May 9, 2011
The regular meeting of the Palmer Township Board was called to order at 7:00 p.m. at the
Palmer Township Hall, with all members present. The meeting was opened with the
Pledge of Allegiance.
Kathryn Miller read the minutes of the April 11, 2011 regular meeting. Supervisor
Peterson made a motion to approve the minutes as read. Supervisor Larson seconded the
motion. Motion carried.
Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Johnson read the Treasurers report. Chairman Ganz
made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s report for April as read. Supervisor Larson
seconded the motion. Motion carried. Chairman Ganz asked Treasurer Johnson when
the fire contract payment was due. Treasurer Johnson stated that the payments were in
January and July of each year.
Road Maintenance / Signs: Chairman Ganz stated that the road cleanup on April 23rd
was considered a success. He said four families had participated and roughly three
pickup loads of trash had been collected. Veolia Waste had picked up the collection and
Allied Waste had provided the bags.
Eugene stated that the road restrictions would be lifted on Wednesday, May 11th, and hot
mix should be available shortly after.
Roger Johnson informed the Board that a 30 mph speed limit sign is down and leaning on
the fence on 115th Avenue.
Chairman Ganz stated that the needed crack sealing is too extensive to be completed this
year. He suggested that the Board set a dollar amount between $20,000.00 and
$25,000.00 for work to be done in 2011.
Barb Aaberg said she noticed ditch work along County Rd #6, just North of County Rd
#16, and asked if the ditch was being filled. Supervisor Peterson answered that
Sherburne County was doing shoulder work in that area.
Fire Department: Chief Koren stated that there had been 3 calls for service in April, 2
medical and one 4-wheeler accident. He also announced that the Fire Advisory Board
meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 11th.
Chief Koren asked County Commissioner Felix Schmeising, why the Fire Department
was not notified of the construction dates for work on County Road #3. Commissioner
Schmeising stated he would check with the County offices, and encourage them to keep
all emergency personnel and Township Boards advised.
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Sheriff’s Report: Officer Stangler stated that there were 39 calls for service in April.
Chairman Ganz asked that enforcement be stepped up on County Road #48, during the
construction period on County Road #3. County Road #48 is being used as a detour for
County Road #3.
Officer Stangler asked if the Township had a parking ordinance in place, as there had
been a complaint regarding parking of a semi-trailer in a residential area. Chairman
Ganz checked the ordinance book, and established that no parking ordinance exists at this
P.E.C. / Park Report: Treasurer Johnson announced that Earth Day will be May 21,
2011, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at town hall. He said there will be an ad in the Citizen on
Saturday with a list of items accepted and prices for certain items.
He asked Eugene to bring the bobcat and grapplers for use on clean up day.
County Park: Roger Johnson stated that the County Park meeting on April 13th was
very productive with many good ideas collected for development. This park is still in
the planning stage and will be developed slowly. Plans will be completed by the end of
June to comply with grant requirements.
Palmer Park: Chairman Ganz stated that ball sign up had been held on Saturday, May
7th from 10 a.m. to noon and Monday, May 9th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. He did not have
the number of registrants at the time of this meeting.
Work is in progress on the tennis court, and should be completed within the next couple
Treasurer Johnson stated that there had been some startup problems with the irrigation
system. Two broken pipes were found at the concession stand. Traut has accepted
responsibility for the problems found, due to the change in design.
Lake Association: Barb Aaberg stated that the BLCA is in full swing. Lake
Management has been contracted to spray for curly leaf pondweed. There is a plan to
stock walleye in Elk Lake. The IRS has accepted the application to change the non-profit
status from 501c4 to 501c3. This change in designation will allow the BLCA to apply for
additional grants, not allowed in the original status.
Barb also asked if the possibility of an additional mailbox at the township hall site would
be allowed. She explained that the IRS required a street address, not a post office box,
and as the Officers of the BLCA changed annually, keeping a permanent address at
someone’s home would not be convenient. Chairman Ganz suggested that the BLCA
contact the post office to make sure that their rules were followed.
Kenzie Phelps of the Healthy Lakes Committee of the BLCA presented a proposal to
conduct an over flight to detect sources of septic effluent and other nutrient run off.
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Kenzie also stated that the cost of this fly over was quoted at $18,500.00, and requested
that the Township pay one third of this expense, with Sherburne County and the BLCA
also paying one third. The figure requested from the Township would be $6,167.00.
Chairman Ganz stated that the Township is in the process of tightening the budget. This
figure was an unknown, and maybe if known, an adjustment in the levy budget could
have been done at the annual meeting.
Chairman Ganz asked what would be done with the data collected. Kenzie stated that
the feeling was that once the people were aware of a problem at their residence, the
homeowners would want to be part of the repair and no longer part of the problem. The
BLCA wants homeowners to be aware that the Department of Agriculture have loans and
grants available to repair individual septic systems.
Felix Schmeising, County Commissioner, stated he had met with the BLCA members and
the company representatives that would be providing the service, and felt that the
information gained would be an advantage to identifying specific problems. This
knowledge would be used to assist homeowners gain help to repair existing problems.
Roger Johnson stated that he felt, if this process were done, all tributaries coming into
the lakes should be included to check for field run off.
George Kydd stated the EPA has stated that Rice Creek has been on the impaired waters
list since 2005, and all four lakes have been on the list since 2008. He said that the
BLCA is basically interested in the health of the four lakes, however monitoring has been
done on Briggs Creek, Rice Creek, Elk River, Lake Julia Creek and the Bayou.
Barb said the BLCA is looking to pin point additional sources of the problems the lakes
are experiencing, including the runoff from streams.
Felix Schmeising stated the County would be discussing this proposal on Tuesday, May
10th, and suggested the Board wait until the County Commissioners had a chance to
discuss and suggest a solution.
Chairman Ganz made a motion to table any decision to the June meeting. Supervisor
Peterson seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Legal Comments: There were no legal issues this evening.
Supervisor Peterson made a motion to approve a donation of $500.00 to the Clearwater
Branch of the Great River Regional Library. Chairman Ganz seconded the motion.
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Acceptance of Dedicating Land for a Town Road – Stephen Rein
Chairman Ganz made a motion to accept the Stephen Rein road dedication, and to
instruct the town lawyer to prepare the formal road order and resolution for the Board to
adopt at a future meeting. Supervisor Larson seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Variance – 20 ft. side yard setback – Joseph G. Stotko, 10955 – 37th Street
Mr. Stotko was present to explain the reasons for the requested variance. After
discussion of the size and placement of the proposed pole building, Supervisor Peterson
made a motion to approve the variance as presented. Chairman Ganz seconded the
motion. Motion carried.
Chairman Ganz made a motion to waive reading and approve the minutes of the Board of
Appeal and Equalization as written. Motion seconded by Supervisor Peterson. Motion
Treasurer Johnson presented a quote from Binsfeld’s in St. Cloud for upgrading the office
copier. The present copier needs repair and the quote to repair is approximately one half
of the cost a new one. The quote received for a new model is $750.00, repair at
$412.00.Chairman Ganz made a motion to approve the purchase of a new office copier.
Supervisor Larson seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Chairman Ganz asked Commissioner Schmeising if the County road repair plan could be
found on the website. Commissioner Schmeising suggested that contacting the Public
Works Department would provide the best information regarding planned road repair and
priority. He did state that safety features were being upgraded in several areas, and that
no work had been assessed to the benefitting residents.
Supervisor Peterson made a motion to approve Claims #11080 to #11099, plus payroll.
Motion seconded by Supervisor Larson. Motion carried.
Supervisor Larson made a motion to adjourn. Motion seconded by Chairman Ganz.
Adjourned at 8:40 p.m.
Palmer Township Clerk
Approved as read: June 13, 2011