Regular Meeting - April 12, 2011

Regular Meeting                               April 12, 2011

Crow Wing Town Hall                     6:00 p.m.

Board Members Present: Chairman Mark Platta, Supervisors Greg Smith and Dave Schultz, Clerk Virginia Rogers and Treasurer Susan Goodew

Mark called the meeting to order and the pledge to the flag was recited.

No gopher bounties were claimed.

The AWAIR Safety Meeting was held as part of the regular meeting. The program and policies were reviewed.  A log of the meeting can be found in the AWAIR manual.

Curt Engholm was not present to give an update on the cleanup of his property. It was determined that an inspection date should be set up as previously planned. It will be on Tuesday, April 19th at 6:30 p.m.  Brad Arnold will attend on behalf of the Planning Commission as well as the Town Board. Planning Commission members are welcome to attend but not required. Ginny will contact Curt Engholm and will also notify the township attorney and the judge.  (Note: When contacted, the attorney suggested notifying Isla Engholm instead of the judge, so that is what was done).

The Wade Tomberlin violation was discussed. Mr. Tomberlin has been asked to attend the April 26th  board meeting and notified that any future expenses related to this violation will be billed to him, due to lack of any plan for completing cleanup.

Lisa Gerhardt asked about the Melissa Collier property. The owner said she intends to clean up the property and sell it. Discussion followed.

Dave gave an update on road signs and suggested that the board set a sign policy. Mark made a motion to purchase the posts and street signs as needed. The motion was seconded by Greg and carried unanimously.

The recycling program was discussed and information on an additional container was reviewed.  More information will be available at the next meeting.

Chad Knutson was present to ask for township approval to renew the liquor licenses for Wild Rice Depot and Wild Rice Liquors. Greg made a motion to approve. The motion was seconded by Dave and carried by unanimous vote.

Lighting at the intersection of Business Highway 371 and St. Mathias Road was discussed. Greg had received an aerial photo with the proposed location of the light designated.  Mark made a motion to adopt the attached resolution approving the light and agree to pay the $13 per month electrical and maintenance fee. The motion was seconded by Greg.  Discussion followed. The motion passed unanimously.

Susie gave the treasurers report.  She explained that the funds that are showing up in the Road Bond Fund are from back taxes and penalties as they are paid. Greg made a motion to approve the report as written. The motion was seconded by Dave and carried unanimously.

The minutes of the March 22nd meeting were reviewed. Dave made a motion to approve them as written. The motion was seconded by Greg and passed unanimously.

Claims were reviewed and approved.

Dave gave the road report.  He suggested that a snow plowing policy and grading policy be put into place. Discussion followed.  It was determined that Dale DeRosier should be invited to the next meeting for further discussion.  He had also been contacted by a resident who has been voluntarily cleaning up some of the ditches in the township. He had picked up two bags of garbage along Town Hall Street near the DRN trail. Upon opening the bags, he found items that were personally identifiable as belonging to Ed Fox on Holmes Avenue. The garbage included a bank statement with his name and address. A letter will be sent requesting that he ensure his garbage is disposed of properly in the future.

Items noted during the road tour were discussed. Cook Road and Lone Oak Road both need repair in areas. Gorron Road has some wide cracking that will also require repair. Al Knowlen will be asked to look at all three and make suggestions. No motions were made.

Dave shared information on a pole saw that will reach 20 feet for trimming trees and brush along the roadways. Greg made a motion to approve the purchase. The motion was seconded by Mark and passed unanimously.  

Darrel Olson and Gary Griffin were present from the County Assessor’s Office to share information on changes in the assessment process. They provided a list of property sales that have been used to determine what adjustments to township property values were needed. The Board of Adjustment meeting will be April 28th at 10:00 a.m. at the town hall.

Claims were approved and paid and correspondence was reviewed.

 The meeting was recessed at 9:15 p.m. to be reconvened at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday April 19th beginning at the town hall and moving to the Engholm property for violation inspection.