REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING SEPTEMBER 21, 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 August 17, 2004 meeting.  Dave Garner made a motion, seconded by Dave McKeag to accept the minutes as read.  Motion carried.

 

Ken read the Treasurer Report.  Current investments include:  Building Fund balance of $160,573.57.  Road and Bridge Fund balance of $124,543.27.  Fund balances total $285,116.84.  Cash Control Statement:  General Fund balance of $94,014.17.  Road and Bridge fund balance of $29,715.42.  Fire Fund balance of $98.00 and Building Fund balance of $2,244.00 giving an ending balance of $126,071.59.  We had receipts of $538.00 and disbursements of $1,935.62.  Dave Garner made a motion, seconded by Dave McKeag to accept the report as read.  Motion carried.

 

Donald Enberg, 32913 10th Avenue, Stanton MN 55018 in Section 30 appeared before the Board to request a 13` front yard variance for the purpose of building a covered porch and deck.  Due to the location and existing surrounding property, Dave Garner made a motion to grant a 13` variance.  Dave McKeag seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

 

Mr. Enberg then requested a building permit to add a covered porch and deck addition to his existing home.  Estimated cost is $1200.00.  A site plan was presented.  Bob made a motion, seconded by Dave Garner to grant a building permit.  Motion carried.

 

Jeff Rahn, 31044 Oxford Mill Road, Cannon Falls, MN in Section 24 appeared before the Board to request a permit to build a 17x26 deck.  All setbacks will be met.  The estimated cost is $4,000.00.  Dave Garner made a motion, seconded by Bob to grant a permit.  Motion carried.

 

Dick Safranski, 31124 55th Avenue Way, Cannon Falls, MN in Section 24 appeared before the Board to request a permit to build a 30x40 storage shed with an estimated cost of $7,700.00.  All setbacks will be met.  David McKeag made a motion, seconded by Dave Garner to grant a permit.  Motion carried.

 

Heather Sharp, 32207 County 24 Blvd., Cannon Falls, MN 55009 appeared before the Board to request permission for the sale of 3.2 malt liquor during a fund raiser to be held October 3, 2004.  Bob made a motion to by resolution allow Heather Sharp for the purpose of a fund raiser to be held October 3, 2004 the temporary issuance of a 3.2 malt liquor license and to consent to the issuance of the license applied for.  Dave Garner seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

 

Gary Spillman, 2705 Hwy 19 Blvd., Stanton, MN, in Section 21, appeared before the Board

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to request a permit to build a 32x30 maternity barn and to enclose the walkway between the parlor and building.  The ag. building has an estimated cost of $8,000.00. Dave Garner made a motion, seconded by Bob to grant a permit.  Motion carried.

 

Tom Kurtz reported he mowed ditches today and graded roads last Thursday.  He reported we need maintenance of the grader blade, and electrical lights due to flashers not working.  He also reported an air leak.  He stated the truck needs to be DOT inspected.  Tom was told to contact Jim Welt for the inspection.  Dan McKeag will be asked to look at the electrical and air leak and if he is unable to repair, Ziegler will be contacted for repair work.  Tom stated his tile business is picking up and he is having a hard time doing both.  He stated he will need help, especially during winter. 

 

Discussion was had about using independent businesses to plow residential areas in the Woodland Heights area after a snowfall which would assure the snowplowing of township roads in a timely matter. Colleen will call MAT for proof of insurance and workman’s comp. requirements of independent contractors. Interested parties are to submit bids.

 

Dave Garner made a motion to contact the County and have them deliver salt and sand to fill the salt shed that at this time is one half full.  Bob seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

 

Ron Waltz, 32851 57th Avenue Court, Cannon Falls, MN 55009 appeared before the Board to state that everything is laid out for the cul-de-sac on 57th Avenue.  He stated he would contact his neighbor to remove his parked cars from the area.  He stated that road edges need to be cut.

 

Colleen reported that she had been contacted by a resident stating the street signs at County 24 Blvd. and 57th Avenue is missing. Tom stated that the sign at the corner of Goodhue Avenue and Highway 19 is missing.  Colleen will contact County for replacement signs.

 

Tom estimated that we have approximately 50 ten foot posts in the equipment shed.  Dave McKeag made a motion to purchase one hundred (100) seven foot (7`) 2.75 # weight posts at $9.00 per post for installing delineators.  Bob seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

 

Bob reported that he attended the Goodhue County Planning Advisory Commission Public Hearing for the Goodhue County Comprehensive Plan Update Final Draft.  He reported that one house per 35 acres in predicted annexation areas is proposed. Bob also reported the Goodhue County Planning Commission told cities to annex property into their city if interested in it.

 

Bob received a Town Hall Building Proposal made by Van Guilder Construction for a 30x50 foot town hall building in the amount of $91,850.00.

 

Dave Garner stated now that we have estimated cost we should hold a public hearing using specs as an idea of cost.  Bob interjected that we need three estimates.  Dave Garner

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disagreed stating we need to put the issue on the March ballot with the time frame we have to work within we need to have November and December Public Hearings.

 

The Board reviewed a letter Colleen will be sending to the Goodhue County Land Use Office.  Colleen in talking with Christy from that office was informed that Mr. Moorhouse was able to apply for a County Permit for his gravel pit without first obtaining one from the Township.  Because of this, the letter informs the County that that Township will expect them to address complaints we have received about possible pit violations.

 

Dave Garner stated he would like a letter sent to the County informing them that the Township has an Ordinance on mineral extraction and to attach a copy of our Ordinance.

 

Bob will contact Justin Dudan, owner of Du-Bar Tree Removal to get an estimate on the cost of tree removal along Stanton Trail.

 

Dave Garner reported he is no longer working where we have our e-mail and he is unable to “fix” problems that may arise.  He stated we have two options.  Dave has a server at his own home and the Township could purchase service thru him at $30.00 per month for public IP with an obligation of one year or look for another vender.  Dave stated he would need to find a host for the Township Web Page.  Bob stated an independent service would cost $30.00 and made a motion to have Cascade Electronics bring its own server on line for Township use for e-mail.  Dave McKeag seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  NOTE:  Dave Garner abstained from any action to the motion.

 

Dave McKeag made a motion to have the furnace checked for winter use.  Dave Garner seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Colleen asked that it be inspected before the November General Election.  Dave will contact Ron’s Heating and Air Conditioning to check the furnace.

 

Colleen stated she had contacted Tom Scott to draw up paperwork needed in the completion of the Davis Road Project and needs to know if the road is included in a plat. In finding a map in the files showing the road is included in the Oxford Oaks Plat, Colleen will again contact Mr. Scott to have him draw up legal paperwork.

 

Dave Garner made a motion to appoint Phyllis Emery, Marilyn Hines, Evelyn Sulzman, Linda Benson, Carol Magnuson, Ken Ebert, and Colleen Thompson to be election judges for the General Election of November 2, 2004.  Also to appoint Betty Pelkey, Susan Carlson, and Debbie Zimmerman upon the requirement they attend election training.  Dave McKeag seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

 

Dave McKeag made a motion to purchase a new posting box.  Dave Garner seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

 

Stan Webb, 1993 300th Street Way, Cannon Falls, MN 55009, Lot 2, Block 3, Lake Byllesby

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West Plat appeared before the Board to inquire about a permit for a portable 12x16x8 shed.  Dave Garner made a motion to grant a permit.  Dave McKeag seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

 

Colleen reported we had 21 votes in the Primary Election.  Twenty at the polling place and one absentee ballot was cast.

 

Mail was distributed.

 

Colleen will contact the Secretary of State Office to see if the Township has or can obtain a tax I D number.

 

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

 

Dave McKeag made a motion, seconded by Bob to Adjourn.  Carried.