Town of West Sweden- Monthly Meeting

October 16, 2012

Meeting was called to order at 6:32pm.  Present at the meeting were Simon Nelson, Chairman; Scott Wilder and Glenn Meier, supervisor; Kevin Taylor, patrolman, Phyllis Wilder, treasurer; and Andrea Lundquist, Clerk. Residents and onlookers include Ken Ruhn, Jerry Laqua, and Maria Ammend.

Additions from the printed agenda were: Public Input - A. Luck ATV club requesting early access to 130th Street and Clam Falls Drive; Employee Report – A. Sand quotes for 2012-2013


The minutes of the last meeting were presented by the clerk.  The town board thanked the clerk for the report.


The treasurer presented the monthly report.   The town board thanked the treasurer for the report.

Public Input:  A. The Luck ATV Club contacted Glenn Meier regarding early access (pre-ordinance creation and adoption) to 130th Street and Clam Falls Drive.  The board decided that no routes will be open until the ordinance is created and adopted.   


B. Jerry Laqua would like his property to be part of the Town of West Sweden, and not the Village of Frederic.  His property was originally annexed by the Village for the golf course.  Scott asked if it was in the village when it was purchased by Laqua, which it was.  Laqua contested that he gets no benefits from the village - no sewer, no water – and is neighboring Town of West Sweden property, therefore would not be and “island” in the village.  All board members were ok with going ahead to see what it takes to make this change.  The clerk will contact the Town’s Association for proper protocol.


C. Willie Holmberg would like the town to fix the end of his driveway on 315th Ave.  It appears to him that when the road was paved that a ridge was left at the end of the driveway, which is also paved.   He feels there should be a smoother transition where the two surfaces join.  The town will request Monarch to come out and look at the driveway.  ***Since meeting: A Monarch representative came to look at the ridge.  The rep. did not feel there was anything to repair, and therefore will not be doing anything at this time.


Old Business: A. ATV routes ordinance preparation: The clerk presented the board with a preliminary copy of the ordinance.  Language that was suggested by a sample ordinance the state provides, plus adjustments for language that other local towns have used was included in preliminary ordinance.  The board will go over the language, and look at the suggested routes provided by the Luck ATV club, and come to the next meeting with their own preferred routes/language for the ordinance.  Ken Ruhn also wanted to note that from the October 3rd Leader, that 10% of the tickets wrote in Burnett County were ATV related, unlike the information stated at the ATV public opinion session.  Ruhn also wanted to note that the luck ATV club can get from Luck to Burnett County via 115th Ave, which would not bring the ATV club into West Sweden.  

B. Tree trimming will possibly start at the end of next week by Luedtke.  They will be trimming from 360th Avenue to 150th Street to 330th Avenue, and possibly 345th Avenue, if funds are left in the $15,000 limit. 

Employee Report: A.  Sand Quotes:  Received from Hopkins and Cemstone.  Hopkins quote of washed sand was $10.95/yard.  Cemstone’s quote was at $4.05/ton, plus $50 per load for delivery.  We are looking at 350 yards for the upcoming season.  Hopkins’ quote would total $3832.00.  Cemstone’s quote (for 490 tons = 350 yards) would total 1984.50, plus $50/load delivery (estimate about 15 loads) totaling $2734.00.  Glenn motioned to use Cemstone this year for washed sand, and Scott second.  All in favor, motion carried.


B.  There continue to be beavers in the culvert on 180th Street, which are effecting the quality of the road.  Kevin will try to set traps to eliminate the problem.


C.  The pickup is in need of new tires.   The board approved Kevin to proceed with obtaining new tires for the pickup. 


Correspondence: A.  Kathy Poirier sent the final documents for the estimated cost of the May storm, and what aid will be paid to the town.  The town will receive a possible $8565.47 for the aid of repairs.

B.  The Aspen Leaf/Countryside building has been sold, and the new owners are looking to obtain a liquor license for the new establishment.  The town has begun to receive documentation, and the seller surrendered their liquor license to the buyers.  The official review of the application for liquor license will occur on November 13th, 2012 during our regular town board meeting.

New Business: A. A preliminary budget was presented by the clerk.  A motion to increase the tax levy by $30,000 was made by Simon, Glenn 2nd.  All in favor. Motion carried to increase the levy on the proposed budget.  Final approval of levy amount will be made at the Special Meeting of Electors to be held on November 13th at 6:30pm, immediately following the budget hearing.

All bills paid and approved.  Adjustments made to the 2012 budget include: A.Line item change of $500 from line 59 other financing items to line 7 election expenses in expenses. B. Add category line 61 proceeds from long-term debt of $27,500 under revenues; increase line 26 Hwy &St Construction Local by $27,500.   All line changes approved by board.


The next meeting will be Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 immediately preceding the 2013 budget hearing and the special meeting of electors beginning at 6:30pm. 


Motion by Simon to adjourn to closed session for discussion of Patrolmen’s job description as authorized by WI Statues 19.85(1)(c).  Seconded by Glenn.  Vote by roll call was unanimous to convene in closed session and motion carried 3-0. Time 8:10pm.

Closed session adjourned at 8:28.  Glenn made motion to approve salary recommendations set in closed session. Scott 2nd.  All in favor, motion carried.


Motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Simon, seconded by Scott.  Motion carried. Time was 8:27pm.

Andrea Lundquist, clerk