12 Feb

February 12, 2008
Township Board Meeting

Supervisors Present: Mark Freeman, Scott Mead

Supervisor Unexcused: Rick Fry

Others: Keith Stoneburner, Treasurer; Marialice Arndt, Town Clerk

Approximately 8 residents

The meeting was called to order at 7:35 PM by Chairman Freeman.

Regular Business

The January board minutes were read and with correction of “treasurer report was available for review”, was approved by Supervisors Freeman & Mead. All ayes, motion carried.

Treasurer Report

The January treasurer report was available for review. Treasurer Stoneburner presented financial overview for 2008. He also presented graphs of budgeting expenses from the recent past years.

Old Business

Comp Plan

Arndt reported that the cost of securing list of all township residents from the county would be approximately $80.00. Such a list would be necessary if a survey was developed and mailed. Mead suggests that a volunteer committee be organized at the March Annual Meeting to work on the comprehensive plan. Freeman expressed that the process and final result would probably not have much value or “teeth”. Residents expressed that it would be a community builder giving residents a voice in how our community grows.

East Shore Road and Pinewood Road Property

A registered letter was mailed to the one resident who has not responded to the proposal of Pequaywan Township purchasing property for resale to involved property owners. The resident responded as not being interested. Residents suggested that township pay for land and let the involved group finish the process of variances etc. Board advises that their legal advise the last time this process was done was that the township needed to have all the variances etc in place before selling to individual land owners. Freeman suggested that perhaps after Pequaywan purchased the land that a interest charge would be accessed on amount of purchased price to said property owners until the lengthy process was complete. That way the rest of Pequaywan residents would not have any impact of the process (loss of interest on money paid out). Residents will continue researching process procedure and report back in March.

Security Gate on County Property

A citizen commented on a security gate that appears to be on County property at the January meeting. Freeman advises that when he contacted the Land Department he was advised that the gate was on residents property but that it appears that the gate blocks access to the county gravel pit at that property site. If we wish to continue inquiry we are to call back in the spring for them to continue evaluation.

New Business

County Association and Minnesota Association of Township dues for July 1, 2007 through June 20, 2008 are due in the amount of $392.80 ($99.00 for County and $292.80 for MAT)

Invoice for Snow Plowing done by county from January – June 2008 is due in the amount of $731.50. Notice received that increase for snow plowing beginning November 1, 2008 will be $700.00 per mile.

St Louis County Crushing, Crack Sealing, and Striping Program 2007

West Branch Road was stripped in 2007 and a refund check of excess funds of $761.11 has been received.

Received notification that ownership of the AutoMARK has been transferred to the township. We were advised to recharge batteries in AutoMARK every 6 months to prolong life of the batteries. Recharge could take 2-3 hours.

Meeting Dates

March Monthly Meeting March 11, 2008 after local elections and Annual Meeting.

∙ Freeman moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:45 PM. Seconded, motion carried.

Local Elections March 11, 2008 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM PVFD

Annual Meeting to be March 11, 2008 approximately 8:30 PM after election results tabulated.

Prepared by Marialice Arndt