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Dec 08, 2016


Monday – November 28, 2016 – 6 p.m.

Sevastopol Town Hall – 4528 Highway 57, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235


            Town Board Supervisor, Dan Woelfel, declared the public hearing on the proposed 2017 budget open for discussion.  Proper notice was accomplished by posting in at least three locations within the Town and by publication in the Door County Advocate on November 12, 2016.  In addition to Woelfel, the following persons were in attendance:  Leo Zipperer, John Staveness, Chuck Tice, Tony Haen, Linda Wait, Laddie Chapman, Jean Tice, Paul Gryzwa, Mark Weise, Denise Chenevert, Arlene Woelfel, Joe Graboyes, Gwenn Graboyes, Sally O’Brien, Michael O’Brien, Mark Haen, Lawrie Kull, Mary Kull, Bruce Richardson, Mike Brennenstuhl, Peter Devlin, Mary Ellen Haen, Greg Anderson, Mary Anderson, and Jim Nellen.

            The detailed spreadsheets of the proposed 2017 budget were presented for review, question, and answers.  Copies of the proposed detailed budget were made available, projecting total expenditures of $1,128,655.






Monday - November 28, 2016 – 6:30 p.m.

(or immediately following the Public Hearing)


Call to Order.  The special town meeting of electors was called to order by Chairman Leo W. Zipperer at 6:35 p.m.


Pledge of Allegiance.  The Chairman asked all to rise and join in the Pledge of Allegiance.


Introductions.  In addition to Zipperer, the following electors were in attendance:  John Staveness, Dan Woelfel, Chuck Tice, Tony Haen, Amy Flok, Laddie Chapman, Linda Wait, Jean Tice, Paul Gryzwa, Denise Chenevert, Arlene Woelfel, Joe Graboyes, Gwenn Graboyes, Sally O’Brien, Michael O’Brien, Mark Haen, Lawrie Kull, Mary Kull, Bruce Richardson, Mariellen Haen, Greg Anderson, Mary Anderson, and Jim Nellen.

Also present:  Mark Weisse, Peter Devlin/Door County Advocate, Mike Brennenstuhl  & Corey Liker/Door Artisan Cheese Company.



Approve Previous Minutes.  Motion by Laddie Chapman and second by Bruce Richardson to approve the minutes of the 2016 Special (budget) meeting of November 23, 2015.  Motion carried.


Resolution No. 01 - 2016 T (Town)  “Adopt Tax Levy for 2016” .  Motion by Wait and second by Nellen to approve Resolution No. 01-2016 T and adopt the 2016 tax levy (to be collected in 2017) of $654,600.  Motion carried, unanimously.


Resolution No. 02 - 2016 T “Establish Compensation – Town Elected Officials”.  Wait requested that the proposed chairman salary, supervisor salaries and committee per diem rate be acted on separately, rather than a blanket resolution.  In comparing with other Door County municipalities, she felt the chairman salary, as proposed, to be on the high side.  Joe Graboyes would like a compromise for 2% each year instead of the 3% proposed increase.

Motion by Zipperer and second by Jean Tice to approve Resolution No. 02-2016.  Motion by Wait and second by Lawrie Kull to amend Resolution No 02-2016 T as to Chairman’s salary annually from $10,000 to $9,500 annually.  Motion by Kull and second by Bruce Richardson to approve Resolution No. 02-2016 T, as amended.  Motion carried (_19_- aye, _2__-nay).


Other submitted resolutions.

Michael O’Brien makes a motion to amend the budget to include adequate funding for personnel to perform maintenance at the Clark Lake dam, including adding and removing boards, attention to horizontal fish fingers, and cleaning the vertical fish grates to maintain Clark Lake levels according to the DNR operating permit, second by Graboyes. 

Discussion included:  Mark Weise wants better cleaning of the grates and personnel available.   Bruce Richardson questioned if the Clark Lake group would assist the Park and Dam Committee in helping establish a reasonable schedule and program to help with the problem.

Lawrie Kull complimented Tony Haen and Mark Haen on doing a good job, but is concerned with the amount of time spent at the dam.  Tony Haen responded that he does not request additional compensation beyond his supervisor salary check.  Arlene Woelfel thinks the money will be there if they would need to hire someone to clean the grates.  Dan Woelfel doesn’t feel we need to designate money specifically for this.  The town has made significant changes to try to keep the levels at the DNR specifications. 

Joe Graboyes is concerned that if people are volunteering their time to clean the dam, would they be covered by insurance if injured while at the dam.

Jim Nellen said he believes the town board is carrying out its duty, does not see the need for this resolution and wants the motion withdrawn.

There was a vote of the electors and the motion failed (aye – 9 (nine) and nay—14 (fourteen).


Adjourn.Motion by Chuck Tice and second by Laddie Chapman to adjourn.  Motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 7:28 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,



Amy M. Flok, Clerk [draft 11/30/2016]

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