Reconvened Meeting - June 16, 2010

                                      Reconvened Meeting   June 16, 2010


The Crow Wing Township Board of Supervisors reconvened its June 8, 2010 meeting at 10:00 a.m. on June 16, 2010 at Big Wood Timber Frames, Inc. Present were Chairman Greg Smith, Supervisors Mark Platta and Dave Schultz and clerk Virginia Rogers, as well as Crow Wing Township Planning Commission Chairman Brad Arnold, Commissioners Cliff Carlson, Linda Schuety and Zack Rogers, Big Wood owners Mike Niklaus and Dave LePage and Tucker Schuety.


Greg called the meeting to order and reviewed each condition of the Conditional Use Permit, verifying with Dave LePage and these items had been completed.


An inspection followed with the following findings:


There are two items along the east side of the property, one on each side of the gate. They are in place to prevent trucks from entering the property after hours when the gates are locked. It was determined that these two items are outside the road right of way and can remain where they are. (photos taken) In the northeast corner of the property, there is a pile of material that extends approximately four feet into the 35 foot setback area. It can remain there for now, but when the materials are removed, any future stacks should be kept entirely out of this area. (photo taken)


The deciduous trees required in Condition #12 do not meet the ” caliper criteria. (photos taken)


Along the south side of the property, the fence was found to have been extended beyond that which it was permitted for. The original permit allowed  60 feet of fence, with an additional 40 feet required in the Conditional Use Permit. There is an additional 100-120 feet extension for which no permit was obtained. It was determined that the after-the-fact fees will need to be paid and a permit issued in order to keep the property out of violation. (photo taken)


The outdoor boiler system and resulting smoke was discussed. The furnace is not currently in use, so the property will not be considered in violation at this time. The ten foot addition to the chimney has been added. If a problem with smoke again exists the next time the unit is in use, it must be resolved in order to keep the property out of violation. Dave LePage requested that the board remove the condition regarding smoke and ash from the CUP, as he believes it should be a civil matter between Big Wood and the neighboring properties. Ginny was asked to contact Troy Gilchrist, Township Attorney about whether or not this condition should be considered for removal from the permit. An answer will be provided to Dave and Mike within 30 days.


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The pond on the west end of the property was inspected and appears to be normal and handling the water runoff from the property. Snow has been plowed into this area in the past and this could cause the pond to stop functioning correctly, as the sand and sawdust in the snow can “seal” the bottom. Dave and Mike assured the board that they will no longer allow the snow to be pushed into the pond area.


Piles of lumber along the north side of the property, west of the pole shed are within the 15 foot setback area. They will need to be moved approximately 3 feet.


Greg Smith made a motion to require the fence permit, which must have been obtained before the board meeting on June 22nd with an after-the-fact fee not to exceed $100, with the exact amount to be determined by Community Growth Institute. Six deciduous trees with a minimum ” caliper must be placed on each end of the property on the north side facing Business Highway 371. Two stacks of material were found to be over the 13 foot limit and the height of each must be lowered. The materials along the north (highway) side of the property must be moved to meet the 15 foot setback from the property line.  The motion was seconded by Dave and carried by unanimous vote.


Mark made a motion to grant an extension to Big Wood until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22, 2010. He amended his motion to 5:00 p.m. to allow for inspection prior to the Town Board meeting. The property shall be inspected by the township after 5:00 p.m., but before the 6:00 p.m. board meeting. The motion was seconded by Dave and carried by unanimous vote.


The meeting adjourned by general consent at 11:50 a.m.