REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING (June 15, 2004)         UNOFICCIAL DOCUMENT

 

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 May 18, 2004 meeting.  Dave Garner made a motion to accept the minutes as read.  Dave McKeag seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

 

Ken gave the Treasurer Report.  Investment totals are Building Fund $160,573.57 and Road and Bridge Fund $122.340.18 for total investments of $282,913.75.  We had receipts for the month of $5,134.45 and disbursements of $16,144.04.  Current checking account balance is $123,047.39.  Dave McKeag made a motion seconded by Dave Garner to accept the report as read.  Motion carried.

 

Kim Podritz appeared representing Kevin and Tammy Whitson, 2199 Highway 19 Boulevard, Stanton, MN 55081 in Section 21.  The request is for a permit to build a 14x26 deck onto an existing home. Set backs are met.  Estimated cost is $4,150.00.  Bob Benson made a motion, seconded by Dave Garner to grant a building permit.  Motion carried.

 

Ken Carpenter, representing Saint Paul’s Church, 30289 59th Avenue Way, Cannon Falls, MN appeared before the Board. Mr. Carpenter stated they are not opposed to the request of Jeff Haugen to build a shed.  The Church has located lot pin locations.  The back lot pins are about 15` further south then they expected.  Mr. Carpenter stated they wanted to make the Board aware of this as it has an impact on adjoining property owner Jeff Haugen and the placement of his proposed shed.  They want to make sure he meets set-backs.  Mr. Carpenter stated they are waiting for a surveyor to verify what he has found. 

 

Jeff Haugen, 5825 303rd Street Way, Cannon Falls, MN 55009 in Section 13 appeared before the Board.  Mr. Haugen is requesting a variance for an oversized shed and was referred back from the May 18, 2004 meeting because the submitted drawing of building placement did not meet front yard set-backs.  The Board had also asked Mr. Haugen to downsize sidewall heights.  Mr. Haugen submitted new drawings of a 48x64 building with 15`8” sidewalls.  He stated the building will meet all setbacks.  He stated he measured from the property line he knows of know.  He stated he has trees on his west and back property line and these trees would stay standing. 

 

Dave Garner stated it is an imposing building and would affect property in the whole community.

 

Mr. Haugen stated he has more acreage than most others in the community.

 

Bob stated it is a big building for that area. 

 

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Mr. Haugen stated he had said before that he would work with us.  He reminded the Board

there was no opposition from neighbors at the May 11, 2004 Public Hearing.  He stated that he would still meet back yard setbacks if the property line did in fact move.  He stated his need to get the shell up and concrete poured. 

 

Bob stated he is not opposed to construction of a pole shed but thinks it is tall for the area.

 

Dave McKeag stated it is a nice looking building.  The size would avoid add-ons or the need for several smaller buildings.

 

Mr. Haugen stated it is not galvanized or Quonset hut looking.  The pitch of the roof would be the same as his house and garage at a 4/12 pitch.  He stated he will do landscaping.

 

Dave Garner questioned the eye appeal of the north side of the building.  Stating it is a large flat surface with nothing breaking up the appearance.  He stated he would like to see something done, maybe adding several windows, also landscaping.

 

Mr. Haugen agreed that he could put windows on the north side for that purpose.

 

Dave McKeag made a motion to grant a variance to Mr. Haugen for an oversized shed.  Dave Garner stated he would second the motion but with provisions that side walls are not to exceed 15`8`` and the north side of the building be altered for eye appeal possibly with windows to break up the large flat surface area.  Bob asked for a vote.  Dave McKeag – eye, Dave Garner – eye, Bob Benson – nay stating it is too big for the area.  Motion carried.

 

Dave Garner asked Mr. Haugen to do what he can with landscaping for eye appeal.

 

Tom Kurtz gave a road report.  He reported that all rock has been delivered.  One inch rock was applied to portions of 320th and 330th Streets. Chloride will be applied by Ferrellgas starting Thursday of this week.  The mower is fixed and ditches will also be mowed this week. 

 

Colleen reported that she had been contacted by Mr. Gerry Willenbring and also Ron Waltz.  Their appearance concerning 57th Avenue Court has been postponed until the July meeting.

 

Tom stated 57th Avenue Court did receive rock.  He stated the cul-de-sac area would be large enough to turn around in if the homeowner on the end would move his cars.  He stated there isn’t much of a ditch.

 

Bob stated the township has a supply of fill taken from Sciota Trail.

 

The Board discussed with Tom the Randolph Township’s request for maintenance of their roads.  Tom stated he did not have the extra time needed to do the job.

 

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Colleen stated we would need to completely clear our roads before doing their road maintenance and that they would not get roads maintained any earlier then with their current contractor. 

 

Also brought up was the wear on the tires traveling on tarred roads to do a limited amount of maintenance.

 

Dave McKeag agreed stating what we were offered is not worth it.

 

Bob spoke about the equipment belonging to the people of the township and felt their opinions should be considered before agreeing to such an agreement.

 

Bob made a motion to decline the request of Randolph Township for road maintenance and snowplowing Dave McKeag seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

 

Colleen reported that she had been contacted by Ron from Goodhue County Public Works.  He stated we have many pot holes that need filling before they will seal coat our roads and wanted verification that we want them to do patching. 

 

Tom also stated that when meeting with Ron, he felt the portion of new tar on Oxford Mill Road just off from Hwy. 19 did not need chip seal at this time. He stated that a chip seal coating should last for seven to ten years before reapplying. 

 

The Board decided to have County fill pot holes and also to chip seal all asphalt roads located in the township. Colleen will call Ron with this information.

 

The Board asked Tom to dump rock in the hole being made from people “cutting the corner” off from Deerwood Drive where it meets CR 24. 

 

John Miller also pointed out there is a hole on the edge of the tar surface on top of the hill on Deerwood that needs repair.  It was determined County would repair it when doing patching work.

 

Bob has spoken to Bonnie Mantei about large trees in the road right of way along her property line that need to be cut down. Bob discussed the needed tree removal with Tom. The ditch on that side of the road is deep and Bob thought that if the property owners or a tree business does not want the trees they could be left in the ditch and fill added.

 

The ninety degree corner on Stanton Trail was discussed.  The inside corner needs to be fixed. Traffic cuts the corner and is wrecking the culvert.  Tom has graded the upper portion of the corner better defining the road but this has not helped shift traffic. 

 

Dave Garner suggested putting up a series of blue circular reflectors on posts to mark the

inside corner of the road.  He saw this done at the CR 56 & CR 86 intersection in Dakota

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County.  It was decided the ninety degree corner at 40th Avenue and 310th Street also needs

a series of reflectors to prevent people from cutting that inside corner and to prevent them from getting any closer to the guide wire.  We will check with County for reflectors.

 

Tom asked the Board to tell Andy Sandstrom to stay off from the township road with his grader. 

 

It was noted that Donald Benson has resigned from the Planning Commission.  The Board will come to the next Board meeting with names of persons interested in the position before making an appointment to fill the position.  Colleen was instructed to post the position on the notice board.

 

Colleen will contact Mark Dubbels about the upcoming meeting on June 23, 2004 with Cannon Falls asking him to relay the message to the Planning Commission members.

 

Bob reported no response back concerning plans for a town hall building and will contact someone else.

 

Dave Garner made a motion to by resolution certify that the Town Board of Stanton in Goodhue County grants Summit Gulf Club to sell 3.2 malt liquor and hereby consents to the issuance of the license applied for.  Bob seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

 

Bob made a motion to again state that Stanton Township does not require building permits for re-roofing, re-siding, inside remodeling that does not alter the outside dimensions, gas furnace or fireplace installation or any project costing less than $1,000.00.  Dave McKeag seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

 

Mail was distributed.

 

Bob referred to a letter received from Attorney, Peter Tiede, from Murnane Conlin White & Brandt.  He asked if the Board should consider replacing our current attorney, Mr. Tom Scott due to the conflict of Campbell, Knutson also representing Cannon Falls. 

 

Dave Garner stated he would prefer keeping Mr. Scott.  He has no issues with Peter Tiede and stated he did a good job during the Public Hearing and seems to have knowledge about township issues but was not in favor of giving him all work.  Dave suggested keeping Tom Scott as our current attorney and to obtain services from Mr. Tiede when issues arise with Cannon Falls.

 

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

 

Dave McKeag made a motion, seconded by Dave Garner to adjourn.  Motion carried.