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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Minutes: Sept. 13, 2021 Board Meeting

Minutes of the Sept. 13, 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 noted an additional item #9 Contract review from Kleven Properties Assessment had been added since the September 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 08-09-2021 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 Amy Shafer second by Kevin Larson to approve the bills as presented with the addition of two checks one to Baldwin Bulletin and one to Nicole Olson, motion carried.

Building and Driveway Permits issued were reviewed.

Clerk reviewed correspondence and emails.

The Town Board discussed and reviewed Adopting the Ward Plan for the Town of Eau Galle Resolution No. 2021-04. Motion by Kevin Larson second by Amy Shafer to approve Resolution No. 2021-04. Chairman Lund took a roll call vote Jim Lund-Aye, Amy Shafer-Aye, Kevin Larson-Aye, motion carried.

The Town Board discussed and reviewed the contract from Kleven Property Assessment, LLC. Motion by Amy Shafer, Second by Kevin Larson to approve contract from Kleven properties for 2022 maintenance Assessment of Real and Personal Property, Motion carried.

The Town Board discussed obtaining an official .gov domain for the town of Eau Galle. Motion by Kevin Larson second by Amy Shafer to approve obtaining an official .gov domain, Motion carried.

The Town Board discussed and reviewed changes to the 12-10-2018 Driveway and Highway Access Ordinance. Motion By Amy Shafer, Second by Kevin Larson to adopt changes made to the 12-10-2018 Driveway and Highway Access Ordinance and update the name of the Ordinance to Town of Eau Galle St. Croix county, WI Driveway and Highway Access Ordinance 2021-02. Motion carried.

Road Work:

  • Town needs to apply for the 2022 LRIP money.
  • The culverts needed to complete 20th Avenue project are on backorder.
  • Fogging and sealcoating of town roads for the year is complete.
  • The ditches have started to be mowed.
  • 10th avenue is paved, just shoulders are left to complete.
  • 25th Avenue has branches hanging down that are hitting the school bus lights, it will need to be brushed. Some shoulders are in need of grading as well.
  • Damage has been caused to the sealcoating of some town roads from drivers “peeling’ out of driveways and intersections.
  • To be completed this year:
    • ¼ of the town needs brushing. The town budgeted $25,000.00 this year. Due to other road projects being over budget, The county will be given a $20,000 budget for brushing the SW corner of the town.
    • Cold patching will be completed before winter.
    • 20th Avenue is still not fixed since a private contractor caused damage while installing drain tile. No ETA as of yet when this will be complete.

ARPA UPDATE:

  • Loss of revenue formula has been updated. Board will need to recalculate for the town.
  • Supervisor Larson to get bids to install a new heating system in the town hall to allow for better air circulation.
  • New entryway is still a possibility as well.

2022 Budget discussion:

  • No action taken

Cemetery Improvements:

  • Dane Rasmussen submitted a proposal to remove vegetative growth along the sides and within the cemetery. He outlined 3 methods that could be used.
  • Chairman Lund advised Brett Ackley will come in with his one arm and chainsaw to remove brush and bramble. Recommends going all the way to the fence line. Brett is currently 10 weeks out but the cemetery project has been placed on his schedule. No cost estimate available at this time.
  • Deputy Clerk/Treasurer to organize and scan all cemetery documents and also put information regarding plots, etc. on a spreadsheet to make searchable via town website.

CHAIRMAN’S Report:

  • The Board of Review was held on September 1, 2021. No cases were heard.
  • Fall Clean-up is scheduled for October 2, 2021 from 8AM-12PM at Murtha Sanitation.
  • Ordinances regarding building permits and code will be reviewed and updated at the October meeting. Clerk to send copies of these ordinances to board members prior to the next meeting.
  • Clerk to obtain 2020 census numbers to update the Town of Eau Galle Comprehensive Plan 2020.

Items for next meeting:

  • None noted

Open Forum:

  • No comments.

Date of Next Meeting:

  • October 11, 2021 7:00 PM

Adjourn:

  • Motion to Adjourn at 8:18 PM by Kevin Larson second by Amy Shafer, motion carried.

Nicole Olson
Town Clerk/Treasurer
Approved: 10/11/2021

Minutes: Aug. 9, 2021 Board Meeting

Minutes of 08-09-2021 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 August 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 07-12-2021 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 Amy Shafer second by Kevin Larson to approve the bills as presented with the addition of one check to Baldwin Bulletin, motion carried.

Building and Driveway Permits issued were reviewed.

Clerk reviewed correspondence and emails.

Website redesign contract was reviewed. Motion by Amy Shafer, second by Kevin Larson to sign contract to redesign the town website, motion carried.

Road Work:

  • The town ditches need to be mowed. Some residents have planted crops in the ditches. The crops that were planted in the ditches will be mowed down in the interest of public safety.
  • ¼ of the town is due for brushing. This has not yet been scheduled. Agenda item for next month.
  • 5th Avenue brush will be cut this year prior to snowplow season.
  • Seal coating 2/3 of a mile on 250th Street North of I-94 will not be completed this year.
  • St. Croix County seal coated 2 miles of 250th Street South of I-94. This was unscheduled in the town budget for 2021 road work and St. Croix County has advised this invoice can be paid next year if the town chooses to delay payment. Invoice has not yet been received.
  • 2 culverts are failing on 20th Ave and need to be replaced this fall. The estimate is approximately $15,000.00.
  • Possible project for LRIP is ¾ of a mile of 20th Ave East of Highway 63.
  • Resolution 2021-03 was reviewed. Motion by Amy Shafer, second by Kevin Larson to adopt Resolution #2021-03. Chairman Lund took a roll call vote; Chairman Lund- Aye, Amy Shafer-Aye, Kevin Larson-Aye, motion carried. Resolution 2021-03 signed.

ARPA Update:

  • Interim guidance remains fluid. Discussion occurred regarding possible projects. No action taken.
  • No items noted for next month’s meeting.

Chairman’s Report:

  • United Fire and Rescue is increasing their assessment by 5%. Our town portion will increase to $40,000.00 next year. Last year was $39,000.00.
  • A town resident selling his home advertised a mother-in-law suite that could be used for rental income. The mother-in-law suite was never inspected. The town building inspector sent the resident a violation of the municipal building code of ordinances notice.
  • The Board of Review is coming up. Open Book will be held at the town hall August 25th from 12:00 PM- 2:00 PM. Board of Review will be held September 1st from 12:00 PM -2:00 PM.
  • The Park Fund can be used for cemetery improvements. A town resident is willing to make a list of needed improvements and present the list to the town board in order to prioritize the use of funds. The Deputy Clerk is interested in transferring paper copies of cemetery plots and other important data to an electronic record. Agenda item for next month.
  • Fall Clean-up date will be scheduled for the end of September.

Open Forum:

  • No comments

Driveway and Highway Access Ordinance was reviewed. Several changes were made in order to comply with updated new town plan. The adoption of the Updated Driveway and Highway Access Ordinance will be an agenda item at next month’s meeting.

Date of next meeting: Monday September 13, 2021 at 7:00 PM

Motion to Adjourn at 8:11 PM by Amy Shafer second by Kevin Larson. Motion carried.

Nicole Olson
Clerk/Treasurer

Approved: 09-13-2021

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

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