Town of Shields Annual Meeting April 23, 2019 7pm
Attendance: Chairman Neale Jones, Supervisor Peter McFarland,
Treasurer Sue Nampel, Clerk Sue Johnson, Assessor P. Joe Plasil, Charmaine
Plasil, Fr. Anthony Good, Ed & Susan Kileen, Aaron Jones, David & Sylvia
Kube, Marvin & Mary Siefert, Dean & Kristi Kassube, Jack and Irene
Miller, Carol Berner, Clint Stiemke & guest, Kathleen Kassube, Betty May.
1. The Board meeting
was called to order at 7:00pm by Chairman Neale Jones, the Pledge of Allegiance
2. The Annual Meeting Minutes from April 25, 2018 were
read by the Town Clerk, on a motion by Fr. Anthony Good to accept the minutes
as read, seconded by Ed Kileen. Motion Carried. No questions or corrections.
3. The 2018 Annual Report was read line by line by Clerk
Johnson. Jack Miller made a motion to accept the 2018 Annual Report and Ed
Kileen seconded. Motion Carried.
No questions or corrections.
a. The Annual Road Side Clean Up will be held on April
27, 2019 weather permitting. Thank You ahead of time to all who participate, a
reminder to remove any large rocks from your ditches. Thank You again for taking
care of your properties. The clerk also had a hand out for the 2019 Dodge
County Clean Sweep Collection and the Jefferson County Recycling Event. Check
the posting board at the Transfer Site for time and location.
b. The Watertown Rural Fire Department report was given
by Chairman Jones. The beginning balance in the account on 01/01/18 was $46,973.63
and ending balance of $61,243.74 on 12/21/14. In 2019 the Fire Contract
payments for the four townships has gone up considerably; Shields will pay
$52,361.43 which is up $12,941.13 from last year.
Emmet; $72,253.76, Milford; $35,499.92, Watertown; $105,755.84.
Next years contract is expected to rise again.
c. The Plan Commission Report was given by Clerk Johnson;
the PC met on March 22, 2018 for Sandra Sykes, a Minor Land Division and
Conditional Use Permit for the creation of a 3-acre single family residence at
N358 Barry Road. April 26, 2018 for Bruce and Stacy Bratz, a Minor Land
Division and Conditional Use Permit for the creation of a 5-acre single family residence
at W8081 Wood Road. On July 26, 2018 for Dennis Stilling (Lectric-Farms) a
Minor Land Division to split off the hog barns for sale for Ag Use only. And on
October 25, 2018 for Ken Hemker, a Variance Request for a Highway set back for
the property at N1284 County K to allow for the construction of a garage, porch
d. The Recycling/Transfer Site for the town of Shields
has been running well, there has been a few changes in the recycling process
and where to put things. As a reminder; the hours of operation are on Saturday
8-2pm and please break down your cardboard and do not throw wires in the
recycling or trash. Please take a look at the flyers Fr. Anthony passes out or
ask him where things should go when recycling.
e. 2018 Road Report was given by Clerk Johnson for
Supervisor Johnson. Crack Sealing/Chip Sealing was done on N Garden Road
between Hwy QQ and S. Garden Road.
Crack sealed Barry Road, Middle Road and Vel Road. We
deliberately underspent budget in 2018 in order to carry over more money for
the 2019 road season. The town board Road Review is on Friday this week. We will
prioritize road work for 2019 after that.
5. New Business
a. Discussion took place about the possibility of
combining the offices of Clerk and Treasurer into one office of Clerk/Treasurer
in April 2021. There are a number of reasons for taking this approach.
b. It would simplify daily operations by reducing redundancies
such as keeping two sets of books.
c. Due to on-going training requirements it is difficult to
fill either Clerk or Treasurer positions as far as book keeping.
d. It is difficult to find a replacement when needed due
to training required and salary paid.
e. By combining the two offices and their respective
salaries the compensation becomes more competitive and closer to a fulltime
f. The Clerk/Treasurer position requires an annual audit
which will add cost.
g. More small towns are combining offices for the above
h. The combination
of town offices may be revoked the same way they were combined, by a vote at a
proper elector meeting scheduled no later than mid-November. No decision that
needs to be made until next year’s annual meeting.
I personally want to thank Sue Nampel for retiring for a
day and then coming out of retirement for one more term in office. Thank you
for your dedication. I truly appreciate it.
6. Miscellaneous-None to report.
7. Public Comment
a. Clint Stiemke reported he will be putting up a new out
building and widening his driveway. The paperwork will be done at DCLR & PD
8. Next year’s meeting date; April 22, 2020 at 7 pm at
the Emmet Town Hall.
9. Ed Kileen called for the meeting to be adjourned at 8:15pm
and David Kube seconded. Motion Carried. Meeting Adjourned.
Submitted by Clerk