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 10 AM-12 PM 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: June 13, 2022 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 on June 13, 2022 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 May 9, 2022 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. Town Board review of request for a driveway variance in Section 19 for David Pettis
  9. Town Board review of Land Division Application for a two lot CSM for Adolph Johnson Family in section 25.
  10. Town Board to review the 2021 Audit
  11. Town Board review of update to the Nonresidential Building Ordinance
    1. As it pertains to solar panels
  12. Road Work
  13. Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) update
  14. ARPA update
  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 3rd day of June 2022, 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: 2021 Annual Meeting

Minutes of the April 20, 2021 Town of Eau Galle Annual Meeting

*Minutes are unofficial until approved at the next Town meeting*

The annual meeting of the Town of Eau Galle was called to order by Town Board Chairman Lund at 7:06 PM at the town hall.

The minutes of the 2020 annual meeting were read and approved on a motion by Larry Larson, second by Tim Stave, motion carried 8-0.

Clerk Nicole Olson reviewed the annual report and answered questions. Motion by Tim Stave, second by Kevin Larson to approve the annual report as presented, motion carried 8-0.

Motion by Amy Shafer, second by Larry Larson to designate the Baldwin Bulletin as the official newspaper, motion carried 8-0.

Motion by Tim Stave, second by Amy Shafer to designate the First Bank of Baldwin as official depository of funds, motion carried 8-0.

Motion by Tim Stave, second by Bill Peavey to allow the Town Board to set the tax levy, motion carried 8-0.

Motion by Bill Peavey, second by Tim Stave to authorize the Town Board to spend more than $5,000.00 per mile on roads, motion carried 8-0.

Motion by Tim Stave, second by Larry Larson to authorize the Town Board to borrow up to $150,000.00 for 2 years to construct and maintain town roads, motion carried 8-0.

Discussion was held concerning the review of the draft town plan. Chairman Lund advised it closely follows the county but is more restrictive in some areas. He further advised that an electronic copy of the draft town plan can be found on the town’s website or a paper copy is available at the town hall. No action taken.

Open Discussion on Town Issues:

  • Larry Larson advised vehicles are traveling fast on his road

Chairman’s Report:

  • Noted that a lot of new home construction is occurring in the town.
  • 2020 Road Construction completed
    • 1 mile of 50th Avenue (between 250th and County RD B) was reconstructed.
    • $30,000.00 in flood damage to our roads, $18,000.00 was refunded from the state of Wisconsin.
  • 2021 Planned Road Construction
    • 1 mile of 10th Avenue (between County Rd B and 250th) will be reconstructed for an estimated $195,000.00 (bid from the county).
    • 6 miles of sealcoating is also planned to maintain newly reconstructed roads.
    • Ditches will be mowed this year instead of sprayed.
  • Finalizing the new town plan will lead to reviewing and updating all town ordinances as needed in order to enforce the plan.
  • Ongoing issue within the town is garbage in the ditches. Looking for ways to resolve this issue.
  • Spring Clean-up Day is scheduled for May 1, 2021 from 9 AM-12 PM at Murtha.
  • Big thank you to Bill Peavey for all his work for the town over the last 40 plus years. It is greatly appreciated.

Old Business:

  • Kevin Larson noted that spraying the ditches was killing too many trees/grass and leaving bare spots so town board decided to mow this year instead.

New Business:

  • None

Motion to Adjourn at 7:28 PM by Tim Stave, second by Larry Larson, motion carried 8-0.

Nicole Olson
Clerk/Treasurer
Approved: 04-19-2022

Minutes: 2022 Annual Meeting

Minutes of the April 19, 2022 Town of Eau Galle Annual Meeting

*Minutes are unofficial until approved at the next Town meeting*

 The annual meeting of the Town of Eau Galle was called to order by Town Board Chairman Lund at 7:00 PM at the town hall.

The minutes of the 2021 annual meeting were read and approved on a motion by Tim Stave, second by Dane Rasmussen, motion carried 7-0.

Deputy Clerk William Peavey reviewed the annual report and answered questions. Motion by Dane Rasmussen, second by Tim Stave to approve the annual report as presented, motion carried 7-0.

Discussion occurred regarding designating an official town newspaper. Town electors recommended the Town Board not designate an official newspaper. No action taken.

Discussion occurred regarding designating an official depository of funds. Town electors deferred to Town board and did not have an opinion regarding the official depository. No action taken.

Motion by Bill Peavey, second by Dane Rasmussen to allow the Town Board to set the tax levy, motion carried 7-0.

Discussion was held concerning election worker hourly wage. Town electors held an advisory only motion. Motion by Tim Stave second by Amy Shafer to set the Election Worker pay at $20.00 an hour. Motion Carried 7-0.

Discussion occurred regarding establishing an hourly wage of an elected official serving as a town employee. Motion by Tim Stave, Second by Bill Peavey to set the hourly rate for an elected official serving as a town employee at a rate of $20.00/hour. Motion Carried 7-0.

Discussion occurred regarding salary of town board and clerk/treasurer for the 2023 election term. Salaries last set at the Town meeting in April 2016. Current annual salaries:

  • Town Chairman: $4500
  • Supervisor: $2500
  • Clerk/Treasurer: $14,800

Motion by Dane Rasmussen second by Bill Peavey to increase the town board and clerk/treasurer annual salary by 10% beginning in the next election term (April 2023). Motion carried 7-0.

Open Discussion on Town Issues:

  • The question was raised what can a town resident do when they observe overweight vehicles traveling on town roads. Chairman to speak with the Sheriff’s Office regarding this issue.

Chairman’s Report:

  • New town plan was approved in 2021.
  • Town Ordinances updated since inception of new town plan
    • Driveway and Highway Access Ordinance 2021-02
    • Non-residential building permit Ordinance 2022-03
    • Building Code Ordinance for Residential and Commercial 2022-04
    • Land Division Ordinance 2022-01
    • Currently working on implements of husbandry (IOH) Ordinance
  • 2021 Road Construction completed
    • 1 mile of 10th Avenue east of County RD B was reconstructed.
    • 7 miles of road were seal-coated
    • Town Borrowed $150,000 for a two-year term loan to pay for road construction costs.
  • 2022 Planned Road Construction
    • 1 mile of 20th Avenue east of US HWY 63 will be reconstructed
    • 4 ¼ miles of gravel roads will be improved
  • Some of the funds obtained from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) will be used towards maintaining town roads.
  • Cemetery improvements are scheduled for this year.
  • Inflation is a concern and Town board will be working on ways to best spend town funds during this time.
  • Spring Clean-up Day is scheduled for May 7, 2022 from 9 AM-12 PM at Murtha.
  • Next Annual Meeting will be the 3rd Tuesday in April 2023.

Old Business:

  • None

New Business:

  • None

Motion to Adjourn at 7:43 PM by Dane Rasmussen, second by Tim Stave, motion carried 7-0.

Nicole Olson
Clerk/Treasurer

Minutes: April 11, 2022 Board Meeting

Minutes of the April 11, 2022 Town of 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 noted one additional item (13iii) was added since the April 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 presented on a motion by Amy Shafer second by Kevin Larson, motion carried.

Minutes of the 03-14-2022 Town 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 Amy Shafer second by Kevin Larson to approve the bills as presented, motion carried.

Building and Driveway Permits issued were reviewed.

Clerk reviewed correspondence and emails.

Town board appointment of Planning Committee members. Motion by Kevin Larson second by Amy Shafer to appoint Heather McAbee, John Murtha Jr. and Mike Ostlie to serve as planning committee members for a two-year term, motion carried.

Town Board discussion of updates to the Town of Eau Galle St. Croix County Ordinance #14-02 Implements of Husbandry. No action taken, discussion to continue next month.

The Town Board discussed purchasing new office equipment. Motion by Amy Shafer, second by Kevin Larson to purchase a TV monitor for use as a laptop monitor for the office, motion carried.

Town board discussion to continue membership in the Wisconsin Towns Association (WTA). Motion by Kevin Larson second by Amy Shafer to continue membership in the WTA for an annual fee of $1,064.00, motion carried.

Road Work:

The Town Board discussed Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). Motion by Amy Shafer second by Kevin Larson to move forward with applying for the BIL grant to improve town roads, motion carried.

BIL Committee Chairman updated the board on BIL meeting and recommended Cedar Corporation as the qualifying consulting firm to provide application assistance and engineering design for the FFY 23STP-Local Project. Motion by Kevin Larson, second by Amy Shafer to approve Cedar Corporation as the town’s qualifying consulting firm and pay the application fee, motion carried.

Town Board discussion of I-94 road work and possible ramp closures. Town Chairman indicated present weight limits can remain posted on town roads as needed due to the I-94 road work. Town Chairman may also post road closed, local traffic only signs as needed in order to preserve integrity of the town roads.

ARPA Update: None

Chairman’s Report:

Chairman asked the ATV club to check all ATV signs in the town.

Ditches will be mowed this year.

60th Avenue East of County Rd B is a shared road with the Town of Baldwin. A traffic counter indicated 540 vehicles/day traveling the road so it will need widening. This will be a shared road project in 2023, estimate is $245,000 shared cost.

33rd Avenue also needs repairing, and may be a project to consider this year.

Some of ARPA funds should be used for road maintenance.

Cemetery update: Currently waiting on an estimate for grinding stumps, spraying weeds, and seeding the cemetery.

Annual Town meeting will be held on April 19th at 7:00 PM.

Adjourned Board of Review is scheduled for Monday, May 9, 2022 at 6:50 PM

Spring Clean-up Day is scheduled for May 7, 2022 9 AM-12:00 PM at Murtha Sanitation.

Agenda item for next month, solar panels. Town board to review Nonresidential Building Permit Ordinance 2021-03. Ordinance may need updating to include solar panels.

Public Comment/Open Forum:

Town resident complaint regarding the property located at County Rd N and US Highway 63. Chairman Lund to reach out to the country again regarding this property.

Date of Next Meeting:

The next regular monthly Board Meeting will be held at 7:00 PM on May 9, 2022.

Adjourn:

Motion to Adjourn at 8:28 PM by Amy Shafer, second by Kevin Larson, motion carried.

Nicole Olson
Town Clerk/Treasurer
Approved: 5-9-22