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2011 Summary


Below is a summary of actions taken by WRRTC in 2011.  For more information regarding each action, please view the appropriate meeting minutes.  If you cannot find what you are looking for, please contact us and we will assist you to the best of our ability.

January - No meeting

February
  • Motion accepting Seeboth’s certification of Public Notice.  Manke / Sweeney- passed unanimously.
  • Motion accepting the Revised Agenda prepared by Seeboth. Van Schwartz / M. Ruf - passed unanimously.
  • Motion approving the draft Nov. Minutes.  Grant / Cornford – passed unanimously.
  • Motion accepting the treasurer’s report for Dec./Jan. and payment of bills – Van Schwartz  / Gray – passed unanimously
  • Motion to adjourn to closed session after a 10 minute break pursuant to Wis. State. Sec 19.85(1)(e) for review of and discussion regarding renewal of WSOR rental obligation defined in WSOR and WRRTC Operating Agreement 2007 Addendum. Roll Call Vote: The motion passed unanimously.
  • Motion to end closed session – Gaalswijk / Polyock – passed unanimously
  • Motion to amend the annual WSOR rental obligation to WRRTC to $45,000 per year for a two-year term (Jan. 1st 2011-Dec. 31st 2012) and to be renegotiated in two years.  Any rental funds paid over the operating funds needed by WRRTC may be returned to WSOR for infrastructure improvement projects along the WRRTC corridor – Poloyock  / Grant – passed unanimously
  • Motion to allow 4” of asphalt to be laid over the existing rail bed at two crossings in the Village of Prairie du Sac (one along VFW Drive and the other near the intersection of Water Street and Washington Street), that the Village of Prairie du Sac assume all costs associated with improvements to these crossings should rail be reintroduced to this corridor, and that the Village meet all other criteria of the WRRTC permitting process - Gaalswijk / Gustina – Passed Unanimously
  • Motion to approve the 2009 WRRTC Audit by Johnson Block – Gray / Van Schwartz – passed unanimously
  • Motion to enter into an agreement with Johnson Block for 2010 WRRTC Audit, for a value not to exceed $4,600- Thomas / Sweeney – passed unanimously
  • Motion to approve the 2011 WRRTC Budget – Sweeney / Gaalswijk – passed unanimously
  • Motion that Seeboth send a cease and desist letter to the Ekleberry and Defabbio families by certified mail informing them that they must re-apply for a permit from the Commission if they wish to continue to use this crossing.  – Manke / Van Schwartz – passed unanimously
  • Motion to have Seeboth write the Town of Hebron a letter explaining that their request would require a public crossing and that, based upon a number of factors including past review of this issue, they are not likely to be granted a public crossing – Grant / Manke – passed unanimously
  • Motion adjourning the meeting at 12:14 p.m. - Cornford / Polyock - passed unanimously.

March
  • Motion accepting Seeboth’s certification of Public Notice. Dorscheide / M. Ruf- passed unanimously. 
  • Motion accepting the Revised Agenda prepared by Seeboth. Kuhnke / Thomas - passed unanimously. 
  • Motion approving the draft Nov. Minutes. Van Schwartz / Gustina – passed unanimously. 
  • Motion accepting the treasurer’s report for Feb. and payment of bills – Van Schwartz / Gray – passed unanimously 
  • Motion to pay the 2011 WSOR Capital Rehab project match request of $229,160- Sweeney / Van Schwartz – passed unanimously. 
  • Motion adjourning the meeting at 12:14 p.m. - Sinklair / M. Ruf - passed unanimously.

April
  • Motion accepting Seeboth’s certification of Public Notice. Van Schwartz / Dorscheid- passed unanimously. 
  • Motion accepting the Revised Agenda prepared by Seeboth. Cornford / Scallon - passed unanimously. 
  • Motion approving the draft March Minutes. Kuhnke / Scallon – passed unanimously. 
  • Motion accepting the treasurer’s report for April. – Anderson / Sinklair – passed unanimously 
  • Motion accepting the payment of bills – Sinklair/ Gray – passed unanimously 
  • Motion adjourning the meeting at 11:30 a.m. - Ruf / Scallon- passed unanimously.

May
  • Motion accepting Seeboth’s certification of Public Notice. Grant / Manke- passed unanimously. 
  • Motion accepting the Agenda prepared by Seeboth. M. Ruf / Thomas - passed unanimously. 
  • Motion approving the draft April Minutes. Dorscheid / F. Ruf – passed unanimously. 
  • Motion approving the Executive Committee March Minutes. M. Ruf / F. Ruf - passed unanimously. 
  • Motion accepting the treasurer’s report for May and payment of bills. – Van Schwartz / Cornford – passed unanimously 
  • Motion to draft and send a letter to WRRTC representatives explaining the benefits of rail to Wisconsin and asking that FRPP be funded at $60 Million in the budget. Seeboth and Lucht are to work together on drafting this letter - Gustina / Grant – motion passed (one opposing vote by Sinklair) 
  • Motion to have the Commission co-sponsor the application with the WSOR to purchase the UP line from Reedsburg to Madison – Gaalswijk / Sinklair – passed unanimously 
  • Motion that the Commission adopt the UW-Madison Charter Street Power Plant Concept allowing use of the railroad right-of-way for parking purposes, with some minor modifications possible. The corridor may revert back to the railroad if needed at anytime with one year’s notice– Van Schwartz / Anderson – Passed Unanimously and WSOR expressed consent as well 
  • Motion to re-elect the officers as currently exist for another year with the secretary casting a unanimous ballot– Manke / Grant – passed unanimously 
  • Motion adjourning the meeting at 12:21 p.m. - Sinklair / Scallon- passed unanimously.

June 
  • Motion accepting Seeboth’s certification of Public Notice. Sweeney / Gustina- passed unanimously. 
  • Motion accepting the Agenda prepared by Seeboth. Cornford / Anderson - passed unanimously. 
  • Motion approving the draft May Minutes. Kuhnke / Dorscheid – passed unanimously. 
  • Motion accepting the treasurer’s report for May and payment of bills. – Van Schwartz / M. Ruf – passed unanimously 
  • Motion permitting a joint private crossing to the Ekleberry and Defabbio’s in the Town of Muscoda– Sweeney / Gustina – passed unanimously 
  • Motion that Seeboth email all State representatives this afternoon asking that they vote in favor of $60 million for FRPP in the next budget. Include a copy of the letter WRRTC already mailed them, the summary from Van Schwartz, the WSOR Map handed out today, and a copy of a letter of support from the Mayor of Plymouth– Thomas / Van Motion approving amendment of the construction permit for Washington/Water Street in Prairie du Sac allowing the tracks to be removed – Dorscheid / Sinklair – passed unanimously 
  • Motion to concur with the WDOT permit to allow expansion of the University Avenue bus stop and plantings onto rail corridor– Gustina / Gray – passed unanimously 
  • Motion acknowledge receipt of document CF9F6981 and concurrence with project as outlined by Huntington – Van Motion to allow Seeboth to start initial work on an interim trail use and rail bank agreement with WDOT, DNR, and WSOR for BRAPP– Sinklair / Dorscheid – passed unanimously 
  • Motion to contract with Richgles-Shaefer for 2012 Liability Insurance at $15,553– Van Schwartz / Alexander – passed unanimously 
  • Motion adjourning the meeting at 12:08 p.m. - Cornford / Sinklair - passed unanimously.

July No meeting

August 
  • Motion accepting Seeboth’s certification of Public Notice. Cornford / Gustina- passed unanimously. 
  • Motion accepting the Agenda prepared by Seeboth. M.Ruf / Alexander - passed unanimously. 
  • Motion approving the draft June Minutes (no July meeting). F. Ruf / M. Ruf – passed unanimously. 
  • Motion accepting the treasurer’s report for July and payment of bills. – F. Ruf / Van Schwartz – passed unanimously 
  • Motion approving the Interim Trail Use/Rail Banking Limited Easement Agreement by and Among the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Wisconsin River Rail Transit Commission and The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources per WRRTC Eileen Brownlee’s satisfaction– F. Ruf / Gaalswijk – passed unanimously 
  • Motion to amend “Amendment Six to Operating Agreement, Agreement No. 0490-40-48(d)” to include a #2 that says “This agreement takes affect after Interim Trail Use/Rail Banking Limited Easement Agreement by and Among the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Wisconsin River Rail Transit Commission and The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources agreement is executed and in effect” – Sinklair / Thomas – passed unanimously 
  • Motion to approve “Amendment Six to Operating Agreement, Agreement No. 0490-40-48(d)” as amended – Alexander / Gaalswijk – passed unanimously 
  • Motion to defer approval of the 2012 WRRTC Audit approval to next month– Alexander / Sinklair – passed unanimously 
  • Motion to keep the 2012 County contribution value at $26,520 – Zinck / Sinklair - passed unanimously 
  • Motion adjourning the meeting at 11:14 a.m. – M. Ruf / Sinklair - passed unanimously.
September
  • Motion accepting Seeboth’s certification of Public Notice.  Cornford / Van Schwartz- passed unanimously.
  •  Motion accepting the Agenda prepared by Seeboth.  Items 15 and 16 were removed. Kuhnke / Gray - passed unanimously with this amendment.
  • Motion approving the draft August Minutes.  M. Ruf / Van Schwartz – passed unanimously.
  • Motion accepting the treasurer’s report for August and payment of bills. Kuhnke / Sinklair  – passed unanimously
  • Motion to approve a private crossing to Scot Forge in Spring Grove, IL with limited use and pending final approval by WSOR and WRRTC Legal Council, Brownlee– Sweeney  / Anderson – passed unanimously
  • Motion to grant a utility permit to Scot Forge in Spring Grove, IL for the installation of a data line under the corridor at their property, in compliance with WI Trans. 29 – Kuhnke / Sinklair – passed unanimously
  •  Motion adjourning the meeting at 11:32 a.m. – Scallon / Rocksvold - passed unanimously.
October
  • Motion accepting Seeboth’s certification of Public Notice.  Dorscheid / Cornford- passed unanimously.
  • Motion accepting the Agenda prepared by Seeboth. M. Ruf / Thomas - passed unanimously with this amendment.
  • Motion approving the draft September Minutes.  Dorscheid / Scallon – passed unanimously.
  • Motion accepting the treasurer’s report for June, July, August and September. Anderson / Sinklair  – passed unanimously
  • Motion accepting the payment of bills. Dorscheid / M. Ruf  – passed unanimously
  • Motion approving the draft 2010 audit Thomas / Gustina– passed unanimously
  • Motion to not acquire the property and concur with the DOT proposal Anderson / Sinklair– passed unanimously
  • Motion to distribute the welded rail video to commission that uses email and to the county clerks to the wrrtc counties Van Schwartz / Manke– passed unanimously
  • Motion adjourning the meeting at 11:13a.m. – M. Ruf / Cornford - passed unanimously.
November
  • Motion accepting Seeboth’s certification of Public Notice.  Gustina / M. Ruf - passed unanimously.
  • Motion accepting the Agenda prepared by Seeboth.  Moving Item 13 to Item 14.  Grant / Cornford - passed unanimously.
  • Motion approving the draft October Minutes.  Manke / Sinklair - passed unanimously.
  • Motion accepting the October treasurer's report.  Anderson / Sinklair - passed unanimously
  • Motion accepting the payment of bills.  Sweeney / Gustina - passed unanimously
  • Motion to approve the bill of sale as presented.  Gaalswijk / Van Schwartz - passed unanimously
  • Motion adjourning the meeting at 12:12 PM.  Manke / M. Ruf - passed unanimously
December
  • Motion accepting Seeboth’s certification of Public Notice.  Cornford / Thomas- passed unanimously.
  • Motion approving the Agenda prepared by Seeboth - Ruf / Gustina - passed unanimously
  • Motion approving the draft November Minutes.  Kunhke / Anderson - passed unanimously
  • Motion accepting the November treasurer's report as discussed and pay bills.  Kunhke / Ruf - passed unanimously
  • Motion to draft H.R. 721 Federal Railroad Rehabilitation Tax Credit Letter.  Cornford / Van Schwartz - passed unanimously
  • Motion to approve Mc Farlane's request for a private crossing in the Village of Sauk City subject to receipt of $500 permit fee. - Van Schwartz / Sinklair - passed uanimously
  • Motion to approve letter and send as is.  Van Schwartz / Gray
  • Motion to table the discussion.  Manke / Sinklair:  5 approved; 9 opposed, Motion still active.
  • Vote on original Motion ("Motion to approve letter and send as is.").  10 approved; 5 opposed.
  • Motion adjourning meeting at 12:10 PM.  Manke / Cornford - passed unanimously