints from Pellitteri that building doors are not accepted as trash or recycling. The Ford truck is due for service – will be taken to Monticello. Wayne is done with mowing for now; the grass hasn’t been growing. Aaron Gifford reported that wild parsnip is a problem. The sprayer will be set up next year to deal with wild parsnip in the Town’s ditches before mowing starts. Aaron will inspect a property in Prairie Brook due to a weed complaint. Wayne reported on a bridge inlet needing a movable fence panel (per bridge inspection by Jewell Associates, through Green County). The bridge on Badger Road needs to be replaced. Dan Truttmann reported the camper on Badger Road has been removed. Dan Truttmann has been in contact with Geoff Briggs at Green County regarding a camper off Hwy. J. Overhead tree limb trimming on Sunnyside, Badger, York Center and Hay Hollow needs to be done.
Plan Commission Report- Dan Truttmann reported the Plan Commission met via Zoom due to the storm. They reviewed (and will continue to review) various ordinance examples from other towns/counties including 1) dark sky – new lighting shielded, switched, not dusk to dawn, ag use is exempted; 2) driveway – clarification, specification changes as needed, specifications for potential new roads in subdivisions, and possibly talking with an engineer on correct specifications (ambulance turn arounds, etc.); and 3) land use. The Board also discussed procedures for approving driveways during early construction phase, and building permits, including the patrolman possibly fulfilling those duties.
Burning garbage complaint- April Prusia reported on this complaint – the DNR did warn the landowner. The DNR asked if we had an ordinance covering this, even though there is a state statute. A ticket would be issued after three complaints. Burn barrels are not allowed in Wisconsin. Only paper and wood products may be burned.
Patrolman job posting- The Board discussed the job posting provided by Dan Truttmann. Jessie Schlumpf will post on the Town’s website, at the Town Hall and the Recycling Center, as well as placing ads in the Pecatonica Leader and New Glarus newspaper. April Prusia will post the job at Ederer’s, the grocery store, the gas station, as well as the New Glarus Bank, and grocery store.
Resolutions to discontinue certain town lanes- Strommen Ln. – Tabled due to incorrect survey map. Marks Ln. – Dan Truttmann moved to approve Resolution #4-2022 to discontinue Marks Lane in the Town of York; second by Travis Leonard. Motion carried. Larry’s Ln. – Dan Truttmann moved to approve Resolution #5-2022 to discontinue Larry’s Lane in the Town of York; second by April Prusia. Motion carried. Klosterman Ln. – Dan Truttmann moved to approve Resolution #6-2022 to discontinue Klosterman Lane in the Town of York; second by Travis Leonard. Motion carried. Jeglum Ln. – Dan Truttmann moved to approve Resolution #7-2022 to discontinue Jeglum Lane in the Town of York; second by April Prusia. Motion carried. Fjelstad Ln. – Dan Truttmann moved to approve Resolution #8-2022 to discontinue Fjelstad Lane in the Town of York; second by Travis Leonard. Motion carried. The resolutions will be provided to counsel and the notification/public notice/public hearing process started.
Town Hall windows: reconsider motion from last month- The Board discussed the previous motion and price differences for colors versus white (sandstone inside/sandstone outside). Dan Truttmann moved to reconsider our motion from last month’s meeting regarding purchase of windows; second by April Prusia. Motion carried. Dan Truttmann moved to contract with Tri State Custom Windows to install 10 window inserts for a cost of $8,080.13; second by April Prusia. Motion carried.
Town Hall electrical- Dan Truttmann met with Steve Jorenby of Jorenby Electric regarding updates to the Town Hall electric, including surface mount LED flat-panel fixtures, exit lights, new strip lights over the voting booths, new canopy lights in the basement, 6 new outlets (including TV, AC, voting machine) and a surface mount canopy motion light at the Town Hall door. Travis Leonard moved to approve the electrical update estimate with Jorenby Election, not to exceed $3,935; second by April Prusia. Motion carried.
Bid for paving parking area at Town Hall for accessibility- Dan Truttmann checked with John Romaker about this paving job. Mr. Romaker will do the work (near cost) if the Town preps the site (scrape off the sod). The Board also discussed the ruts at the Recycle Center near the oil tank. Dan Truttmann moved to approve the bid with John Romaker of Southwest Paving to enlarge the accessibility parking space adjacent to the Town Hall in the amount of $2,375, with a contingency to spend up to $1,000 to improve drainage at the Recycling Center; second by Travis Leonard. Motion carried.
WEC Accessibility Audit Report and Plan of Action Form- Jessie Schlumpf reported the WEC approved our “Plan of Action” form submitted on June 15, 2022.
ATV/UTV ordinance- The Board discussed safety concerns, Plan Commission recommendations, opening all roads south of County H, a specified trail, or limited roads to connect to neighboring towns, and supporting businesses in neighboring communities. The proposed roads are Gould Hill, Yankee Hollow and Vinger (with the goal to connect with Sawmill in Lafayette County), with ATV/UTV clubs responsible for signage and installation costs. Travis Leonard moved to approve draft Ordinance #2022-2 regarding ATV-UTV use in the Town of York; second by Dan Truttmann. Motion carried, with April Prusia opposed. Travis Leonard moved to set the date for the proposed UTV-ATV ordinance public hearing for August 30, 2022, at 7:00 p.m.; second by Dan Truttmann. Motion carried.
Adjournment- Travis Leonard moved to adjourn; second by April Prusia. Motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 9:46 pm.
Respectfully submitted, Jessica L. Schlumpf, Clerk-Treasurer