Crow Wing Township Planning Commission Meeting
September 9, 2019 6:00 PM
Commission Members Present: Brad Arnold (Chair), Dan Lee, Linda Schuety, Paul Stephany, Justin Burslie (Planning &
Zoning Administrator), Doug Kern (Township Supervisor) and Duane Ruona (Township clerk).
Brad called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM and the pledge to the flag was recited.
There were no public hearings.
Additions or deletions to agenda. Under Old Business, Brad added Copa, Neelan, Dillon & Ruckdaschel violations to
Open forum - nothing.
Doug made a motion to accept the minutes of the August 12, 2019 meeting as written. Seconded by Linda. Motion passed.
Under New Business, Justin and Jake Huebsch from Sourcewell presented their Comprehensive Plan Update Proposal for the
township. A community video from the City of Jenkins showing residents, business owners, the mayor and others was shown to
the Planning Commission. Something similar could be included in the proposal. They provided examples of comprehensive plans
from the cities of Staples, Crosslake, Fifty Lakes and Nisswa that Sourcewell has updated recently. Sourcewell staff would
review the current plan, conduct a community survey, facilitate and conduct at least one public meeting, meet with township
staff, and come up with a comprehensive plan that the town board would approve.
Dan asked if we should wait until after the 2020 census to get the most current information in the updated plan. Jake
said it could be two years before the new data is available and the plan could be amended at that time to include the information.
An internet survey could be done, but there are areas in the township without internet access and a number of residents don't
have computers. Another newsletter or mailing could be sent out to all residents to make them aware of the project.
Brad stated that the land use map in the current plan is outdated and we need to get residents involved in the process,
especially for any development along the TH 371 corridor. Crow Wing County has changed public lands uses in the township
and that needs to be updated also. Brad suggested that town road information be included in the updated plan.
The proposed timeline is approximately 6 to 12 months to complete the process with a cost of $50 per hour up to a maximum
of $6,000. This would qualify for the Sourcewell Small Project Partnership which would reimburse the costs to the township
by up to a maximum of $2,500.
Doug made a motion to recommend that the town board approve the Proposal to Perform Comprehensive Plan Update Services
from Sourcewell dated September 4, 2019. Paul seconded, motion passed.
The Chad Jillson property cleanup was discussed. County Attorney Don Ryan was to talk to the probation office about a
timeline on the cleanup of the property. There has been no communication from the county on the progress of the cleanup.
Steve Engholm has continued working on cleaning up his property. Wade Tomberlin has not responded to messages left by Brad
about the items that have been requested from him concerning the property cleanup. The clerk was instructed to send a letter
to Mr. Tomberlin informing him that Doug Kern and Paul Stephany will conduct an onsite inspection at 5:00 PM on Monday, October14,
The Copa, Neelan, Dillon/Ruckdaschel violations that the town board has on their meeting agenda was discussed. There
have been no improvements at any properties recently.
Justin said there have been four new permits issued since the last meeting. Replace one accessory structure with another
and construct a dwelling addition, two new single family dwellings and one pre-manufactured dwelling replacing an existing
The letter to Bigwoods acknowledging that conditions of CUP 09-3407 have been met and the letter about the sale of vehicles
at 6710 Wels Avenue were reviewed. The vehicles that were being sold belonged to the resident of 6678 Wels Avenue and he
informed Justin that he would cease the sale of vehicles at that location.
There was no Town Board Correspondence to review.
Linda made a motion to adjourn, Dan seconded, meeting adjourned at 7:27 PM.