February 17, 2009

Stanton Town Hall

31186 40th Avenue Way, Cannon Falls, MN 55009


Attending: Board Chair, Dave Garner; Vice Chair, Vince Cockriel; Supervisor, Bob Benson; Treasurer, Ken Ebert; Clerk, Laura Pederson.


Dave Garner called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.

Pledge of Allegiance was recited

Dave Garner called to reveal any conflicts of interest.

None were heard.


Approval of Agenda:

Addition of Land Use Plan under “Old Business”

Addition of 2009 Budget under “New Business”

Bob Benson made motion to approve agenda with corrections

Vince Cockriel seconded the motion.

Motion passed 3/0


Approval of January 20, 2009 Minutes:

Vince Cockriel made motion to approve minutes as written.

Bob Benson seconded the motion.

Motion passed 3/0


Building Permits:



Treasurer’s Report:

Ken Ebert reported:





Current Investments

$  74,805.69

Fire Fund & Road/Bridge


$       723.69



$    5,571.03


Liquid Assets as of 01-17-09




Bob Benson made motion to accept treasurer’s report.

Vince Cockriel seconded the motion.

Motion passed 3/0.


Clerk’s Report:

Presented by Laura Pederson.

1.Fire Extinguishers

   -previous company no longer in business

   -supervisors suggested either Kerry or All Safe as other companies in the area

   -extinguishers could be brought to them as opposed to having them come to town hall



2. Leased Land Available-

          -Peggy Trebil GHC Assessor asked if Planning Commission and

           Town Board would please let Stanton Residents know that a 10-acres piece of

           property was available for lease (6 acres pasture and 4 acres wasteland)

       -Cost of lease $50 per year plus $40 taxes

3. Bids   

    -clerk requested specifics on bid letters to go out

    -Gravel per ton and request same amounts as last year

    -Chloride per mileage and request same as last year but to state must be down by May 25th

4. Township Election Judges

    -clerk requests the 3 judges to be Betts Top, Joyce Moorhouse, and Marilyn Hines

    -clerk to be backup judge until start of Annual Meeting

    Bob Benson made motion to accept those names of the judges suggested by clerk.

    Vince Cockriel seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3/0   


Road Report:

Neither road maintenance men present.

1. 310th Street

    -Boy Scout camp rangers requesting permission to trim/remove trees on the north and east side

     of camp driveway due to very limited visibility and recent accident.

    -Rangers will get permission from adjoining property owner if necessary

    -Request granted

2. Mower-

     -265 Rotary Mower from Countryside ready to be picked up in the spring

     -Claim for the $6352.55 to be submitted with March claims


Public Before Board:

1.  Arnie Ravoula, representative for Randolph-Hampton Fire Association

     -3 year contract received in mail

     -requesting a 5% annual increase over previous year’s amount(s)

     -2009- $19,112; 2010- $$20,067; 2011- $21,071

     -Supervisors requesting formula that is used in setting Stanton’s fees

     -Mr. Ravoula stated that he would get the formula to the clerk

     -Randolph-Hampton Fire District Meeting – March 5, 2009 at 7 pm


Reports of Meetings Attended:

Bob Benson – 0

Vince Cockriel- Feb 9 – Highway 19/52 Bridge Repair (cost $3 million)

                          Feb 18 – Hwy 52

                          Jan 29 – Future Land Use

                          Feb 5 – Future Land Use

                                 Current concerns:  one township could void an agreement, do not want to

                                        give up annexation by ordinance, feeling that City of Cannon Falls is

                                        giving up too much.

                           *Vince Cockriel has agree to stay involved until 03-31-2009

Dave Garner made motion for resolution to negotiate in good faith until March 31, 2009.  Board to re-evaluate at the April Board Meeting.

Bob Benson seconded the motion.

Motion passed 3/0

Paul Schluter- Feb 6 – Park Board Meeting –extend trail to Byllesby Reservoir and

                                                       build bridge below dam.

                        Jan 28- Hwy  52/24

Dave Garner- Feb 7 –Annual Meeting of Goodhue County Township Officers in Zumbrota

                                 -bridge moved to 2013


Old Busines:

1.  Quarry – no further information, letter not yet sent out

2.  Land Use Plan – covered above with meetings attended

         -next meeting February 26 at 7 PM here at Stanton Town Hall


New Business:

1.  Levy 2010

      Recommended to hold levy even to show fiscal responsibility during the current times.

      Dave Garner made motion to present the following recommendation at the annual meeting

           Total 2010 Levy $218,000

                   $30,000   Fire Fund

                   $13,000   Building Fund

                   $75,000   General Fund

                 $100,000   Road & Bridge

     Bob Benson seconded the motion.

     Call for discussion.  Individual votes.

         Bob Benson – aye

         Vince Cockriel – aye

         Dave Garner – aye

    Motion passed 3/0


     Budget 2009

       $75,000    General Fund

      $100,000   Road & Bridge

       $30,000    Fire Fund

      maintain    Building Fund


   Dave Garner made motion to accept budget as proposed.

   Vince Cockriel seconded the motion.    Motion passed 3/0

2.  Purple Ordinance

     -not enough time at meeting to go through ordinance

      Dave Garner made motion to hold a special meeting on March 5, 2009 at 7 pm to go through

         ordinance proposal with supervisors.

     Vince Cockriel seconded the motion. Motion passed 3/0


Upcoming Meetings:

Future Land Use – February 26 – 7 pm

Hwy 52/24 – February 18

Randolph-Hampton Fire – March 5 – 7  pm

Election & Annual Meeting – March 10

Absentee Voting – March 7 – 10 AM-Noon (Deputy Clerk)

Planning Commission – Monday, March 9, 2009

EDA – March 12

Board Of Audit:

Ken Ebert passed out reports to the board. 

Board members proceeded to have Ken pull 29 claims and check receipts at their request.

29 passed audit (one corrected in system, but not on paper to be part of Penfield costs)

Board audited ledger and note no discrepancies.


The board signed a certification from the state of Minnesota stating the financial statements of 2008 for Stanton Township conformed with the generally accepted accounting principals applied on a basis consistent with the proceeding year.


Dave Garner made a motion to approve the audit

Vince Cockriel seconded the motion

Motion passed 3/0



Bob Benson made motion to open mail.

Vince Cockriel seconded the motion.

Motion passed 3/0



Bob Benson made motion to pay claims

Vince Cockriel seconded the motion

Motion passed 3/0



Dave Garner made motion to adjourn meeting.

Bob Benson seconded the motion.

Motion passed 3/0


Meeting adjourned at 9:45 pm


Respectfully submitted,




Laura Pederson

Stanton Township Clerk