The monthly meeting of WatabTownship was called to order at on Tuesday, May 2, 2006 by Chair Craig Gondeck. Other board members present
were Treasurer Eileen Saldana, Clerk Pat Spence, and Supervisor Lloyd Erdmann.
Those in the audience were:† Lloyd
Hammerel, Traci Balder, Carol Schmitt, Rosie Johnson, Roger Peterson, Marlen Johnson, Marcy Johnson, Elisa Stacy, Duane Popp,
Louie LeBlanc, Del & Donna Rothstein, Brian Schoenherr,
Ed Kacures, Rand Schaper, Kevin Johnson, George &
Gondeck, and Brian Erdmann. Following the Pledge to the Flag, the following
additions/changes were made to the agenda:
Renewal of liquor license for Oak Hills Golf
Course by Roger Peterson
The minutes of the regular town
board meeting, minutes of the April 11th road tour, and the special
town board meeting at Oak Hills Estate were approved on motion by Erdmann and
second by Gondeck. The Treasurerís Report was given and approved on motion by
Erdmann and second by Gondeck.
Citizenís Issues included
Rosie Johnson asked about the location of the road
for Pirates Cove. Cra
Marcie Johnson asked if County Road 79 would be
closed. Lloyd thought for a short time when surfacing is done, but he
hoped through traffic would be allowed.
Rand Schaper said that
a unique thing is happening with Pirates Cove development and new town
hall construction happening at the same time. We should consider master
planning and access control. Consider safety and have a single access.
There might be a way for the township to save money if Pirates Cove builds
the road. †Look at whatís best for
the township and put aside bitterness.
DelRoy Rothstein recommended that we keep all options
open at this time.
Pines Edge Liquor License Renewal
: Motion was made by Lloyd and seconded by Craig to approve the
renewal, and the motion passed.
Roger Peterson for Oak Hills Golf Course liquor
license renewal: Motion was made by Lloyd and seconded by Craig to approve
the renewal, and the motion passed.
Building Committee updateólater on agenda.
After review of the monthly
bills, the motion was made by Craig and seconded by Lloyd to pay all the bills
and to withdraw the funds from appropriate accounts. The motion passed.
Craig read Resolution 2006-6 Requiring Two Exits
from All Platted Developments. Lloyd said this has been the safety benefit
the board has considered for quite some time and feels itís important; he
moved approval; Craig seconded; passed.
Consideration of fuel adjustment for
snowplowing. George Mastey provided a copy of
his hours. Craig spoke with the township attorney and said that he advised
that nothing be given because itís not in the contract. Lloyd felt that
there should be an adjustment. Craig said there should have been a fuel
surcharge in the contract. Lloyd suggested that we table this until Brad
is here next month.
Review of snowplowing Resolution 2006-2
regarding proof of insurance. Craig moved that the statement on page 6
regarding insurance be deleted because of the new contract and Lloyd
seconded. The Clerk will provide the corrected copy, and the motion passed.
GordonBridge Parking Project Ėapproval of Resolution 2006-7: BentonCounty commissioners approved the GordonBridge parking lot construction for this summer if the township keeps it
clean. Craig has worked on this project for over a year. Motion was made
by Lloyd and seconded by Craig to approve the Resolution, and the motion
Fifth Avenue Extension was tabled until next month to
determine how Lee Hanson wants to proceed.
Traci Balder: would like to make a proposal for
the assessment contract. She gave supervisors samples of materials she
leaves with home owners. She would meet with the town board before the
board of equalization to give an overview. She is certified for commercial
assessing and has a contract with MindenTownship, LangolaTownship and SaukRapidsTownship. She worked with Bob Pazdernik,
our current assessor, as an apprentice. The Clerk will make copies for the
board and take it under advisement.
Craig made a motion to change the title for Bob
Erickson from Township Engineer to Township Road Consultant. The motions
was seconded by Lloyd, and passed. The motion passed.
Lake Andrew Developerís Agreement: Pat was asked
to copy it and distribute it to all supervisors for consideration at the
June meeting. Craig read portions of the agreement when questioned by
Brian Erdmann about why specifics are in a Developerís Agreement. Brian
Erdmann also wants a copy.
Pirates Cove Development report: Craig & Bob
Erickson met for three hours today with New Pirates Cove representatives. We
should have copy of the Agreement to review for the next meeting. Many
things are done by the county and were deleted from the Agreemnt. One big question is whether or not there
should be two lines of credit. Watab can enter agreement with BentonCounty that we wonít sign off on anything that we have in our authority.
This was tabled until next month.
Park Department Update Report: Craig has good
information from LivoniaTownship. Lloyd spoke in favor of starting our own Park
Board. Craig moved that we adopt the same ordinance as Livonia; the Clerk will type it; and there will be a
public hearing on the ordinance on June 6th. The board would
like the homeownerís association to maintain the park in their
development. The motion was seconded by Lloyd. Rand asked about walkers on River Road and if park money could go to build walking
paths. Parks and trails would be considered. The Township would become the
park authority. A park board would get set up and they would make
recommendations to supervisors. Residents would control the levy for park
maintenance if needed. Twenty-five percent of the park dedication fee, capped
at $150, would go to BentonCounty; the rest of the park dedication fee would be kept in the township.† The park dedication fee per lot would be
set at $600, with is the current county rate. We will consider that some
small platís fee would be allocated toward adjacent developments.† The motion passed.
Craig provided a report on the April 11th
Road Tour by the Supervisors. Saldana Excavating is willing to do road patching.
Craig also has done a sign inventory. He will approach homeowners on Ferry
Point about their mailboxes on the road right of way. Norway Pinesí
illegal dumping has been cleaned up. Francis Rupp suggested that the board
fix the dip in Plaziak Road. Ed Kacures suggested an overlay on Saldana Road between Hwy 10 and the railroad tracks. Lloyd
will look at it. Craig will meet with Saldana Excavating and ask them to
do patching as they did last year. Motion was made by Craig and seconded
by Brad to approve the above-named work. Motion passed. The STS crew will
trim trees on road right-of-way. Craig and Lloyd will look at possible
locations for road overlay. Lloyd will take a look at Saldana Road.
Consideration of implementing a town ordinance
to require community water and sewer in plats of 4 or more homes: Lloyd said
county is dropping all requirements for community sewer. So far all plats
in township have a central sewer system. Craig moved that Lloyd come up
with a plan for community sewer for the next meeting.† We need to answer some questions before
we write the ordinance. This will be on the agenda for our next meeting,
and we will study community wastewater recommendations.
Craig will talk with Bob Erickson about drawings
needed for Resolution 2006-3 on Plat Process.
Craig said that snowplowing
contract is up for review. Scott redrew it.
Ed Kacures asked about the
action on the Planning Committee on the duplex proposal for LakewoodShores. Don Zieglmeier will repay the money owed the township. Rand Schaper said that Kingís Inn
has been taken off the market†
because the asking price is too high. Rand would like to build on the same footprint but the current owner needs
to sell it. BentonCounty will not exercise eminent domain. He wants the town board to talk to the
assessor about raising the value of the Kingís Inn
property by lakeshore frontage. It could be generating a lot of tax revenue for
WatabTownship if it was redeveloped.
Rand asked about the town hall building. He recommends
that an RFP be put out to ask folks to design the building and to get
competitive proposals. Louie said that he likes Ron Hommerdingís
plan; he offered his services free of charge. He added that Ron doesnít want to
be the contractor.
Ed asked to let the building
committee meet with the town board as a committee of the whole for Tuesday, May
9th at . All meetings
are open to the public. The meeting will be noticed. †A motion was made by Lloyd and seconded by
Craig to adjourn the meeting at . Motion passed.
submitted by Pat Spence, Clerk