Meeting – August 11, 2015; 6:00pm Crow
Wing Town Hall
Members Present: Chairman Greg Smith,
Supervisors Mark Platta & Dave Schultz, Clerk Susan Amick, Treasurer Susan
the meeting to order at 6:00pm and the pledge to the flag was recited.
called Greg Smith today to share that the well project at Crow Wing Estates is
in and they are proceeding with the hook-up.
The township will continue to work with MnDot on the land conveyance part
of the project. Jerry Eischens was
present to share that he requires a permit to continue with the well work,
which should not be an issue. The town
board requested that the well drilling bore under the nearby township road and
if that will not work Mr. Eischens should report back to road supervisor Dave
Schultz to discuss an alternate plan.
raised the issue of Leslie Juaire’s property violation and the messy condition
of her property. The board discussed
specifics to be sent in a letter to the owners giving them 60 days to clean up
the property or the members of the planning commission and town board will
perform an inspection with a cost of $900 that will be billed and assessed to
gave a report on the inspection at Big Woods Timber property on Greenwood
Street & presented a letter from Mr. LePage to give to the board that
states ideas of what he would like to do regarding his conditional use permit
violation. Brad suggested that the
holding pond be cleaned and additional trees of substantial size be planted in
particular areas for screening. Mr. Dave
LePage had planted some small saplings previously for this purpose which were
deemed unacceptable. Regarding his 2nd
newer property, he plans to have the yard cleaned up and plant wild flowers on
made a motion to send a letter to Big Woods Timber property owner Mr. Dave
LePage regarding the work that need to be done with the holding pond and tree
screening on his Greenwood Street location.
Greg seconded the motion, motion passed.
Discussion was had by the board regarding specifics of the letter that
included trees needing to be at least 5 ft tall, their placement, as well as the
need to thoroughly clean the debris from the holding pond.
Bengston’s driveway culvert project was discussed, he is still in the process
of repositioning it. Another culvert on
a different property also has some placement issues. The owner will be contacted
and asked to fix
the situation. Greg Smith will contact
both property owners.
gave a review of the planning commission meeting on Aug. 10, 2015. He shared
the situation regarding the
property at 10109 Heron St. owned by Jamie Markuson that has received numerous
calls from nearby residents. Mr.
Markuson is currently living in a camper with his family without a septic
system or well. Mr. Markuson was
informed he needs to bring a site plan & a septic design plan to planning
administrator Justin Burslie as his next step before bringing a “tiny home”
onto the property. (Complete details can
be found in the 8/10/15 planning and zoning meeting minutes.) In the meantime
Mr. Markuson will continue to
camp on the property until October.
that Joshua Neelan is currently in the process of cleaning up his property to
end his violation status and that permits were given as needed for him to get
his new home on the property. The
planning commission will re-inspect the property September 14th,
then again in October if needed. If the
property is not cleaned up as the board requires by that date, legal
representation will be brought in and Mr. Neelan will be prosecuted by the
township with all costs being assessed to him.
(Complete details can be found in the 8/10/15 planning and zoning
Jensen’s property has been cleaned up.
Greg made a motion to end the monthly $10 violation fees because her
violation has been resolved. Dave
seconded the motion. Motion passed.
gave the treasurers report. Claims were
approved by the supervisors and paid. It
was noted by Susan Kern that Waste Management (our recycling dumpster company)
has raised their charges an additional $20 to empty the dumpsters.
shared that the recycling dumpsters have been overfull several times this
summer so that on recycling weekends workers have had to put drop off in the
shed until the dumpsters are emptied.
The board will continue to watch the situation through the winter to determine
if another dumpster should be added in the spring.
that the road project is underway. Linda
& Jerry Schuety were present and had questions on the process &
timelines occurring with the road repair project and how it is progressing in
There is a
culvert on Gorron Road that is rising up and causing a big bump in the
road. Dave will try to patch it and put
up 2 bump signs on the road. There is
also a culvert issue on Weatherbee Road.
Dave will look into having it fixed.
Dave gave an
overview of the cost to have Braun do testing on all the roads that are being
redone if the board decides to pursue it.
Cost was approximately $7,000 for 2 tests on each of the 3 roads. Dave
will inquire further to find out if he
can just take his own samples to submit to them for testing to save expenses of
having someone travel here to do it, and will work on getting the cost
down. The board will also do 3 tests
instead of 6 (1 per road).
Machinery got back to Dave about the ditch mower not working properly with a
cutter bar issue on this model that does not conform well to mowing our steeper
ditches. They will take the recently
purchased mower back and refund our money, and offered to sell us a new mower
at the state contract price. Mark made a
motion to trade in the recently purchased Frontier mower for a refund and
exchange for a John Deer mower costing $2,500 more. Greg seconded the motion. Motion passed.
Mark made a
motion to accept the minutes as written.
Dave seconded it. Motion passed.
adjourned at 9:00pm.