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Apr 20, 2017


TOWN OF SEYMOUR                                         ANNUAL MEETING                                            VOL . 30  Page 11

The 142nd Annual Meeting of the Town of Seymour was held on April 20, 2017 at the Town Hall.

Board members present were Douglas Kranig, Chair; Sheila Running, Supervisor and Gary Schulenberg, Supervisor.  Also present were Sue Larson, Clerk/Treasurer:  Laura Konwinski, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer; Jack Running, Fire Chief; and 39 community members.

Chair Kranig called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

The Board and staff were introduced to the public.

Chair Kranig asked if there were any additions and/or corrections to the minutes of 2016 Annual Meeting. Jack Running made a motion to approve the minutes of the 2016 Annual Meeting, Randy Schenk seconded.   Motion carried.

Chris Hambusch Boyle and Mary Ann Haselebed from the Eau Claire School District attended the meeting to provide information regarding the referendum that passed in November 2016.  They had a handout explaining how the funds approved through the referendum will be used.

Randy Schenk gave the Fire Dept Report as the new Battalion Chief.  In 2016 they had 1220 hours of training, 290 calls of which 34 were Seymour calls, 2 structure fires.  Emirgicare in 2016 had 896 calls of which 114 were in Seymour.  They have an 89% response rate.  Randy invited all residents to attend the Annual Fire fighter Pancake Breakfast on June 18th.  $5.00 all you can eat. 

Chair Kranig announced that Governor Scott Walker wrote a Proclamation that May 7th - 13th was designated as Municipal Clerks Week.

Roger Koski, Town Assessor, gave a brief presentation.  He has been the Towns Assessor since 1982.  During the time he has served as Assessor, there have been only four times a full  Re-evaluations was  done:  1992, 2000, 2006, and 2015.  They are now projected to be done about every 6 years.  Sales in the town have increased by 7% in 2016, with 101 building permits issued and 12 new home permits resulting in a $3.6 million dollar growth.  Open Book is scheduled for July 19, 2017 from 10:00 - 12:00pm and Board of Review will be July 26, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Jim Murray, Chair of the Comprehensive Plan Committee, spoke on the Town Comprehensive Plan that is currently being updated by the Planning Commission.  Lance Gurney from Eau Claire County and Planning has been working with the Planning Commission on the update to make the Plan more streamlined.  There will be a Public Input Session in the near future on the proposed changes/updates to the plan.

Brett Hoffmeister, Senior Accountant of Johnson Block and Company, Inc. presented the Financial Report via DVD.  The long term State Trust Fund was paid off in 2016. 

Chairman Kranig reported on the road work being done this year which includes the following:  1 mile of asphalt on 84th, 1 mile on Burnell and patching on St. Bridget's, Tower and Burnell.  There are approximately 57 miles of roads in Seymour.  Next year it is planned to reconstruct a portion of Tower Drive where the large dip in the road is located over 5 mile creek.  Residents expressed concern that this area is somewhat dangerous for bikers and pedestrians and asked that it be made safer.   There was also discussion on needing to possibly replace the culverts at this location due to the fact that the county has installed significantly larger culverts upstream, which could lead to significant washouts in this area in the future if we don’t also upsize the size of the culverts.   Culvert replacement could be eligible for Bridge Aid at 50% of the cost. 

Residents present asked to discuss the possible rerouting of traffic from Highway Q when the county reconstructs a portion of the road in 2018.  The proposal was to reroute the traffic on 75th to Burnell to 90th and then back to Highway Q.  Residents along that route were very concerned with the additional traffic, especially large truck traffic on those roads.  A petition was presented with 55 signatures requesting that the detour route for the Highway Q construction scheduled for the summer of 2018 be changed from the 75th to 90th Avenue route to the other proposed route on Co Hwy QS.  A copy of that petition is made a part of this record. 

Fire Chief Jack Running gave a short presentation of the Township Fire Dept activity in 2016.  There are 5 Township Stations that all work together.    They have 6 engines, 5 tenders (tankers), 5 brush trucks, 5 rescue trucks, 4 boats, 6 ATV's.  They are replacing 2 tenders this year that will carry 3200 gallons of water instead of 2200 gallons that the existing tenders carry.  Chief Running also pleaded with the residents to please put reflective 4" address numbers on both sides their mailboxes.  In the near future, residents will be able to request burning permits on line.

Jason Woodford reported on the Seymour Ball Club news.   He indicated that they have about the same number of participants signed up to play as they did last year.  Chair Kranig reported on the land purchased last year with the intent of developing a Babe Ruth size field. 

The date for the 2018 Annual Meeting is set for Thursday April 19, 2018 at 7:30p.m.

Motion was made to adjourn the meeting at 9:25 pm.



Respectfully submitted by:


Sue Larson, Clerk/Treasurer

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