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Environmental votes, Dane County Board of Supervisors, 2010 to 2012. Page One of Four.

Page Date Item 07/15/2010 Petition 10,195, Zoning Change in the Town of Perry. E-1 80 The Norwegian Lutheran Church in the Town of Perry requested a zoning change to create a Historic Overlay District to protect the church, known as the Hauge Chuch. 07/15/2010 1.a. Re-refer, 14-21-2. 80 07/15/2010 1.b. Adoption, 21-14-2. 80 09/15/2010 Res. 112, Authorizing the Purchase of Land at Prairie Moraine County Park. E-2 141 Adoption, 27-8-2. 142 This purchase provided for improved access at one of Dane County's most popular parks by acquiring a homestead at the end of Wesner Road. The park has an off leash dog exercise area and provides access to a segment of the Ice Age Trail. 10/07/2010 Res. 113, Authorizing the Purchase of Land for the Ice Age National Scenic Trail in the E-3 162 Town of Cross Plains. -163 This represented a key purchase in the Cross Plains National Scientific Reserve, an area with unique geological history. The purchase provided outdoor recreational and educational opportunities near a dense population base. 10/07/2010 3.a. Re-refer, 15-19-3. 162 -163 10/07/2010 3.b. Change dollar amount, 10-24-3. This motion was to change the required contribution 162 -163 to the purchase price from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to 100% of the purchase price, meaning that the County contribution would be zero. If passed, the motion would have effectively killed the purchase. 10/07/2010 3.c. Adoption, 20-14-3. 162 -163 11/15/2010 Gau/Ferrell. Remove $20,000 from PARC program. E-4 247 Motion defeated, 15-22. The Partners for Recreation and Conservation (PARC) program was created by County Executive Falk in the 2011 county budget to provide county grant funding to support the efforts of communities and non-profits to enhance recreation and conservation. This motion would have reduced the available funds in the 2011 capital budget. 11/15/2010 Gau/Willett. Cut Conservation Fund $1,411,000. E-5 247 Motion defeated, 15-22. The Conservation Fund provides monies for purchases of land to be preserved for environmental and recreational purposes. This motion would have reduced the available funds in the 2011 capital budget. 12/16/2010 Res. 194. Authorizing the Purchase of Land in the Sugar River Natural Resource Area. E-6 281 Adoption, 23-14. The Sugar River Natural Resource Area is just west of the City of Verona and includes segments of both the Sugar River and the Military Ridge State Trail. It is one of the largest wetland complexes along the boundary of the driftless area in western Dane County. 02/03/2011 Res. 237, Authorization to Purchase Lands at McCarthy County Park - Weisensel. E-7 326 Dane County negotiated for the purchase of approximately 25 acres at McCarthy County -327 Park in the Town of Sun Prairie. The Park provides a setting for conservation, education, and recreation activities for a variety of age groups, but primarily youth. The purchase provided much needed access to County Highway N, improving access to the park. It was also intended to allow for the expansion of trails and habitat restoration. Go back to original resolution. (20-13-4.) (Significance not clear.) 7.a. Imhoff/Schlicht - Re-refer to committees and require staff to obtain a new appraisal. 7.a. Motion defeated, 9-24-4. 7.b. Adoption, 25-8-4.

* Environmental vote chart compiled by Al Matano * March 6, 2012 *

Environmental votes, Dane County Board of Supervisors, 2010 to 2012. Page Two of Four. 03/03/2011 Ord. Am. 22, E-8 353 Amending Chapter 34 of the Dane County Code of Ordinances, Regulating Diesel -355 Powered Motor Vehicle Idling. The purpose of the ordinance amendment was to protect the public health of the citizens of Dane County and the environment by reducing emissions from diesel powered motor vehicles. 8.a. Re-refer. 13-20-3-1. 8.b. An amendment to provide an exemption for truck driving schools. Passed, 18-15-3-1. 8.c. Adoption. 22-11-3-1. 03/17/2011 Res. 286, Developing an Energy Efficiency Program. E-9 365 This resolution established the Dane County Energy Efficiency Task Force. It was 366 intended to develop an energy efficiency program for homeowners, not-for-profits, and businesses in Dane County. Adoption, 25-6-6. E-10 04/14/2011 Res. 295, Authorizing Purchasing a Conservation Easement in the Town of Springfield. 17 This measure provided for funding for 70% of the cost of installing a Barnyard Roof -18 System for the farm of Eugene Theis. In return, Dane County would obtain a conservation easement on Mr. Theis' land. This would limit runoff from Mr. Theis' farm to improve and protect the water quality in Dorn Creek, a Tier 2 stream identified in the Dane County Park and Open Space Plan. Adoption, 23-9-5. E-11 05/19/2011 Ord. Am. 14, Amending Chapter 72 of the Dane County Code of Ordinances, Regarding 41 Slow-No-Wake Restrictions on Yahara Lakes. -43 The measure would have established a process for establishing a slow-no-wake zone on all or any portion of Lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, and Kegonsa during periods of high water or other hazardous substances posing a threat to life or property. 05/19/2011 Downing, Bruskewitz amendment. Failed, 16-18-3. 41 -43 05/19/2011 Imhoff/Gau amendment regarding process for rescinding a slow-no-wake zone. 41 -43 Failed by voice vote. 05/19/2011 Motion to substitute Sub. 2 for the original ordinance amendment. 41 -43 Passed, 24-10-3. 05/19/2011 Ord. Am. 14 Sub. 2 was adopted by voice vote. 41 -43 05/19/2011 The measure was vetoed by County Executive Parisi. 41 -43 E-12 06/02/2011 Petition 10,296, Zoning Change in the Town of Roxbury. 56 The proposal, by Fish Lake LLC, was to construct 4 homes on the north shore of Fish Lake, on Dane County's northern border. On September 16, 2010, the Board of Supervisors had voted to purchase flooded properties along the shores of Fish Lake. The recommendation of the Zoning and Land Regulation Committee was to deny the petition. The Committee's recommendation for denial was upheld, 21-14-2. E-13 08/18/2011 Petition 10,314, Zoning Change in the Town of Cottage Grove. 103 The petition, by Marc Lea Farms, LLC, was to build a home on a hilltop in the Town of Cottage Grove. Neighbors of the property objected, stating that the house would sit on a prominent hilltop and mar the appearance of the area. The property was situated on a road that is designated a Rustic Road by the State of Wisconsin. The recommendation of the Zoning and Land Regulation Committee was to grant the petition. 13.a. That recommendation was defeated, 14-17-6.

* Environmental vote chart compiled by Al Matano * March 6, 2012 *

Environmental votes, Dane County Board of Supervisors, 2010 to 2012. Page Three of Four. E-13 09/01/2011 Petition 10,314, Zoning Change in the Town of Cottage Grove. 111 It was determined that defeating a motion to approve was not an affirmative act and that a 112 motion to approve the petition was required for final action. The petitioner provided information that a berm would be built and vegetation would be planted to screen the view of the house from the Rustic Road. This proposal had not been presented to the Zoning and Land Regulation Committee. Nonetheless, the result was that: 13.b. A motion to deny failed, 7-27-2. A motion by Solberg and Salov to adopt with berm was approved by voice vote. 09/01/2011 Petition 10,315, Zoning Change in the Town of Windsor. E-14 112 MHG Properties and the Town of Windsor sought to amend the adopted DNR Wetland Inventory Map from Wetland to Non-Wetland in a portion of the Revere Trails Condominium Plat. The Zoning and Land Regulation Committee had defeated a related proposal to develop a subdivision of more than 80 houses, finding that the area of the proposed subdivision had extensive hydric soils. The lands to be zoned out of wetlands would have allowed for the construction of a roadway through the area. The recommendation of the Zoning and Land Regulation Committee was approval. A motion was made for denial of the petition. A motion to re-refer the Petition to the Zoning and Land Regulation Committee was made. The motion for re-referral failed, 13-21-2. A motion for denial passed by voice vote. E-15 09/01/2011 Res. 83, Authorizing the Purchase of Land at Donald County Park. 113 Donald County Park, in southwestern Dane County, was established in 1993 with the donation of 105 acres. It has since grown to over 500 acres. The seller offered 163 acres before placing the lands on the market, and offered them to Dane County for $520,465, while having had the lands appraised to be worth $895,000. Donald Park is a popular destination for equestrian use, trout fishing, hiking, and picnicking. The Resolution was approved, 21-12-4. 10/06/2011 Res. 107. An Initial Resolution Authorizing General Obligation Corporate Purpose Bonds 153 158 and Promissory Notes. Resolutions authorizing the issuance of bonds require an affirmative vote of 3/4 of the members of the Board of Supervisors. Therefore, 10 negative votes are sufficient to defeat such a resolution. Adoption failed, 26-10-1. Reconsideration failed, 33-3-1. A Sub. 3. was introduced which reduced the total amount of the bond issue from $27,859,304 to $26,908,004. Rusk/Bayrd moved an amendment to add $122,000 to the Public Safety Projects-Sheriff Building improvements line for the Saddlebrook renovation. The amendment was approved, 20-16-1. E-16 10/06/2011 Downing/Salov moved an amendment to add $52,050 to the Conservation Projects153 Conservation Land Acquisition line. 158 The amendment was defeated, 15-21-1. Many of the votes cast against this measure were intended to preserve a compromise to prevent the bloc of 10 who voted against the larger bond issue from defeating the reduced package. The real story was the emergence of the bloc of ten members who used the leverage of the 10 votes to block bond issues, especially to prevent funding for the Conservation Fund. 153 - 10/06/2011 Adoption of Sub. 3 was approved, 33-3-1. 158

* Environmental vote chart compiled by Al Matano * March 6, 2012 *

Environmental votes, Dane County Board of Supervisors, 2010 to 2012. Page Four of Four E-17 10/06/2011 Res. 122. An Initial Resolution Authorizing General Obligation Bonds to Finance 159 Conservation Fund Activities. 160 As noted in the previous entry, a bloc of 10 members had emerged to block the issuance of bonds, especially those intended to provide funding for the Conservation Fund. Here, the bond issue was specifically designated for Conservation Fund activities. The bloc of those voting against the proposal grew to 12, and the measure was defeated. 22-12-3. E-18 10/20/2011 Petition 10,341, Zoning Change in the Town of Springdale. 167 Livesey Equestrian Park LLC requested that a 4,600 square foot area be removed from the Shoreland Zoning District in order to construct a driveway across a stream. Members of the Zoning and Land Regulation Committee conducted a site visit. A majority of the members determined that the proposal was more extensive than described, and would have resulted in a radical restructuring of the topography of the area. The recommendation of the Zoning and Land Regulation Committee was denial. 18.a. Downing, Schlicht moved re-referral. The motion was defeated, 16-17-1. 18.b. The Committee recommendation of denial was affirmed, 20-13-4.

* Environmental vote chart compiled by Al Matano * March 6, 2012 *