January 2, 2007
The regular monthly meeting
was called to order on Tuesday, January 2, 2007 at 7pm by Chair Craig Gondeck. He
expressed deepest sympathy to the family of Leo Sufka, former
On a motion by Supervisor Gondeck and second by Supervisor Erdmann, the minutes of the December 5 regular meeting & December 11 special meeting were approved. The Treasurer’s report was also accepted as presented.
With a motion by Supervisor Gondeck and second by Supervisor Erdmann the approval was given for payment of the monthly bills and the authorization for the treasurer to withdraw the necessary funds from the proper accounts.
Supervisor Gondeck reported
that the township has been reimbursed $3,750.00 for the township clean up day.
He has applied for $3,554 in SCORE Grant Funds through
Dustin Vaverek of Boser Construction provided a construction update informing the audience that everything has gone very well, and he thanked Supervisor Gondeck for all his time and assistance with the construction. Supervisor Gondeck thanked Supervisor Erdmann for the great team work. On a motion by Supervisor Gondeck and second by Supervisor Erdmann, approval was given to purchase a full size range, refrigerator and microwave with the appliance budget. Supervisor Erdmann stated that he has received the water test results: nitrates are 2 parts per million and iron—7. Lee Hanson asked about size of the well and capacity. It will produce15 gallons per minute; it is 57 feet deep.
Lee Hanson & Josh Nelson
gave a presentation on Falcon National Bank; Lee Hanson is an officer and
director of this locally owned bank in Foley, and they are about to put a
branch in St. Cloud; they asked for consideration of making Falcon National
Bank one of our depositories. Josh reported that they work with a few townships
Traci Balder had mailed a proposal to serve as Watab’s Assessor; this was tabled until she can be invited to a meeting. Chair Gondeck will review the proposal.
A Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the new town hall will be at 8pm on the night of the annual meeting. Refreshments will be served.
A study on railroad
crossings is being conducted by SHE regarding elimination of the train whistles
at the crossings. Supervisor Gondeck has been asked to have the township
participate in the study at a cost of up to $3,000. At this time
Supervisor Gondeck brought
forward an ordinance on road right of ways that is in place in
Bob Erickson went through additions to the roadway ordinance. He asked the Clerk to mail him the latest copy, and he will review it with other townships and road contractors for their feedback before we have a public hearing. Supervisor Erdmann recommended changing item #15—the word change needs to be “maximum.” Doug Boser asked if site lines are covered in the ordinance.
2007 Budget discussion: Pat Spence reviewed her memo to the board. Craig feels we need to have a road plan before the annual meeting. The supervisors will get together on a morning this week or next week with Bob Erickson and conduct a road tour. They will bring back results for the next board meeting.
Other business included the
announcement of the Annual Meeting and Election on the second Tuesday of March.
The Board of Review Meeting was approved for May 2nd at 2:30pm at
the Town Hall, as requested by Brian Koester. The Clerk gave the board a
printed Annual Fire Report. She was asked to send a certified letter to the
Mayor and Fire Chief of Rice saying we will send payment for the 3% increase on
the balance of our contract for 2006 when they cash our check for the first
half payment. It was sent to Rice on August 3rd with a letter of
explanation, and the check has not been cashed. The motion passed. Supervisor
Gondeck stated that there were no Fire Board meetings during the past year; the
Clerk stated that she received the letter asking for a 12% increase the day of
our annual meeting; the residents approved only a 3% increase according to our
contract, since there was not a Fire Board meeting to approve the budget. A
resident talked about illegal burning in her neighborhood. The clerk reported
that Don Zieglmeier has not paid the $1,500 he owes the township. Lloyd
authorized Craig to work out a payment plan with interest at 1˝ % per month.
Craig attended the Economic Development Partnership meeting, where he reported
there was an excellent presentation by Arctic Cat; they chose
The meeting adjourned at 9:45pm for a tour of the new town hall.
Respectfully submitted by Pat Spence, Clerk