Official Minutes of the 8.4.15 Monthly Meeting and the Special Meeting regarding a Tarring Resolution
The August monthly meeting was called to order by Neil Franz at 8:00 pm. The flag pledge was said. All members were present. Also present were Dewey Klaphake, Nick Salzer, Dale Lange, John Blenker, Walter Buerman, Victor Kotten, Robert Massmann, Mike Bushman, Craig Klein, Dave Robertson, Brian Brix, Jerry Rausch, Todd Barrow, Deloris Hamann, Kenneth Hamann, Tom Winkels, Tony Legatt, Gary Winkels, Fred Holthaus, Sherry Holthaus, Peggy Eiynck, Tom Schliemann, Jessie Schliemann, Jack Wimmer, Pat Zimmerman, Dean Rausch, Deb Janssen, Art Janssen, Ken Janssen, Anne Brix, Ursula Robertson, John Zimmerman, Jim Barker and John Schueller.
The July minutes were read. Dan Stommes made a motion to accept the minutes as read, Vernon Willenbring seconded. All in favor, motion carried.
A financial report was given by Duane Janssen stating that the checking balance was $238,402.86.
RE: Crackfilling – Dan Stommes reported that crackfilling was finished. Dan Stommes made a motion to use the money in the Mapleview Road Fund to pay for crackfilling on Mapleview, Vernon Willenbring seconded. All in favor, motion carried.
RE: Dustcoating – Dustcoating is finished. The clerk will bill any residents that asked for dustcoating along their property.
RE: Albany Fire Dept – Neil Franz gave a short report on the fire department meeting, stating that Farming Township pays approximately 10% of the department billings. Vernon Willenbring made a motion to approve the fire protection agreement with the Albany Fire Dept., Dan Stommes seconded. All in favor, motion carried.
RE: Brush Spraying – Vernon Willenbring reported that brush spraying was done by CentraSota of St. Martin.
RE: Weed Inspection – Supervisors reported that weed inspection was finished.
RE: Albany School Referendum – A reminder was given that the referendum election will be on Tuesday, August 11, 2015. The only voting place will be the Junior/Senior High Building in Albany.
The August monthly meeting was recessed at 8:30 pm in order to conduct the Special Meeting to discuss the proposed Tarring Policy for Farming Township. (Those attending the Special Meeting are listed above.)
Neil Franz called the Special Meeting to order at 8:30 pm and stated that the purpose of the meeting was to get input, comments and opinions regarding the proposed Tarring Policy. Many of the attendees offered comments. Some of the comments were concerns about residents being assessed for tarring if funds were not available, options for 50/50 tarring, why rescind the previous policy, how to decide what roads to tar, traffic (business & other) from non-township sources doing damage to township roads, etc.
At 9:35 pm, Neil Franz made a motion to close the Special Meeting, Dan Stommes seconded. All in favor, motion carried. The Supervisors thanked everyone for their comments. They stated the Supervisors would take the comments under advisement and decide what their next step might be.
The August monthly meeting was called back to order at 9:36 pm.
Discussion was held concerning comments and opinions expressed at the Special Meeting. The Supervisors decided that they would like to think things over until the September meeting. Neil Franz stated he would like to re-write the draft and present it as a discussion item at the September meeting.
The following warrants were examined, verified and ordered paid:
6364 Albany Post Office stamps $ 49.00
6365 Stearns Electric monthly electric bill 64.93
6366 Lange Trenching rd rpr/granite/blading 6271.36
6367 Mayers Repair rd rpr/bolts for signs 30.20
6368 Stearns Cty Aud/Treas. March election costs 170.16
6369 Wakefield Township COL debt retirement/int. 3572.69
6370 COL Fire & Rescue Dist. 2015 Qtr 2 fire protection 1224.26
Total $ 11,382.60
Year-to-date Total $ 207,713.03
Dan Stommes made a motion to adjourn the monthly meeting at 9:49 pm, Vernon Willenbring seconded. All in favor, motion carried.