TOWN OF GENEVA
MONTHLY BOARD MEETING
JUNE 14, 2010
Chairman Lauderdale called the duly posted and noticed meeting to order at 7:02 p.m. Pledge of Allegiance. In attendance were Lauderdale, Supervisors Kulik, Kukla, Kamps, Millard, Attorney Harvey, and Adminis¬trator Downing. Clerk/Treasurer Kirch took the minutes of the meeting.
Motion (Millard/Kamps) to approve the minutes from May 10, 2010. Approved 5 0. Motion (Kamps/Kukla) to approve the Treasurer’s Report as presented. Approved 5 0. Balances reported as of May 31, 2010:
ASSETS MAY 2010
10003 LGIP Savings 793,738.48 Total Income 1,657,906.67
10007 Money Market Account 22,839.11 Total Expense 1,125,237.06
10013 Chase Tax Checking Account 6,371.86 Net Income 532,669.61
10015 Chase High Yield Savings Acct 432,973.60
1100 – General Checking 239,652.17
Total Checking/Savings 1,495,575.22
Motion (Kamps/Millard) to approve bills from 05/08/10 through 06/11/10. Approved 5 0. Pay request No. 1 received from Valia Excavating for $42,240. The boat launch is out of compliance with the original plan. Work will be redone beginning July 6th for ten days to complete the project to original specifications. Motion (Kamps/Kukla) to authorize payment of $21,035 to Valia Excavating LLC. Approved 5-0. This amount is 90% of what they owe their suppliers and subcontractors. Resolution No. 195 was presented to amend the 2010 budget. Motion (Kamps/Kulik) to approve Resolution No. 195. Approved 5-0.
Administrator’s Report (Downing) –
• Ribbon cutting ceremony for the South Shore Boat Launch.
• Attended the Mercy Hospital ground breaking. Working on a PILOT program with them.
• Trying to get a decent phone system for the Town Hall. TDS is not working with us or delivering on the phone system we had requested.
• The proposed Schofield Road substation.
• The fire address signs out at Geneva National have caused quite a stir and we are trying to work with them to bring this to a good solution.
• Attending meetings about Short Term/Long Term rentals in not just our township but other areas and getting their input.
• Meeting candidates for representative Lothian’s position.
• Meeting with the Lodge at Geneva Ridge and the CAN/AM group on a hockey event for Lake Como.
• Working on a possible grant for Palmer Road.
• Have added four new FunFestival committee members – they are very enthused to be on committee; Jay and Carol Hencken, Jason Eck, Belinda Harris, Dru Scarbrough.
• I was honored to be able to present the Town of Geneva Charlotte Peterson Memorial Scholarship to: Joyti Gill at Badger HS – Joyti is a resident of the Town of Geneva and quite an honor student.
• Distributed copies of a proposed resolution concerning the use of the Town website. We are being asked more and more often about our website and it would be beneficial to have something in place. Not looking for any action on this tonight but would invite your comments at a later date.
Public Comments –
• Gary Duffy, W4086 Lake Shore Drive – He is against ST rentals. Distributed draft of an ordinance. Requests to be on the July agenda.
• Scott Letteney, N3299 Sycamore Road – Reviewed items from Chapters 1 and 2 of the recode of ordinances including 1.05 (4b)(4d) and 1.06 (5e). Discussed the statute changes taking place on January 1, 2011.
• Ron and Dawn Greiner, W3321 Park Drive – Property owner at Birch and Cedar Roads was told by the Board last year that he had to mow his property as was done in the past. Hasn’t done that. Also a light has been erected by him within three (3) feet of a fire hydrant. Pictures provided. Chief Gritzner will follow through with the complaint. The Greiner’s request to be kept informed.
• Ed Bloch, W3682 South Shore Drive – Object to Alliant substation: It will be put into a residential neighborhood; it is unsightly, will decrease property values, it is a potential hazard.
• Dan Finkel, W3666 South Shore Drive – Opposed to substation. Has put house up for sale. Has two kids and doesn’t want to live by a substation. Shouldn’t be located near a boat launch and the lake.
Supervisor Kamps gave the Plan Commission Report –
• Alliant Energy/WP&L requested a Conditional Use for the property located on Schofield Road for an electrical substation. Over 100 names of people on hand against the substation location on Schofield Road. Petition with 74 names on it, only 6 of those people were in the audience, so 68 other people chose to sign the petition rather than show up at the meeting. Ed Bloch, W3682 South Shore Drive and Dan Finkel, W3666 South Shore Drive spoke against the request during public comments. Plan Commission made a motion to approve the Conditional Use by Alliant Energy with ten conditions. The motion failed 3-4. Motion (Lauderdale/Kukla) to recommend to County to deny this Conditional Use requested by Alliant Energy for the following reasons as spelled out in the County Ordinances: 1) The intent of Ordinance 74-154 is to regulate the use of structures, lands, and waters within shoreland areas of Walworth County. Doesn’t feel allowing this use is allowing regulation of those shoreland areas; 2) Concerned, based on public comment this evening, of the secureness with safety from fire, flooding, panic and other dangers for the neighbor residents; 3) Doesn’t further the appro¬priate use of the land and conservation of the natural resources in that area; 4) Stabilizing and protecting the natural beauty and property values of the County or the general area, as indicated in the public comment; 5) Doesn’t facilitate the adequate provisions of public facilities and utilities in that area such as the Boat Launch and the Duck Lake Nature Trail; 6) To preserve the beauty and rural character of the County for that area through the permanent preservation of meaningful open space and sensitive natural resource areas. That area is filled with trees and adjacent to the nature trail; 7) To provide for an opportunity to create an interconnected network of protected lands as defined in shoreland zoning. Approved 5-0.
• Supervisor Kamps currently resides as Chair of the Plan Commission. He has asked to be relieved of those duties. Lauderdale asked any of the other Board members if they would fill that position. None volunteered. Lauderdale appointed himself as Chair of the Plan Commission. Round of applause given to Kamps.
• Clerk/Treasurer Kirch gave the building permit report.
Ed Snyder discussed the CAN/AM organization and their Pond Hockey Event to be held February 24. There will be nine (9) rinks. Reviewed the lighting, markings, safety concerns, etc. Working on a Memorandum of Understanding. Will partner with the Lodge at Geneva Ridge for three (3) years. Leaflet distributed, DVD supplied. Add to July agenda.
Additional revisions need to be made to Ordinance No. 20. Motion (Kamps/Millard) to table. Approved 5-0.
Committee Reports –
• Police Department (Kukla) – Four part-time officers have retired from the Town. Boat patrols the lake on weekends. Need to advertise for part-time officers.
a) Motion (Lauderdale/Kamps) to table action on the Policies and Procedures of the Police Commission. Approved 5-0.
b) Lake Como Yacht Club has requested a road closure and special event permit for the Cardboard Boat Races to be held July 31, 2010. Motion (Kukla/Kamps) to approve the permit and road closures on Willow and Apricot Roads at Hemlock, and Lake Shore Drive from Hemlock to Begonia from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Approved 5-0.
c) Town of Geneva FunFestival has requested a special event permit and road closures for the event to be held August 7, 2010. Motion (Lauderdale/Kamps) to approve the permit and road closures of Lake Shore Drive from Hemlock to the East Side of Dandelion, with the placement of barricades at Lake Shore and Willow, Apricot, Begonia, and Canary from Noon until 11:00 p.m. Approved 4-0-1 (Kulik). Kulik stated he doesn’t think the Town should support this festival.
d) Motion (Kulik/Kukla) to approve the appointment of Tom Walton to replace Larry Vant on the Town of Geneva Police Commission. Approved 5-0.
• Lake Como Sanitary District (Millard) – Geneva National tower was out of service on May 3rd and 4th for an inspection. Used the LCSD interconnection.
• Municipal Court (Letteney) – Municipal Court report given by Judge Letteney. He was elected Vice President of the WI Municipal Judges Association.
• Fire Department Elkhorn (Lauderdale) – Nothing to report.
• Fire Department Lake Geneva (Kulik) –
a) Contract expires at the end of this year. Previous contract was for five (5) years. Lauderdale would like to limit the term to a one (1) year period due to the efforts with Linn and Williams Bay for a substation. Proposal is to charge the Town a $20,000 retainer and then $1,000 for each fire call, including false alarms. Patient will be billed for the rescue call if transported, approximately $800. If not trans¬ported or transported by Paratech, Lake Geneva will bill $150, plus Paratech will also bill. Questioned who would be responsible if County dispatches the wrong department. Add to July Agenda.
• Highway Department (Millard) – Will begin misting for mosquitoes on July 1st and then every Thursday. Weed harvesting starts Wednesday. Road on the 2010 Road Program are Petrie (30% grant), Marshall Lane, and Kelly Road. Alternates are Park Drive and Palmer Road.
• Park Commission (Packard) –
a) Nominate John DeBaere to fill the spot on the Park Commission. Motion (Lauderdale/Kamps) to appoint John H. DeBaere to the Town of Geneva Park Commission to fill the remaining term (3 years) of Dominick Bierdek. Approved 5 0.
b) Packard presented project description and options available for weed control at the Town’s two parks. Motion (Kamps/Millard) to approve Option B for both parks. Approved 5-0.
c) Sending a letter to the DNR to get permission to cut back some of the vegetation on the berm that runs from Hwy H to Duck Lake Nature Trail. This would greatly improve access to DLNT as well as provide people walking with dogs, bikes, etc. the ability to get off of Hwy H and get into Town a little more safely. Hoping the DNR will also provide some funding to maintain that trail.
d) Boardwalk for DLNT will be approximately 400 to 500 feet long, 15” wide, 5½” high. Bid from Scott Sponholz is being revised. Received permit from Army Corp of Engineers to build the boardwalk. Parker can deliver the materials to the site. Tractor would need to straddle it.
• Lake Committee (Kukla) – Created map to section lake into different cutting zones for the weed harvester operators. Received $250 from the Lake Geneva Lions Club for fish stocking. Need to advertise for hiring part-time workers for weed collectors. Reduced boater safety class to two times this season; July 22-24 and August 20-22. Kulik, Woelky, and Kukla will help teach the course. Need to order materials. On August 1st Mars will host the Wake the Lake 2010 wakeboarding event.
a) Have put together guidelines regarding functionality (opening/closing) for the spillway. Lake Committee unanimously recommends approval. Motion (Lauderdale/Kulik) to accept the Policies for the Highway Department and the Town entitled Policy for Dam Gate(s) Operation. Approved 5-0.
b) Don Woelky has requested a permit for the Wake the Lake 2010 wakeboarding event to be held August 1st from 8:00 a.m. until sundown. Area in front of Mars will be buoyed off. Safety issues have been addressed. Lake Committee unanimously recommends approval. Motion (Kukla/ Kulik) to approve the special event permit for the Wake the Lake 2010 wakeboarding event at Mars Resort on August 1, 2010. Approved 5-0.
c) Motion (Lauderdale/Millard) to table action on the Launch Fees until September when the Lake Committee will address it. A recommendation to the Board is expected by November 1st. Approved 5-0.
• School District Report (Kulik) – Letter that was sent to Mr. Ketchpaw with the Elkhorn School District was read. Requests the District to really scrutinize all operations and contracts. Woods School has set a 0% raise for next year, with Williams Bay’s at 1.7%.
Motion (Kamps/Millard) to approve the liquor licenses for Anthony’s Steak House, Como Inn, Duffy’s Pub & Cottages, Flanagan’s North, Foley’s Bar & Grill, Freddie’s West End, GN Club 755 Tubby’s Hamburger Stand, Geneva National Golf Club, Handa Mart, Hawk’s View Golf Club, Hemingways, In The Drink, Kirsch’s Restaurant, Lake Como Beach Clubhouse, Lodge at Geneva Ridge, Mars Restaurant & Resort, Moose Creek Bar & Grille, Silver Bullet Saloon & Grill, and Sugar Shack provided that all fees due to the Town are paid, their applications contain the correct current seller’s permit number, and all of the applications are filled out correctly. Information missing for Anthony’s, Como Inn, and Moose Creek. Approved 5-0.
Motion (Kamps/Millard) to approve original operator licenses for Michael Anderson, Chloe Arenz, Jason McMahon, James O’Donnell Jr., Brianna Peyer, Dina Puerner, Kara Schellin, and Heather Sepp. Motion (Kamps/Lauderdale) to approve renewal operator licenses for Morgan Bergsma, Melissa Charo, Krista Cocroft, Deborah Cuder, Cyndi Dietze, Andrea Dunbar, John Franzene, Barbara Fukal, Amanda Joyce, Edward Krause, Kelly Krueger, Linda McCormick, Susan Nowicki, Riley Omon, Lucille Pacholczak, Linda Parker, Joel Serrano, Tammy Severt, Kathy Swaney, Carter Szok, Margaret Szok, Lorelei Tenhagen, Jebby Werner, and Jamie Wisniewski. Approved 5-0.
Motion (Lauderdale/Kamps) to table action on Chapters 1 and 2 Code of Ordinances until July. Approved 5-0. Motion (Kamps/Millard) to table action on Chapters 3 and 4 Code of Ordinances until July. Approved 5-0. Concerns on any of these chapters should be forwarded to Attorney Harvey.
Attorney’s Report –
• Perez property dispute claim being handled by Crivello Carlson, through our insurance carrier. Harvey supplied file information to them. Remains in process.
Motion (Kamps/Kukla) to move to Closed Session pursuant to Sec. 19.85 (1)(c) to consider employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility; Sec. 19.85 (1)(f) to consider disciplinary data of specific persons, preliminary consideration of specific personnel problems or the investigation of charges against specific persons which, if discussed in public, would be likely to have a substantial adverse effect upon the reputation of any person referred to in such histories or data, or involved in such problems or investigations regarding Robert Haase; Sec 19.85 (1)(e) for deliberating or negotiating the purchasing of public properties, the investing of public funds, or conducting other specified public business, whenever competitive or bargaining reasons require a closed session. Approved 5-0. Motion (Lauderdale/Kukla) to go back into Open Session at 10:19 p.m. Approved 5-0.
No action taken on closed session item relating to Sec. 19.85 (1)(c). Pursuant to Sec. 19.85 (1)(f) to consider disciplinary data. The Board has seemingly reached a consensus. Motion (Kamps/Millard) to appoint Attorney Harvey, along with Chief Gritzner, to contact Jim Korom in regards to initiating disciplinary action against Officer Haase. Approved 5-0. Pursuant to Sec. 19.85 (1)(e) for negotiating the purchase of public properties, the consensus of the Board was to retain additional services. Motion (Kukla/Kamps) to retain Attorney McCormack for an additional $1,000 to work as a consultant and to provide advice to the Town Council pursuant to the Como Auto Salvage property. Approved 5-0.
Motion (Lauderdale/Millard) to adjourn at 10:23 p.m. Approved 5 0.
Supervisor Kamps Supervisor Millard
Supervisor Kulik Supervisor Kukla
Debra L. Kirch, CMC/WCMC Clerk/Treasurer