11/14/2018 from 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Town of Clinton Board Meeting November 14, 2018
Properly posted meeting was called to order at 7:48 pm immediately following the budget hearing. In attendance were Chairman John LaDue, Supervisor Dan Chaulklin, Supervisor James Chapiewsky, Clerk Sandy Schweiger, Treasurer Jan Clark, Mava Clark, Amy Evans, Doug Ewing, Pandora Flores, Jake Miller, Lonnie Muller and Scot Sanders.
Supervisor Chapiewsky made a motion to approve the financial report as read, 2nd by Supervisor Chaulklin; all ayes, motion carried. Supervisor Chapiewsky made a motion to approve the transfer of $20,000 from money management to checking on November 15th followed by $27,000 from savings to checking, $19,800 from savings to equipment fund and $85,490 from savings to money management on November 19th, 2nd by Supervisor Chaulklin; all ayes, motion carried. Supervisor Chapiewsky made a motion to approve payment of the bills, 2nd by Supervisor Chaulklin; all ayes, motion carried.
With the passing of the resolutions in the special meeting and budget hearing, Supervisor Chapiewsky made a motion to adopt the approved budget, 2nd by Supervisor Chaulklin; all ayes, motion carried.
As for road projects, Chairman LaDue emphasized that town roads are 3-rod by resolution, not 4-rod, which affects right-of-way issues. Jake Miller will talk to Scott Melvin about a buried culvert as well as correcting a diversion on Hall Road at East Bloomingdale. Also need to clean out rocks that have washed into the weirs. Supervisor Chapiewsky questioned whether the town should be cost-sharing with Town of Christiana on the lower Knapp Valley bridge that recently washed out; Chairman LaDue will speak to Chairman Eggen about this. Might also be a good time to reconsider gentleman’s agreement with Town of Jefferson regarding Ogden Avenue.
Replacement of a 2-ton jack was previously approved; as for the larger jack it was suggested that the cylinder might be repaired instead. Chairman LaDue suggested that Patrolman Miller investigate tablet options for tracking road damage and culvert inventory and provide the board with an estimated cost. The device should be durable and hopefully have a GPS application.
Bridges were inspected following the flooding in September and 3 more recommended repairs need to be addressed.
Chairman LaDue wondered about the feasibility of contracting for road condition assessment and culvert inventory due to the recent turnover in positions. Although the upfront cost is high it might be advantageous in the long run.
Supervisor Chapiewsky made a motion to approve the minutes form October, 2nd by Supervisor Chaulklin; all ayes, motion carried.
A recent meeting of the county zoning commission was attended by Chairman LaDue who noted continuing issues with the failure of Amish residents to obtain sanitary permits and cooperate with the building inspector, Vince Schmitz. The county has initiated legal efforts in this regard. Last year, culverts were freezing due to human waste being diverted to the ditch; the board stated that no town road impacted by human waste would be plowed until the perpetrators cleared the mess.
Requests have been received for fire numbers for phone booths. The sheriff’s deputy was on vacation, but if a number is needed it will be billed to the requestee.
Certification of maintenance of veteran’s graves at the Clinton Ridge Cemetery was presented and signed, to be sent on to the county clerk.
Building inspector Vince Schmitz provided a new contract. Supervisor Chapiewsky made a motion to accept, 2nd by Supervisor Chaulklin; all ayes, motion carried. The contract was signed and will be returned to Mr. Schmitz.
The matter of what constitutes a town road versus a driveway is a matter to consider. The board will consult with the Wisconsin Town’s Association on abandoning dead end roads. Also, the town is not liable for mishaps on unplowed roads as a municipal government is responsible to the community not an individual.
The patrolman and his assistant noted issues with the pick-up as well as lack of brakes on the backhoe. The board approved a maximum expenditure of $10,000 for repairs to the backhoe; if the estimate is greater, further approval is needed. The radios are not programmed to communicate with the Cashton School District; the board approved hiring a programmer at $80 per hour to rectify this. Bob Ericson wishes to purchase the 3’x10’ portion of a cut-off culvert; the board approved.
At 9:57 pm, Supervisor Chapiewsky made a motion to adjourn, 2nd by Supervisor Chaulklin; all ayes, motion carried.