Meeting Minutes

July 12, 2021 – 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.

Katie Duckart made a motion to approve the agenda as printed, Jim Wacek 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 $209,046.31 Jim Wacek made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report, Katie Duckart seconded the motion, the motion carried.

Zoning Administrator Suzi Sevcik was not present but reported to the clerk that there were 2 building permits issued last month.  Toni Wochos from Coppertop is going to fill out and submit a new application for a building permit.

County Supervisor Jack Wochos was not present.

First Responder Suzi Sevcik was not present but reported to the clerk that there were 3 calls last month.  Some FEMR members attended active shooter training provided by the Kewaunee Sheriff’s Department.   The 3rd annual brat fry fund raiser will be September 18, 2021

Katie Duckart made a motion to approve the rezone request for Shawn and Robin Lambrecht to rezone approximately 7 acres from A3 to RR and the remainder of the parcel will be zoned A3 following the Franklin Planning Commission recommendations.   Jim Wacek seconded the motion, the motion carried.  Dave Wesely abstained from voting because of a possible conflict of interest.     It was approved with the condition that they follow the DNR requirements of disturbing less than 1 acre of land and making sure that they did not build on wetlands.  It will also require our zoning administrator to view the property before they build to make sure all conditions and setbacks are met.

Jim Wacek made a motion to approve a land division and rezone request from Justin Paplham to divide off 1.5 acres and rezoning it to RR, the remaining land will be changed to A3 to preserve farmland.  Dave Wesely seconded the motion, the motion carried.   Katie Duckart abstained from voting because of a possible conflict of interest.

Chairman Dave Wesley read paragraphs from Town of Franklin 20 year Comprehensive Plan, the Kewaunee County 2016 Comprehensive Plan and chapter 10 of the Town of Franklin Code of Ordinances.  All three documents mention the importance of preserving agricultural land.  Based on those conclusions, Katie Duckart made a motion to deny the conditional use request from Brandice and Harley Knapp.  Dave Wesely seconded the motion, motion carried.

Chairman Dave Wesely talked to building inspector Scott Boeing about Wisconsin Act 211.  Scott said he does the reporting to the State for new home construction.  Scott recommends continuing that process.

July 26, 2021 or July 27,2021 were proposed for possible farm inspections. Supervisor Katie Duckart is going to contact the farms and arrange the date and times.

Town Orders # 122 to # 130 were discussed, approved and paid.

Our next monthly Town Board meeting will August 9, 2021. at the Franklin Town Hall.

There being no further discussion, the July Town Board meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Todd DeGrave Town Clerk