February 20, 2019 minutes

Alexandria Township

Alexandria, Minnesota 56308

Minutes of the meeting of February 20, 2019

A regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Alexandria Township was held on the 20th day of February, 2019 at the Alexandria Township Conference Room, 324 Broadway.

ROLL CALL:  Supervisors present were Joel Dahlheimer, Rod Eldevik, Jeff Oberg, and Jerry Wright.  Also present were 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.

Wright, seconded by Oberg, made a motion to adopt the agenda with the addition of LAR under old business.  Motion carried unanimously.

Dahlheimer, seconded by Wright, made a motion to approve the minutes of the 2/04/2019 regular board meeting as written.  Motion carried unanimously.

Dahlheimer, seconded by Wright, made a motion to authorize payment of claims 19030 – 19032 in the amount of $4,144.82, EFTPS $1,374.02, totaling $5,518.84 and a transfer of funds from savings of $5,000.00.  Motion carried unanimously.

PLANNING AND ZONING:  The board discussed the recent court action regarding zoning enforcement violations pertaining to Billie Dropik’s property located at 7604 Newman Road.  The court made a judgement that the owner has to come into compliance by April 26, 2019; if the deadline is not met, the township will be given the authority to remove the vehicles stored at the property. In relation to the 7617 CR 82 property, Mr. Dropik has been issued a court order to vacate the premises.

Zoning Administrator Oleson reported the drainage easement for the property located within Victoria Estates, First Addition, has been signed by the property owners and is ready to be recorded with the County.

Zoning Administrator Oleson requested clarification with regard to portable storage units that appear to being used in a permanent fashion.  One is located at the intersection of Hazel Hill  Road and Maple Drive.

Zoning Administrator Oleson reported that Doug Norris, owner of Doug’s Pit Stop Farm Tire Service, has requested additional time to come into compliance with zoning rules.  The board directed Oleson to request that Mr. Norris come to a board meeting to make the request.


OLD BUSINESS:  Supervisor Oberg provided an update of LAR activities.  The City of Alexandria has requested that LAR complete a strategic plan and provide more communication.  The indoor playground grand opening is next week.  In addition, the LAR board has been in talks with the YMCA ,specifically about a gymnastics center.  The current gymnastics center is located within a building that is on the market.

NEW BUSINESS:  Clerk Raisanen reported the township received a blacktop petition signed by a majority of residents located along S. Crestwood Drive.  The next steps are for the town board to accept the petition by resolution and then order the Town Engineer to complete a feasibility study, which is almost already complete.  If feasible, the board would call a public hearing to discuss the request.

The board discussed the proposed 2019 levy prepared by Clerk Raisanen.  The proposed levy included a 4.3% levy increase compared to 2018. This proposed levy would result in the use of $100,000 from the fund balance to meet the 2020 budget.  Clerk Raisanen will prepare a 6% and 8% levy increase proposal for the board’s consideration.

Being no further business, Dahlheimer, seconded by Oberg, made a motion to adjourn the meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 6:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted….


Gregg Raisanen, Clerk

Approved this ____ day of ________, 2019


Rod Eldevik, Chairman