REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING (April 15, 2003)

 

Board Chair, Robert Benson called the meeting to order.  Other members present included Supervisors David W. McKeag and David Garner, Clerk, Colleen Thompson and Acting Treasurer, Rob Tate.

 

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

 

Colleen read the minutes of the March 18, 2003 Town Board Meeting.  Dave McKeag made a motion, seconded by Dave Garner to accept the report with corrections.

 

Rob read the Treasurer’s Report.  Balances as of March 31, 2003 are:  Checking, $55,011.33, savings, $101,906.04, for a total checking and savings of $155,917.37.  CD’s are unchanged at $215,539.59 making the total current assets $369,388.96.  We had building permit income of $439.50 and miscellaneous income of $133.66.  We received general revenue of $4,691.23 from Goodhue County. Total income for the month totaled $18,326.53.  Total expenses for the month totaled $5,385.94.  Dave McKeag made a motion, seconded by Dave Garner to accept the report as read.  Motion carried.

 

Brian Carlin, 5328 312th Street Path, Cannon Falls, MN 55009, Section 24, Woodland Heights lots 3 and 4, appeared before the Board to request a variance to build a garage/shop 30x40 feet in size for 1200 square feet (400 feet more than allowed by township ordinance).  All setbacks will be met. Cost is estimated at $12,000.00.  The Planning Commission held a Public Hearing on April 10, 2003. The Planning Commission is recommending the Board grant a variance. Dave McKeag made a motion to grant the variance request and building permit.  Dave Garner seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

 

Dave Johnston, 403 Union Street, Apartment #101, Northfield, MN 55057 appeared before the Board to request a building permit for a house. Mr. Johnston owns 195 acres in Section 33 and would like to build on non-tillable land.  All setbacks will be met.  The home will be 1150 square feet.  Estimated cost is $161,000.00.  Dave Garner made a motion, seconded by Dave McKeag to grant a building permit.  Motion carried.

 

Robert Tate, 4325 County 24 Blvd., Cannon Falls, MN 55009, Section 26, approached the Board stating he would like to move a building permit from one Quarter Section in Section 26 he owns to another Quarter Section within Section 26.  Mr. Tate would like to purchase a 31-acre parcel from Don Benson and move his building site to this parcel within the same section.  Mr. Tate asked the Board for a letter of consent stating they agree the parcel would be a buildable site.  A motion was made by Dave Garner to allow the transfer of a building permit from one Quarter Section within Section 26 to the proposed site in the same section.  Dave McKeag seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

 

Paul Schluter, 33411 55th Avenue Way, Cannon Falls, MN 55009 in section 36 appeared before the Board to request a permit for a 12x28 family room addition to his existing home.  All setbacks will be met.  Cost of the project is estimated at $30,000.00.  Bob made a motion, seconded by Dave McKeag to grant a permit.  Motion carried. 

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Kevin Raway, 5804 33rd Street Way, Cannon Falls, MN 55009, Section 13 appeared before the Planning Commission requesting a building permit for an addition to his home but did not appear before the Board.  No action was taken at this time.

 

Rock bids were opened.

 

Anderson Trucking, 511 Middle Street, Cannon Falls, MN 55009

 

   10,000 yards more or less, ¾” crushed lime rock with 8-10% passing the 200 screen as follows.

1.      Rock delivered on township roads - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -        $8.25/yd*

2.      Rock delivered to township residence - - - - - - - - - - - - - -          $8.45/yd*

3.      Rock at quarry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -    $5.50/yd*

Rock to be delivered no later than the second week of August 2003.  Rock to be delivered from either Spring Garden or Wagner Quarry.  Certificate of Liability Insurance attached.

 *Price includes Goodhue County Aggregate Tax.

 

Hernke’s Inc., 37020 County 1 Blvd., Cannon Falls, MN 55009

 

   10,000 cubic yards more or less of ¾ inch minus crushed quarry rock with 8%-10% binder to

   be delivered as follows:

            1.  Price of rock delivered on township roads    - - - - - - - - - - - - - -             $8.00/yd*

            2.  Price of rock delivered to township residence plus sales tax - -         $8.00/yd*

            3.  Class 5 rock at quarry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -           $5.60/yd*

   Rock to be delivered before the 2nd week of August 2003.  Certificate of Liability Insurance

   attached.

 *Price includes Goodhue County Aggregate Tax.

 

Kielmeyer Construction, Inc., 86 Main Street, P.O. Box 158, Nerstrand, MN 55053

 

   We will furnish, load, screen, crush and haul Crushed Rock anywhere in the Township for the

   following prices from the quarry listed below.  All material will pass the ¾ inch screen and

   pass for Class 2 material as according to the State of Minnesota.

           

Quarry – Hernke

            1. Quarry price per CY - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -            $5.40

                Quarry price per ton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - $4.15

            2. Delivered price per CY - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - $8.50

                Delivered price per ton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - $6.55

Provisions:

1.      Work to be completed by August 15, 2003.

2.      Should we be awarded the Township Contract, we will haul to the Township Residence for $9.70 per cubic yard, including Minnesota Sales Tax.

3.      Certificate of Liability Insurance is attached.

 

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Motion was made by Dave McKeag seconded by Dave Garner and carried to accept the low bid submitted by Hernke’s Inc.

 

Tires have not been disposed of.  Brush on Sciota Trail and 20th Ave needs to be burned.  A pile of brush at the end of 303rd Street needs to be removed.

 

The Board took its annual spring road trip on April 10, 2003.  Colleen passed out a printed copy to each Supervisor.

 

Bob made a motion, seconded by Dave McKeag to send a letter by registered mail to Ron Davis stating he needs to finish his road project by having the final overlay applied to 59th Ave. Motion carried.

 

Colleen reported that she has been in contact with Jim Johnson of Bargen Inc. about the holes in Oxford Mill Road and also about the condition of the tarred portion of Sciota Trail.  Mr. Johnson was in the area and looked at the condition of both roads.  He recommended using cold patch on the holes in the Oxford Mill Road.  He stated the overlay on the road is thin.  There were a lot of bad areas before the road was repaired resulting in the approximate 13 holes developing with several more bad areas developing.  He stated he could repair the holes for around $200.00. Mr. Johnson stated that Sciota Trail would cost $2,500.00 to $3,000.00 to repair with cold patch, recommending using a roller but stating that it could break up again in one or two years or break up in another area of the road. He stated if we had a truck we could buy cold patch in bulk at approximately $100.00 per ton.  It would take 5 to 6 ton of product.  Bargen Inc. could do the labor at an approximate cost of between $600.00 and $1,000.00.

 

Dave Garner made a motion, seconded by Dave McKeag to contact James Johnson of Bargen, Inc. to repair all existing holes in the Oxford Mill Road .  Motion carried.

 

Dave McKeag made a motion to bid for overlay on Sciota Trail and also the first section of Oxford Mill Road.  Bob seconded the motion.  Carried.

 

Bob stated he would talk to Jon Hansen about the dam he has built in a water run causing the water to freeze in the culvert this last winter which resulted in water running over the road this spring which in turn caused road damage.

 

Bob made a motion to send a letter to the owners of the former Daniel Gangloff residence in Section 21 on 310th Street about the numerous vehicles on their property and to inquire whether they are running a salvage business that would need a conditional use. Also to inquire about what looks like the start of a fence in front of their residence and to inform them the height of fences is addressed in the Stanton Township Ordinance and to invite them to the next Township Board Meeting on May 20, 2003.

 

Bob continued his motion to send letter to Wendy Carroll, 37420 Stanton Trail, Cannon Falls, MN 55009 asking her to remove her gate style fencing from the road right of way.

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Bob continued his motion, to also send a letter to Kurt Emery, 884 Hwy 19 Blvd., Stanton, MN asking him to pump out the standing water in the ditch at the corner of Hwy.19 Blvd and 8th

Avenue Way as it is deep and is a safety hazard.  Also asking him to remove any remaining accumulated solids as per his agreement to do when the Board met with him on July 17, 2002. The Board will then have the hole filled in with small rocks.  A copy of the letter will be sent to Steve Schmidt, Goodhue County feed lot officer.  Dave McKeag seconded the motion.  Carried.

 

Colleen obtained a quote from Ferrellgas, 21830 Lillehei Ave, Hastings, MN 55033.  Delivered and applied to roads in Stanton Township will be $ .65 per gallon for Magnesium Chloride.  The cost per gallon to be picked up at their shop will be $ .58.

 

Dave Garner made a motion, seconded by Dave McKeag to accept Ferrellgas’s quote for chloride to be delivered and applied to Stanton Township roads.  Motion carried.

 

Dave Garner made a motion to provide 150` of dust control free of charge on township roads in front of resident’s homes that request it and any additional chloride (over 150`) will be paid for by the resident as was done last year.

 

Kenneth Ebert, 5331 312th Street Path, Cannon Falls, MN 55009 appeared before the Board, giving a background of his job experience and stating his desire to be appointed as Treasurer of Stanton Township.

 

Bob made a motion, seconded by Dave McKeag to appoint Kenneth Ebert to the position of Township Treasurer.  Mr. Ebert’s appointment is to be in effect until the next general election on March 9, 2004 at which time a special election will be held for the position.  Motion carried.

 

Rob recommended the Board purchase a lap top computer for the Treasurers use.  Bob made a motion, seconded by Dave McKeag to have Dave Garner purchase a lap top computer and a three in one printer for the Township Treasurer. Dave will also look into the CTAS hardware and determine if the Township should change to this accounting system.  Motion carried.

 

The Planning Commission has not done any further work on updating the Township Ordinance.

 

Bob, Dave McKeag, Dave Garner, Colleen and Joe Vandenheuvel attended the Goodhue County Association of Township’s meeting about land use issues in Goodhue County held at the Zumbrota VFW on March 25, 2003.  Lisa Skipton from Goodhue County Land Use Office and Nancy Spooner-Mueller, County Planner was in attendance.  Various issues were discussed from annexation to housing density.  It was stated that the grandfather clause on parcels would come to an end June 4, 2004.  Complete building permit applications need to be in by that date.

 

Colleen reported on a telephone conversation she had with MAT lawyer, John Dooley pertaining to annexation issues.  He strongly encouraged us to initiate communication with the developers for the purpose of fact finding.  Find out what their short and long term goals are.  Ask them to consider working with the Township in developing large lots with up-scale homes.  Large lots

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would accommodate separate septic systems that John stated are much improved and actually work better than a city sewer system. Talk to them about planned unit development with a cluster

collector system.  Ask them to dedicate open space. Work with them, keeping the land in the township and also keeping the tax base. He stated landowners may petition up to 60 acres at a time be annexed. If they insist on annexation, require the developer reimburse the Township for lost taxes based on the current taxes using a phased-in plan over a number of years.  He asked if the developers have been to the city.  Does the city have sewer capacity?  Maybe the city wouldn’t want the area annexed. He stated we would need to look at the long-term plan, the big picture. Don’t wait for them to come to us again.  Start talking.  Concerning the Township having an orderly annexation agreement with the city, Mr. Dooley stated it is a good idea to work with the city to draw up an orderly annexation agreement stating terms and conditions of annexation.  Without an agreement, if annexation occurs, it is probably to late to talk

 

Applications submitted for the Road Maintenance Position were reviewed.  We have received two applications at this time.  Interviews will be held on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 starting at 7:00 p.m.  Each interview will last ½ hour.  We will use the same questions as before.

 

Bob made a motion to adopt the Resolution to Participate in the Minnesota Association of Townships Insurance and Bond Trust and to apply for participation in the Trust’s public officials’ liability insurance program.  Dave McKeag seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  (resolution on file).

 

Acting on a Hazard Resolution was tabled until the May Board meeting giving Colleen time to speak with the County about their Hazard Mitigation Plan.

 

Dave Garner made a motion to pay Cannon Pet Adoption $200.00 fee for service.  Bob seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

 

The Board discussed raising building permit fees to a point that would cover costs incurred by the Planning Commission.  The issue was tabled until next month.  Rob will get numbers total from permits issued last year.

 

Dave Garner made a motion to purchase six new radio tires for the grader at $648.60 each as per the quote given by Lindahl Tire and Battery.  David McKeag seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

 

Bob contacted Jerry Taube about moving the Township salt pile from Allard Moorhouse’s gravel pit to the Township’s salt shed.  He will do the work when road restrictions have been removed.

 

Bob made a motion, seconded by Dave McKeag to pay claims.  Motion carried.

 

Mail was distributed.

 

Dave McKeag made a motion to adjourn.  Bob seconded the motion.  Carried.