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                                                                                TOWN BOARD MEETING                                                                                                                                                               TOWN OF NEWTON                                                                                                                                                                                                  MARCH 28, 2018

The Board meeting for the Town of Newton was held on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 pursuant to posted notices.  Said meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by Chairman Roger Busse. 

Present were:  Roger Busse, Denise Thomas, Mark Knorr, Barbara Pankratz, Mike Slattery, Dave Mueller, Ed Downing, Charlie Bauer, David Pozorski, Brad Bastian and Kip Grotegut.  Paulette Vogt, treasurer was excused.

Following the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance by everyone present it was noted that the agenda has been posted by the Road Superintendent Dave Mueller as well as put on the web by the clerk and the affidavit of said posting is on file with the clerk.  Supervisor Mark Knorr made a motion to approve the submitted agenda.  Supervisor Denise Thomas seconded the motion which carried.

Denise Thomas made a motion to approve the previously submitted February Board Meeting minutes.

Chairman Roger Busse seconded the motion which carried.

The treasurer’s report which had been submitted to the Board previous to the meeting was approved by motion made by Mark Knorr and seconded by Denise Thomas.  Motion carried.

Public input was opened.  David Pozorski, 8833 Carstens Lake Road, Manitowoc, came before the board to complain about a semi-driver who hauls manure and is constantly jake breaking.  Supervisor Mark Knorr said Mr. Pozorski should contact him when this occurs and he would take care of the same.  There being no further public input said agenda item was closed.

Dave Mueller, Road Superintendent gave his report indicating that he is working on cutting trees.  He has been approached by several people who have taken the wood.

Dave also indicated that he spoke to a representative of the County about ditching which will be done in a couple of weeks.  He also stated that he was asked if the Foster Parenting Association could display a sign for a month at the Recycling Center.  The Board indicated that they approved of the posting.

Dave stated that bids were submitted for culverts by Madson $25,350; Manitowoc County $30,950. and Bob Braun  $23,025 for Gass Lake Road, Center Road and English Lake Road.  Supervisor Mark Knorr made a motion to hire Bob Braun for all three culvert replacements:  Gass Lake Road $2,745.; Center Road $7,540.; English Lake Road $12,740. and barricades and asphalt patch by the Town of Newton.  Chairman Roger Busse seconded the motion which carried.  Phragmite informational pamphlets will be put out during the upcoming election and information on phragmite control will be inserted in the Annual Report.  He also indicated he has issued a citation for illegal burning.

The town board  indicated that Lakeside Pest Control will be contacted for applications on Town property.

There was a discussion about obtaining a BobCat and Dave Mueller submitted costs for the same.

Mike Slattery, Zoning Administrator submitted his report for the month.  It was decided by the Board that Mike Slattery will spray weeds for the town.

Denise Thomas, Supervisor spoke about the trailer for the Recycling Center.  This matter is ongoing and will be addressed in the future.

The next item of business was submitted by Supervisor Mark Knorr about the combination lock for the Fire Department door.  Superintendent Dave Mueller submitted several pictures of samples of locks and prices.  The Board asked Dave to check with three other locksmiths and this matter will be discussed at the May meeting.

Chairman Busse stated that the alternates for the Board of Review are:  Terry Wagner, Charlie Bauer, Ed Downing, Dan Stock and Ray Ross.  Chairman Busse also indicated that Dave Mueller is using his own lap top and printer for town work.  The treasurer and clerk’s computers are very old and failing and as a result all three computers will be replaced.

The Town Board decided to have four different people work at the Recycling Center on each of the four Saturdays of the month so that the personnel can rotate and if someone cannot work they can ask another person to substitute for them.  It will be decided in the near future who will work at the Recycling Center.  Denise Thomas, Supervisor will contact Ray Ross, a current Recycling Center attendant to see if he knows of anyone who might be interested in working at the Recycling Center.

Motion was made by Supervisor Mark Knorr to accept the statement report as previously submitted by the clerk.  Motion was seconded by Supervisor Denise Thomas and passed.

Denise Thomas, Supervisor made a motion to adjourn our March meeting.  Said motion was seconded by Chairman Roger Busse and passed.

                                                                                Barbara Pankratz, Town Clerk






















































November 6 2017

M.Knorr    L.Glaeser M.Slattery R.Sieben C.Bauer D.Reis E.Downing

The meeting was called to order by M. Knorr at 6:00 PM . Verification of notice was posted in the required places. A motion to approve the agenda was made by R.Sieben and a second by D.Reis . Motion carried unanimously . A motion by C.Bauer and a second by D. Reis to approve the minutes from the previous meeting was made with the correction of Outdoor wood stove being added. Motion carried unanimously .

Public input was given and Troy and Gail Temme addressed the board in regards to property and business they own and will be selling a portion of land. They were concerned about the acreage and how to rollover the conditional use permit and what is required as a certified survey.

Item # 6 A conditional use hearing for Neil and Candy Dhein . A site visit was done prior to this meeting at the property. There was no correspondence. The Board Of Appeals approved the option to have a second home ( manufactured home ) on one (1) lot . C.Bauer commented that the board or town should be notified should there be a change in residence , death or the situation changes . Discussion was made as to a time limit and notification as to how long the home could stay. The conditions are as follows A) 180 days from the time the clerk is notified that situation has changed the home would be removed B) No other habitants besides the Mother/ Mother – in –law (Berdiva Fischer) . A motion by D.Reis and a second by E Downing . Motion carried unanimously.

Item # 7 Kelli –Hutchins Dore who resides at 6613 Hartlaub Lake Rd . Is requesting information as to renting out her home for weekends. Discussion as to is this something we need or should get involved with . It is not considered a Bed and Breakfast situation. Conclusion was that we will not get involved.

Item # 8 Barry Lemberger D.B.A. Manitowoc Transport at 4315 County Rd . CR is looking at leasing 180x 100 ft area from a neighbor to park semi trailers . (see copy attached) Discussion was to add it and change the ordinance and have the party renting come back for a conditional use permit.

Item # 9 Ken Jaworski had zoning issue updates . ( see copy attached) Discussion on the handouts were given. A motion by D.Reis and a second by C.Bauer to approve the changes as amended by adding outdoor storage to A-2 zoning and add the amended regulations (see copy attached) to chapter 22 and correct the typos in chapter 13.2.

M.Knorr stated that R.Busse will be off the Plan Commission as of Jan 1 ,2018 and a possible replacement of Ray Ross to take his spot. A motion by D.Reis and a second by R.Sieben to adjourn was made. Motion carried unanimously . Meeting adjourned at 7: 45 PM . Next meeting scheduled for December 4, 2017 .

Respectfully Submitted ;

Lee J. Glaeser


Town of Newton

Board of Appeals

Meeting Report


Date: December 16, 2017   


Call to Order:  The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman Lee Holschbach.

Roll Call:  Present: Lee Holschbach, Scott Konik, Jerry Weyer, Dan Stock, DuWayne Hackman.  Mike Waack was excused.

Public/Citizen Attendance:  Zoning Administrator Mike Slattery, Town Chairman Roger Busse, Tim Fettig; T&L Tactical.

Verification of Public Notice of Meeting: Zoning administrator Mike Slattery verified the meeting posting at the three posting sites in the town of Newton, as well as all applicable neighbors, and posting in the Herald Times Reporter.


Approval of agenda: Scott made a motion to except the agenda. Jerry seconded the motion. All were in favor.   None were opposed.  Agenda accepted.

Approval of Previous meeting minuets: DuWayne made a motion to accept the minutes from the October 16, 2017 variance meeting for Polsters .  Dan seconded the motion.  All were in favor.  No one opposed.  Motion carried.  

Variance Application Request: T&L Tactical is asking for a 28 foot height variance and a 128 square foot sign area variance.

Applicant input: Tim Fettig stated he would appreciate it if the variance was approved to help get his business advertised.  

Public input: Mike Slattery sated that Steve Thomas neighbor to the north had concerns of this sign blocking the visibility of their sign. Roger Busse questioned were the sign would be on the lot as it is not shown on the application.    

Closed the public hearing:

Board of Appeals discussion and action: Jerry said he sees no problem with the sign. Scott said he did not think it would block CR Stops’ sign, the neighbor to the north. Dan stated that Steve Thomas, owner of CR Stop, was at the site visit and was ok with the sign placement.  Lee questioned the exact location of the sign and talked with applicant if it would be acceptable if the sign could go no further west than the west side of the existing building so as not to get front of the CR Stops sign. The applicant was in agreement with that.  Lee mentioned seeing the hardship of the height of the highway over-pass requiring the need for the height variance, so the sign can be seen. And no one sees any harm to public interest if the sign was placed east of the west side of the existing building.              

With this discussion being had, Scott made a motion to grant a 28 foot height variance and a 128 sq. foot size variance with the stipulation it be no further west than the west side of the existing building.  Jerry seconded the motion. All were in favor.  No one opposed.  Motion carried.  Variance granted.   

Scott made a motion to adjourn.  DuWayne seconded the motion.  All in favor with no one opposed. Motion carried.  Meeting adjourned.

Submitted by:

Lee Holschbach