Monthly Board Meeting: was called to order at 7:00 pm by Chairman John Kirchberg
Present: Chairman John Kirchberg, Supervisor 1 John Kraus, Jr., Supervisor 2 Carole
Garczynski, Treasurer Marian Haas, Clerk Marjorie Beilke
Posting Verified on November 11, 2006 at the Town Hall, Schultz’s Cheese Haus, and
The Bell, published in the Daily Citizen on November 11, 2006
Minutes from the October 10, 2006 Board Meeting were approved as presented with a
motion from John Kraus, Jr., seconded by John Kirchberg.
Treasurers Report: The Treasurers Report for $193,255.37 was approved as presented
with a motion from John Kraus, Jr. seconded by Carole Garczynski. A full report is on
Floor was opened for questions or comments:
Open Floor Discussion with Dodge County Sheriff Todd Nehls:
Sheriff Nehls gave a report from the software that his department uses to track calls.
There were a total of 65 calls for the Town of Calamus since January 1, 2006, most of
them relating to State Highway 151. He continued that the report shows date, unit that
responded, type of call, location, time requested, time completed; and continued that
his department has brought the call response times down from 14 minutes to 11
minutes since using quadrants. He felt that was a good time, considering the coverage
area and safety of the officers.
Sheriffs Nehls stated that he is pleased with the town liaison program and felt that the
Town of Calamus had one of the best. Sheriff Nehls introduced the new town liaison
Deputy, Deputy Sheriff Scott Petrack.
Sheriff Nehls reported that the communications upgrades are almost complete; in about
two months there will be 911 cellular technologies that use GPS and grids to pinpoint a
911 cellular call.
Sheriff Nehls took questions and comments from the floor.
Discussion/decision on the Dodge County Humane Society Contract for 2007:
The Dodge County Humane Society Vice President presented the 2007 contract for the
Town of Calamus. She stated that the proposed contract amount of $2,438 is based on
the number of animals that the Society has handled for the town in the past. After some
discussion the board and the Humane Society thought it was best to contract the
amount of $125.00 per animal with an after hours pick up fee of $35.00 and that the
Humane Society is to contact a board member for approval prior to pick up. The
Humane Society Vice President agreed to submit a new contract for the December board
Letter of Intent Submitted By Jesse and Carissa Merfeld to create an approximate 4-acre
residential parcel and a 117-acre parcel in the SW ¼, SE ¼ and SE ¼, SW ¼ of section
32 Along Moriah Road:
Planning Committee Chairman John Wedel stated that Committee met with Carissa
Merfeld on November 8, 2006 to view this division request. At the review the planning
committee suggested that that the driveway be located along the property line of Mays
and share the entrance with Mays onto Moriah Road. Carissa Merfeld stated that they
plan to build their home in the two acres of woods and make the property line west to
the drainage ditch, taking about an additional two acres of work land. The committee
recommended that the west property line be 2 rods from the ditch to allow the clean out
by the farm operator, and thereby taking only one acre of work land.
The committee found the proposed division to be 1000 feet from an existing farm but
noted that there were currently two other homes closer. The committee recommends a
“Right to Farm” statement be recorded on deed.
Chairman John Kirchberg opened the floor for discussion:
John Merfeld stated that currently the one acre parcel is zoned A-2 and can’t
understand why the division is necessary. Chairman Kirchberg stated that all
congruously owned land is considered one parcel.
Jesse Merfeld stated that the home will be in the woods and a spot there has
perked. He intends to maintain as much of the farmland as possible.
John and Carissa Merfeld stated that the Mays agreed to a shared entrance.
Ricky Zenger stated that he is against the proposal, as it will remove farmland
from production. He continued that when he wanted a land division he was told that he
could not share a driveway entrance.
Diana Moyer continued that she was also told they could not share a driveway
and questioned why Merfeld could. She also stated a concern that there was not 500
feet of clearance from the hill on Moriah Road and thought more traffic on the road
would be a hazard.
Clerk Beilke read out loud the Dodge County Staff Report and recommendations
prepared by Nate Olsen of Dodge County Planning and Parks Department.
After discussion a motion was made by John Kraus Jr., seconded by John
Kirchberg to approve this land division request based on the committees findings and
Land Use Policy recommendation 10.4 (2) that allows residential development for
immediate family members. Also to allow a shared entrance, and a road frontage of 125
feet to 75 feet back, and 50 feet for a driveway and a property line 50 feet from the
drainage ditch. A “right to farm” statement recorded on deed as well as no further land
division of the parent parcel. Call of votes: John Kraus Jr. aye, Carole Garczynski aye,
John Kirchberg aye, motion carried.
Review of the First Draft of the Columbus Rural Fire Group Service Agreement with the
City of Columbus:
Clerk Beilke noted the suggested changes to the first draft and will find out when there
will be a meeting with the rural group regarding this agreement.
Adopt 2007 Budget:
A motion was made by John Kraus, Jr., seconded by John Kirchberg to approve the
budget as presented at the budget hearing with a $201,782.00 tax levy as set at the
meeting of the electors. Call of votes: John Kraus, Jr. aye, Carole Garczynski aye, John
Kirchberg aye, motion carried and 2007 budget adopted.
Road Report From Chairman:
Chairman Kirchberg reported that the railing has been replaced on the Forest
Road Bridge and a portion will qualify for County Bridge Aid.
He continued that the ditches need to be cleaned along Jay road and the board
instructed Chairman Kirchberg to hire Mike Schmitt to do the work.
Chairman Kirchberg asked the board how they wanted to proceed with the
vacation of Braker Road. It was questioned how it became a town road since there is
only one landowner served by the road. A resolution to vacate will require a legal
description. The thought expressed by Supervisor Kraus was that the road should be
given back to the landowner while it is in good condition. The board instructed Chairman
Kirchberg to proceed and hire a surveyor to formulate the legal description.
Treasurer Marian Haas presented final draft of tax letter with collection times as follows:
Saturday December 30, 2006 from 9:00am to 12:00 and 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Tuesday January 2, 2007 for 9:00am to 11:00am
Saturday January 20, 2007 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, January 27, 2007 from 9:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Wednesday, January 31, 2007 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Clerk Beilke reported on the November 7, 2006 General Election. She commented that
there were no problems or complaints and that a total of 365 votes were cast, seven by
absentee ballot. Races of interest were for Governor with Democrat Jim Doyle receiving
170 and Republican Mark Green receiving 186. The race for Attorney General with
Democrat Kathleen Falk receiving 139 votes and Republican J.B. Van Hollen receiving
219. The referenda question for the state constitution marriage amendment were 231
yes and 127 no. The non-binding referenda question for reinstating the death penalty
resulted in 172 yes, 184 no.
Correspondence Received by Chairman and Clerk:
Minor Land Division Letter of Intent #061153 for Jesse and Carissa Merfeld to create a
residential lot along Moriah road in the part of SW ¼. SE ¼ of Section 32
Land Use permit # 061051 for Heidi Stegner to construct a deck at W10062 CTH DE
Notice of Public Hearing on proposed amendments of the Dodge County Year 2030
Comprehensive Plan to beheld on Dec 4, 2006
Office of District Attorney dated November 7, 2006 re State Vs. Derek T. Rose
County Bridge Aid Memorial to repair bridge on Moriah Road C.A.B # 332-07-01
State of Wisconsin:
Final Estimate of January 1, 2006 population to be 1048 of which approximately 820 are
estimated to be of voting age.
Department of Revenue notification of assessment values of each major class of
property to be below 10% for four years requiring a reevaluation to be conducted in
Forest tax Stewardship News Volume 3, No. 2
15th Annual Drinking Water and Wastewater Funding Sources Workshop schedule
UW Extension Local Land Use Planning and Zoning workshop
Department of Transportation “Safe Routes to School” information sessions
Columbus Rural Group Notice of Budget Meeting October 26, 2006
Waddell of Columbus, S.C. dated October 19, 2006 affidavit of posting of unfitness
notice on Bleich’s building
October 11, 2006 to Lynn Hron re Town of Calamus vs. Ricky Zenger Summons and
October 31, 2006 advisory letter on the vacation of Braker Road
Associated Appraisal Consultants, Inc. Agreement for Revaluation Assessing Services for
2008 to be $33,700.00
Dodge County Humane Society Contract for 2007
Wisconsin Towns Association Dodge County Unit meeting on October 25, 2006
Wisconsin Towns Association November Report
Bills: Bills for a total of 11,049.94 plus the amount of $129,069.65 to Northeast Asphalt
to be mailed on December 1st, 2006 was approved as presented with a motion from
John Kirchberg, seconded by John Kraus, Jr.
Next Meeting: Next monthly board meeting was scheduled for December 12, 2006 to
begin at 6:00pm
Adjourned: Being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 9:20pm with a
motion from John Kraus, Jr., seconded by John Kirchberg
November 29, 2006
Marjorie Beilke, Clerk