March 12, 2018 – MONTHLY TOWN BOARD MEETING FOR TOWN OF FRANKLIN
The March monthly meeting for the Town of Franklin was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman Dick Wochos, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Officers present: Dick Wochos, Jim Wacek, Katie Duckart, Judy Kunesh and Joan Raisleger.
Jim Wacek made a motion to approve the agenda. Katie Duckart seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Katie Duckart made a motion to accept the minutes as printed from the January Town Board meeting. Jim Wacek seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Treasurer Judy Kunesh presented the Treasurer’s Report, which shows a balance of $138,901.14. Jim Wacek made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report. Katie Duckart seconded the motion, and the motion carried.
Zoning Administrator Jeanne Swagel reported that 2 building permits were issued during the month.
County Board Supervisor Ron Paider reported that the County Board approved a resolution to cap and close the landfill in May of 2018, and that the highway department has purchased some new equipment.
First Responder Suzi Sevcik reported that they had one call this past month; that three more of our newly trained First Responders have taken and passed the required testing and are now certified as a First Responders; that one pager needs to be reprogrammed; that they have signed up to Active 911; and that First Responder Tom Konop has retired.
The approval or disapproval of the Sandway Farms LLC Livestock Facility Siting License Application was first on the agenda. Katie Duckart made a motion to approve the Sandway Farms LLC Livestock Facility Siting License Application. Jim Wacek seconded the motion. The motion carried.
Jim Wacek made a motion to approve the 2-year contract with Beining Building Inspection. Katie Duckart seconded the motion, and the motion carried.
Amy Zacharias of Action Appraisers Inc. appeared before the Town Board to explain Wisconsin Act 68. She stated that property owners can now refuse to allow a building inspector into their residence but still be able to appear at the Board of Review. She further explained that they are required to send a letter to property owners for inside inspection.
Open Book is scheduled for Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 8:00 am until 10:00 am. Board of Review will be held Monday, April 30, 2018 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.
Planning Commission Chairman Tom Konop presented updates on the Town Zoning Ordinance. Tom explained why we have to update the zoning ordinance every 10 years. He advised the Town Board that they are consolidating business districts, and that conditional use, permitted uses and duties of the Clerk or Zoning Administrator are being examined. The Town Board will meet with the Planning Commission when they schedule a meeting about these issues.
Jim Wacek made a motion to accept the 2018-2019 contract with the Denmark Fire Department in the amount of $26,148.05. Katie Duckart seconded the motion and the motion carried.
Katie Duckart made a motion to accept the 2018-2019 contract with the Tisch Mills Fire Department in the amount of $18,987.05. Jim Wacek seconded the motion and the motion carried.
Clerk Raisleger announced that the election workers for the April 3, 2018 election will be: Tina Peterson, Rita Pribyl, Cathy Karman, Judy Kunesh, Sandy Lemens and Joyce Wacek.
The PI Tower Development & Verizon Wireless conditional use permit was next on the agenda. Planning Commission Chairman Tom Konop questioned who should extend the conditional use permit and building permit which will soon expire. Should it be the Town Board or the Planning Commission? After some discussion, Katie Duckart made a motion to send the issue of extending the conditional use permit to the Planning Commission and that Zoning Administrator Jeanne Swagel make the decision on extending the building permit. Dick Wochos seconded the motion. Motion carried.
The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 6:00 pm to approve or disapprove a request for a communication tower to be used by a cellular provider in the Southeast corner of the Town.
Supervisor Jim Wacek reported that Kyle Markvart has paid $500 towards the road damages he caused in 2017. Mr. Markvart indicated to Supervisor Wacek that he will start to pay the balance owed to the Town within a month.
The Town Board then discussed correspondence the Clerk received by mail or email.
Town Orders #23 to #64 were discussed, approved and paid.
Our next monthly Town Board meeting will be Monday, April 9, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Franklin Town Hall/Community Center.
There being no further discussion, the January Town Board meeting was adjourned at 8:35 p.m.
Joan Raisleger, Town Clerk