TOWN OF GENEVA
MONTHLY BOARD MEETING
SEPTEMBER 14, 2009
Chairman Lauderdale called the duly posted and noticed meeting to order at 7:02 p.m. In attendance were Lauderdale, Supervisors Fahey, Millard, and Kamps, Building Inspector Boss, Attorney Harvey, and Administrator Downing. Supervisor Kukla was excused. Twelve people signed the attendance sheet. Clerk/Treasurer Kirch took the minutes of the meeting. Pledge of Allegiance.
Motion (Millard/Kamps) to approve the minutes from August 10, 25, 28, 31, 2009. Approved 4 0. Motion (Kamps/Fahey) to approve the Treasurer’s Report as presented. Approved 4 0. Balances reported as of August 31, 2009:
ASSETS AUGUST 2009
10003 LGIP Savings 1,277,342.42 Total Income 2,574,557.56
10007 Money Market Account 22,788.36 Total Expense 1,906,200.39
10013 Chase Tax Checking Account 2,899.90 Net Income 668,357.17
10015 Chase High Yield Savings Acct 201,873.51
1100 – General Checking 212,165.79
Total Checking/Savings 1,717,069.98
Motion (Kamps/Millard) to approve bills from 08/08/09 through 09/11/09 along with Check #24558 from a previous report. Approved 4 0.
Administrator’s Report –
• Downing, Lauderdale, and Fahey still hard at work on the Employee Handbook. Implementing numerous suggestions received from Judge Letteney. Hope to have completed by end of September.
• Tornado siren finally installed at the corner of Hwy 50 and Schofield Road. Joint venture and cost share between Towns of Geneva and Linn. Memo of Understanding on file.
• Preliminary stages of setting the 2010 budget. Budget workshop scheduled for Monday.
• Several grant opportunities, one especially designed to repair the dam, but all are cost-share grants usually having to match up to 50% of the cost. We don’t have that type of reserves at this time.
• Strongly encouraging the Plan Commission to begin discussion on recommending adoption of a busi¬ness license ordinance by the Town. We have no record on what businesses are located in our Town. We should know who they are, where they are located, and what they produce. Would help with economic development and also aid in emergency situations. Application would have to conform to all rules and regulations of the Town. Then it would be determined if the business constitutes a threat to health, welfare, or safety of the community and whether it fits within the profile of our 2035 Plan.
• Municipal building progress report – request funding for a consultant not to exceed $2,500 for an impartial needs analysis. Four main concepts: 1) Do nothing; 2) Remodel this building; 3) Keep this building for some departments and build a smaller building elsewhere; 4) Building a completely new facility elsewhere. Only meeting once a month now, the second Thursday. Meetings are open, public is welcome to attend.
Public Comments –
• Progress of Perez property - Bids received. The bid opening item was missed from this agenda so a future meeting will be scheduled.
• Mr. Daily questioned where the North Como drainage issue stands. We haven’t heard from our consultants, Kapur, yet. Will try to have information at the next meeting.
• Jim Slack questioned if the North Como drainage problem is going to be pursued. Town is going forward with this.
Supervisor Kamps gave the Plan Commission Report –
• Michael & Monica Rehberg and Jack & Elaine Rehberg South Shore Drive requesting two variances for property zoned R-1. Both requests were recommended for approval by the Plan Commission on a 5-1 (Anton) vote. The first variance is to allow two existing garages to remain on the property. Motion (Lauderdale/Millard) to approve the variance to allow two existing garages to remain on the property. Approved 4-0. The second variance is to build a house on the lot that is less than 10,000 square feet. Motion (Kamps/Fahey) to approve the variance to build a house on the lot that is less than 10,000 square feet. Approved 4-0.
• Town of Geneva is requesting a rezone from R-2 to P-1 for land on Queen Road that was donated to the Town for a park. Approved unanimously (6-0) by the Plan Commission. Motion (Kamps/Millard) to approve the rezone from R-2 to P-1 for the land on Queen Road.
• Requested approval of a Certified Survey Map with a lot line adjustment for Chris & Kelly Welch N3708 Willow Bend Lane. Letter from Association received approving the lot line adjustment giving part of their property so the Welch’s can build an addition. DOT approved due to Hwy 12. Approved unanimously (6-0) by the Plan Commission. Motion (Lauderdale/Kamps) to approve the Certified Survey Map with a lot line adjustment for N3708 Willow Bend Lane. Approved 4-0.
• Como Community Church W3901 Palmer Road wants to place the church-owned house back on the tax roll and sell it. Plan Commission approved this request (5-0-1) with Kamps abstaining. Motion (Kamps/Fahey) to put the house at W3901 Palmer Road back on the tax roll. Approved 4-0.
• The terms for Plan Commission members Schmidt, Anton, Ames, and Olson are up in September. Ames did not want to be reappointed so he was replaced with Merle Loomer at the August 25, 2009 meeting. Motion (Kamps/Millard) to approve the reappointment of Schmidt, Olson, and Anton for the term of September 2009 thru September 2011. Approved 4-0.
• Audrey Boss gave her permit report. Working on the dilapidated property list which is complaint driven. Doesn’t know status of Hwy H property due to Walworth County involvement. Roof repair is being done. Test showed well was not contaminated. Problems with the septic and illegal use of building. Bid opening for the raze orders was missed from the agenda. Will open at a future meeting.
• Motion (Kamps/Fahey) to leave the building inspector’s office hours as they are and to leave them up to Audrey’s discretion to change as needed. Approved 4-0.
Committee Reports –
• Police Department –
a) Part-time secretary, Jennifer Peterson, was let go. Requesting approval of second choice, Kay Richards. Motion (Kamps/Millard) to go ahead with the Police Commission’s recommendation of hiring Kay Richards at the same rate as Jennifer Peterson was hired at. Approved 4-0.
• Lake Como Sanitary District (Fahey) – Open house this Saturday from 10-2. Tours and food provided. Everyone invited and welcome.
• Municipal Court (Hall) – Municipal Court report given.
• Fire Department (Lauderdale) – Tanker specs being worked on by Supervisor Millard.
a) Reviewed the two hardship requests received. Motion (Kamps/Millard) to waive both hardship requests for Hackbarth and Matherne. Approved 4-0.
• Highway Department (Millard) – All road projects are complete; Snake, Remer, and Harris Roads. On last round of ditch mowing. Road patching, brush clearing, and cleaning up of road signs will continue.
• Park Commission (Schiefelbein) – Chose Town Motto of “Lake Fun for All Seasons.” Contest winner of $100 was Dawn Schiefelbein. Contest prize was donated by Margaret Downing family. Sign will be placed on the triangle in front of the Town Hall. Motion (Lauderdale/Kamps) to approve of the Town Motto as recommended by the Park Commission. Approved 4-0.
• Lake Committee (Lauderdale) – Downsizing the scale of project at the South Shore Boat Launch.
• School District Report – School is back in session. Less funds to work with. Fear it will fall to the families.
Motion (Kamps/Millard) to approve the renewal operator license for Ricardo Praefke. Approved 4-0.
Attorney Harvey reported that he was contacted by Attorney Draper for the City of Lake Geneva who says they aren’t double billing for fire/rescue services. Draper will be providing memo.
YMCA has requested a donation of $500. Add to October 12 agenda.
Motion (Kamps/Millard) to adjourn at 7:50 p.m. Approved 4 0.
Chairman Lauderdale Supervisor Kamps
Supervisor Millard Supervisor Fahey
Debra L. Kirch, CMC/WCMC Clerk/Treasurer