Board Chair, Robert Benson called the meeting to order.  Other members present included Supervisor David Garner, Clerk Colleen Thompson and Treasurer Kenneth Ebert.  David W. McKeag did not attend.


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


Colleen read the minutes of the June 17, 2003 Town Board Meeting.  Bob made a motion, seconded by Dave to accept with corrections.  Motion carried.


Ken read the Treasurer Report.  As of June 30, 2003 totals are: Checking, $22,845.65, Savings, $102,287.62, CD’s $227,658.36.  One CD in the amount of $62,118.77 was renewed for 13 months at First National Bank of Cannon Falls. Current total assets are $352.791.63. We had income of $128.00 from building permits.  Payments for chloride were received totaling $1,440.00.  Interest income totaled $125.95.  Miscellaneous income totaled $161.60 for total income for the month of $1,855.55. Expenses for the month were $17,592.17. Dave Garner made a motion to accept the report as read.  Bob seconded the motion.  Motion carried.


Joan and Blain Husbyn, 105 Ridgecrest Drive, Cannon Falls, MN 55009 in section 35 appeared before the Board to request a building permit to replace an existing home.  All setbacks are met under the provision of “replacement building”.  The new home will be approximately 1800 square feet with an estimated cost of $200.00.00.  Bob made a motion, seconded by Dave Garner to grant a building permit.  Motion carried.


Kurt Emery, 884 Hwy 19 Blvd., Stanton, MN 55018 and his sister Kay Eglund appeared before the Board to request a building permit on a parcel located along Goodhue Avenue that was approved for a variance at the June 17, 2003 meeting.  The home will be approximately 1288 square feet and has an estimated cost of $110,000.00.  All setbacks will be met.  Bob made a motion, seconded by Dave Garner to grant a permit.  Motion carried.


Jon Hansen, 32351 40th Ave., Cannon Falls, MN 55009 in section 27, appeared before the Board to request an extension to an existing permit, he also would like to revise the original plan by adding a garage at an estimated cost of $4,200.00.  All setbacks will be met.  Bob made a motion, seconded by Dave Garner to grant a permit.  Motion carried.


Paul Schluter gave a report of Planning Commission activity.


Colleen asked Paul Schluter to have the Planning Commission correct their July 8, 2003 meeting minutes.  Old business, number three states the Township Board has approved a building permit for Ray Wynne.  The Board has agreed to let Mr. Wynne forgo further meetings with the Planning Commission but has not as yet approved a building permit.


Bob, Dave Garner and Colleen attended a Hazard Mitigation Open House at the Zumbrota City Hall on June 25, 2003.  Colleen was unable to attend the Hazard Mitigation Plan Policy meeting

that was held on July 9, 2003 in Red Wing.  Two more policy meetings are scheduled for August

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13, 2003 and September 10, 2003.  Colleen presented a hazard identification worksheet to the Board that needs to be filled out.


Bob, Colleen and Ken attended the Short Courses workshop in Owatonna today (July 15, 2003).  Bob attended the following workshops, Understanding Cartways & Minimum Maintenance Roads; Risk Management for Supervisors, and Budget Development – Levy to Certification.  Colleen attended CTAS Introduction, CTAS – Hands On, and a workshop on Elections.  Ken attended CTAS Introduction, Treasurers Financial Records, and Payroll Issues – CTAS & Manual Systems. All three attended a mock meeting presented during the morning session.


Colleen reported that she had researched records and found that Pine Bend Paving had done work on Oxford Mill Road.  The invoice dated 8-31-1998 stated 2” of asphalt wear course was applied.  Colleen was asked to contact Pine Bend Paving and set up a meeting at the road site to address the thickness of asphalt applied.


Colleen also researched records pertaining to the Nelson property issue.  Information found will be forwarded to Lisa Skipton at the Goodhue County Land Use Office.  Copies of the findings of the court in the 1998 lawsuit have already been forwarded to Ms. Skipton.


In researching the Davis road project, Colleen found that the project was started in the fall of 1997.  Mr. Davis presented a letter of credit at the April 21, 1998 Board Meeting.  Colleen has more to research before sending a letter to Mr. Davis stating his need to finish his road project.


Wendell Maltby, 949 Sciota Trail, Randolph, MN 55065 appeared before the Board to explain his desire to move building sites from one section to another.  Mr. Maltby was told no action is needed at the township level but would be required at County.


The Board discussed the need for a new equipment shed and town hall. Bob has contacted the County and obtained information about sewer options at the current site.  It was determined that the plans drawn up by the Building Committee are too large for the lot size.  Colleen will contact Bill Bonde, Clerk of Wheeling Township again for the purpose of setting up a meeting date to view their town hall.  


Colleen will contact Randolph Fire Department and ask be included on their agenda to discuss fire protection costs and charges.


Bob will stop at Wendy Carroll’s residence to ask her to move her horse fencing along the township road right of way.  Colleen stated she could send a letter to Ms. Carroll due to leaving a message only about the distance of road right of way.


Tires are loaded and Bob will take them to the landfill on Saturday, July 26, 2003.


Salt in the shed needs to be pushed to the back allowing room in the shed to place the salt remaining at Moorhouse’s gravel pit.  Dave will check with Holt Construction to see if they can

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move the salt.  Thor Millard was mentioned as doing this in the past.  He will be contacted if Holt is unable to do the job in a timely manner.


Ken reported that he had set up a new checking account at First National Bank.  He is working with American Solutions for Business for the printing of new checks for this account. He also reported that he had signed a pledge from First National Bank stating they will cover investments we have over the amount of $200.000.00


Ken presented a list of checks to the Board that have not been cleared or voided.  Bob made a motion to have Ken void all “old” outstanding checks that have not been cashed.  Dave Garner seconded the motion.  Motion carried.


Dave Garner made a motion for Ken to transfer sufficient funds, the amount to be determined at Ken’s discretion from the savings to the checking account.  Bob seconded the motion.  Carried.


Bob stated we need a special meeting to be held including the people of the township to determine what to do with our current buildings.


Dave Garner made a motion to hold a “Special Meeting” on August 5, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. as a working session of the Town Board for discussion of a new shop and town hall and to draw up working plans for the replacement of the current township building only.  Interested persons are invited to attend. Bob seconded the motion.  Carried.


Bob made a motion to adopt a policy stating the Township will NOT do snowplowing, grading or mowing of private property.  The action is taken for reasons of liability and under the recommendation of M.A.T.  The policy will come into effect as of today’s date (June 15, 2003).

Dave Garner seconded the motion.  Motion carried.


A bill will be sent to David Neameyer in the amount of $25.00 for mowing.  A note will be sent stating our new policy.


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


Mail was distributed.


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