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April 16, 2014 ANNUAL MEETING

TOWN OF FOND DU LAC
FOND DU LAC COUNTY
ANNUAL MEETING
APRIL 16, 2014
7:00 PM

The Annual Meeting was called to order by Chairman Robert Giese. 
Present were Chairman Giese, Supervisors LeRoy Schmitz and Phyllis
Giese, Clerk Patti Supple, Treasurer Jody Roffers, Attorney Matt
Parmentier and various Town residents.  Confirmation was made of open
meeting notice.  
Motion was made by James Supple and seconded by Scott Roffers to
dispense with the reading of the minutes.  Motion carried.  After
reviewing the minutes, no changes or comments were made.  Motion was
made by James Supple and seconded by Scott Roffers to approve the
minutes as presented.  Motion carried.
The Board Audit was presented.  There being no questions, motion was
made by James Supple and seconded by Ted Ellested to accept the Board
Audit as presented.  Motion carried.
FIRE CHIEF REPORT
Fire Chief Craig Sanborn reported that the Department responded to 64
alarms.  About 964 man hours were spent by officers and firefighters
to these alarms.  In addition, 543 hours were spent in department
training.  In 2013 Emergency Medical Responders responded to 86 calls.
 The EMR team has monthly training to keep current with all new
standards.  Training is also done with the City ambulance teams.  As
always, the Fire Department is always looking for volunteers to join
the department.   
Chairman Giese thanked the Volunteer Fire Men for their service to the
Town.  He noted that the Town has an outstanding volunteer Fire
Department that goes beyond the call of duty. 
SANITARY DISTRICT #2 Brian Balson
The District Commissioners are Brian Balson, Bob Giese and Tom Beltz. 
The original debt was paid off in 2013.  The Clean Water fund is being
paid yearly just like all the rest of the Sanitary Districts.  
SANITARY DISTRICT #3 LeRoy Schmitz
Manholes are being checked for clear water infiltration.  Repairs have
been completed on Fox Drive.  District #3 is the largest district in
the Township.   
SANITARY DISTRICT #4 
Jeff Brinka submitted his resignation and was replaced by Mark
Schroeder.  
SANITARY DISTRICT #6 Phyllis Giese
The District is located south of Fond du Lac on Highway 175 with only
11 hookups.
Chairman Giese asked residents to report any manholes that are
displaced or cracked.  Please tell your neighbors not to discharge
their sump pump waters into the system as this raises costs for
everyone.
CHAIRMANíS REPORT 2013
I want to thank the Fire Department for their service to the Town and
thank you to the Town Board for their support over the last couple of
months.  The loss of Harold Manske with his many years of service and
knowledge of Town matters will be hard to follow, but I will do my
best to fill his shoes.
In 2013 there were 149 building permits issued.  Of these, 14 were new
homes.  These totals are up from 2012 totals of 97 building permits
and 5 new homes.  Hopefully this trend will continue.
In addition, there will be another apartment complex constructed on
Streblow Drive this summer comprised of 7 buildings with 12 two
bedroom apartments per building.
Forest Avenue Road was the only road started in 2013.  About
$20,000.00 worth of crackfilling was done.  
The Farmland Preservation changes were added to our present Town
ordinances and early in 2014 the changes were submitted to the State
of Wisconsin for approval.  The Town also adopted an ordinance
limiting the use of rifles during the deer hunt season. 
After much discussion, it was decided to have the County plow the main
roads in the Town.  The lack of proper equipment and drivers convinced
the Town Board that a change in plowing was needed.  The one ton truck
purchased a few years ago worked well on the subdivision roads, so
another one ton truck and a 3/4 ton truck with plows were purchased to
round out the plowing fleet.  In addition, the old International truck
was used in deeper snow.  This equipment allowed for better coverage
in the subdivisions and on the side roads not covered by the County
trucks.  The three newer trucks will also be used this summer for
hauling the lawnmowers around and other general summer work.  The old
Oshkosh truck and plows will be put up for sale.  The old State red
truck was sent back to the State.
The Town is still working in cooperation with the City of Fond du Lac
and the Village of North Fond du Lac on ambulance service.  The
Village is looking to purchase a new ambulance at no additional cost
to the Town.  City ambulance service costs continue to go up.  
The water tower has been in operation several years, and did not
freeze this winter.  The chlorination unit will be ready for use this
summer.  A few private homes had frozen laterals to their homes and
the Village of NFDL handled the situations.
A committee was formed to review the needs of the Town in relation to
a new fire station, department of public works and town hall.  The
committee was formed due to the lack of space in the present facility.
 Ted Ellested will have more information on the committee
recommendations.  The Fire Department also approached the Town on the
need for a new pumper truck to replace the present truck.  
The Simon house and several outbuildings were razed last fall.  
The yard waste site opened on April 12 and will be open Saturday
mornings from 8 am to noon until the second Saturday in November.
Public education on Stormwater management is still being enforced. 
Monthly pamphlets are available at the Monthly Meetings and extra
copies are available on the rack along with Fire Department pamphlets.

OLD BUSINESS
 There was no old business.
NEW BUSINESS
Joe Schumacher asked for an update on the Intergovernmental Agreement.
 Chairman Giese read a statement prepared by Attorney John St. Peter:
In 1996 the Towns of Fond du Lac, Taycheedah, Empire and Friendship
signed an agreement with the City of Fond du Lac in order to obtain
border protection.  In 2016 this agreement will expire.  The original
agreement allowed each Town to invest in roads and utility
infrastructure without the fear of annexation.  This allowed for the
development of the west side of the Town.  The original Townships have
been joined by the Town of Byron in the new negotiations with the
City.  The format will be similar to the original with one significant
exception.  The City is asking the Towns of Fond du Lac and Empire to
allow automatic attachments to the City.  These attachments would
include islands and peninsulas, depending on location and size, to be
attached in 5, 15 and 30 years.  It is important to note, the Town has
not agreed to any of the Cityís requests.  The Town Board is seriously
evaluating the pros and cons of the agreement.  A public information
hearing will be held before the Town signs any agreement.  Updates on
the progress of the negotiations will be provided after each meeting
with the City at the Monthly Meetings.
The following answers are in response to many questions posed by Town
residents:
1.	 There are maps and lists from the City, but the maps are confusing
and are still being reviewed.  The maps and lists are preliminary and
for discussion only.
2.	At the present time, there is no information on what the City would
provide in return for annexations.  
3.	The City has asked for property in all areas of the Township.
4.	The Town cannot comment on specific properties since negotiations
are still being held.
The following are comments from Town residents:
1.	 The new Town Hall should be contingent on loss of revenue due to
annexations.
2.	Most residents do not want to be annexed.
Ted Ellested represented the Town Hall, DPW and Fire Station
construction committee.  He reported the need for extra space for the
fire department and DPW.  The present Town Hall does not meet the
needs for the new fire truck.  There is not enough space for storage
and interior training for the fire department.  An architect has
designed a master plan for a new Town Hall, Fire Station and DPW.  The
Town can adopt the entire project, or build the Fire Station only and
remodel the DPW and Town Hall.  
The following comments and concerns were expressed:
1.	 Instead of building, consider mutual aid with other Towns.
2.	The fire station should be in a central location for the safety of
all residents.
3.	The moving of the station to the west side would cause a longer
response time.
4.	Several firemen would resign with the relocation of the station.
5.	There is a lack of space to build in the present location.
6.	More traffic on a poorly constructed Esterbrook Road
7.	Extreme cost of the construction.
8.	Increase in taxes and loss of revenue with annexations looming.
9.	Even though the City would like to annex the present site, the Town
doesnít pay taxes, so annexation would not affect the Town.
10.	The present building is 2 to 3 stalls short of space.
11.	The Town is purchasing a new pumper truck at a cost of $460,000.
12.	Move the DPW to the Simon Park site and remodel the present hall
for the fire department.
Since the Town residents have such varied opinions, Chairman Giese
recommended giving direction to the Building Committee so they can
move forward on construction options.  Motion was made and seconded to
send the ideas noted above back to committee for review.  Motion
carried with  one nay-Harry Lange.
Since the construction of the new building seems to be on hold,
Chairman Giese asked for  permission to use the @ $100,000. in savings
to do some upkeep and maintenance on the present hall.  Motion was
made by Tom Beltz and seconded by Sarah Everson to allow the Town
Board to do up to $100,000 in maintenance and repair of the Town Hall.
 Motion carried with 3 nay votes.
The Fire Department has requested the replacement of the 20 year old
pumper with a Pierce Pumper at a cost of @ $460,000.  The new pumper
is not out of line in cost.  It will hold more fire fighters and be
safer than the present vehicle.    Chairman Giese noted it is
appropriate for mutual aid calls since it allows for more fire
fighters to be transported.  Motion was made by Stacey Behnke and
seconded by Mr. Whealon to purchase the Pierce Pumper.  Motion
carried, with no nay votes.
The 2015 Annual Meeting is scheduled for April 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm at
the Town Hall.
Motion was made by Scott Roffers and seconded by Jim Supple to
adjourn.  Motion carried with no nay votes.
Submitted by Patti Supple, Town Clerk

Archive of Past Meeting Minutes

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  • October 10, 2016 Monthly Meeting
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  • June 13, 2016 Monthly Meeting
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  • May 11, 2015 Monthly Meeting
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  • September 8, 2014 Monthly Meeting
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  • July 14, 2014 Monthly Meeting
  • June 9, 2014 Monthly Meeting
  • May 12, 2014 Monthly Meeting
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  • March 10, 2014 Monthly Meeting
  • February 10, 2014 Monthly Meeting
  • January 13, 2014 Monthly Minutes
  • December 9, 2013 Monthly Meeting
  • November 11, 2013 Monthly Minutes
  • October 14, 2013 Monthly Meeting
  • September 9, 2013 Monthly Minutes
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  • July 8, 2013 Monthly Minutes
  • June 10, 2013 Monthly Meeting
  • May 13, 2013 Public Hearing-Monthly Meeting
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  • March 11, 2013 Monthly Meeting
  • February 11, 2013 Monthly Meeting
  • January 14, 2013 Monthly Meeting
  • December 10, 2012 Monthly Meeting
  • November 12, 2012 Monthly Meeting
  • October 8, 2012 Monthly Meeting
  • September 10, 2012 Monthly Meeting
  • August 13, 2012 Monthly Meeting
  • July 9, 2012 Monthly Meeting
  • June 11, 2012 Monthly Meeting
  • May 14, 2012 Monthly Meeting
  • April 9, 2012 Monthly Meeting
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  • February 13, 2012 Monthly Meeting
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  • December 12, 2011 Monthly Meeting
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  • June 13, 2011 Monthly Meeting
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  • April 11, 2011 Monthly Meeting
  • March 7, 2011 Monthly Meeting
  • February 14, 2011 Monthly Meeting
  • January 10, 2011 Monthly Meeting
  • December 13, 2010 Monthly Meeting
  • November 8, 2010 Monthly Meeting
  • October 11, 2010 Monthly Meeting
  • September 13, 2010 Monthy Meeting
  • August 9, 2010 Monthly Meeting
  • June 14, 2010 Monthly Meeting
  • May 10, 2010 Monthly Meeting
  • April 13, 2010 ANNUAL MEETING
  • April 12, 2010 Monthly Meeting
  • March 29, 2010 Workshop Meeting
  • March 8, 2010 Monthly Meeting
  • February 8, 2010 Monthly Meeting
  • January 25, 2010 Workshop Meeting
  • January 11, 2010 Monthly Meeting
  • December 14, 2009 Monthly Meeting
  • November 9, 2009 Monthly Meeting
  • October 12, 2009 Monthly Meeting
  • September 28, 2009 Workshop Meeting
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  • May 11, 2009 Monthly Meeting
  • May 6, 2009 Town Board Meeting
  • April 16, 2009 Town Board Meeting
  • April 13, 2009 Monthly Meeting
  • March 30, 2009 Workshop Meeting
  • March 9, 2009 Monthly Meeting
  • February 24, 2009 Town Board Meeting
  • February 9, 2009 Public Hearing and Monthly Meeting
  • January 20, 2009 Joint SD#3 and Town Board
  • January 12, 2009 Monthly Meeting
  • January 10, 2009 Town Caucus
  • December 31, 2008 PROPOSED BUDGET
  • December 8, 2008 Monthly Meeting
  • November 17, 2008 Public Budget Hearing
  • November 17, 2008 Workshop Meeting
  • November 17, 2008 Workshop Meeting
  • November 16, 2008 Town Board
  • November 3, 2008 Monthly Meeting
  • October 13, 2008 Monthly Meeting
  • October 2, 2008 Special Town Board
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  • September 22, 2008 Workshop Meeting
  • September 22, 2008 Workshop Meeting
  • September 8, 2008 Monthly Meeting
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  • August 11, 2008 Public Hearing and Monthly Meeting
  • July 14, 2008 Monthy Meeting
  • June 19, 2008 Town Board
  • June 9, 2008 Monthly Meeting
  • May 29, 2008 Workshop Meeting
  • May 12, 2008 Monthly Meeting
  • April 28, 2008 Workshop Meeting
  • April 14, 2008 Monthly Meeting
  • April 10, 2008 Workshop Meeting
  • April 10, 2008 Sanitary District #3
  • March 10, 2008 Monthly Meeting
  • February 28, 2008 Workshop Meeting
  • February 25, 2008 Workshop Meeting
  • February 13, 2008 Workshop Meeting
  • February 11, 2008 Monthly Meeting
  • January 28, 2008 Workshop Meeting
  • January 14, 2008 Monthly Meeting
  • December 10, 2007 Monthly Meeting
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  • November 15, 2007 Budget Workshop
  • November 12, 2007 Monthly Meeting
  • October 23, 2007 Town Board-Workshop
  • October 8, 2007 Monthly Meeting
  • September 24, 2007 Workshop Meeting
  • September 10, 2007 Monthly Meeting
  • August 27, 2007 Workshop Meeting
  • August 13, 2007 Monthly Meeting
  • July 9, 2007 Monthly Meeting
  • June 25, 2007 Workshop Meeting
  • June 11, 2007 Monthly Meeting
  • May 14, 2007 Monthly Meeting
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  • April 9, 2007 Monthly Meeting
  • April 5, 2007 Advisory Park
  • April 4, 2007 Workshop Meeting
  • March 26, 2007 Town Board Meeting & Workshop w/Town of Lamartine
  • March 14, 2007 Workshop Meeting
  • March 12, 2007 Monthly Meeting
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  • February 12, 2007 Public Hearing
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