Meeting Minutes

July 11, 2022 – MONTHLY TOWN BOARD MEETING FOR TOWN OF FRANKLIN

The July monthly meeting for the Town of Franklin was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Dave Wesely followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Officers present:   Dave Wesely, 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.

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

Treasurer Sandy Smidle presented the Treasurer’s Report, which shows a balance of $318,449.77  Katie Duckart made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report, Jim Wacek seconded the motion, the motion carried.

Zoning Administrator Suzi Sevcik reported 1 building permit issued last month for a new house.  Clerk Todd DeGrave will send the details to Action Appraisers. Bill Kinjerski would like to build an addition to the garage but too close to the lot line.  He will fill out the paperwork and the Town will schedule a hearing.

Suzi Sevcik stated that solar panels need to be inspected by the town building inspector.

There was discussion about a chicken coop and whether or not it needed a permit, it was decided that it would be less than $1,000 and would not.

The County approved a temporary sanitary permit for one year for a garage on AB.  There was then discussion about a possible ordinance change to further define the rules for a house/shop combinations.

County Supervisor Scott Brown stated that there is a meeting July 19th to take a vote on the purposed new jail.  Scott stated that he would vote to send the issue to a referendum.  Scott Brown listed reasons for his concerns: multiple bathrooms in the visitor center, more expensive brick exterior instead of steel siding and possible cost overrun because the plan calls for elimination of jobs but who will do those jobs.

First Responder Suzi Sevcik reported 2 calls last month. They were having problems with Active911 paging 1st Responders out but those issues seemed to have been fixed.   The brat fry fund raiser with be in September but not sure of the exact date yet.  There is training tomorrow, people will received the email and whoever can attend will.

Bruce Sielen from Rural Mutual was at the meeting to review insurance coverage.  Bruce stated that the Town has $243,00 on the town hall itself and $2 million liability coverage.  A section called hired/non-owned has a $1 million cap.  Several scenarios were discussed to determine if the town would be covered.

The coverage for poll workers and First Responders was discussed.   Bruce Sielen did not know the answer but would do the research and get back to clerk Todd DeGrave.  Bruce will also provide numbers for increasing liability and town hall coverage.

Town Orders # 119 to # 131 were discussed, approved and paid.

Our next monthly Town Board meeting will August 8, 2022. at the Franklin Town Hall.

There being no further discussion, the July Town Board meeting was adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Todd DeGrave Town Clerk