New Office Hours

Note: Effective immediately, the Town of Eau Galle Clerk/Treasurer has new office hours:

  • Tuesdays 8:30 AM-10:30 AM or by appointment

If you need to contact Clerk/Treasurer Nicole Olson, her information can be found on the Town Board page.

Notice to all town residents

Citizens are reminded that signs are not allowed in the Town of Eau Galle right of way, normally 33ft from the centerline of the road. This includes real estate signs, advertisements and any other signs. All signs that are in the Town right of way will be removed by the Town and the owner of the sign will be charged for the expense involved.

-- Eau Galle Town Board

Local Weather

Free Drinking Water Screening Clinics

These events are open to all St. Croix County residents and are designed for private well owners to have their water screened for nitrate. Nitrate screening is provided by the St. Croix County Community Development Program for FREE!

Dates

  • July 27, 2021: 2-6 pm, Kinnickinnic Town Hall (1271 County Rd J, River Falls, WI, 54022)
  • August 24, 2021: 1-5 pm. St. Croix County Services Center (1752 Dorset Ln, New Richmond, WI, 54017)

Details

Residents are encouraged to take advantage of free drinking water screening clinics offered by St. Croix County which screens drinking water samples for nitrate for FREE! This program is offered to educate private well owners on how to monitor and protect their drinking water supply.

If you plan to attend the event, you must wear a mask and practice social distancing amongst participants and staff by following the signs and taped floors at the event.

The clinic is open to any St. Croix County residents who are interested in testing their private well. Participants are asked to bring in about eight ounces of water in a closed container, preferably glass, collected within 24 hours of the clinic. It is important to run the tap for 10 to 15 minutes on cold at full flow before collecting the sample.

Residents with water treatment systems, such as reverse osmosis, are encouraged to bring in a sample pre and post treatment. Residents are also encouraged to bring in samples for friends, family, or neighbors who are not able to attend the event themselves.

Contact the county for further assistance if needed, 715-760-1994 or cole [email protected]

DRAFT — Town of Eau Galle Comprehensive Plan 2020

You can now view or download a DRAFT version of the Town of Eau Galle Comprehensive Plan 2020.

DRAFT 2020 Town of Eau Galle Comprehensive Plan

Please note that this is only a draft and is subject to change.

Minutes: May 10, 2021 Board Meeting

Minutes of 05-10-2021 Eau Galle Board Meeting

*Minutes are unofficial until approved by the Town Board*

The regular monthly meeting was called to order by Town Board Chairman Lund at 7:00 PM at the town hall.

Chairman Lund indicated that the notice of the meeting was posted as required by statutes.

The Town Board members present were Kevin Larson, Amy Shafer, Jim Lund, and Nicole Olson.

The agenda was approved and posted on a motion by Amy Shafer second by Kevin Larson, motion carried.

Minutes of the 04-12-2021 Board Meeting were approved on a motion by Kevin Larson second by Amy Shafer, motion carried.

Treasurer’s report and bills were reviewed. Motion by Kevin Larson second by Amy Shafer to approve the monthly bills, motion carried.

The 2020 audit was discussed and reviewed. Town of Eau Galle received a passing grade. Motion by Amy Shafer second by Kevin Larson to accept the 2020 audit, motion carried.

Discussion occurred regarding purchasing a schedule bond for 2 years of coverage for the clerk/treasurer. A public official bond is required for town clerks/treasurers per Wis. Stat 60.31. Motion by Amy Shafer, second by Kevin Larson to purchase the same bond as previous years for $257.00 for 2 years of coverage. Motion carried.

Clerk reviewed correspondence and emails.

Building and Driveway Permits issued were reviewed.

Discussion continued regarding American Rescue Plan Act funds (ARPA). Board members reviewed the latest guidance provided by the WI Department of Revenue regarding the use of ARPA funds. More guidance is expected in the coming months. The Wisconsin Towns Association is holding a virtual summit June 23 to assist local officials to begin thinking about how to best invest ARPA funding.

Discussion occurred regarding updating office equipment at the town hall. Motion by Kevin Larson, second by Amy Shafer to spend $375.00 to update office equipment at the town hall.

The proposed Town of Eau Galle Comprehensive Plan 2020 was discussed. A public hearing was scheduled and will be held on Monday June 14, 2021 at 6:30 PM at the town hall to accept public comments on the proposed town plan.

Two members were appointed to the planning commission. Motion by Amy Shafer second by Kevin Larson to appoint Peter Heebink and Stephanie Supri to a two-year term on the planning commission. Motion carried.

Request for a driveway variance section 16 for Bruce Erickson was reviewed and discussed. Motion by Jim Lund second by Amy Shafer to approve the request for an additional driveway in section 16. Motion carried.

Road Work:

Flood damage on 222nd North of County Road N has been reported. The road will need to be repaired.

An ATV rider on 233rd created big ruts in the ditch. The ATV club has talked with the individual responsible and have reminded them to stay out of the ditches.

Chairman Lund provided a spreadsheet of road work/repairs that was submitted to the county for this year’s road projects.

Town needs to apply for LRIP soon and St. Croix County has requested a list of road work for 2022. Will be an agenda item next month.

Chairman Report:

Chairman Lund attended a meeting with United Fire and Rescue. United Fire has been asked to provide automatic aid to Spring Valley Fire Department because they are having issues getting people to show up for fire calls. Currently, United Fire and Rescue provides mutual aid to Spring Valley Fire Department.

Open Forum:

Tim Stave advised the ATV club is all for ATV riders obeying the laws and to please write down the plate number on any ATV that is in violation. The ATV club will turn them into the DNR.

A town resident wanted to know if there was a violation occurring at the property located at Highway 63 and County Rd N or if it possibly needed to be rezoned. Chairman Lund indicated he would contact the county and request an update.

Date of next meeting: Monday June 14, 2021 immediately following the adjournment of the public hearing or at 7:00 PM, whichever is later.

Motion to Adjourn at 7:55 PM by Amy Shafer second by Kevin Larson. Motion carried.

Nicole Olson
Clerk/Treasurer

Approved: 06/14/2021

Minutes: May 10, 2021 Adjourned Board of Review Meeting

The Town of Eau Galle, St. Croix County Board of Review was called into session on May 10, 2021 at 6:55 PM during the forty-five day period beginning on the 2nd Monday of May 2021 pursuant to 70.47(1) of the Wis. Statutes by Chairman Lund at the town hall.

Town Board members present were Kevin Larson, Amy Shafer, Jim Lund, and Nicole Olson.

Due to the fact the assessment roll is not complete at this time, the Board of Review will be adjourned until the assessor has completed the assessment roll.

Motion by Kevin Larson, second by Amy Shafer to close the Board of Review until September 1, 2021 from 12:00 PM-2:00 PM. Motion carried.

Session closed at 6:57 PM.

Nicole Olson
Town Clerk/Treasurer

Approved: 06/14/2021

 

 

Public Notice: June 14, 2021 Board Meeting

The Town Board of the Town of Eau Galle, St. Croix County, Wisconsin, hereby provides its written notice and an agenda of the public meeting of the Town Board for Monday, June 14, 2021, immediately following the Public Hearing to consider the proposed Town of Eau Galle Comprehensive Plan 2020 OR beginning at 7:00 PM, whichever is later, at the Eau Galle Town Hall, 285 County Road BB Baldwin, Wisconsin.

Agenda may be changed up to 24hrs before meeting by posting.

Agenda will be (items not necessary presented in this order):

  1. Call to order and roll call
  2. Verification of proper public notice
  3. Agenda presentationConsider for approval or other action:
  4. Agenda
  5. Minutes from May 10, 2021 town board meeting after any corrections have been rectified.
  6. Minutes from May 10, 2021 adjourned board of review after any corrections have been rectified.
  7. Reports/Updates presented:
    1. Treasurer’s Report –
      1. Vouchers and payment of bills
    2. Building Report – New building permits
  8. Announcements and Review of correspondence received, if any
  9. Website redesign in order to be 100% mobile-responsive site and achieve more modern look.
  10. Comprehensive Town Plan for the Town of Eau Galle
    1. Resolution No.2021-02 Resolution adopting the document titled “Adopting Public Participation Procedures for Amending the Comprehensive Plan for the Town of Eau Galle”.
    2. Updates needed to the town plan (if any)
  11. Road Work:
    1. Compile the list of road work for 2022 per St. Croix County’s request
    2. Borrowing of funds for 2021-2023 road projects as approved at Annual Meeting borrowing $150,000 for 2 years with yearly payments from First Bank Baldwin at 2.7% interest with action authorizing signatures at next month’s meeting.
  12.  American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) update
    1. Name someone as the authorized representative, and authorize town clerk/treasurer to complete and submit any necessary forms related to ARPA.
  13. Items intended for future meetings
  14. Chairman’s Report –
  15. Public comment/open forum
  16. Date of next meeting
  17. Adjourn

Discussion and action may occur on any of the above agenda items.

Meeting notice posted this 3rd day of June 2021, on the town’s website at www.townofeaugalle.org and at: Eau Galle Town Hall, 285 County Road BB.

Nicole Olson
Eau Galle Town Clerk/Treasurer

Minutes: April 12, 2021 Board Meeting

Minutes of 04-12-2021 Eau Galle Board Meeting

*Minutes are unofficial until approved by the Town Board*

The regular monthly meeting was called to order by Town Board Chairman Lund at 7:35 PM at the town hall.

Chairman Lund indicated that the notice of the meeting was posted as required by statutes.

The Town Board members present were Kevin Larson, Amy Shafer, Jim Lund, and William Peavey.

The agenda was approved and posted on a motion by Amy Shafer second by Kevin Larson, motion carried.

Minutes of the 03-08-2021 Board Meeting were approved on a motion by Kevin Larson second by Amy Shafer, motion carried.

Treasurer’s report was reviewed. Motion by Amy Shafer second by Kevin Larson to approve the bills with the possibility of approving one other check for item #6 (Request from Randall Finstad to recover unlawful real estate tax) in the agenda, motion carried.

Clerk reviewed correspondence and emails. Incumbents Jim Lund, Amy Shafer, and Kevin Larson, as well as newly elected Town Board official, Nicole Olson reviewed and signed oaths of office.
Building and Driveway Permits issued were reviewed.

Randal Finstad made a claim to recover unlawful real estate tax in the amount of $1,429.54. Town Board reviewed claim. Motion by Amy Shafer second by Kevin Larson to accept the claim for unlawful real estate tax in the amount of $1,429.54. Motion carried.

Motion by Kevin Larson Second by Amy Shafer to appoint William Peavey as Deputy Clerk/Treasurer at a compensation rate of $18.00/hour. Motion carried.

Motion by Amy Shafer second by Kevin Larson to set last month compensation for retiring Clerk/Treasurer at 2/3 rate of a full month for the month of April 2021 and set new Clerk/Treasurer’s compensation at 1/3 rate of a full month for the month of April 2021. Motion carried.

Mike Ostlie was present for the planning commission. Updated the town board that the planning commission had passed a resolution recommending the town board approve the updated town plan. The next steps include sending paper copies to the library, and county and to schedule a public hearing. Notice must be posted 30 days prior to the hearing. Public hearing is tentatively scheduled for June 2021.

Road Work:

Weight limits are now off of roads.

The culvert near 20th/ 230th was blown out and needs to be replaced. May also need to haul in more gravel until culvert is replaced since cone keeps washing away. There is also a ditch ¼ mile from culvert location that needs to be cleaned out. County will clean the ditch after culvert repair while equipment is still on site thus saving the town cost of relocating equipment.

Chairman Lund met with the County Highway Engineer to bid 10th Avenue repairs and replace road. Water runs over road near County Rd B and 10th Avenue during heavy rainfall. Two culverts may be needed to alleviate this issue. Ditches also need to be cleaned. The bridge does not need replacement however, the road will need to be widened in some areas. The new bid to complete all the needed road repair/replacement on 10th Avenue is $195,000.

Town Board proposes the following road work for 2021 totaling approximately $335,000.00.

  1. Sealcoat approximately 6 ¼ miles of roads this year for approximately $125,000.00
  2. Replace and repair 10th Avenue for approximately $195,000.00.
  3. Repair 45th (gravel road) for approximately $15,000.00

Current budget available for road construction is $237, 206.00. May be able to access some more funds for road construction out of our snow plow budget which currently has $31,000.00 available.
Town Board proposes to take out a loan for $150,000.00 to be paid back over 2 years to help cover the cost of maintaining the town roads. A formal motion will be made at the annual meeting scheduled for April 20, 2021 at 7:00 PM.

In the interim, the county has asked for a list of roads that will need sealcoat so they can make their schedule for the year. Chairman Lund is notifying the county the following roads need sealcoating this year:

  1. 250th North of I-94. Approximately 2/3 of a mile
  2. 50th from 233rd to County Rd BB. Approximately 1 mile
  3. 230th South of County Rd N. Approximately 1 mile
  4. Boston Rd. Approximately 1 mile
  5. 270th from County Rd N to 250th. Approximately 2 miles.
  6. 60th west of County Rd BB. This is a shared road with Town of Baldwin. Eau Galle Town share approximately ½ mile.

A town resident, Jean Kelly, has requested the county rake and seed her lawn due to the bridge at 250th washing out. Town will not pay for the cost of her lawn to be raked and seeded.

Chairman Report:

Annual Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 7:00 PM at the town hall.

Spring Clean-up Day Scheduled for Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 9:00 AM- 12:00PM at Murtha Sanitation. Further details are now posted on the town website.

Board of Review scheduled for Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 12:00 PM- 2:00 PM at the town hall.

Open Book scheduled for Wednesday, August 25, 2021, 12:00 PM- 2:00 PM at the town hall.

Town hall is in need of some maintenance and repair work. Bruce Erickson has placed a bid to do needed repairs. Bid is more than $1,000.00 but less than $3,000.00. Repairs include: new door, Mice infestation in the ceiling, Bruce will seal town hall and replace outdoor boards/siding where mice are entering the building. Other miscellaneous work may also be needed.

New COVID package includes $100,000.00 to be given directly to the town of Eau Galle. The parameters for how this money can be spent have not yet been released but be thinking of ideas. Some ideas so far:

  1. New furnace for town hall
  2. New air filtration system for town hall
  3. Generator for town hall

Open Forum:

Nicole Olson is the new Clerk/Treasurer. Her contact info and office hours are:

  • Office: (715) 684-3015
  • Cell: (715) 410-4598
  • Fax: (715) 684-5210
  • E-mail: [email protected]
  • Office hours: Tuesdays 8:30 AM-10:30 AM or by appointment

After 40 plus years of service, Bill Peavey is retiring! Chairman Lund and the board thanked Bill for all his hard work and dedication. A celebration for Bill will be held Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 6:00 PM at the town hall. Cake and light refreshments will be served.

A town resident expressed interest in serving on the planning commission.

Date of next meeting:

Monday May 10, 2021 at 7:00 PM

Motion to Adjourn at 8:24 PM by Kevin Larson second by Amy Shafer. Motion carried.

Nicole Olson
Clerk/Treasurer

Approved: 5/10/2021