Town Board Meeting Minutes
November 14, 2006
The regular monthly meeting of the Watab Town Board was called to order on Tuesday, November 17, 2006 at the Watab Town Hall by Chair Craig Gondeck at 7pm. Board members present were the Chair, Supervisor Lloyd Erdmann, Treasurer Eileen Saldana and Clerk Pat Spence. Citizens in the audience were Walter Jansen, Earl Harden, Del & Donna Rothstein, Ron Hommerding, Howard Cariveau, Julie Johnson, and Ed Kacures. Chair Gondeck extended sympathy to the family of Marie Wollak who died recently and congratulations to Eileen Saldana for her recognition as a Foster Grandparent.
Supervisor Erdmann made a motion to approve the minutes of minutes of the October 3, October 10, and November 6 meetings. The motion was seconded by Supervisor Gondeck and passed. The Treasurerís Report was approved on motion by Supervisor Gondeck and second by Supervisor Erdmann. The Treasurer distributed her report.
Howard Carriveau, a resident on Ferry Point, presented a petition on behalf of all residents and property owners on that road asking that it not be lengthened in the future to serve Marty Rekerís development; he stated that he does not believe that the road is designed for a lot of traffic; and there would be safety issues. He said that a copy of the petition was given to Marty Reker. Mr. Carriveau gave the board chair a copy of the petition, which he accepted and placed on file with the Clerk. It is filed with the minutes.
Julie Johnson told the board that she and her husband would like to
Monthly bills were presented to the board for their approval.† Supervisor Gondeck will contact Xcel Energy about the power pole fire to see if we can get reimbursed for the $520 bill. Supervisor Erdmann moved to pay all the bills as presented and to take the money from the appropriate funds. The motion was seconded by Supervisor Gondeck and passed.
Supervisor Erdmann moved we table vacation of
The Clerk gave a report on the General Election. There were 1,275 votes cast. She praised the election judges who worked very hard and extended their hours to accommodate the large turnout. The Deputy Auditor, Rod Bunting, was very helpful in bringing a new tabulator. There was a lot of congestion in the hall throughout the day, but residents were very patient. The Board expressed their thanks for the process of the election. We decided to increase the number of booths planned for the new hall.
The Chair removed the guard rail request for
As recommended by the electors at the annual meeting, Supervisor Gondeck made a motion to transfer $50,000 from the Revenue Fund to the Building Fund. The motions was seconded by Supervisor Erdmann and passed unanimously.
There are still serious problems with part of the new road in the Lake Andrew Plat: moisture seems to be coming up. The township is on record that we are not sure about the condition of the road and will discuss it further with Bob Erickson when he arrives.
The Chair reported that Don Zieglmeier has requested a 30-day extension on the deadline to return $1,500 owed the township. Supervisor Erdmann made a motion, seconded by Supervisor Gondeck to extend the deadline to November 30, 2006. Motion carried.
Josh Nelson, Falcon Bank, did not appear before the board.
Supervisor Erdmann moved that the Clerk notify
The board completed an evaluation of Ehlers and gave an excellent rating for their work as financial advisors on the new town hall project.
Bob Erickson, Township Road Engineering Consultant, suggested that there
be a special meeting to go over more information on road specs; we may need to
be more specific in certain areas. †He
thinks it could take a two hour meeting.†
He would like to have GPS readings for each township road intersection; we
need measurements of the roads and to set priorities for road improvements on a
five-year road plan. He also would like clear limits set on his role.
Supervisor Erdmann affirmed that the township wonít accept roads that donít
have appropriate condition. He recommends going heavier on the base
course.† Supervisor Gondeck said that the
developerís agreement is ready to sign on the Lake Andrew Plat. Bob passed out
a report on
Bob Erickson talked to Noble Homes about Norway Pine Estates roads. It
is in their hands to improve the road according to the plan Bob presented
previously. Road must be fixed before building permits can be issued. A ditch
needs to be dug and culverts put in place.†
If a culvert is placed under
Supervisor Gondeck reported that
We are in compliance on our storm water permit. Thank you to Supervisor McIntosh for his work on this.
The Clerk noted that we need to inform our insurance provider of the building project; she will call MATIT and get builderís risk insurance and change the list of property.
Supervisor Gondeck said he wants to apply for two SCORE grants; he wants to apply for a $10,000 grant, because we turned down a lot of televisions and electronic equipment this year, and he later found some of these items in the ditch. With a larger grant, we could accept them at next yearís cleanup. Craig also learned that Benton County Soil and Water Conservation District got a SCORE grant for office furniture. Permission was given him to apply.
Ed Kacures asked if we could have a monthly progress report from Boser Construction at our meetings. Supervisor Erdmann said that footings are all firmed up; the cement truck will be here tomorrow!† By afternoon they can be laying block.† Supervisor Gondeck commended Supervisor Erdmann for his supervision of the construction project that past two days and thanked him for trouble shooting. The board will ask Boserís to have a representative at the meetings.
Supervisor Gondeck moved adjournment at 8:45pm; seconded by Supevisor Erdmann and passed.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Respectfully submitted by Pat Spence, Clerk