Chairman Darrel Fehr called the meeting to order on April 8, 2013 at 8:00 pm. The supervisors present were: David Clements and John Sykora. Other officers present were: Victoria Trinko-Clerk and Judith A. Prince-treasurer. See attached list for delegation present.
Certification of proper posting for the scheduled town board meeting: The notice for the March town board meeting was duly posted on April 2, 2013 in the 3 designated places within the Town of Cooks Valley.
Public Comment: Mark Berge addressed his concerns about the lack of operating hours in the new EOG proposal. He would like this issue and no operation on weekends to be negotiated with EOG. He informed the board that waste sand is being hauled in to the Dennis Schindler mine from the Bob Schindler mine and questioned how this would be monitored. Mark Berge expressed concerns about waste sands containing polyacrylamide may exceed the percentage allotted. Chairman Darrel Fehr commented that scale reports would be submitted to the board to monitor the amount of material removed and returned to the mine site. Sheila David noted the property guarantee has evolved from appraisal value to tax base value. She questioned the residential guarantee on property next to sand mines. Other comments by Sheila David: Jim Tittle has made a documentary “The Price of Sand” concerning the sand mining in WI and MN; frack sand is being shipped out of the USA and this is not lowering our prices for natural gas and oil; and the media in not talking about the loss of our hills but focusing on the fracking process end of the industry. Mark Berge commented there have been articles concerning the violations committed by sand companies. Calvin Swartz commented that sand mining is some people’s retirement money.
Discussion and possible action on budget categories: Darrel Fehr made a motion to transfer $1000.00 from non-allocated funds to C-082 clerk office supplies. John Sykora seconded the motion. The motion carried 3-0.
Approval of the March 11, 2013 regular monthly town board meeting minutes: John Sykora made a motion to approve the March 11, 2013 regular monthly town board meeting minutes. David Clements seconded the motion. The motion carried 3-0.
Approval of the April financial report: Darrel Fehr made a motion to accept the April financial report. David Clements seconded the motion. The motion carried 3-0. Treasurer Judith A. Prince informed the board of deposits to be made in April will be the quarterly transportation aid and the lottery credit.
Reading and approval of the March bills: David Clements made a motion to approve the March bills. Darrel Fehr seconded the motion. The motion carried 3-0.
Building permits –no building permits submitted.
Discussion of concerns pertaining to the plan commission: there was no discussion.
Discussion on progress of mining applications, quarterly report: There will be a public hearing on April 22, 2013 at 7:30 on the application and permit submitted by EOG, with a special town board meeting following the public hearing. The Chairman, Barb Arendt, and a representative from Preferred Sands met to agree on bids for two rows of trees to be planted. There may be action on pursuing right-of-ways for redoing 186th Avenue. No word on work being done on the intersection by EOG haul route.
Discussion and possible action on ambulance reimbursement- this item will be removed from the agenda until the time the board hears from the ambulance dept. concerning this matter
Possible approval of operators application: David Clements made a motion to approve the application for an operators license from the Haymakers Bar & Grill for Elizabeth R. Paulson. John Sykora seconded the motion. The motion carried 3-0.
Discussion and possible action on Addendum B to Mutual Aid Box Alarm System: Darrel Fehr mad a motion to approve the resolution 007-2013 Addendum B to Mutual Aid Box Alarm System for the City of Bloomer and the Ambulance service area. David Clements seconded the motion. The motion carried 3-0. A copy of this resolution will be posted in the three designated areas in the township and a copy returned to the ambulance department.
Chairman’s report –
Dissemination of Information- clerks report-
Future agenda items and business:
Discussion and possible action on budget categories
Discussion on progress of mining applications
Discussion and possible action on concerns pertaining to the Plan commission
Possible approval of attendance of WTA workshop on May 29 or 30, 2013
Dissemination of information
The next meeting will be on Monday May 13, 2013 at 8:00 pm
The annual meeting will be April 16, 2013 at 7:30 pm. The change from the 2nd Tuesday of April to the 3rd Tuesday in April due to election law changes was made at the 2012 annual meeting. Please make note of this change on your calendar.
Adjourn: John Sykora made a motion to adjourn at 8:50 pm. David Clements seconded the motion. The motion carried 3-0.
Typed: April 9, 2013 Respectfully Submitted,
Approved: May 14, 2013 Victoria Trinko-town clerk