TOWN BOARD REGULAR MEETING, TUESDAY, November 10, 2020 6:00 PM, CROW WING TOWN HALL
Board Members Present: Chairman Greg Smith, Supervisor Tucker Schuety, Supervisor Doug Kern, Treasurer Sue Kern, and
Clerk Duane Ruona.
Greg called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm and the pledge of allegiance was recited.
Doug made a motion to approve the agenda as written. Tucker seconded, motion passed 3-0.
There were no gopher bounties.
Under New Business a rezoning application for 6545 CR 45 was discussed. The Applicant wishes to rezone just under 5 acres
from Agricultural/Forestry to Rural Residential 2.5. The Planning Commission, at their regular meeting on November 9, 2020,
voted to recommend approval by the Town Board based on the following Findings of Fact and Conditions of Approval:
FINDINGS OF FACT:
1. The subject property is addressed as: 6545 County Road 45, Brainerd, MN 56401
2. The reclassification is in accordance with the comprehensive plan. The future land use map (contained in the comprehensive
plan) identifies the subject property as "Medium Density Residential".
3. The future land use of "Medium Density Residential" has a suggested minimum lot size of 2.5 acres.
4. The "Rural Residential 2.5" land use classification has a minimum lot size of 2.5 acres.
5. The reclassification is warranted due to changed land use circumstances or a need for additional property in the proposed
land use district. The proposed rezone would result in one new lot which allows for another new home to be constructed. The
lot is serviced by a roadway (County road 45)
6. The subject property is suitable for development in general conformance with land use standards under the proposed
land use district classification.
7. The reclassification will not be detrimental to uses or property in the immediate vicinity of the subject property.
The surrounding properties are zoned Ag/Forestry and contain residential and agricultural uses. Rezone to Rural Residential
2.5 for "Tract A" will result in a similar use as adjacent land.
8. The rezone meets the following Comprehensive Plan goal: Goal #7 - Ensure that any Township land use regulation meets
the goals of the Comprehensive Plan and is also understandable, fairly applied, and has a clear process for approval. The
rezone is consistent with the Future Land Use as depicted in the Comprehensive Plan. The rezone process as indicated in the
Township code has been followed and public hearing notices have been provided. The process for approval is clearly outlined
in code and has been followed.
CONDITIONS OF APPROVAL:
1. Rezone is contingent on the approval of a minor lot subdivision. Applicant shall submit a legal survey signed by a
licensed land surveyor showing the subdivision of "Tract A" and "Tract B". The Zoning Administrator shall
review and process the subdivision as provided in Crow Wing Township Zoning and Subdivision regulations.
2. A new E911 address and parcel ID for "Tract A" shall be applied for by applicant and submitted to Crow Wing
County. Applicant shall provide the Township with proof of the new address and parcel Id number.
After discussion, Greg made a motion to approve the rezoning application for 6545 CR 45 based on the above Findings of
Fact and Conditions of Approval. Doug seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Under Old Business taking over Lone Oak Circle in the Plat of Oak Ridge South Second Addition was discussed. The original
stormwater management plan wasn't followed when the plat was developed. There were seven lots in the original plat but it
was changed and approved by the township to combine the seven lots into four lots with houses currently built on three of
the lots. Tucker stated that if the developer's agreement has not been followed the contract should be void. Greg said that
the residents could come to the township in the future asking for the township to take over the road and it would be better
to handle the situation sooner rather than later. Greg said that an "As-Built" drawing for handling the stormwater
should be required for any future problems that might arise. Documentation shows that Anderson Brothers Construction sent
the township a letter that the road was constructed to township specifications. Tucker asked if a Stop Sign has been installed
on Lone Oak Circle. The Developer's Agreement states that a Stop Sign will be installed and paid for by the developer. Doug
said he would get the sign up and a bill will be sent to the developer. Greg will talk to Justin and Brad about getting copies
of an "As-Built" drawing and the letter from Anderson Brothers relating to the road. Doug made a motion to table
taking over Lone Oak Circle until the documents are received. Tucker seconded, motion passed 3-0.
Doug talked to a gentleman from Pequot Lakes who does websites and is waiting for prices from him.
Recycling with St. Mathias and Ft. Ripley Townships was discussed. The clerk sent letters to both townships last month
notifying them that the program is ending at the end of the year and if they had interest in continuing the recycling program
they should contact one of our Supervisors. No one has been contacted so no action was taken.
Doug contacted Chad Jillson and the surrounding neighbors about any items on neighboring property belonging to Chad being
removed by October 28th and charged back to Chad's property taxes. Chad worked with Doug and removed the items in violation
on neighboring property and cleared the access to the R&J Broadcasting property. The driveway being used by the new home
at 9496 Arielle Drive is part of the snowmobile trail and is access to the Crow Wing Power property. Doug will check with
MNDOT to see if that entrance is on the state road or is the township's responsibility.
Wade Tomberlin and his neighbor are putting things on each other's property and that is a civil problem and not the township's
concern. There was no new information on the other violations.
Payroll was reviewed and approved.
The Treasurer's report and claim numbers 1390-1415 were reviewed and approved. Included was a bill from the Crow Wing
County Highway Department in the amount of $3,021.61 for salt/sand purchased in January 2019. Sue had slips from Brad Gorron
that matched the bill so it is being paid tonight.
Under the Road Report Doug reported The No Outlet and Craig Road signs will be up by the end of the week. There are trees
that need to be cleaned up in swampy areas of Wetherbee and 50th Avenue and Tucker and Gerry will take care of them. The
potholes on 70th Avenue near Business 371 will be filled. Shoulders will be fixed on Gorron Road, Cook Road and Wetherbee
Road. Doug has fixed the shoulder at the Wild Rice Road and Estate Circle Drive. Mowing was not completed full width along
some township roads. Doug picked up three rolls of carpet on Forest Heights that someone dumped off.
There were no communications to review.
Under Administrative Business the Five-Year Road Improvement Plan was discussed. Crackfilling that was scheduled for
2021 was completed this year. Tucker recommended that the roads paved this year should be completed next year with routing
and filling. Greg said we should do some crackfilling on roads each year instead of waiting to do all roads at once. Greg
asked Doug to look at the complete list of roads and bring a recommendation to next month's meeting for 2025 projects to add
to the Five-Year Plan.
The County Board has set a public hearing for November 24, 2020 on the Petition to add a name to Crow Wing County Ditch
No. 14. The clerk received a call from Stan Dobosenski of Ft. Ripley Township asking for information on our recommendation
to the county.
A motion was made by Doug to approve the minutes of the October 13, 2020 regular meeting as written. Seconded by Tucker.
Motion passed 3-0.
Meeting adjourned at 7:50 pm.