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Apr 19, 2018


TOWN OF SEYMOUR                                         ANNUAL MEETING                                            VOL . 31  Page 11

The 143nd Annual Meeting of the Town of Seymour was held on April 19, 2018 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; Kerry Parker, Assistant Fire Chief; Roger Koski, Assessor;  and eight (8) other 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 2017 Annual Meeting.  Supervisor Running made a correction to the proper spelling of someone’s last name.  Jack Running made a motion to approve the minutes of the 2017 Annual Meeting, as corrected.   Mike Wilson seconded the motion.    Motion carried.

Roger Koski, Town Assessor, gave a brief presentation on the activity in 2017.  There has been approximately $12 million in new construction, with about half of that in non taxable property (church/school) and $6.2 million in taxable construction.  There were 35 home sales in 2017 for a total of $6.9 million and the assessed value of that property was $6.3 million.  So, we are now at approximately a 90% ratio of assessed value to Fair Market Value.  He did not think there would be a need for another re-evaluation for about 5 years.   The last re-evaluation was in 2015.   Open Book is scheduled for June 4, 2018 from 10:00 - 12:00 pm and Board of Review will be Monday, June 11, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Brandon Wagner, Accountant from Johnson Block and Company, Inc. presented the Financial Report via video. 

Fire Chief Jack Running and Assistant Chief Kerry Parker gave a short presentation of the Township Fire Dept activity in 2017.   A copy of their report is also attached and made a part of this record.

·         The On Line Burning Permit application process is now up and running, making that process more efficient and easier for area residents. 

·         Last year they purchased 3 new trucks (2 tenders/tankers and one engine)  The tenders/tankers that were purchased, carry significantly more water than the previous trucks (3500 gallons compared to 2200 each).  Cost of the new engine was $530,000 and the two tenders were about $200,000 each.  The engine and one of the tenders is located at the Town of Washington station and the other tender is at Pleasant Valley station.

·         The ISO rating for the Dept was recently reevaluated and they are now rated at a 5 (on a scale of 1-10) compared to the 6 rating they previously held.  Area homeowners might see a slight drop in their homeowner insurance costs.  

·         There are currently 31 volunteer firefighters for the Seymour station.  These firefighters put in almost 1500 hours of training in 2017.

·         There were 61 total calls in 2017 for the Town of Seymour (Fire, EMS, hazardous, etc)

·         Over 1000 calls in the entire Township Fire Dept area in 2018

·         Pancake Breakfast is Father’s Day!! 

·         Chair Kranig pointed out that between Kerry and Jack, they have a combined 88 years of service to the Township Fire Dept.  GREAT JOB! And THANK YOU!

·         Chair Kranig informed the residents that a new 140’ tower was constructed and it generates approximately $80,000 a year in revenue from phone companies with equipment on the tower.

Chairman Kranig reported on the road work being done this year which includes the following: 

·         The Five Mile Creek culvert on Tower Drive will be replaced this year with a larger (10’ x 10”) culvert.  It will be replacing 2- 5 foot culverts.   Construction will be about 6 to 8 weeks, during which time the road will be closed in this area.  It was initially planned to do asphalt paving on Tower Drive this year, but it was decided to delay that one year in order to allow the construction site to settle and then repave it next year.   

·         Due to the size and cost of this project, there will not be any other repaving done this year.  However, there will still be some cracksealing, sealcoating and chipsealing of other roads completed this year.  

·         The County will be detouring Highway Q this summer from June through August.  The detour will be all on county roads, versus town roads

·         Our PASER rating for our roads is at 7.5, which is very good.   The PASER rating is a statewide rating system with a scale of 1-10.  With 10 being the highest rating. 

Wildfire Protection Area Update – Representatives from the Town of Seymour and the Township Fire Department meet with the DNR a couple of times a year.  This group provides the brochures/literature regarding the high wildfire area that part of the Town of Seymour is in.  

Public Comments - none

The date for the 2019 Annual Meeting is set for Thursday April 18, 2019 at 7:00p.m.

Motion was made to adjourn the meeting at 8:30 pm by Scott Brown and seconded by John Anderson.  Motion carried.  Meeting adjourned.  .



Respectfully submitted by:


Sue Larson, Clerk/Treasurer

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