Regular Meeting - October 25, 2011

Regular Meeting                               October 25, 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 those on the attached public roster.

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

John Jansen presented 82 pair of gopher feet for bounty.

Planning and zoning items were discussed. Wendy Keeler was present on behalf of Rob Anthony. She shared that Rob has gotten more panels for the fence and will be getting posts soon. The township will need to inspect the fence once it’s completed to see if it meets the ordinance. The board requested that they call Brad next week when the fence is complete and he will visit the property to look at it.  

Brad shared that he continues to receive complaints about the Tomberlin property with specific information about the items being hauled onto the property and the vehicles doing the hauling. Brad will inspect the property before the next meeting. Wade Tomberlin has already been informed that if the violation is not resolved by now, he will be responsible for any further expenses the township has in regard to the violation. At the last meeting, he stated that everything has been taken care of.

The meeting was recessed at 6:25 p.m. to be reconvened immediately at the Engholm property. The meeting reconvened at 6:28 p.m. at the Engholm property. No one appeared to be on the property and there was no answer when Mark announced that the board was there. There were two smoldering burn piles with no one in attendance. It was determined that there is still a very large amount of debris on the property. Some effort has been made to clean up but there is little obvious progress. Photos were taken, as advised by the attorney. The meeting was recessed at 6:37 and reconvened at the town hall at 6:39 p.m. It was discussed that the Engholm property is being used for a salvage business with income being made and debris accumulating on the property. There is a tire breakdown tool on the property and other tools that indicate a salvage business being operated. Greg made a motion to advise the attorney to proceed with the November 21st court date. The motion was seconded by Mark and passed unanimously.  The photos will be printed for the file and the minutes with copies mailed to the attorney.

Steve Hagen had requested a second entrance onto 70th Ave from his property to provide a turnaround driveway. Dave described the location. The distance between the two entries is adequate and the line of sight is clear. There is no need for a culvert.  Randy Ryan on Crow Wing Heights Drive had requested a second entrance. The same conditions were noted for that property. Brad Arnold had also requested a second entrance onto 50th Ave from his property. The same conditions were found there, with the exception that a culvert may be needed. Dave will check to make sure. Mark made a motion to approve all three entries. The motion was seconded by Greg and passed unanimously.

Brad noted that the Johnson Motocross Track has been sold and equipment has been there altering the track, possibly for expanded use. This should be looked into due to noise complaints in the past.

A request to plant a tree or shrub near the Titus Goodew grave had been received. Discussion followed including the potential problem of roots growing into other gravesites. Ideas for alternatives were discussed. The people wanting to plant the tree have indicated that they might be willing to purchase a gravesite to provide enough room for this. They will be asked to come back with a more definite plan before a decision is made.

Dave had received letters about the juveniles who damaged street signs in the township. They have been given supervised probation, 120 hours of community service and restitution to be determined by the probation officer. They are to pay for the signs within 6 months. The problem with the school bus being unable to turn around at the end of Town Hall Street is not yet resolved. The property owners are not happy with where Dave has marked the right of way to indicate how far the driver can back up in that direction. The right of way has been verified on both the plat map and the aerial photo and has been measured. Dave will meet with the property owner, who is currently in Alaska, when he returns .

Curt Engholm came to the meeting to discuss his violation. He said that he injured his knee and has been recovering and that he didn’t have help to clean up. The court date is set for November 21st and Curt said he will continue to clean up the property until then.

Dave made a motion to move $500,000 from the road and bridge fund to the Street Improvement Fund. The motion was seconded by Greg and passed unanimously. This was done to make use of a fund which has not been used in the past, but probably should have been. The purpose of this fund is to separate dollars that are being saved for future road projects so that they are not confused with road maintenance funds.

The minutes of the October 11th meeting were reviewed. Greg made a motion to approve the minutes as written. The motion was seconded by Dave and carried by unanimous vote.

Payroll was approved and paid and correspondence was reviewed.

 The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m. by general consent.

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