October 9, 2018

The regular monthly meeting of the Town of Sparta Town Board was called to order by Chairman Kevin Raymer at 6:00 pm, October 9, 2018 at the Sparta Town Hall, 5724 Hamlet Avenue, Sparta. Attending were Supervisor Jeff Garves, Supervisor Clarence Justin, Treasurer Amy Kiefer and Clerk Lisa Brey. 9 town residents attended.

Minutes of the September 11, 2018 regular monthly board meeting were read. Motion to approve by Clarence and second by Jeff. Motion passed.

Conditional Use Permit for Dustin Pierce for a Gold and Silver Exchange off Hwy 16:

Mr Pierce was present for the meeting and said since the Planning Commission meeting on October 2, 2018, he had talked to Alison at Monroe County Zoning and Sparta City Administrator, Todd Fahning, and the business he wants to start up is in the extraterritorial area and that he has received a permit from the city and no longer needs any action from the Sparta Town Board. PC chairman, Dean Weibel said at the Planning Commission meeting on October 2, 2018 they had questioned Mr Pierce about the ownership of the land, driveway access to the business off Hwy 16 due to DOT regulations and that the CUP would not be transferable. No action was taken since the CUP request is not in the Town of Sparta's jurisdiction.

Conditional Use Permit for Lauren Eby for Greenhouse sales at 4110 Hamilton Ave:

The Planning Commission had met and reviewed the proposal on October 2, 2018 and recommended approval. Kevin made a motion to approve the Conditional Use Permit for the greenhouse sale. It was second by Clarence. Motion carried.

Big Creek Cemetery Issue:

Rebecca, from the Shafer family, had contacted the town hall about a broken family headstone at the Big Creek Cemetery. She thought maybe it had been hit by the lawn mower or vandalized. The town patrolmen said the stone had been broken since last spring. The patrolman and Clarence went to the cemetery and looked at the headstone. The headstone looked like it had been broken for sometime due to weathering. Clarence and Cemetery Committee member, Sue explained to Rebecca that it appeared to be broken due to weather related damage. The Shafer family was ok with that explanation. No other action was taken on this issue.

Kevin Raymer called for the meeting of electors on November 13, 2018 at 6:00 pm to have the 2019 Proposed Budget Hearing and Special Town Meeting to adopt 2018 Tax Levy.



During Open Session:

Brian Hanson, from Hanson Scrap Metal of Onalaska, was present and offered to take the aluminum cans from the township and split the profits 50/50. Kevin said since the township has already agreed to let the Boy Scouts have the cans, the township would stay with that agreement for now. Mr Hanson's business would also pick up large appliances, TVs, microwaves, computers, refrigerators etc if there could be an area designated for residents to drop these items off. There would be no charge, except $20 for TVs and $ 15 for anything that contained freon. Mr. Hanson said he would pick up the items “as needed” and would not let the appliances “pile up”. The Town Board will look at Mr Hanon's website and discuss the issue. No other action was taken.

Dean Weibel, the Planning Commission chairman, said the Sparta City Administrator, Todd Fahning, would like to meet with the Sparta Town Board to discuss extraterritorial issues. Kevin will contact the city about setting up a meeting.

There will be a Big Creek Cemetery cremation burial on October 20th. Patrolman, Matt Jenkins, will dig the grave on Friday October 19th and then close it up on Monday October 22nd.

Treasurer's report was reviewed.

Bills were examined.

Bills were reviewed and approved. Kevin moved to submit payments for bills, seconded by Jeff Motion passed.

Motion made by Clarence and seconded by Jeff to adjourn at 7:25 PM. Motion passed.

Lisa Brey