Town of Menasha

2000 Municipal Drive, Neenah, WI 54956

Ph: (920) 720-7103,  Fax  (920) 720-7197



Municipal Complex - Assembly Room - Monday, January 12, 2004





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. 


Elected Members Present:  Arden Tews, Town Chair     Barbara Hanson, Supv. #1    Scott Sauer, Supv. #2

Jerry Jurgensen, Supv. #3    Russ Handevidt, Supv. #4    Jeanne Krueger, Clerk


Others Present:  James Archambo, Admin.   Lee Reibold, Town Eng.       Rod McCants, Police Chief    

Myra Piergrossi, Finance Dir.     George Dearborn, Com. Dev. Dir.            Keith Kiesow, Fire Chief

Richard Eiberger, Assessor   Randy Gallow, Street Supt.   Mike Kading, Park Dir.

Susan Phillips, Dep. Chief/Fire Marshal             Greg Curtis, Town Atty.       Sue Wisneski, Crossing Guard      Merlin Putz, Crossing Guard     Jeremy Short    Todd Sweeney, Firefighter   Harold Stiffen     

Jim Gregory, Firefighter          Bob Liedl           Tom Gritton, Fire Captain    Jay Schroeder      Pat Tobin      Mike Lettier, Police Comm. Pres.      Mike Gallagher, Firefighter



         a)      Crossing Guard Recognition – Chief Rod McCants presented crossing guards Sue Wisneski, Harold Steffen, Joseph Nowak & Merlin Putz (in attendance) and LeeAnn Johnson, Amy Allcox & Jackie Lovejoy (not in attendance) with Certificates of Appreciation. All crossing guards present were congratulated by town board members and the audience.

         b)      Fire Department Presentation – Chief Keith Kiesow presented calendars, pamphlets and a video showing vehicles and equipment from Pierce Mfg. that included t/Menasha firefighters. 






         a)     040112-1: Review of Traffic Control Devices–Olde Buggy Drive and Intersecting Roadways

         MOTION: Handevidt/Sauer to adopt to approve as submitted. Motion carried on a 3-2 vote with Supvs. Hanson & Handevidt & Chairman Tews voting AYE and, Supvs. Sauer & Jurgensen voting NAY.


         b)     040112-2: Review Speed Limit–Cold Spring Road between E. Shady Lane and American Dr.

         MOTION: Handevidt/Sauer to adopt to approve as submitted.  Motion carried.


         c)      040112-3: Expenditures

         MOTION: Handevidt/Jurgensen to adopt to approve the expenditures with the exception of (none) as submitted. Motion carried.


         d)      040112-4: Appoint Election Inspectors and Special Voting Deputies for 2004 Term

         MOTION: Handevidt/Sauer to adopt to approve as submitted.  Motion carried.


         e)      040112-5: Establish Polling Places for 2004 Elections

         MOTION: Handevidt/Jurgensen to adopt to approve as submitted.  Motion carried.



         f)      040112-6: Setting Fees for Site Plan and Subdivision Drainage Reviews

         MOTION: Handevidt/Sauer to adopt to approve as submitted.  Motion carried.


         g)     040112-7: Applications Submitted for Transient Merchants - TDS Metrocom Installers

         MOTION: Handevidt/Jurgensen to adopt to approve as submitted.  Motion carried.


         h)    040112-8: Bar Operator Licenses Issued

         MOTION: Handevidt/Jurgensen to adopt to approve as submitted.  Motion carried.


         i)       040112-9: Out-of-State Training – Fire Department - Sweeney

         MOTION: Sauer/Jurgensen to adopt to approve as submitted. Motion carried 4-1 with Supv.

         Handevidt voting NAY.


         j)      040112-10: Out-of-State Training – Fire Department - Gallagher

         MOTION: Sauer/Jurgensen to adopt to approve as submitted. Motion carried 4-1 with Supv.

         Handevidt voting NAY.


         k)      040112-11: Out-of-State Training – Fire Department - VanHerwynen

         MOTION: Jurgensen/Hanson to adopt to approve as submitted.  Motion carried 4-1 with Supv. Handevidt voting NAY.



         a)      040112-1:ORD  An Ordinance to Amend & Repeal All Ordinances of the Municipal Code of the Town of Menasha as to All New, Amending and Repealing Ordinances Adopted in the Year 2003, All Years Preceding 2003, & All Ordinances Adopted, Amended or Repealed to Date - First Reading, Second Reading and Adoption

         MOTION: Jurgensen/Hanson to waive the First Reading and Second Reading, and Adopt the ordinance as submitted. Motion carried.


         8.     PERSONNEL

a)    040112-1:APPT  Police Department Communications Technician - Barnet

MOTION: Handevidt/Sauer to approve the appointment as submitted.  Motion carried.


b)    040112-2:APPT  Paid-on-Call Firefighter - Short

MOTION: Handevidt/Jurgensen to approve the appointment as submitted.  Motion carried.


          c)    040112-3:APPT  Paid-on-Call Firefighter - Andres

          MOTION: Handevidt/Hanson to approve the appointment as submitted.  Motion carried.


          d)    040112-3:PROMO  Fire Department Promotion to Lieutenant - Gregory

          MOTION: Handevidt/Sauer to approve the promotion as submitted.  Motion carried.



          a)     Regular Town Board Meeting – December 15, 2003

          b)    Closed Session of the Town Board of Supervisors – December 15, 2003

          c)     Special Closed Meeting of the Town Board of Supervisors – November 10, 2003

          MOTION: Handevidt/Jurgensen to approve the minutes as submitted.  Motion carried.



          a)     FireLine – January 2004

MOTION: Handevidt/Hanson to accept the correspondence for filing as submitted. Motion carried.

11.    REPORTS

         a)   Admin. James Archambo: presented a Weekly Packet of training sessions available through WTA and requested elected members to contact Admin. Assistant Joan Burrill if interested; 2) Local Issues Committee meeting at Liberty Hall on Thurs. at 7:30 a.m.


          b)    Town Attorney Greg Curtis:  No Report


         c)    Town Clerk Jeanne Krueger: information on a food drive which will be held during the four upcoming 2004 Elections at all the polling locations. The food will benefit needy families in the Fox Cities area.  


          d)    Town Board

            Barbara Hanson, Supv. #1:  requested an update on an offending blue light at Mattress Plus Co. on Appleton Rd.   Chief McCants stated they are now in compliance;  2) requested Bob Miller update. As this case is in litigation, the case could not be discussed;   3) commented on the Brian Pesmen article in the Post-Crescent last week regarding developing downtown Neenah. She also asked that the next meeting with Mr. Pesmen, et al be held on a Friday, if possible in order for her to attend;  4) liked the Happy Birthday/Anniversary calendar;  5) asked what the town received in exchange for the Gambsky property annexation.  She was told “nothing” although the property is still in the town’s utility district;  6) expressed interest to be included in the decision-making process regarding the color scheme of new police squads.


            Scott Sauer, Supv. #2:  on-going complaints regarding the stop & go lights/arrows on Jacobsen Rd/CB. Street Supt. Gallow explained the complicated loop system for this lighting, but will look at it again.


            Jerry Jurgensen, Supv. #3: commented on the letter from the Raash Family praising the Fire Dept. for their caring and quick response time (attached);   2) again expressed disappointment regarding  the newly constructed Hwy. 10 with its many short-comings.  He felt citizens should speak up on these problems.


            Russ Handevidt, Supv. #4: reported slippery conditions on Hwy. 10, and the lack of salt trucks out near Stevens Point area;  2) stated the Interchange turnoff on Hwy. 10/41 is difficult to see and needs more lighting.  It was suggested that several light standards be taken from the roundabout on Jacobsen Rd.;  3) stated his irritation regarding Coldwell Banker Agent, Richard DeKleyn, stating Mr. DeKleyn misled the town board members regarding the moving of a WE Energies light standard in the Meadow Heights subdivision.  Mr. DeKleyn stated in a letter several weeks ago that due to the towns of Menasha & Clayton requesting to move Smoke Tree Dr. entrance to Hwy 45 when it was indeed Mr. DeKleyn’s request.  Supv. Handevidt stated board members must be careful with Mr. DeKlyen’s next request as it cost the t/Menasha taxpayers $3000.00 to move the light standard;   5) felt the color of the Police cars should be chosen with town board and town citizen’s input.


          e)    Town Chair Arden Tews: recommended raising the speed limit on American Dr. an additional 5 m.p.h. as in the past and make American Dr. a through street.;  2) discussion regarding speed and stop signs on American Dr., E. Shady Ln. and Cold Spring Rd.; 3) discussion regarding the lack of lighting on Cold Spring Rd. & American Dr.;  4) attended the Habitat for Humanity dedication on Strohmeyer Ct.;   5) commented on the train whistle article in the Post-Crescent.


          f)    Other Town Officials

                 Comm. Dev. Dir, George Dearborn:  reported 162 single-family permits had been issued in 2003;  2) investigating town sign designers;  3) Express car wash update regarding citizen complaints of the noise and stated he is working with the owner on this issue;  4) working on stormwater regulations and enforcement.


                 Finance Dir. Myra Piergrossi: software update.


            Police Chief Rod McCants:  staffing update; 2) squad car update.


            Park Dir. Mike Kading:  will be establishing a “Blue Ribbon” committee for the development of a conceptual master plan for Fritse Park redevelopment 2) Moseng property update; 4) winter programs will be starting.


            Assessor Richard Eiberger: Accurate Appraisal;  2) informed the board members of the new Market Drive software.  Assessor Eiberger stated he was very pleased with the program.


Firefighters Mike Gallagher & Pat Tobin: stated they will have a report ready for the town board members regarding the out-of-state training in Indiana.    



         At 7:36 p.m., MOTION: Handevidt/Hanson to convene into closed session pursuant to 19.85(1)(e) of the WI State Statutes; deliberating or negotiating the purchasing of public properties, the investing of public funds, or conducting other specified public business whenever competitive or bargaining reasons require a closed session, specifically to discuss the purchase of property.  Motion carried.


At 8:45 p.m., MOTION: Sauer/Hanson pursuant to 19.85(2) of the WI State Statutes; the Town Board will reconvene into open session to act on any business discussed in closed session.  Motion carried.



At 8:46 p.m., MOTION: Handevidt/Hanson to adjourn the Regular Meeting of the Town Board of Supervisors.  Motion carried.






Jeanne Krueger, Certified Municipal Clerk