January 26, 2010 Regular Meeting
The Crow Wing Township
Board of Supervisors held its Regular Meeting on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 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.
There were no gopher
feet presented for bounty.
Sheriff Dahl was
present to offer a report from the County Sheriff’s Department. A question and answer time followed.
BIG WOOD TIMBER
Brad Arnold read
the Planning Commission report. The only topic from the January meeting was the application for a Conditional Use Permit for
Big Wood Timber Frames Inc. Mike Nicklaus and Dave LePage were both in attendence on behalf of Big Wood and they were asked
for any additional input on the conditions proposed for the permit. They indicated that adding ten feet to the pipe on the
furnace may not help with the problem. Brad stated that this is a unique condition. It seems that progress is being made.
Discussion followed. An extension to the fence was discussed. Mike and Dave indicated their willingness to extend the fence
at least another 40 feet, possibly more to allow for additional storage area, assuming that the township goes through with
allowing them to store wood piles up to the fence where it exists.
Of the conditions
proposed by the Planning Commissions, two items, #11 and #12 were not agreed
upon at the commission meeting and determined to be better decided at the town board level.
13 and 14 were determined to be adequate as submitted by the Planning Commission.
Item 11 of the proposed
conditions addressed the north property line and there was question as to whether to consider the north side of the property
to be a second front yard or a side yard. It directly abuts railroad property, not highway right of way, yet is clearly visible
from the highway. Greg had gathered information which showed that the railroad only retained 15 feet of property between the
Big Wood property and the highway right of way. It was determined that the north line of the property could be considered
a side yard, because the abutting property is not highway right of way. Cliff Carlson stated that he did not believe the north
side could be considered a side yard because of the highway and all the traffic there. He said he felt that the wood piles
should be moved back to a reasonable distance. Discussion followed. It was determined that with the addition of better screening
along that side, the setback could be 15 feet from the property line.
Item 12 had been
considered as a way to screen the view from Highway 371 by putting a wall on the north side of the open building. Dave and
Mike indicated that the building was never intended to have walls and that adding one could pose a risk of wind damage. Brad
was asked his opinion on the construction of the building. He stated that the design of the building was not intended to include
walls. It was determined that the building should not be required to be walled. Item 12 should be changed to require 60 plants,
30 on each end side of the north property line, being a mixture of 50% deciduous and 50% evergreen. Each tree should be an
18-24 inch transplant. The deciduous trees should be a mixture and the plantings should be approved by the Planning Commission.
Dave made a motion
to approve the conditions as outlined above, prior to permit approval. The motion was seconded by Mark and carried by unanimous
In regard to approval
of the Conditional Use Permit, the outstanding expense reimbursement needed to be resolved. Mike submitted a check for $1007.50
which covered the outstanding fees from the former CUP violation. A total for overage on the new CUP will be determined at
the next board meeting and an invoice will be sent.
It was decided that
this issue should be put on the annual meeting agenda.
Mark shared information
from the Brainerd Area Riverfront meeting.
Mark Smieja has
indicated that he does not wish to seek reappointment when his Planning Commission term ends in March. Ginny was asked to
post a notice on the township website that we are accepting applications for this position.
The minutes of the
January 5, 2010 meeting were reviewed. Dave 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 10:30 p.m.