Note:   The Town Board Meeting was held at the Stanton United Methodist Church due

             to a furnace malfunction.  An emergency notice was placed in the posting box.


Board Chair Robert (Bob) Benson called the meeting to order.  Other members present included Supervisors David W. McKeag and David Garner, Clerk Colleen Thompson, and Treasurer Kenneth Ebert.


Colleen read the minutes of the December 21, 2004 meeting.  Bob made a motion to accept the report with the correction changing Federal Law “Rule 21” to “Check 21”.  Dave Garner seconded the motion.  Motion carried.


Ken gave the Treasurer Report.  Investments stayed the same with $160,573.57 in the Building Fund, $124,543.27 in the Road and Bridge Fund giving total investments of $285,116.84.  CD’s are due Saturday, January 22, 2005.  Ken will renew, length of term will be determined by available interest rate.  Cash Control Statement, ending balances:  General Fund $108,268.08, Road and Bridge Fund $33,122.44, Fire Fund $98.00 and Building Fund $2,244.00.  We had total receipts for the month of $64,102.61 and disbursements of $39,614.63 giving an ending cash control balance of $143,732.52.  Dave McKeag made a motion, seconded by Dave Garner to approve the report as read.  Motion carried.


Don and Dean Middlestadt, 2520 151st Ct W., Rosemount, MN 55068, representing James Matthew Fimmen and Janet Fimmen appeared before the Board to request a permit for a single family home in Parcel C of the Brad Scheill plat off CR 24 in Section 24.  All required information was presented.  All setbacks will be met.  Cost of the home is $292,000.00.  Dave Garner made a motion, seconded by Dave McKeag to grant a building permit.  Motion carried.


Deb Emery, 34685 30th Avenue, Dennison, MN 55009 appeared before the Board.  The Emery’s property is contiguous and located within the townships of Warsaw and Stanton. The Emery’s own an 80 acre parcel within Stanton Township with another approx. 100 acres within Warsaw Township.  Ms. Emery requested the Stanton Town Board transfer the available building site she has on her property located in Section 33 in Stanton Township to her property located in Section 4 of Warsaw Township.  The Board reviewed the property and determined the parcel in Warsaw Township was the better fit for the construction of a new home.  Stating the need to preserve crop land and the extreme driveway length needed to build in Stanton Township, Bob made a motion to transfer the Emery’s available building site from Section 33 in Stanton Township to Section 4 in Warsaw Township.  Dave McKeag seconded the motion.  Motion carried.


Bob and Tom met at the site of Carl Slifka’s new driveway.  Bob stated Carl Slifka did not build his new driveway as previously presented to the Board.  He was also to build a turn-around for township and emergency equipment.  At this time it is to low and too


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small to be used.  Bob and Tom talked with Mr. Slifka and our snowplow truck will turn around in Slifka’s driveway this year until the turn around is built to the township’s specifications.


Tom stated he scraped all of the roads after the ice storm.  It has been too cold for the salt to work and too windy to keep it on the roads.  Currently the salt shed is a little over half full. 


The boat has not been removed from the ditch on 23rd Avenue.  Tom will try to slide it onto his skid loader trailer.


The signs for the intersection of CR24 and 57th Avenue have not yet been placed. 


Skid pads for the snowplow should be ordered.  Dave Garner thought the manual for specs was in the furnace room of the town hall. 


Tom will schedule a time with Jim Welt to attach a new cutting edge to the snowplow.


The Board decided to meet with the Planning Commission on their regular meeting date of February 8, 2005 to go over the Ordinance update.  Paul Schluter will inform the Planning Commission members of this meeting.  Notice of the meeting will be posted.


Bob stated he talked with Mr. Steve Weidner, treasurer of the Randolph Fire Department.  Mr. Weidner contacted Bob and in their conversation it was determined Stanton Township would pay the same amount as last year for fire protection and in 2005 draw up a new contract for the 2006 year.  The fire department’s budget has been determined by these numbers and it was stated to Bob this is what they need.  The Board reviewed the rise in cost of fire protection from the year 1999 to 2004.


            Cannon Falls Fire Department     Randolph Fire Department


                 1999           $6,579.00                          1999          $  9,004.00

                 2000           $7,298.00                          2000           $10,189.00

                 2001           $7,329.00                          2001           $11,171.00

                 2002           $7,585.00                          2002          $13,619.00

                 2003           $8,221.00                          2003          $14,608.00

                 2004           $8,469.00                          2004          $14,976.00


It was noted that the Cannon Falls Department charges a fee per fire call on top of the billed amount.


Dave Garner and Dave McKeag will attend the Goodhue County Association of Township’s Meeting on February 5, 2005 at the Zumbrota VFW.


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Colleen reported that Heather Sharp has filed for the position of Supervisor.  Ken Ebert and Sherrie Vandenheuvel have filed for the position of Treasurer.


Bob made a motion, seconded by Dave Garner to pay Stanton United Methodist Church a sum of $65.00 for the use of their building.  Dave Garner seconded the motion.  Motion carried.


Bob made a motion to pay the furnace bill, sent to Dave McKeag and received tonight, in the amount of $218.52.  Dave McKeag seconded the motion.  Motion carried.


The treasurer will add the above amounts to the January claims list.


Colleen will send a letter to each contractor that submitted quotes for snow removal of specified roads as per the ad published in the Beacon.  The letter stating the Board took no action in the matter.


Bob made a motion, seconded by Dave Garner to distribute mail.  Motion carried.


Dave Garner made a motion, seconded by Bob to pay claims.