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UW-Extension Education, Agriculture and Recreation Committee

Minutes

Sarah A. Everson:  5:30-7:50 p.m.                                 
Robert J. Giese:  5:30-7:50 p.m.

Sam Kaufman:  5:30-7:50 p.m.                                      
John J. Rickert:  5:30-7:50 p.m.

Michael J. Will:  5:30-7:50 p.m.

 

Also present were Allen Buechel, Erin Gerred, Sam Tobias, Paul Klein, Craig Walters, Denise Retzleff, Araceli Oswald and Lisa Freiberg. See citizen attendance form.

 

1. Call meeting to order.

Vice Chair Mike Will called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

 

2. Selection of a committee chair and vice chair as necessary.

Paper ballots were used, and Mr. Will was selected committee chair. Ballots were counted for vice chair, with Bob Giese receiving two votes, Sam Kaufman receiving two votes and Sarah Everson receiving one vote. A second vote was held between Mr. Giese and Mr. Kaufman, and Mr. Kaufman was selected committee vice chair.

 

3. Approve minutes of the December 14, 2016, meeting.

Motion (Kaufman/Giese) to approve the minutes. Motion carried.

 

4. Members of the public who wish to address the committee on specific agenda items must register their requests at this time, with such comments subject to the reasonable control of the committee chair, as set forth in “Robert’s Rules of Order.”

There was no public comment.

 

6. Discussion and possible approval of the placement of a cell tower at UW-Fond du Lac.

Erin Gerred informed the committee that UW-Fond du Lac does not have an interest in having a cell tower placed there. Motion (Kaufman/Giese) requesting that Fond du Lac County cease further attempts to negotiate or solicit third-party lease contracts regarding the placement of a cell tower at the UW-Fond du Lac location. Motion carried.

 

5. Public hearings on amendments to the 2012 Fond du Lac County Farmland Preservation Plan.

a. A public hearing began at 5:45 p.m. regarding 2016 town zoning change amendments, which Sam Tobias explained. There was no public comment, and Chair Will closed the public hearing at 5:48 p.m.

 

9. Fairgrounds.

a. Craig Walters discussed the monthly report. Motion (Kaufman/Rickert) to accept the report and place on file. Motion carried.

 

5. Public hearings on amendments to the 2012 Fond du Lac County Farmland Preservation Plan.

b. A public hearing began at 6:03 p.m. regarding 2017 amendments for Rademann Stone & Landscape Co., Inc., town of Byron. Mr. Tobias provided background information on this matter. Bob Simon, Byron town chair, read minutes from the Byron Planning Committee. Rick Rademann spoke on behalf of Rademann Stone, explaining the company’s intentions with the land. Mr. Tobias showed maps of the affected 36 acres. The public hearing closed at 6:20 p.m.

 

7. Planning and Parks.

a. Motion (Giese/Rickert) to approve the resolution amending the Farmland Preservation Plan for Fond du Lac County to reflect 2016 town zoning changes. Motion carried.

 

b. Motion (Giese/Everson) to bring to the floor for discussion the resolution amending the Farmland Preservation Plan for Fond du Lac County to allow for an expansion of Rademann Stone & Landscape Co., Inc. in the town of Byron. Motion carried. After much discussion, there was a motion (Kaufman/Everson) to return the resolution to staff and postpone the matter to March. Motion carried.

 

c. Motion (Rickert/Kaufman) for staff to draft a resolution for a land swap with Merz RV for equal acreage, with Mr. Merz paying for fees associated with the transaction and closing costs. Motion carried.

 

d. Mr. Tobias gave an update on the department. A written report was provided to the committee. Motion (Giese/Rickert) to accept the report and place on file. Motion carried.

 

8. UW-Extension.

a. Araceli Oswald gave an overview of her job duties and responsibilities at UW-Extension. Motion (Rickert/Giese) to accept the report. Motion carried.

 

b. Denise Retzleff highlighted items from the Programming Highlights, which was distributed to the committee. Motion (Kaufman/Giese) to accept the report and place on file. Motion carried.

 

10. Golf Course.

a. A written report had been provided to the committee. Motion (Kaufman/Rickert) to accept the report and place on file. Motion carried.

 

11. Future agenda items and meeting date.  

The next meeting is at 5:30 p.m. on March 14. Agenda items will include resolutions regarding Rademann Stone & Landscape Co., Inc. and Merz RV.

12. Adjournment.                           

Motion (Kaufman/Giese) to adjourn the meeting at 7:50 p.m. Motion carried.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Lisa Freiberg, Fond du Lac County Clerk

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