The May monthly Board Meeting of Farming Township was called to order by Dave Robertson at 8:00 pm. The flag pledge was said. All members were present. Also present were Dewey Klaphake, John Blenker, Dale Lange, Ron Statz, Marlene Statz, Steve Soyka, Pat Zimmerman, Amos Studer and Jim Studer.
The April minutes were read. Two corrections were made: Jim Studer is “selling” his property and name correction of person present at April meeting to be Amos Studer. Dan Stommes made a motion to accept the minutes with the corrections, Jason Willenbring seconded. All in favor, motion carried.
Duane Janssen gave a financial report with $286,219.37 in the checking account.
RE: 193rd Ave – Discussion was held. The Board stated that they met with the Township Association lawyer and their recommendation was for the property owners to try and obtain a property easement as the Board would not take over the road. Supervisor Willenbring will check with the neighboring property owners to see if an easement can be obtained.
RE: Steve Soyka – Mr. Soyka is a candidate for Stearns County Sheriff. He gave a short presentation and discussion session with those attending the meeting.
RE: Gravel Quotes –
For Class 2: Lange Trenching $18.25/ton, Scepaniak $18.45/ton, Bardson $19.60/ton. Discussion was held. Dan Stommes made a motion to accept the Class 2 quote from Lange Trenching for $18.25/ton, Jason Willenbring seconded. All in favor, motion carried.
For Class 5 – only one quote was received: Scepaniak at $8.55 per cubic yard. Discussion was held. Dan Stommes made a motion to accept the Class 5 quote from Scepaniak for $8.55 per cubic yard, Jason Willenbring seconded. All in favor, motion carried.
RE: Blading Quotes – Lange Trenching submitted a blading quote for $45.00 per mile. No other quotes were received. Discussion was held. Jason Willenbring made a motion to accept the blading quote of $45.00 per mile from Lange Trenching, Dan Stommes seconded. All in favor, motion carried.
RE: Dust Control Quote – Central MN Dust Control submitted a quote of $.56 per foot. No other quote was received. Discussion was held. Dan Stommes made a motion to accept the dust control quote from Central MN Dust Control for $.56 per foot, Jason Willenbring seconded. All in favor, motion carried.
RE: Albany Schools – A report was given about the Fifth Monday Board Meeting of Albany School District. The new construction is nearing completion. The Blattner Center will be having entertainment for the public to celebrate its completion. Wells Concrete has donated money for a greenhouse to be constructed for student use. The elementary school issues have been solved.
RE: Pilgrim Foods – Pilgrim Pride Foods has submitted a request to allow for trucks carrying more weight to travel on Farming Township roads in order to make fewer trips. Discussion was held. Supervisors asked the Clerk to notify Pilgrim Foods that the request was too vague. Some of the issues of concern were spring road restrictions and an annual renewal of the permit. The Clerk will contact Pilgrim Foods.
RE: Hildebrande Trucking LLC – A request for permission to service farms and drive on Township roads during road restriction season was received from Hildebrande Trucking (dead animal service). Discussion was held. Jason Willenbring made a motion to allow the hauling during restrictions season, Dan Stommes seconded. All in favor, motion carried.
RE: Trappers Pub and Grub – A request was made for Township Consent to authorize a County On/Off Sale Intoxicating Liquor License for Trappers Pub and Grub in Farming from July 1, 2018 thru June 30, 2019. Discussion was held. Dan Stommes made a motion to approve the application for the liquor license, Jason Willenbring seconded. All in favor, motion carried.
RE: Zoning – Dewey Klaphake gave a short report on zoning issues.
RE: Road Tour and Maintenance – Pat Zimmerman asked if Road Tour had been done. Supervisors stated that Road Tour was done. Discussion was held. Supervisors went over the results of the Road Tour and outlined plans for road graveling and maintenance.
RE: Ditch Cutting – Ditch cutting quotes will be opened at the June meeting. Also a request by Bardsons that there be no ditch cutting along their or their in-laws property will be discussed.
The following warrants were examined, verified and ordered paid:
6670 Stearns County Auditor election costs $ 182.27
6671 Star Publications newspaper ads 36.60
6672 Stearns Electric monthly electric bill 65.08
6673 Lange Trenching blading 1974.50
Total $ 2,258.45
Year-to Date Total $ 48,920.33
At 10:05 pm, Dan Stommes made a motion to adjourn the meeting, Jason Willenbring seconded. All in favor, motion carried.