Town of York
Monthly Board Meeting
Tuesday, September 13, 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 7:10 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- Gail Phillips asked if there is a timeline for updating town road specifications in the driveway permit ordinance (answered, “not yet”), and once the specifications are updated whether the Town will take over any roads that don’t meet specifications (answered, “no”). Meg Pokorny commented on facts versus opinions regarding ATV’s/UTV’s and again requested a referendum on an ordinance. Nick Crooks (Blanchardville Village President) spoke about shared policing benefits for an ATV/UTV ordinance, or help during disaster events; any shared policing agreement would take approximately 3 months to enact.
Minutes of 8/08/2022 Town Board Special Meeting (Closed Session), 8/10/2022 Board Meeting, 8/23/2022 Town Board Special Meeting (Closed Session), and 8/30/2022 Proposed ATV-UTV Ordinance Public Hearing- Minutes for the Monday, 8/08/2022 Town Board Special Meeting (Closed Session), the Wednesday, 8/10/2022 Board Meeting, the Tuesday, 8/23/2022 Town Board Special Meeting (Closed Session), and the Tuesday, 8/30/2022 Proposed ATV-UTV Ordinance Public Hearing were presented. April Prusia moved to approve the Town Board Special Meeting notes from the Monday, August 8 (Closed Session); second by Dan Truttmann. Motion carried. Dan Truttmann moved to approve the minutes from the regular board meeting of 8/10/2022; second by Travis Leonard. Motion carried. April Prusia moved to approve the 8/23/2022 closed session meeting minutes; second by Travis Leonard. Motion carried. Dan Truttmann moved to approve the public hearing of 8/30/2022 minutes; second by Travis Leonard. 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. Jessie Schlumpf reported receiving information for invoicing New Glarus School District for Feb. 2022 election expenses; unfortunately, pay for election workers cannot be billed to school districts. ARPA update: Jessie Schlumpf has not received any further information on the need for documented procurement procedures and written standards of conduct covering conflicts of interest.
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- Lance Moen, our new patrolman, has been mowing, trimming branches, clearing fallen branches, and fixing signs. He will be picking up old culverts on Bergman Ln., Travis will help him. A sign found in the ditch at Dougherty Creek/Postville Rd. has been put in the shed. Dan Truttmann talked to Eric at Green County and asked Green County to send a bid to us for forwarding to Rural Insurance for the Dougherty Creek bridge repair. Dan reminded Eric about sweeping gravel on Postville Rd. at Cty. Rd. A. Dan also reported a resident’s request to plant a burr oak in the triangle of land at York Center and Badger Rds. – the Board said “no.” Emergency call-out list has already been submitted to Green County. Lance is not happy with the weed wacker; he will check into putting on a metal blade. There is a round bale in ditch/water on Hay Hollow.
Weed Commissioner Report- Aaron Gifford had nothing to report – no calls. He asked landowners to not mow wild parsnip and other invasives at this time (would spread seeds). He is looking forward to working and spraying with Lance Moen.
Plan Commission Report- Bethany Storm reported the Plan Commission approved a land division for Chuck Bauer. The Commission continued discussion on an ATV/UTV ordinance, as well as land use and land division. Dan Truttmann and Bethany will meet with the Town’s attorney on Friday, 9/30/2022 regarding ordinance work and timelines.
Land Division – Chuck Bauer- Chuck Bauer stated this land division will simplify estate planning, breaking out 8.9 acres and all buildings and septic (with 2 dwelling units) as a separate parcel; the 2 remaining dwelling units and remaining land will either be donated to a non-profit in the future (with a management endowment) or sold for future financial needs. April Prusia moved to approve the land division for Chuck Bauer on N9075 York Center Rd.; second by Dan Truttmann. Motion carried.
Resignation of Jessie Schlumpf, eff. 12/31/2022- The Board asked Jessie to list her job duties as Clerk-Treasurer for the Board’s use in hiring her replacement. The Board will explore the possibility of a service handling payroll and/or bill paying. Jessie answered questions about hours spent on the position per week. Nick Crooks mentioned checking with the Wis. Municipal Clerks Assoc. for options and checking with schools for candidates. The candidate does not need to be a York resident since the position is appointed. Nick also mentioned the Village of Blanchardville may be available to explore “job sharing” options.
Driveway refund – Jeff Klossner W9383 Hwy 39- Dan Truttmann moved to approve the driveway refund for Jeff Klossner and Gerald Elbin; second by April Prusia. Motion carried.
Discontinuances: Jeglum Ln., Fjelstad Ln., Larry’s Ln., Marks Ln. and Klosterman Ln.- The Board tabled these discontinuances until the October 2022 Board meeting, pending inspections.
Tax Collection Agreement with Green County- Jessie Schlumpf reported the per parcel cost increased slightly and a per parcel charge for processing overpayments has been added to the contract. Dan Truttmann moved to renew the Tax Collection Agreement with Green County; second by Travis Leonard. Motion carried.
ATV/UTV ordinance- The Board discussed resident concerns and suggestions for revisions to the proposed ordinance. Age requirements need to follow state statutes. Lower speed limits must be posted specifically. The Town can lower the speed limits to 45 MPH on town roads with a traffic study; rustic roads are automatically 45 MPH. The Board also discussed a probationary period. Shared policing was discussed again. And a referendum on the issue was discussed, as well as hours of operation versus dusk to dawn, and citation fines. The Board tabled this issue until the October 2022 meeting pending further discussion with counsel.
Solicit bids for a new plow truck- The Board discussed vendors for a new tandem plow truck. They also discussed sharing equipment and/or helping on large projects with other town’s patrol officers. Travis Leonard will list the needed features/options for review at the October 2022 meeting. Requests for proposals would then be obtained (vendors: Lakeside in Monroe, Peterbilt in Mineral Point, Western Star at Truck Country).
Newsletter for December 2022- The Board discussed topics for newsletter articles. Town officers, the Plan Commission Chair, the Weed Commissioner and Recycle Center supervisors should submit newsletter articles to Carrie Czerwonka on or before October 31, 2022.
Begin budget process for 2023- Jessie Schlumpf and the Board discussed and reviewed some budget numbers for the proposed budget. Jessie will update the draft budget and send to the Board for further action at the October 2022 Board meeting.
Adjournment- April Prusia moved to adjourn; second by Travis Leonard. Motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 9:34 pm.
Respectfully submitted, Jessica L. Schlumpf, Clerk-Treasurer