Regular Meeting - November 9, 2010

                                                                        November 9, 2010  Regular Meeting


The Crow Wing Township Board of Supervisors held its Regular Meeting on Tuesday, November 9, 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 roster.


Greg called the meeting to order.


No gopher feet were presented bounty. 


Sue Anderson was present to ask about Boulder Court, where she works at a group home. She had been informed that the employees should not be parking on the road. Mark explained that it is not yet a township road, but when it is taken over by the township for maintenance, the parking issue will need to be cleared up. Ed Mattson owns the property and has been informed of this. A parking area will need to be provided before the road can be taken over. Mark made a motion that Ed Mattson be sent a letter requesting that he provide an off-road parking area and pay the county for the stop signs before the township can consider accepting the roads. The motion was seconded by Greg. Discussion followed and the motion carried by unanimous vote.



Mark and Melanee Strobel were present about the smoke problem with Big Wood Timber. Mark had sent more photos of smoke in the yard and Melanee brought a towel that she has used to wipe the inside of a window in the house to show that the smoke is getting into the house. The letter discussed at the last meeting had not sent, as Greg had asked that it wait until an opinion from the township attorney had been received. That opinion was reviewed. It was decided that the letter should state that the Conditional Use Pemit does require that the smoke issue be resolved. This has not been accomplished and now appears that it will not be resolved using the current heating season. They should let the board know what their alternative solution is no later than the regular meeting on the 23rd. The letter should also state that we realize that they have extended the smoke stack, but that it does not appear to have solved the problem with smoke and ash. It should also that we realize that they have ordered insulation for the stack, but that temperatures have been unseasonably warm and yet the smoke has still been a problem, so it is unlikely to have an effect. They should also be informed that if nothing is resolved the board will be forced to discuss pulling the CUP at the meeting on the 23rd. Since the property has been determined to be in violation, all expenses incurred by the township in regard to this violation from this date forward will be billed to Big Wood Timber.


Several complaints were received regarding a trailer on Erin Road on the property formerly owned by Steve Lippert. It was determined that no permit was obtained, but that the home does meet the minimum standards and the septic system is compliant. The old trailer house will need to be removed from the property.



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Susie asked about three ISTS fees that have been received this year, but that no inspections have been billed for and no compliance certificates received. Justin was asked to look into this, but she hasn’t heard back from him. It was determined that the bill for the Morris inspection will not be paid, since no ISTS fee has been received from the property owner. Susie will contact the contractors to find out who performed the inspections or why they have not been done. 



Dave gave the road report. Crow Wing County has asked if the township would pay the monthly bill for a light at the intersection of Business Hwy 371 and St. Mathias Road in the amount of $13 per month. Dave noted that when we received paperwork last year asking if we street lights, we indicated that we did not see a need for any. Since the intersection is primarily with a state highway the board is not sure the township should be paying this bill. More information will be needed before a decision can be made.


Susie informed the board that two of the bills that were sent out last spring for road damage have not been paid. A letter will be sent to Qwest requesting that they pay immediately or the blanket authorization to install and work on phone lines will be withdrawn for future projects. No decision was made about the second bill.


Mark made a motion to approve the October 26, 2010 minutes as written. The motion was seconded by Greg and carried by unanimous vote.


Payroll was approved and correspondence was reviewed.


The meeting adjourned by general consent at 8:10 p.m.