Tuesday - July 22, 2008 - 7:00 p.m.
Meeting called to order by Chair P. Barkla at 7:01 p.m. A quorum was established with roll call by County Clerk J. Feuerhelm showing 15 supervisors present; M. Pittman (7:05), C. Simones absent, R. Purdy excused. Also attending were Corp. Counsel Brad Lawrence, Lt. Mike Knoll, Chief Deputy Neil Gulbranson, Sheriff Nancy Hove, Treasurer Phyllis Beastrom, Zoning Specialist Brad Roy, and members of the public. Motion to adopt agenda made by J. Holst / D. Rohl; motion carried by voice vote with all in favor. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag led by R. Lockwood.
Public Comments: Bob Hughes introduced himself as a candidate for State Assembly District 30 as a Republican running against incumbent Kitty Rhoades. Board members were allowed to ask questions and to hear Mr. Hughes’ response.
Election of Human Services Board Citizen Member: Chairman P. Barkla announced that there were two vacancies that needed to be filled; one a two year term (Suplick) and the other a three year term (Rogers). Motion by B. Gilles / D. Rohl to nominate Dr. Ogden Rogers for a three year term; no other nominations made; motion carried by roll call vote with all in favor. Dr. Rogers duly elected to a three year term. Motion by D. Reis / R. Lockwood to nominate Mike Larson for a two year term; chairman called for other nominations, none presented. Motion carried by roll call vote with all in favor; M. Larson duly elected to a two year term.
Comprehensive Planning: Zoning Specialist B. Roy explained the process and content of Pierce County’s current comprehensive plan. Board members asked questions and discussed issues relating to zoning throughout the County.
Proclamation of Recognition - Diane Dubois: By order of the Chairman #2008-03; a proclamation of recognition was read publicly by Clerk J. Feuerhelm acknowledging 23 years of faithful service by Ms. Diane Dubois as Pierce County Sheriff Dispatcher / Jailer. All present honored her service with standing applause.
Report of Administrative Coordinator Subcommittee: Members J. Holst, R. Lockwood, and J. Ross gave a brief explanation of their activities and suggestions they are presenting regarding the administrative coordinator position, to include the need to have one, authority attached to such position, skills and qualifications, job description, etc. Board discussed who would write the position description. K. Snow inquired about the cost to have a third party consultant draft the position description. Chairman P. Barkla assured Mr. Snow and the board that if the cost was to exceed $1000.00 he would bring the issue back to the County Board for further authorization. Motion by M. Pittman / D. Rohl to authorize the continuation of a full time Administrative Coordinator and to forward to a third party consultant the list of qualifications recommended by the AC Subcommittee and the Finance and Personnel Committee, including a function to be involved in labor negotiations, for creation of a position description and recommendation on position compensation. Motion carried by roll call vote with 10 in favor (K. Snow, J. Ross, D. Rohl, G. Place, D. Reis, J. Kosin, J. Holst, M. Pittman, R. Lockwood, P. Barkla); and 5 opposed (B. Gilles, J. Camery, B. Plunkett, N. Shonoiki, J. Kucinski).
RESOLUTIONS FOR FIRST CONSIDERATION
Res. 08-07 Create Pierce County Investment Policy. Treasurer P. Beastrom explained the need of such a policy and content of resolution. First reading by Clerk J. Feuerhelm. Members discussed content of resolution and policy per attachment A.
RESOLUTIONS FOR SECOND CONSIDERATION
Res. 08-04 Ratify American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Courthouse Local 556 Employees Bargaining Agreement. Motion by B. Plunkett / J. Holst to approve; Board members discussed proposed increases. M. Pittman spoke in opposition to the resolution because the whole package is more than the County and taxpayers can and should bear. J. Camery explained that though the process is called negotiations the County is really captive to the process that’s been designed in Madison and by forbearers. He stated that though he did not agree with every part of it the County needs the employees and they need the County and the parties have to come to some agreement in the end. And after a lot of give and take over a period of many months this is what is being presented, if it gets voted down then the process regresses. R. Lockwood stated that the proposal was certainly a compromise between the parties and if not approved would go on to arbitration. J. Kosin stated that he opposed the proposal because he felt a three year contract is too long as future budgets are too uncertain. He asked the Board if they are sure the County has the money to do this and still keep all the services that the County now provides these people. J. Holst stated his position was similar to Supervisors Camery and Lockwood in that he was not favorable with the outcome, he believed that it is the fairest outcome for the County and the employees. He also warned the Board about putting themselves in a similar position as they were in three years ago while negotiating another contract where the contract was initially voted down but then had to be reconsidered. J. Camery in response to Supervisor J. Kosin’s previous question stated that he was correct that in three years the County doesn’t necessarily know where they will be at financially, but that next year they are ok . J. Kosin stated that he didn’t know if the people in Pierce County can afford this and he has a problem with that, especially with the older people. J. Holst responded by stating that when it gets to the point where the County can’t afford things then they adjust the amount of employees that they have. Motion carried by roll call vote with 12 in favor (J. Ross, D. Rohl, G. Place, D. Reis, J. Holst, J. Camery, B. Plunkett, N. Shonoiki, R. Lockwood, J. Kucinski , K. Snow, P. Barkla); and 3 opposed (B. Gilles, J. Kosin, M. Pittman).
Res. 08-05 Ratify American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Highway Department Local 556 Employees Bargaining Agreement. Motion by J. Camery / R. Lockwood to approve; no discussion. Motion carried by roll call vote with 12 in favor (D. Rohl, G. Place, D. Reis, J. Holst, J. Camery, B. Plunkett, N. Shonoiki, R. Lockwood, J. Kucinski , K. Snow, J. Ross, P. Barkla); and 3 opposed (B. Gilles, J. Kosin, M. Pittman).
Res. 08-06 Ratify American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Human Servicers Support Staff Local 556 Employees Bargaining Agreement. Motion by J. Camery / R. Lockwood to approve. M. Pittman asked why the agreement stated in Article 28 states revised to reflect a two year agreement. Corp. Counsel B. Lawrence responded by stating that was a typographical error which were changed on the others but missed here. It was not meant to be two years it was meant to be three, all contracts under consideration are three year contracts. He added this issue was raised with the union and that it was understood that it was typographical only and that it is understood that it is meant to be three years. Motion carried by roll call vote with 12 in favor (G. Place, D. Reis, J. Holst, J. Camery, B. Plunkett, N. Shonoiki, R. Lockwood, J. Kucinski , K. Snow, J. Ross, D. Rohl, P. Barkla); and 3 opposed (B. Gilles, J. Kosin, M. Pittman).
ORDINANCES FOR FIRST CONSIDERATION
ORDINANCES FOR SECOND CONSIDERATION
Ord. 08-05 Rezone 39.970 Acres from Exclusive Agriculture to General Rural in the Town of Salem: Randall & Darla Girdeen. Motion by D. Reis / D. Rohl to approve rezone; motion carried by voice vote with all in favor.
Rezone 39.970 Acres from Exclusive Agriculture to General Rural in the Town of Salem - Randall & Darla Girdeen
The Board of Supervisors of Pierce County, Wisconsin does ordain as follows:
Section 1: The Official Pierce County Zoning Map for the Town of Salem is amended to change the zoning from Exclusive Agriculture to General Rural on 39.370 acres of land located in the E ? of the NE ?, EXCEPT the West 407 feet and the South 733 feet of the E ? of the NE ? all in Section 18, T25N, R16W, Town of Salem, Pierce County, WI.
Section 2: That this ordinance shall not be codified.
Section 3: That this ordinance shall take effect upon passage.
Dated this 24th day of June 2008.
Ord. 08-06 Amend Chapter 240 of the Pierce County Code Regarding Warehouse and Storage. Supervisor K. Snow questioned the requirement regarding the number of trucks parked outside not exceeding the number of loading bays. Zoning Specialist B. Roy explained that this was to limit the amount of outdoor storage. Motion by D. Rohl / J. Holst to approve the revisions; motion carried by voice vote with all in favor.
Revise Chapter 240 of The Pierce County Code - Zoning
PIERCE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DOES HEREBY ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION 1: That § 240-37.1 B of Chapter 240 of the Pierce County code is hereby revised as shown:
B. "Warehouse and storage," which, for the purpose of this section is defined as the holding of packaged or wholly or partially finished materials, foods or products within enclosed buildings. Examples of such uses include wholesale establishments and storage wherein customers do not have individual access to storage cubicles, (see "commercial storage"). Inside storage shall be subject to the following limitations:
(1) All structures shall be on concrete slabs except seasonal boat and vehicle storage buildings which may be on a concrete slab.
(2) All truck parking and loading areas shall be paved.
(3) The number of trucks parked outside on the site shall not exceed the number of loading bays and all such trucks that shall be engaged in transshipment shall be inside.
SECTION 2: That the revised ordinance shall become effective upon its adoption and publication as required by law.
Dated this 24th day of June, 2008.
CLOSED SESSION: Motion at 8:01 p.m. by J. Holst / D. Rohl to convene in closed session pursuant to:
§19.85 (1)(g), WI STATS for the purpose of conferring with legal counsel for the governmental body who is rendering oral or written advice concerning strategy to be adopted by the body with respect to litigation in which it is or is likely to become involved: Trumpeter Valley vs. Pierce County; and
§19.85 (1)(e), WI STATS for the purpose of 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: for the purpose of considering Pierce County owned land and its uses, future planning, and potential future acquisition. Motion carried by roll call vote with all in favor. Supervisor B. Gilles left meeting at 9:10 p.m.
OPEN SESSION: Motion at 9:47 p.m. by D. Rohl / D. Reis to reconvene in open session. Motion carried by roll call vote with all in favor. No action taken.
APPOINTMENTS: Chairman P. Barkla announced the appointment of Raynee Farrell to the Revolving Loan Committee.
ANNOUNCMENTS from the CHAIRMAN / INTERIM ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR: None.
FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS: Union contract ratifications.
OTHER BUSINESS: none
ADJOURNMENT: Meeting adjourned at 9:48 p.m. by motion of B. Plunkett / J. Holst. Motion carried by voice vote with all in favor.
Submitted by J. Feuerhelm, County Clerk. 35-1C