REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING (June 17, 2003)

 

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 20, 2003 Town Board Meeting.  Dave Garner made a motion, seconded by Dave McKeag to accept the minutes with the following correction.  In action raising the fee for building permits, Dave McKeag seconded the motion and the motion carried.

 

Kenneth read the Treasurer Report.  Balances reported as of May 31, 2003 are as follows:  Checking, $37,880.12, Savings, $102,161.67 for a total checking and savings of $140,041.79.  CD’s had no change, staying at $215,539.59.  Our total current assets are $355,581.38.  We had building permit income of $580.50, interest income of $129.99, miscellaneous income of $27.63.  Total income for the month is $738.12.  Expenses for the month totaled $11,371.82. Dave Garner made a motion, seconded by Dave McKeag to accept the report as read.

 

Joyce Moorhouse, 2763 310th Street, Cannon Falls, MN 55009 appeared before the Board to address the issue tabled at the May 20, 2003 Regular Monthly Meeting in which Allard Moorhouse had appeared regarding the same issue of rezoning 55 acres from Residential Agriculture to Residential.  Joyce stated that rezoning only affects the township.  She stated the back border of the parcel is next to Residential zoning.  Bob Benson stated a lot of tillable acres are included, that in reviewing the Stanton Township Ordinance a zoning amendment must conform to the Stanton Comprehensive Land Use Plan.  Currently the Stanton Comprehensive Land Use Plan states the goal is to provide for residential development in areas not suitable for crop production because of low productivity.  It also states the Residential land use areas will be located near the City of Cannon Falls and U.S. Hwy. 52, also along Hwy. 19.  Joyce stated the top tier is zoned residential, just across the fence, that they are not planning to plat, what they want is two (2) building sites of 5 acres each.  Dave Garner stated there is no choice; the Land Use states Residential zoning will run along highway corridors. At this time Joyce Moorhouse walked out of the meeting.  The Board continued action on the issue. Dave Garner made a motion to deny the rezone. Bob seconded the motion. Further discussion was called for, being none. Motion carried.

 

Michelle Kennedy, 1405 300th Street Way, Cannon Falls, MN 55009, located in Section 8, would like to build a 7- foot addition to her current two-tiered deck.  Cost is approximately $5,000.  Dave Garner made a motion to grant a permit.  Seconded by Dave McKeag and carried to grant a permit and to charge the old building permit rate.

 

Debra Lee, 33244 57th Ave, Cannon Falls, MN 55009 in section 36 appeared before the Board to request a permit to build a garage 30x40x14 sidewalls for the purpose of storage.

Estimated cost is under $10,000.00. Dave McKeag made a motion, seconded by Dave

Garner to grant a permit. Motion carried.

 

Kurt Emery, 884 Hwy. 19 Blvd, Stanton, MN 55018 and his sister Kay Eglund appeared

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before the Board to request a variance on a 58-acre parcel that is zoned agricultural.  Kurt will sell the land to his sister to build a house on the family farm.  The parcel has a grandfather’s clause on file at the Land Use Management office in Red Wing deeming it buildable.  On June 10, 2003 the Planning Commission held a Public Hearing for a variance request.  No objections were made at that time.  Dave Garner made a motion to grant a variance on the 58- acre parcel that was deemed buildable by the Planning Commission due to the grandfather clause.  Dave McKeag seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

 

In discussing the ongoing standing water problem in the ditch at the corner of Hwy. 19 and 8th Ave Way, Kurt informed the Board that in talking with the PCA, they would like Kurt to have a 150` grass strip to be used as a filter as water flowed towards the seepage drain.  Kurt and the Board will meet, look into the condition of the drains, and make a decision on the next step that needs to be taken.  Presently the ditch is dry.

 

Steve Norstad, Contractor, appeared before the Board for Tim McCord, 31030 Hwy 19 Blvd., Cannon Falls, MN 55009 to request a permit to change an existing roofed deck into a 4-season porch.  Deck dimensions will not be changed. Estimated cost is $38,000.00.  Bob made a motion, seconded by Dave Garner to grant a permit.  Motion carried.

 

Don Benson, 31219 Hwy. 19 Blvd, Cannon Falls, MN 55009 appeared before the Board.  Bob Benson stated he would abstain from the business before the Board.  Don Benson would like to transfer a building site from Section 15 to another that is an 80- acre parcel with a low CER rating in Section 27. Dave Garner made a motion that the township deems it as a buildable site.  Dave McKeag seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

 

Ray Wynne, Solon Springs, WI 54873 appeared before the Board.  Mr. Wynne had been before the Board before and was directed to the County regarding a change of zone.  The County Commissioners had granted a zone change with the restriction of one house on the 15-acre parcel.  Joe Vandenheuvel, Planning Commission Chair recommended for expedience sake, (stating that Mr. Wynne has gone through a long drawn out process) to

allow Mr. Wynne to forego the step of appearing again before the Planning Commission.  Dave Garner made a motion, seconded by Dave McKeag to deem the site buildable.  Motion carried. 

 

Joe Vandenheuvel gave the Board a Planning Commission report.  He stated that Allard Moorhouse, 2763 310th Street, Cannon Falls, MN 55009, in Section 22 appeared before the Commission on June 10, 2003 requesting two building permits for homes on a 55- acre parcel, the same parcel of land that Allard is asking for a rezone from Residential Agriculture to Residential that was tabled at the May 20, 2003 meeting to be continued at the June 17, 2003 Town Board Meeting for the purpose of giving the Board time to gather further information.  Mr. Moorhouse had an aerial photo and wanted two building permits.  Mr. Vandenheuvel informed Mr. Moorhouse that he needs to follow procedure and also about the lack of documentation he brought before the Commission.  Mr. Moorhouse had walked out of their meeting.  A motion had been made, seconded and carried to reject the request due to lack of information at the Planning Commission level.

 

Joe stated that in regards to the Bill Nelson property along Hwy 56, he had talked with

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Joanne Wood and that a complaint had been filed at the County about Mr. Nelson running a business without a conditional use and the junkyard condition of the property.  Four people from County inspected the property, hazardous material (used motor oil) was found and Mr. Nelson was told to remove it. 

 

Joe reported that the Commission has finished revising the ordinance and now he and the Clerk need to meet to work on changes and copies made, after which a Public Hearing will be needed.

 

It was reported that Ryan Rounds, 30149 59th Ave Way, Cannon Falls, MN 55009 had a public hearing at the County level for a Conditional Use Permit to allow a trailer home be moved onto his property.  Mr. Rounds has not presented this to the Planning Commission or the Board.  Dave Garner stated he has since been called by Mr. Rounds.  Mr. Garner told him to contact the Planning Commission and placed on their agenda.  Bob and Dave Garner attended the Hearing and reported that County granted a permit contingent on approval of the Township.

 

Ken reported that he had met with the IRS in Rochester, MN regarding 2001 and 2002 payrolls, 941 and 941C forms that needed submittal.

 

Colleen reported that Short Courses would be held in Owatonna at the Ramada Inn on July 15, 2003.  Presently Colleen, Ken and Bob will attend.

 

Dick reported that rock would all be delivered and that chloride application will also be finished by tomorrow (June 18, 2003).  Bob recommended a small load of rock be dumped at the salt shed for road repair.  One area needing widening is 312th Street coming off Oxford Mill Road. The Board and Road Maintenance will look at the area. 

 

Paul Schluter asked if the short distance between Ron Davis and the dead end at the north end of the road on 59th Ave should be paved.  Dave Garner stated it is a private road now and at this time there is no access for Pedersen’s lots.

 

Bob asked that the Clerk send a letter to Mr. Davis stating the need to finish his road project with a 2” overlay.  Giving him 60 days to finish the project, if not done in the allotted time the Township will finish the project and apply the cost to his taxes.  The project is over six years old.

 

Bargen, Inc., has repaired Sciota Trail west of Hwy 56 with a hot patch/inferred process.  Cost of the project was $2,200.00.  Dave Garner stated they did a very good job.

 

Dave Garner made a motion, seconded by Dave McKeag to purchase a chain saw, chaps, oil, as quoted by County Side Implement and also to purchase safety glasses, 5-gallon gas can, funnel, several chains, pull saw, ax and wedge, all-inclusive of needs for brush cutting and tree trimming or removal. Motion carried.

 

Bob talked with Jon Hanson regarding the damming of water that resulted in washing out our

township road.  Mr. Hanson has agreed to remove the dam this fall.

 

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Wendy Carroll has not yet removed her gate fencing from the township road right of way.

Brody Skahen on 310th Street has removed all cars from his property.

 

Dave Garner made a motion, seconded by Dave McKeag to sign the All-Hazards Mitigation Plan Resolution. Motion carried.  There is an open house on June 25, 2003 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Zumbrota City Hall.  Identifying hazards and plans to reduce damage and loss of life and property will be reviewed.  The Board will need to choose someone to represent Stanton Township at Policy Meetings.  The first is tentatively set for July 9, 2003 in Cannon Falls.

 

Colleen reported that she had gone to the Cannon Falls Library in search of an orderly annexation agreement between the City and Cannon Falls Township but found none.  She will contact the Cannon Falls Township Clerk to request a copy.  Dean Johnson stated the Clerk should look in the State Statute Index located at the library using statutes to draw up an agreement.  He also stated there is a Commission at the Capitol that resolves disputes about annexation issues and that Glenn Weibel could tell us who to contact on the commission.

 

Gary Spillman, 2705 Hwy 19 Blvd., Cannon Falls, MN 55009 appeared before the Board with questions pertaining to zoning.  In question was the parcel south of Hwy 19 owned by the Goudy’s.  There is an old building on the site that was a residence years ago and most recently used for grain storage.  The Board thought because of the existing building, the site is grandfathered until June 4, 2004 as buildable. 

 

Ken reported that the 36- month CD at First National Bank is due on 6-23-03.  Bob made a motion to renew the CD for one year, shopping for the best rate.  Dave Garner seconded the motion.  Carried.

 

Ken reported that notice from the Minnesota Economic Securities Department states reports are delinquent dating back to the year 2001.

 

Dave Garner made a motion, seconded by Bob to have the Treasurer open up a new account at the bank for the purpose of meeting all requirements of the CTAS accounting system.  Motion carried.

 

Dick told the Clerk to bill Willard Emery, Steve Emery and Jack Schlichting for extra chloride.

 

Dave Garner stated he would confront the Randolph Fire Department regarding their billing process for fire protection for the township.

 

It was reported that Wheeling Township has a new building that looks like it may work on the

current location of our townships equipment shed and town hall. Approximate size is 64`x46`. 

The Clerk will set up a meeting at Wheeling Town Hall to view the building. 

 

Mail was distributed.  A motion was made by Bob, seconded by Dave Garner and carried to pay claims. Bob made a motion, seconded by Dave Garner and carried to adjourn.