Town of West Sweden- Monthly Meeting

July 21, 2015


Meeting was called to order by Simon Nelson at 6:30 pm. Members present were Glenn Meier and Scott Wilder, supervisors; Brenda Tesch, treasurer, Phyllis Wilder, clerk. Residents present: Ken Ruhn, Walter and Mary Schommer; public Ken Hackett.


The minutes to the June meeting were presented by the clerk.  The board thanked the clerk for the report.  . Correction to the minutes, it was Terry Mattson from Scott Construction, not Jeff Breden that attended the meeting in June.


The financial statement for July was presented by the treasurer. The board thanked her for the report.


Public input:  None


Employee report:  Kevin is in vacation from July 21 to August 7th. Scott Wilder gave the report. Service man came to fix the mower. Tire fixed on mower at no charge.  Soft spots on 160th and 360th have been fixed, now gravel.  Culverts on 310th by Pam Freeze’s are popping up. 


Old Business:

A. Speed limit request:  Discussion on the proper procedures on changing the speed limit was discussed. Glenn Meier and Scott Wilder had talked with Captain Steve Smith. Captain Smith said he has no form to be filled out to change the speed limit without a study and that we should follow the state statues.

Phyllis Wilder had been in contact with Greg Helegson, Traffic Safety Engineer and presented a copy of the email that she had received from him outlining the requirements that need to be followed.

Walter Schommer said that he had talked with Jim Beistle, chairman from the Town of St Croix Falls and he stated that their town did not do the study when they changed their township to 45 m.p.h.

As the board has been advised by the Wisconsin Towns Association lawyers and by the Wis DOT that a study should be done and then adopt an ordinance if the study indicates that it would be the appropriate to change the speed limit is the way to proceed to insure that we are following the state statues 346.57(4) and 349.11 (1)(a). Scott Wilder made the motion to contact the Polk County Highway Department to have a speed study done on 150th from 350th to 360th. Glenn Meier added to the motion that a driveway study been done as well. Simon Nelson seconded the motion, carried.


B. Status of crack sealing: No new updates. Ken Ruhn questioned the difference in bids, he reviewed the actual bids.


New Business:

A.  Sub division: Ken Hackett is selling the trailer house and shed with 6 acres that has existing driveway on 1735 350th Ave/Cty Rd W. Glenn Meier made the motion to approve the division, Scott Wilder seconded, carried.

B. Sub division for driveways ordinance: Phyllis had talked with Greg Helgeson from the Wis DOT regarding driveway access on to our roads as there are getting to be more sub division occurring in the township. His recommendation is look at creating an ordinance limiting the number of driveways coming onto the roadways. The concerns are for the safety of both the landowner and the vehicle traffic.


Correspondence: Town’s Association meeting, Thursday, July 23 at 7 pm at the Polk County Government Center; two workshops available for Urban Tree Identification and Selection Course and Invasive Plant & Earthworm Identification & Management, September 17th.


All bills approved and paid.


Next meeting will be August 18, at 6:30 pm.


Motion to adjourn was made by Scott, 2nd by Glenn, carried.


Respectfully submitted,


Phyllis Wilder, Clerk