Sunday, April 5, 2020

Public Notices & Agendas

In Person Absentee Voting is available at town hall during regular business hours. 

Please bring your picture ID. 

Office Hours:  M 8-5; T-Th 8-4; F 8-12

Town hall will be open EXTENDED HOURS this weekend for In Person Absentee Voting.  You may vote in person at town hall:

Saturday, April 4th from 10 am – 2 pm

  Be sure to bring your picture ID.


LOCATION AND HOURS OF POLLING PLACE

The polling location for all Town of Springfield voters for the Tuesday, April 7, 2020 Election is at Town Hall.

Polling places are accessible to elderly & disabled voters and will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Springfield Town Hall                  

6157 County Hwy P,                    

Dane, WI    53529                                  

Dianah Fayas, Town Clerk Treasurer                  

Notice of Meeting of the Local and Municipal Board of Canvassers

At the close of voting on Election Day, pursuant to the provisions of Wis. Stat. § 19.84, the Election Inspectors will convene as the Local Canvassing Board for the purpose of conducting the local canvass pursuant to Wis. Stat. §§7.51. This meeting will be open to the public pursuant to Wis. Stat. §§ 19.81-89.             

 

NOTICE OF SPRING ELECTION & PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE VOTE & Sample Ballots – Apr. 7, 2020

OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLERK

TO THE VOTERS OF THE TOWN OF SPRINGFIELD

Notice is hereby given of a spring primary election to be held in the Town of Springfield, on Apr. 7, 2020, at which the officers named on the ballots shall be chosen. The names of the candidates for each office to be voted for, whose nominations have been certified to or filed in this office, are given on the ballots on the Elections page.

INFORMATION TO VOTERS

Upon entering the polling place, a voter shall state their name & address, show an acceptable form of photo ID & sign the poll book before being permitted to vote. If a voter is not registered to vote, a voter may register to vote at the polling place serving their residence, if the voter presents proof of residence in a form specified by law. Where ballots are distributed to voters, the initials of two inspectors must appear on the ballot. Upon being permitted to vote, the voter shall retire alone to a voting booth and cast their ballot except that a voter who is a parent or guardian may be accompanied by the voter’s minor child or minor ward. An election official may inform the voter of the proper manner for casting a vote, but the official may not in any manner advise or indicate a particular voting choice.

The voter shall fill in the oval next to the candidate’s name for each office for which (s)he intends to vote. To vote for a person whose name does not appear on the ballot, the voter shall write in the name of the candidate of their choice in the space provided for a write-in vote & fill in the oval. On referendum questions, the voter shall fill in the oval next to “yes” if in favor of the question, or the voter shall fill in the oval next to “no” if opposed to the question.

When using an electronic ballot marking device (“ExpressVote”) to mark an optical scan ballot, the voter shall touch the screen at the name of the candidate of his or her choice for each office for which he or she intends to vote. To vote for a person whose name does not appear on the ballot, the voter shall type in the name of the person of his or her choice in the space provided for a write-in vote. On referendum questions, the voter shall touch the screen at “yes” if in favor of the question, or the voter shall touch the screen at “no” if opposed to the question.

After Voting the Ballot

After an official optical scan ballot is marked, it shall be inserted in the security sleeve so the marks do not show. After casting his or her vote, the voter shall leave the booth, insert the ballot in the voting device and discard the sleeve. The voter shall leave the polling place promptly.

A voter may select an individual to assist in casting his/her vote if the voter declares to the presiding official that (s)he is unable to read, has difficulty reading, writing or understanding English or that due to disability is unable to cast his/her ballot. The selected individual rendering assistance may not be the voter’s employer or an agent of that employer or an officer or agent of a labor organization which represents the voter.

A sample ballot can be found on the Elections webpage.               

Poll Workers Needed

At this time, Wisconsin’s April 7th Spring Election and Presidential Preference will be held as scheduled. 

The Town of Springfield is recruiting qualified individuals (see below) to work the polls on election day.

Election workers are paid $9 per hour, with a.m. & p.m. shifts typically 7-9 hours; training, supervision and meals are provided, no experience necessary. 

Please keep this opportunity in mind for persons that may be out of work due to pandemic conditions and forward and share accordingly.  Applicants can contact town hall to apply.

Election Inspector REQUIREMENTS:

  • Read, write & understand English,
  • May not be a candidate on the ballot,
  • Qualified elector of Dane county:  U.S. citizen, 18 or older, resided in Dane county for 10 days prior to election. 
  • NOTE:  workers are NOT required to live in the Town of Springfield, just in Dane county.

Town Roads Posted

Town roads will be posted effective Monday, March 9, 2020 for the spring season.  The limit is posted at 15 tons

You will need to:

  • lighten your load by 1/3 (gross maximum weight reduced by 1/3),
  • put your tags down,
  • take the shortest route to and from a county or state highway, and,
  • use the center of the road, if possible to drive on.

Please email Road Patrolman Darin Ripp at rippdarin@town.springfield.wi.us to discuss the best route for any deliveries on our town roads.  


AGENDAS

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Special Board Meeting for Election
Agenda:  Friday, April 3, 2020 @ 5:30 p.m.
Town hall, 6157 CTH P, Dane, WI and via conference call toll free:  (978) 990-5000; Access Code 405084 

  1. Call to Order, Roll Call, Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Confirmation of Compliance with Open Meetings Law
  3. Informal Public Comment Time
  4. Election inspectors appointments, pursuant to SS 7.30(4)
    1. Debra Helt
    2. Lea Gerend
    3. Alex Miller
    4. Angie Hellenbrand
    5. Emma Laufenberg
    6. Deb Peterson
    7. Jody Frantz
    8. Mindy Romine
    9. Darin Ripp
    10. Elmer Statz
  5. Election inspector and Chief Election inspector pay rate increase (Currently $9 & $14 per hour)
  6. Adjourn

COMPLIANCE WITH THE OPEN MEETINGS LAW is certified.  Notice was given by posting this agenda at the Springfield Town Hall and on the town website. Meetings may be recorded.

The Town of Springfield will accommodate qualified persons with disabilities requesting such accommodations.  Please contact the Town Clerk for more information.

All agenda items are posted for discussion and possible action by the body.

The members of other Town boards, commissions or committees may attend this meeting.  Even if a majority of another Town Board, commission or committee is present, that board, commission or committee will not meet, discuss or act on any business unless a meeting has been noticed.


NOTICES

NOTICE OF PUBLIC TEST OF VOTING EQUIPMENT

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the public test of the automatic tabulating equipment to be used at the Spring Election and Presidential Preference Vote, will be conducted on Friday, April 3, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. at Springfield Town Hall, 6157 County Hwy. P, Dane, WI 53529

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

REQUEST FOR REZONING

Please take notice that the Plan Commission of the Town of Springfield will conduct a public hearing to receive public comment on rezoning requests.  The meeting will be conducted via teleconference (information below) and at the Town Hall located at 6157 CTH P, Dane, Wisconsin, on the 13th day of April, at 7:30 p.m., for the following parcels:

Parcel Nos. 0808-031-9730-0, 0808-034-8000-2, 0808-034-8521-0 & 0808-031-9200-0

6921 Hyer Rd., Waunakee, WI  53597

Applicants Robert Jordan and Xuebing Tang are requesting to expand their < 1 acre parcel to 1.85 acres and rezone from A-1 EX in Legacy Zoning to SFR (Single Family Residential) Town Zoning.

Parcel Nos.  0808-054-0067-0

7401 Harmony Pond

Applicants Jeremy and Jessica Graveen are seeking to rezone their 1.5 acre lot from R-1A Legacy to SFR Town zoning.

Parcel Nos. 0808-354-2133-7 & 0808-354-2122-0

4893 Foxfire Trail, Middleton, WI  53562

Applicant Noah Williams is requesting to minimally adjust his lot line and rezone his 4.66 acre lot from R-1 to SFR.

Related maps and materials may be reviewed at the Springfield Town Hall during regular office hours.  All interested parties and any objections to these Rezoning requests being granted will be heard at the Public Hearing.

Teleconference Information:            

Call In number – (978) 990-5000

Access Code – 405084


For residents who would like to avoid the lines and germs on Election Day, April 7th, absentee voting is a wonderful option! 

Voters can request a ballot be mailed to them, or they can vote in person at town hall up through Friday, April 3rd.

  • To have a ballot mailed to you:   Visit www.MyVote.wi.gov to request an absentee ballot.  You may also make a written request to town hall, that includes:  your voting address in the Town, the address where the ballot should be mailed, and your signature.  Please note, you may be required to submit photo identification with your application. The deadline for requesting a ballot by mail is 5:00 p.m. on April 2, 2020. 
  • In Person Absentee Voting:  Voters can also vote in-person at Town Hall during regular office hours prior to election day.  Town hall is open M 8-5; T-Th. 8-4; Fri. 8-12 noon.  In-person voting ends on Friday, April 3rd

For the traditional voter who enjoys the excitement of Election Day, polls will be open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm at town hall.  Our election inspectors are happy to assist you.  Extra efforts will be taken to limit exposure and transmission of seasonal illnesses, such as influenza and COVID 19.  Staff will be regularly disinfecting common surfaces, voting booths and election equipment throughout the day; election workers will minimize the handling of documents between workers and voters; voters will receive a disinfected pen they will use and return when they’re done voting, rather than using a common pen in the poll booths; and, hand sanitizer and tissues will be available at each station.


VOTING BY ABSENTEE BALLOT

 Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on Election Day may request to vote an absentee ballot.  A qualified elector is any U.S. citizen, who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day, who has resided in the municipality where he or she wishes to vote for at least 10 consecutive days before the election.  The elector must also be registered in order to receive an absentee ballot.  Proof of identification must be provided before an absentee ballot may be issued. 

You must make a request for an absentee ballot in writing.

Contact your municipal clerk and request that an application for an absentee ballot be sent to you for the primary or election or both.  You may also submit a written request in the form of a letter or you may apply for an absentee ballot online at MyVote.wi.gov

Your written request must list your voting address within the municipality where you wish to vote, the address where the absentee ballot should be sent, if different, and your signature.  You may make application for an absentee ballot in person, by mail, by email or at MyVote.wi.gov.

To receive an absentee ballot by mail:

The deadline to apply to receive an absentee ballot by mail is:

April 2, 2020

Note:    Special absentee voting application provisions apply to electors who are indefinitely confined to home or a care facility, in the military, hospitalized, or serving as a sequestered juror.  If this applies to you, contact the municipal clerk regarding deadlines for requesting and submitting an absentee ballot.

Voting in person before the election by absentee ballot

You may also request and vote an absentee ballot in person at Springfield Town Hall, 6157 CTH P, Dane, WI during regular business hours Mar. 16 – Apr. 3, 2020.                               

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. M                                                                     

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. T-Th     

8:00 a.m. – Noon   Fri.

No in-person absentee voting may occur on Mon. Apr. 6th, the day before the election.

The municipal clerk will deliver voted ballots returned on or before Election Day to the proper polling place or counting location before the polls close on Apr. 7, 2020.  Any ballots received after the polls close will not be counted.


Letter to the City of Middleton from Springfield Town Board
re:  Morey Airport 

February 19, 2020

 

City of Middleton
Mayor Brar and City Council
7426 Hubbard Ave.
Middleton, WI  53562

Dear Mayor and City Council.

The Town of Springfield stated that we would not comment on the Middleton Airport plan until it was drafted. We have attended meetings and presentations and have patiently waited for discussions to resume. I am sure the emotional concerns have been trying at times. But I thank you for giving us all a chance to comment.

The chance to comment is important because we are all part of a wonderful community.  Four of the current Springfield Board members have either lived in Middleton or have gone to school there. Our fifth and most recent Board member’s children attended Middleton schools. We grew up around Middleton; we bought gas at Bennets, sodas at Balaskes, ate Kelly’s hamburgers.  We continue to have family and friends living in your community.

Things have changed, though. Your City has expanded, our Town and the Town of Middleton have also grown. With time, all things must change. We signed an historic mutual twenty-year boundary agreement between our two communities and have updated it once already to establish a cooperative path forward.  That Agreement allowed change to occur with predictability and cooperation.

This was no small thing. The City has always said it was a Good Neighbor.  Throughout my time on the Board, the City has lived up to this slogan. We appreciate it very much.  Our Agreement and the broader cooperative spirit have served the community far more than adversarial actions would.

The current agreement indicates that Springfield would not oppose any needed and orderly expansion of the Morey Airport. The City has made updates and added hangers that you felt were needed.  Further changes to improve safety of flight operations are appropriate.  We at Springfield have waited for information showing that expansion of the airport is needed for the safety of the operations. No such information has been shown to date. We believe that in its current state, Morey Airport can serve the communities’ needs.

As I have stated already all municipalities nearby have grown, this is only natural. But to try to expand really any further doesn’t make much sense. If the Dane County Regional Airport weren’t so close, it might be appropriate.  But there is an excellent airport with its own emergency rescue service just minutes from Middleton.  We have not seen any information which shows benefits to the area.  On the other hand, in a time of tight budgets, it does not seem logical to duplicate the services at Dane County Regional Airport.

The Town has heard widespread and serious concerns from its residents about the impact of any expansion on residents living near the airport. Those interests matter a great deal.  It should also be noted that the Dane County Regional Airport undertook a major property acquisition program over the past 20 years to reduce conflicting land uses.  For these reasons, we think future aviation service increases should be directed to the Dane County Regional Airport.

Please know that Springfield does not oppose use of the airport’s current facilities.  We felt, given the strength of sentiments expressed by our citizens, a need to express our opinion before any final decisions are made. We have had an outstanding working relationship with the City and want to continue it. We can work together on mutual storm water issues, current and future roadways and traffic issues as well as future growth for both of our communities.

Middleton is of course, a City and we are only a small town. But now we have a chance to do something historic again. I am hoping we can work together on the many mutual issues and concerns we share as neighbors.

Thank you,
SPRINGFIELD TOWN BOARD

S/ Jim Pulvermacher, Chairman
S/ Dave Laufenberg, Supervisor I
S/ Bill Statz, Supervisor II
S/ Art Meinholz, Supervisor III
S/ Dan Dresen, Supervisor IV

 


 


TOWN OF SPRINGFIELD

 NOTICE OF PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE AND SPRING ELECTION

 APRIL 7, 2020

STATE OF WISCONSIN
DANE COUNTY

 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at an election to be held in the Town of Springfield, on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, the following offices are to be elected to succeed the incumbents listed. The term for Supervisor III and IV will be two years and begin on April 21, 2020.

OFFICE                                         INCUMBENT

Town Board Supervisor III           Arthur E. Meinholz

Town Board Supervisor IV            Daniel Dresen                        

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the first day to circulate nomination papers is December 1, 2019, and the final day for filing nomination papers is 5:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that if a primary is necessary, the primary will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.


MIDDLETON MUNICIPAL AIRPORT-MOREY FIELD INFORMATION

Information related to the Middleton Municipal Airport can be found on their website at:  https://www.cityofmiddleton.us/93/Airport


NOXIOUS WEED NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to each and every person who owns, occupies or controls land in the TOWNS OF SPRINGFIELD, County of Dane, State of Wisconsin, to cut or destroy noxious weeds on such property before the plants bloom.

Noxious weeds are:  Canada Thistle, Leafy Spurge, Field Bindweed (creeping Jenny), Yellow Rocket, Perennial Sow Thistle, Musk Thistle, Giant Foxtail, Wild Hemp (Marijuana), Yellow Mustard, Velvet Leaf, Wild Radish, Bull Thistle and the Buckthorn Bush and any other weed the governing body of any municipality or the county board of any county by ordinance or resolution declares to be noxious within its respective boundaries. Wis. Stats. § 66.0407(b). Noxious Weeds shall be controlled at such time and in such a manner as shall effectively prevent such plants from bearing seed, or spreading to adjoining property.

Town of Springfield