Regular Meeting - May 11, 2010

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        May 11, 2010  Regular Meeting


The Crow Wing Township Board of Supervisors held its Regular Meeting on Tuesday, May 11, 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, Treasurer Susan Goodew and those on the attached public roster.


No gopher bounties were claimed.



Connie Bachman was present to request that the board consider installing horseshoe pits in the park. Discussion followed. Mark made a motion to set up four horseshoe pits. The motion was seconded by Dave and carried by unanimous vote. Randy will be asked to look into this when he returns.


Planning & Zoning

The Planning Commission had requested that the board approve changing the language of the bylaws to remove the need for an alternate planning commission member.  Greg made a motion to change the wording as requested. The motion was seconded by Dave and carried by unanimous vote. It was noted that if we find that the alternate is a requirement by law, this change should not be made.


The Big Wood Timber Conditional Use Permit was discussed. The deadline for compliance is June 15th. The Planning Commission is asking the board to meet with them at the inspection. A letter should be sent to Big Wood reminding them of the deadline and asking that they review the conditions that must be met by that date. They should also be reminded of the outstanding $438.19 debt to the township. The current sign on the building is likely in violation, as a sign permit was denied. Ginny will check with the sheriff's department to make sure that they are willing to assist with enforcement of a shutdown of the business should the conditions not be met. It was determined that the furnace probably would not be considered in violation until it is put into use again and a problem is noted. If they have questions about any of the conditions, they should contact the Town Board or Planning Commission. June 16th at 10:00 a.m. was determined to be the tentative inspection date. If the conditions are not met upon inspection, the permit will be pulled and the business shut down.


Planning Commission trainings were considered. It was decided that mileage and an hourly rate will be paid and all trainings must be preapproved by the Town Board.


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Bid Opening

One bid had been received for regular road maintenance from Dale's Excavating. The prices bid were as follows:

Grading - $85 per mile                Plowing & Sanding - $42 per mile

(all per mile bids include both sides of the roadway)

Motorgrader to Scrape Ice - $100 per hour

Gravel application & Spreading - $12.50 per yard

Shoulder Maintenance and Repair - $18 per yard

Bituminous Road Repair – 3 men - $145 per hour

Road Repaid – Grader, Loader, Truck - $80 per hour

Sweep Roads - $80 per hour


Minimum plowing charge Dec 1-Mar 313 - $1200 per month

Fuel surcharge after $3.50 per gallon – 10 cents per gallon/50 cents per mile.


Mark asked if plowing can be done to bare pavement, due to complaints received about snow pack and icy roads. Discussion followed. Mark made a motion to accept Dale's bid. The motion was seconded by Greg and carried by unanimous vote.


Petition to Vacate - Heron Street & Strong Avenue

Mark made a motion to award zero in damages to the property owners affected by the vacation of the north end of Heron Street.  The motion was seconded by Dave and carried by unanimous vote.  A new petition was presented by Lisa Gerhardt to vacate the unconstructed portion of Strong Avenue that lies between Robin Street and Heron Street. The board found the petition to be in order and set a public hearing date of June 8, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.


Ditch Mowing

Carl Boeder and Davies Farms both submitted bids for ditch mowing in the township. Carl's bid was $6994 and Davies Farms was $8300. The first 8 feet will be completed by August 15th, with the remainder of the job being completed by August 30th. Greg made a motion to accept Carl's bid for 2010 mowing. The motion was seconded by Mark and carried with Dave abstaining.



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Dave gave the road report. A letter should be sent to the owner of the property next to the town hall asking that they remove the rock and dirt that was moved onto Cuyuna Avenue when they used a drag on their driveway. Quotes for the paving of 80th Street from Tri-City Paving and Anderson Brothers Construction Company were considered. Tri-City's bid was lower. Discussion followed concerning past experience with both companies. Greg made a motion to accept the quote from Anderson Brothers for $96,323.96 for 80th Ave. (Street).  The motion was seconded by Dave and carried by unanimous vote. It was decided that the former fire number sign posts will be offered to the local snowmobile club in exchange for their labor in removing the signs and returning them to the town hall. Dave was asked to get prices for gravel so that the board can make a decision about gravelling roads this summer. A sign inventory has been started. A bill should be sent to Qwest for damage to the road shoulder near 9766 Forest Heights Dr - 2 hours and 1 yard Cl 1 and a bill should be sent to Crow Wing County for damage done to the shoulder of Wetherbee Road by loggers using the county entrance - 2 hours and 2 yards Cl 1 - $11


Brian Bachman had called about the Bachman Wilderness Acres roads. He will need to install a stop sign, fills holes and cracks and repair one of the cul de sacs where vegetation is growing through. One of the cul de sacs needs to be looked at again by the supervisors to determine what should be done with it, if anything.


After reviewing information on a Fast Measure system for the township truck, Greg made a motion to purchase the unit. The motion was seconded by Mark and carried by unanimous vote.


The rocks on Home Place Drive have been removed, but the mailbox post that needs to be changed has not been moved. The hole in the cul de sac has been patched. Dave was asked to let the developer know that it's only the mailbox post that is holding up acceptance of the road.


The minutes of the April 27, 2010 regular meeting were reviewed, as well as the minutes from the April 28, 2010 Board of Adjustment meeting. Mark made a motion to approve the minutes with a couple of minor corrections. The motion was seconded by Dave and carried by unanimous vote.


Correspondence was reviewed and claims were reviewed and paid.


The meeting was adjourned at 9:50 p.m. by general consent.