Minutes of Special Meeting of the Town Board
A special meeting of the
Watab Town Board was called to order at
by Chair Craig Gondeck. Present were Supervisors Craig Gondeck, Lloyd Erdmann
and Brad McIntosh, Clerk Pat Spence and Treasurer Eileen Saldana. The meeting
began with the Pledge of Allegiance. Bob Erickson was present to discuss road
specifications. Resolution 2006 – 3 was previously approved except the document
needed the drawing specifications from Bob.
The board recommended a change on page 8, #7 for all roads to “meet 9 ton design…” and a change for #6 to “all cul de sacs shall have a 100-foot diameter paved service.” An addition will also be made to require a tarp over dumpsters to prevent construction refuse from blowing around; the contractor will be responsible if garbage flies around.
Bob will continue to review the policies and make further recommendations.
Lloyd Erdmann moved to close the special meeting at ; the motion was seconded by Brad McIntosh; and the meeting was adjourned.
Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Town Board
The regular monthly meeting of the Watab Town Board was called to order at by Chair Craig Gondeck. Other board members present were Treasurer Eileen Saldana, Clerk Pat Spence and Supervisors Lloyd Erdmann and Brad McIntosh. Members of the audience present were: Ed Kacures, Karri Thorsten, Rosie Johnson, Rod Bunting, Delroy Rothstein, Jeff Hanson, Mr. and Mrs. George Mastey, Ron Hommerding, Mr. and Mrs. Brian Erdmann, and two other individuals whose handwriting on the sign-in sheet was non-intelligible. The Chair invited everyone to join in the Pledge of Allegiance and then noted that the Lake Andrew Developer Agreement would be deleted from the agenda because of a family emergency for the developer.
A motion was made by Supervisor Erdmann and seconded by Supervisor McIntosh to approve minutes of both July meetings. The motion was approved.
The Treasurer’s report was given by Eileen Saldana and approved on a motion by Supervisor Erdmann and second by Chair Gondeck.
The July bills were reviewed
and approved for payment with the adjustment for the Rice Fire Payment to a 3%
increase over last year’s contract cost rather than the 12% billed. The Clerk
is to send a letter with the payment requesting a meeting with the Fire Board
and noting the violations of the contract with the City of
The board received five quotes for snow and ice control. Supervisor Erdmann was uncertain if he can vote on this and wants the township attorney’s opinion before doing so. Supervisor McIntosh said that he is in favor of accepting George Mastey’s quote, as he has been doing an excellent job for the township and his quote was very competitive. George stated he will pre-buy the salt/sand as requested by the town board. Supervisor Gondeck said that 3 quotes are very close, and he did not identify which quote he supported. He made a motion to table the contract approval until the August 15 meeting so that it can be determined if Supervisor Erdmann can vote on this contract. The quotes were summarized by Clerk Pat Spence both in verbal and written form and placed on file.
Because the town’s attorney and financial consultant were unable to be present for the meeting, the Clerk was asked to set a meeting with the attorney and Ehlers Financial Consultants. Construction quotes were given to the supervisors by Ron Hommerding. He had all the quotes summarized on a spread sheet. Total estimated cost for the new town hall is $340,801.00 or $105.64 per square foot. A $10,000 contingency fund is probably needed to cover unanticipated expenses. Asbestos abatement is budgeted at $5,000 but it will probably cost $2,000. Ron said the longer we wait to build the hall the more it will cost. There could be a 2 to 4% increase by next spring. There was a question about whether or not we have to pay sales tax on the materials. Permits are included in the estimate, we don’t need a storm water permit, but we do need insurance (cost $200). We should look at $370,000 as a total project cost to cover all contingencies. Craig moved that we delay construction until next March. The motion died for lack of a second. Supervisor McIntosh moved that the board try to get the project moving forward if financing can be put in place for this year’s construction; Supervisor Erdmann seconded the motion stating that the people elected the board to make decisions and that the overwhelming number of residents at the annual meeting wanted us to go forward. The cost is considerably less per square foot than projected at the annual meeting. The Clerk is to set a meeting of the board with Ehlers. Supervisors McIntosh and Erdmann voted in favor; Supervisor Gondeck voted against the motion, because he wanted to wait until spring. The motion passed.
Little Rock Lake Treatment agenda item was tabled for further information.
The Clerk presented the list of election judges recommended from the precinct caucuses. We are required to use judges from this list unless they are not available. Supervisor McIntosh moved to approve the election judges; Supervisor Gondeck seconded; and the motion passed. The Clerk will contact judges about required training.
A letter was received from MPCA stating that the town is in non-compliance on administration of storm water runoff for construction sites. Supervisor Gondeck made a motion that Supervisor McIntosh go to MPCA and clear up the storm water issue and approve reasonable expenses; Supervisor Erdmann seconded the motion and it passed.
The Monthly Fire Report included 3 medical calls and 1 presumed car fire by Rice Fire Department. The medical calls report that the department is sending 11 to 16 people. We need to know if this is how many people are reporting to the hall or reporting to the scene.
Supervisor Erdmann asked about the quote from Aztec for seal coating Sanbur Trail. Bob Erickson said the amount sounded correct at $22/square yard. He also stated that it is a reliable company. Supervisor Erdmann moved to approve the work; seconded by Supervisor Gondeck. Motion passed.
Supervisor Gondeck said he
has a quote for 1 ½ inch overlay of Riverview Loop. Supervisor Erdmann said
that it needs to be ground or the cracks will re-emerge. Supervisor McIntosh
said that he would like
Supervisor Erdmann asked if Bob would look at Riverview Loop to see if it is on center line. If it is within right of way, ask for quotes from Harddrives and Bauerly’s. Also, we need to ask our attorney for our rights on easements if the road is off 10 feet. The board decided we need to reclaim the material and get the blacktop even with the cement driveways. Bob recommends that he talk with the contractors about the way to do it.
Supervisor Gondeck has a request for pedestrian signs on town line road. Supervisor Erdmann will see if we can get used ones from Pirates Cove.
Rick Noble called Supervisor Gondeck about road issues. They have to fix the road before the moratorium on construction is lifted. They also have problems with their septic system that need to be fixed.
Lloyd asked for a written conflict of interest statement.
The meeting adjourned at .
Respectfully submitted by Pat Spence