Town of Cooks Valley

Regular Town Board Meeting

March 13, 2017


Supervisor David Clements called the meeting to order on March 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm.   The supervisors present were:  David Clements and 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 March town board meeting was duly posted on March 9, 2017 in the 3 designated places within the Town of Cooks Valley. 
Public Comment:  Rod Thorson of 148th Avenue said he inherited a deteriorating barn when he purchased his property and a corner of the barn is crumbling.  He has contacted contractors to take the barn down, salvage as much of the material as he can, and needs to dispose of rotting materials.  He inquired about notification of the fire dept. prior to burning, burying material on site, names of other contractors, and acquiring a building permit to build a smaller version of the barn.  He will take off the top and deal with the bottom section.   David Clements reminded the delegation of the special town meeting on March 30th, 2017 following the public hearing on the PurFrac non-metallic permit application. 
Discussion and possible action on budget categories:  no action was taken
Approval of the February 13, 2017 regular monthly town board meeting:  Matt Borofka made a motion to approve and place on file the February 13, 2017 regular monthly town board meeting.  David Clements seconded the motion.  The motion carried 2-0.
Reading by Treasurer of February financial report:  The ending checkbook balance was $119,002.27 as of February 28-, 2017.  The total assets of the Town of Cooks Valley were $283,119.55. 
Reading and Approval of the February Bills:  David Clements made a motion to approve the check vouchers #4299 to #4328 for payment of the February bills.  Matt Borofka seconded the motion.  The motion carried 2-0.
Building permits:  Ron Fowler-garage, Trent Arendt-driveway permit
Discussion and possible action of pertaining to the plan commission: Doug Zwiefelhofer, plan commission chairman, recapped the public hearing on February 22, 2017 and the plan commission meeting on March
6, 2017.  A motion was made by the plan commission to recommend approval of the PurFrac Non-Metallic Mining Permit application with the following conditions:

  1. Move the plant to a northern sight.
  2. p. 7 No blasting on Saturday and Sunday.    If PurFrac decides to blast, PurFrac will establish a fund of $100,000 under the control of the Town of Cooks Valley to replace, repair, and maintain wells, with meters placed on well casings.
  3. p. 9 in five years, PurFrac will build a building to cover their processed sand piles.
  4. p. 10 remove wording “including” and replace with “excluding” maintenance’
  5. p. 13 PurFrac will develop an air quality control plan for the board’s approval
  6. p. 14  ½ mile well testing for baseline data of potable wells and a list of people eligible for the well testing
  7. p. 19 how long will the mine sit before reclamation?  Three years of inactivity before reclamation.
  8. The condition of a road agreement between EOG and PurFrac on 135th Avenue.

Doug Zwiefelhofer asked the board to consider these suggestions at the special meeting with PurFrac that were not discussed by the plan commission: maintain the $100,000 fund for wells under the supervision of the board at the $100,000 level, the fund would exist for six years after the last blast so wells can be replaced, repaired, or maintained and then the fund would be returned to PurFrac.  Future items for the plan commission are to review and update the Comprehensive Land Plan and possible landfill ordinance.  Matt Borofka made a motion to reappoint Doug Zwiefelhofer and Tom Short to the plan commission for three-year terms.  David Clements seconded the motion.  The motion carried 2-0.
Discussion and possible action on ditch cleaning project:  David Clements made a motion to approve the ditch cleaning project not to exceed last year’s payment.  Matt Borofka seconded the motion.  The motion carried 2-0.
Chairman’s report: – Fire Dept.   There were two ambulance assists in the Town of Cooks Valley in February.    Mine Report: 
Dissemination of Information-Clerk’s report:   history of Assessment and Compliance from Dept. of Revenue, There will a meeting of the DNR Spring Hearings and the Wisconsin Conversation Congress and County at the Chippewa Falls Middle School Auditorium 750 Tropicana Blvd. Chippewa Falls, WI on April 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm.  There will be questions on a moratorium on Frac Sand mining permits and repealing the Bad River Project.  State Highway Aid will remain the same as 2016.
Future agenda items and business:
Pledge of allegiance, Discussion and possible action on budget categories, Building permits, on concerns pertaining to the Plan commission, minutes of the March 13, 2017 meeting,  Chairman’s report, Dissemination of information, future agenda items and business.  Next regular board meeting will be April 4, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.  There will be a Public hearing on March 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm with special town board meeting to follow. There will be a spring election on April 4, 2017. There will be an EOG annual review meeting.  The annual meeting will be April 19, 2017. 
Dr. Crispin Pierce has submitted his air monitoring report.  One preliminary observation was that peaks in the particle level were on days of truck operation and not wind direction.  Dr. Pierce will be submitting a more comprehensive report.
Adjourn:  David Clements made a motion to adjourn at 8:45 pm.  Matt Borofka seconded the motion.  The motion carried 2-0.                  
Typed:          March 14, 2017                                                     Respectfully Submitted,
Approved:  April 10, 2017                                                          Victoria Trinko-town clerk