Town Board Approved February 28, 2000



Municipal Complex - Assembly Room

Monday, January 10, 2000

Agendas with resolutions were posted at the Municipal Complex, Fire Station 40, Utility District, Appleton Public Library, Menasha Public Library, and Neenah Public Library.


Town Chair Arden Tews called the Regular Meeting of the Town Board of Supervisors to order at 6:00 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Clerk Sprague noted the roll as follows:


Arden Tews, Town Chair Jeanne Krueger, Supervisor #1

Bob Sprague, Supervisor #2 Jerry Jurgensen, Supervisor #3

Allen Nennig, Supervisor #4 Carlene Sprague, Town Clerk

Carl Sutter, Town Engineer John Claypool, Town Attorney

Bogdan "Bob" Vitas, Administrator William Weiss, Police Chief

George Dearborn, Dir. of Com. Dev. Gaylene Nash, Asst. to Admin.

Don Cox, Fire Chief


Grace Vander Velden, Dir. of Finance


Tom Mc Crory Elaine Siegfried Mary Porto

Dave Wagner Sue Englebert Robert Francart

Amy Salm Marie Salm Emilee Salm

Bill Schettle Lee Schwandt


A. Emilee Salm for calling 911 - Presented by: Sue Englebert

Chairman Tews stated that we had a Special Presentation this evening and directed Fire Chief Cox and Sue Englebert to present an award to Emilee Salm. Sue Englebert Administrator Assistant/ Public Safety Instructor presented Emilee

Salm, a 4 year old child, who she recently provided training to regarding the use of 911 in emergency situations, to the Town of Menasha Board of Supervisors. This training became very important to Emilee and her family when her pregnant mother felt faint and she was able to assist her by calling 911.


Dave Wagner, Town Resident from the Town of Greenville made a presentation to the Town Board regarding a recent ordinance that passed in Outagamie County regarding Airport Overlay and Zoning. He stated that his purpose was to inform anyone in Winnebago County how this would affect them if an ordinance passed.

He stated that he was a member of the Outagamity County Citizen's Advisory Committee and that they did not agree with this ordinance. It was stated that Outagamie County was trying to control density for future development. This ordinance creates problems for existing properties that are developed. If you reside in any of the zones, it impacts future development as well as existing use. It also negatively affects the value of existing properties in the Town of Grand Chute and the Town of Greenville.

Much discussion ensued.


A. Addition to Street/Park Garage -

Randy Gallow, Street Superintendent, Ron Krueger, Director Park and Rec.

No discussion in the Street / Park Garage Addition.

B. Establish Building Committee

Chairman Tews recommended that the Town Board should be appointed to serve on the Building Committee. We can also have additional Town residents if so desired.

Administrator Vitas stated that the 1st step would be to go through the selection process of the firm who would build the building. Then, we would need to establish a Building Oversight Committee to assure costs do not exceed what is expected.

It was the consensus that the entire Town Board serve on both Committees and also appoint Town residents.



A. 000110-1: Intent to Proceed STH 47 Sidewalk Project

MOTION: Supervisor Sprague, second Supervisor Jurgensen to adopt the resolution and approve proceeding further on the STH 47 Sidewalk Project as modified. Motion carried unanimously.

B. 000110-2: 1999 Budget Transfer - Police Department

MOTION: Supervisor Sprague, second Supervisor Jurgensen to adopt the resolution and approve the transfer of $128.00 from 52100-813 to 52100-815 for the replacement cost of the PC Anywhere Software. Motion carried unanimously.

C. 000110-3: Set Public Hearing - Street Vacation, Portion of Kuehn Court

MOTION: Supervisor Sprague, second Supervisor Nennig to adopt the resolution and approve setting the Public Hearing date on the 28th of February at 5:50 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.

D. 000110-4: Establish Polling Places for the 04/04/2000 Spring Election

MOTION: Supervisor Nennig, second Supervisor Sprague to adopt the resolution and approve the polling places for the 4/4/2000 election as submitted. Motion carried (4-1) Sprague, Jurgensen, Nennig, Chairman Tews-Yes, Krueger No.

E. 000110-5: Expenditures

MOTION: Supervisor Sprague, second Supervisor Nennig to adopt the resolution and approve the expenditures with the exception of (none). Motion carried unanimously.


A. 991220-1:ORD Amendment Chapter 4 Traffic Code and Snowmobile Regulations, Section 4.075(1)(3)(4) - Obstruction Crossing by Trains SECOND READING and ADOPTION

MOTION: Supervisor Jurgensen, second Supervisor Nennig to accept the second reading of the ordinance and adopt as submitted. Motion carried (4-0), with Supervisor Sprague abstaining.

B. 991220-2:ORD Amending and Recreating Chapter 14 of the Town of Menasha Municipal Code - Off Site Sign Regulation, 14.65(5)(b) and 14.65(7) is hereby amended and recreated to read as follows: SECOND READING

1st motion Supervisor Krueger, second Supervisor Sprague to amend the ordinance in Chapter 14 Section 14.65(7)(d)(2) to read as follows:

"(2) The off-premises sign shall be allowed only as long as the business or industry remains in operation at a location within 500 1000 feet of the off-premises sign."

2nd motion was withdrawn.

3rd Motion Supervisor Sprague, seconded Supervisor Krueger to refer the ordinance to the next Town Board meeting. Motion carried unanimously.

Attorney Claypool suggested adopting the language comparable to the Roadway Development Agreement stating that the Town Board can use discretion on a case by case basis.


A. 000110-1:APP Appoint Fire Marshal/Deputy Fire Chief

MOTION: Supervisor Krueger, second Supervisor Sprague to approve the appointment of Fire Marshal / Deputy Fire Chief Susan L. Phillips effective January 24, 2000. Motion carried unanimously.

B. 000110-2:RES Resignation Fire Fighter Mark Gillis

MOTION: Supervisor Sprague, second Supervisor Krueger to approve the resignation of Fire Fighter Mark Gillis effective December 31, 1999 with regrets. Motion carried unanimously.


  1. Special Town Board Meeting – 10/28/99

  2. Special Town Board Meeting – 11/01/99

C. Public Hearing - 11/08/99

D. Regular Town Board Meeting - 11/08/99

E. Regular Meeting Town Board - 11/22/99

MOTION: Supervisor Sprague, second Supervisor Jurgensen to accept the minutes as submitted. Motion carried unanimously.


  1. Fireline – Jan /00

  2. Fire Dept. Report - 12/99

  3. Building Report - 12/99

MOTION: Supervisor Sprague, second Supervisor Jurgensen to accept the correspondence for filing. Motion carried unanimously.


A. Town Administrator - None

B. Town Attorney

Attorney Claypool reported to the Town Board regarding a petition that was filed by Urban Hubert with the Supreme Court for an appeal. He stated a response is not needed at this time from the Town's attorney.

C. Town Clerk – None

D. Town Board

  1. Jeanne Krueger, Supervisor #1

    Supervisor Krueger suggested the Town investigate the possibility of establishing a post office branch, similar to Grand Chute's branch and library branch. Administrator Vitas would have Gaylene Nash, Assistant to the Administrator investigate these possibilities.

  2. Robert Sprague, Supervisor #2

    Supervisor Sprague asked Fire Chief Cox if he had thought about the possibility of appointing 1st Responders who are not currently firefighters. He had been getting calls from residents who would be eligible and live in the Town.

    Fire Chief Cox stated yes, it would take a change in the ordinance and additional costs would be involved. We have enough people right now. If we are short of 1st Responders in the future, we would be willing to add civilians.

  3. Jerry Jurgensen, Supervisor #3

    Supervisor Jurgensen stated that we have looked into establishing a post office in the past and there were problems. Supervisor Jurgensen stated that we needed to have a main street and there were other reasons why we cannot do this.

  4. Allen Nennig, Supervisor #4

Supervisor Nennig stated that he would be attending an Urban Towns meeting on Wednesday to discuss the Urban Towns Bill. The Year 2000 Legislation issues will be discussed.

E. Town Chairman

Chairman Tews reminded the Town Board and staff there will be an upcoming Town of Clayton meeting regarding Winnebago County Airport Overlay and hoped all could attend.

The Big Brothers/Big Sisters would like to see Town Board members support this organization. We need 5 people to represent the Town on February 26th at Super Bowl in Appleton.

Chairman Tews also stated that the Neenah Library is currently selling their furnishings and equipment.

Lately, in the bills there were invoices for the GREAT GRANT program. Chairman Tews asked Police Chief Weiss is he could prepare a report to the Townspeople at the Annual Meeting this April regarding this issue.

F. Other Town Officials

George Dearborn, Director of Community Development

Director Dearborn commented in regards to the Airport Overlay Zoning District. He stated that he would attend the meeting. In his opinion, the best is to work jointly with the County regarding this issue. He will provide a report after this meeting.

Director Dearborn reviewed the 1999 year end Building Report.

Grace Vander Velden, Director of FinanceExcused

Don Cox, Fire Chief - Y2K Synopsis Chief Cox stated that everyone attended who was scheduled. All went well.

Chief Cox also reported on the fireworks incident at Cold Spring Villas on New Years Eve. He said that the sprinkler system activated, and put the fire out.

William Weiss, Police Chief – Chief Weiss also reviewed the Y2K status and reported that he was very pleased with how things transpired. We had a good plan and everything worked the way it should have.

  1. ANNOUNCEMENTS – Same as on Agenda

At 7:25 p.m., MOTION: Supervisor Sprague, second Supervisor Krueger to adjourn the regular meeting of the Town Board of Supervisors. Motion carried unanimously.

Respectfully submitted, Carlene L. Sprague Town Clerk