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Town of Rutland electors will see a referendum on the Spring ballot asking them if the Town Clerk position should be changed from an elected position to an appointed (hired) position. For several years the Board has discussed and considered the merits of this change and this Winter took it to vote for the first time and unanimously voted in support of it. A majority vote by the townspeople on April 4th will determine if it passes or fails.
The referendum question will be:
"Shall the person holding the office of town clerk be appointed by the town board?"
A "YES" vote mans that you approve making the Clerk's position appointed starting in April 2019.
A "NO" vote means that the Clerk's position will remain an elected position.
The core issue behind the change is the Town's ability to attract and hire the best person to fulfill the duties of the Clerk. In the early days of Townships, Town Clerks had relatively simple duties. That has changed dramatically in the past couple of decades. Clerks now perform and are responsible for many more critical Town functions. These include, but are not limited to, financial budgeting, payroll, paying Town bills, issuing legislatively required notices of meetings, taking and recording minutes for meetings, documenting and storing critical town documents for retrieval when needed, issuing permits and recording such, setting up and running elections, maintaining voter registration lists and changes, assisting the Board with any requested work, research and documentation of Town issues, completing State documentation for road construction programs, assisting with the Fire and EMS districts that provide service to residents and many more activities that arise in the course of Town business.
Many other Towns (including all 7 Towns immediately surrounding Rutland), recognizing how critical the Clerk position is to efficiently running a Township, have moved to, or are moving toward, appointed Clerk positions (a 2014 report by the Wisconsin Towns Association indicated that 23% of clerk or clerk/treasurer positions were appointed versus elected, and the trend was continuing in that direction). While an elected Clerk position may attract qualified candidates, an election has no guarantees of that and the voters or Board have no easy means of removing a Clerk who fails to perform their job function.
The Board recommends, for the Town's future, an appointed Clerk position (which will take effect in 2019 if this year's referendum passes; the clerk elected in April will serve the two-year assignment, regardless of the outcome of the referendum). The position of Clerk being monitored and managed by the Town Board is the model put forth on this referendum and the Board recommends that Town residents vote in favor. The Treasurer position will remain as a separate, elected position.
Here are some additional documents for residents to review on this issue:
TOWN OF RUTLAND
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to the electors of the Town of Rutland, in the County of Dane, State of Wisconsin, that a Town Caucus for said town was held at the Town Hall, 785 Center Rd., in said town on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. to nominate candidates for the following offices to be voted for at the Spring Election to be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. The following candidates were selected at the Caucus.
Town Chairman: Mark Porter
Town Supervisor: Dave Grueneberg or Kelsey Wollin Dunn
Town Clerk: Dawn George
Town Treasurer: Kim Sime
Town Constable (2 positions): Nels Wethal and Shawn Hillestad
Town of Rutland Officials:
Clerk Dawn George, Chairman Mark Porter
Supervisor Milt Sperle, Nancy Nedveck, Treasurer Kim Sime, Supervisor James Lunde .
2015 Minutes Archive
Planning Commission Agenda
• March 6, 2017
Town Board Agenda
• March 7, 2017
Planning Commission Agenda
• April 5, 2017
Town Board Agenda
• April 6, 2017
Annual Meeting Agenda
• April 18, 2017
Town Board Minutes
• Feb. 7, 2017
• Jan. 18, 2017
• Jan 4, 2017
2016 Minutes Archive
Notices of regular meetings and
agendas no longer published
in The Oregon Observer
2017 ELECTION CALENDAR:
SPRING PRIMARY - Feb. 21, 2017
SPRING ELECTION - APR. 4, 2017
WISCONSIN NOW REQUIRES A PHOTO ID TO VOTE.
LEARN MORE HERE.
Dane County Sheriff's Office - Southeast Precinct - Field Services Division
Phone: (608) 266-9122
Fax: (608) 873-5523
Dispatch: (608) 255-2345
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