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Nov 13, 2012


Garfield Town Board Meeting  &  Budget Hearing                                           

November 13, 2012


Present:         Chairman:     Ed Gullickson

                        Supervisor:    George Stroebel

                        Supervisor:    Donald Mork

                        Treasurer:      Valerie Anderson

                       Clerk:              Sue Knutson


Residents/Attendees:  9    

Special Meeting—Approval of 2013 Budgetcalled to order by Chairman, Ed Gullickson, at 7:00 pm.

Gullickson explained the 2013 Budget of $620,774 and compared it to 2012 Budget of $600,297.  Levy limit is at $434,852.

Nadine Dzubay inquired about the hours of the Board.  Gullickson stated that the Board has no set hours.

Nadine Dzubay also inquired about the income from Alden if that included labor.  Gullickson stated that the Towns have an agreement that the labor is exchanged at no cost.  Stroebel also explained the agreement to Dzubay.  Both Gullickson and Stroebel explained that the Town of Garfield has saved money with the agreement; the Town would have had to pay substantially more for labor and outside equipment to have road work completed.

Motion made by Dave Nelson/Valerie Anderson to approve the 2012 Budget.  Carried-unanimously.

Budget meeting adjourned.

Levy Meeting called to order by Gullickson at 7:38 pm.

Gullickson explained the Budget/Levy Comparison for 2013 (that was placed in the Amery paper).

Motion made by Dave Nelson/Don Mork to approve the Levy Limit of $434,852.  Carried-unanimously.

Motion Made by Joyce Gullickson/Dave Nelson to adjourn Budget/Levy Meeting.  Carried-unanimously.


Board Meeting called to orderby Chairman, Ed Gullickson, at 7:45 pm.

Public Comments:  Todd and Shannon Fulton presented their application for a building permit, land use, and variance for a garage.  Knutson will post a Class 2 notification for a variance after a date has been established and send a letter to adjacent neighbors.  The Board of Appeals will be notified and they will set a date for a hearing.

Motion made by Gullickson/Stroebel to establish a meeting date with the Board of Appeals, Class 2 notification in Amery Free Press according to our Town Ordinance in regards to Todd Fulton’s request for a variance for a garage.

Road Construction:  Maintenance is fixing signs, replacing signs, and grading South Bear Lake Lane before the bad weather hits.

Website Discussion:  Gullickson stated he received an email from the Planning Commission that their minutes are not all posted.  Anderson stated that she will give Planning Commission her personal email and will get them updated.  Anderson stated that update steps are different in spots throughout the website.  Website will get updated.

Fee Schedule Discussion/Action:  Nolan Wall from Stevens Engineers emailed a fee schedule to the Board.  Dan Hooverman, Animal Control Officer, emailed and stated that he was okay with the dog ordinance.  Gullickson stated that the Board will approve the fee schedule at the December Board meeting.

Citation Ordinance Amendments:  Will be tabled till December Board meeting. 

Hearing Date for Citation Ordinance and Hearing Date for Dog Ordinance Revisions:December 11, 2012, at 7:00 pm.  The hearing will include proposed amendments to Dog Nuisance Ordinance and to repeal two undated ordinances regarding building permits, Administrative Building Permit Issuance Ordinance adopted 1997, Ordinance Prohibiting Dumping and Storage of Deleterious Materials adopted 1976, Ordinance Regulating Landfills undated, Ordinance 3-2010 Article 4 Section F regarding Non-Conforming Uses, Ordinance   3-­2010 Article 5 Section B regarding road damage deposits, Ordinance 1-2010 Section F regarding road damage deposits, and Ordinance 5-2004 regarding road damage deposits for multiple permits at the same address. 

Motion made by Stroebel/Mork to place ad for hearing on December 11, 2012, at 7:00 pm.  Carried-unanimously.

2013 Budget & Levy Approval:  Motion made by Stroebel/Mork to approve Budget/Levy as submitted.  Carried-unanimously.

Equipment & Truck Storage Agreement:  Gullickson stated that his insurance is going to go up due to commercial equipment and fuel related to Town trucks stored cost free in his storage shed.  Gullickson stated that he will be passing that bill onto the Town for approval.

Clerk’s Report:  Submitted and reviewed. 

Approval of Vouchers:  Submitted, signed and approved.  Motion made by Stroebel/Mork to approve submitted vouchers.  Carried-unanimously. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Submitted and reviewed. 

Approval of Board Minutes:  Motion made by Stroebel/Mork to approve the November 13, 2012, Board minutes as submitted.  Carried-unanimously.  

Adjourn:  Motion made by Stroebel/Mork to adjourn meeting, 8:36 pm.  Carried-unanimously.

Submitted by:  Sue Knutson, Clerk

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