September 1, 2009 minutes

Regular Meeting         September 1, 2009

                                                                        September 1, 2009  Regular Meeting


The Crow Wing Township Board of Supervisors held its Regular Meeting on Tuesday, September 1, 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, Treasurer Susan Goodew and those on the attached public roster.


There were 8 pair of gopher feet presented by Brandon Tautges for bounty.


The petition to vacate Jackson Street was considered. Greg asked for any comments from the audience. Gil Whittemore asked if the property concerned would be landlocked by vacating the street. Greg explained that a parcel that was created during this process would now be landlocked if Jackson Street were vacated.


It was explained that the road might be public right of way all the through, only the portion up to Jackson's yard is a town road. Mike Morley made a statement about Jackson Street, asking that since the Jacksons appear to be determined to keep the road from being vacated, the township consider putting the road all the way through connecting 80th Street to St. Mathias Road, thereby making the road useful by others in the township, rather than just one family. He cited the Jackson's use of the airstrip as a reason to not vacate the road and stated that putting the road through would provide complete access to the airstrip, as well as providing a shorter path between Wetherbee Road and St. Mathias Road. Greg discussed five possible solutions including leaving the road as is, bringing the road up to town specs and assessing the affected property owners for the costs involved, keeping the road as far as the newly created parcel and vacating the remainder, opening the road up all the way through to the intersection of 70th Ave and 80th Street or visiting the street with Dale DeRosier and determining what is public right of way by marking the area as far as snow storage extends.


Mark made a motion to table the vacation of Jackson Street until more information is gathered about potentially opening the road up. The motion was seconded by Greg and carried by unanimous vote.


Susie gave the treasurer's report, including an update on the road bond fund. Greg made a motion to move the excess funds from the Road Bond fund to the Road and Bridge fund. These funds most likely came from penalties on delinquent taxes. The motion was seconded by Dave and carried with Mark opposed. Susie asked for the board's input on online banking. It was decided that she should go ahead and set that up in order to get more current bank statements for preparing the monthly report.


Dale DeRosier presented a proposal for work on 60th Avenue, including widening the shoulders, in the amount of $3,980.00 Dave made a motion to accept the proposal. The motion was seconded by Mark and carried by unanimous vote. Dale was asked if he had a water truck to provide for proper compaction. Dale agreed to provide this as part of the job. A proposal from Anderson Brothers had also been received in the amount of $6,958.35.


The minutes of the August 25th Public Hearing were read. It was noted by Zack Jackson that the racing event held on his father's property was a one day event, run by a local organization. It was also decided that the word "signed" should be added before "statements" on the first page of the minutes. With those corrections noted, Dave made a motion to accept the minutes as read. The motion was seconded by Mark and carried by unanimous vote.


The minutes of the August 25th Regular Meeting were read. It was noted that the date of the site visit was August 3rd. Greg made a motion to approve the minutes with that addition. The motion was seconded by Mark and carried by unanimous vote.


Dave gave the road report. Depot Street is completed and seeded, cleaning off of intersections has been completed where needed, gopher poisoning has been done, there is a pontoon in the right of way at 9476 Forest Heights Circle. Ginny was asked to send a letter to the property owner. Dave has also filled several holes in the asphalt on various streets. A permit for work on 80th Street has been obtained.


Brandon Tautges asked about receiving an increased bounty if he traps 450 gophers by next June. The board indicated that the township might purchase traps and loan them out to assist with trapping, but probably couldn't pay a higher bounty than is set for everyone else.


Correspondence was reviewed.


It was decided that each supervisor should come up with their ideas for a five-year road plan.


The meeting was adjourned at 9:17 p.m. by general consent.