Plan Commission Meeting Minutes
Town of Stanton Plan Commission Minutes: July 25, 2012
Chairman Tim Mittlestadt Jr. called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm at the Stanton Town Shop in Knapp.
Present: Members Tim Mittlestadt Jr., Jack Clark, Tony Finder, James Chich and Cindy Griffin. Also present: Jody Slocum, Bob Fitzwilliam, Jim Michalski, Steve Stuhr, Pat Smith, Meg and Joel Wittenmyer, Kurt Buetow.
Draft minutes from the July 11th meeting were distributed and reviewed. Motion by Mittlestadt/Clark to approve minutes with name and title corrections. Motion carried.
Mittlestadt noted that Steve Nielsen resigned from the Plan Commission and Jack Clark was subsequently appointed by the Town Board. Jack has attended many of the Plan Commission meetings and so is aware of the work completed to date.
The Commission members then discussed specific issues in the nonmetallic mining and blasting ordinance drafts. Input was also solicited from the public attending the meeting. The Commission made the following decisions:
- “Sensitive property boundary” needs to be defined in the ordinance as was suggested by Cedar Corporation
- Allowable hours of operation referenced in the ordinance will be 8 am-5pm, Monday through Friday.
- Berm setback language will be compared with language being recommended by Dunn County
- Distance from groundwater (5 vs 10 ft) to be compared with County language
- Licensing period will be 5 years, not 2 years based on Cedar’s recommendations.
- Enforcement of sludge testing provisions to be reviewed with Fedderly
- Blasting ordinance language will be revised to allow blasting from 9 am to 3pm instead of sunrise to sunset.
- Language to be included in the NMM ordinance requiring public notice when a NMM application is received and/or a developer’s agreement is being negotiated by the township.
- Griffin is to check with Cedar Corporation to ensure that the NMM ordinance clearly includes transload stations, washing and drying facilities, etc.
Resident Bob Fitzwilliam suggested that we obtain input from Dan Masterpole of Chippewa County regarding ordinance enforcement.
The Plan Commission also needs to clarify whether future ordinance revisions will apply to mines that have already been licensed.
All present were invited to prepare questions regarding local enforcement issues to discuss with Fedderly at the August 8thmeeting. Town Board members have also been invited to attend this meeting.
In response to a question, it was noted that town meetings are posted at the Knapp gas station and post office and the Stanton town shop. Residents emphasized the need to have agendas and minutes posted on the town’s web site, and suggested a separate page on the web site for the Planning Commission. Mittlestadt to follow up with Town Board/Clerk.
Griffin distributed copies of newspaper notices for the Town of New Haven’s citation ordinance and schedule of fees, forfeitures and deposits as examples we could follow.
Mittlestadt noted that the Knapp Village Board is inviting Plan Commission members from surrounding townships to a meeting on July 31st at 7pm at the Knapp Village Hall. Mittlestadt to provide further details when available.
The agenda for the next Stanton Plan Commission meeting at 7pm on August 8th will include discussion of local ordinance enforcement methods and issues with engineer and Sherman Town Board chair Dan Fedderly.
Motion by Mittlestadt/Clark to adjourn at 7:50 pm.
Cindy Griffin, Planning Commission
Board Meeting Minutes
Board Meeting minutes of July 16, 2012
Present: Chairman Monn, Supervisors Bob Anderson and Tim Mittlestadt Jr., Clerk-Treasurer Val Windsor, Maintenance Kevin Finder and townspeople Steve Nielson, Kevin Ullom, Jack Clark, Jim Michalski,
Motion to approve June 18, 2012 minutes as mailed was made by R. Monn, 2ndby T. Mittlestadt Jr. Approved.
Treasurer’s Report: Balance on hand June 1, 2012 12,314.89
June Receipts 1,401.78
Less June Disbursements 11,092.08
Book Balance as of June 30, 2012 2,624.59
Motion to approve Treasurer’s Report as mailed was made by B. Anderson, 2ndby R. Monn. Approved.
Motion to approve Vouchers and Checks was made by T. Mittlestadt, 2ndby B. Anderson. Approved.
Maintenance Report: Crack filling is now complete. George Lewis would like to put in a driveway, Kevin and Rich approved this.
Chairman Report: Sheriff Dennis Smith went with Rich to look at the bike race damage and took pictures of the damage, they will get in contact with the bike race people and let them know they will have to contact us prior to the race for next year so we can list our concerns. Town Resident contacted Rich about a concern with someone dumping hazardous materials into the DKS pit on 790thAve. Kevin contacted DKS and this story was not valid. It was crushed rock and black dirt being dumped there. Rich and Bob attended the Fire/Amb. “Meeting”. It was not a meeting as it was not posted anywhere, neither the Village President or the Fire Chief were not in attendance. Several people stood on the road and had a “gab session”. Tomorrow evening is the Fire/Amb. Meeting and the contract with Boyceville Fire/Amb and the townships involved will be decided. Rich will be sending out a newsletter soon. Our 3 new posting places will be the town shop, the post office and gas station. Follow up on the dog issue, township dog licenses do not transfer (example: If you get a license in Tiffany Township it does not transfer to our township). Rich has copied off some sample ordinances for the board to look at, we will decide on this next month.
Supervisor Reports: Sharon Phiefer called all the board members and all three of them returned her call, she was very appreciative of that. She was wondering about the ditching on her property, if she can change it around a little, sloping it down to the south some. Bob has some concern that it could create a problem with the water. Kevin will stop there and check it out.
Plan commission has rough drafts coming soon from Cedar Corp. There will be special meeting for question/answer time with the lawyer and Cedar Corp. present. This will be a meeting of the town board and the Plan Commission. Steve Nielson stated that he is stepping down from the Plan Commission. John (Jack) Clark will take his place. The Board okayed this, Rich swore Jack in.
Clerk-Treasurer Report: Val has been in contact with Wipfli Accounting Firm, our auditor will be Dan Walker. Val will be contacting him this week and getting our materials together to take to him. Val was seeking permission from the town board to get paid two times per month instead of only once (the 1stand 15thvs. the third Monday of the month). It has always been set up that we are operating payroll for town officials one month behind (example: July paycheck is actually for work done in the month of June). Val will contact the Town’s Association to make sure there is no problems in doing this, if not, motion was made to go ahead with it by R. Monn, 2ndby T. Mittlestadt Jr. Approved.
New Business: Open bids for chip seal and crack fill. Scott Construction: Single Seal $57,943.00 Double seal on 800thAve.$ 75,524.00 Board will have to sit down and do some looking into the budget and what the most important roads are, ect. Scott Construction would want to start by the end of July. We will have a special meeting after we’ve looked into it. Motion was made that Kevin, Bob and Val will work together on the figures so we can have a special meeting on Wednesday, July 18 at 7pm at the Stanton Town Shop by B. Anderson, 2ndby T. Mittlestadt Jr. Approved.
Kevin’s Contract: As of August 1stKevin’s contract will be due. Bob did a spreadsheet comparing Dunn County and St. Croix County and our township. Kevin’s proposal (currently earning 21.75/hr) would like to receive $22.84 in 2013 and $23.41 in 2014. Health insurance (currently getting $5100 for the year, would like to receive $7140 in 2013 and $8140 in 2014) Proposal is that the town would continue to pay 100% of the State Retirement. Rich suggested we contact Skoagland Ins. and see about a way we could put his excess sick time/comp. hours for him to access at any given time. Suggestion was made that we give $23.27 for both years, with the health insurance given as above. Vacation and Paid Holidays given will stay the same. As far as the Retirement fund, for Act 10 it is a requirement that the employee pay half of his retirement, however we can get around this by raising his wage to reflect his portion of retirement.
Motion was made to reflect the above paragraph by R. Monn, 2ndby B. Anderson with the understanding that Kevin get in touch with his accountant about the banked sick time/comp time to go into an account for Kevin to use as a “medical reimbursement”, if needed. Approved.
Public Comment: Few comments about sand mining issues
Motion to adjourn meeting was made by B. Anderson, 2ndby T. Mittlestadt Jr. Approved.
Meeting adjourned at 8:20pm
Plan Commission Meeting Minutes
Town of Stanton Plan Commission Minutes: July 11, 2012
Chairman Tim Mittlestadt Jr. called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm at the Stanton Town Shop in Knapp.
Present: Members Tim Mittlestadt Jr., Steve Nielsen, Tony Finder, James Chich and Cindy Griffin. Also present: Scott McCurdy, Jody Slocum, Bob Fitzwilliam, Tony Tomashek, Justin Silcox, Bob Scribner, Jim Michalski, Timothy Moran, Terri Golen, Carol Nies, Steve Stuhr, Jack Clark, and Tera Wells.
The draft minutes from the June 20th meeting were distributed and reviewed. Motion by Chich/Finder to approve minutes as presented. Motion carried.
Scott McCurdy of Cedar Corporation then proceeded to review his annotations to the language and contents of the draft Stanton nonmetallic mining ordinance. Comments not already included in those annotations included:
- A developer’s agreement creates a contractual obligation, and should be considered for large mines.
- May want to include definition of “sensitive property boundary”.
- Noise limit for mines in urban Illinois is 43 decibels.
- The commission asked that Cedar amend the language regarding berms to give the township the ability to redirect where berms are to be placed if necessary.
- The ordinance does not indicate who initiates testing sludge for leaching of chemicals and when and how testing will be conducted.
McCurdy then reviewed the key concepts in the township’s proposed blasting ordinance. Commission needs to discuss the current sunrise to sunset blasting provision – McCurdy indicated that 9 am to 3 pm would be more typical.
Audience comments followed on various aspects of the two ordinances. One speaker urged the Commission to retain the proposed two-year licensing period instead of adopting the five year period suggested by Cedar Corporation. Several people asked about whether all mining applications could be rejected on the basis that industrial silica mines do not promote the general welfare of the people and communities as required by the ordinance. McCurdy indicated that such denials were possible but could be viewed as restriction of commerce if challenged.
Nielsen excused himself at 9:05 pm
Milestone representatives discussed the alternate ordinance they prepared which distinguishes beween industrial sand mining and construction aggregate mining. In response to questions from the public, Milestone clarified that their ordinance for silica sand operations would not apply to their company’s existing operations, which would be grandfathered. Several members of the public objected to exempting existing operations from new sand mining ordinances.
Milestone expressed their concern about the difficulty and expense of complying with very specific ordinances and requirements that differ from county to county and township to township. McCurdy indicated that unzoned townships have to try to protect their residents from the rapid industrial development occasioned by silica sand in the absence of any statewide regulation of the industry. McCurdy addressed the history of the regulation of nonmetallic mining in Wisconsin, indicating that the definition of nonmetallic mining is not something that originated at the township level.
There were no updates regarding local nonmetallic mining initiatives or extraterritorial zoning.
The agenda for the next meeting will include final review of the mining and blasting ordinances as further revised by Cedar Corporation. Dan Fedderly (Dunn County Economic Development Board, Sherman Town Chair, Wisconsin County Highway Association director, engineer, and former St. Croix County Highway Commissioner) will also be invited to talk about local ordinance enforcement.
Motion by Mittlestadt/Finder to adjourn at 9:37 pm.
Cindy Griffin, Planning Commission