Town of Cooks Valley

Regular Town Board Meeting

February 9, 2009


Chairman Ron Fanetti called the meeting to order on February 9, 2009 at 7:29 pm.  The supervisors present were: David Clements and Gary Yakesh.  Delegation present were:  Victoria Trinko-clerk, Eunice Steinmetz-treasurer, and see the attached attendance sheet for residents attending the meeting.
PUBLIC COMMENT:  Gary Yakesh read an article from the Chippewa Herald concerning the Chippewa County Non-metallic reclamation application and permit-emphasizing the reclamation permit does not address traffic concerns, setbacks, dewatering, etc., just reclamation.  David LaGesse wanted clarification on the method and amount of payment to Chris DeGidio for supplies and printing for the plan commission.  The board informed him to have Chris DeGidio submit a bill for supplies and the township will reimburse him for his expenses.  David LaGesse reported Jerry Ruf has indicated he does not want to be on the plan commission but has not submitted his resignation.  People have approached Jerry about submitting his resignation.  Carol Clements has expressed interest in being a member of the plan commission. 
David Clements would like a letter sent to the people who have the start of a mine that they must have the paper work completed by the County and the township or there will be consequences for selling if they are over an acre.  There was a discussion of the implications and specifications of the non-metallic mining ordinance.  There was discussion of who has a mine and is selling sand. The Chairman will call the township’s attorney to determine the legality of sending the letter. David LaGesse reminded the board that Calvin Swartz needs a pair of leather gloves for animal control.  
David Clements made a motion to approve and place on file the minutes of January 12, 2009 regular town board meeting.  Gary Yakesh seconded the motion.  The motion carried 3-0. 
Gary Yakesh made a motion to approve the February financial report.  David Clements seconded the motion.  The motion carried 3-0. 
David Clements made a motion to approve the January bills.  Gary Yakesh seconded the motion.  The motion carried 3-0.
Discussion and possible action on budget categories was postponed until the next monthly meeting.
Changes to the building permit ordinance were postponed until the next regular town board meeting.  An email was sent to the assessor and we are waiting for an answer. 
Discussion on expanding the number of members on the plan commission yielded a decision that a 7 member plan commission was not needed at this time and the board will wait until the 2010 census before making this decision. 
Discussion and possible action on appointing a member to the plan commission was postponed until the next regular board meeting.
Discussion and possible action on approval of open records request form was for the town clerk to send the form to Gary Yakesh to put in changes.



Jon Theisen, District Attorney requested to reopen Public Comment.  He felt when issues concerning mining or landowners the town board should adopt more formal parliamentary procedures and swearing or touching should not take place at meetings.  He is talking with communities and law enforcement about community prosecution and communicating back to the judges.  What the community feels how a punishment should fit the crime and everyone is on the same page. David Clements asked about the lessening of plea bargaining.  Mr. Theisen said plea bargaining will remain in the system.  He would like to know which window for crime what the crime is worth and how much energy should be put into it.  He wants to establish consistency within the system. 
David Clements made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:42 p.m.  Gary Yakesh seconded the motion.  The motion carried 3-0.
Typed February 22, 2009                                                   Respectfully submitted,  
Approved  March 9, 2009                                                  Victoria Trinko, town clerk