2018 Meeting Minutes

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January 18, 2018
Februaury 20, 2018
March 15, 2018
April 19, 2018

May 17, 2018
June 26, 2018


Wanamingo Township January Minutes
January 18, 2018


 
The January meeting of the Wanamingo Township Board was called to order at approximately 5:30 PM on Thursday, January 18, 2018 by Chairman Tom Shane.  Members present were Supervisors; Tom Shane, John Hegseth, and Don Reynolds. Clerk; Tamra Berg. Treasurer; Nancy Hegseth. The Pledge of Allegiance was said.  Clerk's report was read by Tamra.  Motion by John to approve the minutes 2nd by Don. Treasurer's report read by Nancy. Motion by Don to approve the treasurer's report 2nd by John.

John checked with Wanamingo Bank about a money market account and it generates 1% interest.  Motion by Tom to move $120,000.00 from the existing checking account at the Wanamingo Bank into a money market account at the Wanamingo Bank. 2nd by John. Motion carried

Old Business:
    Road Construction: Ethan Seaberg and Dale Marty with Goodhue County were in attendance to discuss the County 1 and County 8 project.  Parking lot will be worked on. Church is interested in having their portion paved and it would only make sense for the township to do the same.  Curb and gutter will be installed.  Church will have their main entrance off of County 1 on the south end of the present lot.  County will use material on site to help level off that area and will move it from the north end to the south end  Rip Rap will need to be placed on the slopes to prevent washing. Trees to the north will more than likely need to be removed as there will be an entrance off of County 8. They are scheduled to start after July 4.  County needs to purchase corner slivers of property on either side of County 8 so that truck traffic can maneuver the corners with no issues.  They presented an offer to the township to purchase the south silver at the intersection of County 1 and 8 and they also want to “rent” a portion of the township's lot to stockpiled the road material.

Motion by Don to accept Goodhue County's offer as written for a permanent right of way of .023 acres and a temporary right of way of .15 acres for a total sum of $500.00. 2nd by Tom. Motion carried

Maps done for County for mileage. Ethan stated this will get done sometime but the County doesn't have enough manpower.

Present bills.  Tamra brought up the LP bill as we had just paid one in Dec. She had called Ag Partners and Earl came out to check for any tank leakage. It was decided to turn off the heater in the shop and see if that helps.  Motion by John to pay the bills 2nd by Tom. Motion carried.
    
    Planning and Zoning: nothing to report      
 
    Road Updates: Don contacted ID Solutions about signs but had not heard back from them on pricing.  They work on quantity.  They make and install signs and also have tamper proof hardware.  Any issues with snow or ice?  Kielmeyer  had been out 2 times.  Mai Petterson had complained to Tamra about a pot hole on 110th Ave that did not get fixed in the fall.  Minimum Maintenance roads are now closed.  Gate by Feuling's is bent.  There was discussion about abandoning 420th Street Way as it is primarily used as a field road.  

New Business:
    January calls for service were 26
           Kerry Olson was in attendance to inquire about a Maintenance Position if the township would choose to go back to having its own Maintenance employee.  He is looking for part-time with 30 hours a week.  He would be considered salaried.  He realizes that it is slower in the winter but busy after it rains.  He currently carries the health insurance so how to compensate for that?  He is a resident of the township and knows the area well.  The Supervisor's will need to gather more information and have asked Kerry to come back to the February meeting.
    Board of Audit: will need to be reviewed before the annual meeting so will plan for February meeting.    
    Annual Meeting of the Goodhue County Township Officers will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 starting at 9 AM at the Zumbrota VFW.  
    Annual Wanamingo Fire Dept meeting on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. Social hour 6-7 with dinner to follow and then a presentation of the past year's activities.
    Annual March elections will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 4-8 PM at the Wanamingo Town Hall for the purpose of electing one (1) supervisor for the term of 3 years and one (1) clerk for the term of 2 years. The annual meeting will immediately follow the voting. Tamra did file for re-election for the clerk's position.  
    Board of Appeal and Equalization: Date is Thursday April 5, 2018 at 1 PM at the township hall. Both John and Don are certified.  Need at least one certified in attendance but you need to have a quorum.  Don stated it is a busy time at work for him then.  

Other Business:
    Bruening has contacted Tamra about gravel bidding.  Tamra told them it was not discussed yet.
    Lars had approached Don about purchasing a new mower for mowing the ditches.  Approx cost would be $11,000.00.  Don left the information to be reviewed

Motion by John to adjourn 2nd by Don Meeting adjourned at 7:32 PM
Next meeting will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 5:30 PM
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Wanamingo Township February Minutes
February 20, 2018


Note: the regularly scheduled meeting to be held on February 15, 2018 was moved to February 20, 2018 due to a scheduling conflict.  Meeting change was published and posted.

The February meeting of the Wanamingo Township Board was called to order at approximately 5:30 PM on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 by Chairman Tom Shane.  Members present were Supervisors; Tom Shane, John Hegseth, and Don Reynolds. Clerk; Tamra Berg. Treasurer; Nancy Hegseth. The Pledge of Allegiance was said.  Clerk's report was read by Tamra.  Motion by Don to approve the minutes with a correction from silver to sliver 2nd by John. Treasurer's report read by Nancy. Motion by Don to approve the treasurer's report 2nd by John. It was mentioned that interest paid by the Zumbrota Bank is quarterly but Treasurer only received an end of year statement.

Present Bills:  motion by John to pay the bills 2nd by Tom Motion carried

Building Permits: None

Old Business:
    Maps done for County for mileage. Still ongoing

    Planning and Zoning: There was a meeting in Zumbrota on March 7 for the Zumbro River Watershed Risk Review. Tamra attended. Rae could not.  FEMA is revising their flood plain maps for Goodhue and Rice Counties  
 
    Road Updates: Corey Kielmeyer was in attendance and brought color coded maps. Discussion about road construction on Co. #1 which affected township roads when used as a detour.  Roads are flat and we need to get the slope back up. Corey felt it will not be necessary to rock all the township roads this year.  He proposed yellow roads to be rocked.  Should be a 2-year cycle. Roads rocked in 2017 just need to pull in the rock.  Should increase from 7000 yards to 10,000 yards. For the green roads could use a special attachment to clean up grass on the side of the road but need to do it early. Corey also presented a bid for rock.  He noted that Kielmeyer will get a weight limit exception due to County #1 project and also the quarry is on Co. # 1.  Bruening Rock (Jim Zwiener) also presented a bid for rock and understood their bid was higher but asked to be considered in the future if anything changes.  
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Wanamingo Township March Minutes
March 15, 2018


The March meeting of the Wanamingo Township Board was called to order at approximately 5:30 PM on Thursday, March 15, 2018 by Chairman Tom Shane.  Members present were Supervisors; Tom Shane, John Hegseth, and Don Reynolds. Clerk; Tamra Berg. Treasurer; Nancy Hegseth. The Pledge of Allegiance was said.  Clerk's report was read by Tamra.  Motion by Don to approve the minutes 2nd by John. Treasurer's report read by Nancy. Motion by John to approve the treasurer's report 2nd by Tom.

Present Bills:  motion by Tom to pay the bills 2nd by Don. Motion carried

Building Permits: None

Old Business:
    Maps done for County for mileage. Still ongoing

    Planning and Zoning: Rae did present at the annual meeting.  There is still ordinance work that needs to be completed.  

    Road Updates: Kielmeyer's were not present. Jack and Corey had stopped at John's house prior to the meeting and gave him a breakdown of expenses they had. John pointed out to them that the township needed a maintenance person to do other jobs such as; mowing, tree trimming and sign replacement. There are no hard feelings on either side. If the township needed help we could ask Kielmeyer's. Don presented at the annual meeting showing costs spent towards road maintenance along with discussing hiring Kerry Olson as a maintenance employee.

    Annual March elections were held on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 4-8 PM at the Wanamingo Town Hall with election results: Tom Shane as write-in for supervisor with 19 votes and Tamra Berg as clerk with 27 votes. Total votes cast were 30. The annual meeting immediately followed the voting.  Swearing in and reorg meeting will have to take place at the April meeting. Clerk will destroy annual election ballots from 2012, 2013, and 2014.  Retention is 22 months.

New Business:
    February calls for service were 19

    Ryan Murphy with Murphy's Tree Service presented information about his services.  He wants the weeds to come up so he can see what is there.  Wild Parsnip, broadleaf.  New 24D product Prelux will kill target only with no drift.  Ryan sprays for REA in different townships.  Last year he did broadcast spraying.  Needs to get in before mid-May.  Lot of parsnip on 410th  . Use escort w/24D. Don asked for Ryan to submit an estimate for the next township meeting.  Don also let Ryan know there are a few residents who do not want their ditches sprayed.  We will let Ryan know who they are and will need to put notice in the paper

    2018 Spring Short Courses for all officers will be held Tuesday, March 20 in Rochester.  Tamra will be attending.
 
    Board of Appeal and Equalization: Date is Thursday April 5, 2018 at 1 PM at the township hall. Tamra, John and Tom will be attending along with the County staff.

    Hutton, Inc is retiring.  Ellingson Co. will be taking over their customer files.
    
    94th Ave Way. County asked about this wondering if this is a road maintained by the township. Tamra drove by and saw the fire number along with a private property sign facing 425th Street and passed that information to the County. Township has not maintained that road since the house burned down many years ago.
    
    Request from PCI (Concrete company for the County) to use 420th St. to haul concrete for the road construction on #1.  Don had given them requirements when using that road.  He had not gotten a response yet from them.

    Tom made a motion to accept the resolution to offer a bounty of $20.00 per coyote and a $1.00 bounty per gopher plus ½ cost of bait. 2nd by Don.  Motion carried. Resolution is on file

    Tom made a motion to accept the resolution to Adopt the Minnesota Townships General Records Retention Schedule 2nd by Don. Motion carried. Resolution is on file. This resolution allows the clerk to destroy old and unnecessary records following the guidelines from the MN Historical Society.

    There is a Planning and Zoning Meeting, Tuesday March 27, 2018 at Zumbrota VFW at 7 PM.

Other Business:
    As part of the State of Minnesota Broadband Initiative, Midcontinent Communications will be installing Fiber Optic Cable from Randolph to Wanamingo. Tom has signed an easement agreement with the company as they will be installing within Wanamingo Township.  It was mentioned about a concern about this affecting field tile lines.

    Board has agreed to hire Kerry Olson. Board will work on a job description. Hire date will be April 1, 2018 at $25.00 an hour. Part-time at 30 hours per week. Weekly pay $750.00 for the 1st 6 months and then performance and pay will be reviewed.

Motion by Tom to adjourn 2nd by Don. Meeting adjourned
Next Meeting on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 5:30 PM
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Wanamingo Township April Minutes
April 19, 2018


The April meeting of the Wanamingo Township Board was called to order at approximately 5:45 PM on Thursday, April 19, 2018 by Chairman Tom Shane.  Members present were Supervisors; Tom Shane, John Hegseth, and Don Reynolds. Clerk; Tamra Berg. Treasurer; Nancy Hegseth. The Pledge of Allegiance had been said at the start of the Reorg meeting which preceded this meeting.

Birdeen Thoreson was present to apply for a permit to build a grain bin.  Motion by Don to approve the permit. 2nd by Tom. Motion carried.

Ryan Murphy presented a bid for spraying. He intends to start around mid-May to the end of May for the 1st spraying.  Spring spraying bid was $3,600.00 and Fall spraying bid was $4,080.00.

Clerk's report was read by Tamra.  Motion by Tom to approve the minutes 2nd by Don. Treasurer's report read by Nancy. Motion by John to approve the treasurer's report 2nd by Don.

Old Business:
    Maps done for County for mileage. Still ongoing

    Planning and Zoning: Nothing to report

    Road Updates: Kerry Olson was out with the snowplow. Roads need work. Wondering when Kielmeyer will be spreading rock. Roads have dirt coming up so they need rock. Corey had given maps to Supervisors as to what needs to be done this year.  Rock on 420th will be replaced by PCI (for County 1 project). Don wants Kerry to check with Kielmeyer as to what, when and where rock is needed.  Kerry took grader parts to Nuss.  Bearing is worn and sprocket needs to be welded.  Kerry has also done other maintenance on the other equipment.  Kerry can go out and check signs.  When cutting trees need to be 33 feet from center of the road but should be cautious as there are some established trees (planted by landowners) in the right of way.  Will set a road inspection date at May meeting for all supervisors and Kerry.  Kerry wondering about garbage pickup.  He will call Gibson to get a dumpster set up and will keep it in the shed.  90th Ave ditches will need to be dug out.  Will need to work on establishing a road book.  Kerry is keeping a log of what he is working on.  Chad Quiggle stated they still need some oak trees trimmed on 408th St Way.  Boyum's had gotten busy last year and weren't able to come back.  Kerry was wondering where the turnaround on 408th St Way is.

The Board of Appeal and Equalization was on Thursday April 5, 2018 at 1 PM at the township hall.  There was no quorum so the meeting was run by the County. There were quite a few township residents that attended concerned about their property tax increase. In 2019 the meeting will be held by the County in Red Wing and that will be noted on the property tax statement. Supervisors would like to continue to hold the Board of Appeals locally.

Don has not gotten any response from PCI for using 420th  to haul concrete.  He had emailed them a list of requirements from the township for using the road.

There was a March Planning and Zoning Meeting on Tuesday March 27, 2018 at Zumbrota VFW. No one from the township attended. Information from County was sent out which contained building permit projects that do not need township approval.  Supervisors did not feel residential roof mount solar panels would need township approval but wanted residential ground mount solar panels and commercial and industrial solar projects to require township approval.


New Business:
    March calls for service were  39
    Motion by Don to donate $1000 to Goodhue County Fair Board and $400 to the Goodhue Historical Society as discussed at the annual meeting. 2nd by John. Motion carried
    Midco Fiber Optic Route: Grant of easement document on file.  Supervisors would like to see that the township landowners along the right of way are notified by Midco of this project.
    Motion by John to reopen the min. maintenance roads 2nd by Tom. Motion carried
    Don made a motion for a resolution authorizing contract with interested officer Tom Shane 2nd by John.  Tom abstain. Motion carried.
    John made a motion for a resolution authorizing contract with interested officer Don Reynolds. 2nd by Tom. Don abstain. Motion carried
    Tom made a motion for a resolution authorizing contract with interested officer John Hegseth. 2nd by Don. John abstain. Motion carried
    Don  made a motion for a resolution authorizing contract with interested officer Tom Shane as owner/operator of Shane Electric. 2nd by John. Tom abstain. Motion carried.
    John made a motion to certify the township levy as discussed at the annual meeting. General $30,000  Road and Bridge $125,000  Fire $22,000  Total $177,000. 2nd by Don.  Motion carried
    Will set road inspection date at May meeting: Notes will need to be taken
    It was decided that the township will continue to have the County take care of County 44 road maintenance.    

Motion by John to pay the bills. 2nd by Tom. Motion carried.

Motion by Tom to adjourn the meeting 2nd by Don.  Meeting adjourned at 7:06 PM
Next Meeting on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 5:30 PM
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 Wanamingo Township May Minutes
May 17, 2018


The May meeting of the Wanamingo Township Board was called to order at approximately 5:30 PM on Thursday, May 17, 2018 by Chairman Tom Shane.  Members present were Supervisors; Tom Shane, John Hegseth, and Don Reynolds. Clerk; Tamra Berg. Treasurer; Nancy Hegseth. The Pledge of Allegiance was said.  

James Korecky was present to apply for an ag shed permit. Supervisors reviewed the information James presented. John made a motion to approve the permit. 2nd by Tom. Motion carried.

Clerk's report was read by Tamra.  Motion by Don to approve the minutes 2nd by John. Treasurer's report read by Nancy. Motion by Tom to approve the treasurer's report 2nd by John.

Kerry mentioned about the garbage pickup. He said Gibson has sold his business to Waste Management. If we purchase a dumpster from Countryside then garbage pickup can be on an on call basis.  Tom stated he had a dumpster to donate to the township. Township will use Countryside when dumpster needs to be emptied.  

Motion by Tom to pay the bills. 2nd by John. Motion carries

Old Business:
    Maps done for County for mileage; still ongoing
    Planning and Zoning; Nothing to report
        John mentioned that Harvey Sviggum had spoken to him concerning building a new house on an old building site.  This would need to be addressed with the Zoning Board as that section is full and the site would have to be reviewed.
    Kerry reported on the road updates.  He is waiting for the road boils to settle down. He talked to Corey about rock and was told Kielmeyer won't deliver until June.  Tom wondered how they can get in with County 1 project. Kerry will talk again with Corey. If there are problems with the discussions Kerry can contact Tom.  Kerry contacted Sign Solutions and was told Gopher One needs to be contacted before replacing any signs. They would also work with him to determine what signs are mandatory.  Kerry has also talked with Leon Township and they are willing to rent us their mower for 1st cutting.  Also wondering about culvert replacements.  Culvert south of Lars Romo is rotted out and one on 40 Acres Trail needs to be looked at.  Township has used Kenyon Excavating for culvert replacements.
    Murphy's Tree Service: Ryan is currently working for the REA and stated he will start approx. May 24.  Tom made a motion to hire Murphy's Tree Service for weed spraying. 2nd by Don. Motion carries
    Don has not gotten any response from PCI for using 420th  to haul concrete. Road is getting heavy use.  Don forwarded the email he had sent to PCI with the townships requirements to Kerry so Kerry can follow up .
    John talked to Bruce Bordson about chloriding 110th Ave.  Ag Partners will need it graded 1st and then they will chloride it.  Township should not have to pay for the chloride.
    It was discussed that 400th St from Hader Trail ½ mile west has a lot of washboarding.  Motion by John that the township rock and chloride that road for ½ mile to see if that helps the problem.  Don would like to add to the motion that this would need to be done for 2 years to achieve maximum results. Motion by John to rock and chloride 400th St from Hader Trail ½ mile west for 2 years. 2nd by Don. Tom abstain. Motion carries.  Kerry will contact Luhman's about the chloride.

    County 1 project is progressing.  They are moving sand.  The County has put notices in the papers concerning the project.

New Business:
    April calls for service were 31
    Midco Fiber Optic Route: Tamra had emailed Paco
    Road inspection date is set for Saturday June 2 at 8 AM.  Meet at the Town Hall.  Notes will need to be taken.
    Motion by Don to hire Leah Shane for lawn mowing and trimming with consideration to construction work in July for $50.00 a time. 2nd by John. Tom abstain.  Motion carries
    MATIT Insurance Coverage: Review and check numbers before payment
    Thank-you from Jim Foss for Goodhue County Fair $1000 donation

Motion by Tom to adjourn the meeting 2nd by John Motion carried.  Meeting adjourned at 6:50 PM
Next Meeting on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 5:30 PM
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Wanamingo Township June Minutes
June 26, 2018

    
The June meeting of the Wanamingo Township Board was called to order at approximately 5:30 PM on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 by Chairman Tom Shane.  Members present were Supervisors; Tom Shane, John Hegseth, and Don Reynolds. Clerk; Tamra Berg. Treasurer; Nancy Hegseth. The Pledge of Allegiance was said.  Note this meeting had been rescheduled from June 21, 2018 to June 26, 2018 due to a scheduling conflict.

Clerk's report was read by Tamra.  Motion by John to approve the minutes 2nd by Don. Treasurer's report read by Nancy. Nancy mentioned that the PERA contribution amounts had put us under the recommended amount at the bank.  She did contact the bank and they waived the penalty. Tamra said that with Kerry as a hired employee there will be monthly PERA amounts taken out of checking. Motion by Don to approve the treasurer's report 2nd by John.

Building Permits: Nathan Lexvold was present to request a revision to the permit for Bombay Dairy from 8-02-2017. Motion by Don to accept the revised commodity shed permit with no additional fees. 2nd by Tom.  Motion carries

Present Bills: There was discussion concerning the MATIT Insurance bill.  It was felt that the property valuations were too high for the township hall building, salt shed and the JD tractor.  Tamra had been sent information from MATIT and a resolution had been signed December 10, 2015 by supervisors; Tom Shane, John Hegseth and Len Feuling approving the increased valuations.  In October of 2015, Donald Finnvik with Overland Surveys met with Len Feuling at the Wanamingo Town Hall to review the properties. Their information showed 3200 sq feet for the township hall and it also stated there was plumbing.  This information is incorrect.  It was also felt that the deductibles could be increased and that would also lower the annual premium. The supervisors decided that they will investigate other insurance options with Tom checking with local agents concerning coverage.  Don made a motion to pay the bills with the exception of the MATIT Commercial Package bill.  2nd by Tom. Motion carries.

Old Business:
    Maps done for County for mileage – still ongoing
    Planning and Zoning – nothing to report
    Road Updates: Kerry Olson reported on the road inspection. Notes were taken and will set up a road book.  Many culverts are full of dirt and grass and need cleaning out.  Would need a backhoe to do that work.  Chloride is on the road.  Kielmeyer has delivered some rock.  No boils have been addressed.  Kerry was to go out with a Kielmeyer truck driver but that didn't happen.  Rock is in a pile at Foss' pit.  Kerry had spoken with Lars Romo about giving him some additional training and they were able to go out in the grader.  Kerry felt he received some helpful instructions.  Kerry has called various excavators to rent a backhoe for culvert replacement.  100th Ave culvert needs immediate attention.  Kerry will contact Schumacher's about pricing.  Board agreed to pay Lars Romo a $250.00 stipend for his help in road grader operations.  
    Tamra received some different sized GIS maps from the County for Wanamingo Township.  We will post the largest one in the town hall.
    Murphy's Tree Service: Ryan is done spraying.  Nancy mentioned that she didn't see some ditches done.  She saw Ryan spot spraying.  Kerry will contact Ryan.  Need trees in ditches addressed.  Kerry will check the billing.
    Still have not gotten a response from PCI for using 420th  to haul concrete. Don said they are not using it now.

    County 1 project: Tom spoke with Steve Melhouse (trustee for Emmanuel Church) about the parking lot project.  Steve had gotten some new steel poles for lighting and was wondering if the township would help with the cost.  Tom stated that the township currently has their own light pole and he felt the new lighting poles would mainly benefit the church.  It appears that there may be enough reclaimed product to create an access road on the east side of the town hall.  Due to the high cost, Supervisors felt that the paving of the township lot will need to be readdressed.  It was felt that the ground asphalt would be adequate cover for the area to the south of the town hall.  Steve had mentioned to Tom that the church would like to have enough pavement for another full row of parking and this would overflow onto the township property.
    Discussion as to the township not getting their rock from Kielmeyer in a timely manner.  The township prepays Kielmeyer and has done so for a number of years but it appears that doesn't help in getting the rock when requested.  Kerry will contact Corey Kielmeyer about the rock.
    John presented a mower bid from Lodermeier's.  Township was able to rent a mower from Steve McNamara and that worked out well.
    
New Business:
    May calls for service were 27
    Election Training: There is online training available for those who have had prior County training. Tamra will send email addresses to the County. Tamra attended training in Red Wing and Rochester.  
    Tamra received an Election Judge Party list from the County and will contact those residents to see if they are interested in being an election judge. Tamra will also check with Deb Quam as she expressed interest for the Presidential election. Judges need to be appointed before July 20.  
    Our new election equipment is in place. It can be paid for this year or in 2019. Cost is $3199.06  
    Tamra received this information for State Demographic 2017 Population 449 Household 169

Other Business:
    Don asked Kerry how things were going overall.  Kerry had been to Chad and Tom's to do some more work.  Kerry wondering if we have enough work to purchase a backhoe.  Supervisors all feel that Kerry is doing a good job with all he has had to learn.  
    John brought up that the 40 Acre Trail turn off from Co. 30 is too tight and the entrance should be widened.  John will call the County and see what they advise.
    
    
Motion to adjourn by Don 2nd by John Meeting adjourned at 7:18 PM
Next Meeting on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 5:30 PM
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