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REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING (May 20, 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 Treasurer Kenneth Ebert.

 

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

 

Colleen read the minutes of the April 15, 2003 Town Board Meeting.  Dave McKeag made a motion to accept the report as read.  Dave Garner seconded the motion.  Carried.

 

Kenneth read the Treasurer Report.  Balances reported as of April 30, 2003 are checking $49,065.72, savings $102.031.68, for a total checking/savings balance of $151,097.40. CD’s are unchanged at $215,539.59 making the current assets total $366,636.99. We had interest income of  $125.64.  Expenses for the month totaled $5,757.87.  Dave McKeag made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read.  Dave Garner seconded the motion.  Carried.

 

Sylvia Chloupek, 217 Parkway Lane, Cannon Falls, MN 55009 appeared before the Board to renew her original permit without changes.  Dave McKeag made a motion to renew the permit, seconded by Dave Garner.  Motion carried.

 

Delbert Gustafson, 32950 35th Ave, Dennison, MN 55018 appeared before the Board to request a permit to build a 40`x 48` machine shed on 77.5 acres.  All setbacks will be met.  Cost estimated at $15,000.00. Bob made a motion, seconded by Dave McKeag to grant a permit. Carried.

 

Dan Josephson, 5858 303rd Street Way, Cannon Falls, MN 55009 appeared before the Board to request a permit to build a 12`x 24` addition to his existing garage.  All setbacks will be met.  The estimated cost is $2,500.00.  Dave Garner made a motion seconded by Dave McKeag to grant a permit.  Motion carried.

 

Allard Moorhouse appeared before the Board to request the rezoning of 55 acres from Residential Agriculture to Residential.  The current zoning of Agriculture allows for one house per twenty acres.  The requested Residential rezoning would allow one house per five acres. All Supervisors took time to read the minutes of the Public Hearing. Supervisor Garner stated that no plans were submitted and asked Mr. Moorhouse “what are your plans?”  Mr. Moorhouse stated that if accepted he could go ahead with a plat or whatever.  Supervisor Garner asked again what are the long- range plans.  Allard stated no research had been done.  Supervisor McKeag questioned if this parcel borders other property zoned Residential.  Mark Dubbels, Planning Commission Secretary stated that all of the surrounding neighbors who attended the Hearing on May 13, 2003 objected to the rezoning.  The Boy Scouts have a shooting range in the area.  They also brought up the issue of “bad water” in the area.  Mr. Dubbels brought the tape of the Public Hearing forward and asked the Board if they would like to listen to the tape.  Mr. Dubbels stated the tape was 20 to 30 minutes long and that all responses were negative.  Joe Vandenheuvel, Planning Commission Chair recapped the Public Hearing.  He stated that no decision was made hastily.  Approximately 30 minutes was taken for public comment.  The Planning Commission looked at aerials taking another 10 minutes.  Joe stated that everyone who spoke at the Public

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Hearing spoke against the rezoning. The Planning Commission was recommending denial.  Dave Garner stated he was leaning against approving being opposed to the possibility of 11 houses in the area.  Dave McKeag stated we should put homes on low CER rated land.  It was stated by Mark Dubbels that the CER rating of this parcel is at 85.  Bob was concerned about the water issue in the area with the Boy Scout Range having high bacteria counts. Mr. Dubbels stated he is affected the most by the proposed rezone.  Leaving it zoned as it is would allow one house per twenty acres.

 

Allard Moorhouse suggested tabling the issue for the purpose of giving the Board time to gather additional information.  Mr. Moorhouse stated he would sign a waiver to the 60-day rule.  Dave McKeag made a motion to table the rezone issue until the June 17, 2003 Board Meeting.  Dave Garner seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Mr. Moorhouse then signed the 60-day rule waiver.

 

Mike Pedersen, 1415 Hwy. 20 North, Cannon Falls, MN 55009 appeared before the Board to ask for a replat of five (5) one plus acre lots.  The replat was approved at the County.  The lots were formerly a single out lot.  Dave Garner made a motion to grant a replat of five approximate 1.09 acre parcels.  Dave McKeag seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

 

Kevin Raway, 5804 303rd Street Way, Cannon Falls, MN 55009 in Section 13 appeared before the Board to request a permit to build a 12`x 12` addition to his existing home to replace an existing car port/porch area.  His plan meets all setbacks.  Estimated cost of the project is $2,000.00.  Dave Garner made a motion, seconded by Dave McKeag to grant a permit.  Carried.

 

Scott Bergman representing Holden Seeds, 2440 Hwy 19 Blvd., Cannon Falls, MN 55009 in Section 18 appeared before the Board to amend his original building permit.  He submitted a new site plan.  The building will now be used as a lab and office space, not a shop as originally planned.  Dave Garner stated he should start with a new permit.  Bob made a motion for the extension of the original permit with changes amounting to $450,000.00. Dave McKeag seconded the motion.  Carried. As Mr. Bergman did not have his original permit, a new permit was issued, charging only for the additional cost of proposed changes.

 

Michelle Kennedy, 1405 300th Street Way, Cannon Falls, MN 55009 in Section 8 appeared before the Planning Commission requesting a building permit for a 7- foot addition to a two-tiered deck but did not appear before the Board.  No action was taken at this time.

 

Marty Benson, Representing Summit Golf Club, appeared before the Board to request the renewal of their beer license.  Dave McKeag made a motion to by resolution allow the Summit Golf Club the temporary issuance of an on sale 3.2 malt liquor license and to consent to the issuance of the license applied for.  Dave Garner seconded the motion.  Carried.

 

Bob acknowledged that the Cannon Falls Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation has submitted an application for the use of gaming tickets at a June 14, 2003 event to be held at the Cannon Falls Sportsman’s Club. 

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Bob made a motion to hire Adam Rueger in the position of part time road maintenance person with Dan Benham as back up road maintenance person to work as needed.  Dave McKeag seconded the position.  Dave Garner abstained from voting. Motion carried.

 

Dave Garner made a motion to have the holes in the asphalt on Sciota Trail patched by Bargen Inc., with cold patch using a roller as per cost quoted per conversation with the Clerk.

 

Wendell Maltby spoke about the upcoming 1840 trappers rendezvous to be held at Maltby's Nature Preserve over Memorial weekend.  He estimated 300 overnight campers.  Loretta Lee’s pasture will be used for parking.  Admission will be by paid ticket.  The event will close each night at 5:00 p.m. to the public.

 

The Clerk will contact Mr. Hernke for dates rock is to be delivered.  The Clerk also reported that she had been contacted by Mr. Andy Sandstrom about the condition of the recycled tar on 59th Ave Way.  Because of heavy traffic all that is left is fine dust.  Discussion by the Board resulted in adding 59th Ave Way to the gravel list. The recycled material will be bladed to the side of the road, putting crushed rock down and then mixing the two together.  The Clerk also reported that she had been contacted about a pothole at the intersection of 324th Street and County Road 24.  Dave McKeag viewed the area and has determined the pothole is the responsibility of the County. Colleen will contact the County.

 

Bob made a motion to purchase a chain saw, chaps, helmet and safety glasses for use by our road maintenance personal in roadside brush removal.

 

It was reported that a paddleboard is missing at the Boy Scout corner.  Reflectors are missing from the curve at 40th and 310th Streets. 

 

Colleen went over a report received from the Goodhue County Department of Public Works regarding the 2002 annual bridge inspection. Bridge #2104 on 330th Street is scheduled for replacement in the year 2006.  They also wanted us to take note of the following items listed under the “special notes” section.  Bridge #25553 over the Little Canon River on the Oxford Mill Road is missing riprap on the north and south slope protection areas. Bridge #91981 over Spring Creek on 310th Street has a tree at the inlet between the aprons, brush at outlet of the west barrel, sediment at the inlet of the easterly barrel and in the barrel.  Bridge #95478 over Prairie Creek on 310th Street has the easterly culvert silted in approximately 20% and north end westerly culvert has a foot of sediment, debris at inlet of middle and easterly culvert.  Bridge #L0577 over Spring Creek on 23rd Ave. has the NE bridge paddleboard sign leaning and the SE bridge paddleboard sign is positioned back to far from the corner of the bridge.

 

Tires belonging to the township and stored at Dick Daniels need to be taken to the Wannamingo Land Fill.  Brush needs to be removed from 303rd St. Way.

 

Jim Johnson from Bargen Inc., did cold patch work on Oxford Mill Road and brought to the

attention of the Clerk the thickness and quality of asphalt applied to the road.  He believed we

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may have some recourse for the work done.

 

Colleen contacted the County about chloride application on Sciota Trail by Jim Pelkey and also on 23rd Ave Way by Norm Ohmann.  The request was made because of the excessive traffic

to and from the County Park.  They have agreed to the application this year, with no date of application given. They had applied chloride in past years but had been negligent in recent years.

 

We received payment from the Boy Scouts for maintenance and chloride for 310th Street.  Each resident on 310th will receive 200 feet of chloride at no charge.

 

Colleen spoke to John Widman about the needed brush removal in ditches along his road frontage on Warsaw Trail.

 

The Planning Commission will be holding a special meeting on Tuesday June 3, 2003 for the purpose of working on the ordinance update.

 

Bob, Dave, Dave and Colleen attended the Cannon Falls Comprehensive Plan Update showing held at City Hall.  Annexation plans, and long range sewer plans will affect Stanton Township. 

 

After discussion, it was decided to have Colleen obtain a copy of the orderly annexation agreement between Cannon Falls Township and the city of Cannon Falls. It was decided that Stanton Township needs to be pro-active and needs to start talks with the Mayor and Cannon Falls City Council about orderly annexation.  The Board also decided they need to set up a meeting with the Randolph Fire Department to discuss their billing method for fire protection.

 

Bob, Dave, Dave, and Colleen attended a Goodhue County Comprehensive Plan Element Meeting at Zumbrota Public Library the same night.  Refinement of the Comprehensive plan update pertaining to land use was worked on. All members attending decided to forego attending further meetings.

 

Colleen told the Board that it is time to think about going to the National Association of Towns and Townships meeting in Washington.  Information was in the last Township News.  The Township will pay costs for one member to attend. Bob will consider the trip.

 

Kurt Emery was sent a letter by the Clerk on May 6, 2003 addressing the issue of the standing water in the ditch at the intersection of 8th Ave Way and Hwy. 19.  He was asked to contact the Clerk with his timeline for pumping the area.  Dave McKeag stated he had talked with Kurt.

 

Bob reported he has not as yet been in contact with Jon Hanson about damming of a water run which in turn damaged our township road.

 

Colleen has not sent a letter to Ron Davis about the need for him to finish his road project and having the final overlay applied.  She felt it would be more personable to visit him in person. 

Dave Garner and Colleen will make visits to Ron Davis, Wendy Carroll and Brody Skahen on

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Monday June 2, 2003 at 7:00 p.m.

 

The Board reviewed the number (32) of building permits handled last year and the cost

associated with the building permit process. A motion was made by Bob to raise the cost of building permits and to charge $50.00 for the first $10,000.00 and .50 for each additional $1,000.00 and to raise the fee for a public hearing to $150.00.  The effective date of the new charges will be June 1, 2003.  It was decided to post the new rates on the wall of town hall.

 

The Randolph Historical Society submitted the requested paperwork showing that they are affiliated with the Minnesota Historical Society. Dave Garner made a motion to give the Randolph Historical Society a $400.00 donation.  Bob seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

 

Hazard mitigation was tabled until the June 17, 2003 meeting.

 

Bob by resolution moved to add Deputy Clerk on the signature card at First National Bank for the purpose of signing checks only in the event that the Clerk is unable to sign checks.

 

Dave McKeag made a motion to release Kenneth Ebert from the responsibility of any mistakes or wrong doing that may have occurred during the former township treasurer’s term.

 

Bob stated that he had heard the township owned 1.5 acres of property at 40th Ave and Billy Robinson’s driveway.  Colleen will check with County records.

 

Mark Dubbels, Planning Commission Secretary stated that they had an inquiry about the Bill Nelson property and what the Township is doing about the matter.  Colleen had the findings of the lawsuit brought against Nelson in 1998.  Dave Garner stated that when attending a County meeting the Nelson property was brought up and that Lisa Skipton responded by stating the County is working with Mr. Nelson.  It was determined that by her statement the County took ownership of the matter.  Mr. Dubbels also stated that it looks like numerous operations are being run from the Sternitzky property at 30991 Oxford Mill Road.

 

The Planning Commission requested the satellite be moved from the equipment shed before their June 3, 2003 meeting.

 

Mr. Dubbels reported that a public hearing would be held on June 10, 2003 to address a variance request by Kurt Emery and Kay Egland for approximately 58 acres under the grandfather clause.

 

Kenneth Ebert gave the Board a memo on the status of the Treasurer Position and issues that need to be addressed. A motion was made by Dave Garner and seconded by Dave McKeag to provide Ken with extra Internet access. Motion carried.

 

A motion was made by Dave McKeag seconded by Bob to pay claims. 

Mail was distributed

Bob made a motion seconded by Dave Garner to adjourn.