Minutes September 16 & 30, 2008 Bridgewater Township Supervisors

The meeting was called to order at 7:08 PM by Chair Kathleen Doran-Norton. Present were Supervisors Glen Castore and Leif Knecht, Treasurer Brad Pfahning, and Clerk Pam Petersen.

Guest was Dennis Luebbe from the Rice County Highway Engineer.

The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all present.

The agenda was approved by a motion by G Castore, second by L Knecht. motion passed.

Claims against the township were approved for payment on a motion made by L Knecht, second by G Castore, motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report, Brad Pfahning. Closed and transferred one CD to checking account to pay for the new truck. Balance on hand, $44,689.41. See Attached, Motion to approve made by L Knecht, second by G Castore, motion carried.

Planning & Zoning, Jim Braun.  AgapeCrossing is asking for a 120 day extension to hold an informal informational meeting. K Doran-Norton asked if there was a motion to approve this extension. G Castore made a motion, second by L Knecht, motion carried. J Braun will mail out copies of the minutes detailing the AgapeCrossing from the P & Z Commission.

Highway 19 Access Ordinance: Hold  neighborhood meetings on what is happening or concerning HWY 19.

Wind Energy, Resolutions and Ordinance: L Knecht made a motion to approve Resolution 2008-06 on Wind Energy, second was made by G Castore, motion carried unanimously. L Knecht made a motion to pass Ordinance 2008-04, to publish the ordinance, second made by G Castore, the motion passed unanimously.

Update concerning the lawsuit involving the Host Fee for the Rice County Landfill. Judge Neuville passed judgement in favor of the township on Friday, September 12, 2008.

Peter Tiede received a letter from Rice County concerning the permit it holds to run the landfill. Yes, it has a permit to run  the landfill. The County must still have a building permit to construct or remodel buildings on the site. L Knecht made a motion to authorize P Tiede to make contact with Rice County to bring the landfill into compliance with the permit process. Second made by G Castore. Motion carried. K Doran-Norton suggested sending a copy of the letter to all County Commissioners also, to keep them apprised of the situation. Also, this meeting will be kept open until September 30, 2008.

Dennis Luebbe spoke of possible gravel mining at the landfill site. Update on County Rd. 8 Bridge and its repair, which will not happen until spring, 2009. The County is still working on the County Rd 1 improvements. Little’s will have their farm pieced back together, the curves will be softened by Eric Schrader’s and also softened by Werner Seeds and that curve will also be modified. Most township road accesses to County Rd 1 will remain the same. He will bring back more information at the November meeting.

The grant timeline for new signage has been extended to June, 2009. We need to develop  an inventory and maintain it, showing what we are doing to meet minimum standards of new reflective signage.

Dennis also spoke of transfer of Decker to the County in exchange for the Township taking Cty Rd 83 & Cty Rd 77.

Gravel road upkeep comes from the General Budget; bituminous is assessed back to the homeowners. Hwy 246 and CSAH 1 could see a round-a-bout in the near future.

L Knecht made a motion to approve Resolution 2008-07, Proposed Bridgewater CSAH 1 Trail Resolution, second was made by G Castore. The motion carried unanimously. Thsi also will be kept open until September 30, 2008.

K Doran-Norton updated the board on the Dundas Planning Commission. They have Rejoice! Church on the agenda for the next meeting, but has no agenda for the Ordinances.

Motion to continue on September 30, 2008 made by L Knecht, second by G Castore, motion carried. This meeting was adjourned at 9:10 PM.

September 30, 2008, Continuation

The meeting was called to order at 7:08 PM by chair Kathleen Doran-Norton. Present were supervisors Glen Castore and Leif Knecht, Treasurer Brad Pfahning and clerk, Pam Petersen.

The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all present.

This meeting is a continuation of the Regular Board meeting from September 16, 2008.

The agenda was approved.

Landfill Building Permit: Peter Tiede has written a letter outlining a written request to bring the landfill into compliance with the Zoning Ordinances and to work with Bridgewater Township to revise Bridgeater Ordinances concerning landfills so they are a good fit for both Rice County and Bridgewater Township. Motion to authorize P Tiede to move forward made by L Knecht, sec0nd by G Castore, MCU.

Rsolution Requesting Rice County Budget for Highway Intersection Planning Studies: Motion made by G Castore to approve Resolution 2008-08, second by L Knecht, MCU. Clerk will send copies to all county commissioners, Dennis Luebbe and County Administrator.

Discussion of township and county trading some roads, i.e.: Decker, 77, 83.

Look at HWY 3 safety issues to possibly address with township funds, re: signage, etc. at new intersection at Cabot AVe. and to begin to explore ideas for the Dahle Ave. intersection.

The township transistioned some driveway accesses along Decker after road work there was completed. Gleason supplied the material; Knecht Nursery supplied the skid loader and the manpower.

Dundas Planning Commission: Update from K Doran-Norton. The Ordinances should be written within the next few weeks. The Board would like the Township represented at the next meeting which is Thursday, October 16. Approve to have Peter Tiede and Carolyn Braun there. Notice that there may be more than one supervisor in attendance at that meeting and they may also speak in the Public Comment section.

K DN will contact Qwest to bring in phone and cable lines to the town hall so Zoning Adminisgtrator will have and be readily available to the residents.

How to deal with public relations stemming for recent actions brought by and for the township. G Castore will contact David Legvoldm L Knecht will contact Gene Bakko, K Doran Norton will contact George Kinney and Pam will contact Paul Liebenstein and Kevin Estrem about next payment due to the Northfield Rural Fire District.

Dean Franz feedlot increase: The Township would like a written committment from Franz in conjunction with the permit, not to run heavy equipment on the roads during spring break up time. G Castore will convey comments to the County.

The minutes from the July and August meetings were approved by a motion made by L Knecht, second by  G Castore, MCU.

Public Comment: Stephanie Henriksen noted that in the Northfield Comp. Plan, through the Cannon River Watershed, that the trout stream is protected through/due to Low Impact Development, to be implemented.

Motion to adjourn made by G Castore, second by L Knecht, MCU.

Pam Petersen, Clerk


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