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

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Public Notice: Sept. 13, 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, September 13, 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 presentationConsider for approval or other action:
  4. Agenda
  5. Minutes from August 9, 2021 town board meeting after any corrections have been rectified.
  6. Reports/Updates presented:
    1. Treasurer’s Report –
      1. Vouchers and payment of bills
    2. Building Report – New building permits
  7. Announcements and Review of correspondence received, if any
  8. Discussion and action on Resolution #2021-04 St Croix County recommended redistricting plan regarding redrawing municipal ward boundaries and political jurisdictions as required by law every 10 years.
  9. 9. Contract review from Kleven Property Assessment, LLC for 2022 Maintenance Assessment of Real and Personal Property
  10. Discussion and action regarding obtaining an official .gov domain for the Town of Eau Galle.
  11. Discussion, review, and action to adopt changes to the 12-10-2018 Driveway and Highway Access Ordinance as reflected in the attached document Driveway and Highway Access Ordinance 2021-02.
  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. ARPA update and discussion of possible projects
  14. 2022 Budget discussion
  15. Cemetery Improvement discussion
  16. Chairman’s Report
  17. Items intended for future meetings
  18. Public comment/open forum
  19. Date of next meeting
  20. Adjourn

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

Meeting notice posted this 8th day of September 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: July 12, 2021 Board Meeting

Minutes of 07-12-2021 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 7:00 PM at the town hall.

Chairman Lund indicated that the notice of the meeting was posted as required by statutes and no additional items had been added since the July agenda was published in the Baldwin Bulletin.

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 06-14-2021 Board Meeting were approved on a motion by Kevin Larson second by Amy Shafer, motion carried.

Minutes from the 06-14-2021 public hearing to consider the proposed Town of Eau Galle Comprehensive Plan 2020 were approved on a motion by Amy Shafer second by Kevin Larson, motion carried.

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

Clerk reviewed correspondence and emails.

Building and Driveway Permits issued were reviewed.

Town Board recommendation for 1 lot CSM for Kurt Swanson in section 13 was reviewed. Motion by Amy Shafer Second by Kevin Larson to approve 2 lot CSM for Kurt Swanson in Section 13, motion carried, map signed.

Discussion occurred regarding town website redesign and bid to make website 100% mobile responsive. Motion by Kevin Larson, second by Amy Shafer to approve spending $2500.00 to upgrade the website to 100% mobile responsive and redesign into a full featured website, motion carried.

Town board discussed and reviewed Ordinance No. 2021-01 adopting the document titled “Ordinance Adopting an Amendment to the Town of Eau Galle Comprehensive Plan”. Motion by Amy Shafer second by Kevin Larson to approve two changes to the Ordinance, adding St. Croix County to line 1 of the Ordinance and striking 2020 from Section 2 of the Ordinance, motion carried. Motion by Amy Shafer, second by Kevin Larson to adopt Ordinance No. 2021-01 “Ordinance Adopting an Amendment to the Town of Eau Galle Comprehensive Plan” with the above changes. Chairman Lund took a roll-call vote Jim Lund- Aye, Amy Shafer- Aye, Kevin Larson-Aye, motion carried. Notification of Ordinance No. 2021-01 adoption will be posted in the Baldwin Bulletin on July 20, 2021. Ordinance No. 2021-01 will become effective 24 hours after posting, July 21, 2021.

Motion by Kevin Larson second by Amy Shafer to print 30 copies of the Town of Eau Galle Comprehensive Plan 2020 at the cheapest cost available, motion carried.

Road Work:

  • Regarding the two sections of town roads have been damaged by private contractors.
    • Dairyland Power caused damage to 30th Avenue with their equipment. The needed repairs are now complete and the invoice has been sent to Dairyland Power.
    • A contractor putting in place drain tile for a resident on 20th Avenue damaged the road. This repair has not yet been started.
  • 45th Avenue project is now complete.
  • Mowing of ditches is now complete.
  • The stop sign at 60th Avenue and County Road BB had brush obstructing it. The brush has been cleared.
  • Another letter will be sent to Marious Kool advising him of the penalties if he does not bring his driveway up to town standards as required.
  • 33rd Avenue is washed out and needs to be fixed. This will be done after 10th Avenue project is complete.
  • List of roadwork for 2022 needs to be submitted to St. Croix County by August 2021.
    • Agenda item for next meeting.
    • Possible roads that will need to be on the list:
      • 47th Avenue 670 feet of overbuilt road to NM Transfer Company and 125 feet of blacktop to Murtha’s Sanitation Driveway.

Update on Borrowing of funds for 2021-2023 road projects. Clerk advised the board all requested paperwork has been submitted. Waiting on a closing date. No action.

Discussion continued regarding American Rescue Plan Act funds (ARPA). A savings account will be opened with the First Bank of Baldwin for the ARPA funding. The first installment of ARPA funding in the amount of $65,313.18 was received. Next installment expected in approximately 12 months. WTA continues to provide updates to ARPA funding via email and mail.

Items for discussion at next month’s meeting: None

Chairman’s Report:

  • Complaint of dogs barking at 598A 270th Street in Woodville was received. No dogs were currently licensed at the residence. A letter was sent and three dogs now licensed.
  • Fire Department wants a new fire truck. In order to purchase, they want to increase the assessment by 2%. Truck needs to be ordered no later than 8/1/2021 or the price increases $10,000.00 per month. After ordering, the wait for the finished truck is approximately 1 ½ years.
  • Horse got out of his fence. The owner was found.
  • A St. Croix County Deputy called Chairman Lund and requested he take a dog out of a car, Chairman Lund informed the deputy he no longer provides this service, the dog was taken elsewhere.
  • Two firework permits were issued in the last month.
  • ATV complaint was received. West side of 250th Street, ATVs have been driving across private fields without permission, and are having parties. Police have been notified and will be watching the area.
  • St Croix County Towns Meeting is Thursday July 22, 2021.
  • Board of Review will need to be advertised soon.
  • Town Board needs to begin thinking about the budget.
  • Driveway and Highway Access Ordinance will need to be reviewed and updated. Clerk to send copies to the Board to review prior to next month’s meeting.

Open Forum:

  • A resident inquired if the Town Board would be willing to pass a resolution making the Town of Eau Galle a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Town. More information is needed, no action taken.
  • A resident stated the Brookville Cemetery is in need of brush clearing. The West side of the graveyard is covered in brush. Some of the gravestones have also tipped over. Another resident volunteered to spray the poison ivy that has grown in cemetery. Clerk to look into use of ARPA funds to improve cemetery.

Date of next meeting: Monday August 9, 2021 at 7:00 PM.

Motion to Adjourn at 8:15 PM by Kevin Larson second by Amy Shafer. Motion carried.

Nicole Olson
Clerk/Treasurer

Approved: 08/09/2021

Public Notice: Sept. 1, 2021 Board of Review

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Review for the Town of Eau Galle St. Croix County shall hold its first meeting on the 1st day of September 2021 from 12:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. at the Eau Galle Town Hall.

Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the Board of Review and procedural requirements if appearing before the Board:

  • No person shall be allowed to appear before the Board of Review, to testify to the Board by telephone or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable written request by certified mail of the assessor to view such property.
  • After the first meeting of the Board of Review and before the Board’s final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the Board of Review may contact, or provide information to, a member of the Board about the person’s objection except at a session of the Board. Open book shall occur no less than 7 days prior to the board of review.
  • The board of review may not hear an objection to the amount or valuation of property unless, at least 48 hours before the board’s first scheduled meeting, the objector provides to the board’s clerk written or oral notice of an intent to file an objection, except that upon showing of good cause and the submission of a written objection, the board shall waive that requirement during the first 2 hours of the board’s first scheduled meeting, and the board may waive that requirement up to the end of the 5th day of the session or up to the end of the final day of the session if the session is less than 5 days with proof of extraordinary circumstances for failure to meet the 48 hr. notice requirement and failure to appear before the board of review during the first 2 hours of the first scheduled meeting.
  • Objections to the amount or valuation of property shall first be made in writing and filed with the clerk of the board of review within the first 2 hours of the board’s first scheduled meeting, except that, upon evidence of extraordinary circumstances, the board may waive that requirement up to the end of the 5th day of the session or up to the end of the final day of the session if the session is less than 5 days. The board may require objections to the amount or valuation of property to be submitted on forms approved by the Department of Revenue, and the board shall require that any forms include stated valuation of the property in question. Persons who own land and improvements to that land may object to the aggerate valuation of land and improvements to that land, but no person who owns land and improvements to that land may object only to the valuation of that land or only to the valuation of improvements to that land. No person may be allowed in any action or proceedings to question the amount or valuation of property unless the written objection has been filled and that person in good faith presented evidence to the board in support of the objections and made full disclosure before the boards in support of the objection and made full disclosure before the board, under oath, of all that person’s property liable to assessment in the district and the value of that property. The requirement that objections be in writing may be waived by express action of the board.
  • When appearing before the Board, the person shall specify, in writing, the persons estimate of the value of the land and of the improvements that are the subject of the person’s objection and specify the information that the person used to arrive at that estimate.
  • No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or subject or object to a valuation; if that valuation was made by the Assessor or the Objector using the income method; unless the person supplies the Assessor all the information about income or expenses, as specified in the manual under sec 73.03(2a), that the assessor requests. The Town of Eau Galle has an Ordinance for the confidentiality of information about income expenses that is provided to the Assessor under this paragraph which provides exemptions for persons using information in the discharge of duties imposed by law or of the duties of their office or by order of a court. The information that is provided under this paragraph, unless a court determined that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and copying under Section 19.35(1) of Wis. Statutes.
  • The Board shall hear upon oath, by telephone, all ill or disabled persons who present to the Board a letter from a physician, surgeon or osteopath that confirms their illness or disability. No other persons may testify by telephone unless the Board, in its discretion has determined to grant a property owner’s or their representative’s request to testify under oath by telephone or written statement.
  • No person may appear before the board of review, testify to the board by telephone, or contest the amount of assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the board, or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard if the objection is allowed under s.70.47(3)(a), Wis. Stats., that person provides to the clerk of the board of review notice as to whether the person will ask for the removal of a member of the board of review and, if so, which member, and provide a reasonable estimate of the length of time the hearing will take.

Notice is hereby given this 10th day of August 2021
Nicole Olson, Clerk

Public Notice: Assessment Roll Open For Examination and Open Book

Town of Eau Galle, St. Croix County

Pursuant to s70.45, Wis. Stats. The assessment roll for the year 2021 assessment will be open for examination starting on the 25th day of August 2021 at 12 PM until 2 PM at the Eau Galle Town Hall.

Additionally, the assessor shall be available on the 25th day of August from 12 PM until 2 PM at the Eau Galle Town hall.

Instructional material will be provided at the open book to persons who wish to object to valuations under s. 70.47, Wis. Stats.

Nicole Olson, Clerk