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                                                                                TOWN BOARD MEETING

                                                                                TOWN OF NEWTON

                                                                                SEPTEMBER 6, 2017

Our September meeting was held on September 6, 2017  pursuant to posted notices.  Said meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by Chairman Roger Busse who asked for verification of posting and was told by the clerk that a signed affidavit indicating said meeting was posted at the three official posting places in the Town and inserted on our Town of Newton web site is on file. 

Present were:  Roger Busse, Chairman; Denise Thomas, Supervisor #1;  Mark Knorr, Supervisor #2;  Paulette Vogt, Treasurer; Barbara Pankratz, Clerk;  Mike Slattery, Zoning Administrator and Building Inspector;  Dave Mueller, Road Superintendent and Law Enforcement Officer;  Charlie Bauer, Tom Maloney, Maura Yost and Doug Kieffer.                

The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance after which Mark Knorr made a motion to approve the agenda.  Denise Thomas seconded the motion which carried.    

Denise Thomas made a motion to accept the May 25, 2017 Board of Review minutes.  Said motion was seconded by Mark Knorr and carried.

Mark Knorr made a motion to accept the submitted August 9, 2017 minutes. Denise Thomas seconded the motion which carried.

Doug Kieffer, who has done extensive electrical work for the Town indicated that he is retiring and that he would no longer be able to continue working for the town.  He, however, appeared before the Board to discuss electrical problems that the Town Hall has that should be addressed including the main breaker box main panel which has been in use since the seventies and is no longer up to code.  He also indicated that the electrical panel in the Town office is screwed shut and he suggested that the screws be removed and that nothing should be put in front of the panel.  As a result the Board will look into having these matters rectified and Chairman Busse will find someone to do the electrical work that has to be done.

Denise Thomas made a motion to accept the previously submitted treasurer’s report.  Roger Busse seconded the motion which carried.

Public in-put was opened and the first person to speak was Tom Maloney who lives on Silver Creek Road just West of the overpass.  He asked that the speed limit on Silver Creek Road in his area be changed.  At present it is 55 MPH and because of the number of children living in the area he felt that the speed limit was too high.  After discussion the Board informed Mr. Maloney that they would discuss it and the matter would be placed on the October agenda.

Maura Yost appeared before the Board to introduce herself as she is contemplating running for County Board Supervisor for District 12.  She indicated her qualifications

There being no further public in-put said agenda item was closed.

Dave Mueller, Road Superintendent submitted his report indicating that the ATV signs were installed.  He also stated that the tile on Range Line Road was dug open and water went down eighteen inches over the weekend and that the water is running.  The Newton tile matter is being handled on County U.  The slag sealing and most of the shouldering is done.  There is a concrete hole on Gass Lake Road in the ditch.  Dave stated he would install a grate over it .

Dave Mueller, Law Enforcement Officer issued one citation for burning.

Mike Slattery, Zoning Administrator/Building Inspector gave his report for the month of August.  He also indicated that he had sprayed by the trees near Highway 42 at Deb Schuette’s home.  Mike also submitted his resignation for the position of Building Inspector effective as soon as possible.  He suggested Roger Mayer as a replacement.  He indicated he would continue as Zoning Administrator if the Board wished.  The Board thanked him for his services as Building Inspector and stated that he could continue as the Town’s zoning administrator.

Barbara Pankratz informed the Board that the signed Certified Mail Certificate has been received from Floyd Kappus.  Said certificate will be kept on file for reference until further proceedings are started.

Paulette Vogt had submitted her report to the Board about interest rates that other banks paid versus what Bank First National pays.  She had contacted Bank First National and they would not adjust our rates so our banking arrangements will not be changed.

Paulette also inquired about about a check scanner which could be used during property tax collections.  She did check with Bank First National and they would be willing to allow the town to rent a scanner for three months.  The scanner would cost $50.00/month which includes $25.00 for the scanner and $25.00 per month for the software.  A scanner could be purchased for $325.  The Board decided to address this matter at the October meeting.

Denise Thomas informed the Board that Carol Entringer of the English Lake Protection and Rehabilitation will be retiring from her position on that board.  Denise also indicated that Carol had informed her that the milfoil weed is gone.

Roger Busse indicated that the breaker box matter will be addressed by himself .  Denise Thomas stated that we should get a couple of bids and there were three names suggested by the Board.

Mark Knorr made a motion to pay the bill statement which had been sent to the Board previous to the meeting by the clerk.  Roger Busse seconded the motion which passed.

There being no further business to come before the Board we adjourned by motion made by Denise Thomas and seconded by Roger Busse.

                                                                                Barbara Pankratz, Clerk

               

 

 

Town of Newton

Board of Appeals

Meeting Report

Date:  July 10, 2017

Call to order by Lee Holschbach.

Roll Call: Present:   Lee Holschbach, Jerry Weyer, Scott Konik (Excused), Dan Stock, Du Wayne Hackman, and Mike Waack (alternate).   

Public/Citizen Attendance:         Zoning Administrator Mike Slattery, Gary Kaestner, and Glenn Cummings.

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: Lee made a motion to amend the agenda to include the approval of the March 13th Gregory Zahn variance request.  Jerry seconded the motion. All in favor none opposed. Motion carried.  Jerry then made a motion to approve this amended agenda.  Du Wayne seconded the motion. All were in favor.   None were opposed.  Agenda accepted.

Approval of Previous meeting minuets: Du Wayne made a motion to except the March 13th Gregory Zahn minutes. Jerry seconded the motion.  All were in favor.  No one opposed.  Motion carried.  Dan made a motion to except the July 3rd Gregory Zahn minutes.  Mike seconded the motion.  All were in favor.  None were opposed.  Motion carried.         

Variance Application Request: Glenn Cummings is requesting 15 foot east side yard set-back variance and a 15 foot south yard set-back variance.

Applicant input: Glenn stated that he would need to build a garage of this size to accommodate the pontoon boat he required for his handicapped son.  And, if he moves the garage to the north, it would require 3 side lot variances.  Additionally, he would have to refile the deed for the property and move the rain garden which is already approved with the county for water runoff.  Glenn also said he had signed approvals from all but one neighbor.     

Public input: Mike Slattery mentioned that the county requires a 7.5 foot setback for a cottage and 5 foot setback for out buildings Mike also received a call from Steve Olson who had questions about water runoff.  Mike Slattery states that Steve gave Glenn his blessing on the proposed variance.  A letter was received from Richard and Kim Molepske, property owners to the south, stating that they are adamantly against the approval of this variance as they believe allowing the variance would allow owner of this property to use their land to build this building.          

Closed the public hearing:

Board of appeals Discussion and Action:

  1. Unnecessary hardship:  DuWayne thought that it would be a hardship because of the size of the lot and moving the building any other way would cause the need for 3 variances.   Mike stated that you need a variance to place this garage anywhere on the lot because of the proposed size of the garage which also is a hardship of itself.  DuWayne also mentioned it would be a hardship for the applicant to change his water runoff plan which is already county approved. 
  2. Conditions unique to the property: The property/lot in question is an “L” shaped lot and building anywhere on the property would need at least one variance.
  3. No harm to public interests: There were no voiced concerns to public interest.  

After this discussion was had, Jerry made a motion to grant a 15 foot east and 15 foot south building variance.   DuWayne seconded the motion.  All were in favor and none were opposed.  Variance request approved for a 15 foot east and 15 foot south lot line set back variance.                           

Mike made a motion to adjourn.  DuWayne seconded the motion.  All in favor with none opposed. Motion carried.  Meeting adjourned.

Submitted by:

Lee Holschbach

Secretary

DRAFT                                                                                   August 7 , 2017

Town Of Newton Plan Commission

R.Busse                                                                                L.Glaeser

M.Knorr                                                                               R.Sieben

M.Slattery                                                                           C.Bauer

E.Downing

D.Reis

The meeting was called to order by Chairman R.Busse at 6:08 PM . Verification was noted and posted as required . A motion to approve the agenda was made by E.Downing and a second by R.Sieben . Motion carried unanimously. A motion to approve the minutes as corrected was made by C.Bauer and a second by M. Knorr . Motion carried unanimously . No public input was given.

Item # 6 was the Re –Plat for Ron Kysiak and to accept the certified survey as required. A motion by M . Knorr and a second by E.Downing was made and passed unanimously .

Item # 7 A certified survey for Peter and Julie Nass. A motion by C.Bauer and a second by R.Sieben to approve the certified survey as submitted . Motion carried unanimously .

Item # 8 A Pre – Application meeting for Vertical Bridge Development in regards to a cell phone tower to supply Cellcom. Discussion on the height and drive way access was discussed. C. Bauer asked about the surety bond which needs to be established . Discussion on the cleanliness of the operation , facility and stipulation concerning parts distributed in the area . A site visit will be conducted at 6:00 PM on September 11 , 2017 with the public hearing to follow at 6: 30 PM.

Item # 9 Ken Jaworski form Martenson and Eiseles , had discussion on the zoning book and codes. Discussion in regards to ponds and the setbacks either at 25 Ft or 50 Ft side setback (see copy attached) . Discussion on A-3 land and possible change from 1 acre to 3 acres. (see copy attached) . A discussion on an ordinance for household pets such as chickens etc. .

A motion to adjourn was made at 8:30 PM by M.Knorr and a second by D . Reis. Motion carried unanimously .

Respectfully Submitted ;

Lee J. Glaeser Plan Comm. Sec.

 

Town of Newton

Board of Appeals

Meeting Report

 

Date:                                                              August, 14, 2017      

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

Roll Call:  Present:   Lee Holschbach, Jerry Weyer, Scott Konik, Dan Stock, Du Wayne Hackman, and Mike Waack (alternate).   

Public/Citizen Attendance:         Zoning Administrator Mike Slattery, Colleen Reuter, Jeff Sabel Bayland, Kim Kowieski WAEC, Jon EB WAEC.

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

Approval of Previous meeting minuets: Scott made a motion to except the July 10th Glen Cummings variance meeting minutes. Jerry seconded the motion.  All were in favor.  No one opposed.  Motion carried.  

Variance Application Request: Wisconsin Agricultural Education Center is requesting a 15 foot height variance.

Applicant input: Kim Kowieski said the variance is for “the look of a traditional barn” and the educational section is upstairs.  The roof space is above 35 feet for the look of the barn.  No people will be above 35 feet.  

Public input: Colleen Reuter Neighbor to the north:  mentioned she was for the project in the beginning, but it’s getting way to close to her property. The project has become a big pain to her. The earthen berm does not work and water runs onto her property as well as standing water.  She states there are also trucks hauling dirt all the time. Pictures were passed around showing what it looks like from her side of the property. She has lost most all of their privacy.   

Closed the public hearing: 

Board of appeals Discussion and Action: 

  1. Unnecessary hardship: Du Wayne and Mike both stated that the building would be an eye sore if it had a flat top and would look like a strip mall. 
  2. Conditions unique to the property: Mike and Scott both mentioned if this was a barn, which it is, just open to the public, no height variance is required for barns and silos in the town zoning.      
  3. No harm to public interests: No one saw any harm to public interest. Lee questioned if there were lights on top if they could bother the neighbors.  

After this discussion was had, Scott made a motion to grant a 15 foot height variance with the stipulation no lights could be installed above 35 ft. Mike seconded the motion. All in favor and no one opposed. Variance granted for a 15 ft. height variance. 

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

Secretary

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 

 

 

 

                                                                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 

 

 

 

                                                                

                                                       

                                                                               

              

               

 

            

 

               

 

 

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