Watab Town Board Meeting
December 7, 2010
regular monthly meeting of the Watab Town Board was held on Tuesday, December
7, 2010 at 7pm. All board members were present: Treasurer Eileen Saldana;
Supervisors Ed Kacures Jr., Craig Gondeck, and Lloyd Erdmann; and Clerk Pat
Spence. Audience members present were Bob Raveling, Brian Erdmann, and Ron
Ed Kacures Jr. called the meeting to order at 7pm. Following the Pledge to the
Flag, Supervisor Gondeck thanked the Treasurer and Clerk for all their work,
wished Eileen Saldana a Happy Birthday, and extended sympathy to the Mazecek
agenda addition was discussion of township’s MS4 plan. Minutes were approved as
written through motion by Supervisor Erdmann, second by Supervisor Gondeck. The
Treasurer’s Report was approved through a motion by Supervisor Gondeck and
second by Supervisor Kacures. Monthly bills were approved for payment through
motion by Supervisor Gondeck and second by Supervisor Kacures.
Old Business included
- SCORE grant
request for reimbursement to Benton County is for $10,052.45, which is 75%
of our total costs. In-kind donations from businesses ($2,665.00) offset
the cost to tax papers, which is $685.81. Over 300 people participated.
Supervisor Gondeck thanked the businesses for their in-kind donations. The
Clerk has mailed the request for reimbursement to Benton County Dept. of
Gondeck asked for permission to order six “No Dumping” signs for various
places in the township. They are about $12 each. Motion was made by
Supervisor Kacures and seconded by Supervisor Erdmann to purchase the
additional signs; motion passed with Supervisor Gondeck abstaining.
Shores Railroad Crossing: Brian Erdmann, Rice Contracting and Development,
came in with the lowest quote and did the job in
repairing the approach to the railroad tracks and filling in the eroded
area. The board thanked him for the excellent job.
Pines Plat 2 Junk Yard Report: The Clerk was asked to draft a letter for
the Chair’s signature requesting the clean up of the property with junk
cars, garbage, and other debris. Clerk Spence reported that the Dept. of
Development has given the property owner deadlines for removal.
Avenue work: Supervisor Kacures talked to Jon Bogart and said that we
shouldn’t sign off on the MS4 on the project until we see how the
vegetation grows up. The Clerk reviewed the retainage bill for $4700 from
Tri-City Paving; it has been approved by Jon Bogart. Motion was made by
Supervisor Gondeck and seconded by Supervisor Erdmann for the chair to
sign document giving permission to pay the retainage to Tri-City Paving
for the top wear course and to pay $270 for a July bill to Jon Bogart for
a preconstruction meeting on 5th Avenue wear course. Clerk Spence was
asked to check on the costs for board time and retainages for final cost
and report at the January meeting.
- Removal of Helland’s
mailbox at Ferry Point property was tabled until spring.
- Report on
STS funding: four townships were at county meeting. County is requesting
that all township’s pay $150/day when we use STS crews. Supervisor Gondeck
requested that the payment be $100/day, but the county officials did not
- 9920 West
Lake Road property is cleared up; there was a resident living in the
garage but has now moved out. There had been no building permits filed.
- Unpaid Gravel
tax to Benton County: Supervisor Erdmann will talk to the new Auditor/
Treasurer when she takes office in January. Building Permit Box is
installed by Supervisor Gondeck at the town hall.
Plowing –favorable comments were given to Ron Burski on the job being
Spence gave the board an update on the loan draw down for the road
projects. Total spent, without including the board time, is currently at
$824,922.19. This is under the projected cost for the road projects.
- The board
set a meeting for January 18th at 7pm to work on the 2011
Gondeck made a motion, seconded by Supervisor Kacures to set Absentee Voting
at the time recommended by Clerk Spence: March 5th, 2011 from
10am until noon at the town hall : March 5th. Motion passed. Filing
period for the positions of two-year term for Treasurer and Supervisor
Kacures’ current position for a three-year supervisor’s term begins on
December 28 and closes at 5pm on January 11th.
Newsletter: Supervisor Gondeck suggested a three-tier Bronze/Silver/Gold
contribution level to get sponsors for the newsletter, which would help
offset the cost. He would work with the Clerk. Clerk Spence recommended
that we list the stories that we would like in the newsletter and bring
them to the January meeting. They can also be e-mailed to her.
Road change: Benton County wants a letter from the town board with a
request to correct the road names even though it was Benton County’s
request to change the names because of emergency vehicles getting lost
going to a fire on 10th Avenue, because there are two 10th
Avenues in Watab. The Clerk is to compose a letter, which would be sent to
all residents on the current road west of the railroad tracks from County
Road 55 north to 95th St NW (Plaziak Road) letting them know
that their road would be named Plaziak Road. The road on the east side of
the railroad tracks would remain 10th Avenue. The residents
should be invited to the January town board meeting. Motion was made by
Supervisor Gondeck, seconded by Supervisor Kacures, and passed setting
this process in motion.
Spence reported that the township needs to apply for permit reissuance for
our MS4 permit. Supervisor Erdmann made a motion to have Clerk Spence ask
Paul Schwinghammer to apply for our reissuance of permit for MS4; motion
was seconded by Supervisor Kacures, and passed.
Reports: Supervisor Gondeck reported on the Rice City Council meeting. He
asked Mayor Fiedler if there would be future fire board meetings and
authorization of the fire department budget. The Mayor said that there
would be no meetings, and that he would not honor the letter of understanding
between our attorneys regarding the fire board needing to approve the
budget. He asked the City Clerk to have his question and the response put
in the official record of the meeting. Supervisor Kacures asked for
permission to have our attorney send a letter to City of Rice, and the
attorney representing them, saying that they are in violation of the
contract. Motion made by Supervisor Gondeck to approve the action; second by
Supervisor Erdmann; and motion passed. Supervisor Gondeck reported that Terry
Humbert from MNDoT was at the Rice meeting to talk about the overpass for
County Road 2. Cost estimate is $17 million. He would like a letter from the township
requesting our priority intersections in case additional money is
available. Supervisor Kacures made a motion for Clerk Spence to write a
letter to Terry Humbert and copy our local elected officials recommending
the intersections of County Road 4 and County Road 13 for improvements. His
motion was seconded by Supervisor Gondeck; motion passed. Supervisor
Gondeck also reported on the Benton County Economic Development Board
meeting. The board believes that employment opportunities in the area are
Gondeck reported that he had a complaint from Becky Bogie on our building
inspector. He made positive comments about the work of the township’s Assessor.
Clerk Spence went
through the monthly correspondence with the board. It is on file at her office.
Gondeck requested permission to get driveway permit forms reprinted. Get cost by
next month. He also asked the Clerk to give him a report on the amount left
from the emergency management grant for emergency equipment. The board gave
permission for him to apply for a grant to install a Public Address system in
Ron Burski inquired
about the billing process for snow plowing. Clerk Spence advised him that the
billing schedule is in the contract.
by Supervisor Gondeck was made to adjourn the meeting at 9pm; seconded by
Supervisor Kacures and passed.
Respectfully submitted by Pat Spence