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Agenda for the monthly meeting – Monday, May 11, 2020
Time: 7:00PM
Place: Pella Town Hall


Call to order.
Reading of the agenda.
Approve previous month’s minutes.
Input from the public.
Review/approve bid for fire hall/town hall outdoor building lights.
Discuss/approve paying mileage reimbursements.
Discuss/approve invoicing fees for information requests.
Zoning.
Roads.
Treasurer’s report and payment of bills.
Adjourn.

Respectfully submitted,
Karen Habeck, Town Clerk


Published: May 7, 2020
Posted: April 30, 2020

Agenda for the monthly meeting – Monday, January 13, 2020
Time: 7:00PM

Place: Pella Town Hall


Call to order.
Reading of the agenda.
Approve previous month’s minutes.
Input from the public.
Appoint one member to the Land Use & Planning Committee to April 2020.
(Elaine Klitz is stepping down from her position.)
Discuss/approve change in fire dept. financial arrangement.
Zoning
Roads
Treasurer’s report and payment of bills.
Adjourn.


Respectfully submitted,
Karen Habeck, Town Clerk



Published: January 9, 2020
Posted: January 2, 2020

MINUTES OF MAY 11, 2020

Chairman Gary Thomack called the meeting to order at 7:00PM.
Board members present: Chairman Gary Thomack, Supervisor Ken Genskow, Supervisor Dohn Laude, Treasurer Dennis Zahn and Clerk Karen Habeck.
Public included: Elaine Klitz, Brian Westfahl, Lloyd Fischer, Arlyn Tober, Bill Korth and Vernon Kratzke.
The Clerk read the agenda which had been posted in three public places and published in the Marion Advertiser. The minutes were read from the April 13, 2020 monthly meeting. Motion was made by Laude/Genskow to approve the minutes as read. Motion carried by voice vote with three in favor, zero against.
Input from the Public: County Supervisor Arlyn Tober reported that there are six new members on the County Board. Chairman Jerry Erdmann has resigned as Board chairman and Tom Kautza of the Town of Almond is the newly elected County Board Chairman.
Three bids were presented for the outdoor lighting of the town hall/fire hall; Krueger Electric at $4,266.00; Olson Electric at $5,250.00 and Kirt Kettenhoven at $2,150.00.
Motion was made by Thomack/Laude to accept the bid from Kirt Kettenhoven. Motion carried by voice vote with three in favor, zero against. Laude will contact him to do the work.
In the past, the only mileage that was paid to Board members was for meetings out of the County and to the Clerk for delivering election results.
Motion was made by Laude/Genskow to approve paying mileage for the Town Board, Treasurer and the Clerk, (with the going Federal rate for mileage); for miles driven beyond normal duties of each office. Individual requests will be approved on a monthly basis at each regularly scheduled Town Board meeting. Motion carried by voice vote with three in favor, zero against.
The Board decided that “invoicing fees” for outside requests to the Clerk and/or Treasurer for information concerning property taxes and special assessments on properties was not necessary.
Zoning: Zahn reported that permits have been issued for one new home, an addition to a milk house, an addition to a cottage and two for roofs over a deck, both on businesses. He questioned the need for the Town’s Conditional Use Permit fee of $20, as permits for any conditional use are issued by the County for $300. Motion was made by Thomack/ Genskow to suspend the “permit fee”. Motion carried by voice vote with three in favor, zero against. Note that the Town will continue to issue “conditional use permits”, but the fee will be waived.
Due to the economic situation with Covid-19, the permit issued to Lee Bishop has been extended by six months. Howard Waldschmidt is moving out of the township and has resigned from the Land Use Committee, as a result Tracy Laude, current alternate, will be moved to a permanent position and a replacement will need to be found for alternate position. There is an issue on Riverside Road of a resident who is raising dogs to sale; they do not have any type of dog licenses and/or permit from the Town to do so. Zoning requires such a business to have fencing, kennel, etc. specifically located away from residential areas. Zahn will be mailing out a letter to the owner of the property spelling out what needs to be done to rectify this situation. This situation will be monitored and further action, if warranted, will be followed up on for the safety of the community.
Fahrner Crack Filling had emailed two separate recommendations of road maintenance that could be done this year. The Board will review them and make a decision at the June Board meeting as to which roads should be done. For Roads: three sections of roads are tentatively being looked at for blacktopping this summer: 1) 3/10th of a mile on West Rangeline Road 2) Apple Road between Co. D and Pella Opening Road and 3) Willow Creek Road from the culvert to County M. Thomack will check with the Hwy. Dept. as to costs and contact the Supervisors before making an affirmative decision. For the dam: the stone that needs to be hauled in for maintenance near the spillway will be done by Brian Poppe with the use of his two back hoes. Bill Korth is doing the filling of potholes; it was approved to pay Zahn $100 for the use of his trailer for crushed black top for Korth to use. The Board will look into purchasing such a trailer that could also be used by the fire department when necessary.
The Treasurer reported the April bills totaled $44,333.91, leaving a balance of $2,195.21 in the checking account and $334,466.27 in the Premier Savings Account. Motion was made by Laude/Genskow to approve the April report and pay the May bills. Motion carried by voice vote with three in favor, zero against.
The Board reviewed a
CSM for Sandy Washkuhn property on Old Shawano Road; to pull out a 2.02 acre lot for future building of a house. Motion was made by Thomack/Laude to approve the preliminary CSM. Motion carried with three in favor, zero against.
The Board reviewed ideas from the Thiel Family for possible signage for the walkway from the Park to the Town Hall Parking lot; it was also discussed as to what type of traffic will be allowed on the trail. Consensus is,
that only foot traffic and motorized wheelchairs would be allowed. Large stone could be placed at the entrances to the walkway when the work is being done at the dam. Further discussion for what type of signage should be used is being tabled until the June meeting. The Clerk will stay in touch with the Thiel Family.
With no further business, motion was made by Genskow/Thomack to adjourn the meeting. The next meeting will be Mon. June 8, 2020 at 7:00PM in the Pella Town Hall.

MINUTES OF APRIL 13, 2020

Chairman Gary Thomack called the meeting to order at 7:00PM.
Board members present: Chairman Gary Thomack, Supervisor Ken Genskow, Supervisor Dohn Laude, Treasurer Dennis Zahn and Clerk Karen Habeck.
Public included: Lloyd Fischer, Brian Westfahl and Bill Korth.
Due to Covid-19; the Board and the public in attendance were practicing social distancing. The Clerk read the agenda which had been posted in three public places and published in the Marion Advertiser. The minutes were read from the March 9, 2020 monthly meeting. Motion was made by Laude/Genskow to approve the minutes as read with the following change that the collection day that was scheduled for Sat. May 9
th with 4 Season Disposal has been postponed until a later date due to Covid-19 restrictions. Motion carried by voice vote with three in favor, zero against.
There was no input from the public.
Two bids had been received for the outdoor lighting of the town hall/fire hall; as they were not apples to apples, Krueger Electric and Olson Electric will be contacted to get further information. Motion was made by Thomack/Laude to place this discussion/approval on the May agenda. Motion carried with three in favor, zero against.
Motion was made by Genskow/Laude to appoint Larry Laude as Chairman to the Land Use & Planning Comm. for a 3-year term. Motion carried by voice with three in favor, zero against.
Motion was made by Thomack/Genskow to appoint Jackie Suehring to the Board of Adjustments for a 3-year term. Motion carried by voice with three in favor, zero against.
Motion was made by Genskow/Thomack to appoint Pete Kucksdorf as alternate to the Board of Adjustment for a 3-year term. Motion carried by voice vote with three in favor, zero against.
Motion was made by Laude/Thomack to put the Town of Pella Annual Meeting on hold until the Covid-19 “Safer at Home” is lifted and/or until the State oks rescheduling of such meeting. Motion carried by voice vote with three in favor, zero against. A few residents had picked up the Town Annual Report when they voted in person on April 7
th, if a resident contacts the Clerk requesting a report, she would mail out a copy to them.
Occasionally the Clerk receives requests for information concerning special assessments, etc. and the Treasurer receives requests for information about tax amounts on a property that someone might be interested in purchasing. As the present time neither the Clerk nor the Treasurer invoice out any type of charge for supplying this information; surrounding municipalities will be contacted about how they handle these, by charging a fee or not, this discussion will be placed on the May agenda for how the Town wants to proceed with invoicing informational request fees.
Motion was made by Genskow/Thomack to have Tracy Laude do the lawn maintenance for the Town Hall and the Park again this year. Motion carried with two in favor, Laude abstaining.
The Board was informed that the Town of Pella 2020 Open Book will be done on Thurs. April 23
rd in the parking lot of the Town Hall from 2:30PM – 4:30PM by the Assessor, rather than in the town hall due to Covid-19 social distancing. The Board of Review scheduled for Monday, May 4th is on hold for the present time awaiting announcement if “Safer at Home” rules will be lifted on April 24th as initially scheduled by Gov. Evers.
It was noted that the Grant application that is being forwarded for funding to help pay for the repairs on the Dam was missing current information for EAP contacts. The Clerk will forward the current names of the dam operator, standby dam helper, board member contacts, sheriff dept., and County emergency maintenance contacts to Becher Hoppe to finish the missing details for the Grant.
Due to Covid-19, two additional election workers were approved for the April 7
th election ; as some on the current list had reservations about working due to individual health issues; motion was made by Genskow/Thomack to approve Lisa Papendorf and Tracy Laude. Motion carried by voice vote with three in favor, zero against. Due to the Clerk having requests for 195 absentee ballots for this election, which precipitated several trips to the Courthouse for extra election supplies, ballots, and postage for mailing out the ballots, the Clerk requested approval for payment of mileage that was over and above and includes delivery of election results from Monday, April 13th. Motion was made by Genskow/Thomack to approve the mileage reimbursement to the Clerk. Motion carried with three in favor, zero against.
Roads: The Board will be doing the annual Town road inventory on Mon. April 20
th and Tues. April 21st from 4-7PM each day until completed. Bill Korth will again be doing the patching of roads for the township; he will be getting black top as soon as the weather warms up again. Chairman Thomack has contacted Fahrner about doing crack filling for the Town. They will inspect the roads and give an itemized list of what they feel should be done, the Board will review and approve after it is received. Hwy. Commissioner Grant Bystol has requested information from the Town prior to April 30th as to what blacktopping might be done this year. Thomack will contact him after they do the road inventory.
Zoning: Zahn reported that one building permit was requested by Hopper’s Bar. A zoning hearing will be done by phone on April 30
th for the property at W11066 Riverside as they want to do improvements to the lot and that would be within the 300 ft. of ordinary high water of the Pella Pond Line.
The Clerk reported that she was contacted by the Pella Park Committee that Pella Daze scheduled for Sat. May 16
th, 2020 has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 restrictions. As the notice for publication of their liquor license was already published prior to cancellation, their check will be returned to them in full and the publication fee of $30 will be put as an expense to hopefully be reimbursed by the State for Covid-19 expenses incurred during the “Safer at Home” restrictions.
Thomack reported that the tree order that had been placed for trees to be planted by the town hall has been cancelled by the supplier due to Covid-19. Another company was contacted about an order, the cost was over $100 higher than the original approved amount.
Motion was made by Laude/Genskow to postpone planting trees until 2021. Motion carried with three in favor, zero against.
A resident on Swamp Road in what is locally known as “Kruegerville” has concerns about water in his basement; he felt the Town should be responsible for some of the cost to tile his property around his house. After discussion of the situation, motion was made by Genskow/Laude to inform the resident that the water issues are caused by the lay of the land on his property, along with the high water table due to recent rains and the Town couldn’t do anything about either. Motion carried with three in favor, zero against.
The Treasurer reported that the March bills totaled $27,224.65, leaving a balance of $2,529.12 in the checking account and $328.620.04 in the Premier Savings Account. Motion was made by Genskow/Laude to approve the March report and pay the April bills. Motion carried with three in favor, zero against.
The Board was reminded that there still needs to be some maintenance done to the approaches to the entry door of the town hall and the door sill drop off from the west side town hall entrance; with both, the drop off between blacktop and cement are more than ½”. At the election, these made wheelchair accessibility somewhat difficulty; this is part of the State Accessibility Report for polling places.
With no further business, motion was made by Laude/Genskow to adjourn the meeting. The next meeting will be Monday, May 11, 2020 at 7:00PM in the Pella Town Hall.



MINUTES OF DECEMBER 9, 2019

Chairman Gary Thomack called the meeting to order at 7:00PM.
Board members present: Chairman Gary Thomack, Supervisor Ken Genskow, Treasurer Dennis Zahn and Clerk Karen Habeck.
Public included: Brian Westfahl, Lloyd Fischer, Mark Ejnik, Dohn Laude, Vernon Kratzke, Bill Shumaker and Arlyn Tober.
The Clerk read the agenda which had been posted in three public places ad published in the Marion Advertiser. The minutes were read from the November 11, 2019 monthly meeting. Motion was made by Genskow/Thomack to accept the minutes as read. Motion carried by voice vote, with both in favor.
Input from the Public: County Supervisor Arlyn Tober reported that the all of locks at the Jail and Work Release have been replaced at a cost of $3 million. The Courthouse has been set up with a new computer system at a cost of $800,000 and it should be totally up and running by the end of the year. Everything has been completed at the Human Resource Bldg. Several surrounding Counties are bringing clients to participate in the work that is done to build pallets. Judge J. R. Habeck will be retiring at the end of his term in April of 2020. Brian Westfahl, Fire Dept. Chief reported that 11 individuals have completed the driver courses to drive the fire trucks.
Motion was made by Thomack/Genskow to approve the Clerk’s list of election workers for the 2-year period from January 2020 through December 2021. Motion carried by voice vote with both in favor. The list includes: Chief inspectors—Bonnie Bartz, Elaine Klitz and Carol Korth. Election workers include: Jan Baerenwald, Beverly Genskow, Jean Harper, Darla House, Amy Jagla, Elaine Kriewaldt, Verdell Krueger, Patricia Luff, Barbara Simon and Kathy Westfahl.
The Clerk presented the information from two individuals that expressed interest in the vacant supervisor position; those being Dan Conradt and Dohn Laude. A vote was taken by the Chairman, Supervisor #1 and the Clerk; results were 2 votes for Dohn Laude and the Clerk abstaining.
Dohn Laude will fill the vacant supervisor position to April 20, 2021. Laude was welcomed to the Board table to participate in the remainder of the meeting.
Motion was made by Genskow/Laude to approve the CSM for the Kust property on County
D by splitting it into two separate parcels. Motion carried by voice vote with three in favor, zero against.
Zoning: Zahn reported that Elaine Klitz is stepping down from her position on the Land Use & Planning Committee. This will be added to January 2020 agenda to appoint a replacement.
Roads: There are a couple of trees that still need to be cleaned up in the right-of -way.
The Treasurer reported that the November bills totaled $14,695.73, leaving a balance of $2,915.55 in the checking account and $179,695.47 in the Premier Savings Account. Motion was made by Genskow/Laude to approve the November report and pay the December bills. Motion carried by voice vote with three in favor, zero against.
The Clerk reported that an email was received from Larry Preuss, Town assessor,
concerning a new property tax that could be imposed on individuals that are building a structure in the township. The tax value that could be put on their tax bill would be figured at 2% of the estimated cost of the building project, this is prior to any work being done for construction. Motion was made by Thomack/Laude to NOT impose any such tax, as the building isn’t even on sight. Motion carried by voice vote with three in favor, zero against. The Clerk will inform the Assessor of the Board’s decision.
Bill Shumaker reported that he and Zahn had met with Archer Becher of Becher Hoppe and Associates about what direction to take for repairs on the dam. At one of our prior Board meetings a resident has expressed why a float system couldn’t be installed to help control the water levels; everyone was in agreement that this wouldn’t work through freezing temperatures and probably wouldn’t be efficient during the Spring thaw.
Motion was made by Laude/Genskow to continue with the “plank system” that we have now, as it is more economical than installing gates that can and will freeze up in the winter. Motion carried with the three in favor, zero against. Mr. Becher will be informed of the Board’s decision so that he can start the project design in order to have costs for applying for a grant. As a note, at one time it was suggested to make a spillway where the “plank system” is now. Bill noted that it would not allow for large amounts of water to be sent down the river quickly enough as can be done now by removing planks as needed. Mr. Becher will be informed to get any correspondence to Chairman Thomack and Zahn in the future. The work to be done on the dam will probably pushed to 2021.
With no business, motion was made by Thomack/Laude to adjourn the meeting.
The next meeting will be Monday, January 13, 2020 at 7:00PM in the Pella Town Hall.