Regular Board Meeting
March 10, 2021 ~ 6:45 p.m. – 7:27 p.m.
Town Hall

The Town of Oulu regular board meeting was called to order by Sandra Rantala, chairperson at 6:45 p.m. at the Town Hall.

Roll call:

Members present: Jonathan Hamilton, Sandra Rantala, Duane Reijo, Diana Reijo, clerk, and Marjorie Lahti, treasurer.  Absent: None.  Town employee:  Michael Davidson.

Approval of agenda:

Motion by Reijo, second by Hamilton to approve the agenda as printed and posted. Motion carried unanimously by voice vote.

Consent agenda:

Motion by Reijo, second by Hamilton to approve the agenda as printed and posted:

  • Approve general fund vouchers 13797-13882 and ACH 875-882 and amend January’s minutes to correct the general fund vouchers to13264-13265 and 13766-13776 and February’s minutes to correct the general fund vouchers to 13777-13796
  • Minutes of the February 10, 2021 regular board meeting. Motion carried unanimously by voice vote.

Treasurer’s Report:  – General – $120,366.40    Tax Account $ 101,011.17.

Plan Commission Report: Fred Strand

Special Use Permit application:

  • 40-acre parcel in the SE¼ NW¼ Section 14; 73500 Wataaja Road
  • Construct a new residence/yurt
  • Parcel is zoned Agriculture 1
  • Owners: Isaac & Jennifer Dull

Findings:

  • Parcel size is 40 acres
  • Parcel is zoned Agricultural 1
  • Parcel Future Land Use Class is Forestry Core
  • Both Agricultural Core and Forestry Core allows the maximum density of 1 building unit
  • complex per 35 acres
  • The Special Use Permit application to build a residential structure on this parcel is consistent with the Zoning Classification and the Future Land Use Class for the parcel.

Plan Commission Recommendation:

  • Approve the Special Use Permit application with the following conditions as supported by the Findings.
  • Conditions:
  • All structures and land grading must comply with County setback requirements from streams and wetlands.
  • No change in the project construction type (new construction, mobile house, manufactured house, recreational vehicle) is allowed without review by the Town Plan Commission and approval of the Town Board.
  • The Town may periodically review the Special Use Permit to assure compliance with the permit conditions and the Town’s Comprehensive Plan.

New Business:

Special Use Application:

Special use permit application for Isaac and Jennifer Dull to construct a new residence/yurt on a 40-acre parcel in the SE¼ NW¼ Section 14; 73500 Wataaja Road.

Motion by Hamilton, second by Reijo to approve the Special Use Permit application based on the Plan Commission’s recommendation with the following conditions as supported by the Findings: (1) All structures and land grading must comply with County setback requirements from streams and wetlands, (2) No change in the project construction type (new construction, mobile house, manufactured house, recreational vehicle) is allowed without review by the Town Plan Commission and approval of the Town Board, and (3) The Town may periodically review the Special Use Permit to assure compliance with the permit conditions and the Town’s Comprehensive Plan. Motion carried unanimously by voice vote.

Gravel specs:

Gravel specs – Motion by Reijo, second by Hamilton for the clerk to advertise for 2,500 yards of grade 2, ¾” gravel (in accordance with DOT specifications) and include provision for residents to purchase gravel at the bid price. Gravel must be spread by September 15, 2021.  Bids will be opened at the April 14, 2021 meeting. Motion carried unanimously by voice vote.

Cemetery spring clean-up:

Discussion held on cleaning up/raking the cemetery.  Clerk will post a notice on the town website and at the polls asking for volunteers to rake and clean up the cemetery.

Part-time help and/summer mowing of park and cemetery:

No action taken as Tad Davidson is still interested in mowing the park and cemetery and part-time help.

Oulu Rock Road chipsealing project:

Motion by Reijo, second by Hamilton to proceed with chipsealing Oulu Rock Road between West Colby Road to Rankinson Road.  Motion carried unanimously by voice vote.

Laine Road:

Discussion on the status of Laine Road.  Supervisor Hamilton will draft a resolution, discuss it at the April meeting, and schedule a hearing.

Road maintenance report:

  • Pushed banks back
  • Steaming culverts
  • Muskeg Road is closed due to flooding
  • Monitoring roads for water run-off
  • Ditching request on the west side of Pudas Road from Roger Johnson

Agenda item/s for next meeting:

  • Laine Road

Set dates for next meeting/s:

  •  Regular board meeting scheduled for April 14, 2021 at the town hall, beginning at 6:45 p.m.
  •  Annual meeting scheduled for April 20, 2021 at the town hall, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Correspondence:

  • Bayfield County Zoning – Public Hearing and Meeting – March 18, 2021 – 4:00 p.m.

Adjournment:

Motion by Rantala, second by Reijo to adjourn.  Meeting adjourned at 7:27 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Diana Reijo, Clerk