The regular monthly meeting of the Town of Kossuth was held in the Town Hall 129 Packer Drive, on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Agenda for this meeting was posted on Friday September 29, 2017 at the Town Hall, Recycling Center and St. Augustine Church. Present: Chair Ralph Schuh, Supervisors Dave Propson, Mark Grapentine, Clerk Jolyn Schuh, and Treasurer Judy Fierst.
Meeting was called to order by Chairman Ralph Schuh. The pledge of Allegiance was said. Motion by Supervisor Propson and second by Supervisor Grapentine to approve the agenda as posted.
Clerk Schuh read the minutes of the September meeting. Motion by Supervisor Propson second by Supervisor Grapentine to approve minutes as read.
Treasurer Judy Fierst reported $152,212.85 in the Money Market, with interest earned $74.09 and $344.71 in the checking account. Recycling Revenues to date are $29,283.23. Our quarterly Transportation Aids payment was received on 10/2 of $32,754.99. Motion by Supervisor Propson and second by Supervisor Grapentine to accept Treasurer’s report as presented.
Public Input –
Richard Kunz, Delta Street Manitowoc – Issues with grass cutting and how they come across his driveway on Seidl Rd. It appears to him that it is only an issue on his place. He has had this same issue for years, since changing from the County Highway to a private grass cutter.
John Tegen, Old Q – There is a large hole in road just north of Rockwood Rd. He also commented on the conditions of our roads. He said we need to do 3 miles of road a year to keep up, and asked if we had some kind of plan. Seal coating a road that is too far gone is a waste of money. We can’t afford to do all the road maintenance that is needed. Farmers hauling heavy manure loads is all governed by the State and the only thing we can do is suggest routes to them.
Joe Kocourek said we needed to add some fill on Rockwood Rd.
John Tegen also asked what will happen with Old Q Bridge in the future. Chairman Schuh said that we were maintaining the bridge the best that we could, but that we will not invest any substantial amount of money in it. If it becomes an issue, we will end up closing that portion of the road.
Building Permits – 1 pending for Basken on Francis Creek Rd.
Driveway Permits – None
Burn Permits –Erin Russel, Karen Wadzinski, Dave Jensen, Dennis Meneau and David Meneau
Motion by Supervisor Propson to approve the rezone application from Todd Lensmeyer to change 2 acres from EA to SE, seconded by Supervisor Grapentine.
Motion by Supervisor Propson to approve operator’s license renewal for Greg Scheutte, seconded by Supervisor Grapentine.
Motion by Supervisor Propson to sign a new contract with Action Appraiser for the 2018 & 2019 assessing year at $6300 for each year, Second by Supervisor Grapentine.
Road Report – Patching was done on Ruby Lane, Stone Rd, Berringer Rd, and by the Recycling Center. Center stripping is not done yet, but we are still on their schedule and they should be here any day. New Road signs were put up. Shady Lane work has not been done yet. Holschbach has been asked to cut down the berm on the corner of Q and Berringer Rd. Water has been pooling up there and has nowhere to go.
A discussion was held on the reduced speed limit request for Parkway Rd. Supervisor Propson lives on that road and doesn’t think changing the speed limit will change how people drive through there. We need to call county traffic and get them out there to hand out speeding tickets. Changing the speed limit would just be an expense to the Town with little impact on those driving the road. Judy and Tom Fierst set up a camera for the past few weeks. Mondays are heavy traffic days with approximately 25 trucks. The rest of the week there are about 12 – 18 trucks going through. Also discussed putting weight limit signs up, but that to will make little difference since the trucks are running that road empty.
There was also a request for reduced speed limits on Berringer Rd. because of the concern with walkers. The same issues were brought up for this road as on Parkway. This road is just 1 mile long, so County Traffic should be called if residents observe the same vehicles at the same time of day speeding through there. Homes are spaced apart with the majority of driveways on the south side of the road.
All tires have been hauled out of the Transfer Station.
Motion by Supervisor Propson and seconded by Supervisor Grapentine to make the clerk position the Administrator for recycling and the Chairman position as authorized representative recycling.
We will start our regular meeting next month at 6pm instead of 7pm. We will hold the working budget meeting on Thursday, November 9th.
Claims 316 – 340 were allowed ordered paid.
Motion by Supervisor Propson and seconded by Supervisor Grapentine to adjourn the October meeting.