February 19, 2020 minutes

Alexandria Township

Alexandria, Minnesota 56308

Minutes of the meeting of February 19, 2020

A regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Alexandria Township was held on the 19th day of February, 2020 at the Alexandria Township Conference Room, 324 Broadway.

ROLL CALL:  Supervisors present were Joel Dahlheimer, Jeff Oberg, Rod Eldevik, and Jerry Wright.  Also present was Gregg Raisanen, Clerk and Mona Billmark, Treasurer.  As said members formed a quorum and the meeting was called to order by Chairman Eldevik at 6:00 p.m.

Oberg, seconded by Wright, made a motion to adopt the agenda as presented.  Motion carried unanimously.

Wright, seconded by Eldevik, made a motion to approve the minutes of the 2/03/2020 regular board meeting as written.  Motion carried unanimously.

Dahlheimer, seconded by Wright, made a motion to authorize payment of claims 20023 – 20030 for $6,470.67, EFTPS $1,206.53, totaling $7,677.20 and a transfer of funds from savings of $7,000.00.  Motion carried unanimously.


PLANNING AND ZONING:  The board reviewed the memo from Zoning Administrator Oleson for informational purposes.

ENGINEER’S REPORT:  Joe Luetmer, E. Lake Jessie Road, was present requesting approval to install an electric line underneath a township road.  He is proposing to install solar panels across the road from the building where the power will be used.  He has been in contact will ALP, and they will install and own the line if the electric meter is installed on the side of the road where the panels are located; however, Mr. Luetmer desires to install the meter on the building side so he can benefit from the power generated.  Engineer Kuhn had contacted County Engineer Robley, who expressed concern regarding registration of the line and the process to locate the line in the event of future road construction or utility installation. Mr. Luetmer will contact ALP to determine if they would register a private electric line.

OLD BUSINESS:  Clerk Raisanen reported he had received a call from Lynn Jenc, Community Education Director, who reported that the funding request was a recommended amount and was not a “hard” ask.

BOARD OF AUDIT:  Clerk Raisanen provided a copy of the schedule 1, Statement of Receipts, Disbursements and Balances and interim financial report by object code for 2019.  The auditors have not finished the 2019 audit yet.  Total revenue for the year was $863,010.29 and disbursements were $900,975.51.  Ending fund balance for the year is $1,077,616.30.  Total levy for 2019 was $668,232.00 compared to total revenue of $863,010.29, a difference of approximately $195,000.00. Dahlheimer, seconded by Oberg, made a motion to accept the audit report as presented.  Motion carried unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS:  Clerk Raisanen presented a copy of a proposed levy amount for 2020, payable in 2021, in the amount of $742,942.00, a 5.6% increase compared to 2019.  Based on the budget proposed, approximately $70,000.00 would have to be used from the fund balance to balance the 2021 budget.  The board requested that Clerk Raisanen provide a revised levy with an increase closer to 8%.

Being no further business, Dahlheimer, seconded by Oberg, made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Meeting adjourned at 6:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted….


Gregg Raisanen, Clerk

Approved this ____ day of ________, 2020


Rod Eldevik, Chairman