Regular Meeting - January 26, 2010


                                                                        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.



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.


Conditions 1-10, 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 vote.


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.


Correspondence was reviewed and payroll was reviewed and approved.


The meeting adjourned by general consent at 10:30 p.m.