Minutes of the June 13, 2022 Town of Eau Galle Board Meeting
*Minutes are unofficial until approved by the Town Board*
The regular monthly meeting was called to order by Town Board Chairman Lund at 7:00 PM at the town hall.
Chairman Lund indicated that the notice of the meeting was posted as required by statutes and noted no additional items were added since the June Agenda was posted at the Town Hall and on the official Town website.
The Town Board members present were Kevin Larson, Amy Shafer, Jim Lund, and Nicole Olson.
The agenda was approved as presented on a motion by Amy Shafer second by Kevin Larson, motion carried.
Minutes of the 05-09-2022 Town Board Meeting were approved on a motion by Kevin Larson second by Amy Shafer, motion carried.
Treasurer’s report and bills were reviewed. Motion by Amy Shafer second by Kevin Larson to approve the bills as presented, motion carried.
Building and Driveway Permits issued were reviewed.
Clerk reviewed correspondence and emails.
The town board reviewed and discussed a request for a driveway variance in Section 19 for David Pettis. Mr. Pettis requests an additional driveway on his parcel to serve as a farm driveway. He is paving his residential driveway with asphalt and prefers not to have heavy equipment driving on the new pavement. Chairman Lund assessed the potential farm driveway location and reported that the sight distance is sufficient. Motion by Kevin Larson, second by Amy Shafer to approve a driveway variance in Section 19 for David Pettis, motion carried.
The Town Board reviewed and discussed a land division application for a 2 lot CSM for Adolph Johnson Family. Motion by Amy Shafer, second by Kevin Larson to approve two lot CSM for Adolph Johnson family in Section 25, motion carried.
Town board reviewed the 2021 Audit conducted by Carlson SV. Motion by Amy Shafer, second by Kevin Larson to accept the 2021 Town audit, motion carried.
Town board reviewed the update to the Nonresidential Building Permit Ordinance as it pertains to solar panels. Motion by Kevin Larson, second by Amy Shafer to approve the update to Ordinance 2021-03 Nonresidential Building Permit Ordinance, motion carried.
Weight limits are now off the town roads with the exception of 55th Avenue and 50th Avenue due to I-94 road work.
Town of Cady requested permission to post 50th Avenue at the intersection of County Road B with no truck traffic signs due to the I-94 road work. Chairman Lund granted permission for Cady to post at their own expense.
20th Avenue widening has been completed. Milling will begin in approximately one month.
47th Avenue widening is completed.
The road reshaping and adding of gravel to the town’s gravel roads is behind schedule but should begin within the next week to ten days.
Mowing of the town ditches is starting now.
WISDOT FFY2023-2026 BIL STP-Local Program Application was submitted on 5/31/2022. Application was to reconstruct 1.7 miles of 20th Avenue from 222nd Street to CTH BB. If the application is approved, the project would begin in 2024. Estimate for the town’s share of the project is approximately $223,000.00.
These funds are now approved to be used on town roads.
Two sawmills located in the town need to apply for rezoning in order to be in compliance with the county zoning regulations. This issue is at the county level and the county has sent letters to the sawmills notifying them that sawmills are not allowed in their current zone.
Current Town Clerk/Treasurer is not seeking re-election. The town board must decide soon to split the position and/or appoint or elect the position(s).
The Cemetery has been sprayed to kill any re-growth since cutting the trees and brush this winter. In the next two months the re-growth will be ground up and smoothed over with grass planted.
Public Comment/Open Forum:
Several property owners expressed concern over the letters sent by the county concerning the wildwood trail. One resident suggested no parking signs posted on 10th Avenue near the wildwood trail since farm equipment cannot get through the road if cars are parked on it.
A town resident expressed concern regarding the sawmills in the town. The sawdust is blowing onto their deck, so much so it needs to be swept daily. The sawdust also blows into the horse pastures, and in their horses eyes. The smell of the sawmill is also a nuisance.
Date of Next Meeting:
The next regular monthly Board Meeting will be held at 7:00 PM on July 11, 2022.
Motion to Adjourn at 7:47 PM by Kevin Larson, second by Amy Shafer, motion carried.