Meeting Minutes

March 8, 2021 – 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 Dick Wochos followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Officers present:   Dick Wochos, Jim Wacek, Katie Duckart, Sandy Smidle and Todd DeGrave.

Jim Wacek made a motion to approve the agenda as printed, Katie Duckart seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Katie Duckart made a motion to accept the minutes as printed from the February Town Board meeting. Jim Wacek seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Treasurer Sandy Smidle presented the Treasurer’s Report, which shows a balance of $236,557.05 Jim Wacek made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report,  Katie Duckart seconded the motion, the motion carried.

Zoning Administrator Sandy Lemens reported no building permits issued last month.  Wayne Bradley land division and rezone as well as a conditional use permit for a new house for Chris and Tammy Richard are being scheduled for a planning committee meeting towards the end of the month.

County Supervisor Jack Wochos was not present.

First Responder Suzi Sevcik reported 2 calls last month.  $1,000 was donated to FMER by Kate and Doug Elwell.

Tracy Nollenberg informed the town that there are 2 sirens in the town that will no long be maintained by Point Beach Nuclear.  If the town wants to keep them.  The town will need to sign off if it does not want to maintain the sirens.   The Town decided to not keep the sirens.  Tracy Nollenberg will notify Point Beach Nuclear and they will be responsible for taking the sirens down.   There is now an app you can get on your phone for emergencies.

There was much debate about the new purposed tower location for the Bug Tussel / Kewaunee County broad band project.  The question was asked why the location changed from the first location on County land near the gravel pit on AB.   The answer provided by Chris Henshue from Bug Tussel said it came down to number of square miles covered.   The AB site would cover about 7 square miles at the best coverage and 39 square miles covered in the “acceptable” range.  The new Curran location will cover 10 square miles in the best coverage and 73 square miles in the acceptable range.

Scott Feldt from the County mentioned that they are covering about 88% of the residences in the county.  Not perfect but not bad.  Tower locations are based on square miles covered not specifically how many people are in that given range.   Also, each placement of a tower affects other towers on the system.

Tom Konop asked about coverage in Stangleville, it seems to be close to the edge of coverage.  Again, it was mentioned that coverage is based on square miles and not necessarily the number of people in the coverage area.

Brandon Watachek read a prepared statement and presented maps and charts.

Scott Feldt said there was $960,000 from a state grant and the County was providing a matching amount in the form of a loan to Bug Tussel which will be paid back on a 7 year term.    Legal counsel for the County was present and mentioned that the Town does not have a lot of options because state law covers communication towers.   Jim Wacek made a motion to approve the permit, Katie Duckart seconded the motion, motion carried.

The Town Board reviewed the final Annual Report to be presented at the Annual Meeting on April 19th 2021.

Town Orders # 46 to # 65 were discussed, approved and paid.

Our next monthly Town Board meeting will April 12, 2021. at the Franklin Town Hall.

There being no further discussion, the March Town Board meeting was adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Todd DeGrave Town Clerk