REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING JULY 20, 2004

 

Board Chair, Robert Benson called the meeting to order.  Other members present included Supervisor David W. McKeag and Supervisor David Garner.  Clerk, Colleen Thompson and Treasurer, Kenneth Ebert were also present.

 

The pledge to the flag was recited.

 

Colleen read the minutes of the June 15, 2004 meeting.  Dave McKeag made a motion to accept the minutes as read.  Bob Benson seconded the motion.  Motion passed.

 

Ken read the Treasurer Report.  Fund balances are building fund - $160,573.57, road and bridge fund - $122,340.18.  Ken stated one CD is due this week and one was just renewed for a two year period.  Cash control statement.  Total receipts for June - $1,661.41, total disbursed - $42,251.05.  Total ending bank balance is $80,736.06.  Dave Garner made a motion to approve the report as read.  Dave McKeag seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

 

Tammy Vandenheuvel, 5419 312th Street Path, Lots 9 & 10 Blk 3, Woodland Hgts. Addition, Cannon Falls, MN appeared before the Board to request a permit to build a 24 x 32 garage.  All setbacks will be met.  The estimated cost is $10,000.00.  Bob made a motion, seconded by Dave McKeag to grant a permit for the proposed garage.  Motion carried.

 

Don Enberg, 32903 10th Avenue, Stanton, MN, was represented by neighbor Harley Foster to request a building permit for a covered porch and a deck addition to his existing home.  A property description was presented.  A 12` variance is needed because of not meeting Ordinance setback requirements.  Dave Garner made a motion to deny the request for lack of proper setbacks.  Bob seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Dave Garner made a motion to hold a Public Hearing upon the Clerk receiving proper notification by Mr. Enberg, on August 10, 2004 to hear the variance request.  Bob seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

 

Ryan Simon, 30477 Oxford Mill Road, Cannon Falls, MN in Section 14 appeared before the Board to request a building permit for a prefabricated 1,549 square foot home with attached 24 x 24 garage.  All setbacks will be met. Bob made a motion, seconded by Dave Garner to grant a permit for the proposed house with attached garage.  Motion carried.  Colleen clarified that the building parcel was to be 20 acres in size, not the 5 acres stated on the building permit.  Mr. Simon stated he was aware of this and that he had stated the 5 acres as the actual amount of acres used for the placement of the home.

 

John Pernick, 32574 Oxford Mill Road, Cannon Falls, MN in Section 25 appeared before the Board to request a building permit to build a 22x42 shed with an estimated cost of $7,000.00.  The front setback is not met by 43 feet.  Mr. Pernick stated there is no other place to build a shed due to the topography and the river.  Dave Garner made a motion to deny the building permit.  Dave McKeag seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Bob than made a motion to hold a Public Hearing for a variance request on August 10, 2004.  Dave McKeag seconded the motion.  Motion carried. 

 

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Patrick O’Leary, 30903 Highway 56 Boulevard, Cannon Falls, MN in Section 17 appeared before the Board to request a permit to build a 40x26 replacement garage.  The estimated cost is 9,500.00.  All setbacks will be met as a replacement building.  Bob made a motion, seconded by Dave Garner to grant a permit for a replacement garage.  Motion carried.

 

Joel Fox, 311 320th Street, Stanton, MN 55018 in Section 19 appeared before the Board to request  a permit to move two corn bins 24` round by 24` high onto his property for agricultural purpose.  Total cost of the bins is $12,000.00.  Planning Committee members, Joe Vandenheuvel, Mark Dubbels and Paul Schluter were in attendance and were in agreement to the request.  Dave Garner made a motion to grant a permit to Mr. Fox to move two grain bins onto his property. Dave McKeag seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

 

Colleen stated she had been contacted by Riverwood Church asking when they need to pursue a conditional use permit.  Currently their plan is to build in two years.  The Board stated they would prefer they wait until they are ready to build before going through the conditional use process. Joe Vandenheuvel stated that Riverwood Church has changed the placement of their proposed church from their original proposal.  It was stated they can change the placement of their building up until their presented request to the Board for a building permit.

 

Colleen stated she had been contacted by Jan Montez for the purpose of placing a temporary mobile home on their property for parent care purposes.  They have 24 acres in Section 13.

The Board agreed it is not a permitted use according to our current Ordinance.

 

Colleen reported that she had been sent a copy of a Land Use Permit obtained by Paul & Robin Gross, 30253 Oxford Mill Road, Cannon Falls, MN from the Goodhue County Land Use Office.  The Gross’s will be running a custom frame shop from an existing shed in their back yard.  They will also offer drafting, graphic design and illustration services.

 

Ron Waltz, 32851 57th Avenue Court, Oak Leaf Estates, Cannon Falls, MN reported to the Board that Fred Dierking agreed to move his cars and that trees that need removing will be removed for the purpose of making a 75` radius turn-around.

 

Tom reported that township roads are in good shape. A tree had fallen over unto the Oxford Mill Road and was removed by Tom.  The chip seal applied by County has been swept as of last week. 

 

Bob suggested contacting Johnson Logging about removing trees along Stanton Trail.

 

Colleen reported that all fill left in Rauvola's field has been used by them to build up a field access road.

 

The Board discussed with Tom the problems of vehicles cutting the corners on 310th Street, Stanton Trail and 40th Street.  Dave Garner proposed using oval reflectors currently being

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used by Dakota County.  Dave Garner gave the Clerk description of and contact person for ordering the reflectors.  It was decided to purchase 100 reflectors and to install four to six on each of these corners and in other areas as needed.  Priority for installation will be given to our gravel roads where corners are being cut.

 

Dave Garner made a motion to use as standard, the oval reflectors, to order stock and to keep stock supplied.  Dave McKeag seconded the motion.  Motion carried. 

 

It was also decided to order 100 posts with washers, 1” bolts and nuts from County Public Works Department.

 

Colleen reminded Tom and the Board that all signs need to be repositioned (height altered) as per Minnesota State requirements.  Colleen reported the deadline for adjusting the signs is 2004.

 

Colleen read a letter from Ron and Sue Davis dated July 12, 2004 stating having now completed the necessary improvements, and having met the requirements needed for 59th Avenue to be maintained by Stanton Township, they therefore turn the road over to the Stanton Township for any further maintenance needed, plus future snow removal.  They also requested a response to their letter dated April 28, 2004 pertaining to the Michael Peterson property.

 

The Board reiterated their response given previously and directed the Clerk to send copies of the minutes to the Davis’.

 

Colleen reported that she had attended Short Courses on July 13, 2004 and received credit for hours attended towards being an Election Administrator.  She reported she will attend Judges Training on July 21, 2004 given by the Goodhue County Auditors Office.

 

Bob and Dave Garner attended Short Courses on July 13, 2004 and received their Board of Review Certification.

 

Dave McKeag attended the Cannon Falls Public Hearing on proposed access roads.

 

Mark Dubbels made a formal complaint against Allard Moorhouse’s gravel operations bringing the Board’s attention to page 39 of the Township Ordinance #13, Mineral Extraction.  Mark stated over 1,000 cubic yards are being removed and the site does not meet most or all of the Ordinance standards.  Mark stated that today alone between 3:05 and 3:10 p.m. seven trucks hauling ten to fifteen yards each passed his house.  Mark stated there is extravagant truck traffic with two loaders being used all day to fill trucks from four to five different trucking companies.  Mark spoke about the chloride in front of his home being gone and not being able to sit outside due to trucks running twelve to fourteen hours per day starting before seven in the morning.  Mark stated that when he purchased his property the pit was not even one quarter the size it is today.  He stated the new rock on 310th is gone, being

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ground to fines.  He spoke of the pit banks with no barricades and the dangers caused by the lack of barricades.  Mark made a request for additional chloride on the township road.

 

Dave Garner and Dave McKeag will visit the site on July 21, 2004 to view the situation and traffic pattern causing a possible road safety issue. They will also try to talk to the

Moorhouse’s about pit violations.  Bob stated he would also try to be in attendance.

 

Dave Garner reported talking to the Planning Commission about changing their numbers from a five person to a four person Committee.  He stated they agreed that four persons would be O.K. 

 

Colleen and Mark both stated that they had both remembered seeing language pertaining to the Planning Commission requirements.  Colleen stated she had looked through the current law book and did not see anything governing the size requirements of a Planning Commission.  Colleen will contact MAT to verify if a number requirement is stated by law.

 

Colleen reported that Dean Lindeman and Joyce Moorhouse have filed for the Stanton Township position on the Cannon Falls Hospital Board. The Board will request a quarterly report be given by the person holding this position.

 

Dave Garner made a motion, seconded by David McKeag and carried to give Qwest a permit to install wire under and along Sciota Trail West near the Maltby Preserve.

 

It was brought to the Board’s attention that Mr. Millage is parking vehicles outside of his oversized shed.  Also brought to the Board’s attention was an inquiry about ATV use in the ditches and liability due to injuries.  It was stated that the property owner should talk to the

ATV users in person.

 

Colleen and Ken spoke of problems with our e-mail suggesting using another provider.  Dave Garner stated the problems were caused when Stanton Township was not made as a dominate domain and not being able to forward out and having web access shut off.  It was felt that it is in the Township’s best interest to have Dave Garner find another e-mail server for the Township.  Dave stated he will look into resolving the issues.

 

Mail was distributed.

 

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

 

Colleen will check if an IC-134 form and proof of insurance is needed from the County due to the contracted road work they did for the Township.

 

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