Town Comprehensive Plan

Residents can now view or download a copy of the updated Town of Eau Galle Comprehensive Plan

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!

Date

  • 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]

Minutes: June 14, 2021 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 and an additional item (12a) had been added since the June agenda was published in the Baldwin Bulletin. The updated agenda was posted at the town hall, old town hall, and Murtha Sanitation as required.

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

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

Minutes of the 05-10-2021 Board Meeting were approved on a motion by Kevin Larson second by Amy Shafer, motion carried.

Minutes from the 05-10-2021 Adjourn Board of Review were approved with one correction on a motion by Amy Shafer second by Kevin Larson, motion carried.

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

Clerk reviewed correspondence and emails. Clerk will update treasurers report next month to include monetary transfers that occurred in the park fund account to ensure the account was reactivated from dormant status.

Building and Driveway Permits issued were reviewed.

Discussion occurred regarding town website redesign and bid to make website 100% mobile responsive. Board requested more information. No action taken.

Town board discussed and reviewed Resolution No. 2021-02 titled “Adopting Public Participation Procedures for Amending the Comprehensive Town Plan for the Town of Eau Galle”. Motion by Kevin Larson second by Amy Shafer to approve Resolution No. 2021-02, motion carried.

Discussion occurred regarding the Comprehensive Town Plan. Clerk to obtain the final draft of the Town of Eau Galle Comprehensive Plan 2020 from the planning commission prior to next month’s board meeting.

Road Work:

Two sections of town roads have been damaged by private contractors in the last month.

  1. Dairyland Power caused damage to 30th Avenue with their equipment. They advised they will pay for the damage, estimated cost is $1500.00.
  2. A contractor putting in place drain tile for a resident on 20th Avenue damaged the road. The homeowner will receive an invoice for the cost to repair the road. No estimate available at this time.

The 10th Avenue road construction project has increased in cost again. St. Croix County advised they do not have enough base and will need an additional $20,000 of rock to build a base for the road. The estimated total amount needed to repair 10th Avenue is $210,000.00.

List of roadwork for 2022 needs to be submitted to St. Croix County by August 2021.

Discussion occurred regarding mowing the town ditches at 6 feet or 10 feet this year. A resident voiced concerns of mowing ditches at this time due to Monarch butterfly hatching season. Town ditches will be mowed this year at 6 feet. Town Board indicated ditches must be mowed in order to ensure the safety of the public traveling on town roads.

Discussion regarding borrowing of funds for 2021-2023 road projects occurred. Motion by Amy Shafer, second by Kevin Larson to borrow $150,000.00 for 2 years with yearly payments to First Bank of Baldwin at 2.7% interest for road projects with action authorizing signatures at next month’s meeting. Motion carried.

Discussion continued regarding American Rescue Plan Act funds (ARPA). Clerk advised the board WI Department of Revenue Form SL-330 was timely submitted. Current guidance states 50% of ARPA funds is expected to be direct deposited on or around June 25, 2021 with the rest to follow approximately 12 months later. Wisconsin municipalities have until December 31, 2024, to obligate these funds, and December 31, 2026, to complete projects. Board prefers to set up a separate bank account to track ARPA funds. Clerk to contact the First Bank of Baldwin regarding different options for another account for ARPA funds. Motion by Amy Shafer, second by Kevin Larson to name Chairman Jim Lund as the authorized representative for the Town for ARPA and authorize Clerk/Treasurer Nicole Olson to complete and submit any necessary paperwork related to ARPA, motion carried.

Items for discussion at next month’s meeting:

  1. For Action: Ordinance No 2021-01 regarding ordinance adopting an amendment to the Town of Eau Galle Comprehensive Plan.
  2. Continued discussion and possible action for Website redesign/mobile responsiveness

Chairman Report:

Chairman Lund turned the report over to Supervisor Amy Shafer who is the Town’s broadband representative for St. Croix County’s Broadband Study. Baldwin LightStream already provides broadband service for all residents in the town of Eau Galle. The St. Croix County study is focusing on expanding broadband availability to the north end of the county. Broadband is now viewed as a necessity instead of a luxury.

Open Forum:

A resident wanted to know if the Town Board knew anything about a possible digestive facility being built in the town. The board had not heard of nor been approached about a digestive facility in the town of Eau Galle.

Date of next meeting: Monday July 12, 2021 at 7:00 PM.

Motion to Adjourn at 7:59 PM by Kevin Larson second by Amy Shafer. Motion carried.

Nicole Olson
Clerk/Treasurer

Approved: July 12, 2021

Minutes: June 15, 2021 Public Hearing on proposed Town of Eau Galle Comprehensive Plan 2020

*Minutes are unofficial until approved by the Town Board*

On June 15, 2021 at 6:30 PM Town Board Chairman Lund opened the public hearing at the town hall in order to receive public comment on the proposed Town of Eau Galle Comprehensive Plan 2020.

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

A town resident asked for clarification regarding page 26 of the proposed Town of Eau Galle Comprehensive Plan pertaining to R-2 Residential District lots with Density max of 8 lots per 40 acres. The question was if a property owner had a 400-acre parcel, then they would have 10 parcels of 40 acres. Could the property owner potentially have 80 lots on 240 acres with a 3-acre minimum? The Town Plan Commission advised the resident that he was correct. Yes, the property owner could have 80 lots on 240 acres in that scenario.

A town resident asked another question related to parcels. The question was does it matter that the land is held in the same property owner’s name for a contiguous parcel or if it can be held in other ways (example: some land held in LLC, some land held jointly or some land held singularly) but all land shares at least one common property owner, is the land still considered contiguous? The Town Plan Commission advised the resident that the intent of the plan is that the property have a common owner so yes, the land would be considered contiguous in that scenario.

A town resident asked for clarification regarding page 29 of the proposed Town of Eau Galle Comprehensive Plan pertaining to C-2 Commercial District. What can be converted to C-2? The Town Plan Commission advised most of the township can apply for C-2 zoning if needed. They further advised that any change in zoning will need to come before the plan commission for review prior to the town board reviewing the zoning change request.

No other questions or comments were submitted in writing prior to the public hearing. No other questions or comments were received during the public hearing.

Town Board Chairman Lund closed the public hearing on the proposed Town of Eau Galle Comprehensive Plan 2020 at 6:49 PM.

Nicole Olson
Clerk/Treasurer

Approved: July 12, 2021

Public Notice: July 12, 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, July 12, 2021 at 7:00 PM, at the Eau Galle Town Hall, 285 County Road BB Baldwin, Wisconsin.

AGENDA

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 presentation

    Consider for approval or other action:

  4. Agenda
  5. Minutes from June 14, 2021 town board meeting after any corrections have been rectified.
  6. Minutes from June 14, 2021 public hearing to consider the proposed Town of Eau Galle Comprehensive Plan 2020 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. Discussion, review, and action for one lot CSM for Kurt Swanson in section 13.
  10. Website redesign follow-up with possible action to create 100% mobile responsive site.
  11. Comprehensive Town Plan for the Town of Eau Galle
    1. Ordinance No. 2021-01 adopting the document titled “Ordinance Adopting an Amendment to the Town of Eau Galle Comprehensive Plan”.
  12. Road Work:
    1. Compile the list of road work for 2022 per St. Croix County’s request
    2. Update on Borrowing of funds for 2021-2023 road projects.
  13. 13. ARPA update
  14. Items intended for future meetings
  15. Chairman’s Report –
  16. Public comment/open forum
  17. Date of next meeting
  18. Adjourn

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

Meeting notice posted this 6th day of July 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: 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