July 28, 2009 Regular Meeting
The Crow Wing Township
Board of Supervisors held its Regular Meeting on Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the Crow Wing Town Hall. Present were Chairman Greg Smith, Supervisors Mark Platta and Dave Schultz, Clerk Virginia Rogers
and those on the attached roster.
Greg called the
meeting to order.
GOPHER BOUNTY: None
Brad Arnold gave
the planning and zoning report. Planning Commission members had a follow-up meeting with
the owners of Big Woods Timber. Brad reviewed information from that meeting. He noted that they have been working
on the violations and progress has been made toward meeting the August 1st deadline.
Brad read the Planning
Commission Report for application 09-3155 for a variance to leave a pole shed that was constructed 11 feet into the right
of way setback - applicants are Jim and Joanne Munsch. Additional information explaining how the error in placement
was made by following the covenants of the plat, rather than the township ordinance and a decision by the Planning Commission
to include more complete information regarding changes to the site plan on paperwork given with the land use permit. Planning
Commission recommendation was for approval. Neighborhood opposition is in regard to aesthetics. A verbal agreement by the
property owners to provide trees or shrubbery to improve the appearance of the area has been received.
regarding the fact that there is no hardship to justify a variance, the building does not appear to pose a risk to safety
where it stands, the concerns were not about safety, but about appearance, the township needs to be careful in allowing things
that do not comply with the ordinance as well as the fact that this is a very difficult decision to make. A letter from Bruce
Kennedy, a resident of Atwater Court, was reviewed. He expressed opposition to the variance. Expressing his regret in having
to do so, Greg made a motion to deny the motion. The motion was seconded by Mark. Discussion followed. The motion carried
with Dave opposed. Jim Munsch expressed frustration in having spent money on a variance that he felt he was led to believe
would be approved. Greg expressed his regret over the situation and noted the considerable opposition to the variance.
The Nature Path
project was next addressed. Dave shared information about problems he experienced with the foreman of the project regarding
the shouldering. Since then, the shoulders have shown considerable washing out. The paving was done without the requested
notice to Dave, who was the project supervisor and he was therefore not able to be present when the work was performed. Tim
Otremba was present from Tri-City Paving. He said he was not aware of the problems that had occurred. Tim also stated that
he believed he was supposed to communicate with the Rounas, not the Town Board. The award letter and a phone call directly
from Dave to Tim were both cited as having specifically asked that Dave be contacted. Tim provided load tickets for the project
and discussed the method of compacting the shouldering with a tire instead of a rubber roller. Dave asked that the shouldering
be repaired and packed with the roller. Tim agreed to this. He said it can be done the beginning of next week.
Greg shared information
about the conference call held with the surety company. Kelly Hazelwood was to have been part of it, but could not be reached.
The surety company had also been unable to reach her. The Rounas asked when the township will take over the roads in the plat.
A resolution will be considered at the next regular meeting.
Paul DeChaine was
present and asked to discuss the petition for vacation of Jackson Street. He had not been aware that a public hearing had
been held prior to the regular meeting. Paul asked how many roads that only access one property are maintained by the township.
He was informed that Jackson Street is the only road maintained by the township that accesses only one property. Paul stated
that Zack Jackson visited him personally and told him that if he did not rescind his signature on the petition and Jackson Street was vacated, that he could be held personally responsible if emergency vehicles were not
able to reach a downed plane on Jackson’s airstrip due to poor road conditions. He expressed to Zack his frustration
over what he now believed to be false information which led him to rescind his siganture. He also stated his opinion that
we should not be spending tax dollars on what is primarily used as a private driveway. He was informed that Jackson Street
is a public road, even though it only goes to one home and there are no other property owners who have adjacent land. It was
also explained that the board no longer has a valid petition to act upon due to the rescinded signatures.
Various road issues
were discussed. Ginny was asked to send another letter to St. Mathias Township about 60th Avenue with a copy of
Dale’s proposal for tree removal and to call the County Highway Department again about the sign that we were billed
for in error.
The 2010 tax levy
was considered. Greg asked if the board should consider lowering the road and bridge levy before the deadline. Discussion
followed. It was decided that the levy would be left as it is.
The minutes of the
July 7, 2009 Regular Meeting were read. Mark made a motion to accept the minutes as read. The motion was seconded by Dave
and carried by unanimous vote.
The minutes of the
July 31, 2009 Reconvened Meeting were read. Mark made a motion to accept the minutes as read. The motion was seconded by Greg
and carried by unanimous vote.
reviewed and payroll was reviewed and approved.
The meeting adjourned
by general consent at 8:45 p.m.