REGULAR MONTHLY BOARD MEETING

July 19, 2011

Stanton Town Hall

31186 40th Avenue Way, Cannon Falls, MN 55009

 

Attending: Board Chair, John Miller; Vice Chair, Vince Cockriel, Supervisor, Bob Benson, Clerk, Cheryle Peters; Treasurer, Jennifer Ritzman.

John Miller called meeting to order at 7 pm.

 

Pledge of allegiance was recited.

John Miller called to reveal any conflicts of interest.

None were heard.

 

Approval of Agenda:

Bob Benson made a motion to approve the agenda.  Vince Cockriel seconded the motion. The motion passed 3/0.

 

Public to Speak: 

Lisa Hanni, Goodhue County Land Use Management, spoke about mapping well- septic locations with a grant from the State of Minnesota.  Correspondence will be sent to property owners in Goodhue County.

 

Approval of June 21, 2011 Town Board Minutes:

Bob Benson made a motion to approve the June minutes. Vince Cockriel seconded the motion.  The motion passed 3/0.

 

Zoning Certificates

  1. Randy and Marge Leese – requested a Zoning Certificate to construct a 16x24 ft. addition to the east side of their existing garage, 31182-55th Avenue Way, with an estimated cost of $4,500.  Bob Benson made a motion to grant Randy and Marge Leese a Zoning Certificate for the garage addition.  Vince Cockriel seconded the motion.  The motion passed 3/0.
  2. Jim Simon- requested a Public Hearing for a variance, parcel # 41.024.2400, east of Oxford Mill Road. The variance would be pertaining to section density for residential construction. A Zoning Certificate for one home is proposed in the variance. Bob Benson made a motion to grant Mr. Simon a public hearing.  Vince Cockriel seconded the motion.  The motion passed 3/0. 

 

Treasurer’s Report:

Jennifer Ritzman reported:

Funds/Accounts

Amount

Notes

Current Investments

$     63,381.78

 

                                

Receipts

$       6,435.44

 

Disbursements

$     17,590.46

 

Ending Balance

$    161,389.66

Cash Available

 

 

 

 

Jennifer reported that some privacy issues had been reviewed as a result of the MAT Summer Short Course.  Cheryle will no longer use detailed personal data for payroll.  Account # totals will now be used to create claims that pertain to payroll, PERA and the IRS. PERA requires a formal employee termination to close out any employee account.  It was agreed to remove Laura and Ken from appropriated bank account signature cards. (Safety Deposit Box, Certificates of Deposit, Savings Accounts, etc.) Check signing for the purpose of paying claims is a separate understanding. In the event of an emergency, the banks have stated that they would be able to work with us regardless. Goodhue County sent $ 115,250.85 to our account. It was unclear if any amount had been withheld. It was decided to look into the use of a shredder for scrapped documents.  Paul Schluter will look into a possible acquisition.

The IRS now allows $ .555 per mile as the reimbursement rate.

Cheryle and Jennifer will move toward updating the Stanton Township web site courtesy of Dave Garner. 

Bob Benson made a motion to accept the Treasurers Report. Vince Cockriel seconded the motion.  The motion passed 3/0.

 

 Clerk’s Report:

Goodhue Cooperative Billing- Cheryle reported that the Township is consistently late with our payments because of the way that the billing cycles fall with board meetings. After speaking with customer service, she was correctly informed that only one billing had incurred a late fee.  Increasing the Budget Helper amount average to $180.00 and one double payment as deposit should protect the township from any future late fees of 5%.

Planning Commission’s Zoning Map- Vince Cockriel requested a cross- hatch marking to indicate Goodhue County’s Zoning requirements, as a way to assist our property owners.  Paul Schluter has offered his assistance on the project.

Red Cross paperwork will be pursued and formalized with Cindy Becker and Cheryle Peters. Discussion ensued regarding the availability of employees in the event of a local emergency.   Emergency contact information for the entire Stanton Township Board will be released to the Red Cross.  Bob Benson made a motion to prepare the contracts with the Red Cross. Vince Cockriel seconded the motion.  The motion passed 3/0.

 

Road Report:

Cheryle will try to help road crew keep records of rock dumps and chloride applications? 

Grader needs repair work.  Bob Benson made a motion to approve the purchase of two arms at the cost of $600.00 each from Groth in Wannamingo.  Vince Cockriel seconded the motion.  The motion passed 3/0. 

Washouts were discussed. 

 

Old Business:

Red Cross Agreement- Paperwork will be given to the Planning Commission for review.

 

New Business :

Cannon Falls Library literature was received into record. 

 

Reports of Meetings Attended:

 Cheryle and Jennifer attended Riverwood Community Church’s groundbreaking ceremony, Sunday, July 17th.

 

 

John Miller and Vince Cockriel attended a Goodhue County Public Works meeting with Ken Bjornstad and representatives from Cannon Falls Township and the City of Cannon Falls.  It seems to be about two years out for any return action on Cty. Road 24.

John Miller and Bob Benson attended the MAT Summer Short Course in Rochester, June 23rd.

Upcoming Meetings:

July 28, Goodhue County Parks and Trail Board-1:00 at Zumbrota Covered Bridge Park.

Public to Speak: 

Lisa Hanni, Goodhue County Land Use Management, addressed the town board regarding letters that will be sent to residents.  Well and septic locations will be requested from property owners in the correspondence.   A grant from the State of Minnesota has covered intern time to enter the acquired data. 

 

Mail-

Vince Cockriel made a motion to read the mail. Bob Benson seconded the motion.  The motion passed 3/0.

Claims

Vince Cockriel made motion to pay claims. Bob Benson seconded the motion. Motion passed 3/0.

 

Adjourn

Bob Benson made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Vince Cockriel seconded the motion.  The motion passed 3/0.  Meeting adjourned at 8:45PM.

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Cheryle A. Peters

 

 

 

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Stanton Township Clerk