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Regular Board Meeting
Apr 06, 2015


Monday, April 6, 2015; River Falls Town Hall


Elected officials and staff present:  Diana G. Smith, Chair; LeRoy Kusilek, Siri Smith, Brad Mogen, Supervisors; Ruth Stern, Clerk; Rita Kozak, Treasurer; Jerome Rodewald, Zoning Administrator


The meeting was called to order at 7:53 P.M. by Chair, Diana Smith.  A joint public hearing with the Plan Commission was initiated for the purpose of taking comment on a proposed rezone for Chris and Lisa Cernohous for land located in the NW/SW of S24/T27N/R18W.  The request is to rezone 11.6 acres of land from A-1, Exclusive Agriculture to A-2, Agriculture Residential.  There were no public comments offered.  Jerome Rodewald stated that the land contains less than 50% productive farmland soils and thus does not meet the soil criteria for the Town Farmland Preservation Plan, and that the building site will be on Class 4 soils.  The public hearing was closed at 8:00 P.M.

Brad moved to approve the minutes of the March 16th regular board meeting.  LeRoy seconded.  Motion carried.

Rita presented the April 6th treasurer’s report.   There is a money market balance of $380,715.75.  Rita reported that all personal property tax accounts have been paid with the exception of two businesses in the Town.  Several more dog licenses have been issued in the last few weeks.  Siri moved that the board approve the treasurer’s report and that the Revaluation CD be closed with the funds being placed into the general fund.  Brad seconded.  Motion carried.

Brad moved that the Parks Fund CD be converted from a six month to a 12 month CD in order to take advantage of better interest rates.  The general fund will cover parks related projects should it become necessary during the next year.  Siri seconded.  Motion carried.

Communications:  Diana reported that a burning ban was currently in effect.  A notification will be placed in the Town newsletter for the hiring of a Recycling Center Assistant.  Julie Mielke recently resigned from her position at the Recycling Center.   

Public comments:  None offered.

Plan Commission Recommendations:  Siri moved that a Transfer of Dwelling Site request be approved for Aaron and Kim Fischer on Lot 4 of the Magnuson Development located in the SE/NW of S20/T27N/R18W.  The site involves 12 acres of Class 3 soils and reduces the driveway length by 61%.  LeRoy seconded.  Motion carried.

Siri recommended Town Board approval to rezone 11.6 acres of land located in NW/SW of S24/T27N/R18W as requested by Christopher and Lisa Cernohous (see public hearing notes above).  Brad seconded.  Motion carried.

Siri moved that a dwelling permit for Christopher and Lisa Cernohous be approved at N7428 Cty. Rd. W.  Brad seconded.  Motion carried.

Siri moved that a dwelling permit for Mike and Debra Moody be approved at N8199 900th St.  LeRoy seconded.  Motion carried. 

Dog Complaint at N6553 Cty. Rd. O:  Diana has talked to the dog owner who plans to be present at the April 20th board meeting. 

Farmland Preservation Plan Update:  Jerome reported that the Town Farmland Preservation Plan will need to be approved by Pierce County by the end of the year.

Legal Opinion on ETZ Regulations:  Diana reported that nothing has been received from the City Attorney yet. 

Employee Handbook: Postponed

Road Tour:  The board will meet at 7:00 A.M. on Saturday, April 11th to proceed with the annual inspection of town roads. 

Employee Performance Review Session:  A tentative date of Wednesday, May 13th beginning at 4:00 P.M. was established. 

Siri moved to approve the April 6th listing of town bills.  Brad seconded.  Motion carried.

LeRoy moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:45 P.M.  Siri seconded.  Motion carried.

                                                                        Respectfully submitted,


                                                                        Ruth Stern/Clerk 

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