Chairman, Robert (Bob) Benson called the meeting to order. Other members present included Supervisors David McKeag and David Garner, Treasurer Kenneth Ebert and Clerk Colleen Thompson.
The Pledge of allegiance was recited.
Colleen read the minutes of the
Ken read the Treasurer’s Report. Current investment totals are $162,449.21 in the
Building Fund and $124,543.27 in the Road and Bridge Fund for total investments
of $286,992.48. We had receipts for the
month of $14,772.84 and disbursements for the month of $18,121.78.
Ron Donner, and Kent Johnson, Stanton Sport Aviation Inc.
Manager appeared before the Board to request building permits for three (3) new
storage buildings to house airplanes and gliders. One building is to be a 96x60x14 pole
barn. Two of the buildings are for
glider storage and measure 51x27x7. All
setbacks were shown to be met. Estimated
cost of all three buildings is $114,000.00.
Curt Rauvola, land owner, and Harold Erickson of Yaggy Colby
appeared before the Board to present a plan they are working on for a sub
division in Sections 8 and 17. Proposed
are 32 one acre lots. The plan includes the existing farm house and Curt’s
house. They have been in contact with
the DNR and the preliminary proposal meets DNR requirements of a one hundred
(100) foot buffer setback to homes in a shore land district. They propose a central
sewage system and central well. They
Bob stated it could be considered under cluster housing.
Planning Commission member, Paul Schluter disagreed.
Colleen stated she had been in contact by phone with Joanne Wood the Independent Planner working on this project. Colleen stated that it was her understanding that their proposal is to plat the 39 acres.
Harold Erickson asked to be placed on the
Mr. Michael Pedersen appeared before the Board with the forms to be signed for the Oxford Oaks Re-plat. The Board reviewed the documents and Board Chair, Bob Benson and Clerk, Colleen Thompson signed the documents. It was requested that Mr. Pedersen return a copy for township records after he acquires all needed signatures.
Mr. Dean Lindeman, Stanton Township Representative on the Cannon Falls Hospital Board gave an update on hospital issues. He stated the hospital is working with a new consultant and the hospital is also facing serious financial issues. He stated the hospital board is made up of five (5) people and that none have hospital experience. He stated that both the Board and Administration is new. He stated issues need to be addressed and they are using a method of issuing surveys to the administration, board and physicians; employees; and community to receive input. Currently 400 community surveys have been returned. He stated they need to examine money vs. expenses. He stated revenues have declined due to loss of ENT services, lack of technology and lack of updated equipment in the building. They can not do procedures now that they had done in the past.
Mr. Lindeman was asked if the hospital faced bankruptcy. He stated this is true, a preliminary budget
shows they have eighteen months, they may have until 2007. A subcommittee is looking into partnering
He stated they receive $350,000.00 annually from the three (3) townships involved and this would need to quadruple to meet expenses.
Mr. Lindeman spoke about turnovers, no trust and no confidence in the hospital, about bad public perception and not getting people to utilize the hospital, about losing revenue and not being able to do new procedures. He stated we need new ways to generate revenue, stating competition is a big issue.
Mr. Lindeman stated he would be willing to give further updates upon the Boards request.
The Board discussed the salt and sand needs for the 2005-2006 winter season. The Board
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directed the Clerk to call Ron Scripture, Goodhue County Highway Maintenance Manager and order 140 yards of sand and salt mixture.
Colleen stated she met with Goodhue County Public Works Director
Jim Klaven to discuss the permitting process for new
shelters to be built in the
Bob stated we have a partial plan for a new town hall building but need to know the placement.
Bob estimated the cost to be $90,000.00 based on a proposal he obtained from VanGuilder Construction Inc.
It was stated we need two more estimates.
Purchasing the parcel across from the current town hall was
Heather Sharp questioned if we could relocate the maintenance shed.
Bob stated the best scenario would be the shed and hall together to utilize heat and water.
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A motion was made by
Colleen reported the following election results.
Heather Schlichting Sharp – 28 Kenneth E. Ebert – 30
Mark Dubbels – 8 Sherrie L. Vandenheuvel – 13
David McKeag – 5
John Miller – 1
Bob made a motion, seconded by Dave McKeag to appoint
Dave McKeag made a motion, seconded by
First National Bank is the townships current depository. Ken will pick up the signature card for the new Chair, Clerk and Treasurer to sign.
Supervisor elect, Heather Sharp stated Jack Lucking would
like a Public Meeting for citizens to voice their opinion regarding
annexation. She also stated on the 31st
Dale Maul would meet at
with the Cannon Falls Chamber of Commerce to discuss the proposed CR 24
overpass. Heather also stated she had
talked with Lisa Wilcox-Erhardt who would like
It was stated that
Mr. John Pernic,
The Board stated the culvert has been in place for
approximately 15 years and the placement of his sewer system is new and stated
the problem does not belong to the Township. It was stated they would look at
the culvert situation when they did the yearly “road trip” on
Ken stated that a line item for phone expense was omitted from the budget. Ken suggested reducing rental expense by $900.00 and use that amount for phone expense.
Bob stated we need to consider purchasing a new tractor and stated we have a proposal from John Deere.
Colleen stated she would check the Purchasing Venture Site. If there is a State contract for tractors we would not need to go thru the bidding process.
Ken stated he had a request to deduct State taxes from pay checks. He stated he understood we had an ID’# and will check with the State to obtain it for use.
Bob made a motion, seconded by Dave McKeag to open mail. Motion carried.
Bob made a motion, seconded by Dave McKeag to pay claims. Motion carried.
Dave McKeag stated it was a learning experience of grass roots government and recognized the people he served with in the past, naming Mike Daniels, Al Moorhouse and Rob Tate. He ended by paying tribute to the current officers of the township.
Dave McKeag made a motion to adjourn. Bob seconded the motion. Motion carried.