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Crow Wing Township
held its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 8:30 p.m. at the Crow Wing Town Hall. Present were Clerk, Virginia Rogers
and those on the attached public roster.
The clerk called
the meeting to order and the pledge to the flag was recited.
taken for moderator. Mark Platta nominated Richard (George) Burton and Richard Burton nominated Dave Schultz. A vote was taken
16-3 with Richard Burton elected as moderator.
Agendas were distributed
and no one wished to make any additions.
Richard read the
minutes from the 2009 Annual Meeting. Mark Platta made a motion to approve the minutes as read. The motion was seconded by
Linda Schuety and carried by unanimous vote.
Richard called for
the election results, which were as follows:
Supervisor - Greg
Smith - 43 votes, Clerk - Virginia Rogers - 42 votes
The clerk read the
financial report for the year 2009.
gave an update on behalf of the Lakes Area BMX Association and answered questions.
Dave Schultz handed
out a road report and took questions from those present. Wendy DeBusk and Marla Dillion asked about having the roads scraped
down better and more salt sand applied. Discussion followed. Dave explained that, while the roads could be scraped down better
by using a grader every time, that would cost considerably more than we have been spending. Steve Hagen asked what the criteria
is for snowplowing is. Dave said that the township plows whenever the countydoes. Greg asked that residents call one of the
supervisors if particular roads need attention. Dave shared other road information. Brad Arnold stated that he feels the township
and contractor do a good job overall of maintaining the roads and that concerns and needs are responded to consistently. Al
Kraft asked about the five-year road plan which was included in the written report. Dave said that it is a tentative plan
and can be amended. Mark Platta talked about various roads and how it has been ten years since we paved 13-½ miles of road.
When these roads require overlay, the cost of this project could be as much as $1,000,000. Al Kraft asked whether or not chip
sealing and other projects should be staggered throughout the five-year plan. Mark noted that when we paved the 13 miles,
we got the bid for approximately one-third of the price
that paving one
mile per year would have cost. Jim Goodew said that given the current economic situation, he is thankful to be part of a township
that has funds set aside and attributes that to good management on the part of the Town Board.
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Brad Arnold gave
the Planning and Zoning report. He noted that we have just completed the third year of administration at the township level.
He shared several statistics about number of permits, income and expenditures and said that the goal is to be self-sustaining
budget-wise, but that the current economic situation makes that harder to achieve. With this in mind, the Planning Commission
is working on finding ways to do more at a lower cost. He cited violations as being a force to be reckoned with budget-wise.
Brad added that there will be a vacancy on the Planning Commission in April for a four-year term. He reviewed the requirements
of the position and encouraged anyone interested in being considered for this position to contact him or a Town Board member.
Steve Hagen asked how Community Growth Institute is paid and Brad reviewed that. He also stated that the Town Board is monitoring
Planning and Zoning expenses on a monthly basis now, rather than an annual basis. Al Kraft asked if CGI holds a monopoly on
services in this area. Brad said that they do not, but they are one of the premiere providers for this area. Further discussion
followed about land use violations and Dennis Bock asked if the Town Board has considered allowing administration to go back
to the county. Brad said all options have been considered and invited anyone who wants to have input to attend the monthly
meetings. Mark Platta added that one of the main reason we are administering this ourselves is that several plats in the township
were approved by the county with insufficient funding set aside to complete roads that the developers then left unfinished.
This put the residents and the Town Board in the position of having to figure out how to pay for these costs. Mark Strobel
stated that the ordinance currently allows outdoor wood boilers to be placed near property lines and talked about the excessive
amount of smoke, ash and particulate matter they produce. He suggested the Town Board consider writing an ordinance to control
placement of the boilers in regard to property lines. Richard Burton asked Brad if the Planning Commission is dealing with
this issue. Brad gave a brief summary of what is being done and said that such an ordinance is being considered.
Greg Smith gave
a report on the recycling program and reviewed the types of materials accepted. He thanked the voters on behalf of himself
and the clerk for their votes. He also mentioned an email received from County Commissioner Phil Trusty about the proposed
ATV trail. Anyone wishing to receive it can ask the clerk to forward it.
Susie Goodew added
that the recycling program is paid for with the SCORE funds received from the county not funded by the township.
Greg also shared
information on dog control. The county has rescinded their dog ordinance. He suggested that we rescind ours so that we are
free to move forward with other options. Licensing is one option. The board would consider requiring the license at little
or no cost to the owner to simplify the process of locating the owner. Bob LaFlex was present and has indicated an interest
in helping with dog catching services. Discussion followed. It was decided that a survey should be put on the website about
the situation. Marla Dillon made a motion to rescind the existing dog ordinance.
The motion was seconded by Wendy DeBusk and carried by unanimous vote.
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Greg gave the park
report. He asked for comments on whether or not to complete the baseball field. Al Kraft asked if there are baseball teams
in the township and that the money it would cost may not be justified. Wendy DeBusk stated that a lot of kids in the township
need something to do. Steve Hagen noted that he does not see the field being used and that he believes most kids who play
are involved in leagues that play in other parks. Dennis Bock said that he is in favor of the park and would like to see the
ball field completed. He noted the success of the St. Mathias ball field and added that places for kids to go and things for
them to do are vital to a community. Mark Strobel suggested that we give some of the park fund money to the BMX track. Discussion
followed. Steve Hagen suggested getting a group of parents with interested children involved in this project. Brad noted that
he has seen the park used quite a bit, even though it’s not at the level of use that it could be. He said that putting
in some turf would go a long way in making the park more appealing. Richard suggested putting the park on an upcoming agenda
where those interested can discuss it further. Mark suggested that we get a working committee together for the park.
Mark Platta gave
the cemetery report. He reviewed the expenses that the cemetery incurs and the prices charged for burial sites.
Mark then reviewed
the supervisors proposed levy. The proposed levy of $278,9000 is $97,000 lower than the 2010 levy. Wendy DeBusk asked if the
proposed road and bridge amount is not a little too low. Mark noted some accumulated funds that can be used if necessary.
Steve Hagen asked what the board has decided about where to get fire service. Mark said that going with Little Falls would
raise property insurance premiums so much that it would not be feasible, so service will continue through Brainerd.
Carol Wermter made
a motion to approve the proposed levy as follows with dog control and donation amounts to be added:
General Fund - 80,000
Road and Bridge Fund - 152,000
Fire Fund - 46,000
Park Fund – 0
The motion was seconded
by Brad Arnold. Greg suggested leaving the levy as proposed and using existing funds to cover donations and dog control. Carol
made this amendment to her motion and Brad approved. The motion carried by unanimous vote.
Dave Schultz made
a motion to designate the official posting place as the town hall with courtesy posting at Wild Rice Depot. The motion was
seconded by Linda Schuety and carried by unanimous vote.
Wendy DeBusk made
a motion to set the gopher bounty at $1.50 per pair. The motion was seconded by Linda Schuety and carried by unanimous vote.
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Barb Wisneski shared
information on behalf of the First Responders. She thanked the township for supporting them for the past seven years and offered
statistics from the organization. Wendy DeBusk made a motion to recommend a donation amount of $1500.
The motion was seconded
by Mark Platta. Discussion followed. Dave Schultz suggested that we keep in mind that we have cut the levy by 25%. The motion
carried with two opposed.
Dan from New Pathways
was present to request a donation for their program which works to help needy people who have children and are also clean
of drugs find housing and employment. The program, which partners with area churches, has had a high success rate due to the
criteria for the participants. They are only asking for donations from townships from which families have been helped by the
program. Al Kraft made a motion to recommend a donation amount of $1000. The motion was seconded by Mark Platta and carried
with one opposed.
The County Fair
Association requested a donation. Greg noted that they have not attended our meetings. He made a motion to donate nothing
this year. The motion was seconded by Al Kraft and carried with three opposed.
LAPS – Wendy
DeBusk made a motion to recommend a donation amount of $300.
The motion was seconded
by Linda Schuety and carried with one opposed.
- Steve Hagen made a motion to donate $100.
The motion was seconded
by Greg Smith and carried with three opposed.
Crow Wing County
Historical Society - Dave made a motion not to donate this year. The motion was seconded by Jim Goodew. Carol Wermter said
that the society is facing a reduced budget and she would not want to see them cut out completely. Discussion followed. The
motion was voted down with six in favor and eight opposed. Marla Dillon made a motion to donate $250. The motion was seconded
by Wendy DeBusk and carried with eight for and seven opposed.
Crisis Line and
Referral Service. Brad Arnold made a motion to donate $100. The motion was seconded by Linda Schuety and carried by unanimous
Mark Strobel shared
information about the memorial flag volunteer organization. Brad Arnold made a motion to recommend a donation amount of $50.
The motion was seconded by Dale Dillon and carried by unanimous vote.
Steve Hagen had
created a handout of township disbursements and balances for the last six years. He stated that he believes the township is
carrying too much money over from year to year. Mark Platta noted that we have dropped the levy for 2011 by nearly $100,000
so the balance will likely be lowered by the end of 2011. Richard Burton stated that he likes to
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see taxes cut as
much as possible, but realizes that the township needs to carry a balance because building that up again would be a formidable
task. Greg Smith added that he does see that the ending balances have increased over the years. He suggested that the board
should set an amount that should be kept in reserve and continue to lower the levy if funds remain over that amount. Richard
noted that the board is moving in the right direction by proposing a reduced levy. Steve asked where the money is invested
and if it is covered by the FDIC. Susie Goodew shared that it is in CDs and a savings account and that it is all either insured
or covered by pledge. Mark Strobel noted that the State has been and will be cutting monies and said he feels it is wise to
carry a balance due in part to that fact. Jim Goodew stated that we have responsible money management at the township level
in a culture that doesn’t understand it and added that we could have some huge expenses that could cut into this amount.
Brad Arnold made
a motion to set the 2011 Township Election on March 8, 2011 with the polls open from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m., the Canvass meeting
at 8:15 p.m. and the Annual Meeting at 8:30 p.m. The motion was seconded by Linda Schuety and carried by unanimous vote.
The meeting adjourned
by general consent at 11:35 p.m.