REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING (August 17, 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.

 

The pledge to the flag was recited.

 

Colleen read the minutes of the July 20, 2004 meeting.  Dave McKeag made a motion to accept the minutes as read.  Dave Garner seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

 

Ken read the Treasurer Report.  Fund balances are:  Building Fund - $160,573.57, Road and Bridge Fund - $124,543.27.  Total receipts in July - $62,832.77.  Total disbursed in July - $16,069.98.  Ending balance is $127,498.85.  Dave Garner made a motion to accept the report as read.  Dave McKeag seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

 

Lou Ann Groth, 29767 20th Avenue Way, Cannon Falls, MN 55009, Lot 14 Block 3, Lake Byllesby West appeared before the Board. Ms. Groth presented a County Zoning Application Summary Form for the purpose of installing a septic on shore land property requiring a County variance. Bob made a motion, seconded by Dave Garner to sign the permit stating the Township has reviewed, and is aware of the permit with the decision to approve.  Motion carried.

 

John Pernic, 32574 Oxford Mill Road, Cannon Falls, MN 55009, in Section 25 appeared before the Board to request a 43 foot variance needed due to topography to build a shed.  Dave Garner stated he had no opposition.  He has viewed the site and agrees there is a hardship due to topography and upon the Planning Commissions recommendation made a motion to grant a 43 foot variance.  Dave McKeag seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

 

Upon receiving the front yard variance, John Pernic then presented a building permit application to build a 42x22 shed for agricultural purpose.  A site plan was presented. All other setbacks are met.  Estimated cost is $7,000.00. Bob made a motion, seconded by David Garner to grant a permit.  Motion carried.

 

Dave Engebretsen, 32956 CR 24, Cannon Falls, MN in Section 36 appeared before the Board to request a permit to build a 14x18.6” deck.  All setbacks will be met.  Estimated cost is $1,200.00.  Dave Garner made a motion, seconded by Bob to grant a permit.  Motion carried.

 

Tom Olson, 29823 20th Avenue Way, Cannon Falls, in Section 9, Lot 11, Block 3, Lake Byllesby West, appeared before the Board to request the Board sign the County Zoning Application Form for the purpose of a County variance needed to install an updated septic system on shore land.  Dave Garner made a motion, seconded by Bob to sign the permit stating the Township has reviewed, and is aware of the permit with the decision to approve.  Motion carried.  A motion was made by Bob, seconded by Dave Garner and carried to grant Mr. Olson a permit for a deck replacement and mud room addition to his current home.  He meets setback requirement.  Cost of the addition is $15,000.00. 

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I t was reported that Allard Moorhouse has two “trucks hauling” signs at his home.  The Clerk is to contact Tom to pick up and install the signs. 

 

Colleen asked the Board for clarification of the amount of footage to charge the Maltby Family Preserve for chloride application.  The Board stated the charge should be for 500` as specified in the conditional use.

 

Bob made a motion to by resolution accept that portion of 59th Avenue improved by Ron and Sue Davis upon our lawyer drawing up the paperwork and getting signatures needed to turn the road property ownership over to the township for the purpose of township maintenance. Dave McKeag seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

 

Bob, Dave Garner and Dave McKeag met with Allard Moorhouse, 2763 310th Street, Cannon Falls, MN 55009 to discuss the amount of truck traffic causing excessive dust and complaints received due to violations in running his gravel pit.  In talking with Allard the Board was made aware that 310th Street at the corner near the gravel pit entrance needs to be moved eight to nine feet to the north.  The Board spoke to Allard about the need to put fencing up around his existing gravel pit.  Allard was not agreeable.  It was stated, he needs to present to the township his township permit allowing a gravel pit. Colleen has looked and can only find paperwork from the County.

 

Dave Garner made a motion to contact County asking them to enforce their ordinance on mineral extraction per the County Ordinance (ref. 6-1).  Bob seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

 

Anderson Trucking agreed to pay for chloride on 310th Street to eliminate the excessive dust from trucks hauling to and from the gravel pit.  The Board agreed to pay for one half the cost of the chloride on the portion of gravel road (40th Ave) that meets Hwy. 19 for safety reasons.

 

Meetings attended by Board members included the Highway 19 “reroute” as presented by the city of Cannon Falls on July 27, 2004.  County and State representatives were present.  The County will not allow more bridges over the river.  To build one would mean having to remove one.  The DNR will not allow bridges in the “wild and scenic” designated area, meaning their hands are tied going north.

 

On July 28, 2004 Board members attended a meeting in Dennison addressing septic systems.

 

Bob stated town hall blueprints are at the builders for estimates.

 

Colleen reported that she had spoken to Lisa from the Land Use Office about the permits for septic systems residents are bringing in for signing by the township.  Although the township has no dealings with septic systems and the permitting of such, it was stated by Lisa as a way for the township to be made aware of what is happening in our township.  Lisa also stated

 

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that she will plan a meeting with us early next year to address areas of the township that would be suitable for residential zoning.

 

Tree removal along Stanton Trail is still needed.

 

Dave Garner moved our e-mail to another server and web site was moved to a new location.

 

Bob made a motion to appoint Colleen Thompson, Phyllis Emery, Marilyn Hines, Carol Magnuson, Joyce Moorhouse, Ken Ebert and Evelyn Salzman as Primary Election Judges.  All have the required training.  David Garner seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

 

John Miller and John Pernic have both expressed interest in being appointed to the Planning Commission.  Bob made a motion, seconded by Dave Garner to appoint John Miller to the Planning Commission starting with the September meeting.  Motion carried.

 

Colleen will place a Planning Commission change of date notice in the paper as the Primary Election falls on the second Tuesday.

 

Dave McKeag will contact Joyce Sheets to clean the town hall before the election.  Colleen also asked that the satellite be moved and weeds removed from the outside of the building.

 

Mail was distributed.

 

We received notice that the Stanton Airport has been placed on the National Register of Historical Places.

 

Colleen reported the cost of each delineator is $18.25 and asked if the Board if they would still want to order the same amount.  She was told to order 100 units.

 

Upcoming Meetings: District 4 Meeting & Election in Henderson on Thursday, August 26, 2004.  Thursday, August 30, 7:30 p.m - County’s Comprehensive Plan Update Final Draft.  On September 29, the County will hold a meeting including a meal for all Township Board members.  Dave Garner and Bob have both been confirmed to attend the event.

 

 Final levy totals need to be sent to the Auditors Office.  Our levy totals are:  General Fund - $85,000.00, Fire Fund - $20,000.00 and Road and Bridge Fund - $30,000.00. for a total levy of $135,000.00.

 

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

 

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