The regular monthly meeting
of Watab Town Board was called to order at
on Tuesday, December 6, 2005 by Chair Lloyd Erdmann. The entire board was present. Following the
Pledge to the Flag, the minutes of the November 1st meeting were
approved on motion by Craig Gondeck and second by Brad McIntosh. The Treasurer
reported a $459,968.80 cash balance. Craig moved, and Brad seconded approval.
Additions to the Agenda:
Lloyd Erdmann stated that the Benton County Planning Commission is considering
the plat for LakeAndrew on their agenda this evening and he would like it moved ahead on this
agenda, so that a call stating the board position can be telephoned to the
planning commission. The Clerk asked that Marty Reker be added under Citizen
Issues. The amended agenda was approved on motion by Craig, second by Brad and passed.
Bills were presented for
authorization of payment. Craig moved, Brad seconded
approval to pay the bills and to authorize the treasurer to withdraw the
necessary funds for their payment. Motion passed.
Lloyd reported that the Lake
Andrew Plat is being considered tonight by the county planning commission. The
owner did some land swapping with an adjoining land owner to accommodate a new
sewer system. He has been told that the roads within the plat are not changed.
It is going back to the Planning Commission as a new preliminary plat at the
same time that the town board is meeting tonight. Craig asked permission from
the board to sit down with other urban townships about their road policies and
he will contact Minnesota Association of Townships for sample road policies.
The board will meet at
on December 13th at Rumors to begin work on a town road policy.
Lloyd wants to go on record that we still have a problem with Fifth Avenue
servicing the development; Chelle Benson of the Dept. of Development says that
there are no changes in the road, but the board would like to see the new plat.
Brad moved that we call the county and say that as long as there have been no
road changes within the original plat as reviewed by the town board, the board has
no objections. We still have not had a response to our August letter asking the
county for financial assistance to upgrade Fifth Avenue as a result of their approval of this development (which
was not approved by the Benton County Planning Commission.) Brad would like the letter faxed to all the county planning commission members and
commissioners. Craig seconded the motion. Lloyd suggested an amendment asking
why the planning commission and commissioners were not aware of this letter.
Marty Reker brought a new concept
plan with 18 lots proposed for the former Plaziak farm.He wants to drill 18 wells on the property.
The homes will have to be spaced further apart if there is no central fire
protection (hydrants). The board recommended that Marty talk with the Sauk
Rapids Fire Marshall for further clarification. He is also planning a central
sewer with a large drain field.The
board wants an alley for emergency purposes. Brad said he has a huge issue with
traffic increase that will result from this development.He suggests that we get a current traffic
count on that road. Marty will come back to the board with revisions after he
talks with the Sauk Rapids Fire Dept., and he will address the Lakewood Shores
Rd. traffic issue. He will need a public hearing.Lloyd moved that the board give Brad
permission to meet with Marty and come back to a future meeting with revisions;
the motion was seconded by Craig. Motion passed. Craig offered to meet with the
Sauk Rapids Fire people on a dry hydrant system and the setbacks.
Speed limits on Plaziak Road extension: Craig met with Gerry Hovde, Benton County Engineering Dept. He set the
speed limit at 30mph because of all the curves on the road; Craig met with
Ray Thompson to give him the reasons for the speed limit and he is
Web-site results are positive. Craig shared the
number of “hits” and Pat reported positive comments from some on the
Certification of town road mileage to county is not
yet resolved; all the supervisors will see that this is complete within a
Rice Fire Board meeting report: Craig and Brad
attended this meeting. They requested information from the previous
meeting, but the minutes of the last meeting are lost. Scott Hamak, our township attorney, is going to talk to
Rice’s attorney. Craig informed the board that Rice is going to ask for
$2,100 for the pump test—they forgot to put it in the budget this year—
will also be asking for an hourly increase in pay. They project a $10,000
increase in personnel as well as other large increases. Lloyd moved that our
attorney review our fire contract to see if there are any options for us and to
request an audit of the Fire Department accounts; motion was seconded by Craig
with a request of Pat to draft a letter ; the motion passed
hall furnace: Dave Heinen and Don Zieglmeier suggest
using the northwest corner of the hall for a furnace room; cost would be
$2,500 to $3,000; Craig moved to have it done by Don & Dave at a maximum
cost of $3,000. Brad asked about air conditioner possibility and seconded
the motion; motion passed. Don Zieglmeier will donate a coil for future
January 3rd to the 17th is
the filing period for the town clerk’s and supervisor’s position. Pat Spence and Lloyd
Erdmann’s terms will be up for election at the March 14th annual
Fire Report: Rice provided an address for a car
rollover on Hwy 10. The clerk will send the party a bill.
Correspondence: the clerk reported on inaccurate
tax settlement paperwork from the county and the request for the final
levy certification. The clerk believes that the amounts for the revenue
and road and bridge funds are interchanged on the settlement report from
Lloyd Hammerel asked if the town hall task force
should continue with their work. The answer from the board was
Lloyd moved that the board offer a stipend to the
town hall task force at $10/meeting/person and get the issue resolved; motion
was seconded by Craig, and passed. The task force will report at the
Craig: SuckerCreekBridge is done. Our cost will be $1400.00; insurance
will cover the rest. We have $1,400.00 of improvements to the bridge,
which is the reason for our cost.
A motion by Brad and second by Craig was
offered to have the clerk and treasurer transfer funds back to appropriate
accounts before year end. Motion passed.
SCORE grant complete; our share of the cost will
be $500. Lloyd moved, Brad seconded to have us and LangolaTownship apply for our own SCORE grant. Motion passed
Craig reported that a letter of agreement has
been executed with Lee Hanson for costs associated with extending Fifth Avenue onto his property.
Zieglmeier asked the clerk to provide him the address for the town hall. Brad
moved to give Don $1,500 to purchase the materials for the furnace installation,
seconded by Lloyd, and motion passed with Craig opposed because he did not want
Kacures asked about the Benton County Comp Plan meetings. Craig said that he
participated and gave the results of our survey. It does not appear that the
county officials listened to our input. Others in the audience expressed their
disappointment with the process. The feeling was that our input was not valued
or used in the decision making process. Our township has many unique
circumstances that need to be addressed in the comp plan.