Town of Cooks Valley

Regular Town Board Meeting

February 8, 2016

Chairman Darrel Fehr called the meeting to order on February 8, 2016 at 7:30 pm.   The supervisor present was Matt Borofka.   Other officers present were: Victoria Trinko-clerk and Judith A. Prince-treasurer.    See attached attendance sheet.
 Recitation of Pledge of Allegiance by delegation present.
Certification of proper posting for the scheduled town board meeting: The notice for the February town board meeting was duly posted on February 4, 2016 in the 3 designated places within the Town of Cooks Valley. 
Public Comment:  Judith Prince, treasurer, was contacted that a school pickup sign was knocked down on 155th Avenue between 40th and 46th Street.  She was also contacted by residents that sand and salt is being spread on only one side of the road on hills and intersections, making it difficult to stop at stop signs.  Chairman Darrel Fehr said he would contact the Chippewa County Highway Dept. concerning this matter.  Darrel Fehr also reported that Curly Zwiefelhofer is still experiencing difficulty with his well,  Kraemer drilling inserted a camera into his well and approximately 12 ft. down the well, calcium in seeping into his well and plugging up the washing machine, dishwasher, and ice maker.  When the calcium dries, it becomes a hard solid substance.  Filters appear unable to prevent the calcium from coming into the house pipes.  There is no data to identify that this problem is related to the sand mining near his residence as no pre-existing pictures were taken of his well or home.
Approval of the January 11, 2016 regular monthly town board meeting minutes and January 13, 2016 special meeting minutes:  Matt Borofka made a motion to approve and place on file the January 11, 2016 regular monthly town board meeting minutes January 13, 2016 special meeting minutes. Darrel Fehr seconded the motion.  The motion carried 2-0. 
Reading by the Treasurer of the January financial report:  The ending check book balance was $108,762.45 as of January 31, 2016.  The total cash assets for the Town of Cooks Valley were $275,133.58.  Checks of $500.00 for Roger Rothbauer- fire suppression and $10.00- Rod & Gun Club-operators license were given to the treasurer for deposit into the checking account.
Reading and approval of the January bills:  Darrel Fehr made a motion to approve payment of the January bills.  Matt Borofka seconded the motion.  The motion carried 2-0.  
Building permits:  There were no requests for building permits.
Discussion and possible action pertaining to the plan commission:  Calvin Swartz, member of the plan commission, reported on the February 3, 2016 plan commission meeting with regard to Chapter 7 Lot Size.  The plan commission discussed the options of changing the lot size and the ramifications thereof.  Since no one outside of the plan commission came forward with suggestions/requests for changes and the majority of the plan commission liked the present five acre lot size; the lot size will remain at five acres.
Chairman’s report: – Fire Dept.   Ambulance assistance on for Amick on State Highway 40 and 60th Street Mine roads:  Chairman Darrel Fehr requested tonnage reports:  Preferred Sands –534,777.25 tons hauled
In 2015.   Seth Ebal will attend the March Town of Cooks Valley meeting.  Loran Zwiefelhofer is donating the materials for the construction of the recycling shelter.
Dissemination of Information-Clerk’s report:  Following the insurance audit, the Town of Cooks Valley will receive a refund check of $277.00.  The spring primary election is February 16, 2016.  Primaries are an important step in the selection of candidates for local government and Supreme Court.  The percentage of voters coming to the polls has declined significantly in the Town of Cooks Valley.  The Town of Cooks Valley officers would like to see more people coming to the polls.  A photo ID will be required before the issuance of a ballot.  Absentee voting/ballots are available upon request.  Please contact the town clerk if you are unable to vote on Election Day and would like an absentee ballot.
Future agenda items and business:
Pledge of allegiance, Discussion and possible action on budget categories, Building permits, on concerns pertaining to the Plan commission,  Seth Ebal, county land conservation, Chairman’s report, Dissemination of information, future agenda items and business.   Next regular board meeting will be March 14, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. 
Adjourn:  Darrel Fehr made a motion to adjourn at 7:53 pm.  Matthew Borofka seconded the motion.  The motion carried 2-0.                  

Typed:          February 9, 2016                                          Respectfully Submitted,
Approved:                                                               Victoria Trinko-town clerk