Regular Meeting - October 9, 2012

Regular Meeting                          October 9, 2012     

Crow Wing Town Hall               6:00 p.m.

Board Members Present:  Chairman Mark Platta, Supervisors Greg Smith and Dave Schultz, Clerk Virginia Rogers and Treasurer Susan Goodew.

Mark called the meeting to order and the pledge to the flag was recited.

Gopher bounties were claimed by Ira Newman – 167 pair, Jake Dehne – 32 pair and Sarah Beierman – 10 pair.  

Jim and Karen Thelen were present to request a second entry permit for their property on Home Place Drive.  After reviewing the plans, Mark made a motion to approve the second entrance. The motion was seconded by Greg and passed unanimously.

Rob Anthony was present to discuss the land use violation on his property.  The fence has been removed except for the posts, which will need to come down.  The trees have been planted, but it appears that many of them are in the process of dying and will need to be replaced. Junk salvage requirements as found in the land use ordinance were reviewed. Rob was asked about his fluids records and other practices. He was asked to begin keeping records in accordance with the ordinance requirements.  A 30 day deadline to meet item 49.7 regarding maps and plans was set. Rob was also asked to go through the requirements one by one and decide if these are items that he will be able to complete by a given deadline, for instance the end of next summer. He will discuss the situation with his father and make a decision on whether or not to continue the business.

Martin Copa was present to discuss the outside storage violation on his property. He asked why other parties have not had to clean up. It was explained that it is a complaint driven process and that only violations for which a complaint has been received are pursued. The Town Board does not go looking for violations. Martin stated that he will be taking photos and submitting complaints so that others have to clean up their properties as well.  He stated that he is cleaning up his yard and would be interested in putting up a fence. He will contact Justin for more information. Martin asked if the board is afraid that someone will shoot us over all of this and added that, had it been ten years ago, he would have done it himself. Mark stated that we are just following the ordinance, which we are required to enforce.

Jerry Callahan was present to question why some of his parcels are no longer zoned Commercial 2 when he believed that they were rezoned to that classification many years ago. He was unable to locate the paperwork from the rezoning and the township received no record of it from the county upon assuming planning and zoning administration duties.  It was recommended that he visit the County Land Services Office to ask for records from when the county made a decision on the rezoning.

Marv Begin was present to share some thoughts.  Monty Jensen was also present and addressed the board and audience. Both are running as write-in candidates for County Commissioner this year. Monty also asked about installing a “children at play sign” on 70th Ave near the day care center. It was explained that the county has discontinued use of these advisory signs based on studies that indicate that they are not effective.  The township has followed this practice as well. Dave stated that the speed limit there is 35 mph and is posted as such. He also added that vehicles travelling at higher speeds can be reported and will be ticketed if caught.

Jake Dehne asked if it would be possible to install a light at the intersection of 70th Ave and Business 371. Greg will contact Crow Wing Power to check on prices.

Susie gave the treasurer’s report and claims were approved and paid.

Dave gave the road report.  He has measured two roads for the road inventory and will submit that to the county.

The minutes of the September 11th Regular Meeting were reviewed. Dave made a motion to accept the minutes as written. The motion was seconded by Mark and passed unanimously.

 Correspondence was reviewed and the meeting adjourned by general consent at 9:00 p.m.