Minutes of September 6, 2005 Watab Town Board Meeting
The regular monthly meeting
was called to order on Tuesday,
September 6, 2005 at 7pm by Vice-Chair Brad
McIntosh. Board members present were Supervisor Craig Gondeck, Supervisor Brad
McIntosh, Treasurer Eileen Saldana, and Clerk Pat Spence. Following the Pledge
to the Flag, Craig moved to approve the minutes of both August meetings; motion
was seconded by Brad and passed. The Treasurer’s Report was given by Eileen:
$538,302.04 is the fund balance. Craig moved approval of the Treasurer’s
Report; Brad seconded the motion and it passed.
Craig asked to have the
moratorium on new plats deleted from the agenda and requested that comments
from Commissioner Lieser be added. Don Zieglmeier asked to have curly leaf pond
weed added to Citizen Issues. Craig moved approval of changes to agenda; Brad
seconded and motion passed.
Bills were presented for
approval. Craig moved authorization of all bills as presented; Brad seconded
the motion and it passed.
Citizen Issues included the
- Don Zieglmeier asked for support
for a variance for his new twin home setback on Burton Place. Setback from front is 32’10”. (Supervisor Erdmann arrived at 7:20pm.) No
rezoning is asked. It is classed as a single family dwelling because it
will be owner occupied and because it is zoned R-1. Lloyd moved that the
town board give its blessing as long as it meets Benton County Zoning;
second by Craig. Motion passed.
- Wilson Outlot A: Bill
& Roxanne Wilson asked for preliminary plat approval for the Outlot
with no road extension. Bill has worked with Chelle Benson to make sure
that everything is legal. Turnaround is on the Wilson’s
property. The lot abuts a public road which would not be extended. Brad
moved approval; second was by Craig; the motion passed and the plat was
signed. They intend to sell the plat to Marty Reker.
- Don Zieglmeier reported on
curly leaf pond weed and provided a year-end report of the Lake Association. 179 permits were issued; 44 for second treatment; 38.33 acres
were treated. $6,000+ left in the account which will be used for lake
assessment. 1.5% of lake was done; results were phenomenal. There is now
some good vegetation in the lake. Township Annual meeting will have a
report on the agenda. He recommends people on river begin treating because
the weed is a big problem between the islands. $13,000 spent on cleanup
this year; next year $20-25,000 is planned. Grants from St. Regis, power
companies, and IF have been requested.
- The Clerk gave a preliminary
report on the township survey. At this time only 10% of the surveys have
- Town hall task force does
not know how to proceed. The Clerk gave an update on new requirements from
the federal and state government for voting equipment. Ed Kacures feels
that the committee should keep going and give a report at the next annual
meeting. Lloyd moved that Watab Township ask the task force to continue
their work and present a plan at the annual meeting; seconded by Craig;
- Power costs associated
with Plaziak Road extension: Craig met with John Wojtanowicz and
John said he’ll contribute $2,000 if the township replaces the two
driveways for his irrigation equipment. Lloyd thought that it would take
about 10 loads of dirt and some gravel to do this. The driveways would be
temporary - one on the north end and one near the pump. Cost for the
driveways would be $800. Craig moved to accept John’s offer; Ron
Hommerding suggested talking to Bob Erickson about going back to the engineer
(SHE) for covering the driveway costs. The motion was seconded by Lloyd;
- Website opportunity: table
until next meeting; Kaye Bechtold asked about the City of Rice
site; Clerk was asked to bring costs to the next meeting; Kaye will clean up
the Rice site and put something on there about it not being updated and
that another one is under consideration.
- 911 sign update is going
well; Northern Signs will complete the signs this week. Craig proposed to
Chelle Benson at Benton Co. that Watab Township put up the signs and bill the county. The STS
crew is doing it in Mille Lacs County. Craig asked permission to enter into
negotiations with the county and install the signs. Lloyd moved that Craig
negotiate and all board members would be available to install signs. Brad
seconded. Motion passed.
- Rice Fire Department
Reporting: Craig went to City Council meeting in Rice. Rice ordered the
Fire Chief to give the township the necessary report. Pat was asked to send
a letter to the Mayor and ask for this. She will work with Craig.
- Abandoned cars on Norway Pine Road: Craig took care of this.
New Business included:
- Policy on use of town hall
tables and chairs: Brad moved that we not loan out chairs/tables;
seconded by Craig; passed.
- Concern was raised about
not having a levy for two years for the revenue fund. Pat is to
investigate if we could possibly have a special meeting and if there are
any extensions to the September 15 deadline.
Supervisor Issues included:
Craig & Lee Hanson talked
about town road through the Nature Conservancy. Lloyd wants to go on record
that we state we believe it is a township road right-of-way (66 feet). The 1930
plat book shows the road going through there. The road name was 5th Avenue. We’ll put up minimum maintenance signs at each end. Lloyd asked Craig
to go to Historical Society to look through minutes. Lee Hanson suggested that
we look at old plat books.
said that he will cooperate however the township wants to get this done. He
volunteered his attorney’s time. Lee will draft letters from the township to
the property owners.
Brad: people by Pikus’ say there
is a cartway and he is following up on it.
Craig: We don’t have to require a
bond on Pirates Cove. Chelle Benson at Benton County is holding up the project because the developer is
changing elements of the project. Brad asked Lee about capacity for water and
sewer in his system. Lee is willing to revisit having a sewer/water district.
He stated that his system has huge water capacity.
Craig reminded everyone that Watab
Cleanup Day is scheduled for October 8th at Rockwood Estates and Bend in the River Park
planning is in process.
County Commissioner Dan
Township Resolution 2005-4 was
not approved by the County Board. The resolution asks that a plat not be proposed
until the rezoning is done. Duane Popp said that he strongly believes in this
because he thinks the public doesn’t spend enough time on the rezoning but more
on the specific plat that is being proposed. On the Jarnot property, there has never
been any testimony on rezoning. Lee Hanson said that he went to a PUD so there
is absolute control about what goes into the development. That is what he
recommends. His rezoning came in with the final plat.
Moratorium: the county didn’t
take any action on it today; county attorney said they have to have a good
reason for a township to be set aside from what is established for others.
Dan will send written
confirmation of these actions.
He added that the tax rate will
go down; values are going up; per capita spending will be less; and the mill
rate will be lower but taxes higher.
other business, Ron Hommerding said that the county is issuing a land use
permit but not looking at the lot to make sure that the building fits the
property. He feels we should get the county out of this and have our building
official see if it meets the zoning. Things are falling through the cracks. Lloyd
asked that we table this. Lloyd moved adjournment; seconded by Craig; and the meeting
adjourned at 9:40 p.m.
by Pat Spence, Clerk