Regular Meeting - August 17, 2010

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    August 17, 2010  Regular Meeting


The Crow Wing Township Board of Supervisors held its Regular Meeting on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at the Crow Wing Town Hall.  Present were Chairman Greg Smith, Supervisors Mark Platta and Dave Schultz, Clerk Virginia Rogers, Treasurer Susan Goodew and those on the attached public roster.


Paul DeChaine presented 73 pair of gopher feet for bounty and Cal Boeder brought in 30 pair.


The Planning Commission has requested direction on how to proceed with the complaints against the Voss and Churchill properties. It was determined that the soil and water department should be contacted to look into permitting issues on the Voss property. Complaints have been received on the Wade Tomberlin property. It has been reported by two different parties that there are junk cars, a large number of tires and leaking barrels of oil. Brad is looking into that and will report at the next meeting.


The Engholm and Jillson property violations were considered. No attempt has been made to clean up the properties and the deadline for doing so has past. One option is to request that the stay of adjudication be revoked and a jail sentence imposed. The other would be to clean up the debris and assess the cost back to the properties. Greg made a motion to ask that jail sentences be imposed as quickly as possible on both violations. The motion was seconded by Mark. Discussion followed concerning the high visibility of the Engholm property as well as the number of complaints received about the violation. Cleaning up at least this property, if affordable and assessing the cost to the property will likely be necessary. It was determined that a letter should be sent to both Engholm and Jillson with the township expenses for these violations included in the letter. The motion carried by unanimous vote.  The attorney will be asked to move forward with requesting jail sentences.


Miranda Anderson was present to share information from the Mississippi River Revitalization group.  



Quotes for gravelling township roads were reviewed. Dale's Excavating had the low bid at $41,485.75.  Roscoe Trucking and Excavating had submitted a quote of $44,187.50, with Anderson Brothers coming in at $62,300 and Tri-City Paving at $69,200.  Mark made a motion to accept the proposal from Dale's Excavating. The motion was seconded by Greg. Dale was asked if there was any problem meeting the completion date. Dale said it would not be a problem. The motion carried by unanimous vote.


Another complaint was received about the dog on Wetherbee Road. This time the dog lunged at a mother and her daughters who were riding bike. Other reports of vicious behavior have been received in the past, so it was determined that the sheriff should be contacted.


Greg shared information from the MPCA on the smoke problem with Big Wood Timber. They are not in a position to do anything about the problem and would consider it a civil issue. A letter will be sent to Mark Strobel letting him know that we have looked into this and will continue to try to help with this issue.


Randy shared a request for another bench at the park. Ginny will look into costs and bring them to the next meeting. He also reported that the weed eater has given out. He brought information on other trimmers. Mark made a motion to purchase Stihl model FS90R for $299.  The motion was seconded by Greg. The motion carried by unanimous vote.


Carl Boeder gave an update on the ditch mowing. He has about two days worth of mowing to complete the job. He asked when Anderson Brothers will be fixing the shoulders from paving on 80th Street. He said they are too steep in places and it is impossible to mow in those areas. Dave will check into it. Carl was asked to mow wherever he can for now. Carl also mentioned cement in the ditch on Erin Road. He assumes it was from a driveway that was recently cemented. Carl had a piece come through the cab of his mower and hit him just below the eye. He would like the cement cleaned up. Carl will get the house number for the place with the newly cemented driveway and a letter will be sent to the owner. 


Susie gave the treasurer's report. Dave made a motion to approve moving the Road and Bridge CD from Affinity C.U. to Mid-MInnesota C.U. where a higher interest rate can be obtained. The motion was seconded by Mark and carried by unanimous vote. Mark will be the supervisor who is an authorized signer on the account.


Dave gave the road report.


The minutes of the July 27, 2010 regular meeting were reviewed. Greg made a motion to approve the minutes as written, with a correction to the time. The motion was seconded by Mark and carried by unanimous vote.


Correspondence was reviewed.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 p.m. by general consent.