The regular monthly meeting of the Watab Town Board was called to order
Citizenís Issues:† Hazel Durkin and
Perna Roers appeared before the board with complaints about their neighbor
across the street having machinery running all times of day and night. She
stated that he is running a bobcat, yelling and that there is a large increase
in traffic with semiís and trailers. She expressed concern about small children
in the neighborhood, equipment blocking the road, and parking on private
property. She said has called the police repeatedly and they have come out and
not done anything to change the situation. Supervisor Erdmann thanked her for
bringing it to the attention of the board.
Chair Gondeck was thanked by the Board Members for looking into new chair for the board table. Supervisor Erdmann made the motion, seconded by Supervisor Kacures, authorizing the purchase of five new chairs. Motion passed.
Resolution 2008-4: †Requesting
that the Commissioner of the Department of Commerce Add the Town of
Supervisor Gondeck asked the supervisors to review a map of the town roads. Supervisor Erdmann found a correction; Mustang Maps will print the new road maps for the township. This is important for snowplowing.
Bob Erickson talked about the two road projects:
1. Crack seal:† Cost is about $4,000 per mile. He and John Bogart recommend doing this in the late fall for the greatest benefit. Bob talked about the issues of size of cracks to fill. All agreed that a decision would need to be made on what size cracks would be filled. Supervisor Erdmann recommended that crack sealing bids be sought for work this fall and seal coating next spring. Supervisor Erdmann proposed a pre-bid meeting at the hall with the contractors to go out and walk the road and determine criteria for cracking.† He recommends charging per foot. Supervisor Kacures asked if the county or state has criteria for the size of cracks to rout. Very few rout because of the cost. The board wishes to remove the routing from the bid package. The board wants the criteria reviewed. Supervisor Erdmann moved that a pre-bid meeting, including a walking tour of a road section, be scheduled for all interested contractors who have an interest in crack sealing town roads. Supervisor Kacures recommended that the contractors be asked what they would recommend for a cost basis for the work. This would be discussed at the pre-bid meeting. †The meeting will be held on August 26 at . The ad should say that we will do a minimum of $50,000 of crack filling on town roads late fall.
2. †Bob Erickson also wrote up a specification about road edge repairs. It is something that can be added to the road ordinance in the future.
Monthly bills were presented and a motion was made by Supervisor Erdmann and seconded by Supervisor Kacures to pay all the bills except the Supervisor bills. Motion passed.
Watab Clean up Day is September 13 from to at Rockwood Estates. It is paid for through a SCORE Grant, which covers 75% of the cost. Last year we had 163 participants. Chair Gondeck encouraged everyone to participate.
Township Short Course training was held by the Minnesota Association of Townships in mid July.† Clerk Pat Spence went to head election training; Town Clerks are responsible for overseeing all elections. Supervisor Kacures attended the mock township meeting and the training to be certified for the local board of review. This is important for our township to continue as a local board of review. Supervisor Gondeck also got recertified for board of review.
The board discussed the proposed ordinance on town road right of ways. Supervisor Kacures suggest several language changes and additions. Supervisor Gondeck made a motion to approve the resolution with the proposed changes, subject to review by the town attorney. A hearing will be held on the proposed ordinance at the September board meeting.
Clerk Spence summarized the recommendations from the town attorney on the house abatement process. The board will ask our attorney to approve the process and send the letter that was recommended. The motion was made by Supervisor Gondeck and seconded by Supervisor Erdmann. Motion passed.
Clerk Spence asked for authorization to send out requests for reimbursement to entities that owe money to the township. Supervisor Gondeck made the motion, seconded by Supervisor Erdmann authorizing the Clerk to send the letters. Supervisor Kacures added that the reimbursement from Mr. Zeiglmeier should be on the list. Motion passed.
Clerk Spence distributed a handout that summarized the responses from those bidding on the new two-year snowplowing contract. Bids were received from J & J Turf Sales, Burski Excavating, Rice Contracting and Development, Marson Contractors, and MTD Excavating. Bids ranged from $34,900 to $48,197.50. The board asked several questions of the two low bidders: Jason Chapman of J & J Turf Sales and Jeff Hanson of Marson Contractors. Supervisor Erdmann made a motion that the township enter into a two year contract with Jason Chapman from J & J Turf Sales at an annual cost of $34,900. Supervisor Kacures seconded the motion.† Motion passed. A citizen asked that Shoestring Loop not be missed in future plowing. The Chair will meet with Jason Chapman for signing of the contract.
The Clerk reviewed the monthly correspondence, and the Chair reviewed
the past monthís Citizen Complaints. He informed the audience that the building
inspector has issued only $801,000 of building permits to date; last year at
this time they totaled $3.8 million. Allen Saldana was asked to do road
patching of potholes on
The meeting was closed to discuss Attorney-Client privileged information through a motion by Supervisor Kacures and second by Supervisor Erdmann. The motion passed and the meeting was closed.
The regular meeting of the board was adjourned.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Respectfully submitted by Clerk Pat Spence