The Watab Town Board held
its monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at the WatabTown Hall. Board members present were Chair Lloyd Erdmann,
Supervisors Craig Gondeck & Brad McIntosh, Treasurer Eileen Saldana and
Clerk Pat Spence. The Chair called the meeting to order at
Two corrections were made to
the October meeting minutes. There should be a clarification that the maximum
the county will pay for the Fall Cleanup Day is 75% of the total SCORE grant;
grant total is $8,500. Also, Joan Spiczka’s name was misspelled. Motion was
made by Craig and second by Brad to approve the minutes with the above-noted
corrections. Motion passed. The Treasurer reported a balance of $374,819,19. A
motion was made by Craig and seconded by Brad to approve the Treasurer’s
Report. Motion passed.
The Clerk asked that a
request for wall maps of WatabTownship from Lommels be added to the agenda. Craig moved,
Brad seconded approval of the agenda with that addition. Motion passed.
Bills were presented for
approval. Motion was made by Brad and seconded by Craig to approve payment of
the bills and to authorize the treasurer to withdraw the necessary funds from
the appropriate accounts. Motion passed.
Citizen Issues included:
Darrell Theisen—spoke on behalf of his son who was
traveling. He owns 5.6 acres which he wants to subdivide into two parts.
Lloyd is concerned about the future frontage road for Highway 10 and does
not want taxpayers to have liability for moving a home in the future. The
board spent time looking at Highway 10 frontage road projected plans.They asked Mr. Theisen to keep a 66-foot
setback from his easterly property line.Any building site would be 66 feet or more west of the east
property line. Brad moved that we recommend approval by the county of the
subdivision if a 66-foot setback from the property line is maintained.
Brad asked that Darrell come back to the board after he meets with the
county.Craig seconded the motion.
Concept plan for Reker development:Mr. Marty Reker stated that he is open
to ideas of the town board. He is purchasing the former DaroldPark land so that his property will total 28 acres. (This included the
former Plaziak Farm). He plans to have a trail system through the
development, and with the incorporation of DaroldPark, he would add more open space. He is considering a planned unit
development with approximately 28 homes. Brad asked him about traffic flow
and stacking of cars inside the development to decrease the impact on Lakewood Shore Rd between the development’s exit and the railroad
crossing on Lakewood
Shore Rd. The board recommended changing the road design and informed Marty
that there are some gravesites on the property. Craig advised Marty that he
will need to enter a developer’s agreement, and Marty agreed. An audience
member cited concern about potable water. Marty answered that he is
thinking of having a central water and sewer system.Craig expressed concern about increased
traffic. Marty said they want to do the development right. What he has
brought to this meeting is only a conceptual plan. He estimates the homes
would be ramblers of less than 4,000 square feet and valued at one-half
million dollars. The board thanked Marty Reker for bringing his plans at
an early stage. They again recommended that the road should be as far back
from the railroad tracks as possible. There cannot be individual driveways
onto the main road. Marty asked how the board feels about entrance
monuments. The board said the township accepts them but they highly
recommend curb and gutter.
Ray Thompson asked about how the speed limits
were established for the signs on the Plaziak Road extension. They were placed by BentonCounty. Ed Kacures asked if the township officially accepted the road. The
supervisors answered, “Yes.” Craig will call Benton County Engineering
Donna Rothstein from 5th Ave NE. informed the board that there are changes
being made to the Lake Andrew Development. Scott Jarnot is now redesigning
his sewage treatment. It will be an underground drainage system with a very
large mound system. He will need an additional 11 acres which will require
an EAW. Residents are talking to Amy Quinn at MPCA.Donna said that they do not want the
view of the mound system from their home’s window. She encouraged everyone
to attend the Planning and zoning meeting where this development will be
Dirk Holler returned to ask what the board could
recommend about his problem with a neighbor. Pat said that DNR trespassing
sign regulations will not apply to this situation. Brad McIntosh said that
in accordance with
561.02, he feels that it would be wise for Dirk to contact the Benton County Sheriff.
Brad provided the statute to Dirk.
Joan Spiczka was present to discuss the creation
of our Watab website. Craig moved that we hire Joan to do monthly updates
at a fee of $25.00 per month. He also asked that we draft a press release
about the new website. Lloyd will contact Benton News, Pat the Sauk Rapids Herald and Morrison
County Record, and Craig the St. Cloud Times.Brad seconded the motion and it passed.
Joan was thanked for her excellent and timely work in getting the website
established. It is www.watabtownship.com.
Eileen will obtain a credit card with a $500 limit to be used in setting
up our own account with homestead.com rather than having it through Joan.
Cleanup Day Report by Craig: 116 people come
through. There were many positive comments and people hope it continues. We
need to look at the numbers and see if Watab should do it on our own. The
board commended Craig and his daughter for their work.
911 signs:Craig completed what will be done this year. There are many discrepancies
between what the homeowner said their address is and what the county says
it is. Lloyd Hammerel asked if the signs are mandatory. Yes!
Cooperative purchasing: The clerk gave an update
and will monitor this on-line.
Road mowing: George feels that some of the weeds
should be cut before snowfall. The board decided not to authorize more for
CountyComprehensive Plan Meeting: Several in the audience attended
the meeting. Don Zieglmeier said that he is really impressed with the town
board for the way they seek input from the people. He said it is supposed
to be a participation process with the county and it isn’t. He feels that
the county does their own thing; everyone has the right to be heard and
ideas adopted; and their employees don’t listen to the people. Others in
the audience agreed with him.
SuckerCreekBridge: H & R Construction will fix the bridge. There
will be metal guard rails on each side.Insurance coverage will be $2,800. Bridge rails will be upgraded so
the cost will be somewhat higher.
Certification of town road mileage: the
supervisors have looked it over and believe it is complete. Craig moved to
have document signed after Lloyd checks the total as compared to last year’s
total. Lloyd will do so and personally take it to Foley.
New Business included:
Correspondence:Craig will ask John Wojtanowicz for a letter verifying his
understanding on the driveway issue to protect the township in the future.
Fire Board meeting next Tuesday. Craig moved
that for every fire call that we could have billed back, we deduct $500
from our contract payment to Rice. Pat will go through the paperwork from the
Rice Fire Department for the past year, decide what could have been billed
back, and then deduct $500 for each of those calls from our last ½ of year
payment.Lloyd seconded it. Motion
passed. Craig will talk with the Mayor again and the Clerk should write a
letter for him to present.
Wall map of WatabTownship—available from Mustang Map Company in Sauk
Rapids at 202-9607. Pat will inform the Lommel’s.
Craig asked about George Mastey’s insurance
coverage. Pat gave him a copy; she will need it for the files. Craig will
check with our attorney to determine if the township has liability for
salt storage at Mastey’s.
Craig reported that there is an animal rescue
take cats; this information should be added to the website.
New furnace for town hall: The board decided to
purchase a new furnace and delegated the project to Don Zieglmeier.
Craig received correspondence on preliminary
planning for Bend in the RiverPark. He is very upset with the direction the task force is going and
the amount of money planned for it. He added that many of the people
making the decisions don’t live in WatabTownship.
Brad moved adjournment of
the meeting. The motion was seconded by Craig and passed. The meeting adjourned