Town Board Meeting Minutes
monthly meeting of the Watab Town Board was called to order at 7pm by Chair Ed
Kacures Jr. on September 1, 2009 at the Watab Town Hall. Board members present
were Supervisors Ed Kacures Jr., Craig Gondeck, and Lloyd Erdmann; Treasurer
Eileen Saldana; and Clerk Pat Spence. Audience members present were Bill
Wilson, Maureen Graber, Paul Jacobs, Douglas J. Boser, and Erik Forsberl.
Pledge to the Flag, Supervisor Gondeck expressed deepest sympathy to the John
Wojtanowicz family; John died on August 11th. Supervisor Gondeck explained
the good working relationship with John on township issues.
Sucker Creek Road Sign was added to the agenda. Supervisor Gondeck made a motion,
seconded by Supervisor Erdmann to approve the minutes as printed for both the
Public Hearing and Regular Meeting Minutes of August 4, 2009. The Treasurer’s Report
was given and approved on a motion by Supervisor Gondeck and second by
Supervisor Kacures; motion passed. There were no Citizen comments.
Preliminary Plat Discussion
on Wooded Acres (formerly known as Leo Sufka farm) by Marty Reker: Chelle Benson from the Benton County
Department of Development has asked him not to include Outlet A in the plat, so
the plat submitted is not accurate. It is now a four-lot plat. Chelle has told Marty that Lot 4 has too many
buildings on it for the lot size, so he needs to ask for a variance or tear the
buildings down. This will lose the feel
of the original homestead. Scott Janski,
Rice Fire Chief, has signed off on the plat for the Rice Fire Department. There
was discussion about a bicycle trail for the park dedication. Marty felt that
4-foot shoulders for bikers would be the most cost effective. There are three
suitable sites for septic systems on each lot. Common utility trenches are also
acceptable to Marty to conform to the township’s new ordinance. Supervisor
Erdmann made a motion to approve separate driveways for each of the three new
lots and give up the northerly farm driveway to help preserve the mature oak
trees; Supervisor Gondeck seconded; motion passed. Supervisor Gondeck made a
motion, which was seconded by Supervisor Erdmann, to approve the plat as
described above to the county board. The town board signed the township
Payment of bills: Supervisor
Gondeck made a motion to approve the bills for payment as presented and
withdraw the funds from the appropriate accounts with the exception of the
Rinke Noonan bill and with the stipulation that he would abstain from the vote
on the bill for $45 for printing Watab Clean Up Day flyers from Amber
Schoenherr because she is a relative. The motion was seconded by Supervisor
Kacures and passed.
Bogart: the township has several
road construction projects: Fifth Avenue work is being done on moving the utilities.
Roseanna Beach is 2/3 complete with soil correction; chip seal has been
completed except for fog portion. Next week work will begin on Riverview
Loop. Questions for Fifth Avenue: all variances are recorded except for
Scott Jarnot. Scott agrees to pay $10,900 of total costs of $20,000,
because the additional cost is for lowering the hill, which benefits
everyone. We are not responsible for the trees because they’re on our road
right of way. Maureen Graber and Doug Boser asked questions. Doug
recommends taking a strong stance on the dates of construction. The
contractor will be held accountable.
The chair asked Jon to check on the work schedule with Knife River
and report back to the board members. They are not being detained because
of the utility placement. Roseanna
Beach Road: 2/3 way complete with the excavation; 500 yards in extra
excavation needed. There was a concern about trees that need to be removed
at Jim Matthew’s property. Once it was staked, they found that the trees
needed to be removed. For future projects, staking should be done before
the preconstruction meeting. There are large cottonwood trees on the right
of way. The township has a signed agreement with the property owner for
their removal. Jason Chapman, the
contractor reported on his work. Completion date is approximately
September 20th. Jason was complimented on the way his company
is explaining work to the residents. Riverview Loop residents who have
concrete driveways have been met with. Craig and Jon will talk with all
the residents and distribute a letter about what needs to be taken care
of. Chip sealing went quickly. Maureen would like the township to commit
to determine who owns the triangle from the road edge to the driveways
into hers and the neighbors ‘property. Someone would need to review the
deeds for all the properties there. Supervisor Gondeck recommends fog
sealing the area next week and then determine who owns it later;
Supervisor Erdmann seconded the motion; motion passed. He’ll also take care of issues that
Supervisor Kacures raised. Supervisor Gondeck will pick up signs at Geyer
Rental that say “Reduce Speed” and “Loose Gravel” and place them where
- Sign Replacement: Supervisor Gondeck said
it is complete except for two outlet signs.
soon as we get the valves, the iron filter will be installed.
- Ivy Place Road Runoff: a small gully will
be installed to divert the water away from the driveway. Paul
Schwinghammer recommends doing this simply. Supervisor Gondeck will take
care of it.
- Culvert Report: Supervisor Erdmann will do
asphalt later. Culverts will also
be marked later. Flexible reflector posts are recommended.
- Financing for Road Projects: Clerk Spence
reported that she has provided the bank with all the necessary documents
and is waiting for completion of the legal documents. Craig Hanson is
working on them. The bank will reimburse the township for payments we have
made prior to the loan being activated. Supervisor Gondeck made a motion
to hire Craig Hanson to draw up the documents on the road projects;
Supervisor Kacures seconded; motion passed.
- Road ditch mowing and tree trimming: Ditch
mowing is underway. There’s an area on the corner of Saldana Road and 10th
Avenue that needs further brushing. Also, Co. Rd 55 and Plaziak Road need
more trimming. STS crew will work on it. They mow in six to eight feet. Paul Jacobs also requested more mowing at
Indigo Road near his driveway. The width of mowing is 4 to 5 feet and
should be out further, especially at intersections. The contract requires
8 foot wide mowing. Supervisor Gondeck will talk to Brian Erdmann about
the necessary footage. Clerk Spence should check on the bid document for
- A letter to Benton County regarding gravel
tax was approved by the board and will be sent on September 2.
- Supervisor Gondeck will have the STS crew
do the tree trimming on Frost Road.
- Policy on snow plowing of roads in the
township before they’re formally accepted: the issue is that we’re plowing roads we
don’t own. To continue this practice, the township should develop a letter
of understanding that we will plow the roads if the owners of the development
don’t come back at us saying we already own the roads because we’re maintaining
them. The Clerk will draft a memo of understanding for the next meeting.
- STS brush cutting: there are four areas
they will work on under Supervisor Gondeck’s direction.
- Watab Clean Up Day: September 26. Flyers
are printed. It will be from 8am to 2pm at Rockwood Estates. No hazardous materials will be accepted.
It’s here. Approval was given to order AED pads for adult and
- Communication: Clerk Spence read a letter
from the Department of MN Revenue about unallotments by the Governor.
District 8 Meeting is at Henry’s in Foley on September 22nd at
5:30pm. Benton Co. Assn Thursday, Sept 17th Mr. Jim’s in Foley
- Supervisor Gondeck recommended approval
for the variance for Myler property on Sharon Place. Clerk Spence was
asked to send a letter to Bill Mayland by September 17th for
Board of Adjustment meeting noting the township’s approval.
- Benton County Board of Economic
Development: Supervisor Gondeck gave report. He made a motion to keep
Sucker Creek Road without Northeast and Northwest designations and to send
a letter to the county board with the recommendation ; seconded by Supervisor
Kacures; motion passed.
- August 8th Day Off: Supervisor Gondeck went on the river canoe
trip; Maureen went on the August 8th tour of Bend in the River
Park. She also attended an MS4 meeting which was very helpful offered by
the Mississippi River Renaissance project.
- Best Practices Tour: Supervisor Gondeck
attended part of the day.
- Rice Fire Board: Supervisor Kacures said
there is a Fire Board meeting on September 16th. The meeting he attended that was
advertised as a Rice Fire Board meeting was a Rice City Council Meeting. He
summarized the meeting.
- Follow-Up on Citizens’ Issues: Supervisor
Kacures summarized a letter from the county to a citizen regarding excess
pallets in his yard. Operation Roundup from East Central Electric has
grants; the deadline is in September. Supervisor Gondeck will apply for
emergency equipment funding. Supervisor Gondeck covered the complaints for
The meeting adjourned at 9:58pm.
submitted by Pat Spence, Clerk