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Munson Township

2018 Munson Township Board minutes

Munson Township Board of Supervisors
Meeting Minutes
July 20, 2018

The regular monthly meeting of the Munson Township Board of Supervisors was called to order at 8:00 PM on June 18, 2018by Chairman, Dan Holthaus.

Present
Joe Willenbring, Butch Gertken, Clerk, Boni Behnen, Treasurer, Dick Behnen, P & Z Chair, John Tschumperlin and P &Z Ad., Lynn Burg.

Absent
None

 A motion to approve the town board minutes from June 18, 2018 was made by Willenbring, seconded by Gertken. Carried 3-0.

 Treasurer’s Report
Income $148,781.82 Expenses $56,847.37 Balance $531,892.54 A motion to accept the Treasurer’s report was made by Gertken, seconded by Willenbring. Carried 3-0.

General Township Issues
Falcon National Bank has switched companies for their Visa card. With a motion from Gertken, second from Willenbring, it was decided to keep our current Visa card and up the limit to $2500.
Candidate for State Senate, Jeff Howe and Candidate for State Representative, Lisa Demuth would like to use the outdoor town hall shelter at the August 20 meeting. They would like to meet with Munson Township residents to address any issues they may have. The board gave the okay for that and will allow each one to address the board for five minutes.
The board gave the okay for Gertken to clean up the ditch by the COL Fire Hall before River Lake Days.
Willenbring will arrange a meeting with the residents on Elmway Road to discuss drainage and road issues. Boni will post the notice when the time and date is set.

 Reviewed Mail
A motion to pay bills was made by Gertken, seconded by Willenbring. Carried 3-0. Bills were paid in the amount of $18,789.71 using check numbers 6306-6319.

At 8:46 PM, a motion to adjourn was made by Willenbring, seconded by Gertken. Carried 3-0.

Minutes submitted by:    Boni Behnen, Clerk


Munson Township Board of Supervisors
Meeting Minutes
June 18, 2018
The regular monthly meeting of the Munson Township Board of Supervisors was called to order at 8:00 PM on June 18, 2018by Chairman, Dan Holthaus.

Present
Joe Willenbring, Butch Gertken, Clerk, Boni Behnen, Treasurer, Dick Behnen, P&Z members, Mike Behnen, Orville Willenbring, Fred Lemke, P & Z Chair, John Tschumperlin and P &Z Ad., Lynn Burg.

Absent
None

A motion to approve the town board minutes from May 21, 2018, with a correction regarding a culvert on 243rd and Hilltop Road, was made by Willenbring, seconded by Gertken. Carried 3-0.

 Treasurer’s Report
Income $7,633.12 Expenses $22,495.56 Balance $439,958.09 A motion to accept the Treasurer’s report was made by Gertken, seconded by Willenbring. Carried 3-0.

Variance
Michael and Linda Blankenhagen, 20855 Eastway Road, PID # 23.14602.0072 were requesting a variance to construct a 10 x 19-foot deck on to the existing home within the building setback of 63 feet from the road centerline or a 30 feet setback from the road right-of-way.
The Planning and Zoning Board had made a recommendation to the town board to grant the variance. The proposed deck can be located no closer than 50 feet from the centerline of the existing Eastway Road. A motion to grant the variance was made by Willenbring, second by Gertken. Carried 3-0.
Doug and Jan Erickson, 20987 Edgewater Road, PID # 23.13974.0000, were requesting a variance for 26 feet from the road right-of-way instead of the required 30 feet and/or 20 feet from center of the existing road instead of the required 63 feet. They would like to add a 24 x 24 attached garage to the existing home.
The Planning and Zoning Board made a recommendation to the town board to grant the variance. A motion to grant the variance was made by Gertken, second by Willenbring. Carried 3-0.

General Township Issues
Two quotes were received for the tarring repair on 193rd Ave:
Bertram Asphalt Co., Paynesville -$7,290.00
Minnesota Blacktopping, Sauk Rapids - $2,550.00
A motion by Willenbring, second by Gertken approved the repair work to be granted to Minnesota Blacktopping. Carried 3-0. Holthaus will ask for estimates on several other patching jobs. If the cost is around the same price the board would like that work done as well.
Steve Soyka introduced himself to the board. He is running for Stearns County Sheriff in the next election.
There has been a problem with people putting their garbage in the dumpster at the town hall. In an effort to stop this behavior, Gertken will mount two cameras to watch activity around the dumpster. Should the cameras be stolen the township will pay for the replacement.
Boni asked if the board would raise the credit limit on the township credit card. The current limit is $1000.00, and it is not adequate when Matt needs to pick up chemicals for the road ditches. A motion from Willenbring, second by Gertken raised the limit to $2500.00. Carried 3-0.
Orville Willenbring brought a list of culverts that Farming Township has. Farming Twp would like to sell their remaining inventory. Munson Twp would like to buy them. Holthaus will call Jason Willenbring to work out the details.
Holthaus brought a check from Harvey Gertken to pay for the 3 culvert bands that he had picked up.

 Reviewed Mail

 A motion to pay bills was made by Gertken, seconded by Willenbring. Carried 3-0. Bills were paid in the amount of $ 56,847.37 using check numbers 6281-6305.
At 8:55 PM, a motion to adjourn was made by Willenbring, seconded by Gertken. Carried 3-0.
Minutes submitted by:    Boni Behnen, Clerk


​Munson Township Board of Supervisors
Meeting Minutes
May 21, 2018

The regular monthly meeting of the Munson Township Board of Supervisors was called to order at 8:00 PM on May 21, 2018by Chairman, Dan Holthaus.

Present
Joe Willenbring, Butch Gertken, Clerk, Boni Behnen, Treasurer, Dick Behnen, P&Z members, Mike Behnen and Orville Willenbring, and P &Z Ad., Lynn Burg.

Absent
John Tschumperlin

A motion to approve the town board minutes from April 16, 2018, including Road Inspections, Board of Appeal and Equalization April 2, 2018 and the Board of Canvass March 13, 2018 was made by Willenbring, seconded by Gertken. Carried 3-0.

 Treasurer’s Report
Income $390.00 Expenses $17,005.41 Balance $454,820.53 A motion to accept the Treasurer’s report was made by Gertken, seconded by Willenbring. Carried 3-0.

General Township Issues
A motion to sign the 2018 Fire Contract with the Paynesville Fire Dept. was made by Gertken, second by Willenbring. Carried 3-0.
Holthaus had received a price quote from Krippner Trucking & Excavating, Kimball, MN, to take care of the necessary road work on 193rd Ave. The cost will be shared with Wakefield Township. The total cost would be $2,400.00 but would not include tarring. The supervisors would like to wait and see if the repairs will be adequate before tarring. A motion to approve the repairs to 193rd Ave was made by Gertken, second by Willenbring. Carried 3-0.
Adam Goebel was present to answer questions for Pilgrim’s Pride regarding the proposed changes in gross weight limits to cut the trips to the chicken barns by approximately 20%. Goebel stated that if the board would like to make changes in the routes they would be open to that. If the board wants independent inspection of the routes, Pilgrim’s would cover the cost. Holthaus thought that they should try it for a year and see what happens. The permit needs to be renewed yearly. The permit will not be in effect during spring road restrictions. A motion was made by Willenbring, second by Gertken to sign the contract with Pilgrim’s Pride. Carried 3-0. The contract was signed by Holthaus. Boni will email a copy to Farming Township for their review and signing at their next meeting. Goebel said that the board should contact him with problems and abnormal wear on the road route.
The board would like copies of the Stearns County Sheriff’s weekly newsletter at each monthly meeting. Boni will provide Gertken’s email address to the Sheriff’s office.
Lynn provided paperwork for a public hearing that will take place on June 18th at 7:30 PM for a variance.
The township is out of 15” culverts. Gertken suggested that we contact Farming Township to see if they would like to order culverts together to get a better price. Boni will contact their clerk.
Lynn will review the driveway permits and use her judgement in the processing of permits.
The culvert by Butch’s driveway is collapsing and needs to be replaced. Butch will talk with Rich Torborg and Dan will talk to Larry Lahr to see if they will agree to replace a different culvert near there, to the way it was.

Reviewed Mail

 A motion to pay bills was made by Gertken, seconded by Willenbring. Carried 3-0. Bills were paid in the amount of $ 22,495.56 using check numbers 6271-6280.
At 8:40 PM, a motion to adjourn was made by Willenbring, seconded by Gertken. Carried 3-0.
Minutes submitted by:    Boni Behnen, Clerk


Munson Township Board of Supervisors
Meeting Minutes
April 16, 2018
 

The regular monthly meeting of the Munson Township Board of Supervisors was called to order at 8:00 PM on April 16, 2018by Chairman, Dan Holthaus.

Present
Joe Willenbring, Butch Gertken, Clerk, Boni Behnen, Treasurer, Dick Behnen, P&Z Chair, John Tschumperlin, P&Z member, Mike Behnen, and P &Z Ad., Lynn Burg.

Absent
None

A motion to approve the town board minutes from March 19, 2018, the Board of Audit from February 20, 2018 and the Reorganizational Meeting from March 27, 2018 was made by Willenbring, seconded by Gertken. Carried 3-0.

 Treasurer’s Report
Income $ 34,534.04 Expenses $ 42,295.40 Balance $ 471,435.94 A motion to accept the Treasurer’s report was made by Gertken, seconded by Willenbring. Carried 3-0.

General Township Issues
Dustcoating Quotes:
A motion to open quotes was made by Willenbring, second by Gertken. Carried 3-0.
J&J Dust Control:
Calcium Chloride 38.3%, 18 ft wide applied @ .27 gal sq/yd $.55/ft
Central MN Dust Control:
Calcium Chloride 38.5%, 18 ft wide $.53/ft
A motion to grant the dust control contract to Central MN Dust Control was made by Gertken, second by Willenbring. Carried 3-0.
Pat Johnson presented a renewal for a 2018 3.2 Liquor license for Twilight Acres. A motion from Willenbring, second by Gertken, to approve the renewal. Carried 3-0.
Jay Femrite presented the mylars to be signed by Holthaus for the final plat of Purnrite Estates. Mylars had been signed by the P&Z Chair at their April 5th meeting. A motion to approve the plat and sign the mylars was made by Gertken, seconded by Willenbring. Carried 3-0.
Pilgrims sent a letter to the township asking to change their trucking. The board was okay with it. Boni will send it on to Farming Township for their approval.
Wakefield Township had received complaints about the dip in the road on 193rd Ave. Wakefield and Munson Township share the cost of maintenance and repair of 193rd Ave. Todd Menke, Wakefield Township, will get a cost estimate for the needed repairs.

Reviewed Mail

A motion to pay bills was made by Willenbring, seconded by Gertken. Carried 3-0. Bills were paid in the amount of $ 17,005.41 using check numbers 6259-6270.

 At 8:30 PM, a motion to extend the meeting to May 1, 2018 at 3:30 PM for the annual road inspections, was made by Willenbring, seconded by Gertken. Carried 3-0.
Minutes submitted by:    Boni Behnen, Clerk



Munson Township Board of Supervisors
Meeting Minutes
March 19, 2018

 

The regular monthly meeting of the Munson Township Board of Supervisors was called to order at 8:00 PM on March 19, 2018by Chairman, Dan Holthaus.

Present
Joe Willenbring, Butch Gertken, Clerk, Boni Behnen, Treasurer, Dick Behnen, P&Z Chair, John Tschumperlin, P&Z member, Mike Behnen, and P &Z Ad., Lynn Burg.

 Absent
None

A motion to approve the minutes from February 20, 2018 was made by Willenbring, seconded by Gertken. Carried 3-0.

 Treasurer’s Report
Income $ 965.36 Expenses $ 15,779.95 Balance $ 479,197.30 A motion to accept the Treasurer’s report was made by Gertken, seconded by Willenbring. Carried 3-0.

General Township Issues
There was a discussion concerning the tables at the town hall. One table seems to be missing. It was decided that the tables were sufficient for now.
Greg Bartes had requested information regarding procedures and engineer requirements for the West Ashton Road Improvement Project. He felt that he was not being treated equally by the board, with the road requirements when developing Pheasant Ridge. The original road specs for West Ashton were started 10-15 years ago. The board decided that even though we are not required by law to provide the information, they would. It would be very costly for the township to acquire engineer and legal documents and pay for research fees, therefore it was decided by a motion from Willenbring, second by Gertken, to ask Bartes to provide $25,000.00 in escrow to pay for the work. Any unused monies would be returned to Bartes. Carried 3-0.
Ralph and Matt Gertken presented quotes from Ralph’s Excavating for the 2018 blading of roads and Class 5 gravel, hauling and spreading.

Blading Roads: $98.00/Hour

Class 5 Gravel: $8.50/Yard

A motion to approve the quote was made by Willenbring, second by Gertken. Carried 3-0.

Holthaus stated that the culvert by Twilight Acres needed to be fixed. Ralph will take care of it.
Mike and Dick Behnen will move all the chairs etc to the backroom so that Hennen’s can install the new flooring the week of March 26-30.

 Reviewed Mail

A motion to pay bills was made by Willenbring, seconded by Gertken. Carried 3-0. Bills were paid in the amount of $ 42,295.40 using check numbers 6223-6258. 6254-6255 were voided due to printer malfunction.

 At 8:45 PM, a motion to adjourn was made by Willenbring, seconded by Gertken. Carried 3-0.
Minutes submitted by:    Boni Behnen, Clerk


Munson Township Board of Supervisors
Meeting Minutes
February 20, 2018
 

The regular monthly meeting of the Munson Township Board of Supervisors was called to order at 8:00 PM on February 20, 2018by Chairman, Dan Holthaus.

Present
Joe Willenbring, Butch Gertken, Clerk, Boni Behnen, Treasurer, Dick Behnen, P&Z Chair, John Tschumperlin and P &Z Ad., Lynn Burg.

Others Present
Nathan Glenz and Tom Kachel

Absent
None

A motion to approve the minutes from January 16, 2018 was made by Willenbring, seconded by Gertken. Carried 3-0.

 Treasurer’s Report
Income $ 7,558.97 Expenses $ 16,256.46 Balance $ 494,011.89 A motion to accept the Treasurer’s report was made by Gertken, seconded by Willenbring. Carried 3-0.

General Township Issues
Tom Kachel read a letter detailing his concerns about the condition of Edgewater Road. The road is washing out and is in need of repair. In the 1990’s the permanent residents living on Edgewater had initiated an effort to get the road tarred. Kachel had questions about why the project never was finished. Holthaus informed him that at the end the road it was not wide enough to pursue paving. It did not meet township specifications. Options were discussed as to how to proceed at this point. The township will cover the cost of the washout, but if the residents want it paved, they will need to help pay for the cost. Boni will get contact info to Tom and Nathan for Knife River.
Boni had contacted Bob Ruppe about possibly changing the clerk’s position to an appointed position, not elected. It would just be a matter of the board adopting a resolution and placing a question on the township election ballot in 2019 for the residents to vote on. The issue will be taken up at a later board meeting.   
Boni said that the laser printer for the township was not working properly. It was decided to just buy a new one as opposed to repairing the old one.
Boni said that she was also having issues with the township Visa. The due date was not conducive to the monthly meeting dates. She will check out other options.
Resolution 2018-1, Resolution Declining To Regulate Cable Television System with Midcontinent Communications was signed declining to regulate the cable company.

Reviewed Mail
A motion to pay bills was made by Gertken, seconded by Willenbring. Carried 3-0. Bills were paid in the amount of $ 15,779.95 using check numbers 6210-6222. 6215-6218 were voided due to printer malfunction.
At 8:50 PM, a motion to adjourn was made by Willenbring, seconded by Gertken. Carried 3-0.Minutes
​ submitted by:    Boni Behnen, Clerk


Munson Township Board of Supervisors
Meeting Minutes
January 16, 2018

 
The regular monthly meeting of the Munson Township Board of Supervisors was called to order at 8:00 PM on January 16, 2018by Chairman, Dan Holthaus.

Present
Joe Willenbring, Butch Gertken, Clerk, Boni Behnen, Treasurer Dick Behnen, P&Z member, Mike Behnen and P &Z Ad., Lynn Burg.

Others Present
None

Absent
Fred Lemke

A motion to approve the minutes from December 18, 2017 was made by Willenbring, seconded by Gertken. Carried 3-0.

Treasurer’s Report
Income $ 157,706.44 Expenses $ 45,172.38 Balance $ 492,709.38 A motion to accept the Treasurer’s report was made by Gertken, seconded by Willenbring. Carried 3-0.

General Township Issues
A Motion to appoint the following election judges to work on March 13, 2018 for the township election was made by Willenbring, second by Gertken. Carried 3-0. Karen Buermann, Matt Burg, Carin Schroeder, Rita Schroeder, Kris Ruegemer, Bob Heying, Joe Willenbring, and Butch Gertken.
Mike Behnen and Orville Willenbring are up for re-appointment to the Planning and Zoning Board in 2018, as is John Tschumperlin, for Chair and Matt Burg, Vice Chair. A motion by Willenbring to approve the above-named appointments was made by, Willenbring seconded by Gertken. Carried 3-0.
Holthaus would like to find out what would need to be done to change the clerk’s position from an elected official to a position appointed by the board. There is some concern about someone being elected clerk and not knowing how to use a computer or perform all the duties of the job. Boni will get the info for the next meeting.
Holthaus asked the other supervisors if Ralph should be sent out to plow and/or sand the roads when we have a minimal amount of snow.  The board agreed that he should be sent out to make sure that the intersections are not slippery.
Next month there will be a group of residents from Edgewater Road that would like to talk with the board about needed improvements to the gravel portion of that road.
Vinyl chair tips will be ordered and put on the chairs before the new flooring is installed at the end of March. Lynn will take care of putting on the new tips and maintaining them to cut down on scratches in the new flooring.  

Reviewed Mail
A motion to pay bills was made by Willenbring, seconded by Gertken. Carried 3-0. Bills were paid in the amount of $ 6,237.46 using check numbers 6200-6209.
At 8:45 PM, a motion to adjourn was made by Willenbring, seconded by Gertken. Carried 3-0.

Minutes submitted by:    Boni Behnen, Clerk