Regular Meeting - November 12, 2013

Regular Meeting                            November 12, 2013      

Crow Wing Town Hall          6:00 p.m.


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


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


John Jansen has presented 71 pair of gopher feet for bounty.


Molly Jordan was present to discuss the property line between her property and township property. It appears by the boundaries shown online that approximately 3 feet of the basketball court in the park may  extend onto their property. The survey of the township property was reviewed and discussion followed. The board will look into this and speak with the surveyor, the county and planning and zoning to figure out what the township’s options are. Molly suggested that the township buy the entire property. Dave will look at the building to make sure that it would be practical for township use.


The planning commission held a public hearing regarding the Schommer rezoning and recommended approving the rezoning from Agricultural to Rural Residential. Discussion followed including the fact that the planned plat is have lots that are generally 5 acres in size, although one or two will be slightly less than that.  It was determined that a decision will be tabled until the next meeting while we find out if the rezoning could be to a five acre minimum instead of 2.5 with a variance for the lots below that size.


Rob Anthony was present to discuss the cleanup on the Anthony property. Greg had contacted him to see if he was ready for an inspection and he had indicated that he was not and that there was no written agreement with a contractor. Rob stated that he has moved a couple of cars and is working on getting parts and things out of the buses. Discussion followed. Reed’s would like things to be clarified as far as how the cleanup will progress and how he will be paid. Greg stated that the agreement was to have been ready for this meeting. Rob indicated that he didn’t understand what he was supposed to do. Rob asked for more time and said he would call Reed immediately after leaving the meeting, if the board agreed to give him more time. Greg stated that this has gone on too long already and nothing seems to be getting done. Dave suggested making a final decision on sending this through the courts at the next meeting, which is November 26th. Greg suggested sending a letter to Rob clarifying exactly what needs to be done by the 26th. It would include having a written agreement between Rob’s parents and a licensed contractor, which includes a start date (no later than December 15th) and estimated completion date (within six months) for everything including the mobile homes. The contract should also indicate how much will be completed each month.  Two weeks prior to the start of the cleanup a representative of the town board will meet for an inspection. The contractor should be present as well so that he is informed about which items must be removed and which ones can stay. If these deadlines do not work for the contractor the town board should be informed of this. Rob will be sent a couple of additional copies of the letter – one for his parents and one for the contractor that they choose to work with. Dave made a motion that if this agreement is not received by November 26th that no more extensions will be given and the matter will be pursued in court. The motion was seconded by Mark and passed unanimously.

The Wakefield cleanup was next on the agenda. Joe Nelson was present and indicated that he has continued to clean up the property. Dave had visited the property and suggested that another inspection be made after the two burn piles have been eliminated.


Greg made a motion to adopt Resolution 2013-03, attached to these minutes, regarding the acceptance of Libby Lane as a town road. The motion was seconded by Dave. Discussion followed concerning the fact that the crack filling has not been completed yet, but the $450 paid by the developer should cover the cost and will be considered adequate. The motion passed by unanimous vote.  


Jerry Eischens was present to discuss the water problems at Crow Wing Estates. It doesn’t appear that Region Five will be able to help with the situation. He asked if there is anything that the township can do. We will look into the details of a subordinate service district.


Susie gave the treasurer’s report. Claims were reviewed and paid.


Dave gave the road report. There are trees that have been planted in the right of way of Craig Road. A letter will be sent to Pete DeChaine, assuming they are his, letting him know that if they remain there, they will be cut off by the mower next summer. Big Wood had put in a driveway onto their new parcel and no entry permit was obtained. A letter will be sent letting them know that they need to get one. He also share information from the meeting between the townships and county highway department.


Mark made a motion to approve the minutes as written. The motion was seconded by Dave and passed unanimously.


The meeting adjourned by general consent at 9:30 p.m.


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