Sherman Town Board addresses land divisions, committee appointments

by Rodney Schroeter of The Review staff

TOWN OF SHERMAN—The board’s monthly meeting began Monday evening with a public hearing for two land division requests.

In the first request, MJMF Enterprises requested a 20- acre parcel on County Road W, currently zoned A-1 (Agricultural Land Preservation), be split into two lots. The smaller lot would be 3 to 5 acres, and zoned A-2 (Agricultural Land Preservation (Small-Scale)). The remainder of the land would be zoned A1-PR (Agricultural Parcel Remnants, where no new residence can be built).

There was no public comment on this proposed land division.

In the second request, Vorpahl Farms requested a 37.55-acre, A-1 parcel on Bates Road be rezoned into an A-2 parcel of roughly 19 acres, and an A1-PR parcel of roughly 16 acres.

No discussion came of this request, either, so the public hearing was closed and the regular town board meeting convened. During this meeting, both requests were unanimously approved by the board.

Other Town Business

The board unanimously approved a letter of support to the Brown County Board of Health, encouraging further study of large windmill systems.

“It doesn’t hurt to have a little more information,” Supervisor Robert Boehlke said. Town Chairman William Goehring added, “I don’t think this letter in any way should be construed that we’re necessarily anti-wind.”

The town’s road tour will be Saturday, April 25.

The Sherman transfer station is now open every Saturday. (During the winter months, it was only open the first, third, and (if applicable) fifth Saturdays.)

Plan Commission Chair William Beverly reported that the farmland preservation program developed by Sherman will be presented via webinar to other municipalities in Wisconsin. Kevin Struck, Growth Management Educator at the Sheboygan UW-Extension, was asked by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) to make the presentation. During a period of over two years, Struck helped the plan commission, and a citizen advisory committee, to review and revise Sherman’s zoning ordinance, at the same time developing an updated farmland preservation plan. DATCP was so impressed by Sherman’s farmland preservation plan when it was presented several months ago, that DATCP is considering it as a model for other municipalities in the state.

The board unanimously approved:

• Ordinance 2015-04, adopting a notice of records access.

• Resolution 2015-07, which establishes a fee schedule for services provided by the town. Having a fee schedule separate from the zoning ordinance places it under review each year, along with the budget, and makes it easier to revise fees.

• Purchase of upgraded software for the town’s website. One anticipated improvement will be making upcoming agendas available online.

• Goehring’s appointments (mostly reappointments) of the following plan commission members: Jim Schulz (alternate), James Fahney, James Ellis, David Heidel, new member Brett Schulz, and William Beverly (Chairperson).

• Goehring’s reappointments to the board of appeals: Rhonda Klatt (secretary), Don Stefanich (alternate), Dale Becker, Laurie Bremer, and Katie Johannes. The town is looking to fill vacant positions on the board of appeals. A help wanted ad ran in the March 19 and 26 editions of the Random Lake Sounder and stated, in part, “Candidates should be residents of the township [of Sherman] and [possess] effective decision-making skills, the ability to remain open-minded and impartial, familiarity with zoning and land use concepts, and long term dedication to the position.” Those interested are encouraged to contact the Sherman town office.

The next regular board meeting will be Tuesday, May 5, 7 p.m.

Sherman’s annual meeting will be Tuesday, April 21, 8 p.m. Open Book will be Tuesday, April 28, 12 noon to 2 p.m. The Board of Review is tentatively set for Wednesday, May 20, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Only one building permit was issued in March. This will be included with the building inspector’s report next month.

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The town office will be closed on April 15 and 20.

Town office: 920-994-9421

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