Minutes of May 15, 2007 Watab Town Board
monthly meeting of the Watab Town Board was called to order on Tuesday, May 15,
2007 at 7pm by Chair Craig Gondeck. Board members present were Chair Craig Gondeck,
Supervisor Lloyd Erdmann, Treasurer Eileen Saldana, and Clerk Pat Spence.
Supervisor Brad McIntosh was absent. Those present in the audience were: Bob
Erickson, Rosie Johnson, Joe Wollak, Donna M. Rothstein, Taunya Mastey, George
Mastey, Maureen Graber, Ed Kacures, Duane J. Popp, Ron Hommerding, Ray
Schlichting, Jason Zwilling, Rand Schaper, Brian Schoenherr, Brian Erdmann, and
Wendy Erdmann. Following the Pledge to the Flay, the Chair extended sympathy to
the Neeser family; expressed hopes for a quick recovery for Michael Erdmann;
and expressed thanks to the Sauk Rapids VFW for the POW flag for the hall.
Chair Gondeck moved approval for the consent agenda; motion was seconded by
Supervisor Erdmann and passed. There were no additions or changes to the
Issues: Duane Johnson asked about the
April minutes regarding the road for Lee Hanson and if the township would pay
for it; the response by the chair was that Lee will pay all costs for the road
extension and will reimburse the township for any costs.
Joe Wollak gave a Benton County Report:
- He complimented the board on
the new town hall.
- Joe stated that Benton County as the fifth highest debt per
capita in Minnesota.
- Northstar Corridor extension
has cost the county $224,000. The county board is having a survey done to
determine if citizens see the extension to Rice as an opportunity or a
liability. The county board has three members in opposition to the
extension and two in support at this time. Following a question from Rand
Schaper about projected economic impact, Commissioner Wollak said that the
County Assessor is researching it.
- The county board is struggling
with the Bend in the River Park because of a lack of funds.
- All the SCORE grants have been
bills were presented to the board by the Clerk & Treasurer. A motion was
made by Supervisor Erdmann and seconded by Supervisor Gondeck to pay the
monthly bills as presented and to withdraw the necessary funds for their
payment. The board signed the claims list indicating their authorization.
- Ron Hommerding gave a town hall
construction update. He is waiting for the report from George Mastey on
the asbestos assessment and materials testing. After considerable discussion,
the Chair recommended that Ron submit George’s bill to the clerk prior to
the next meeting. Ron will contact MPCA on May 16th regarding
the abatement and will let George know how to move ahead. Ed Kacures
expressed his strong feeling that the demolition of the old hall should
have already been completed, and the parking lot should be finished.
- Chair Gondeck recommends that
the township purchase granite memorial benches with funds received in
$12,500 bequests from the Plaziak Brothers. He was given board authority
on motion by Supervisor Erdmann and second by Supervisor Gondeck to move
forward with obtaining quotes for the benches. Ron Hommerding was asked to
contact Helmin’s Nursery for a landscaping plan. Motion passed.
- The Clerk distributed copies of
the revised road platting manual. Bob Erickson said that the drawings will
be added to the document before the June meeting for final approval of the
- Supervisor Gondeck attended a
meeting in Sauk Rapids on the train whistle study. Projected cost of
$3,000 for Watab Township crossings has increased from
$3,000 to $6 to $10,000. If this moves ahead, costs will be paid by the
New Pirates Cove Development. Jim Brownson will meet with the consultants
and let Chair Gondeck know if they plan to proceed with paying for the
- Chair Gondeck spoke to the
county board regarding roles and responsibilities for enforcement of MS4.
They stated that the Dept. of Development only has authority for storm
water runoff through developer’s agreements (no MS4 authority); once a
development is completed, the township has full authority. The Highway
Department has MS4 authority on their property including roads, bridges,
and county ditches. The county board asked Bob Kozel and Chelle Benson to
write a memo to the board outlining their roles. Chair Gondeck expressed
his desire to keep the process simple in the same way that the City of Sauk Rapids is doing. If there are
problems noticed in a development, he hopes that the township will work
with the developers rather than taking a punitive approach. He feels we
should hire a consultant to help the township through the process. Bob
Erickson also recommended that we hire Red Barn Ridge to assist us. Motion
was made by Supervisor Gondeck and seconded by Supervisor Erdmann to invite
Paul Schwinghammer of Red Barn Ridge to the June meeting to guide us
through the process. Motion passed.
- The Road Tour was set for
Saturday, May 19th at 7am beginning at the town hall.
- The Clerk requested that
Maureen Graber be named the Deputy Clerk in case of need for a substitute
at to assist with filing of materials from the old town hall. A motion was
made by Supervisor Gondeck and seconded by Supervisor Erdmann giving the
- Bob Erickson distributed a snow
plowing analysis with costs per inch and per mile during the past several
years. Thirty-five files of town roads are plowed. Costs have escalated in
the first four months of 2007, so Bob suggests that the township get
information from other urban townships about how they keep snow plowing
costs under control. George Mastey said that Benton County has used more salt in the past
four years than ever before because of the freezing rains. The Chair asked
Bob to meet with George Mastey before the next meeting and return to the board
with recommendations for the next meeting. The Chair is to give Bob a list
of townships that he should contact.
- Six parties showed an interest
in cleaning the town hall. The Clerk reported all the proposals. A motion
was made by Chair Gondeck and seconded by Supervisor Erdmann to hire
WACOSA at a monthly cost of $54 to clean the hall and to give him
authority to sign the contract for one year cleaning. Motion passed.
- The Clerk reviewed the draft of
the Town Hall Rental Agreement. A motion was made by Chair Gondeck and
seconded by Supervisor Erdmann adopting the town hall rental agreement and
policy with the addition of political parties that are recognized by the
State of Minnesota. Motion passed. Chair Gondeck
said that he will host the Benton County Economic Development Committee at
the hall on June 13th. The Clerk was asked to make copies of
the rental policy and use form for the next meeting and to post on the
- The ditch mowing contract is
coming up for renewal; supervisors will determine what roads should be
mowed when they go on the road tour. The board wants to keep costs down by
requesting that homeowners mow their ditches. This will be discussed
further at the next meeting.
- Lake Andrew Development has
requested signs on Fifth Avenue at County Road 4 and County
Road 33 to direct the public to Lake Andrew Public Trails. This was tabled
to learn more about the signs’ appearance.
- Upcoming meetings were noted.
- The Clerk reviewed the monthly correspondence.
- Chair Gondeck asked for
authority to deal with the monthly citizen complaints. Supervisor Erdmann
made a motion, seconded by Supervisor Gondeck giving him the authority.
The motion passed. More facts are needed on the Norway Pine Estates sewer
issue; Chair Gondeck was given authority to do a legal survey of the cul
de sac by Keith Wolfe’s house as soon as possible. Bob Erickson reported
on the Lake Andrew roads; Sucker Creek Road has more watershed because of
work on Little Rock Road. He also reported on water
containment in Norway Pine Estates and will work with Supervisor Erdmann
- The Paradies Developer
Agreement and the agreement with Lee Hanson for reimbursement of road
costs will be on the next meeting agenda.
- Duane Popp complained about the
debris in the ditch by a house in Lake Andrew.
- Ed Kacures asked if Rice is
giving the board requested information about fire and rescue calls. The
Chair said that the township is not getting any of the information, and
the city is not following their own attorney’s advice to furnish the names
and addresses for all calls. Supervisor Gondeck was directed to meet with
the Sauk Rapids Fire Department about serving all homes in Watab Township, breaking the contract with
Rice because of a lack of cooperation, and investigating insurance costs.
Supervisor Erdmann suggested a special meeting with residents once we get
the information. Ed also asked about the reimbursement from Don
Zieglmeier; it has not been received. Rosie Johnson asked about the water
pipes by the town hall; they are for Pirates Cove development, which is
piping water from Lee Hanson’s development.
submitted by Pat Spence